Family Medicine

Faculty & Staff



Montserrat Abadie-Sole, MD
Maternal-Child Health Faculty

Residency Training: St. Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Obstetric Fellowship: University of Oklahoma, Tulsa, Oklahoma

I went to medical school in Honduras where I'm from. I completed my Family Medicine residency at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, Go Thunder! (I am a big basketball fan). I moved to Tulsa and did an OB Fellowship there and stayed as faculty for 6 years, then I came to Texas to the biggest family medicine program with an advanced obstetrical training track.

Why JPS? I enjoy working at JPS because it allows me to treat the Hispanic underserved population and do full spectrum Family medicine. And the residents are the best!

Vinu Alexander, MD
Maternal-Child Health Faculty

Medical Degree: Stanley Medical, Madras University

Residency Training: Corpus Christi Family Medicine

Residency Fellowship: Procedures in Family Medicine/Operative Obstetrics at Corpus Christi Family Medicine Residency

I am involved in surgical obstetrics and office based procedure training for residents in the Maternal Child Health Area of Emphasis (MCH). Procedures performed in the office; non-scalpel vasectomy, contraceptive device placement, pre malignant excisional skin procedures and LEEP for dysplasia treatment. My interests in ambulatory care management with emphasis in Point of care Ultrasound, Standard Obstetrics scans, Antepartum fetal testing and risking of pregnant patients help train residents to have a wider skill set to make safer medical decisions.

I enjoy taking MCH residents to Uganda for a month annually to give them an extensive international exposure to the culture and their limitations to health resources.

Why JPS? It is a pilot four year MCH FM Residency program with special interest to train future teachers, rural and international family physicians to achieve advanced skills.

Maria (Lily) Asprilla, DO
Program Director, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Medical Degree: University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX

Residency Training: HCA Plaza-Internal Medicine Residency Program, Fort Worth, TX

Fellowship: UNTHSC Palliative Medicine Fellowship, Fort Worth, TX

Alex Autry, DO
Sports Medicine Faculty

Medicine, Certificate of Additional Qualifications in Sports Medicine

Medical School: University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, Texas Residency: JPS Family Medicine Residency, Fort Worth, Texas Fellowship: Sports Medicine at JPS Health Network

Heather Autry, DO
Director of Tuesday Didactics
Associate Program Director

Medical Degree: University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth

Residency Training: John Peter Smith Family Medicine Residency, John Peter Smith Sports Medicine Fellowship

There is just something special about JPS, the people that serve here every day, our wonderful residents, and our patients that you can't find just anywhere. I am honored to be back at a program that was not only so important in my formative years, but a program that continues to push the envelope of family medicine and graduates top notch docs!

Jason Brewington, MD
Vice Chair, Hospital Medicine Department
Associate Program Director

From: Cookeville, TN

Medical School: Meharry Medical College School of Medicine Nashville, TN

Residency/Fellowship: John Peter Smith Family Medicine Residency Program

Clinical Interests: Hospital Medicine, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Global Missions.

Why JPS? In the JPS Family Medicine Residency Program, we provide broad-spectrum medical care to people who would otherwise have little or no access to health care and we teach our residents to do the same.

Allison Brown, MD.
Co-Director, Community Medicine Track

Where are you from? Houston, TX

Medical School: The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Residency/Fellowship: JPS Family Medicine Residency

Clinical Interests: Chronic disease management, preventive health, population health, health literacy, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity management

Dr. Brown was born and raised in Houston, TX. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Texas at Dallas and then went on to complete medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. After weathering the arctic temperatures of Chicago, Dr. Brown was eager to head back to warmer temperatures and was delighted to complete her medical training at the JPS Family Medicine Residency Program. This also allowed her to complete a long-standing goal-to obtain outstanding training in order to provide excellent care to underserved and under-resourced patients. Upon finishing residency, Dr. Brown was honored to stay on as faculty for the JPS Family Residency Program to teach medical students and residents and continue serving her patients.

Why JPS? JPS is an outstanding county hospital system that serves a wide range of acute and chronic health conditions and provides excellent training for medical trainees.

Katherine Buck, LMFT, PH.D
Director of Behavioral Science
Assistant Program Director

Where are you from? Greenville, NC

Medical School: East Carolina University - PH.D, Clinical Health Psychology

Residency/Fellowship: University of Colorado, Primary Care Psychology and Medical Education.

Clinical Interests: I have clinical interests in health and behavior change interventions in primary care, sleep medicine, and couples therapy. I am an active researcher and have interests in physician burnout and health, medical education, and sports medicine.

Why JPS? If I do something I'm all in on enthusiasm and excitement. JPS's program presented me with great opportunities to teach behavioral medicine to family docs in fast-paced, fun, and creative ways!

C. Anthony Burton, MD, MPH
Associate Program Director
Geriatric Medicine
Medical Director - Arlington Heights Health and Rehabilitation

Medical Degree: University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Texas Residency: John Peter Smith Family Medicine Residency Fellowship: John Peter Smith Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program

Dr. Anthony Burton is one of the core faculty in Geriatrics. His clinical work includes general primary care and specialty care in geriatrics, across the care continuum including the Magnolia Clinic, Inpatient Consult Service, Home Visits, and Post-Acute and Long-Term Care. His academic work focuses on resident education in quality improvement and enhancing family medicine resident education in geriatrics as part of the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program, which trains health care and social service providers in geriatric principles. He is also medical director of Arlington Heights Health and Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Burton attended medical and public health school at The University of Texas Health Science Center - Houston. He completed the Certificate in Academic Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center's Faculty Development Center, as well as the Geriatric Practice Leadership Institute at Texas Christian University. He is board certified in Geriatrics and Family Medicine.

Timothy Cahill, MD
Maternal Child Health Faculty

Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Residency/Fellowship: John Peter Smith Family Medicine Residency

Clinical Interests: FM/OB. I also enjoy Global Health.

I met and married my lovely wife, Lori, while in medical school in Memphis, TN, and we now have 4 wonderful kids (3 girls and a boy). After finishing residency and fellowship here at JPS (and after about 9 months serving as faculty while awaiting the birth of my second daughter), we left the U.S. to go serve at a mission hospital in northern Ghana with Samaritan's Purse Post-Residency Program. We delivered our third daughter at our hospital in Ghana, and we came back to the U.S. at the end of 2019 to deliver our boy. After serving for about 5 years (2.5 years with SP and the rest with Christian Health Service Corps) in Ghana, it was made clear to us that we would be coming back to the U.S. for a period of time.

Why JPS? When looking for a job once we arrived back in the U.S., my thought was, "Where can I go and still practice full-spectrum Family Medicine, including OB?" JPS sprang to mind, and it perfectly happened that they were going to have some openings at the time when I could start.

Ricardo Castellon, MD
Site Coordinator, Viola Pitts-Como Health Center
Associate Program Director

Medical Degree: Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras

Residency Training: St. Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Originally from Honduras, where I went to med school at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras and met my wife. Together we came to the U.S. To pursue postgraduate training and trained in Family Medicine at Saint Anthony hospital in Oklahoma City. After a short time as a hospitalist, I worked for several years as assistant professor with the Family Medicine residency of the University of Oklahoma in Tulsa. My professional interests are resident education, care of undeserved populations, diseases of the skin and in-office procedures. Now a father of two, I enjoyed spending time off with my family, traveling, live music, wine and dining, playing and watching NBA basketball, and I'm an amateur photographer.

Why JPS? I joined JPS in 2014 wanting to be part of one of the top programs in the country.

Nnyekaa Collins, MD
Geriatric Medicine Faculty

Medical Degree: Drexel University College of Medicine

Residency: John Peter Smith Family Medicine Residency

Fellowship: John Peter Smith Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program

Dr. Nnyekaa Collins is a native of Fort Worth, TX and graduated from P. L. Dunbar High School for the Science and Engineering Professions. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Howard University in Washington, DC. She then obtained her medical doctorate at Drexel University College of Medicine in 2010. She returned to John Peter Smith, the hospital where she was born, to complete residency in Family Medicine, and fellowship in Geriatric Medicine. Dr. Collins stayed at JPS to practice Geriatric Medicine, while completing her childhood dream of practicing medicine in the community that helped to raise her.

Dr. Collins enjoys jogging, art, and traveling with her fiancé and friends.

Richard Fulkerson, MD
Medical Director of Utilization Management and Site Coordinator, Family Health Clinic

Medical Degree: University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston

Residency Training: John Peter Smith Hospital

Geriatric Fellowship: John Peter Smith Hospital

I was born and Raised in Fort Worth, Texas I got a degree in Chemistry at the University of Texas at Arlington. I met my future wife in a Chemistry Lab there. We got married while I was in medical school and amazingly she has put up with me ever since. Thirty years ago I came to JPS as a Family Medicine Intern and I liked it so much I never left! I am dual boarded in Family Medicine and in Geriatrics. I have three grown kids and a golden retriever. I love to teach. I am one of the core faculty in our Family Health Center. It truly is a privilege for me to teach our Residents, Fellows and students. While I have some knowledge and experience to pass along, the best thing about my job is not a day goes by that my Residents don't teach me a thing or two!

I am a big baseball fan. Go Rangers! I read a lot. I have played way to many computer games. I travel every chance I get. I love the outdoors. But, mostly, I just like hanging out with my family and friends.

Why JPS? I believe that a Family Physician should be able to provide whatever services his community needs. The training you get at JPS will allow you to practice comfortably in any Community whether it's in Zambia, rural Texas or New York City. How do I know? Because our graduates are doing it! If you are interested in full service Family Medicine there is no better place than JPS. It was true 30 years ago when I trained here and it's true now. The patients here are amazing. We serve a very diverse population, including a large International community. If you want to make a difference in people's lives, come to JPS.

Yara Gonzales, MD
Co-Director, Community Medicine Track
Director of Thursday Didactics
Associate Program Director

Where are you from? I am originally from Lebanon, I moved to France when I was 2 years old and lived there until age 6. My family and I moved to Mexico City after that which is where I grew up. I moved to the US at 18 to go to college and have lived here ever since.

Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine

Residency/Fellowship: John Peter Smith Family Medicine Residency

Clinical Interests: I really enjoy working both inpatient and outpatient as well as teaching residents and medical students. I have a particular interest in women's health.

I was born in Lebanon to Lebanese parents and have lived in France. I grew up in Mexico most of my life and moved to Houston, TX when I was 18 to go to college at Rice University. There I met my husband, Chris and we moved to Boston to pursue our graduate program. We then both attended Boston University for Medical School. We were determined to return to Texas to be close to family and chose to come to JPS for our residency training. We both graduated from the program in 2020 and have joined the faculty.

Why JPS?: The mission of JPS has always resonated with me. We take care of those who need us the most and we provide exceptional care to everyone without regards to race, socioeconomic or payor status. That is why I chose to become a doctor. During my training, I was inspired but the amazing faculty who works here. Everyone is here for the same reason. To train strong physicians and to take care of our patients. With the mission of the organization comes a very culturally diverse community which enriches my life every day. I am very passionate about helping move this mission forward. Working with residents brings me a lot of joy, it is an honor to teach and learn from such competent physicians. Working at JPS makes me the best doctor I can be.

Adam Guck, PH.D.

Where are you from? Omaha, NE

Medical School PH.D, Clinical Health Psychology - University of North Texas

Residency/Fellowship: Behavioral Medicine - John Peter Smith Hospital

Clinical Interests: Behavioral Medicine and Integrated Primary Care

Why JPS? I completed my Fellowship in Behavioral Medicine at JPS to pursue my interests in integrated primary care psychology and graduate medical education. I stayed as faculty because of the amazing, supportive culture that pervade this residency program. Faculty, residents, and staff come together to advance the health of families and communities throughout Tarrant County. It is an honor to be part of this large enterprise that not only produces highly talented doctors, but dedicated and compassionate people.

Masheika Jackson, DO, MBA
Medical Director, Stop Six Clinic

Where are you from? Wichita Falls, Texas

Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency/Fellowship: JPS- Family, JPS-Geriatrics

Clinical Interests: All things preventive, and geriatric care

Dr. Masheika S. Jackson has always had a passion for medicine and helping others. She has always had a love for the sciences and desire to give back. She routinely participated in community service events and organizations throughout her youth and while in college. She has continued to participate in those activities as an adult as well. She attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency at John Peter Smith Hospital. She has worked with JPS since 2008 and enjoys serving the underserved. She is also passionate about her family. She loves the joy one gets from raising a child, and enjoys spending quality time with her young daughter, and extended family. She enjoys the outdoors, live music and traveling. Dr. Jackson is very thankful for all that she has been blessed with and aims to find joy at all times.

Why JPS? JPS is a safety net hospital system for Tarrant county residents. It provides care to those individuals, Providing support, and medical care to those less fortunate has always been a desire of Dr. Jackson's, and JPS affords her with that opportunity. Furthermore, JPS is on the forefront of healthcare quality and innovation. It provides training to the largest Family Medicine Residency program in the nation. It also serves as an educational hub for the medical schools within Fort Worth. This allows Dr. Jackson to teach and learn alongside medical students, and Family Medicine residents. Why JPS, one may ask, because JPS is the BEST!

Marc Johnson, MD, AAHIVS, FAAFP
Director, Primary Care HIV

Where are you from? Born in Plano, TX but raised in New Orleans, LA

Medical School: Meharry Medical School

Residency/Fellowship: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences-Northwest Family Medicine Residency Program

Clinical Interests: Primary care with HIV management (non-OB)

I'm the son of two dedicated (now retired) nurses, which sparked my interest in Medicine. Since I was 16, I dreamed of being a primary care doctor for underserved communities. This led me on an academic career path to achieve this goal. In 2015, I graduated from UAMS-NW Family Medicine Residency as Chief Resident and began my career in Brookhaven, MS practicing FM and HIV medicine. I was recruited by JPS to work at Healing Wings HIV/AIDS clinic and started work in October 2020.

Karen M. Kirk, MD
Sports Medicine Fellowship Program Director

Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Lubbock, Texas

Residency: Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Lubbock, Texas

Fellowship: Sports Medicine at JPS Health Network

Diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine, Certificate of Additional Qualifications in Sports Medicine.

Board Certified in Pediatrics, CAQ in Sports Medicine

Mark Koch, MD, FAAFP
Director of Family Medicine Endoscopy

From: Borger, Texas

Clinical Interests: Cancer Screening, Endoscopy, Informatics, Clinical procedures.

Why JPS? JPS embraces a wide range of diverse clinical practices and interests.

Prasanna Kumar, MD
Inpatient Medicine Teaching Faculty

Stephen Manock, MD
Director of Global Health

Where are you from? Chicago, Illinois

Medical School: University of IL - Chicago

Residency/Fellowship: Case Western Reserve/MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH

Clinical Interests: Global health, cross-cultural care of the underserved, tropical medicine, malaria vaccine research

Why JPS? I am passionate about preparing family physicians to provide full-spectrum care to underserved patients in urban, rural and developing world settings. There is no better place to do this than JPS.

Joseph C. Martin, MD
Family Medicine Faculty

Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine

Residency Program: MCMERF Family Medicine Residency Program, Waco, Texas

I was raised as the oldest of 4 boys by an American (Okie, to be precise) father and a Brazilian mother. From an early age I was immersed in two cultures and found myself quickly experiencing others as my family and I moved throughout the Middle East and South America during my childhood. I learned to enjoy travel, learning other languages and valuing other cultures other than my own. Since finishing my residency in family medicine I met my wonderful wife, Tracy, who has kept me grounded and provided the perfect partner for our adventures. We have two great kids, Sebastiᾶo (14) and Isabella (11). Both were born in Texas but grew up in the Amazon region of Ecuador where we served in a small jungle hospital for 7 years as missionaries.

It was during our time in Ecuador that I became more involved in training medical students and residents and realized my love for teaching. My time on the mission field also broadened my skills. I learned ultrasound and endoscopy as well as tropical medicine and continued to admire the breadth of family medicine.

I enjoy traveling (especially to other countries with my family), studying history, running (not very fast!), cycling, hiking and cheering on my favorite teams - Steelers, Longhorns, Rangers, Cardinals, and the Celeçᾶo (Brazil's national soccer team).

Why JPS? Having trained in Texas I've always known the quality of the residents and faculty attracted to the program and knew that I wanted to be a part of JPS's culture along with the institution's emphasis on caring for the needy and its emphasis on global health.

Reena Mathews, MD
Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program Director

Medical Degree: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

Residency: John Peter Smith Family Medicine Residency

Fellowship: John Peter Smith Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program

After graduating the JPS Geriatric Fellowship, Dr. Mathews focused on building an outpatient Geriatric practice in an underserved part of the community which further kindled her interest in learning more about social determinants of health. As the Geriatric Service line grew at JPS, she took on a more active role in academics and leadership. She has a strong desire to help provide excellent Geriatric care throughout the continuum of care settings and as a lifelong student she is participating in the Geriatric Practice Leadership Institute and other grant initiatives with the HRSA WEHAIL grant. Born and raised in Toronto Canada, Dr. Mathews has a fondness for all things "Maple" including Leaf's hockey, autumn leaves and anything maple glazed. In her spare time, she can be found gardening, travelling and exploring the DFW food scene with her husband.

Nolan Mischel, MD
Nolan Mischel, MD
Family Medicine Faculty

Medical School: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Residency/Fellowship: John Peter Smith Family Medicine Residency Clinical

Interests:Inpatient Medicine, Primary Care Treatment of Hepatitis C, and Healthcare Systems

Why JPS? After two years in community practice I decided to return to JPS as FM faculty because of the broad scope of care our patients need and the privilege to teach at the premier family residency program of the country.

Jason Mogonye, MD
Assistant Program Director of Sports Medicine Fellowship

Medical Degree: Texas Tech University

Residency Training: John Peter Smith Hospital

Sports Medicine Fellowship: John Peter Smith Hospital

I was born and raised in Texas and love to be outside. Whether it's hunting, fishing, hiking or just sitting out on the porch with a cold drink, I enjoy the outdoors. Primary Care Sports Medicine is the perfect outlet for a physician who doesn't like to be confined by walls. Covering athletic events from bike races to rodeos, and the opportunity to cover college athletics at TCU, allows me the profession I love in the environment that I love. I also enjoy implementing and teaching musculoskeletal ultrasound in my practice. When I'm not working I like to cook (because I like to eat!) and spend time with my family.

Why JPS? I get the opportunity at JPS to provide first-rate medical care to a population of patients who wouldn't ordinarily have access to it.

Mark Nelson, MD
Director, International Health Clinic

Medical Degree: Baylor College of Medicine

Residency Training: John Peter Smith Hospital

I am from Maracay, Venezuela, but attended medical school in Houston at Baylor College of Medicine. I have always had an interest in parasitology and tropical medicine so after completing a residency in family medicine (here at JPS) I eventually found my way to work at a rural hospital in the Amazon basin in Ecuador, as well as further studies in tropical medicine in Liverpool, UK. In Ecuador I practiced full-scope family medicine and taught family medicine to Ecuadorian residents and students. Prior to returning to JPS, I worked a year in Ghana. My wife is a pediatrician and together we have three college-aged kids.

Why JPS? I chose to return to JPS after almost 25 years away because of the Global Health program, the refugee population and to be able to teach family medicine residents

Bethany Norberg, MD
Site Coordinator, Stop Six Clinic
Associate Program Director

Medical School: UT Southwestern Medical School

Residency Program: Madigan Army Medical Center Family Medicine Residency

I was born in Houston, TX and raised in Arlington, TX and stayed close to home for medical school in Dallas, TX. I was awarded the Health Professions Scholarship Program in medical school through the military and joined the US Army Reserves and transitioned to active duty in the US Army on completion of medical school. I completed my residency in Family Medicine at Ft Lewis, WA at Madigan Army Medical Center. Through my time in the military I was able to live in different areas of the United States and serve in several different capacities. After residency I was stationed in Ft Bliss, TX where I was a clinic director of a large clinic and served my country in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom providing concussion care to our soldiers who had been injured. After my time in El Paso, TX, I had the opportunity to go back to Ft Lewis, WA and complete a fellowship in endoscopy. I was then stationed at Ft Hood, TX where I had the pleasure of being core faculty for the Family Medicine residency program. I found that I love being involved with training residents as well as providing full scope Family Medicine care. At the end of my time in the military as I was trying to decide where in the country or world I wanted to settle down, I was ultimately drawn back towards family and friends. I now reside in Burleson, TX with my husband and 2 small kids. We love the flexibility of living close to a big city with lots of amenities while enjoying the slower pace of life near family in a smaller town.

Why JPS? I was drawn to JPS because it is the culmination of so many of my interests. I wanted to work somewhere that embraced full scope Family Medicine. In addition, I love being involved in residency training, helping to mold and teach the future Family Physicians who end up working both here in the United States as well as abroad. I enjoy being able to pursue endoscopy and training residents to become proficient in endoscopy. I was also drawn to the opportunity to serve an underserved population in our community. JPS provides me an ability to do all of these things in one place.

William Bart Pate, MD
Family Medicine Faculty

Where are you from? Alpine, Texas

Medical School: UTMB Galveston

Residency/Fellowship: R. E. Thomason General Hospital - El Paso

Clinical Interests: Rural Health, Women's Health, Geriatrics, Urology, Cancer

Born in San Antonio at Fort Sam Houston Army Hospital. Moved to West Texas at age 2. My Dad was a Country Doctor/Surgeon and my mother was a CRNA. I have 4 brothers. The oldest is a Plastic Surgeon in El Paso. My next younger brother is a General Surgeon. The next is an Intelligence Officer (spy) and the youngest is an Architect. I graduated from Alpine High School and attended colleges and Medical Schools in Austin, Boston, Vienna, Houston, and Galveston but the most important part of my education was at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. 1969 - 1971 I was in the US Army - one year in Korea on the DMZ and the next at William Beaumont Army Hospital in El Paso. In May of 1971 I returned to Alpine to practice with my dad and later on my younger brother. I was married to Patty in 1966 and we had two boys. My wife, Cathy, and I were Married in 1977 and we had two more boys. In Alpine I was the typical rural Family Doctor of the time - Delivered over 3000 babies, performed over 5000 major surgeries, assisted in about 10,000 more, attended over 15000 ER visits and averaged over 100 office visits / week, 3-5 nursing home patients, and 3-10 hospital patients daily. My family thought that they needed to see me so in 1990 we moved to Fort Worth the JPS Family Medicine Residency Program where I have been for the past 26 years. I have been blessed with a large family - including 11 grandchildren - and there is nothing more important to me.

Why JPS? Simply, because JPS was training doctors who would be able to go to Rural areas - like West Texas - to provide full service Family Medicine to an underserved population. Family is still the most important part of Family Medicine. Everything good at home or in Medicine is due to MOTHERS. Trying to get DADS on board is the challenge.

Just like West Texas, John Peter Smith is an underserved population that is up to the task of training really good Family docs. For this we are thankful every day. And they are blessed in return.

Jeanine Ratliff, MD
Director of Pediatrics, Nursery, Neonatal Family Medicine Education
Program Director, Transitional Year

Where are you from? I grew up in Azle, Texas, but I was born in Kansas.

Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston

Residency/Fellowship: University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston (Pediatrics)

Clinical Interests: Breastfeeding medicine, newborn nursery, and outpatient pediatrics.

Why JPS? I get to serve the people of Fort Worth, and really the world, while teaching great residents. Every day, I'm pushed to keep up with the latest research and treatment techniques. I get to learn something new every day.

Matthew Rios, MD
Clinical Faculty, Director of Palliative Care Services

Medical Degree: University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston

Residency Training: John Peter Smith Hospital

Geriatric Fellowship: John Peter Smith Hospital

I trained at JPS Hospital, became board certified in Family Medicine. I then completed a Geriatric medicine fellowship and became boarded in Geriatric Medicine. I practiced at Baylor Senior health Network in Irving, Texas for several years then returned to JPS as a Family Medicine faculty member where I also served as a long term care director and preceptor in Geriatric medicine. I then took a board for Hospice and Palliative Medicine and I have served as a hospice director for about 15 years. For the last several years I have served as the Director of Palliative Care Services at JPS Hospital. I have in the last year completed a board in Wound Care and I plan to join the JPS wound care team soon.

Why JPS? There are many opportunities for professional development, serving the underserved, and lifelong learning. I also enjoy sharing the knowledge I have acquired with residents and fellows in training who are interested in my areas of expertise

Andrew Saverine, DO
Medical Director, True Worth Clinic

Medical School: UNTHSC TCOM

Residency/Fellowship: JPS Family Medicine Residency Program

Clinical Interests: Homelessness, Complex Social Needs, Utilization Reduction, Population Health, and Quality Improvement

I am a proud husband and father of three who is passionate about helping improve the world around me, I enjoy reading, cooking, building and gardening, as well as playing with my kids.

Why JPS? I chose JPS for its patient population and a culture that supports innovation

Dawn Sloan, MD
Medical Director, Family Health Clinic
Associate Program Director

Medical School: Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (Bethesda, MD)

Residency/Fellowship: Family Medicine Residency at DeWitt Army Community Hospital (Fort Belvoir, Virginia); Faculty Development Fellowship at Madigan Army Medical Center (Tacoma, Washington); MBA from Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, Washington)

Clinical Interests: Practice Management, Shared Medical Appointments, Patient Engagement

Dr. Sloan initially trained in medicine through the U.S. Army. She was impressed with the focus on primary care, primary prevention, and creating high quality physicians. Her experience mirrored this, and she thoroughly enjoyed the team approach to patient care and resident education, serving 4 years as a PCMH family physician team lead, 6 months as a battalion surgeon in Afghanistan, 2 years as junior faculty at Madigan Army Medical Center and then 4 years as the Family Medicine Residency APD in Fort Benning, GA. In 2019, she and her husband, Rich, decided 38 years of combined military service was enough. Finding JPS as a place to settle down cemented the deal, and Dr. Sloan started as the Family Health Center Medical Director in August 2020.

Why JPS?: The people. From the staff, to the faculty and residents, to the patients, JPS is full of compassionate, caring people. Everywhere I turn are people working hard to take care of our patients. The patients I have met want to improve their health and appreciate understanding their bodies and how they can impact their health. Even the hardest days are enjoyable when you work with the right team.

Paul Strickland, MD
Paul Strickland, MD
Maternal-Child Health Faculty

Susan Cole, MD
Director of Maternal-Child Health
Associate Program Director

Where are you from? Houston, Texas

Medical School: UT Southwestern Medical School

Residency: JPS Family Medicine Residency

Fellowship: JPS Maternal Child Health

Clinical Interests: Women's Health, Inpatient Medicine

Originally from China, I moved to the United States when I was a young toddler and spent most of my childhood in the great city of Houston, TX. I attended Rice University were I double majored in Biochemistry and Psychology. It was there that I discovered my desire to work in primary care and specifically with the underserved. While in medical school, I further developed this passion through various service opportunities and international mission trips and landed upon family medicine as the BEST specialty for achieving my mission in life. I chose JPS for residency because of its focus on providing care to the underserved, global health program, and community of individuals with a similar mission. In my free time I enjoy running, reading nonfiction books, cooking, playing with my dog Tobey, traveling, and spending time with good friends and family.

Why JPS?: After doing my residency here, it was hard to turn down the opportunity to stay and do what I love the most in one of the best family medicine programs in the nation. I love being a part of teaching and inspiring younger generations to become leaders in their field.

Bhavna Tanna, MD
Family Medicine Faculty

Medical School: Seth GS Medical College (Mumbai, India)

Residency: Wichita Falls Family Practice Program (Wichita Falls, Texas)

Clinical Interests: Cancer Survivorship and Preventive Care

After completing residency, I was in private practice for ten years. I was always interested in teaching and academic medicine. I was a lecturer in India in the Department of Anesthesiology. I joined JPS in 2009 and served as Medical Director at Lifespan Clinic for 5 years. During that time, I was involved in preceptorship for the NP and reentry program for providers. I started the Survivorship Clinic in 2015 and have developed the curriculum for the residents and fellows in accordance with American Society of Clinical Oncology guidelines.

Why JPS?: I feel that the quality of care we provide at JPS is phenomenal and the training the residents get is exceptional. Proud to be part of the team.

Suzin Whitten, MD
Clinical Faculty

Medical Degree: Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, Texas)

Residency/Fellowship: Family Medicine Residency at the Dewitt Army Community Hospital (Fort Belvoir, Virginia) and Academic Medicine Fellowship at the McLennan County Medical Education and Research Foundation

Clinical Interests: Primary Palliative Care, Health Behavior Change, Social Determinants of Health, and Competency Based Medical Rducation.

Suzin joined the John Peter Smith Family Medicine Residency as Faculty at the Stop Six Clinic in 2017 and is the Director of the Longitudinal Integrated Care Course 1 for First Year Medical Students at the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine. Suzin has practiced full spectrum family medicine in a variety of settings to include on the side of the road with an aide bag on her way to a Forward Operating Base in Iraq to ringside at a Boxing Tournament in Baumholder, Germany to clinics and hospitals in Virginia, Germany, Texas and Massachusetts. As an active duty Army Family Physician for 12 years, she held a variety of leadership positions and deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While she was core Family Medicine Faculty at the Carl R Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood, Texas she completed a fellowship in Academic Medicine at the McLennan County Medical Education and Research Foundation and was awarded the Family Medicine Teacher of the Year in 2010. After the Army, Suzin was core Faculty with the Tufts Family Medicine Residency at Cambridge Health Alliance in Malden, Massachusetts and was recognized for Excellence in Precepting in 2016. Suzin is an Honor Graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, attended medical School at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and completed her internship and residency at the Dewitt Army Community Hospital Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Why JPS? Suzin is grateful to hang out with Family Medicine Residents at the Stop Six Clinic and serve, learn, and grow with the amazing Stop Six Community.

Zhanna Winchell, MD
Associate Program Director
Director, ARMS Track

Where are you from? Kharkov, Ukraine

Medical School: Medical College of Virginia (VCU School of Medicine)

Residency/Fellowship: John Peter Smith Family Medicine Residency

Clinical Interests: Global Health, Procedures & Surgeries, Academic Medicine, Ultrasonography, Inpatient Medicine

I was born in Kharkov, Ukraine, immigrated to the United States when I was 4, and grew up outside of Washington, DC. I majored in psychology in college and studied abroad in Spain, where I developed my love of travel; I've now been to 55 countries! I enjoy some good competition and you can often find be at a board game night, playing trivia, or setting my fantasy football lineup. I hope to eventually work in rural Africa (country TBD) but for now am really enjoying my job at JPS!

Why JPS?: I love getting to teach and learn from a wide variety of bright residents, working at a hospital that can provide access to care for underserved patients, and having the unique opportunity of being faculty for a surgical training track for family medicine residents who want to broaden their skill set to include those needed in low-resource settings.

Kimberly Wolfshohl, MD
Family Medicine Faculty

Where are you from? Texas

Medical School: McGovern Medical School at UT Health

Residency/Fellowship: JPS Family Medicine Residency Program

Clinical Interests: Outpatient Clinic, Inpatient Hospitalist Service

Born and raised in Texas. I'm a proud JPS Family Medicine graduate. My husband and I moved to Fort Worth for our respective residencies and have fallen in love with the city and the people. In my free time I enjoy spending time with our children, reading fantasy novels, and am an amateur baker and birder. My perfect day consists of my husband and me taking longs walks in our neighborhood with a stroller in tow and grabbing a bite to eat on Magnolia Street.

Why JPS? JPS holds a special place in my heart. I am a proud JPS Family Medicine graduate. My time as a JPS resident was very special, not only because of the top tier training that I received, but also because I fell in love with the people (employees and patients). It's extraordinary to be able to work at a place where people are passionate about their jobs. And working at a county hospital provides me with a wonderful opportunity to make a big impact in my patients' lives on a daily basis. I chose to work at JPS so that I could continue to be a part of this unique culture and help train the next generation of family medicine doctors.

Richard Young, MD
Director of Research, Director of Recruiting
Associate Program Director

Medical Degree: University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio

Residency Training: John Peter Smith Hospital

I am a proud son of Fort Worth, Texas. I went to the University of Texas at Austin and worked as a chemical engineer for 2 years before going to medical school. My wife and I have been married for 35 years, we have 3 adult children, and we are enjoying our new lives as empty-nesters! I've been at JPS my whole post-residency career, though I worked in the JPS ER full time for 2 years and have worked in private ERs for a big chunk of my career. I wear many hats at JPS. I'm the associate program director, the research director, the recruiting director, and the biggest EBM geek on staff. I have a blog called American HealthScare and 25 of my posts have been re-posted on I wrote a book of the same name in 2012. This passion of mine is about trying to get people to realize how exorbitantly expensive U.S. healthcare is, how much waste there is, and the harmful effects of these excessive costs on our current economy and the futures of our children. I was named a CMS Innovation Advisor in 2013 and as a member of the AAFP Commission on Quality and Practice, received the Distinguished Paper award at the 2018 North American Primary Care Research Group annual meeting.. I have had projects accepted by the NAPCRG every year for the last 15 years. When not doing the serious stuff, my escapes are golf and other outdoor activities, church activities and movies. When the weather's bad, wine with friends.

Why JPS? I have the privilege of working for the best family medicine residency in America, which is right in my hometown. The AAFP has published research showing that places with family physicians who provide the most comprehensive services enjoy the best care at the lowest cost. That's why I show up to work every day, to train young family physicians to go to underserved areas and provide as wide a scope of practice as possible. The whole P4 and now ACGME Length of Training experiments we have been a part of have brought innovation and excellence to our program in ways we couldn't have imagined in 2007. I love hearing the residents' dreams of what they want to do with their careers and doing everything I can to support that. I start each day with the full knowledge that the young family physicians we train are exactly what America needs to achieve a brighter healthcare future. That feels really good.

G. Kyle Youngs, MD
Sports Medicine Faculty

Medical School: University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, NM

Residency: John Peter Smith Hospital Family Medicine

Fellowship: John Peter Smith Hospital Sports Medicine

Jocelyn Zee, DO
Intensive Care Medicine and Critical Care Ultrasound, Family Medicine Hospitalist Faculty

From: Dallas-Ft. Worth

Medical School: North Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency/Fellowship: John Peter Smith Family Medicine Residency

Clinical Interests: Intensive Care Medicine and Critical Care Ultrasound

Why JPS? JPS is my 2nd home, 2nd family - ever since I set foot within its walls, July of 2006, I knew it was where I wanted and needed to be. JPS is unlike any other place I've been, its patients are truly unique, the faculty and staff are incredible, and I hope to continue to give back to JPS, in caring for our patients, and in training up future generations of physicians for many years to come.