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About Inna MercadoInna Mercado, FNP-BC, MSN, APRN, is a highly experienced healthcare professional dedicated to providing comprehensive care to individuals across the lifespan. Her journey in healthcare began with a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, where she laid the foundation for her career. In her early years, Inna worked as an RN in various critical care and medical-surgical units at Ben Taub Hospital, accumulating six years of invaluable experience.
Driven by a passion for healthcare and a commitment to improving the well-being of her patients, Inna pursued advanced education. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, a significant milestone in her career. Inna's practice encompasses health promotion, comprehensive assessment, accurate diagnosis, and expert management of patient issues, reflecting her dedication to fostering better health outcomes.
In recognition of her expertise, Inna holds board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC). She is also a Department of Transportation certified Medical Examiner, further demonstrating her commitment to ensuring the health and safety of her patients.
Beyond her professional life, Inna is a woman of diverse interests and talents. She was born and raised in the Philippines, making her fluent in both English and Tagalog (Filipino). Additionally, she is actively learning Spanish to broaden her linguistic capabilities. As a mother of a preschooler, she cherishes family time and is an avid traveler, with a special love for countries like Italy, Spain, and Peru. In her leisure time, Inna enjoys hiking and experimenting with her culinary skills. Her multifaceted background, coupled with her dedication to healthcare, makes Inna Mercado an invaluable asset to the AccessHealth team.
About Dr. Andrew ShoreDr. Andrew Shore, D.O., MPH, is a distinguished healthcare professional whose academic journey has been marked by excellence and a commitment to holistic healthcare. Graduating with distinction from Azusa Pacific University with his undergraduate degree, Dr. Shore went on to pursue a master's degree from the prestigious Yale School of Public Health. His insatiable thirst for knowledge led him to achieve his medical degree from the Western University of Health Sciences in California. Dr. Shore further honed his expertise through a rigorous residency in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at the University of Missouri Kansas City, earning board certifications in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Dr. Shore's professional interests encompass a broad spectrum, with a particular focus on preventive medicine and the comprehensive management of acute and chronic conditions. His dedication to fostering well-rounded health is further evident in his specialization in obesity medicine, reflecting a commitment to addressing health concerns at their roots. Beyond his medical pursuits, Dr. Shore finds joy in gardening and cooking, pursuits that mirror his nurturing approach to patient care. His multifaceted background and passion for promoting wellness make Dr. Andrew Shore a valuable asset to our healthcare community.
About Kathra Wickam
Kathra Wickam's professional journey began with an undergraduate degree in Nursing from the University of Texas at El Paso, setting the stage for a career devoted to critical care in West Texas for over a decade. Her commitment to advancing healthcare led her to pursue a master's degree in Family Nurse Practice from Minnesota, opening doors to serve the underserved community at Gateway Internal Medicine in El Paso, Texas. The pursuit of academic excellence didn't end there; Kathra Wickam furthered her education by earning a Doctorate degree from the University of Texas at El Paso before making her mark in Houston. In practice since 2017, Wickam is a proud member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Residing in Richmond, she balances her professional life with the joys of motherhood and the cherished role of auntie to many. Kathra finds solace and joy in anything outdoors, reflecting her vibrant approach to both her personal and professional life.
About Dr. Rabiah Zafar
Dr. Rabiah Zafar's academic journey includes earning her bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley, followed by a distinguished medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pomona, California. Her commitment to excellence in women's healthcare led her to complete her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital/Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she distinguished herself as a chief resident. Post-residency, Dr. Zafar dedicated her skills to Northeast Texas at Tyler Family Circle of Care, showcasing her passion for community-oriented healthcare. She actively engages in various medical societies, including the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. Recently making her home in the Richmond-Rosenberg area, Dr. Rabiah Zafar is poised and eager to extend her compassionate care to women in Fort Bend and surrounding counties. Joining the AccessHealth team, she brings her wealth of experience and enthusiasm to contribute to the organization's mission. Beyond her professional endeavors, Dr. Rabiah Zafar finds joy in spending quality time with family and friends, immersing herself in a good book, and exploring new destinations through travel. She channels her sense of community responsibility into various volunteer activities, reflecting her holistic approach to life and healthcare.
About Dr. Almas Zane
Dr. Almas Zane is a dedicated pediatrician who brings a warm and compassionate approach to her practice. With a heart full of care for her young patients, Dr. Zane is committed to ensuring that every child receives the best possible healthcare. When she's not in the office caring for her little patients, Dr. Zane cherishes every moment spent with her loving husband and their two wonderful sons, truly understanding the importance of family in a child's life. Dr. Zane's extensive range of services includes well child checks from birth to 18 years of age, sports physicals, pre-op physicals, scoliosis screening, vision and hearing screening. Her expertise extends to newborn care, premature baby care, ADHD management, obesity management, and adolescent health. She is passionate about providing comprehensive care to children and adolescents, helping them grow up healthy and happy. Dr. Zane completed her Pediatrics residency at Richmond University Medical Center, Staten Island, New York, where she gained valuable experience and honed her skills in pediatric care. In addition to her medical expertise, Dr. Zane is multilingual and can effectively communicate in English and Hindi, ensuring that families from diverse backgrounds can access the highest quality pediatric care. Dr. Almas Zane's commitment to the well-being of her patients and her genuine love for children make her a trusted and respected pediatrician in our community. She strives to provide every child with the support they need to thrive and enjoy a healthy childhood.
About Caroline Omori
Caroline Omori is not just a dedicated healthcare professional but also a loving parent. Her commitment to both her profession and her family shines through in all that she does. Outside of her fulfilling career, Caroline's greatest joy is spending quality time with her daughter. Whether it's exploring new adventures, sharing stories, or simply enjoying each other's company, their bond is a testament to her nurturing nature. Caroline holds a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her role. Her educational background reflects her dedication to providing the highest standard of care to her patients. In addition to her medical expertise, Caroline is multilingual and can communicate fluently in both English and Swahili. This language proficiency allows her to connect with patients from diverse linguistic backgrounds, ensuring that everyone receives the care and attention they deserve. Caroline Omori specializes in Adult Care, offering comprehensive healthcare services to adult patients. Her commitment to her patients' well-being, coupled with her compassionate nature, makes her a trusted healthcare provider in our community. Caroline's ability to balance her profession and family life is truly admirable, and her dedication to providing exceptional care is evident in all aspects of her work.
About Dr. MartinezJuan Carlos Martinez, DDS, is not only a dedicated dentist but a well-rounded individual with a zest for life beyond the dental chair. When he's not providing exceptional dental care, he cherishes moments with his family, enjoys exploring new destinations through travel, and perfects his golf swing on the green. As a true Houstonian, he's an avid supporter of the Texans and Astros, often catching games with friends and family. Dr. Martinez's professional interests and expertise lie in restorative dentistry, TMJ, and full mouth reconstruction. He completed his dental education at the prestigious UT-School of Dentistry in Houston, Texas. Fluent in both English and Spanish, he ensures effective communication with his diverse patient base. Dr. Martinez specializes in dental services and is based in the Stafford area. His commitment to providing top-tier dental care combined with his vibrant interests makes him a valuable asset to the AccessHealth team and the community he serves.
About Suzanne CampbellSuzanne Campbell, RN CPNP, is a dedicated member of our healthcare team at AccessHealth. Beyond her role in healthcare, Suzanne has a passion for training and running half marathons, showcasing her commitment to a healthy and active lifestyle. With a Master's Degree in Nursing and certification by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her work in pediatrics. Suzanne's ability to communicate fluently in English allows her to connect effectively with our young patients and their families. Her devotion to pediatric care and her drive for excellence make her an invaluable asset to our team, ensuring the well-being of the children in our community.
About Martha MejiaMartha Mejia is not only a dedicated healthcare professional but also a multifaceted individual with a deep passion for various pursuits outside of work. When she's not caring for her patients, Martha finds solace in gardening and actively engages in church activities and women's conferences. She enjoys quality time spent with her family and friends, often bonding over board games. Within the healthcare realm, Martha's commitment extends to both children and adults, where she provides comprehensive services. Her educational background includes a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and she holds a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner Certification from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Fluent in both English and Spanish, Martha excels in effective patient communication. Her specialization lies in adult care, where she offers a wide range of services to promote and maintain her patients' health and well-being. Martha Mejia's diverse interests and skills enrich her care provision, making her an invaluable member of the AccessHealth team.
About Dr. DeGroot
Dr. Melanie DeGroot, who grew up in IL, received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Illinois in Urbana, IL, and her medical degree in 1987 from The University of Health Sciences from The Chicago Medical School (now known as The Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine & Science) in North Chicago, IL. She completed her Pediatric residency with the U.S. Air Force at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. DeGroot has been practicing since 1990. She spent 4 years overseas with the U.S. Air Force taking care of children of servicemen and women in both inpatient and outpatient settings, followed by an additional year at Maxwell Air Force Base in Maryland. She then separated from the Air Force and moved to Pennsylvania where she practiced inpatient and outpatient pediatrics for 18 years before relocating to Texas. Dr. DeGroot is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and provides a full range of pediatric care from newborn until high school graduation, including well exams, sports physicals, and acute care visits. Dr. DeGroot is married and resides in Katy, Texas. She is the mother of twins, both of whom are in college. Her hobbies include reading a variety of books, experimenting with new recipes, along with hiking and biking on the weekends.
About Cheryl CasserCheryl Casser is a dedicated member of our dental team at AccessHealth. Beyond her professional life, Cheryl has a passion for reading, which she indulges in whenever she gets the chance. Her enthusiasm for dental hygiene is evident in the care she provides to our patients. Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas and is proficient in both English and conversational Spanish, ensuring that our patients receive top-notch care tailored to their needs. Cheryl is an essential part of our dental services, contributing to the overall health and well-being of our community.
About Dr. Tahira ZaidiDr. Tahira Zaidi, D.O., is a compassionate and highly skilled pediatrician at AccessHealth. Beyond her medical practice, Dr. Zaidi is an avid traveler, a voracious reader, and cherishes quality family time. Her diverse interests outside of work mirror her holistic approach to healthcare. With a Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) degree and Board Certification in Pediatrics, Dr. Zaidi is well-equipped to provide comprehensive care to our young patients. She has a particular focus on nutrition, obesity, and behavioral health, recognizing the critical role these factors play in a child's development. Dr. Zaidi's multilingual abilities, including fluency in English, Hindi, and Spanish, enable her to connect with a wide range of families in our community. Her dedication to pediatrics and her commitment to promoting the well-being of children make her an invaluable member of our team.
About Dr. Michael LawsonDr. Michael Lawson stands as a distinguished healthcare professional, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to his role as AccessHealth's Chief Medical Officer. His academic journey commenced with an undergraduate degree from the esteemed University of Houston, followed by the attainment of his medical degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Dr. Lawson further solidified his medical acumen through a residency in Pediatrics at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, showcasing a commitment to specialized and comprehensive care for young patients. With a professional career spanning since 1996, Dr. Lawson is not only a fellow of but also holds certification from the American Board of Pediatrics. His commitment to the well-being of individuals from birth to early adulthood is reflected in the full range of pediatric care he provides. Beyond the realm of medicine, Dr. Lawson is a devoted family man, married with two children. His enthusiasm for a healthy lifestyle is evident in his hobbies, which include a dedication to physical fitness and active involvement in various sports. Dr. Michael Lawson's multifaceted background and genuine passion for pediatric care make him an invaluable asset to AccessHealth and the communities it serves.
Dr. Michael Lawson, in addition to his extensive medical journey, serves with distinction as AccessHealth's Chief Medical Officer. In this pivotal role, he not only brings forth his wealth of medical expertise but also plays a central part in shaping and steering the organization's healthcare initiatives. Dr. Lawson's commitment to excellence and his genuine passion for pediatric care resonate in the comprehensive services provided at AccessHealth. His leadership contributes significantly to the fulfillment of AccessHealth's mission, ensuring access to quality healthcare for diverse communities. Beyond the clinical realm, Dr. Lawson's dedication to a healthy lifestyle and active involvement in sports embodies the holistic approach he advocates for the well-being of every patient and community member served by AccessHealth.
About Rachel Gotip
Rachel Gotip's journey is a colorful tapestry woven across places like New Jersey, Ohio, and the heart of Texas, where she's called home since the age of 8. A proud Longhorn, Rachel earned her undergraduate degree in psychology/chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin. Her quest for knowledge led her to Nashville, Tennessee, where she obtained her Master’s in Nursing (Women’s Health NP) degree from Vanderbilt University.
Rachel's clinical prowess was honed through training with the esteemed Baylor College of Medicine at Texas Children’s Hospital, setting the stage for a flourishing career as a Nurse Practitioner since 2019. She brings a wealth of expertise to the table, offering a comprehensive range of gynecological and obstetrical care. From prenatal visits and well-woman exams to handling intricate procedures such as Endometrial and Vulvar Biopsies, IUD, and Nexplanon removals and inserts, Rachel is dedicated to women's health.
Beyond her clinical commitments, Rachel generously invests her free time in precepting local nursing students. In the tapestry of her life, Rachel is happily married, finding joy in youth mentorship at her church and exploring the world with her husband.
About Simi JamesSimi James, a seasoned board-certified advanced practice Nurse Practitioner (APRN) and proud alumna of Walden University, extends her expertise to patients aged 13 and above. With a keen interest in wellness and preventive medicine, Simi places a significant emphasis on the early detection and treatment of various chronic diseases. In her tenure since 2021 at Family Practice, Simi has been a stalwart in diagnosing and managing acute and chronic medical conditions. Her multifaceted role involves crafting comprehensive treatment plans, meticulously evaluating test results, conducting PAP smears, and performing wellness exams. Simi's commitment to patient care is underscored by her dedication to holistic well-being. Beyond her professional commitments, Simi finds joy in her roles as a happily married individual and a mother of three. Her off-duty pursuits include the delightful realms of cooking and family camping adventures. Simi seamlessly navigates conversations in both English and Malayalam, adding cultural richness to her patient interactions.
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About Laura Villegas
Laura Villegas, hailing from the vibrant landscape of Colombia, brings a diverse cultural perspective to her role as a board-certified Women's Health Nurse Practitioner. Her academic journey saw her earn a Bachelor of Science in Pathobiology and Psychology from the University of Toronto, followed by a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Nursing from Columbia University. Since joining AccessHealth in 2014, Ms. Villegas has been a steadfast advocate for the underserved community, making meaningful contributions to Women's Health. Her comprehensive approach spans the entirety of a woman's lifespan, covering well-woman exams, hormonal issues, menstrual irregularities, menopausal symptoms, PCOS, vaginal infections, and prenatal care. Laura also performs various procedures, including contraceptive implant insertions, colposcopies, and biopsies. Beyond her clinical commitments, Laura is actively involved in nurturing the next generation of Nurse Practitioners through her role as an educator. In her personal life, she finds joy in her family – a loving marriage and three energetic boys. Nature, yoga, biking, hiking, and global travel are among Laura's cherished pursuits, reflecting her zest for life. Fluent in both English and Spanish, she seamlessly bridges linguistic and cultural gaps in her patient interactions.
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About Gelatia Tesfaye
Gelatia Tesfaye, DDS, a long-time Houston resident, embarked on her academic journey by earning an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University. Her dedication to dental excellence led her to the University of Texas School of Dentistry in Houston, where she attained her dental degree. Since 2007, Dr. Tesfaye has been a dedicated practitioner, specializing in providing preventative dental care and a spectrum of general dental treatments.
Joining AccessHealth in 2008 as a staff dentist, Dr. Tesfaye has contributed significantly to the organization's mission. Beyond her professional commitments, she finds fulfillment in various pursuits. A lover of literature, she enjoys diving into books, and her commitment to a healthy lifestyle is evident through her dedication to regular exercise. Family holds a special place in her heart, and she cherishes moments spent with loved ones.
Fluent in both English and Amharic, Dr. Tesfaye seamlessly connects with patients, embodying AccessHealth's commitment to diverse and inclusive healthcare.
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About Kateline Pham
Kateline Pham, FNP-C, is not only a highly skilled healthcare professional but also a person with a zest for life outside the medical field. When she's not providing exceptional care to her patients, Kateline loves to travel and explore new destinations. Whether it's discovering new cultures, savoring local cuisines, or simply experiencing the beauty of different places, her love for travel knows no bounds. Additionally, she finds solace and inspiration in reading and cherishes the time spent with her loved ones. Kateline specializes in Acute and Chronic disease management, with a particular focus on HIV/PREP/PEP. Her dedication to staying at the forefront of medical advancements in these areas reflects her commitment to offering the best possible care to her patients. With a Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Kateline brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role. Her educational background is a testament to her pursuit of excellence in patient care. Fluent in both Vietnamese and English, Kateline can effectively communicate with a diverse range of patients. This language proficiency allows her to connect with individuals from different linguistic backgrounds, ensuring that everyone receives the care they need and deserve. Kateline Pham provides Adult Care services, delivering comprehensive healthcare solutions to adult patients. Her commitment to promoting health and well-being is evident in her compassionate approach to patient care.
About Dr. Marcqwon Daywalker
Dr. Marcqwon Daywalker, a native of Georgia, holds the esteemed titles of MD and DipABLM, showcasing his commitment to medical excellence. As the Chief Health Equity & Wellness Officer, he has carved an impactful legacy in the healthcare landscape here at AccessHealth. Dr. Daywalker embarked on his academic journey with a biology degree from Georgia Southern University, followed by a medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine. His residency training at the University of Texas Medical Branch further enriched his skills. Since commencing his practice in 2016, Dr. Daywalker has been a stalwart advocate for comprehensive healthcare, earning board certifications in family and lifestyle medicine. His alignment with the National Health Service Corps reflects a profound dedication to community service. Dr. Daywalker's practice spans the entirety of family medicine services, emphasizing prevention, diagnosis, treatment, management, and wellness promotion. Proudly rooted in Fort Bend County, Dr. Daywalker finds joy in family life, embodied by a loving marriage and the joys of fatherhood. Beyond the medical realm, his diverse interests include travel exploration, literary pursuits, staying active through running, and cherishing moments with loved ones. Dr. Daywalker's professional commitments extend to leadership development, mentoring, coaching, trauma-informed care, and the unwavering pursuit of health equity. In each aspect of his life, Dr. Daywalker exemplifies a holistic approach to well-being.
About Dr. LaCindy DelValle
Dr. LaCindy DelValle, MD, FAAP, hailing from the heart of East Texas, is a distinguished medical professional celebrated for her commitment to pediatric care. Her academic journey commenced at Prairie View A&M University, where she earned her undergraduate degree. The corridors of knowledge led her to McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), where she received her medical degree. Opting for a diverse residency experience, Dr. DelValle chose the University of Oklahoma, allowing her to embrace the challenges and nuances of healthcare across urban, suburban, and rural landscapes. Since entering the medical arena in 2003, she has been a dedicated fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and proudly holds Board Certification in Pediatrics. Dr. DelValle extends a comprehensive range of services to pediatric patients here at AccessHealth, addressing their needs from birth through the formative years up to age 18. Beyond her professional pursuits, Dr. DelValle is a loving wife and devoted mother of two. In the pursuit of several passsions that extend beyond her career, she finds joy in activities that express her vibrant spirit—whether it's the rhythm of dance, the freedom of cycling, or the discipline of fitness. Fluent in both English and Spanish, Dr. DelValle exemplifies a holistic approach to pediatric care, enriching the lives of the young ones under her compassionate guidance.
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About Dr. Nisha Varghese
Dr. Nisha Varghese, M.D., brings a wealth of expertise to our community here at AccessHealth. She earned her undergraduate degree from UT-Pan American (now UT-RGV) and furthered her education by obtaining a medical degree from the esteemed Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Dr. Varghese's commitment to excellence is evident in her completion of residency with Memorial Family Medicine in Sugar Land, TX, and a fellowship in Addiction Medicine, earning her a well-deserved subspecialty board certification. Board-certified in Family Medicine, Dr. Varghese is dedicated to providing a broad range of services to our patients. Beyond her professional achievements, she is a devoted mother of two and happily married. With proficiency in both English and Malayalam, Dr. Varghese ensures effective communication and cultural sensitivity in her practice, embodying the values that make AccessHealth a beacon of healthcare excellence.
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About Dr. Son DuongDr. Son Duong, M.D., serves as a dedicated family medicine practitioner and Assistant Chief Medical Officer at AccessHealth. Beyond his medical profession, Dr. Duong is an enthusiastic advocate for a healthy lifestyle, prioritizing exercise and reading as key components of his daily routine. His commitment to personal well-being aligns seamlessly with his role in promoting the health of his patients.
A graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, where he earned his MD degree, Dr. Duong is well-prepared to provide comprehensive care to adults. He holds board certification from the American Board of Family Medicine, a testament to his expertise in the field. Dr. Duong is proficient in both English and Vietnamese, enabling him to connect with a diverse range of patients and serve our community effectively.
In his dual role as Assistant Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Duong's leadership and dedication further contribute to the excellence of our healthcare services. His passion for family medicine and his commitment to cultivating a healthier future for his patients make him a valued and integral member of our team at AccessHealth.