Behavioral Health Team
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.