Erica Palafox - Chua MSN, FNP-C
We are very fortunate to have Erica join our team in 2017. She is a local lady who is energetic, well educated, and experienced. She is a Certified Nurse Practitioner with extensive education and experience in medical- surgical nursing who sought additional training and certification. She started as and LVN and continued to pursue her educational goals all while working and having a family. She received her Bachelors in Nursing from Texas Tech University and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She wasn’t satisfied there! She obtained a Master of Science in Nursing from University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) thus becoming a Nurse Practitioner. During this time she was admitted to Sigma Theta Tau (International Honor Society of Nursing). She is always seeking more knowledge and caring for more and more patients. She is very caring, compassionate, and has extensive creative juices and hobbies.
Duties of nurse practitioners revolve around patient care and typically include diagnosing and treating conditions, spreading health awareness and issuing prescriptions. Nurse practitioners work either independently or as members of medical teams.
Nurse practitioners, along with nurse anesthetists and nurse midwives, have master's degrees in specialty roles that entitle them to take on more advanced duties then those given to a standard registered nurse.
The basic duties include observing and recording the medical histories and symptoms of patients. Nurse practitioners act on this gathered information to provide a diagnosis and treatment plans, order laboratory exams, coordinate with health insurers and prescribe medication.
As healthcare providers, nurse practitioners give consultations to patients and families on how to maintain good health and cope with medical problems. Nurse practitioners have areas of specialization in which they have extensive knowledge, enabling them to impart this knowledge to specific groups of patients.
D'Ann has been involved in the medical field for over 15 years, working initially very diligently at the front desk and has had extensive experience in all front desk operations. She has been at our office since our beginning and has helped our office grow from its infancy stages to now. She has a wealth of experience working with insurances and keeping things organized.
Spree Wolf, MA
Spree has been in the medical field since 2006 and has been working as a Medical Assistant in Orthopedics since 2008. She too has had a wealth of on the job learning and has grown as a person and care provider assuming greater roles as they have become available.
Isabella Serrato, BA
Isabella has been associated with the practice intermittently during the past few summers as a volunteer then intern while she has pursued and now completed her Bachelor of Science in Health at Texas A&M. She is currently working closely with Erica learning about Physical Exams and Diagnosis and operations of a clinic while she applies to Physician’s Assistant programs in Texas.
Gracie comes to us with years of customer service experience and a passion for science and biology. She previously worked at the University Eye Institute and has been previously certified in CPR, First Aid, and Lifeguarding! She is also fluent in Spanish.
Yosselin DePaz Garcia, MA
Yosselin in a recent graduate of the Remington College Medical Assisting program. She Graduated with Honors for perfect attendance and President’s list for her GPA. She is dependable and eager to learn Orthopedics and about the care of orthopedic patients. Yosselin is fluent in Spanish as well.