Pediatrics Providers

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.

Dr. Batista, M.D., is recognized under the National Committee for Quality Assurance PCMH Recognition Program. NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.

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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Dr. Caesar, M.D., is recognized under the National Committee for Quality Assurance PCMH Recognition Program. NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.

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.

Dr. Chiu, M.D., is recognized under the National Committee for Quality Assurance PCMH Recognition Program. NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.

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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Dr. DelValle, M.D., is recognized under the National Committee for Quality Assurance PCMH Recognition Program. NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.

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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Dr. Dragoi, M.D., is recognized under the National Committee for Quality Assurance PCMH Recognition Program. NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.

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.

Dr. Dubal, M.D., is recognized under the National Committee for Quality Assurance PCMH Recognition Program. NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.

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.

Dr. Feldmann, M.D., is recognized under the National Committee for Quality Assurance PCMH Recognition Program. NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.

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.

Dr. Foster, M.D., is recognized under the National Committee for Quality Assurance PCMH Recognition Program. NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.

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Dr. Goetz, M.D., is recognized under the National Committee for Quality Assurance PCMH Recognition Program. NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.

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.

Dr. Hayes, M.D., is recognized under the National Committee for Quality Assurance PCMH Recognition Program. NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.

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.

Dr. Hellman, M.D., is recognized under the National Committee for Quality Assurance PCMH Recognition Program. NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.

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.

Lehmann, N.P., is recognized under the National Committee for Quality Assurance PCMH Recognition Program. NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.

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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Dr. Jones, M.D., is recognized under the National Committee for Quality Assurance PCMH Recognition Program. NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.

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.

Dr. Lehmann, M.D., is recognized under the National Committee for Quality Assurance PCMH Recognition Program. NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.

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.

Dr. Matuk, M.D., is recognized under the National Committee for Quality Assurance PCMH Recognition Program. NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.

 

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

Dr. Muehe, M.D., is recognized under the National Committee for Quality Assurance PCMH Recognition Program. NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.

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.

 

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.

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.

Dr. Samant, M.D., is recognized under the National Committee for Quality Assurance PCMH Recognition Program. NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.

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.

Dr. Vawda, M.D., is recognized under the National Committee for Quality Assurance PCMH Recognition Program. NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.

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.