Doctors

Dr. Bradley Folkestad and Dr. Melissa Austin are our dedicated providers here at Arrowhead OBGYN.

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Dr. Bradley Folkestad

Dr. Bradley Folkestad did his undergraduate work at California Lutheran University and then graduated from University of Arizona College of Medicine. He did his residency at Good Samaritan Medical Center where he served as Section and District Chairman for the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has been in practice in the Northwest Phoenix area for 20 years delivering over 14,000 babies. He has received the Patient’s Choice Award for the past four years and has been Board Certified by ACOG since 1995.

Dr. Folkestad specializes in normal and high risk pregnancies and works closely with onsite perinatal, genetic, and neonatal specialists. He also provides comprehensive gynecologic care including inpatient and outpatient surgeries. Gynecologic services he provides include treatment for pelvic pain, infertility, abnormal pap smears, abnormal uterine bleeding, hysterectomies, and laparoscopic surgeries. He also provides in office sterilization and endometrial ablation procedures which can be performed comfortably under sedation with almost no recovery period. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.

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Dr. Melissa Austin

Dr. Melissa Gioia Austin is an Arizona native and graduate of University of Arizona medical school  who completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, a top ranked hospital in the U.S. News and World Report for Gynecology.

Dr. Austin provides comprehensive obstetric and gynecologic services, including prenatal care and delivery, well-woman care, and the management and treatment of abnormal pap smears. Dr. Austin also offers inpatient and outpatient gynecologic surgeries, including advanced hysteroscopy for ablation and sterilization procedures and minimally invasive surgery including laprascopic hysterectomies. She desires a well-rounded obstetrics practice since she was well trained in high risk pregnancies including multiple gestations, diabetes, and hypertensive diseases. Dr. Austin also enjoys spending time with her husband Alex and yoga and cycling when she is not at work.

Staff

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Samantha Laisure-Poole

Samantha Laisure-Poole PA-C is an Arizona native went to Thunderbird HS and graduated in the top 10% of her class.  She went to U of A and graduated cum laude with a degree in English Literature and Judaic Studies. Then studied abroad in Israel. After finishing there she went to Midwestern University for a Master’s of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies. She is  especially interested in vaginal and vulvar disease and enjoys practicing in all areas of Women’s Health.

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Deb McGonigle

Deb McGonigle is a Womens Health Certified Nurse practioiner with over 18 years of experience. She worked in Labor and Delivery before going back to school at University of Phoenix to becomes a Nurse Practioner. She has a strong interest in hormone therapy and treatment of menopausal symptoms. She lives in Glendale with her husband of 41 years and loves spending time with her children, grandchildren and dogs.