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Waleed Abdelhafez, MD

Waleed Abdelhafez, MD 

Waleed Abdelhafez, MD is a Texas Native who loves his BBQ.  He completed his bachelor’s degree in his hometown at the University of Texas at El Paso and received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Dr. Abdelhafez completed his residency program at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School Pediatric Residency Program. He is fluent in Spanish and has a particular interest in asthma. During his time off he enjoys board games with friends and family, soccer, swimming, going on jogs with his dog Max and traveling with his wife Arlene. Dr. Abdelhafez’s passion to serve the community and advocacy resembles People’s Community Clinic’s mission to improve the lives of children in Central Texas.

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Louis Appel, MD

Louis Appel, MD

Louis Appel, MD, MPH, serves as Chief Medical Officer and Director of Pediatrics at People’s Community Clinic in Austin, Texas. Dr. Appel provides primary pediatric care at the Clinic in addition to overseeing the clinical programs.  At the clinic he has championed projects on lactation support, group pediatric well child checks, postpartum depression screening, childhood obesity prevention focused on the prenatal and immediate postpartum periods and promotion of parent-infant bonding. He serves on the Executive Legislative Committee of the Texas Pediatric Society. In the past he has served as the Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Program Facilitator for District VII of the American Academy of Pediatrics and also co-chaired the Texas Pediatric Society’s Community Health Advocacy Committee, served on the Texas Pediatric Society’s Task Force on Childhood Obesity, and was a member of the Travis County Early Impact Team, advising on the coordination of Early Childhood Intervention services in the county. He has also served on the Public Assistance Health Benefit Review and Design Committee of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and on the Austin Multi-Institutional Review Board.  A graduate of Princeton University, Dr. Appel received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and obtained his Masters of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, with a concentration in public management and community health. He completed his pediatric residency at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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Jennifer Arce, APRN, FNP-C

Jennifer Arce, APRN, FNP-C

Completed a Master of Science in Nursing in Adult Health Clinic Nurse Specialist program at the University of Texas at Austin in 2010 and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner program at Angelo State University in 2014.

Career as a Registered Nurse began in 2008 in the Intermediate Care unit at University Medical Center Brackenridge. Career as an Advanced Practice Nurse began in Seton Total Health, an interdisciplinary team that assists uninsured and underinsured people to obtain a medical home.
Before coming to People’s, worked in nursing education, public health clinics, and a pediatric clinic. Now I am so proud to be working at People’s to provide health care to women at CWH as well as children and adolescents at SAFE Children’s Shelter.

I come from Spring, TX north of Houston. I came to Austin for UT in 1999 and stayed. My favorite pastimes are cooking, baking, travel, yoga and spending time with my family in and around Austin.

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Donald Brode, MD

Donald Brode, MD

Dr. Brode enjoys practicing medicine in his hometown of Austin, caring for families, children, as well as persons living with HIV and Hepatitis C and B. Dr. Brode is married with children (human and canine). He enjoys music, photography, sports, SCUBA, travel, reading and all things Beatles, as well as spending as much time as possible with his family and friends.

Medical School
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 1997
Gradutated highest honors

Residency / Internship
Central Texas Medical Foundation Brackenridge Hospital, Austin, TX, 2000
Chief resident, National Teaching Award

Certification
Board Certified in Family Medicine

Languages
German
English

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Evelyn Burns, FNP

Evelyn Burns, FNP

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Yanwei Chen, WHNP-BC

Yanwei Chen, WHNP-BC

Yanwei Chen has a Bachelor degree in medicine from China, received a nurse practitioner certification at San Jose State University in California. Yanwei Chen is a board certified Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner and clinic colposcopist. Ms. Chen joined the staff at PCC in 2000.

Ms. Chen likes traveling, cooking and painting, she speaks English and Mandarin.

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Joanne Chiwaula, RN, CNM MSc

Joanne Chiwaula, RN, CNM MSc

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Steven Crow, MD

Steven Crow, MD

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John Day, MD

John Day, MD

John Day graduated from University of Texas Medical School at Houston in 1986. He completed an internship at Brackenridge Hospital in 1987. He then went on to complete his Family Medicine Residency at Texas Tech Health Science Center in 1990. In 1995 he completed a Family Practice OB Fellowship. John is a family man and enjoys vegetable gardening and riding his bicycle.

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Miguel De La Torre, MD

Miguel De La Torre, MD

Dr. De La Torre is a board-certified family practice physician with 30+ years of experience

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Christine Divin, FNP-BC

Christine Divin, FNP-BC

Chris has been a nurse for over 40 years and a Family Nurse Practitioner for 20 years. She completed her undergrad at the University of St. Thomas in Houston and her MSN in Community Health in El Paso at UTEP. In 2015 Chris received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas and when not working as an FNP spends her time teaching FNP students. Prior to moving to Austin in 2010, much of her nursing career was spent working with marginated communities in Venezuela and then on the US/Mexico border. Hence, she feels right at home at People’s where she enjoys speaking Spanish and caring for patients from not only many places in Latin America but many parts of the world. It is a gift to work with a team of people who share a common vision of dignified and compassionate health care for all.

When Chris is not working as a health care professional she enjoys spending time with her family especially her two granddaughters who gently call her to the present moment. She loves living in Austin and enjoys all that this wonderful city offers.

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Christy Ernull, PA-C

Christy Ernull, PA-C

Christy Ernull has worked on and off with People’s Community Clinic since 1996. She received a Bachelors of Science in Community Health from Texas A&M University and graduated from PA school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas in 1993. Christy worked for People’s between 1996-2010. Afterward, she worked at a private GI practice for five years. Christy returned to People’s in 2015.

Christy chose to work at People’s because she believes in the mission of the clinic. She enjoys working with others who share the belief that all people deserve compassion, respect, and quality medical care. During her free time, Christy enjoys spending time with her two children and dogs. She also likes photography, reading, gardening and watching football.

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Sherry Fishman-Carroll, APRN, BC FNP

Sherry Fishman Carroll, APRN, BC FNP

Sherry has been with People’s since 2009 as a Nurse Practitioner in the Pediatric Department. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities with a teaching certificate at the University of Texas, her BSN, MSN in Nursing Administration, and Family Nurse Practitioner from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Sherry has been working as an FNP since 1996 in a variety of settings including Midland, Texas family practice; small-town family practice in Depoe Bay, Oregon; with the Community Health Aide Program as well as serving to develop outpatient Diabetes Clinic in Bethel, Alaska. From there, Sherry worked to develop the Diabetic Hospitalist role at Tuscon Medical Center, Arizona. Her pediatric work has been in the NICU, with the Texas and County Health Departments, and as Unit manager of an Adolescent Psychiatric Unit. She will occasionally work with pregnant couples doing Lamaze refreshers. In the time she has been at People’s, she has been privileged to be a part of many changes.

Sherry’s passion is in traveling, and has done volunteer medical work in Dominican Republic and Ecuador, and has also lived in Israel and Zambia, Africa. Additionally, she loves to be outdoors, to jog, practice yoga and meditation, read, do photography, and spend time with her children and grandkids. Serving children and their families brings both professional and personal fulfillment, and living in Austin is the best!

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Sandra Frasser, MD

Sandra Frasser, MD

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Pritesh Gandhi,  MD, MPH

Pritesh Gandhi,  MD, MPH, Associate Chief Medical Officer & Director of Adult Medicine

Pritesh Gandhi is an internist, pediatrician and community advocate who focuses on community-based, poverty-reduction initiatives and social determinants of health. He is a clinical assistant professor in population health and pediatrics at Dell Medical School.
Gandhi has focused on poverty-reduction for his entire career, initially as a Fulbright Scholar in India focusing on child health in urban landfills. He went on to be awarded a Schweitzer Fellowship to focus on urban nutrition in Boston, followed by becoming a National Health Service Corps scholar. He completed his medical residency in both internal medicine and pediatrics at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he trained at safety net hospitals and clinics.

Gandhi holds degrees in international relations and economics from Tufts University and he completed his M.D. and MPH at Tufts University School of Medicine. He has also studied at the London School of Economics (general course) and Johns Hopkins University (post baccalaureate). He speaks extensively on childhood poverty and health, testifies to both the Texas House and Texas Senate public health committees, and actively supports and advocates for initiatives that address root causes of poverty. He is active in the community, sitting on the Board of Directors of Austin-based Todos Juntos and on the Mission Advancement Committee of the United Way of Austin.

He is a 2018 Presidential Leadership Scholar–a joint initiative from the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Lyndon B. Johnson that brings together diverse, high-performing professionals from across the nonprofit, military, public and private sectors to learn leadership lessons first-hand from the four presidencies and Presidents Bush and Clinton.

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Indu Gupta, MD

Indu Gupta, MD

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Anita Jones, NP

Anita Jones, NP

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Sharad Kohli, MD

Sharad Kohli, MD

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Mariela Lane, MD

Mariela Lane, MD

Mariela Lane, MD serves as Director of Adult Medicine at People’s Community Clinic. Dr. Lane joined People’s Community Clinic in 2014 and practices Internal Medicine with a focus on preventative primary care as well as the management of chronic illnesses. She graduated from Rice University with a degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology and received her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine where she graduated with High Honor. She completed Internal Medicine residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. She enjoys teaching medical trainees and was awarded the Harvard Medical School Principal Clinical Experience Teaching Award for excellence in teaching medical students. She is a fluent Spanish-speaker and is devoted to delivering culturally sensitive, patient-centered care.

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Melinda Lopez, MD, MPH

Melinda Lopez, MD, MPH 

Melinda Lopez graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2003 with a degree in International Studies with a focus on Arabic and Women’s Health.  She spent the next few years working and traveling in the Middle East and Mexico before attending medical school at the University of North Carolina.  While completing medical school, she was admitted to the dual-degree M.D./M.P.H. program in conjunction with the Department of Nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Health.  Her research interests during medical school were breastfeeding as well as domestic violence, topics that guided her towards specializing in women’s health.  She moved to Austin for OBGYN residency and she graduated from the Dell Medical School OBGYN residency program in 2015.  During her residency she founded a clinic for survivors of human trafficking and worked to raise awareness of the topic among health care providers.  She currently works at People’s Community Clinic Center for Women’s Health and is interested in continuing to provide care for victims of trauma.  She is also a member of the Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Taskforce and has helped to create a CME on the topic with the Texas Medical Association to raise awareness of the topic within the medical community. During her free time she enjoys traveling, painting, cooking, and spending time with her husband and two daughters.

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Cathia Mendez-Vargas, MD

Cathia Mendez-Vargas, MD
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Jane Metzker, RN, CNM

Jane Metzker, RN, CNM

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Salina Mostajabian, MD

Salina Mostajabian, MD

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Syema Muzaffar, MD

Syema Muzaffar, MD

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Celia Neavel, MD, FSAHM, FAAFP

Celia Neavel, MD, FSAHM, FAAFP

Director of the Center for Adolescent Health
Director, GOALS (Generating Outcomes and Liaisons for Students)
512-684-1825
celian@austinpcc.org 
Twitter: @CNeavelMD

With the support of People’s Community Clinic, Dr. Neavel established the Center for Adolescent Health and the GOALS programs over 20 years ago. The Center for Adolescent Health serves youth ages 10-24 yo who often have complex medical and psychosocial conditions. CAH uses an interdisciplinary team-based approach to provide comprehensive, best practices care, incorporating reproductive and mental health into overall wellness. The GOALS program, which involves Pediatric, Adolescent, and Integrated Behavioral Health Departments at PCC, provides evaluation, ongoing treatment, and referral as necessary for youth ages 4-19 with learning, developmental, and behavioral problems that interfere with school success within the context of a medical home. Dr. Neavel is Medical Director of PCC’s clinic at SAFE Children’s Shelter and the Manor Mustang Clinic.

Dr. Neavel earned her Bachelor of Arts in Plan II Honors at the University of Texas at Austin and her medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Subsequently, she pursued Psychiatry Internship, Family Medicine Residency, and Adolescent and Developmental Disorders Fellowships at the University of Cincinnati. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Adolescent Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice and the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine. She was faculty and supervised the Adolescent Medicine rotation for Austin’s Pediatric Residency Program for many years. Dr. Neavel is on the Executive Committee of the Texas Youth Friendly Initiative in collaboration with the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Cardea, and the Adolescent Health Initiative. She is on the Texas Health Steps Advisory Panel, and a Travis County Medical Society Delegate to the Texas Medical Association. Dr. Neavel most recently was recognized as a Top Doctor in Adolescent Medicine by Austin Monthly and a Super Doctor by Texas Monthly.

Mentoring and teaching other health care providers have been part of the Center for Adolescent Health and the GOALS program since their founding. Because of this, Dr. Neavel frequently has students and observers with her in clinic. She appreciates families and patients sharing their stories and participating in the teaching.

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Marcellus Pearce, MD

Marcellus Pearce, MD

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Amy Reyes, PA-C

Amy Reyes, PA-C

Amy Reyes has been practicing as a Physician Assistant in pediatrics since 2008. She received her Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Biology and Humanities/Plan I from the University of Texas at Austin. She studied abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico, and is fluent in Spanish. She completed her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Pediatrics has always been her passion, and she considers it an honor to work with families and provide care for their children. In her free time, Amy hangs out with her husband and energetic kids, visits with friends and family, and trains for/competes in triathlons.

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Claudia Ruiz-Stock, MD

Claudia Ruiz-Stock, MD

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Maria Saldiva, FNP

Maria Saldiva, FNP

Maria Saldiva, APRN, FNP-C completed a Bachelor in Nursing at 1994 at The University of Texas at El Paso, a Master of Science degree in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at The University of Texas Medical Branch Health in 2012 and a Post-Master’s Certification in Emergency/Trauma Care Nurse Practitioner in 2016 at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Most recently, she is attending the Doctor in Nursing Practice program at The University of Texas at Austin due to a professional endeavor to attain the highest level of advanced nursing practice.

Her career as a registered nurse spans over 20 years, both internationally and domestically. She began her nursing career as a staff nurse in the psychiatric and intensive care units of a small, private community hospital in the south side of San Antonio, Texas. She lived in San Antonio for several years, many of which were spent working in a community care setting, such as school nursing, and community health. Following a move to Austin, Texas, she was employed in occupational health, providing nursing care in a computer manufacturing setting in progressively expanding health and safety leadership positions.  Due to her interest in international health, she has participated as a volunteer in multiple medical disaster relief missions to Panama, Nicaragua, Haiti, Guatemala, Mexico, and Thailand.  For the last 15 years, she has been working in community health, HIV/AIDS care and emergency care, most recently as an FNP in the Adult Health department at People’s Community Clinic in Austin, Texas. She chose People’s Community Clinic due to the clinic’s dedicated focus on addressing health disparities, making health care culturally, geographically and financially accessible to the under and uninsured of Texas.

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Judith Sanders, NP

Judith Sanders, NP

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Robert Sorin, MD FACOG

Robert Sorin, MD, FACOG

I was born and raised and did all of my undergraduate training in Brooklyn, NY. I am a graduate of the Universidad de Monterrey Medical School in Monterrey, Mexico and did my residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Rutgers University, Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine in New Jersey.

I moved to Austin in the summer of 1984 and have been here ever since.

I have been continuously board certified in OB/Gyn since 1986.

I have served as the Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of Austin for 10 years.

I have been associated with People’s since 2006 and I have served as the Chair of OB/Gyn at Peoples from 2000-2016.

In addition to my work at People’s I am also the Team Lead Physician for the OB Hospitalist Group at St. David’s Medical Center where I lead a Team of 6 physicians and 6 midwives.

I am fluent in Spanish.

I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 43 years and we have four adult children. I am an unabashed dog lover and they have shared my home and enriched my life for 43 years.

I have delivered more than 9,500 babies and have no intention of stopping anytime soon!

My personal mission statement is, “the worst form of failure is the failure to try”.

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LouAnne Verrier, NP

LouAnne Verrier, NP

LouAnne Verrier works in the adolescent department.

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Christine Villarreal-Levy, MD

Christine Villareal-Levy, MD

Dr. Christine Villarreal-Levy attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.  She completed her internship and residency at Boston Children’s Hospital and Texas Children’s Hospital, respectively.  She is married to Gerald Levy, an adult cardiologist, and has 3 children, Sebastian (23), Alexander (21) and Sophia (15).  Her experience as a mother has enriched her practice as a pediatrician and given her a greater appreciation of parenting and the many challenges of child-rearing. She views pediatrics as an opportunity to positively impact the present and future health of children and their families.   She enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, swimming, traveling, and taking daily walks with her three dogs. 

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Margaret (Peggy) Wall, FNP-C

Margaret (Peggy) Wall, FNP-C

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Elizabeth Winterroth, MD

Dr. Elizabeth Winterroth, MD

Dr. Winterroth attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and completed a pediatrics residency at the University of Texas Dell Medical School Pediatric Residency. She speaks Spanish and has particular interests in allergies, asthma, and breastfeeding medicine. She enjoys reading, running, cooking, and spending time with her husband and two children. Dr. Winterroth grew up in Austin and is excited to work for an organization that is dedicated to serving the Austin community.

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Solana Wooldridge, WHNP-BC

 Solana Wooldridge WHNP-BC

Solana Wooldridge is a Board Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.  Has lived abroad for many years in Spain, Venezuela, and France and is fluent in Spanish and French. She is passionate about women’s rights with a focus on reproductive rights and family planning. She started working with People’s Community Clinic in August 2016. During her free time, she likes to spend time with her family, visit used bookstores, and go for long walks.

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