Our Providers:

Dr. Petar N. Novakovic, MD

Dr. Petar Novakovic graduated from the Belgrade University School of Medicine in 1986 and completed his residency at Arandjelovac Hospital, Serbia.  He has participated extensively in medical research and has published several papers in Serbian and European medical journals.

In 1994, he started his Family Practice Residency Program at the Swedish Convenant Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, which is affiliated with the University of Chicago Medical School.  In 1998, he was the recipient of the prestigious Slawikowsky Award for “Resident of the Year”.  He is board certified by the American Board of Family Physicians.  Later in 1998, Dr. Novakovic moved to Arizona and opened the Novakovic Family Practice.  His very successful practice is based on an integrative approach to treatment.  He has created a unique blend of modalities of traditional and alternative medicine.  He is a recipient of the Patient Choice Award for 2008 and 2009 in Arizona.  He shares his professional expertise with future physicians by training medical students from the St. Eustachus Medical School.  

Dr. Novakovic lives in Gilbert, Arizona with his wife and three children.  He is also a talented musician who writes, performs and records music.

Nina Novakovic, PA-C

Nina Novakovic is a newly licensed Physician Assistant as of August 2018.  Nina graduated Summa Cum Laude from ASU with a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition.  She then finished her Masters program and Physician Assistant schooling at A.T. Still University.  Nina is ecstatic to finally join NFP as a provider, and is eager to see as many patients as possible.  Yes, Nina is Dr. Novakovic’s first born daughter.

Vesna Rajak-Hodzic, MS, PA-C

I was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.  I originally graduated from Medical Unverisity in Sarajevo, with a professional degree of Medical Doctor.  Due to the war in my native country, I resettled to the U.S.A as a refugee.  Upon resettlement, I decided to pursue a medical career as a Physician’s assistant.  

I am married and have two daughters.  In my free time I enjoy reading books, traveling and learning about other cultures and history.  I particularly enjoy spending time with my family.

Julia Turchaninov, PA-C, PhD

Julia Turchaninov graduated from Odessa Medical University in the Ukraine in 1998 with a Doctor of Medicine degree.  After finishing her residency, she began work on her PhD while working part time as an immunologist in the Odessa Clinical Hospital.  She also taught immunology and medical genetics to French-speaking international students at Odessa Medical University.  In 2004 she earned her PhD in Medicine for her scientific work on chronic abdominal inflammation.

In 2005 Julia was married and moved to the United States where she taught microbiology at Paradise Valley College in Phoenix, Arizona and worked part time in the Novakovic Family Practice.  In 2011 Julia enrolled in the Physician’s Assistant program at AT Still University in Mesa, Arizona.  During the program she was accepted by the Mayo Clinic for clinical rotation in surgery and hospital internal medicine.  In 2012 she graduated from AT Still with a Master’s Degree in PA studies and joined the Novakovic Family Practice full time.  Julia is board certified by the American Academy of Physician Assistant.

Julia has authored 15 articles in Ukranian and European medical journals and she holds three patents in the Ukraine.  She lives with her husband in Phoenix.  Her hobbies are reading, gardening, cooking and travel.

Ross Turchaninov, PhD

Dr. Turchaninov graduated with honors from the Odessa Medical School in Ukraine in 1982.  He was admitted to the residency program of the Kiev Scientific Institute of Orthopedy and Rehabilitation, which he completed in 1985.  After his residency, he worked as a physician at the Clinical Hospital of Department IV of the Ukrainian Ministry of Public Health.  During these years, he also worked with the medical team of the relief effort following the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster.  

From 1988 to 1992, Dr. Turchaninov worked as a senior scientific researcher at the Kiev Scientific Institute of Orthopedy and Rehabilitation.  In 1989, Dr. Turchaninov obtained his PhD degree in medicine, and in 1990, graduated from the Kiev Scientific Institute of Orthopedy and Rehabilitation’s manual therapy and medical massage programs designed for physicians.

In 1992, Dr. Turchaninov was invited to work in rehabilitation centers in New York City and Scottsdale, Arizona, as head of their medical massage program.  In 1998 he founded the publishing company Aesculapius Books.  He lectures in the U.S. and abroad on issues of manual therapy and medical massage, and is regularly invited to speak at American and international conferences.

Dr. Turchaninov is author of more than 40 scientific papers and other publications in European and American medical journals.  He is author of three major textbooks: Medical Massage, Volumes I and II, and Therapeutic Massage: A Scientific Approach.  He is founder and editor of Journal of Massage Science.

Dr. Turchaninov lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and daughter.  His interests are literature, art, history and travel.