Our Staff

Providers

Dexter Pediatrician Dr. Paul Turke

Dr. Paul Turke received a PhD in anthropology from Northwestern University in 1985 and an MD from Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine, in 1996, and he completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of Michigan in 1999. His work in anthropology focused on childcare in Ifaluk and Yap, which are in the Western Caroline Archipelago of Micronesia. This work demonstrated that grandmothers, grandfathers, and older siblings are important contributors to childcare and stimulated an interest in what is now called ‘evolutionary medicine,’ which eventually led to a career in pediatrics. Dr. Turke is still active in evolutionary medicine and has written a book called ‘Bringing Up Baby: An Evolutionary View of Pediatrics, ‘due to be published in the summer of 2024. In his spare time, he cooks, runs, swims, climbs ropes, and watches his grandchildren. 

Dr. Suzanne Thomashow received a PhD in molecular genetics from Washington State University in 1986, where she studied hormonal control in reproductive biology. She earned her MD from Michigan State University in 1996 and completed a dual residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Michigan State University. She is a member of the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons with board certification in both pediatrics and internal medicine, and she is board certified in pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics. She’s been a member of the Michigan Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health, and Sports. Suzanne enjoys traveling and hiking with her husband, and she is an avid runner with 13 marathons under her belt. She also enjoys cooking, gardening, and creating handcrafted Artesian soaps.

Dexter Pediatrician Dr. Suzanne Thomashow
Dexter Nurse Practitioner Natalie

Natalie NP is a pediatric nurse practitioner. Before coming to our practice, she worked at the University of Michigan Children’s Hospital for 7 years. She completed her bachelor’s in nursing, BSN, at the University of Michigan in 2012. To further her education, she obtained her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Rush University in 2019, where she specialized in pediatric primary care. She is passionate about helping navigate chronic illness and preventative medicine. She is excited to be working at Turke & Thomashow Pediatrics due to her mentorship with our physicians and her commitment to giving back to her community. In addition to working in our practice, she also teaches undergraduate nursing at Concordia. Natalie grew up in Dexter and is happily raising her family in the same city. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and four children, baking, and hiking.

Sarah PA is a physician assistant. She completed her bachelor of science degree in chemistry, minoring in psychology, at Adrian College in 2022. She went on to complete her masters, PA-C, at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2024. She is passionate about mental health, nutrition, and sports medicine. She is excited to be working at Turke & Thomashow Pediatrics, providing pediatric primary care, and giving back to her community. Sarah grew up in Saline, and in her down time, she spends time with her family and two dogs, Duke and Bear.

Sarah PA Dexter

Nursing Staff

Dexter Pediatrician Nursing Staff Jill

Jill has been an RN at Turke & Thomashow Pediatrics for 22 years. She graduated from the University of Michigan School of Nursing with a BSN in 1985. Jill has vast experience in nursing and has worked in a number of different nursing roles. Over her tenure with Turke & Thomashow Pediatrics, she has cared for a generation of children, and by working part-time, she has also had the joy of spending an equal amount of time at home with her own two children as they were growing up. They are the love of her life. Her oldest, Morgan, is married to Daniel, and her youngest, Aaron, is pursuing his PhD. One of the things she enjoys most is their yearly trip to Mackinac Island, which is their ‘happy place’! At home, she lives with her two dogs, Scooter and Cooper. Long evening walks with her two dogs from her condo top off every day with barks and smiles.

Sophia grew up in Ann Arbor and graduated with her BSN from Ferris State University in 2012. She is a pediatric nurse and has been practicing for 12 years, 8 of which have been at Turke & Thomashow Pediatrics. Sophia enjoys building relationships with patients as well as their families. She is passionate about longitudinal care and preventative medicine, which are core values at our practice. In her down time, Sophia spends time with her husband and two children. As a family, they like being active in the community, getting outdoors, and having cozy movie nights and popcorn.

Dexter Pediatrician Nursing Staff Sophia
Dexter Pediatrician Nursing Staff Vicki

Vicki graduated with her BSN from Eastern Michigan University. She has specialized in pediatric nursing for the last 8 years, and we were thrilled to have her join our practice in the fall of 2022. Vicki enjoys the opportunities that working in a clinic provides, such as relationships with patients and their parents. She has recently taken on the position of behavioral health care manager. When not in the office, Vicki enjoys spending time on the lake or traveling to her cabin up north. She has two grown children and is anxiously awaiting the arrival of her first grandchild.

Medical Assistant

Grace is our medical assistant. She is a recent graduate from Michigan State University, where she earned her degree in kinesiology with a minor in health promotion. She grew up in Ann Arbor and attended Pioneer High School. Her goal is to become a physical therapist, and she wants to specialize in physical therapy for children and athletes. Her hobbies include reading, spending time with friends in the sun, and beach time on Lake Huron with her family.

Dexter Medical Assistant Grace

Receptionists

Dexter Pediatrician Receptionist Cindy

Cindy is one of the front desk receptionists and has been with Turke & Thomashow Pediatrics since 2016. She joined the staff following her retirement from Washtenaw County, where she spent 29 years serving as a program coordinator. In her free time, she enjoys quilting, baking, gardening, and spending time with family. She and her husband Brad have three adult children: one daughter and two sons, two beautiful granddaughters, Eleanor “Ella” and Brooklynn, and two more grandbabies on the way. She feels truly blessed. She also has three dogs named Fancy, Dixie, and Georgie, and lots of chickens!!!

Sandra joined Turke & Thomashow Pediatrics as a front desk receptionist in 2020. When she’s not at work, she loves to bake, sew, and create papercraft cards for friends and family. She loves spending time with her family and has two grown sons, a daughter-in-law, and one beautiful, talented, and funny granddaughter named Dana. For relaxation, she enjoys reading on her front porch beside her dog, Sammy Jo. She also loves coffee!

Dexter Pediatrician Receptionist Sandra

Marge is our newest addition to the front desk receptionist team. She has broad front desk operations experience gained from her 17 years working at the Washtenaw County Extension Office. She is a Dexter native and enjoys working her farm with her husband, spending time with her grandchildren, and touring on her motorcycle the open roads of Michigan. 

Office Manager

Diana has been the office manager at Turke & Thomashow Pediatrics since it was first established by Drs. Edward Curtis and William Graves in the early 1980s in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She joined us when our office location was at the corner of Pauline and Stadium. She continued with Dr. Curtis when he became a solo practitioner for the children of Ann Arbor in the 1990s. With the retirement of Dr. Curtis continued as office manager at Turke & Thomashow Pediatrics, at our present location in Dexter, Michigan. She manages insurance matters and is our liaison with the Huron Valley Physicians Association.