Dr. Connie Mariano
Dr. Eleanor C. Mariano is the President and Founder of the Center for Executive Medicine (CEM) in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is known to her patients and the media as Dr. Connie Mariano. To two former Presidents of the United States and their families, Dr. Mariano is simply “Dr. Connie.” Dr. Mariano graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, cum laude, June 1977 from Revelle College at the University of California in San Diego. She attended the nation’s military medical school, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, graduating with a Doctor of Medicine degree in May 1981. Dr. Mariano completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Naval Hospital San Diego, CA in 1982 and 1986 respectively. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) and board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine since 1987. She has been a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners since 1982. Dr. Mariano is licensed to practice medicine in Arizona and California.
Dr. Mariano’s highest position in medicine was held as Physician to the President for President William J. Clinton, from 1994-2001. She has also held the title of Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University School of Health Sciences and the Mayo School of Medicine.
An expert on the care of VIPs, celebrities, and world leaders, Dr. Mariano is a frequent guest speaker at international conferences as well as on media specials such as CNN’s “The Health of the President.”
With over thirty years in the medical profession, Dr. Mariano has taken care of patients both in the military and private sector. She brings to the CEM her unique experience and passion in providing the highest standard of care to all her patients.
During those rare moments she can define as “free time,” Dr. Mariano enjoys writing (author of The White House Doctor: My Patients were Presidents” published in 2010 by St. Martin’s Press), hosting her monthly internet radio show, “Dr. Connie’s House Calls” on the Empowerment Channel of Voice America network; traveling with family and friends; and visiting her three grandchildren.
Dr. Patricia Pepper
Dr. Patricia Pepper joined CEM as a staff physician in June 2019.
Dr. Pepper graduated Summa Cum Laude from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biology and Nutrition in 1986. After she received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Minnesota, she was commissioned in the Navy, and entered Transitional Internship at Naval Medical Center San Diego in 1991. Dr. Pepper completed Internal Medicine Residency and attained board certification in 1994. She was awarded a Master’s Degree in Health Research and Policy from Stanford University in 1998.
Dr. Pepper had an illustrious Navy career, serving 27 years on active duty stateside and abroad. She spent the majority of her career at Naval Medical Center San Diego and served in leadership roles as Division Head of General Internal Medicine, Assistant Chair of the Internal Medicine Department, and Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency. Dr. Pepper provided training for the Navy’s largest internal medicine program and cared for thousands of patients in the clinic and hospital settings.
Dr. Pepper is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and was recognized as the Navy Chapter Laureate in 2018. She is a Master Clinician and Associate Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
Dr. Pepper and her husband David have been married for 27 years and have two children, David and Elina.
Ms. Rachel Leonard
Ms. Rachel Leonard joined the CEM team in June 2007 as the CEM’s Medical Concierge, responsible for scheduling and follow up on all of the referral appointments made outside of the CEM’s walls.
Rachel works diligently to provide every patient with an itinerary that fits perfectly into their busy schedules. Her greatest achievement is providing our patients with a “wow” experience.
Rachel also has a strong background in patient billing and coding. She is a trained Billing and Coding Specialist who was awarded certification by the National Health Career Association in 2006.
When Rachel is not arranging appointments or contacting patients, she’s a busy wife and mother with three children. A graduate of the Scottsdale Culinary Institute, Rachel is an expert cook and baker.