Gilbert Office Providers

We currently have nine providers practicing out of our Gilbert office. Please feel free to browse the bios of each of our providers below.

James J. Smith, M.D., F.A.A.P.

My name is James Smith and I've practiced pediatrics since 1985. I attended medical school at the University of Oregon Health Science Center and did my residency training at the Phoenix Hospitals Affiliated Pediatrics Program. I'm certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. I am married with five children. For outside interests, I enjoy wilderness hiking and also manage 110 citrus trees, stone fruit, grapevines, and chickens at my home. I also enjoy astronomy.

Robin R. Laks, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Hello and welcome to Mesa Pediatrics. My name is Robin Laks Adami and I have been practicing general pediatrics since 1999. I received my medical education at the University of Iowa Medical School after completing my undergraduate degree at Luther College obtaining a BA in Biology and Music. After graduation from the University of Iowa I completed my internship and residency locally at the Phoenix Hospitals Affiliated Pediatrics Program. I am certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.  My past interest in training for triathlons has been replaced by chasing around my husband and my beautiful 3 girls, all 5 and under!  

Jennifer L. Wallace, M.D., F.A.A.P. 

Hi and welcome to Mesa Pediatrics! I'm Jennifer Wallace - I grew up in Mesa and have wanted to be a pediatrician since I was in junior high school. My education took me to Boston University for college; after graduating from medical school at the University of Arizona, I did my residency training at Phoenix Children's Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center. I have been practicing since 2003, and am certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. My husband and I met in medical school and now have two young daughters, and an older son (my stepson). I love getting outside with my girls and look forward to instilling our love of travel, sailing, and scuba diving in our girls as they grow.

Nicole Kent, M.D., F.R.C.P.C., F.A.A.P.

Hello, my name is Nicolle Kent and I was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I earned my medical degree at the University of British Columbia and completed my Pediatric Residency training at British Columbia Children's Hospital. I am certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have been practicing Pediatrics since 1997. I am married with 4 wonderful children. We are an active family who enjoys engaging in numerous sports together including, skiing, tennis, badminton, and hiking. I am an avid traveler who has explored more than 15 countries to date.

Mariah Scott  D.O., F.A.A.P.

Hi!  My name is Mariah Scott.  I grew up in Chandler, AZ and have wanted to be a doctor since I was 4 years old.  I attended the University of Arizona for my undergraduate degree, Des Moines University in Des Moines, IA for Medical School and Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC for Pediatric Residency.  After being away for 7 years we came back home to Arizona in 2015 to raise our family.  I am certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and have been in private practice since 2015.  My husband and I met in high school and have been married for over 10 years, and have three amazing children.  We are a very active family and love to spend time outdoors.  I absolutely love being a Pediatrician and feel so blessed to be entrusted with your child's care.   

Ashley Navarro M.D.

Hi there!  My name is Ashley Navarro and I'm very excited to be a part of Mesa Pediatrics.  I grew up in Chandler then moved to Tucson where I received my Bachelor of Science in Physiology, medical degree, and residency training at the University of Arizona.  My husband is an Emergency Medicine physician and we have an adorable daughter.  I enjoy spending time with my family and look forward to meeting yours!

Bill Gause, PA-C

Hi. My name is Bill Gause. I received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Grand Canyon University and a Masters Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. I am certified by the National Commission of Physician Assistants. I have practiced medicine since 1999, a majority of that time exclusively in pediatrics. I am married and have two children.

Grace Hannigan, PA-C

Hi! My name is Grace Hannigan. I am originally from Staten Island, NY. When my family relocated to Gilbert, my sister and I became patients of Mesa Pediatrics!  I received my undergraduate degree in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Arizona, and my master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Northern Arizona University at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. I have always had a strong interest in working in pediatrics and truly enjoy getting to know not only the children but their families as well. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband, our family, friends, and especially our four legged fur baby, Minnie!  I also enjoy running, traveling and cheering on the Arizona Wildcats! I am so excited to be a part of this amazing group, and look forward to meeting you soon!

Becky Purinton, CPNP

I have been working as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner since I completed my master's in nursing and training as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at ASU in 1996.  I am certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.  My work experience also includes nursing care of new mothers and their newborn babies, as well as working for 6 years at Phoenix Children's Hospital.  I am also a Certified Asthma Educator, AE-C.  If you or your child are wanting to understand asthma and asthma medications better, make an "Asthma Education' visit with me.  I enjoy arts and crafts, walking my dog, cooking and cheering for the Arizona Cardinals.  I am also the proud mother of two wonderful young adult children.