Anika Barber, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, joined Legacy Community Health Services in May of 2013. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Prairie View A&M University and returned to Prairie View to receive her Master of Science in Nursing degree. She specialized as a Family Nurse Practitioner for her graduate degree, and graduated cum laude. She is board certified through the American Nurse’s Credentialing Center.
Prior to joining Legacy, Barber worked as a Nurse Practitioner at the University of Texas Medical Branch Regional Maternal and Child Health Program. In this role she provided obstetrics and women’s health care to a swiftly growing underserved population, and also served as a preceptor to nurse practitioner and third-year medical students. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority, the Houston Area Nurse Practitioner Association, and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Barber is also a volunteer on the medical response team at her church, where she provides aide and education at church services and various events.
Married to the love of her life, Barber enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and playing various games. With the education and training that she has received, Barber truly believes her mission is to give back all that God has blessed her to learn.
Carlisa L. Bowler, BSN, ME.d., MSN, WHNP-BC, joined Legacy Community Health Services in May of 2002. She earned both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Education in Health Occupations from the University of Central Oklahoma. She went on to receive her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing in Houston. She is a Certified Nurse Practitioner through the State of Texas Board of Nursing.
Prior to joining Legacy, Bowler worked in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Tulsa, Oklahoma as a Women¹s Health Nurse Practitioner in the areas of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Bowler is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing and the American College of Nurse Practitioners.
A married mother of two, Bowler enjoys traveling, reading, crafting, and spending time with family and friends.
Deonna Clark, WHNP, joined Legacy Community Health Services in October of 2011. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas Medical Branch and went on to receive her Master of Science in Nursing/Nurse Practitioner from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
Prior to joining Legacy, Clark worked as a Labor and Delivery Registered Nurse at Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital in Houston. Clark is a member of Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses as well as Houston Area Nurse Practitioners.
In her spare time, Clark enjoys volunteering at her children¹s schools and her church in Pearland, Texas.
Ramona Colas, BSN, MSN, CNM, joined Legacy Community Health Services in February of 2012. Through a partnership with East Houston Regional Hospital/HCA, she was part of the team that started the maternity practice at Legacy’s Lyons Avenue Clinic. She earned her Bachelor of Science, graduating cum laude, from Prairie View A&M University, and then went on to receive her graduate degree from UTMB-Galveston.
Prior to joining Legacy, Colas served as a Certified Nurse Midwife at Natural Women’s Care and at Cypress OBGYN with Drs. Oanh Bui and Enyioma Muolokwu. She has also worked at Baylor College of Medicine and UTMB. Colas has delivered over 1,000 healthy babies, including complicated births such as vaginal twins and vaginal breech presentations. She has been featured in Cy-Fair Magazine for her leadership in the field of women’s health.
Colas is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives, and has received a Certificate of Appreciation from the UT Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing for serving as a Nurse Practitioner Preceptor.
Colas enjoys playing the piano and reading in her spare time. She is the proud mother of two sons: Gerald, senior at Alfred University, NY, and Armand, a sophomore honor engineering student at UT-Austin.
A native Texan, Dr. Franco received his undergraduate degree from St Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. He received his medical degree from University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology with the Christus St. Joseph Hospital Residency Program. During his training Dr. Franco received the outstanding faculty teaching award and focused his research on Uterine Fibroids and Pregnancy outcomes. Dr. Franco is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a contributing author to “Case Files in Obstetrics and Gynecology.” His current interests include Minimally Invasive surgeries to include DaVinci robot surgery and vaginal birth after cesarean delivery. Dr. Franco serves on various committees at St. Joseph Medical Center and is currently Vice Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Joseph Medical Center. He is also an associate professor for the Weill Cornell – Houston Methodist Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Program.
Dr. Franco joined Legacy’s obstetrics and gynecology team in Oct 2014 and functions as clinical site director for Legacy Santa Clara.
Bernadette King, WHCNP-BC, joined Legacy Community Health Services in July of 1995. She earned her nursing degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 1987, and went on to receive her Master of Science degree in Nursing in Woman¹s Health in 1994 from the same institution.
Prior to joining Legacy, King worked as a Registered Nurse in many different roles in the Obstetrics and Newborns department at St. Luke¹s Episcopal Hospital. While there, she was given the Presidential Service Award. King is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and has published articles and presented at national conferences on shared governance and case management.
King enjoys football, baking, and serving at church when she’s not working.
Cornel McKenzie, WHNP-BC, joined Legacy Community Health Services in January of 2010. She earned her undergraduate degree in Nursing at Texas Women’s University and went on to receive her training as a Nurse Practitioner at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.
Prior to joining Legacy, McKenzie worked as a Nurse Practitioner with CHRISTUS Medical Group for 12 years. While there, she functioned as a preceptor for 3rd year medical students in their obstetrics rotation. McKenzie is a member of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health.
McKenzie enjoys traveling and sometimes going on adventures (like taking a cross country Greyhound bus trip). She also likes learning and frequently takes ad hoc classes, the most recent of which was Stock Market 101. She is always up for a spirited Bible study.
Meghan Stork joined Legacy Community Health Services in September of 2012. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Oklahoma Panhandle State University in 1999 and a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas Medical Branch in 2005.
Prior to joining Legacy, Stork worked as a Certified Nurse-Midwife at Spring Branch Medical Center and in private practice in Oklahoma. In this role, Stork had delivered more than 500 babies. She is a member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives.
In her spare time, Stork enjoys spending time with her husband and their three daughters. Stork is active in her local church: She teaches Sunday school to 2nd- 4th graders and works with the Health Ministry Team.
Faith Whittier, MD, joined Legacy in December of 2012. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego, and then went on to receive her Doctor of Medicine degree from Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Whittier’s residency in obstetrics and gynecology was performed at St. Joseph Hospital here in Houston. She moved into private practice after that, but remained an Attending Physician at St. Joseph from 1999-2010. While there, Dr. Whittier was given the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award. She also won first prize in the National Primary Manuscript competition for “Sleep Disorders in the Elderly Patient.” She has also been selected for the guide to America’s Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Dr. Whittier is a board certified Diplomat for the American Board of Obstetrics Gynecology and is a Fellow in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Prior to joining Legacy, she was one of two Obstetricians who served a large underprivileged community in Orange, Texas. She greatly enjoyed this work, and looks forward to continuing that service with Legacy. Dr. Whittier enjoys traveling and spending time with her two sons in her free time.