Meet Our Team
Aruna Poduval, MD
Board certified in pediatrics and pediatric endocrinology, Dr. Aruna Poduval has over 12 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.
Francine Marran, BSN, 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, BA, CPPM
Michelle Hoekstra, BS
Patient Advocate/Clinical Care Coordinator
Physician Practice Manager
Brenda Gibbs has been in practice management since 2014. Early in her career, 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 0perations 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.