Meet Our Team
Aruna Poduval, MD
Board certified in pediatrics and pediatric endocrinology, Dr. Aruna Poduval has over 15 years of experience in pediatric endocrinology. Dr Poduval has wide expertise in the management of pediatric diabetes mellitus (type 1 and 2) including insulin pump therapy, as well as endocrine conditions such as growth disorders, thyroid disorders, disorders of puberty, metabolic syndrome and dyslipidemia. Her basic research focused on the effects of the growth factor (IGF-1/IGFBP3) axis on insulin mediated glucose metabolism. Dr. Poduval has contributed to renowned peer-reviewed journals, and is a member of several professional societies including the Pediatric Endocrine Society, the Endocrine Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Early in her career, she initiated community projects such as G-RAF (Getting Real About Food), that were geared towards the prevention of childhood obesity in a high risk inner city pediatric population. She was an active member of the CHCANYS (Community health care association of NY state) Childhood Obesity Collaborative and her initiative received funding through private grants. Dr. Poduval provides a warm and nurturing approach to caring for children with endocrine disease and diabetes mellitus. She strongly believes in partnering with her patients and their families, thereby empowering them to achieve optimal health outcomes.
Her passion for all things 'sunny' prompted her to move to the valley from NY in 2014. She enjoys traveling with her husband and two children, music and baking.
Adriana Gonzalez Cardona
Adriana graduated Arizona State University with a BS in Biochemsitry and Women and Gender Studies certification. She has always been interested in Pediatrics and is passionate about working with kids, which is why she is also a research assessor for 6th and 9th graders at ASU.
Adriana is able to connect with English and Spanish-speaking patients since she is bilingual. She also knows the names of most of the tv shows and movies the kids may mention, be excited about the things they get to do on breaks and accomplish, and will carefully listen to all the questions and concerns the family may have.
Adriana is currently working on becoming part of the medical community. She also enjoys the outdoors, the beach, animals, and watching documentaries.
Specialty Authorization Coordinator
Sheila is a Certified Healthcare Virtual Assistant and a Registered Medical Technologist. She has experience working in hospital laboratories and thought about entering medical school before choosing the career path of being a Healthcare Virtual Assistant. Her reliability, diligence, and determination to be of service, are some of the qualities she possesses in assisting patients, especially in obtaining their specialty medications in the most efficient & cost-effective way. She loves being able to help Physicians give the best care possible to their patients.
Sheila also loves music, baking, going to the beach, and traveling.
Francine Marran, RN, CDCES
Registered Nurse, Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist
Fran Marran brings a wealth of nearly 20 years of experience as a pediatric endocrine nurse. Also, a certified diabetic educator with great expertise in insulin management, including insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring technology, Fran is deeply passionate about working with families and children with diabetes mellitus, and often becomes "a part of the family" for patients. She is also experienced in the care of other endocrine conditions. In recognition of her leadership and managerial skills early in her career, she has worked as a nursing supervisor, following which she worked with major health systems in the valley including Phoenix Children's Hospital and Banner Health. Her other areas of interest include nutrition education and patient-focused groups aimed at improving community outreach and population health.
Fran is also a loving grandmother of 4 and enjoys sporting events.
Brenda Gibbs, CPPM
Physician Practice Manager
Brenda Gibbs has been in practice management since 2014. After earning her BA degree, she started out in supply chain and logistics and eventually worked with UPS for nearly 10 years. However, she found her true calling when she left behind her corporate career and embarked on her medical practice management journey with a private pediatric specialty group. She worked there for a few years before joining Dr. Poduval. Her strengths include her excellent interpersonal and workflow management skills, which enable her to better understand parent and patient needs, thereby executing smooth practice operations with a deep focus on quality-centric patient care.
Brenda recently sat for her CPPM exam and is now a certified physician practice manager. She also enjoys nature, reading, music, animals, and spending time with her family.
Page Erin is a Certified Medical Virtual Assistant and a Registered Nurse. She was formerly affiliated with different hospitals, with 5 years in the Medical/Surgical Ward, 2 years in the Emergency Department, and 5 years as a Private Duty Nurse.
She is passionate about providing excellent customer service and has strong problem-solving skills and polished communication skills.
Page also enjoys spending time with her family, music, hiking, biking, and camping.