Canyon Health and Wellness Clinic

At Grand Canyon University (GCU), wellness is an important part of our campus culture. The experienced healthcare practitioners at the Canyon Health and Wellness Clinic provide quality medical services to all students, faculty and staff. Explore our available services and GCU healthcare requirements for more information.

Meet the Staff

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Ashley Abell, Nurse Practitioner

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Bethany Whitson, Nurse Practitioner

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Connie Colbert, Nurse Practitioner, Director of Health Services

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Cyndi Braun, Nurse Practitioner

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Cyndi Ventry, Nurse Practitioner

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Heather Healy, Nurse Practitioner

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Kimberley Roberts, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

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Kristin Henry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

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Lyndee Johnson, Nurse Practitioner

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Matthew Shores, Sports Medicine Physician, Medical Director

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Penny Lee, Nurse Practitioner

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Tami Wisely, Nurse Practitioner, dually certified in Women's Health and Family

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Adaline Degante, Allergy Injection Coordinator

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Alex Cadena, Medical Assistant

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Angela Esperum, Phlebotomist

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Cat Silva-Medina, Back Office Coordinator, Medical Assistant

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Edith Alvarez Sales, Medical Assistant

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Gabriel Rincon, Medical Assistant

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Iris Ruiz, Medical Assistant

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Jordan Lobato, Phlebotomist

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Kayla Ballard, Registered Nurse, Compliance and Training Manager

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Mel Champine, Medical Assistant, Practice Manager

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Emily Orvos, Registered Dietitian

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Erick Nova, Senior Radiology Technician

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Adriana Torrez, Medical Receptionist

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Lauren LaPrade, Front Office Manager

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Melissa Alderman Mendez, Medical Receptionist

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Monika Burt, Medical Assistant, Receptionist

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Yuri Aldaco, Medical Receptionist


Monday – Friday: 7:45 am – 5:30 pm
Summer and school break hours: 8 am – 4 pm

Closed on weekends and all school holidays

Walk-ins are welcome and appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact Us

Papago Apartments (Building 47)
Phone: 602-639-6215
Fax: 602-639-7830
Email: [email protected]
Emergency: Dial 911 and notify GCU Public Safety: 602-639-8100
After-hours and weekend nurse advice line:

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Schedule an Appointment

Book an appointment online at the Canyon Health and Wellness Clinic to be seen by our caring, board-certified physician or nurse practitioners. Your GCU student ID is your username. For faculty and staff, please call 602-639-6215 or email us at [email protected].


Come to us for routine care, illness or any non-emergency medical needs while you are here. Our staff of board-certified doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses and medical assistants are here to give you quality and compassionate care. All services listed are available to students and GCU/GCE employees.

Below is a list of services we provide.

  • Annual wellness exams
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Cold/flu symptoms
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Asthma
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Ear infections
  • Allergies
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Medicine checks
  • Concussion evaluations
  • Suture removals
  • Skateboard and scooter collision injuries

NOTE: The clinic is unable to see those who have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or workers' comp. Please call us for a list of local resources.

  • Pulmonary function tests
  • STI/STD testing and treatment
  • Lab orders
  • EKGs
  • Flu tests
  • Strep tests
  • COVID-19 tests
  • Mono tests
  • Titers (MMR, Varicella and Hep B)
  • Referrals to specialists

A travel health appointment includes:

  • A discussion of recommended prophylactic medications (e.g., anti-malarial drugs, antidiarrheal, altitude sickness, etc.)
  • Specific health advice for preventing and treating other illnesses that may be encountered
  • Personal safety
  • Current travel advisories
  • Consular contact information
  • Food and water safety
  • Insect precautions
  • Country-specific requirements and recommendations
  • Diseases present in travel destinations and recent outbreaks
  • Cultural awareness
  • Available medical care in the destination
  • Other destination-specific recommendations
  • CDC recommended packing list
  • Currency and passport and visa recommendations
  • Resources for cost-effective travel insurance and international student discounts

Fees and Insurance

GCU students who are registered for classes at GCU do not need health insurance to access health care at Canyon Health and Wellness Clinic. However, we strongly urge every student to maintain adequate health insurance to cover unexpected medical expenses.

Consider purchasing our Student Health Plan offered by United Healthcare if your health insurance plan has:

  • A high deductible
  • No out-of-network benefits
  • Emergency only coverage
  • Limited benefits for specialty visits such as counseling, physical therapy or nutrition counseling


Learn About Providers

The Canyon Health and Wellness Clinic is proudly managed by a board-certified physician and nurse practitioners who can prescribe medications, administer physical exams, treat illnesses and provide holistic individualized care to all of our students. Our medical providers are board-certified in adult, family or women's health. They complete ongoing continuing education each year to stay informed about best practices for patient care.

Once a patient turns 18, even if they are on their parent's or spouse's insurance, healthcare providers and staff are unable to speak directly with family members (including parents) unless the patient signs a HIPAA release form specifically listing that information can be released to specific family members. This form is included for patients to fill out upon their first visit at the clinic as part of their new patient paperwork.

Book an Appointment

The options for payment of services include the following:

Fee for service: If you do not have insurance or the student health center is not contracted with your insurance carrier, you will be charged a $50.00 visit fee. There could be additional charges for lab tests, X-Rays, medical procedures, supplies or medication.

Student Health Insurance plan (UHCSR): Canyon Health and Wellness will file claims with the Student Health Insurance carrier, which processes the claim for payment according to your plan benefits. Patient will be charged their office visit copay at time of service. For more information on this optional plan see:

Commercial Health Plans: Most major insurance plans are accepted. If Canyon Health and Wellness Clinic is a Participating Provider with your commercial plan, we will file claims with your insurance carrier, which processes the claim for payment according to your plan benefits. The patient will be charged their office visit copay at time of service. You will receive a billing statement via mail for any charges that your insurance carrier does not pay.

Please contact our billing and claims provider at 480-255-9484 or email [email protected] to find out if we are contracted with your plan.

Health Forms

Before your appointment at the Canyon Health and Wellness Clinic, you may want to print, fill out and review the forms below. This will help expedite the check-in process and help ensure that your appointment goes smoothly. Students can access all forms online through the student health portal. Staff and faculty, please print, fill out and sign forms prior to your appointment.

Fill out the Patient Registration Form with your basic contact information to help our staff assist you. You may complete this form prior to your appointment.

As part of your appointment, you will be asked to fill out a Medical Release Form. You can also print and fill out this release prior to your appointment.

This form needs to be filled out by parents for students under the age of 18. If you are a minor, have your parents fill out the form to receive treatment from our clinic.

By providing your health history on the Health & History Form, your medical provider can learn more about you and how best to treat your symptoms.

If you will be living on campus, you must fill out the Immunization Form and submit through your student portal.

The Canyon Health and Wellness Notice of Privacy Practices describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed.

For a list of community resources available to you, check out the Canyon Health and Wellness Clinic Community Resources.

Nutrition Counseling Services

Individual nutrition counseling services are available to GCU students through the Canyon Health and Wellness Clinic. Our goal is to help students live their healthiest lives by tailoring their diets to meet their personal nutrition needs. A few reasons to seek nutrition counseling include:

  • General health and wellness
  • Food allergy or intolerance
  • Eating disorders or disordered eating
  • Special diets (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc.)
  • Weight management
  • Digestive disorders
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol

Nutrition counseling is provided by a registered dietitian (RD). RDs are food and nutrition experts who can translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living. RDs use their nutrition expertise to help individuals make positive lifestyle changes. Some services an RD can provide include:

  • Setting realistic nutrition goals and developing strategies for achieving them
  • Maintaining a healthy, well-balanced eating pattern
  • Planning nutritious meals with limited financial resources
  • Making healthy choices at on-campus eateries
  • Identifying signs and symptoms of disordered eating
  • Making appropriate referrals

Appointments are free to all GCU students and can be scheduled by calling the Canyon Health and Wellness Clinic at 602-639-6215.

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The Grand Canyon University Orthopedic Clinic

The Lopes Orthopedic Clinic (LOC) at GCU is a collaborative effort between the Canyon Health and Wellness Center and the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions’ athletic training program (ATP). This clinic’s mission is to minimize the physical, emotional and financial burdens associated with injuries and/or illnesses incurred during physical activity through the delivery of high-quality rehabilitation services.

Certified athletic trainers (ATC) are healthcare professionals (HCP) who collaborate with physicians and other healthcare professionals to optimize patients who are both physically active and sedentary. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities.

Services Provided

  1. Orthopedic evaluation and diagnosis
  2. Therapeutic rehabilitation
  3. Patient education and self-care strategies
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Additional Healthcare Facilities

If you are unable to visit the Canyon Health and Wellness Clinic during our normal business hours, or if you have an emergency, we recommend visiting the following clinics and hospitals in the area. For more information, contact us during normal business hours.

Next Care Urgent Care
8101 N. 19th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85021
Phone: 602-845-4505
Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8 am – 4 pm

HonorHealth/FastMed Urgent Care
5201 N. 19th Ave. #100
Phoenix, AZ 85015
Phone: 602-795-1411
Monday – Saturday: 8 am – 8 pm
Sunday: 8 am – 4 pm

CVS MinuteClinic®
3502 W Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85019
Phone: 866-389-2727
Monday – Thursday: 8:30 am – 1:30pm; 2:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Friday – Sunday: Closed

AlphaMed Urgent Care
1743 E. Camelback Road Unit A3
Phoenix, AZ 86016
Phone: 602-325-5114
Monday – Thursday: 8 am – 8 pm
Friday: 8 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm

St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center
350 W. Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85013
Phone: 602-406-3000
Open 24 hours

HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center
250 E. Dunlap Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85020
Phone: 602-943-2381
Open 24 hours

Dignity Health Arizona General Hospital: Emergency Room
8310 W Camelback Road
Glendale, AZ 85305
Phone: 480-307-9610
Open 24 hours


Canyon Health and Wellness Clinic and LOC FAQs

Browse through our frequently asked questions to learn more about services provided at the Canyon Health and Wellness Clinic and the LOC.

To make an appointment, you can simply walk in, call 602-639-6215, email [email protected] or schedule online at

Yes. We accept out-of-state insurance.

Please cancel within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment.

Yes. We provide courtesy lab draws.

Yes. We can perform X-rays ordered from out-of-state providers.

To continue your medications over the summer, speak with your healthcare provider or send a secure message via the student health portal to discuss options and receive help transferring your prescription to your hometown.

Yes, we can provide a note for the date you are seen in the clinic, and depending on your illness, we may extend the time on a case-to-case basis.

Care in the LOC will be provided by licensed and certified athletic trainers. Additionally, GCU offers a four-year accredited athletic training program. Therefore, students may also be present in the clinic assisting with care under the direct supervision of one of GCU's certified athletic trainers.

Certified Athletic Trainers:

  • Brandon Warner: MEd, AT, ATC
  • David Mesman: DHA, AT, ATC
  • Marc Eiler: MS, AT, ATC
  • Trent Morris: AT, ATC
  • Michael McKenney: MS, AT, ATC, CSCS

Services for the LOC are offered to all GCU students, staff and faculty experiencing pain from injury or limitations in physical activity.

The LOC is located in Chaparral Hall Building 45.

Students, staff and faculty members can make an appointment by calling the LOC at 602-639-7052.

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