Proudly Serving More than 2,400 Arizona Physicians

ASPA is unique among Independent Physician Associations because of its longevity, size, and the number of individuals that may use IPA providers. ASPA was incorporated in Arizona in 1986 as a physician-owned cooperative. It currently has more than 2,400 members who have completed a rigorous credentialing process.

Members include all major physician specialties, physical therapists, psychologists and other health care providers who practice throughout Arizona. Plans need only contract with ASPA to access a comprehensive provider network. More than 1,000,000 individuals are eligible to receive care from ASPA members through various payor agreements.

Our Mission

Expand contracting opportunities by maintaining a comprehensive network of credentialed providers located throughout the state that practice cost-effective medicine.

Maximize revenue and minimize costs by assisting physicians manage the business component of their practices and by making state-of-the-art software, practice management and other needed services available to members at competitive prices.

Elevate the status of physicians in the health care industry.

ASPA’s Management

Understanding the many factors that drive talented individuals to focus their life’s work in a particular area may not be fully understood. What is known is that commitment to an area of concentration is an essential ingredient of success. Commitment to serve the interests of physicians is the foundation of ASPA’s management staff.

Connie

Connie RichardsonDirector of Operations
Connie Richardson is the Director of Operations for the Arizona State Physicians Association (ASPA) a position that she has held for the past 31 plus years. Connie has been successful in assuring that all ASPA contracted payors utilize, by delegation, ASPA’s primary source credentialing program. She also developed Quick Start, a credentialing application service designed to assist health care providers to obtain initial plan contracts and hospital privileges that streamline the hospital and plan reappointment process. ASPA CVO services have also developed and expanded under Connie’s leadership.

Connie is actively involved in IPA contract negotiations, ASPA membership recruitment and specialty network development. Her 42 years of varied years of experience in the health care industry includes physician office management, hospital business office management, AHCCCS plan administration in rural communities and HMO managed care administration. Connie is on the Board for TIPAAA (The IPA Association of America); an active member of the National and Arizona Medical Group Management Associations, Arizona Association of Medical Staff Services and the National Association of Medical Staff Services. She is also a member of the National Association of Professional Women.

ASPA Staff

Connie Richardson
Director of Operations
Phone: 602-265-2524 ext. 212
Email: connie@azspa.com
Direct Fax: 623-999-1057

Karen Ellington
Admistrative Director of Physician Services, ASPA Connected Community & ASPA Empowered Healthcare Services
Phone: 602-265-2524 ext. 210
Email: karen@azspa.com
Fax: 623-999-1276

Tonya Richardson
Provider Relations – Data Entry
Direct Fax: 623-999-1055
Email: tonya@azspa.com

Angie Higgins
Credentialing Coordinator
ASPA Membership -Initial/Recredentialing
Phone: 602-265-2524 ext. 222
Email: angie@azspa.com
Direct Fax: 623-999-1054

Pam Virgils
Credentialing Agent,
Application Service
Phone: 602-265-2524 ext. 218
Email: pam@azspa.com
Direct Fax: 623-999-1053

Michelle Gierke, LPN
Chronic Care Management
Quality Assurance Services
Phone: 602-265-2524 ext. 226
Email: michelle@azspa.com
Fax: 602-265-3289

Xitlaly Solis
Accounting
Phone: 602-265-2524 ext. 221
Email: xitlaly@azspa.com
Direct Fax: 623-999-1056

AZ Physicians Insurance & Investment Group (APIIG)
Phone: 602-265-2524 ext. 213
Fax: 602-265-2524

Jared Williams-Financial Planner Email: jared@azspa.com

Jeffrey Salls-Malpractice Insurance Email: jeffrey@azspa.com

Chris Gabbard-Health Insurance Email: chris@azspa.com

Board of Directors 2020

Policy and decision making authority is entrusted to ASPA’s Board of Directors and implemented by the management staff. IPA members elect ASPA’s board members for three-year overlapping terms with representation from each of five divisions. The officers of the organization consist of a president, vice president and secretary/treasurer who are elected annually by the board members. The Board of Directors meets every month.

Sandhya Venugopal, MD
Internal Medicine
Affiliate Member: 04-17-2017
16601 N. 40th Street, Suite 216
Phoenix, AZ 85032
480-695-3064
Cell: 480-695-3064
Fax: 855-318-3326
Email: Sandhyadr@hotmail.com
Seat Term Expires: 2021

William Robey, M.D.
Family Practice
Affiliated Member 04-01-1986
CALL HOME NO FAX
HOME # 623-935-9148
Email: No Email
Seat Term Honorary

Melanie Cloonan-Schulte, MD. – Vice President
Internal Medicine
Owner Member 07-12-2004
595 N. Dobson Road Suite 76
Chandler, AZ 85224
480-821-0788
Cell # 480-440-6112
Fax: 480-821-0837
Email: melanieandan@msn.com
Seat Term Expires: 2022

Ronald A. Yunis, MD
OB/GYN
Affilated Member 04/06/1998
2023 W Bethany Home Road
Phoenix, AZ 85015
(602)415-1900
Fax: (602)415-0985
Email: ryunis1@gmail.com
Seat Term expires: 2021

Gerald Harris, DO
Internal Medicine
Affiliated Member: 03/06/06
18301 N. 79th Ave Suite G190
Glendale, AZ 85308
623-977-0700
Cell # (623)606-1289
Fax # (877)221-8094
Email: geraldbharris@hotmail.com
Seat Term Expires: 2023

Ameeta Chowdhary, FNP
Family Nurse Practitioner
Affilated Member: 09/09/2019
10575 W. Indian Road, Suite E-103
Avondale, AZ 85392
(480)747-0045
Fax # (480)522-3522
Email: Ameeta.chowdhary@gmail.com
Seat Term Expires: 2021

Chatur J. Babaria, M.D.
Family Medicine
Affiliated Member 03-05-2007
22707 S. Ellsworth Rd, Suite H-103
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
480-677-3494
Cell # 480-444-9400
Fax: 480-677-4319
Email: cbabaria@yahoo.com
Seat Term Expires: 2022

Susan Lasala-Wood, DNP Sec/Treas
FP-DNP
Owner Member: 03-02-2015
7609 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd. Suite 9
Scottsdale, AZ 85255-3460
480-267-9111
Cell 602-689-5955
Fax: 480-454-4897
Email: LaSalamedical@gmail.com
Seat Term Expires: 2023

David Mendelson, DO-President
Otolaryngology
Affiliated Member 08-05-2002
1492 S. Mill Avenue, Suite 301
Tempe, AZ 85281
480-894-5550
Fax: 480-894-9469
Email: entsoa1492@live.com
Seat Term expires: 2021

A. Clark Ruttinger, DO
Family Practice/Geriatrics
Owner Member: 10-01-1999
13951 W Grand Ave, Suite 203
Surprise, AZ 850374
(623)544-4600
Fax # (623)544-4725
Email: ruttinger2002@yahoo.com
Seat Term Expires: 2023

Constance (Connie) Richardson
Executive Director

ASPA is organized as a cooperative whose members own a single share of capital stock. Shares of membership stock are not transferable and no person may own more than one share.