In 2008, Dr. Kent Winkler, MD, FACC of Northern Arizona Cardiovascular Specialists and Dr. James Carter Jr., MD, FACC of Peripheral Vascular Specialists of Northern Arizona, decided to join forces and create Mountain Heart Cardiovascular Care Center – a 25,000 square foot center of excellence with specialists dedicated to managing the complete spectrum of heart and sleep care at the lowest possibl...e price point.
Over the past few years, Dr. Winkler and Dr. Carter have continued their vision to reduce cardiovascular risk through a comprehensive care model. The Mountain Heart team delivers preventative care utilizing education for patients and monthly clinical conversations with providers, preventative medicine including health screenings and early disease detection and diagnosis. We focus on streamlined cost efficient treatment options, and streamlined interventional cardiology care.
Led by founding partner and seasoned business entrepreneur, Mountain Heart CEO, Michael Zervas, has successfully recruited additional providers and staff members essential to improving cardiovascular care in northern Arizona, including the additions of Vein Specialist Dr. Robert Wolyn and Sleep Specialist and Pulmonologist, Dr. Steve Marks.
Under the direction of Mr. Zervas, Mountain Heart has grown from a staff of 10 to a team of over 50 medical professionals committed to ensuring every patient receives access to the Mountain Heart standard of excellence – a higher standard of medical care. Mountain Heart has continued to improve care through the accreditation process in most service modalities while expanding service lines based on community need and works to consistently provide an outstanding experience for every patient.
Commonly overlooked, sleep health has a direct impact on cardiovascular risk factors that can negatively affect heart health. In order to raise awareness for better sleep health and decrease cardiovascular risk for patients, Mountain Heart opened its Sleep Facility in 2009, providing on-site sleep studies. Dr. Steve Marks, a Phoenix Top Doctor and nationally ranked physician oversees every patient personally. In addition, Dr. Marks has created a comprehensive compliance program to assist patients in improving their quality of life through sleep medicine health and pulmonary care.
In 2010, Mountain Heart partnered with DeRosa Physical Therapy to expand services once again. Cardiac Conditioning and Wellness offers on-site cardiac rehabilitation in addition to physical therapy services assisting patients in transitioning into individual fitness programs.
In 2012, Mountain Heart has already increased service modalities including Dietitian Services and extended reach further into rural Arizona communities. Outreach clinics in Page, and Winslow Arizona have allowed Mountain Heart interventional cardiologists to serve rural Arizona communities and increase access to quality heart and sleep care. In partnership with the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce, Mountain Heart was recently recognized for its work in rural communities and awarded a $95,000 rural expansion grant by the Arizona Commerce Authority.
Understanding that Food is Medicine and patients heal faster and decrease their risk of disease with proper nutrition, Mountain Heart added Dietitian Services. Cathy Tomasi, a Registered Dietitian, Personal Trainer and Certified Diabetes Educator offers nutrition counseling and behavior modification assistance to patients to assist them in establishing healthy relationships with food.
In partnership with DeRosa Physical Therapy and Summit Fitness , Mountain Heart is taking cardiovascular care to the next level. The latest joint venture – The Summit Fitness and Mountain Heart Wellness at Mountain Heart located on University Avenue across from the Mountain Heart Cardiovascular Care Center and Sleep Facility is the only medical fitness facility in northern Arizona working with cardiologists, dietitian services, physical therapists and pulmonary services to offer prevention education classes in addition to health screenings, group fitness classes and increased access to medical personnel to decrease cardiovascular risk and sustain improved overall heart function.
Mountain Heart is built on a new model of medicine that brings the elements of medical care’s best practices to create and utilize the Mountain Heart standard of excellence. Mountain Heart continues to seek meaningful community partnerships, expand service lines based on community need and serve northern Arizona in the most cost efficient comprehensive manner.