Behavioral Health Team

Alan Podawiltz, DO
Les W. Smith, MD
Chris Wall
Sarah Masood




Alan Podawiltz chairs the Department of Psychiatry at JPS Health Network. He also is chairman of psychiatry for the North Texas Health Science Center and the North Texas Affiliated Medical Group.

He earned his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Oregon, and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Oregon. He earned his medical degree from the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Oklahoma State University in Tulsa.

A native Oregonian from Klamath Falls, Dr. Podawiltz lives in Arlington.



Les Smith is a psychiatrist whose specialties include psychopharcology and addiction psychiatry. He has practiced at JPS for the last four years.

His interest in psychiatry dates back to a first job after undergraduate school at UT Arlington in 1975, when he worked in a psychiatric facility. Medical school soon followed. He graduated from medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1978, and completed his residency in psychiatry at Parkland Hospital in Dallas from 1978-1982. He then completed a fellowship in addiction psychiatry at the University of Connecticut.

A Fort Worth native, Dr. Smith is a football and soccer fan who lives with his family in Colleyville.



Chris Wall is certified in adult and adolescent psychiatric nursing. As a certified Crisis Prevention Institute instructor, he trains staff members in the use of personal safety techniques and teaches verbal de-escalation skills for managing acting-out behaviors.

Devotion to psych nursing caught Chris by surprise during clinical rotations in nursing school. "Psych nursing hadn’t occurred to me, but caring for behavioral health patients captivated me and I've never looked back," he says. Chris has worked at JPS for six years.

A native of rural West Texas, he lives in Arlington. A football fan who loves to work out himself, his favorite pastimes include bike rides with his wife and stepdaughter.




Sarah Masood specializes in community and population health, devoted to health promotion in underserved communities where health services are sparse or lacking. She joined JPS Health Network in February, 2013.

Sarah got her bachelor's degree in biology and psychiatry from Austin College in Sherman in 2008, and completed the Master's in Public Health program at the University of Texas School of Public Health in 2012. She has an MPH in health promotion and behavioral sciences.

Born in Houston, Sarah grew up in Irving and has lived in Dallas since finishing school. But she's moving soon, "and I am really looking forward to moving to Fort Worth and learning more about the city," she says. A fan of most professional sports, she spends her free time working out (but cooking and baking, too,) and enjoys volunteer work and time with her family.