Providers

Each one of our providers is highly qualified and striving to deliver personalized, compassionate care. Many of them are accredited at highly-acclaimed universities and completely dedicated to Legacy’s mission.


Nishan Adihetty, MD, joined Legacy in February of 2013. He earned his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo in Sri Lanka. Dr. Adihetty trained in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at Northeast Ohio Medical University.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Adihetty worked as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and as a General Psychiatrist in Akron, Ohio. While there, he practiced as an Emergency Psychiatrist as well.

Dr. Adihetty is currently board certified in both General Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry through the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. He is also a member of the American Psychiatric Association and American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. He has published articles on suicide prevention. Dr. Adihetty enjoys traveling in his spare time.



Virginia Allen, M.D., joined Legacy Community Health Services in November of 2013. She earned her undergraduate degree in Microbiology from the University of Oklahoma, and then went on to receive her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at UT-Southwestern in Dallas and her fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Allen worked in an outpatient private practice and with the Brazos Valley Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority. Dr. Allen is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). She recently finished her term as a resident member on the AACAP Healthcare Access and Economics Committee.

Dr. Allen enjoys spending time with friends and family and practicing yoga.



Laura Almore, MA, LMFT, joined Legacy in September of 2012. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Houston-Downtown in 2002, and then went on to receive her graduate degree from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 2006.

Prior to joining Legacy, Almore worked as an LMFT for the Texas Child and Family Institute. While there, she served as a facilitator for several groups, including Anger Management, Together in Texas-marriage enrichment, and a women’s empowerment group. She also received her certification as a provider for ARC-Active Military Life and Resiliency Skills. She is a member both of HAMFT and AAMFT, both professional chapters of Family Therapist.

Almore enjoys biking, hiking, reading, and attending plays. She also serves as an Associate Minister at her home church in Stafford, Texas.



Erica Avery, LCSW-S, joined the Legacy Behavioral Health Department in 2011. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Board Approved Clinical Supervisor in the state of Texas. She earned her Master of Social Work at Boston College.

Prior to joining Legacy, Avery worked as a Psychotherapist at Baylor College of Medicine and at a Harris County Hospital District Outpatient School-Based Clinic. She also worked as a Therapist for the Insight Program at Harris County Hospital District, in collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas- Austin.

As a native Spanish speaker, Avery relishes the opportunity to serve a culturally diverse population. She has experience working with all ages, though her passion is working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. Avery has helped children and families deal with an extensive array of issues, including developmental delays, behavior or learning problems like ADHD, anxiety, depression, attachment issues, autism spectrum disorders, and trauma. Her approach is guided by the tenets of the strengths-based perspective in which she incorporates developmental, attachment, and family systems theories. Avery focuses on promoting her client’s strengths using individualized treatment plans to foster growth and change. Avery trained at the University of Texas in a number of evidence-based treatments, including Child Trauma Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. She trained in play therapy at DePelchin Children’s Center and the Houston- Galveston Trauma Institute Training Program.



Roma Bhatt, M.A., LPC, NBCC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is Nationally Certified as a Counselor by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Austin College and went on receive her Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Argosy University. Prior to joining Legacy in 2011, Roma worked as a psychotherapist at MHMRA and prior to that she worked as a psychotherapist at Child and Family Guidance Center.

Roma particularly enjoys working with children, adolescents, and young adults in both individual and group settings dealing with a wide variety of issues, including adjustment disorder, ADHD, behavioral problems and anger, parenting training, depression, and relational issues. While her counseling approach is eclectic and treatment is tailored to each individual, her theoretical orientation is grounded in cognitive behavioral, client-centered, and solution- focused techniques. She has completed numerous trainings ranging from Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Play Therapy.

Roma is bilingual in English and Gujarati, and linguistically competent in Spanish and Hindi as well. Her goal in therapy is to help her clients gain insight, learn effective coping mechanisms to deal with their distress, and acquire the tools necessary to maximize to their full potential. Her hope is that her clients can take the lessons learned in therapy and utilize the techniques on their own, leading them to a happier, healthier lifestyle.


Lisa Black, M.Ed., LPC, joined Legacy Community Health Services in August of 2013. She earned her undergraduate in Communications from the University of Minnesota, and then went on to receive her Masters of Education in Counseling and Development from Lamar University.

Prior to joining Legacy, Black served as a mental health clinician at UTMB in Correctional Managed Care for four years. While there, she worked extensively with male offenders, focusing on using mindfulness and cognitive therapy to help manage stress and mood disorders. Black is a member of the American Counseling Association.

Black enjoys gardening and exploring the outdoors with her son and husband in her free time.



Amber Burks, M.D. joined Legacy Community Health Services in December of 2011. She earned her bachelor's degree in Microbiology from Texas A&M University, and went on to receive her Doctor of Medicine degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She completed her residency in Adult Psychiatry as well as a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.


Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Burks worked with Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority as the Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for a mental health treatment facility for young men in juvenile detention. Dr. Burks is an active member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists.


Dr. Burks enjoys gardening and spending time with family in her spare time.



Pedro M. Bustamante IV, M.D., joined Legacy Community Health Services in July of 2012. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from The University of Texas-Pan American, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, and went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine from Baylor College of Medicine. Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Bustamante trained as a General Psychiatry Resident and as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow in the Menninger Department of Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. While there, he was recognized for clinical excellence during both his residency and fellowship.

Dr. Bustamante is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists, and the Lesbian and Gay Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Association (LAGCAPA). He has received numerous awards, including being the co-recipient of the William P. Moore, M.D., and Roy Aruffo, M.D., Resident Excellence Award in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; co-recipient (with Dr. Chad Lemaire) of the Eugen Kahn Award for Excellence in General Psychiatry; and twice received an Honorable Mention for Resident Teaching. Dr. Bustamante has published articles in the AACAP News and the LAGCAPA Newsletter. He presented at the 2011 Houston Group Psychotherapy Conference, the 2011 joint conference of the American and Canadian Academies of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the March 2012 Menninger Department of Behavioral Science's Grand Rounds, and the 2012 Gender Variant Youth Conference in Houston for which he served as the Chairperson to the Advisory Board of Physicians. He has additionally lectured to medical students, medical and psychiatric residents, and other mental health providers about gender and sexual development and serves as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine. He is board certified in adult psychiatry and board eligible in child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Bustamante's professional interests including anxiety and depressive disorders in adolescents, ADHD in children, teaching about gender and sexual development, and working with families of gender variant and other sexual minority youth.



Elizabeth Castrellón, LCSW, joined Legacy in September of 2012. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rice University, and then went on to receive her Master of Social Work degree from Smith College School for Social Work. She completed a Post-Masters Fellowship in Clinical Social Work at the Baylor College of Medicine Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Prior to joining Legacy, Castrellón worked as a Behavioral Health Specialist at the Baylor College of Medicine Community Behavioral Health Program. While there, she worked with Spanish-speaking children and families at a school-based clinic in the Houston area.

Castrellón was selected as a Fellow for the American Psychoanalytic Association for the 2011-2012 academic year.



Marsha Crutchfield, LPC, joined Legacy in May of 2012. She earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Baylor University.

Prior to joining Legacy, Crutchfield worked as a Clinical Team Leader and Psychotherapist at Mental Health Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County. While there, she led a team of case managers who provided social services to adults with chronic mental disorders. She also provided psychotherapy to adolescent males who were detained in a juvenile detention center. This service was extended to their families as well.

In her spare time Crutchfield enjoys working out, going to the movies, and spending time with her family.


Kristina Finley Delhomme, LMFT, LPC, joined Legacy Community Health Services in February of 2014. She earned her Bachelor of Psychology degree from Texas A&M University, and then went on to receive her Master’s degree in Family Therapy from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Prior to joining Legacy, Delhomme worked as a therapist at The Couple Zone. While there, she started the process of becoming certified in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. Delhomme is a member American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and enjoys working with couples and those struggling with addiction.

Delhomme enjoys hunting, hiking, and watching Texas A&M and Texans football with her new husband in her spare time.


Vivian Echevarria, MS, LPC joined Legacy Community Health Services in August of 2013. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Texas and a member of the American Counseling Association and the National Board for Certified Counselors. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, and then went on to receive her Masters of Science in Counseling from the University of Phoenix, in Tucson, Arizona.

Prior to joining Legacy, Echevarria worked as a staff therapist at Innovative Alternatives Inc., and as an employment coach at the Bay Area Financial Opportunity Center. While there, Echevarria earned her certification to serve as a Family Mediator and Critical Incident Stress Management Facilitator. She also facilitated the Spanish trauma and recovery group for victims of abuse.

She has experience leading art classes and psycho-educational groups that help members process abuse and reinforce self-esteem. Echevarria has helped clients to deal with anxiety, depression, grief, domestic violence, marriage, and family and immigration issues.

Echevarria is a native Spanish Speaker and is proficient in Portuguese. In her spare time, Echevarria enjoys baking, drawing, painting, and completing home and fashion design projects.



Nicole Garber, MD, joined Legacy in February of 2013. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Arizona State University, and then went on to receive her Doctor of Medicine degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Garber completed her fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine. She is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Psychiatric Association, and has received travel awards from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Garber has published articles in the Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology News and, given presentations at the annual meeting for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Nicole enjoys running marathons in her spare time.



Monica Garza, Ph.D., joined Legacy Community Health Services in August of 2012. She earned her bachelor¹s degree from the University of Notre Dame, and went on to receive her Master of Public Health degree in Health Management and Policy from the School of Public Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Dr. Garza received her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston in 2010.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Garza completed an American Psychological Association-accredited Pre-Doctoral internship at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Garza has published eight peer-reviewed articles and given 15 professional presentations at national conferences.


In her spare time, Dr. Garza enjoys spending time with friends and family.



Teandra Gordon, LMFT, joined Legacy in September of 2012. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of St. Thomas, and then went on to receive her Master of Arts in Family Therapy from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Sam Houston State University, working to attain a Ph.D. in Counselor Education.

Prior to joining Legacy, Gordon worked as a Clinical Intervention Specialist at The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston. While there, she provided individual and family therapy, substance abuse assessment, and parenting education to families in Child Protective Services. Gordon is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and has received awards for Outstanding Doctoral Research from Sam Houston State University.

She has published articles in The Family Journal, The Journal of At-Risk Issues, and VISTAS. Gordon has presented nationally at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the National Association for Relationship and Marriage Education Conferences. Her research has also been presented at the American Counseling Association Conference. She was unable to attend this last conference due to being pregnant with one of her four children.

Gordon enjoys watching movies and playing sports with her husband and four kids in her spare time.



Irma Guerrero-Ali joined Legacy Community Health Services in March of 2013. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and then went on to receive her Master of Arts in Family Therapy from the same institution.

Prior to joining Legacy, Guerrero-Ali worked as a Senior Clinician at Family Services of Greater Houston. While there, she conducted therapy in several schools and home in and around Houston and Baytown. Guerrero-Ali is a member of the Houston Association for Marriage and Family Therapists, and has given presentations for this organization about the roles of culture and religion in relationships, at Wyle Laboratories about reducing stress in the workplace. She has also presented M. D. Anderson Cancer Center about breast cancer and couples, and young adult cancer patients and their friends and family.


Guerrero-Ali enjoys spending time with her family, often outdoors at parks, nature centers and beaches. She also enjoys visiting the many museums in the Houston area.



Joanna Guzman, M.S., L.M.F.T., LPC-S, joined Legacy in March of 2013. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies with a minor in Hispanic studies from Northwestern University, and then went on to receive her master’s degree in psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University.

Prior to joining Legacy, Mrs. Guzman worked as a Psychotherapist at a community clinic in the Houston area and previous to that she was a high school Spanish teacher for 5 years within the Houston Independent School District. Mrs. Guzman is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas.

Joanna enjoys salsa dancing and volunteers her time in a nonprofit organization, Houston Salsa Dancers, Inc, to help fund an annual educational scholarship program.



Winderlyon Hebert, LPC-S, joined Legacy in January of 2013. She earned her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Texas Southern University, and then went on to receive her master’s in counseling from Prairie View A&M University.

Prior to joining Legacy, Hebert work as a Clinical Team Lead at Mental Health Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County. She is a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors.

Hebert enjoys spending her free time with her family.



Dana Kober, M.D., joined Legacy Community Health Services in February of 2014. She earned her Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Doctor of Medicine degrees from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. She trained in general adult psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Yale Child Study Center.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Kober was the Clinic Chief of Psychiatry Services at Texas Children’s Hospital. While there she specialized in children with autism spectrum disorders and Tourette’s syndrome. Dr. Kober is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and has received numerous teaching and leadership awards. She has published chapters in several books and gives presentations on topics including autism spectrum disorders and Tourette’s syndrome.



Tanya Krolls, M.D., joined Legacy Community Health Services in September of 2012. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Houston, and went on to receive her Doctor of Medicine degree from The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She also completed her General Psychiatry Residency and Child Psychiatry Fellowship at this same institution.

Dr. Krolls is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.


She enjoys being outside and participating in outdoor activities.



Angela Larery, Ph.D., joined Legacy Community Health Services in April of 2013. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Missouri Southern State University, and then went on to receive a master’s degree in school psychology and a doctorate in Clinical Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine at the University of North Texas.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Larery worked as a clinical neuropsychologist at Matthew Nance, Ph.D., and Associates, where she specialized in the assessment of dementia and other cognitive disorders. While there, she functioned as a liaison with Baylor College of Medicine’s world-renowned Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorder Clinic and was a featured speaker with the Houston Alzheimer’s Association. Dr. Larery is a member of the American Psychological Association. She has expertise in pediatric neuropsychology, and has given multiple presentations on autism spectrum disorders and common psychological disorders seen in children, including ADHD, depression, anxiety disorders, and learning disabilities.


In her free time, Dr. Larery enjoys spending time with her family, including four Labradors, several cats, and two frogs, the lattermost of which have taken up residence in her pool despite repeated eviction attempts. She is an avid gardener and remains active in ballet.



Chad Lemaire, M.D., joined Legacy Community Health Services in July of 2010. He is currently the Associate Medical Director of the Behavioral Health department.

Dr. Lemaire earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with Highest Honors. He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine after working as a Pediatric Nurse, graduating in 2006 as the first ranked student in his class. Dr. Lemaire also received the Stanley Olson Award for Academic Excellence and Service and the Hilde Bruch Award for Excellence in Psychiatry.


Dr. Lemaire then completed a Psychiatry residency at Baylor College of Medicine's Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He received the Eugen Kahn Award for Excellence in Psychiatry, given to the outstanding resident in the program. He shared this distinction with Dr. Pedro Bustamante, who is also a Legacy Psychiatrist. Dr. Lemaire was also in a select group of residents chosen from across the country as Fellows in the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, where he was part of a Disaster Psychiatry Committee and contributed to writing a book on disaster psychiatry.


Dr. Lemaire is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, the American Psychiatric Association, the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians, and the Houston Psychiatric Society. He served on the American Psychiatric Association¹s Council on Advocacy and Government Relations in 2011-12. Dr. Lemaire continues to serve as a Clinical Instructor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, and is board certified in General Psychiatry through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.


Dr. Lemaire's professional interests include the interface between psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, existential issues throughout the life cycle, mental health care parity, disparities in access to mental health care services, integration of behavioral health and primary care, HIV Psychiatry, disaster response, and grief and resilience. In his personal life, Dr. Lemaire enjoys spending time with his family, especially traveling and spending time outdoors.



Nathalie Marie, M.D., joined Legacy Community Health Services in July of 2013. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Pre-Medical Science from Boston College, and then went on to receive her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine. She completed her psychiatric residency in Houston, TX, at the Baylor College of Medicine Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Marie worked as an outpatient psychiatrist at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. While there, she became certified in cognitive processing therapy and provided group therapy for veterans struggling with trauma-related illness. She was also actively involved in residency training and provided resident supervision in therapy and clinics, and served on the VA Residency Education Committee. Dr. Marie has received the Association of Women Psychiatrists Fellowship award and the Henry P. and M. Page Durkee Laughlin Foundation Distinguished Fellowship award.

Dr. Marie speaks fluent French and loves to travel. She enjoys salsa dancing in her spare time.



Ken Masters, M.D., joined Legacy Community Health Services in February of 2011. He earned his undergraduate degree from Rice University, and went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Masters was a resident in Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine's Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. While there, he received the Stacia Michelleto Award, an honor given to the outstanding third-year resident. Dr. Masters has been published in Psychiatric Times as an essayist and has given a number of presentations, including Psychiatry Grand Rounds at Baylor College of Medicine. He has presented on topics including psychodynamic psychotherapy in those with gender dysphoria, depression in Native American populations, and mental health issues among rural populations.


Dr. Masters is actively involved in promoting Native American art and artists. He also volunteers his time promoting health and wellness to Native American teens.



Annette Morales-Tymczak, LPC, joined Legacy in September of 2012. She earned her undergraduate degree at St. Mary’s University and went on to earn her master’s degree at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Prior to joining Legacy, Morales-Tymczak served children and families at DePelchin Children’s Center. She has spent her career providing mental health services in a variety of settings. While working with Hurricane Ike survivors, she was selected as an outstanding employee and featured in Texas P.R.I.D.E. magazine. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Morales-Tymczak enjoys spending time with her family and exploring the community with them.



Melissa Ochoa-Perez, M.D., joined Legacy Community Health Services in July of 2011. She earned her undergraduate degree from The University of Texas-Pan American, and then went on to receive her Doctor of Medicine degree from Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her Adult Psychiatry Residency and her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Baylor College of MedicineOEs Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science in 2008. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has been a board certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist since 2009.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Ochoa-Perez worked as the Medical Director of Ben Taub Hospital's Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services Department and as an Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine. She is a long time member of the American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry and participates in a yearly special interest group presentation that helps women in psychiatry mentor each other.



Magdalena Peixoto, M.D., joined Legacy Community Health Services in September of 2010. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biochemical and Biophysical Sciences from the University of Houston and then went on to receive her Medical Doctorate from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Peixoto completed her residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Psychiatric Association, and was a junior member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society while in medical school. She is board certified in General Psychiatry.


Dr. Peixoto is originally from Uruguay and speaks English and Spanish fluently. She enjoys being with her family in her spare time.



Graciela Poppi, LCSW, joined Legacy in December of 2007. She earned her master’s in psychology from the University of Buenos Aires.

Poppi was as a Social Worker for the Houston Independent School District prior to joining Legacy, where she organized a program for toddlers. Poppi is a member of the Psychoanalytic Association of Houston. She enjoys reading and traveling in her spare time, and is a fan of water exercise and Pilates.



Katie Roberts, M.D., joined Legacy Community Health Services in July of 2013. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Newcomb College Institute at Tulane University, and then went on to receive her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Roberts worked as a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist at Devereux Texas, an institution that treats individuals of all ages suffering from a range of emotional, behavioral, development, and psychiatric disorders.

Dr. Roberts enjoys spending time with her family in her spare time.


Zishan Samiuddin, M.D., joined Legacy Community Health Services as a full- time Psychiatrist in May of 2012. She has been part of the Legacy family since 1999, though, serving patients on a part-time basis. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Gandhi Medical College in Hyderabad, India.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Samiuddin was on the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine and worked as the Medical Director of the Psychiatric Services Program at Thomas Street Health Center. While there, she was instrumental in establishing and managing the first full-service, continuously-operating psychiatric services clinic dedicated to the indigent HIV/AIDS population in Houston. Dr. Samiuddin's latest publication is a book chapter on Management of HIV/ AIDS in the 8th edition of Robert E. Rakel's Textbook of Family Medicine. Dr. Samiuddin has given presentations in person and on radio and television programs locally, nationally, and internationally.

Dr. Samiuddin enjoys reading, sewing, gardening, and decorating in her spare time. Her favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.


Jayme Smith, MA, LPC, joined Legacy Community Health Services in December of 2013. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Clark Atlanta University, and then went on to receive her Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Argosy University, Atlanta.

Prior to joining Legacy, Smith worked as a Licensed Practitioner of the Healing Arts (LPHA) at MHMRA of Harris County. While there, she provided therapeutic services to juvenile offenders and their families, and supported their efforts to obtain their GED certifications. Smith is a member of the American Counseling Association, Attention Deficit Disorders Association (Southern Region), and the Sam Houston Association for Play Therapy.

Smith is a lover of all things musical, spending time with friends and family, reading, arts, and outdoor activities.



Roderick Smith joined Legacy in December of 2012. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri, while serving on active duty in the U.S. Marines. After 21 years of service, Smith retired from the Marine Corps and then went on to receive his master’s degree in counseling from Prairie View A&M University.

Prior to joining Legacy, Smith worked as a Therapist treating military veterans diagnosed with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. He is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Texas Counseling Association, and the Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society.

Smith enjoys playing golf and attending sporting events in his spare time. Smith is currently a student at Texas Southern University where he is pursuing his doctorate in Counselor Education.


Jeannette Valdivieso, M.D., joined Legacy Community Health Services in January of 2010. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Physiology degree from Michigan State University, and went on to receive her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University Of North Texas College Of Osteopathic Medicine.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Valdivieso completed her Psychiatric residency at Baylor College of Medicine. She is double board certified in both General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.


Dr. Valdivieso is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.


Desneiges “Dee” Young, LPC, joined Legacy in April of 2012. She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Houston, and then went on to receive her Masters of Educational Psychology, Professional Counseling Track, degree from the same institution.

Prior to joining Legacy, Young worked as a Master’s Practicum Counseling Student at Legacy. While here, she has gained professional experience in providing therapeutic services to families, children and adolescents, adults, and the LBGT community.

Young enjoys working with adults in an individual setting. Her goal is to help clients gain the support, validation, and coping skills to manage their lives more effectively in a non-judgmental and supportive manner. Her therapeutic orientations and therapy moralities are Psycho-dynamic, Cognitive-Behavioral, and Dialetic Behavioral. She has gained experience and training in the area of Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for emotional regulations skills. Her experience and orientations are geared to adjustment and phase of life issues, adult child abuse histories/trauma, depression, anxiety, interpersonal conflict, and anger issues.

Young enjoys spending time with her toddler and family, dancing, watching independent and foreign films, and reading non-fiction.



Cristina Biggers, RDH, joined Legacy in December of 2010. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from Texas Woman’s University.

Biggers enjoys relaxing with her husband and dogs, and looks forward to spending time with her daughter. She also sells jewelry she personally makes out of guitar picks.



Bryant Conley, D.D.S., joined Legacy Community Health Services in December of 2013. He earned his Bachelor of Science from Prairie View A&M University and received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Dr. Conley has been practicing dentistry since 1997, and has performed all phases of general dentistry. Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Conley worked as the dental director at a Houston-area GMS Dental Center.

Dr. Conley loves spending his spare time with his family. He is excited to be a member of the team at the Legacy Lyons Campus, and wants to help everyone there spread the word that their community has access to low-cost, high-quality dental treatment.



Connor Kelley, D.D.S., joined Legacy Community Health Services in August of 2013. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from the University of St. Thomas, and then went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Kelley worked as a private practice dentist in The Woodlands and was part of the Mobile Dental Team for Legacy. While there, he provided dental services to KIPPsters and to patients at the Lyons and Montrose clinics. Dr. Kelley is a member of the Greater Houston Dental Society, the Texas Dental Association, the American Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. He has received the Oral Biology Award for Research, and published articles in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and the Journal for Gravitational and Space Biology. Dr. Kelley has given presentations at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) and the Hinman Research Symposium.

He enjoys hiking, mountain climbing, camping, cooking, running, and tennis in his spare time.



Dina L. Moncada joined Legacy in October of 2010. She earned her Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene from Coastal Bend College.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dina work as a Pediatric Dental Assistant at Almeda Dental Group and at Texas Smiles Dental. Moncada is a member of American Dental Hygienists Association.

In her free time, Moncada enjoys reading books and articles about all things astronomical, including the planets, meteor showers, and comets.


Jared Parkinson, D.D.S., joined Legacy Community Health Services in December of 2013. He earned his dental degree from the University of Maryland, and then went on to complete a dental residency at a community health center in Washington State where he discovered his desire to work in public health.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Parkinson was a dentist at Spring Branch Community Health Center. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association, the Greater Houston Dental Society, and the Academy of General Dentistry.

Because of his love for Spanish culture and food, Dr. Parkinson learned to speak Spanish during his college studies and has since spent time learning Spanish in Mexico and serving on mission trips to Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. Dr. Parkinson enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, and does his best to stay fit. He particularly likes playing hobby and designer board games with his friends and family.

Anika Barber, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, joined Legacy Community Health Services in May of 2013. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Prairie View A&M University and returned to Prairie View to receive her Master of Science in Nursing degree. She specialized as a Family Nurse Practitioner for her graduate degree, and graduated cum laude. She is board certified through the American Nurse’s Credentialing Center.

Prior to joining Legacy, Barber worked as a Nurse Practitioner at the University of Texas Medical Branch Regional Maternal and Child Health Program. In this role she provided obstetrics and women’s health care to a swiftly growing underserved population, and also served as a preceptor to nurse practitioner and third-year medical students. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority, the Houston Area Nurse Practitioner Association, and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Barber is also a volunteer on the medical response team at her church, where she provides aide and education at church services and various events.

Married to the love of her life, Barber enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and playing various games. With the education and training that she has received, Barber truly believes her mission is to give back all that God has blessed her to learn.
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Carlisa L. Bowler, BSN, ME.d., MSN, WHNP-BC, joined Legacy Community Health Services in May of 2002. She earned both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Education in Health Occupations from the University of Central Oklahoma. She went on to receive her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing in Houston. She is a Certified Nurse Practitioner through the State of Texas Board of Nursing.

Prior to joining Legacy, Bowler worked in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Tulsa, Oklahoma as a Women¹s Health Nurse Practitioner in the areas of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Bowler is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing and the American College of Nurse Practitioners.


A married mother of two, Bowler enjoys traveling, reading, crafting, and spending time with family and friends.



Deonna Clark, WHNP, joined Legacy Community Health Services in October of 2011. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas Medical Branch and went on to receive her Master of Science in Nursing/Nurse Practitioner from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

Prior to joining Legacy, Clark worked as a Labor and Delivery Registered Nurse at Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital in Houston. Clark is a member of Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses as well as Houston Area Nurse Practitioners.


In her spare time, Clark enjoys volunteering at her children¹s schools and her church in Pearland, Texas.



Ramona Colas, BSN, MSN, CNM, joined Legacy Community Health Services in February of 2012. Through a partnership with East Houston Regional Hospital/HCA, she was part of the team that started the maternity practice at Legacy’s Lyons Avenue Clinic. She earned her Bachelor of Science, graduating cum laude, from Prairie View A&M University, and then went on to receive her graduate degree from UTMB-Galveston.

Prior to joining Legacy, Colas served as a Certified Nurse Midwife at Natural Women’s Care and at Cypress OBGYN with Drs. Oanh Bui and Enyioma Muolokwu. She has also worked at Baylor College of Medicine and UTMB. Colas has delivered over 1,000 healthy babies, including complicated births such as vaginal twins and vaginal breech presentations. She has been featured in Cy-Fair Magazine for her leadership in the field of women’s health.

Colas is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives, and has received a Certificate of Appreciation from the UT Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing for serving as a Nurse Practitioner Preceptor.

Colas enjoys playing the piano and reading in her spare time. She is the proud mother of two sons: Gerald, senior at Alfred University, NY, and Armand, a sophomore honor engineering student at UT-Austin.



Rhonda Dixon, CNM, joined Legacy Community Health Services in March of 2013. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB), and then went on to receive her Master of Science in Nursing, with a specialization in Nurse-Midwifery, from the same institution.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dixon worked as a Clinic Director for the UTMB Regional Maternal and Child Health Program (RMCHP) st the Orange, Port Arthur, and Vidor locations. She was also as a Certified Nurse-Midwife at a private OB/GYN practice in Beaumont, Texas. While there, she treated patients as if they were a part of her own family, a practice she plans to continue now that she’s with Legacy. Dixon was also a Faculty member at the UTMB RMCHP in Pasadena, La Porte, Port Arthur, Beaumont, Silsbee and Orange. She is a member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, and was on the Dean’s List during her training at the UTMB School of Nursing.


Dixon enjoys being with her family, traveling, and baking in her spare time, and has a personal mission to give back by helping those in need.



Kathy Hinze, WHNP-BC, joined Legacy Community Health Services in November of 2012. She has maintained an active role as a Women¹s Health Care Nurse Practitioner, providing obstetrical care at the Southwest Community Health Center since 2002. Hinze provides compassionate and exceptional care to women by individualizing and tailoring treatment to their specific needs.

Hinze obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and her master's degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She is certified as a Women¹s Health Care Nurse Practitioner and has worked as Adjunct Faculty for The University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing. She is also a preceptor for medical students and nurse practitioner students.


Prior to joining Legacy, Hinze worked as Senior Director of Clinical Services and Interim Director of Electronic Health Records for CHRISTUS Provider Network. While there, she worked closely with the Electronic Health Record Implementation, Risk Management, Quality, School Based Health Centers, and Convenient Care programs.


Hinze is a hands-on and personable health care executive with more than 27 years of experience. She is an accomplished educator in providing wellness and illness prevention training for clients, and specializes in women's health care.


She is an active member of the Texas Nurse Practitioner Organization, the Coalition for Nurses in Advanced Practice, and the National Charity League. She serves as a Eucharist Minister at St. Vincent De Paul Church, and is active in a variety of community organizations. A native Houstonian, Hinze has been married for 27 years and has three daughters. She enjoys cooking, baking, and spending time with her family and friends.



Bernadette King, WHCNP-BC, joined Legacy Community Health Services in July of 1995.  She earned her nursing degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 1987, and went on to receive her Master of Science degree in Nursing in Woman¹s Health in 1994 from the same institution.

Prior to joining Legacy, King worked as a Registered Nurse in many different roles in the Obstetrics and Newborns department at St. Luke¹s Episcopal Hospital. While there, she was given the Presidential Service Award.  King is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and has published articles and presented at national conferences on shared governance and case management.


King enjoys football, baking, and serving at church when she's not working.



Cornel McKenzie, WHNP-BC, joined Legacy Community Health Services in January of 2010. She earned her undergraduate degree in Nursing at Texas Women's University and went on to receive her training as a Nurse Practitioner at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

Prior to joining Legacy, McKenzie worked as a Nurse Practitioner with CHRISTUS Medical Group for 12 years. While there, she functioned as a preceptor for 3rd year medical students in their obstetrics rotation. McKenzie is a member of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health.


McKenzie enjoys traveling and sometimes going on adventures (like taking a cross country Greyhound bus trip). She also likes learning and frequently takes ad hoc classes, the most recent of which was Stock Market 101. She is always up for a spirited Bible study.



Meghan Stork joined Legacy Community Health Services in September of 2012. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Oklahoma Panhandle State University in 1999 and a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas Medical Branch in 2005.

Prior to joining Legacy, Stork worked as a Certified Nurse-Midwife at Spring Branch Medical Center and in private practice in Oklahoma. In this role, Stork had delivered more than 500 babies. She is a member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives.


In her spare time, Stork enjoys spending time with her husband and their three daughters. Stork is active in her local church: She teaches Sunday school to 2nd- 4th graders and works with the Health Ministry Team.



Mandi Szynski, MSN, WHNP, joined Legacy Community Health Services in February of 2013. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana University of South Bend in 2003, and went on to receive her Master of Science in Nursing, specializing in Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, from University of Texas Health and Science Center at Houston in 2012.

Szynski began her primary care career as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner in a private practice setting. While there, she empowered, educated, and cared—both physically and emotionally—for women at all stages of life. Szynski is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and Houston Area Nurse Practitioners, and has received the MSN Faculty Award of Excellence and the Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Award.


Szynski enjoys reading, trying new recipes, talking with her family, playing games with friends, or relaxing on the couch with her husband and bulldog, Mabel, in her spare time.



Faith Whittier, MD, joined Legacy in December of 2012. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego, and then went on to receive her Doctor of Medicine degree from Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Whittier’s residency in obstetrics and gynecology was performed at St. Joseph Hospital here in Houston. She moved into private practice after that, but remained an Attending Physician at St. Joseph from 1999-2010. While there, Dr. Whittier was given the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award. She also won first prize in the National Primary Manuscript competition for “Sleep Disorders in the Elderly Patient.” She has also been selected for the guide to America’s Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Dr. Whittier is a board certified Diplomat for the American Board of Obstetrics Gynecology and is a Fellow in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Prior to joining Legacy, she was one of two Obstetricians who served a large underprivileged community in Orange, Texas. She greatly enjoyed this work, and looks forward to continuing that service with Legacy. Dr. Whittier enjoys traveling and spending time with her two sons in her free time.

Amaka Akalonu, M.D., joined Legacy Community Health Services in December of 2013. She earned her medical degree from Abia State University in Nigeria, and completed her pediatrics residency at the Texas Tech University Health Science Center in El Paso.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Akalonu worked as a general pediatrician at Little Spurs Pediatric Urgent Care in Houston. She is a member of the Texas Pediatric Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In her free time, Dr Akalonu enjoys dancing and relaxing in the company of her family and friends.



Dalia Batista, M.D., joined Legacy Community Health Services in July of 2013. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Puerto Rico, and then went on to receive her Doctor of Medicine degree. Dr. Batista completed her residency at the University of Toledo Medical Center, and was awarded fellowships at Brown University, Harvard University, Georgetown University, and the National Institutes of Health.

She is board-certified in general pediatrics, and has received grants from Pfizer, Merck, and the Douglas Foundation. Dr. Batista has been awarded by the Endocrine Society, and has more than 20 articles published in peer-reviewed journals.


Larry Caesar, M.D., joined Legacy Community Health Services in November of 2010. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, and went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine degree from Baylor College of Medicine. Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Caesar worked as a locum tenens pediatrician, substituting for doctors and treating patients in many underserved clinics all over Houston. He joined Legacy because it gave him a permanent home where his desire to help Houston’s underprivileged could be fostered. Dr. Caesar is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and serves as the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments-accredited lab director for Legacy-Southwest Campus.

Dr. Caesar is originally from the beautiful twin island Caribbean country of Trinidad and Tobago. He is quite familiar with the sun, sand, and sea. Interestingly (or sadly) enough, he only learned to swim—in a Houston-area pool—in 2012.

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Carrie Hermosa Chiu, M.D., joined Legacy Community Health Services in October of 2013. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, and then went on to receive her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Chiu worked as a Pediatrician at The Kids Clinic. While there, she learned Spanish and fostered nutrition and obesity awareness at the clinic. Dr. Chiu is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

She enjoys traveling and snowboarding. In her spare time, Dr. Chiu spends time learning how to cook with her husband and 1-year-old daughter.


LaCindy DelValle, M.D., joined Legacy Community Health Services in April of 2013. She earned her undergraduate degree from Prairie View A&M University, and then went on to receive her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. DelValle is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. DelValle worked as a general pediatrician at a community clinic in the Houston suburb of Stafford. While there, she had the privilege of working with children and adolescent of all ages.

Dr. DelValle enjoys dancing, traveling, and volunteering in her community.


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Ioana Dragoi, M.D., joined Legacy Community Health Services in August of 2012.  She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Iasi, Romania, and then went on to complete her residency in Pediatrics at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Dragoi worked as a Pediatrician at Clinica de Ninos Y Familiar in Houston. While there, she provided medical care for children from low income families, fulfilling her dream of helping them grow into healthy and accomplished adults. Dr. Dragoi is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and has published articles in Journal of Cellular Biochemistry and DNA and Cell Biology while conducting research at Duke University.


Dragoi enjoys cooking, traveling, the performing arts, ballroom dancing and gardening in her spare time.

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Deepali Dubal, M.D., joined Legacy Community Health Services in August of 2013. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Austin College in Sherman, TX, and then went on to receive her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Dubal worked as a pediatrician at Variety Care, an FQHC in Oklahoma City. Dr. Dubal is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In her free time, Dr. Dubal enjoys gardening and spending time with her husband and two young children.



Jan Dundas, RN, MSN, CPNP, joined Legacy in January of 2013. She earned Her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from New York State University at Buffalo, and then went on to receive her Masters in Nursing from University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

Prior to joining Legacy, Jan Dundas worked as a Nurse Practitioner at the Beaumont Children’s Hospital. Dundas is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society of Nursing and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.

She enjoys sailing in her spare time.



Robert B. Dundas, M.D. joined Legacy Community Health Services in September of 2012. He attended the University of Calgary for his undergraduate education, and then went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Calgary in 1974.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Dundas worked in both Canada and the United States in General Pediatrics and Neonatal Intensive Care. Prior to coming to Texas, he was on the faculty of the University of Rochester and SUNY Buffalo, and was the Chief of Pediatrics at Olean General Hospital. While there, he was involved with teaching in the Rural Medicine program. His present medical interests include asthma and primary medical care for premature infants. Joining Legacy allows him to remain committed to providing hands-on care for infants and children.


Dr. Dundas enjoys sailing in good weather, motorcycles, and photography. Jan, his wife of almost 40 years, is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with an interest in school health. They are looking forward to the birth of their first grandchildren.



Jennifer Feldmann, M.D., MPH, joined Legacy Community Health Services in January of 2014. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Earlham College, and then went on to receive her Doctor of Medicine degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Feldmann worked as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics/Adolescent Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. While there, she created a program to assist HIV positive adolescents in Botswana transition from pediatric to adult care, the first program of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Feldmann is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, North American Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecologists (NASPAG), and the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), as well as the former chair of the Texas Pediatric Society’s committee of Adolescence and Sports Medicine. She has given presentations at the national SAHM, NASPAG conferences as well as numerous presentations within Texas and locally in Houston

Dr. Feldmann enjoys triathlons, live music, and repurposed art.



Dianne Foster, M.D., FAAP, joined Legacy Community Health Services in January of 2012. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Southern University and went on to receive her Doctor of Medicine degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Foster worked as a Locum Physician and Associate Professor for The University of Texas Community Medicine Department. Dr. Foster is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Dr. Foster enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling in her spare time. She also does humanitarian work with various organizations.




Lindsay Hatzenbuehler M.D., MPH, joined Legacy Community Health Services in March of 2013. She earned her undergraduate degree from Seattle University, and then went on to receive her Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical School for International Health (MSIH), a collaborative program between Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Columbia University’s Health Sciences Division.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Hatzenbuehler finished her pediatric residency training, including a year as chief resident, at the University of Utah. She is currently a post-graduate fellow, training in pediatric infectious diseases at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Hatzenbuehler is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Dr. Hatzenbuehler enjoys an active lifestyle that includes running and biking. She also enjoys baking in her down time.



Patricia Hayes, M.D., joined Legacy Community Health Services in August of 2013. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biology—with a minor in political science—from St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas, and then went on to receive her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Hayes completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Hayes enjoys working with adolescents, and is particularly interested in helping transition children with chronic conditions to adult care. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Hayes enjoys spending her free time with her husband, family, friends, and pets, and looks forward to traveling to visit her family in Brazil whenever she can.



Diana S. Hellman, M.D., FAAP, was born and raised in Colombia. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree at the Juan N. Corpas School of Medicine where she graduated in the top five percent of her class. She completed her pediatric internship and residency training at Driscoll Children's Hospital in 2009. She joined Legacy Community Health Services in January of 2010.

Prior to joining us, she worked at ECOOPSOS, a public health company, where she managed their preventive health programs. During the same time she worked as an Urgent Care and General Physician at CAFAM, a full-service health center. Dr. Hellman¹s interest in the care of very ill children led to her a position at San Blas Hospital where she worked as an Emergency Physician. Her research study, Bloodstream infections associated with CVL in patients with SBS, was chosen to be presented at the Society of America Infectious Disease 47th annual meeting in 2009. Dr. Hellman is a board certified Pediatrician, and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.


Dr. Hellman is married and has two children. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.



Tara Huckabee, CPNP, joined Legacy in January of 2013. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas, and then went on to receive her Masters of Science in Nursing from University of Texas Health Science at Houston. She is certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.

Prior to joining Legacy, Huckabee worked as a PNP at Texas Family Pediatric Group, Treehouse Pediatrics, and Cesar Parra Medical Clinic.

Huckabee enjoys reading, outdoors activities, and spending time with her family. She is happily married with three beautiful daughters.



Tamisha Jones, M.D., joined Legacy Community Health Services in October of 2012. She earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and then went on to receive her Doctor of Medicine degree from Baylor College of Medicine.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Jones worked as a Pediatrician at El Centro de Corazon. While there, she cultivated a new free-standing pediatric center and developed multiple pediatric protocols. Dr. Jones is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She enjoys photography, playing acoustic guitar, and spending time with her daughter.

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Amber S. Knowles, MSN, CPNP-BC, joined Legacy in February of 2013. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Baylor University, and then went on to receive her master’s degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

Prior to joining Legacy, Knowles worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Breath of Life Children’s Clinic, a non-profit pediatric clinic in Katy. While there, she treated many uninsured patients and worked with their families to maintain optimum health and wellness. Knowles is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) and Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society. She has a background in pediatric hematology and oncology, and her clinical interests include childhood obesity, asthma management, and health education.

Knowles enjoys reading, visiting coffee shops, watching Friends reruns, and spending time with her husband and friends.



Ana Lehmann, M.D., joined Legacy Community Health Services in August of 2013. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the Universidad Veracruzana in Veracruz, Mexico.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Lehmann completed her pediatric residency at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago. While there, she used her fluency in English and Spanish to take excellent care of the community’s Hispanic children. Lehmann is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Lehmann enjoys having fun with her seven-month-old baby boy in her spare time, or cooking Argentine empanadas and alfajores.



Blanca Martinez, FNP-C, joined Legacy Community Health Services in December 2012. She earned her nursing degree from Texas Tech, and then went on to receive her Family Nurse Practitioner Master¹s degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch.

Prior to joining Legacy, Martinez worked as a Registered Nurse at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. While there, she worked in the Pediatric Intensive Care Level I Trauma Unit. Martinez is a member of the Houston Association of Nurse Practitioners.


Martinez enjoys her family and traveling in her spare time.



Stephanie Marton, MD, joined Legacy in January of 2012. She earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Virginia, and then went on to receive her Doctor of Medicine degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Marton worked as a Physician in Swaziland, Africa, treating children affected by HIV. She is currently a Fellow at Baylor College of Medicine and is studying for a master’s in public health from the University of Texas at Houston. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Marton enjoys hiking and scuba diving in her spare time.



Johanna Matos MSN, RN, CPNP, joined Legacy Community Health Services in July of 2013. She earned her undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin, and then went on to receive her Masters of Science in Nursing, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner track, from Indiana University.

Prior to joining Legacy, Matos worked as a nurse practitioner at a private pediatric clinic. She is a member of the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board and NAPNAP.

Matos enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. In her spare time, she loves to dance and exercise.



Omar Matuk-Villazon, M.D., joined Legacy Community Health Services in August of 2013. He earned his Medical Degree from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City, and then went to complete his residency in Pediatrics at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Matuk provided care to underserved populations in Mexico at a busy integrative medicine clinic. He was one of the top of his class and has received the teaching award while at the University of Miami. He has published peer reviewed articles and given presentations at international conferences on Homeopathy in India, Japan, and Mexico. He was also one of the co-founders of HELCO, a contract research organization that provides health economic evaluations to government and private companies. Dr. Matuk is member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Faculty of Homeopathy in London.

Dr. Matuk enjoys clinical practice, and his present medical interests include health informatics, integrative medicine, and disparities of health care. He enjoys swimming, traveling and spending time with his family.



Mallory Moore, CPNP-PC, joined Legacy Community Health Services in December of 2013. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Medicine, Health, and Society from Vanderbilt University, and then went on to receive her Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt as well.

Moore graduated August 2013, so this is her first job as a Nurse Practitioner. While in school, she spent her rotations with Memorial Hermann School-Based Health Centers and Texas Children's Pediatric Medical Group in her hometown of Houston, Texas.

Moore enjoys painting, design, and spending time with her lab puppy, Georgia.



Natali Mattern Muehe, M.D., F.A.A.P., joined Legacy Community Health Services in July of 2013. She earned Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, and then went on to receive her Doctor of Medicine degree from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Muehe completed her residency at Texas Tech, where she served as Chief Resident. From there she joined a private practice, serving patients there until joining Legacy in 2013. While in residency, Dr. Muehe was awarded the Gold Humanism Award for her commitment to promoting the values of humanism and professionalism in medicine. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Texas Medical Society.

Dr. Meuhe enjoys spending time with her husband, who is a Pediatric Sports Medicine Physician, and their “genius” little girl who keeps them both laughing.



Mykal O’Shea, Nurse Practitioner, joined Legacy Community Health Services in July of 2013. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida State University and then went on to receive her Master of Science in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner specialty) from Duke University.

Prior to joining Legacy, O’Shea worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at St. Petersburg Pediatrics, a busy primary pediatric care clinic in Florida. While there, she cared for children with chronic and acute illnesses of various socioeconomic status and cultures. She developed lifelong relationships with her patients and their families. O’Shea is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, was previously associated with Sigma Theta Tau, and graduated with honors, summa cum laude, from both her graduate and undergraduate degrees. She has spoken at Duke University School of Nursing luncheons on health care reform and education.

O’Shea has a strong passion for the full range of pediatric care, from newborns to adolescents. She loves the beaches in Florida, running, spending time with her family, and her Golden Retriever.



Padma Ramaswamy joined Legacy Community Health Services in August of 2012. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the College of Nursing at Armed Forces Medical College in Pune, India and then went on to receive her Master of Science in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner) and Master of Public Health from East Tennessee State University.

Prior to joining Legacy, Ramaswamy worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Sealy Urgent Care Center and Medical Clinic. While there, she provided exceptional care and education to the members of the rural community. Ramaswamy is a member of the American Nurses Association and is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Ramaswamy enjoys reading and listening to music in her spare time.

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Lia Rodriguez, M.D., FAAP, joined Legacy Community Health Services in February of 2009. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and went on to receive her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine. Dr. Rodriguez completed her pediatrics residency at the University of Miami Holtz Children's Hospital.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Rodriguez was one of the founding partners of what is now a thriving pediatrics practice in Miami, Florida. Dr. Rodriguez is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and is board certified in pediatrics by the same group.


Dr. Rodriguez enjoys traveling and spending time with her two daughters.

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Candice S. Roman, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC, joined Legacy Community Health Services in July of 2012. She earned an undergraduate degree from Southeastern Louisiana University, and went on to receive her graduate degree in nursing from the University of South Alabama.

Prior to joining Legacy, Roman worked as a Pediatric Nurse, and pursued her graduate degree. She is certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board as a Certified Pediatric Nurse and as a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care. Roman is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing, and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Her clinical interests are in the areas of childhood obesity, nutrition, and infant well-child care.


Candice enjoys shopping, exercising, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. She also has a spunky dog name Sasha, a Maltese and Yorkie mix (Morkie).



Rachael Rowland, Family Nurse Practitioner, joined Legacy Community Health Services in July of 2013. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Tyler, and then went on to receive her graduate degree from UT Health Science Center at Houston.

Prior to joining Legacy, Rowland worked as a Registered Nurse at the VA Medical Center in Houston. While there, she was a member of internal organizations dedicated to improving the lives of America’s warriors, including the stroke committee and MRSA committee. Rowland was a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing while in her undergraduate program.

She enjoys reading a good book and spending as much time with family as possible.
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Meghana Samant, M.D., FAAP, joined Legacy Community Health Services in November of 2010. She earned her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree from Goa Medical College in Goa, India, and went on to receive her Pediatric Residency training from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Samant worked as a Pediatrician at Clinica de Ninos y Familiar in Houston. Dr. Samant is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.


She enjoys painting, cooking, and making jewelry in her spare time.



Nicole Triggs joined Legacy Community Health Services in January of 2012. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Kansas Newman College, in Wichita, Kansas, and went on to receive her Master of Science in Nursing.

Prior to joining Legacy, Triggs worked as a Registered Nurse at several pediatric hospitals, travelling throughout the country as a travel nurse. She has had the opportunity to care and advocate for children who have been physically and sexually abused, and has often been called to testify in court. Triggs discovered along the way that caring for these children is her passion.


She is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), as well as the local chapter of that same organization. Triggs is a member of Texas Nurse Practitioners and Houston Area Nurse Practitioners, and has been published in Pediatric Emergency Care. She has also participated in a poster presentation at the NAPNAP Annual Conference on Pediatric Health Care. Finally, Triggs is a Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Trauma Nursing Core Curriculum instructor.


Triggs enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and Bella, the family¹s German Shepherd. In her spare time, she volunteers at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. With her fellow Delta Gamma alumni, Triggs provides vision screenings to Houston-area children through the See to Succeed Program. Triggs can also be found enjoying the outdoors, or riding her bike in the MS150.



Salma Vawda, M.D., joined Legacy Community Health Services in October of 1997. She earned her undergraduate degree from Sir Syed College, and went on to receive her Doctor of Medicine degree from Fatima Jinnah Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at Driscoll Children¹s Hospital in 1997.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Vawda worked as a Medical Officer at Fatimid Foundation, the largest hematology/oncology center in Southeast Asia. In addition to seeing patients, Dr. Vawda¹s areas of interest include childhood immunization, obesity, and promoting childhood literacy through the Reach Out and Read program. She has worked closely with the Gulfton community through different outreach programs. Dr. Vawda is currently the Assistant Director of Legacy Southwest's rapidly growing Pediatric department. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association.

Salma enjoys reading and traveling in her spare time. She has been married for 25 years and has two daughters.



Kandie Waller, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, joined Legacy Community Health Services in August of 2013. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University, and then went on to receive her Master of Science in Nursing from Prairie View A&M University.

Prior to joining Legacy, Waller worked as a Registered Nurse at Texas Children’s Hospital. While there, she cared for and aided in the recovery of many heart transplant patients. Waller is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Houston Area Nurse Practitioners, the American Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing.

Waller enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family.



Rachna Bharti, M.D., joined Legacy Community Health Services in January of 2014. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Lady Hardinge Medical College and then went to East Tennessee State University for her family medicine residency.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Bharti worked as a Hospitalist in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas. Dr. Bharti is a member of American Academy of Family Physicians, and has received awards for research projects and for giving presentations at Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Bharti enjoys cooking, hiking, and outdoor activities in her spare time.


Ron Fernau joined Legacy in December of 2012. Fernau served in the U.S. Army for 17 years, mostly in Asia, and became a Physician Assistant at the end of this term. He served an additional four years after completing the two-year physician assistant course via Oklahoma University, and retired from the service in 1985.

Fernau relocated to Texas after mustering out, and has been involved with the Baylor University and University of Texas PA programs, teaching and precepting students. He has written numerous research papers in parasitology and orthopedics, and has presented to both national and international groups. Fernau retired after 25 years of orthopedics and spine surgery, only to find his next love: practicing adult care at Legacy Lyon Campus.

When not having fun with his patients, Fernau is a competitive sailboat racer. He captains his 42 foot boat, “Hakuna Matata” for both racing and evening wine sails.

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Jim Graham, DRPH, RN, FNP-C, NP, joined Legacy in August of 2006. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and then went on to receive his Masters in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University. Lastly, he obtained his Doctorate in Public Health from the University Of Texas School Of Public Health.

Prior to joining Legacy, Graham spent 14 years as a Flight Nurse with a local helicopter EMS. He also worked as a Nurse Practitioner in the emergency department and in clinical research while completing his doctorate. His dissertation on trust and HIV health care practices resulted in two published articles and two poster presentations at the 2010 International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria.



Ron Haley, M.D., joined Legacy Community Health Services in June of 2012. He earned his undergraduate degree from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, and went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine degree from Meharry Medical College in Tennessee.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Haley worked as a self-employed Physician at his own Houston-based general practice. While there, he provided medical care to underserved communities, including Acres Homes and the Harris County Jail.

Dr. Haley enjoys fishing, hunting, and listening to jazz music.


David J. Klarberg, MSN, FNP-BC, joined Legacy Community Health Services in December of 2013. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas at Austin in 2008, and then went on to receive his Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Pennsylvania in 2011.

Prior to joining Legacy, Klarberg worked as an associate medical director, clinical research sub-investigator, and nurse practitioner at St. Hope Foundation in Bellaire, Texas. While there, he helped facilitate several clinical trials in the area of HIV pharmacotherapeutic research. In late 2012, Klarberg received a specialty certification from the American Academy of HIV Medicine. His current clinical interests include cardiovascular disease risk reduction, metabolic syndrome management, and new HIV prevention and treatment strategies.

Klarberg enjoys urban cycling, and is an avid fan of sushi. He has played electric and bass guitar for over 15 years and has recently taken an interest in music production and recording techniques. He is a lifelong fan of the Star Trek television and film series, and his home office is adorned with memorabilia from the franchise.

Mark Levine, M.D., joined Legacy Community Health Services in January of 2007. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Dartmouth College, and went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He completed his residency in Family Practice at Middlesex Hospital in Connecticut.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Levine spent several years working around the country in under served rural communities where he provided the full range of primary care in a variety of challenging environments. Dr. Levine is a member of the American Association of Family Practitioners.

Dr. Levine enjoys spending time with his wife and young daughters, from whom he learns more about life than he ever learned in medical school. His favorite thing about working at Legacy is the wide variety of patients he comes into contact with, many of whom challenge and amaze him on a daily basis.

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Lourdes Murra, MD, joined Legacy in January of 2012. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Murra was a Family Practice Resident at the Ochsner Medical Foundation. She also worked in the Cy-Fair area for Tenet Healthcare. Dr. Murra is a member of the American Medical Association

Dr. Murra enjoys spending her free time with her family.



John J. Nemecek, M.D., joined Legacy Community Health Services in January of 2010. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Illinois University and went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Nemecek worked with a number of other Houston-area HIV Physicians and organizations and served as the Chairman of the Family Practice Department at Twelve Oaks Hospital. Dr. Nemecek is a member of the International AIDS Society and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Houston HIV/AIDS Resource Group.


In his spare time, Dr. Nemecek enjoys his pet Pembroke Welsh Corgi and is active in his church.

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Mary Pastor, MD, joined Legacy in October of 2012. She earned both her Bachelor of Science in Biology and her of Doctor of Medicine degree at Cebu Doctors’ University in the Philippines.

Dr. Pastor trained and worked in New York and New Jersey prior to moving to Texas. She enjoyed a successful private practice in South Texas for five years before joining her husband, another busy physician, in the Beaumont area. She has 13 years of FQHC experience, with Legacy being the third such agency she’s joined. Dr. Pastor currently serves as the Health Authority in Hardin County and oversees public health programs for both Orange and Hardin Counties. Working for Legacy reinforces her commitment to public health, community awareness, and meeting the health care needs of the uninsured, underinsured, and displaced populations.

Dr. Pastor enjoys boating and deep sea fishing. Both she and her husband are kept busy at home with a menagerie of dogs of all breeds and sizes, all of whom were rescued or adopted. Her lifelong dream is to build a dog park and shelter in Southeast Texas.



Shruti Patel, M.D., joined Legacy Community Health Services in December of 2012. She earned her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees from the Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences in India, followed by an Internal Medicine residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. She further completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Baylor College of Medicine.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Patel received a certificate of added qualification under the Clinical Scientist Training Program, a course funded by the National Institutes of Health. She is a member of the Texas Medical Association and Infectious Disease Society of America. Dr. Patel has co-written a book chapter on viral and rickettsial pathogens in Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment for two consecutive years (2011 and 2012) and published an article in the Journal of Infection. She has also presented at national conferences in the field of infectious disease and general internal medicine. In her spare time, Dr. Patel enjoys reading and spending time with friends and family.

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Natalie Vanek, M.D., joined Legacy Community Health Services in July of 2007. She earned her undergraduate degree from Baylor University, and then went on to receive her Doctor of Medicine degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She stayed there for her internship and residency in Internal Medicine. Dr. Vanek specializes in infectious diseases, with a special interest in HIV care for adolescents and adults.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Vanek served on the faculties of both The University of Texas and Baylor College of Medicine in their Infectious Diseases departments. She has worked at Thomas Street Clinic, providing care for HIV positive Houstonians and participating in clinical trials.


Dr. Vanek is now the vice-chair of the Texas HIV Medication Advisory Committee, which she has served on since 2000. She received H Magazine¹s Houston¹s Top Doctors award for Infectious Diseases in 2011 and 2012. Dr. Vanek has published articles in Infection & Immunology, Clinical Infectious Diseases, and Medical and Pediatric Oncology. She has been invited as a guest speaker at numerous conferences.


Dr. Vanek enjoys hanging out with her two teenage sons, cooking, and going to the beach in her spare time.

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Deena Velazquez, FNP, joined Legacy Community Health Services in August of 2010. She earned her Biology and Nursing degrees from The University of Texas and The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), respectively, and then went on to receive her Master of Science in Nursing from UTMB.

Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, Velazquez worked as a Registered Nurse at Legacy¹s Southwest Campus. While there, she immunized hundreds of people and provided care in the Pediatric and Obstetric departments. Velazquez is a member of Houston Area Nurse Practitioners, and is always seeking educational opportunities to enrich her knowledge.


Velazquez enjoys learning about wildlife and working on new inventions in her spare time.



Dean R. Dicks, O.D., joined Legacy Community Health Services in July of 2002. He earned his Doctor of Optometry degree from Ferris State University's Michigan College of Optometry.

Prior to escaping the cold Michigan winters and joining Legacy, Dr. Dicks worked at Pearle Vision in Flint, MI.


Dr. Dicks enjoys participating in Community Theater, reading popular fiction, and is an avid dog lover.



G. Scott Sawyer, M.D., founded the Montrose Clinic's Vision Services department in 1995, before the organization was known as Legacy Community Health Services. He began working at Legacy on a full-time basis in February of 2007.

Dr. Sawyer earned his undergraduate degree from Baylor University. He attended medical school, completed his medical internship, and finished his ophthalmology residency all at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas. He completed his training there in 1989. Prior to starting at Legacy, Dr. Sawyer worked at Central Georgia Eye Center in Macon, Georgia. He opened a solo practice after moving to Houston in 1991, a venture that lasted until 1999 when he joined Coastal Eye Associates. Dr. Sawyer has served on the Boards of Directors of numerous HIV-related organizations, and was Chairman of the Board for the Assistance Fund for three years. He has presented posters at two World AIDS Conferences.


Dr. Sawyer enjoys traveling, relaxing in Galveston, and playing with his two Boston terriers, Beau and Sasha.

Sean Barrett, RD, joined Legacy in June of 2012. He earned his undergraduate degree in human nutrition from the University of Houston, and then went on to receive his master’s in nutrition at Texas Woman’s University and his dietetics degree from the University of Houston.

Prior to joining Legacy, Barrett worked as the Nutritionist and Dietary Manager at The Forum at Memorial Woods. While there, the dietary department was deficiency-free for the first time in its 25 years of existence. Barrett is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Texas Nutrition Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Houston Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. He has written articles for several local publications.

Barrett enjoys running half and full marathons in his spare time. He is an expert cook and prepares extravagant meals for his friends and family.



Paola Rondon, MS, RD, LD, joined Legacy in February of 2013. She earned her undergraduate degree in Health Administration from the University of Central Florida, and then went on to receive her Masters in Nutrition from Florida International University. She is a board-certified, registered, and licensed Dietitian.

Prior to joining Legacy, Rondon worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Florida International University. She is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Houston Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and is always seeking learning opportunities to further her nutrition knowledge.

Rondon enjoys sunny days at the beach, experimenting with food, and staying active. She also loves to travel and spend time with her friends, family, and dog.


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