About Ralph Heap
Dr. Ralph Heap was born and raised in Arizona and has lived in Mesa for more than 30 years. He grew up in a family that stressed hard work, competition, and self-reliance. He loved football and played in high school, but he knew from an early age that he wanted to be a doctor and worked hard to achieve that goal. He graduated Magna cum Laude from Arizona State University in two years and then the University of Arizona Medical School. He has been featured several times in Phoenix “Top Doc’s” magazine for Orthopedic surgery.
After a 2 year mission for his church to Holland, Ralph returned and married his high school sweetheart, Denise, in 1974. Many know him as the football team doctor at Mountain View High School. In his spare time, Ralph likes to toss a football around with his grandsons and his nephew, former NFL football player Todd Heap. He also plays the banjo in the “Red Mountain Bluegrass Band,” a Heap family band started by his father. An avid reader, outdoorsman and athlete, Ralph has completed many long distance biking and running events.
One of the highlights of his medical school training was a three-month stint at a Nazarene Mission hospital in a Papua, New Guinea, providing free medical care to a population living in primitive conditions. During that time, Ralph treated everything from spear and hatchet wounds to parasitic infections. His experience in New Guinea motivated Ralph to use his medical skills to treat those in need all around the world, with over 25 trips pro-bono to 3rd world countries. Ralph has volunteered his time and skills with several humanitarian organizations in places like Bolivia, Tonga, Nicaragua, Brazil, and Zimbabwe where to perform orthopedic surgery on children. He got stranded in Bolivia in September, 2001, when the 9/11 attacks caused his flight back to the U.S. to be canceled. Denise, also a nurse has gone with him on many trips. He and his wife Denise lived in Africa for 18 months from 2008 to 2010 while working as the medical advisor on a mission for the LDS church.
He and Denise have three grown children and seven grandchildren. Kris his oldest son is a Dentist here in Mesa, his Daughter Heather is a teacher, and youngest Justin is an Attorney.
“I believe in the promise of America,” said Ralph. “I plan to work hard to fulfill that promise. This is the greatest nation on earth, and it's greatness lies in the brilliance of the Constitution. Everything good about America stems from the liberties protected by this majestic document. We stand at a crossroads. One of the biggest problems we face today is the takeover by the federal government of our healthcare system. Unless many of us in the medical profession stand up to these bureaucrats, we face a dismal future. From the youngest to the oldest, from the healthiest to the sickest, no one will be untouched by this federal power grab. I hope to accomplish many things if I am elected, including fixing our healthcare system, preserving the Constitution, reigning in the EPA, strengthening our schools, supporting our law enforcement officers, lowering taxes, decreasing regulations, and shrinking government. Preserving liberty means less government and more individual freedom. That is my goal.”