Zoë McMillen M.D. was born and for the most part grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. She had a happy childhood and participated in many sports, and had family vacations on the beautiful east coast in Umhlanga. She enjoyed going on safaris and to this day finds being in nature in a wild animal reserve the most peaceful place on earth. After high school, she moved with her family to San Diego where she attended SDSU and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Cell and Molecular Biology Summa Cum Laude. She worked each summer in biology research labs, was on the Mortar Board, received a coveted spot in The Scripps Research Institute Internship program and graduated with the Henry L. Janssen Honors Council Award after being inducted into all five Honor Societies. Throughout college she wanted to go to medical school, but some health issues meant that was delayed for a few years. This afforded her the opportunity to participate in the ground breaking field of human stem cell research and help teach scientists how to grow stem cells; her work ultimately being published in a book chapter.
After a few years she continued her passion for learning and helping people at the University of Arizona College of Medicine school in Phoenix. Her desire to become a family medicine physician was confirmed early in medical school. During her first and second year of medical school she began shadowing Dr. Susan Wilder. Dr. Wilder epitomized the family medicine doctor, she practiced full spectrum medicine, listened to her patients, had so much compassion and beyond that was a visionary of medical care. Dr. McMillen received a summer research scholarship between her first and second year of medical school for research on aging. She was the President of the school’s American Medical Association chapter. Dr. McMillen completed medical school, being honored to be inducted into the exclusive Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society.
She matched into her first choice, the original family medicine training program in Arizona and the 15th in the nation at Banner Good Sam, now known as University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Family Medicine Residency. She worked hard doing inpatient and outpatient medicine as well as OBGYN care. She co-chaired the residency recruitment and social committee during her third year.
She practices full spectrum family medicine, and has particular interest in men and women’s health, dermatology, preventive medicine and is starting down the path of becoming certified in Functional Medicine. She believes in compassionate, evidence based care and truly listening to the patient.
After graduating Dr. McMillen joined Honor Health and helped take care of a quickly growing panel of patients. She served as co-chair of the Antibiotic Stewardship committee. She is excited to join Lifescape Premier, and get to spend more time with patients, going through life’s journey and getting to the root cause of their health problems.
Dr. McMillen has been married to her wonderful husband for over 6 years, has a young daughter and son and the family dog, a rescued poodle mix. She loves to spend time playing and spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys cooking, baking and reading and tries to garden, although the Arizona summer’s usually cut that short each year.