MVP Team!

    Joseph Wells, M.D.                          Harry Broome, M.D.                                                        

   Fred Shulski, M.D.                            Mark Patton, M.D.


Dr. Joseph Wells joined MVP Kids Care in 1986. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo, where he also completed his internship in pediatrics. He finished his residency and chief residency at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He has a special interest in children’s injuries and has published reports on Wii Heely, escalator, and mixed martial arts trauma in the American Journal of Diseases of Children, Pediatrics, Clinical Pediatrics, and the Journal of Trauma. He and his wife, gynecologist Dr. Valeria Sorkin-Wells, have 3 children. Dr. Wells is Board Certified in Pediatrics and has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics since 1987. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.


Interests: Dr. Wells enjoys competitive running, current events, and the Fighting Irish.

Dr. Harry Broome is originally from Atlanta and joined MVP Kids Care over 20 years ago. He attended Davidson College majoring in Religion and went to medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his pediatric residency at Phoenix Children’s in 1996. Dr. Broome is Board Certified in Pediatrics, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Broome loves his vocation of taking care of pediatric patients and their families and would continue practicing pediatrics even if he won the lottery. Dr. Broome is married to his best friend and they have three children.


Interests: Dr. Broome is interested in sports medicine and volunteers as a team doctor on the sidelines of a few high schools in the valley. He enjoys playing and coaching tennis, soccer, and ultimate frisbee, and reading history books.

Dr. Fred Shulski grew up as an Army Dependent, and was lucky enough to live in California, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, North Carolina, Alaska, and Germany. He has been with MVP Kids Care for more than 15 years. He attended Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina where he majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry. Dr Shulski attended Medical School at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina before moving to Phoenix in 1998. He completed his Pediatric Residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Dr. Shulski is Board Certified in Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is married to his college sweetheart and has 3 beautiful children.


Interests: Dr Shulski enjoys his time with his family, playing racquetball, fishing, BBQing, and all things pirate. ARRGGHH!

Dr. Mark Patton joined MVP Kids Care over 20 years ago. Dr. Patton attended medical school at the University of Utah. He completed his residency training at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is married and has 6 children.

Jennifer Holmgren, D.O.                                                                                                                                             

Brent bjornsen, m.d.


Dr. Jennifer Holmgren is a native of Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from the University of Arizona and then received her DO from Midwestern University-Arizona College of Ostepathic Medicine. She began her pediatric residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and completed her training at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Dr. Holmgren is married to her high school sweetheart and they have two children.



Dr Holmgren’s free time is spent with her family; camping, hiking, reading, and enjoying all things chocolate.

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Dr. Brent Bjornsen grew up in the Hudson Valley in New York. His love for sports began there and brought him to Gordon College where he attained an undergraduate degree in Communication Arts with a focus in Print Media. While the goal was to pursue a career in sports journalism, life often reveals new and exciting challenges when they are least expected. He and his wife, Nisse, moved to Kansas where they lived for six years and he completed his medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.In 2014, they, and their two new children, moved to Phoenix where they eagerly welcomed cactus’ and copious sunshine. Dr. Bjornsen completed his pediatric training at Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center Pediatric Residency Program. There, he learned to appreciate every aspect of pediatric care. However, he also developed a particular interest in pediatric sports medicine. Thus, in 2017, the Bjornsen family again moved, this time to Houston. There, Dr. Bjornsen completed a fellowship in Pediatric Sports Medicine at the Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship. During his time in Houston, he cared for a wide range of populations, including young recreational athletes all the way to Division 1 collegiate athletes.Perhaps spurred by a way too close experience with Hurricane Harvey, the Bjornsens decided to come back to the Valley in 2018 where he has practiced both general pediatrics and pediatric sports medicine. Dr. Bjornsen is excited to join the MVP Kids Care team and serve the community that has welcomed and fostered his family. Dr. Bjornsen lives with his wife (Nisse), daughter (Kysse), and son (Kyrre), and their dog Addison.

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Gregory Payne, M.D.

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Dr. Bernardi grew up in Gilbert, Arizona. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology at University of San Diego and attended medical school at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine-Midwestern University. She completed her pediatric residency training at University of Arizona in Tucson. After graduating residency, Dr. Bernardi moved to Houston, TX and worked in pediatric critical care; however, she ultimately decided to return to Arizona to practice general pediatrics. Dr. Bernardi is Board certified in Pediatrics and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her clinical interests include care of children with special healthcare needs, preventative medicine and newborn care. Outside of work, Dr. Bernardi enjoys hiking with her significant other and their rescue dog, trying out new restaurants and reading by the pool.

Greg Payne
Dr. Payne was born and raised in Texarkana, Texas. He graduated from Austin College, in Sherman, Texas, with a degree in chemistry. He then completed medical school at Texas Tech University in El Paso, Texas. After completion of medical school, Dr. Payne moved to Phoenix to complete his residency in pediatrics at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and is board certified in pediatrics.  Dr. Payne currently lives with his wife, Dr. Harriet Barratt and their two cats, Giacomo and Jasper. He enjoys exploring the local food and drink of Phoenix, keeping up with his favorite sports teams (The Dallas Stars and Cowboys), and, when not prevented by COVID, travelling.  
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Amy Brown, CPNP-PC

Charlotte was born and raised in Connecticut.  She graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and later from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  She worked as a pediatric nurse for nine years before earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Arizona State University and is now a board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner.  Charlotte is married with two beautiful daughters.  She enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, traveling, and bike riding.

Amy Brown grew up in a small town in Wyoming. Life’s journey brought her to Arizona in 1994 where she completed her nursing degree at Grand Canyon University. She received a master’s degree in pediatric primary care at the University of Texas in El Paso. Her experience includes women’s health, school nursing, diabetes, and rural health. Her passion centers around providing compassionate care for children and guidance to families. As a parent to three growing children, she appreciates quality healthcare and understands today’s challenges. For fun, Amy is learning the country swing, loves horses, and enjoys traveling to new places. She’s excited to join the MVP Kids Care family!     

Michelle Howland, PA-C
Whoopi Massaquoi, PA-C



Michelle Howland, Physician Assistant, is an Arizona Native. Michelle graduated from the University of Arizona. She completed her Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Midwestern University. Michelle is married and has two daughters.


Interests: Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and hiking.

Whoopi Tenneh Massaquoi, PA was born in Liberia, West Africa, and raised in Minneapolis, MN. She received her Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in psychology from Drake University in Des Moines, IA. She received her physician assistant training at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona, and completed her clinical rotations in Tulsa, OK. Whoopi’s clinical interests include general pediatrics, behavioral health, and oncology. She strives to bring culturally competent care to the MVP Kids Care family. Outside of work, Whoopi enjoys traveling to new places, being outdoors, styling hair, and spending time with her labradoodle named Flash.