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 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.
Maria Abernathy, APRN, BC FNP
Greg Allen, 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.
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.
Lacey Cohen, NP
Steven Crow, 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 considers himself a family man and enjoys vegetable gardening and riding his bicycle.
Christine Divin-Cosgrove, FNP-BC
Susan Dubois, MD
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 afterwards 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.
Sherry Fishman-Carroll, APRN, BC FNP
Sherry has been with People’s since 2008 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. She has now been with People’s for 8 years, and 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 job, 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!
Sandra Frasser, MD
Pritesh Gandhi, MD
Indu Gupta, MD
Augusta Hays, MD
Ted Held, MD
Ted is an Assistant Professor of OB/GYN at UT Dell medical School in Austin. Prior to joining PCC, he served as the Associate CMO for the CommunityCareCollaborative, the anchor entity in Austin charged with redesigning health care in the county through a public private partnership. He is the Medical Director for People’s Community Clinic’s Center for Women’s Health. These roles have allowed him to collaborate with the School of Social Work at UT Austin to serve the needs of victims of human trafficking, and the School of Policy and departments of sociology on research related to contraceptive access.
Aliya Hussaini, MD
Dr. Hussaini is a pediatrician who spends her clinical time at People’s Community Clinic because she loves being a part of its mission and fantastic team. When not at the clinic, she serves as the Director of the US Health Portfolio at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. In this role, she is responsible for the foundation’s efforts to improve childhood health and wellness through proven strategies and partnerships with a broad range of traditional and non-traditional partners. She focuses primarily on increasing the access to and equity of healthy eating and physical activity opportunities, generating demand for healthy options, and supporting healthy behaviors and environments. Also core to her work is the management of the foundation’s investments in the Central Texas medical community, including Dell Medical School and Dell Seton Medical Center.
Dr. Hussaini is a graduate of Swarthmore College and completed medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago, pediatrics residency and chief residency at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, and fellowship training as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania where she also earned a master’s degree in Health Sciences Research.
Anita Jones, NP
Marcy Keefe, APRN, BC FNP
Marcy Keefe is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and part of the Center for Adolescent Health team at People’s Community Clinic. She began her career in health through the military as a medic in 1991 caring for active duty military and veterans in various military hospitals and in various departments. This inspired her to pursue a degree in nursing where she worked in the Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital in San Antonio, TX. It is here that she developed a passion for working with under served people. It was always her intention to become a nurse practitioner and have an impact on patients on the preventative side rather than in the hospital. While in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh College of Nursing she had the opportunity to work with migrant farm workers in the fields throughout Northeastern Wisconsin. After graduating life took her to Dallas, Texas where she had the privilege to work with Parkland Hospital Homeless Outreach Mobile Team throughout Dallas County. She would provide healthcare to all ages of people struggling with homelessness or unstable housing. Since moving to Austin in 2007 she has been with People’s Community Clinic and focused on caring for high risk adolescents with partner agencies such as Austin Children’s Shelter and Lifeworks. She is a Mom of twin adolescent boys and loves to be outside, cook and just make connections with teens who need a caring nonjudgmental adult to connect with.
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.
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.
Jane Metzker, RN, CNM
Celia Neavel, MD, FSAHM
Celia Neavel, MD, FSAHM
Director of the Center for Adolescent Health
Director, GOALS (Generating Outcomes and Liaisons for Students)
Dr. Neavel earned her Bachelor of Arts in Plan II Honors from the University of Texas at Austin and went to medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She did an Internship in Psychiatry and Residency in Family Practice in Cincinnati. She did Fellowship Training in both Adolescent Medicine and Developmental Disorders. Dr. Neavel is Board Certified in Family and Adolescent Medicine and is a Fellow in the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine.
Wanting to move her family back to Austin, Dr. Neavel feels fortunate that she found People’s Community Clinic. While raising 3 kids with her Pediatric Urologist husband, she helped create the Center for Adolescent Health and GOALS Programs. Now she supervises an amazing interdisciplinary team and 3 partner-site clinics (LifeWorks Street Outreach, Austin Children’s Services, and Manor Mustang Clinic).
Dr. Neavel teaches residents, medical students, and graduate students during most of her clinics. She appreciates families and patients sharing their stories and also teaching.
Dr. Neavel likes being active in the community in order to improve health for young people. She gives lectures, is quoted in media, has won awards, and is a member of medical organizations. She enjoys building relationships with other outside agencies that serve youth. Dr. Neavel was named a Top Doctor by Austin Monthly in 2015. Reading literature and cooking are favorite hobbies.
Richard Peavey, MD
Diane Rainosek, PNP-BC
Amy Reyes, PA-C
Amy Reyes has been practicing as a Physician Assistant in pediatrics for the past eight years. 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 likes to hang out with her family and friends, see live music, go salsa-dancing, and compete in triathlons.
Claudia Ruiz-Stock, MD
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.
Judith Sanders, NP
Robert Sorin, MD
Christine Villarreal-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.
Margaret (Peggy) Wall, FNP-C
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 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.