Class Notes, August 2012

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

[Faculty member Stephen Howell, MD, and wife Jennifer Parod]

William 'Bill' Thrift, MD, Class of 1983

I've practiced in Prescott since leaving Scottsdale Memorial Family Medicine residency in 1986.

Although I did full family practice, the last baby I delivered is now a 14-year-old. I continue to work about one shift a week, in our busy emergency department with 60,000 visits per year. And, I keep up my private practice.

I've been involved in medical politics, as the past president of the Yavapai Medical Society, the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the local Independent Physician Association (IPA), and now I'm president of Arizona Medical Association (ARMA). I also serve on the Arizona Medical Board.

The best thing Kathy and I have done is raise two great kids. Nicole just finished her family medicine residency at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. Ben owns a bakery and coffee shop in Cedar City, Utah.

I enjoy flying and have my commercial/instrument certificate for gliders and single engine land planes.

Amy Baldwin, MD, Class of 1993

Amy Baldwin and husband Bill CarrollAmy Baldwin, MD, is still practicing medicine full time, but spends her spare time writing edgy romantic thrillers as Carey Baldwin. What's a nice girl like Amy doing writing dark romantic thrillers? When you are a former clinical psychologist, writing about psychopaths comes easily, and when you are a hopeless romantic, well, you do the math! "Carey" has been a finalist in numerous writing contests including Avon FanLit and the prestigious Maggies. Her first manuscript won the Golden Gateway award for best single title romance. Carey's debut novel, First Do No Evil, a romantic medical thriller, released June 26, 2012, by Samhain Publishing. You can visit her website at

Amy also looks forward to her own "happily ever after." She married the man of her dreams, Bill Carroll, on May 29, 2012.

The cover of Baldwin's novel

There’s a killer lurking in Dr. Skylar Novak’s family tree: the gene for breast cancer. That's why her brilliant brother invented the Bella vaccine. But even if the miracle drug protects her from the cancer that took her mother's life, it can't save Sky from the flesh-and-bone evil stalking her in secret. When the killer strikes, Detective Daniel Benson finds himself in the wrong place at the /right time. The bold detective manages to save Sky's life…just in time for her to return the favor. Survival leads to seduction, and Danny risks everything—his career, even his life, to keep Sky safe. But will the buried sins they uncover cost him her heart?

Danny’s strong arms may hold her close, but only Sky can stop the terror that's coming next…

Warning: Contents include: One heart-melting hero -- good luck getting this delicious detective out of your head. One reluctant heroine -- wielding a Glock handgun was never on her to-do list. One crazed villain—an entire flock of baa baa black sheep won't be enough to put you to sleep. And a lifesaving vaccine with one deadly side effect—murder.


First Do No Evil
Set in Flagstaff, Ariz.

New York Times best-selling author Cindy Gerard calls First Do No Evil "Intelligent, scintillating suspense – a winner!"

Grant D. Senner, MD, Class of 2004

As a physician executive, my focus includes medical finance, clinical practice management, and applied biomedical research.

I recently incorporated Sentinel Consulting Group (SCG), based in Tucson, providing health economics and reimbursement strategic planning for health-care, pharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostic development companies. The firm performs many activities, including evaluation of new and existing medical technologies to support companies and venture capital in due diligence and valuation. I also work closely with private and hospital-based clinicians and administrators in the areas of operations, coding, financial management, and compliance to maximize practice productivity and profitability.

I continue to sit on our UA College of Medicine Alumni Board and serve on the Executive Committee of the Tucson Fiesta Bowl. My wife, Michelle, and I also celebrated the birth of our first son, Luke Mason Senner, in May.

Stephen Howell, MD, Class of 2008

My now-wife, Jennifer Parod, and I are both graduates of the University of Arizona College of Medicine from 2008. We were married May 12, 2012, in Tubac, Ariz. We also both finished our anesthesiology residencies and have joined faculty in the UA Department of Radiology.