Our Surgical Team
Joel Rainwater, MD is a board certified interventional radiologist with more than 21 years of experience including owning and developing outpatient-based medical practices. Dr. Rainwater is the founder of Comprehensive Integrated Care (CiC) and he serves as chief medical officer for the offices in Arizona, Utah, and Oregon.
After receiving his medical degree at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dr. Rainwater completed his residency in diagnostic radiology and served as chief resident at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. He completed his fellowship in interventional vascular radiology prior to joining the interventional radiologist team at Associated Radiologists in Mesa, AZ.
Jeffrey M Braxton, MD FACS is double board certified in General Surgery as well as Venous and Lymphatic Medicine and he has more than 25 years of experience. Dr. Braxton graduated medical school at the University of Michigan School of Medicine in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Braxton completed his residency in general surgery at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Areas of expertise include endovenous laser ablation, radiofrequency ablation, Venaseal, foam and cosmetic sclerotherapy, and other minimally-invasive treatments. “It’s about improving quality of life” he explains when asked about his inspiration for treating venous disease. Dr. Braxton enjoys taking the time to get to know his patients and understand their concerns. He teaches them about the disease process and how treatment can alleviate their pain.
Dr. Schulman earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the prestigious Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, Illinois in 1997. He completed his residency training as Chief Podiatric Surgical Resident at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Phoenix, under the guidance of Dr. Kerry Zang. He is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association.
In April 2019, he joined CiC Foot & Ankle in Sun City. Dr. Schulman is excited to be part of team of interventional radiologists and vein specialists who are trained to treat the underlying vascular issues faced by those living with neuropathy and diabetes. Prior to that he was with Arizona Institute of Footcare Physicians in Mesa and Phoenix.
Dr. Michael Switzer, Interventional Radiologist and Medical director for Comprehensive Integrated Care in Gilbert AZ, grew up in South Portland, Maine. After graduating from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, Dr. Switzer attended the University of Minnesota medical school. He then completed an internship in general surgery followed by a residency in diagnostic radiology at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Following residency, he completed a clinical fellowship at Harvard medical school and a clinical and research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He then returned to Maricopa Medical Center where he served as section chief of interventional and vascular radiology before joining Comprehensive Integrated Care.
Dr. Askari graduated from the College of Podiatric Medicine, Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and completed his residency at St Luke’s Medical Center in Phoenix, under the directorship of Kerry Zang, DPM. Dr. Zang was so impressed with his abilities and compassion, he asked him to move his family to Arizona and join Arizona Institute of Footcare Physicians. They have worked together since 2005.
He recently lectured at the Superbones Superwounds East Conference in New Jersey on “Regenerative Medicine Therapy in a Clinical Setting.” Dr Askari is also the co-author of “Low-Level Laser Therapy’s Impact on Small Fiber Neuropathy,” published on podiatrytoday.com.
Hassan Makki, DO is an interventional cardiologist with more than fifteen years’ of experience. Dr. Makki specializes in treating cardiac and vascular conditions including the areas of heart failure, various heart diseases, atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, stroke, heart attack, and blood clots.
Dr. Makki graduated from medical school at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He moved to Phoenix after completing his Internal Medicine Residency and Cardiology Fellowship in Michigan through the Michigan State state-wide campus program at Garden City Hospital. After spending five years treating hypertension, heart failure, coronary artery disease, and rhythm disorders through his general cardiology practice, Dr. Makki returned to the catheterization laboratory for further training. He completed an additional Interventional Fellowship at St. John’s Hospital in Macomb, Michigan where he trained in both coronary and peripheral interventions utilizing the newest techniques with the most state-of-the-art equipment.
Dr. O’Hara brings his extensive background in vascular embolization and minimally invasive treatments for tumors to Comprehensive Integrate Care Utah (CiC Utah). As an endovascular specialist, he is able to treat a variety of conditions throughout the body, with a special focus on peripheral artery disease and vein conditions. His experience with embolization technology and techniques includes innovative treatments for enlarged prostates and varicocele patients.
He received his medical training at the University of Washington in Seattle followed by training in diagnostic radiology at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington. Dr. O’Hara continued with fellowship training in Vascular and Interventional Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania where he obtained a certificate of added qualification in vascular and interventional radiology.
Brian Evans, MD is an interventional radiologist with a distinguished service career as a Navy physician where he served as Undersea and Dive Medical Officer and the physician for Special Warfare units. He has over 17 years of experience in endovascular and oncological intervention. Dr. Evans received his medical degree from George Washington University in Washington DC. After completing a radiology residency at the University of Arizona, he continued his training with an interventional radiology fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle.
“I chose Interventional Radiology as my fellowship because I appreciate how we can treat a multitude of conditions saving patients the discomfort and down time of surgery. It’s enormously rewarding to share this experience with my patients.”