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Marcy E. Yonker, MD

Pediatric Neurologist / Headache Specialist, Neurology

Office: Phoenix Childrens Medical Group - Neurology
Address: 1919 E Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016-7710
Phone: (602) 933-0970
Fax: (602) 933-0068
Professional Affiliations: Child Neurology Society; American Headache Society; American Academy of Neurology
Degree/Certifications: MD
Board Certifications: Neurology with Spec Qual in Child Neurology
Medical School/Education: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
Residency: (Pediatrics) Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA; (Child Neurology) Hospital of University of Pennsylvania (CHOP), Philadelphia, PA
What led you to your career as a neurology doctor?
I was always interested in science as a kid and I like to talk to people and help them so it was a good combination.

What is the best thing about your job?
Making kids who have a common, but misunderstood, problem better

Have you received a special gift of thanks or piece of artwork from a child?
Many over the years. Recently I received a delicious fruit arrangement from a patient and her family. My daughter and I demolished it.

What is your favorite children’s book?
Hard choice between The Phantom Tollbooth and Harry Potter.

How do you go about calming a child’s fears? Aside from the wonderful work of the Child Life team?
I explain to them exactly what I am going to do and tell them I did the same exam on my daughter in front of her kindergarten class and no one called the police on me. I try to use humor.

How do you build trust with a parent?
I try to reassure them that children’s headaches are rarely caused by something serious but are disabling and need to be addressed seriously.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Playing tennis.

What is your favorite local restaurant?
Wally’s

Can you tell us about your family?
My husband and I have 8 year old twins-a girl and a boy.

Where are you originally from, and how did you get here?
I came here from Philadelphia where I trained and worked for a long time. I was offered a nice opportunity to build a headache program so I took it. I miss the pretzels but otherwise no regrets.
Research/Special Interests: Acute and prophylactic migraine treatments; Obesity in Hispanic-American population