Member of the Month 2011

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Meet the 2011 Members of the Month

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February | Chrisette Dharma, MD | Dallas
Presenting our inaugural Member of the Month

Your Academy is proud to launch a new program that celebrates the breadth of family medicine, the Member of the Month program. Each month, TAFP will present a short biography and question-and-answer segment that spotlights a family physician’s unique approach to medicine. Read about our first member of the month, Chrisette Dharma, MD, of Dallas, and consider nominating a colleague.

March | Howard Brody, MD | Galveston
Galveston physician educates patients, promotes specialty through writing

Dr. Brody contributes columns to local newspapers to educate patients on their health and on the specialty of family medicine, and has dedicated his career to medical ethics.

April | Loren S. Lasater, MD | Roanoke
Physician invigorates practice through military service

Dr. Lasater joined the U.S. Army Reserve to care for soldiers serving abroad and in the United States. Through this service he has gained knowledge and experience working with other physicians and in other health care systems that make him a better physician in his home practice.

May | Julie Graves Moy, MD, MPH | Austin
Physician explores many sides of family medicine

Dr. Graves Moy currently works for the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, but has worked in academia, private practice, and emergency medicine as well. She’s currently working on her doctorate in policy management and biostatistics.

June | Christine Criscuolo Higgins, MD | San Antonio
Academic physician’s love of fitness inspires community involvement

Clinical faculty at the Christus Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program in San Antonio, Dr. Higgins’ approach to medicine combines her family medicine training, passion for the underserved, and love of fitness.

July | Emily Sullivan Meyer, MD | Hondo
Fourth-generation physician carries on tradition of patient care in rural Texas

Dr. Meyer is a rural physician in Hondo, Texas, who currently practices with her father and four other family physicians. Her family's medical tradition started with her great-grandfather when he moved to Hondo and opened a general practice in 1906.

August | Kevin P. Spencer, MD | Austin
Physician uses innovation and technology to deliver better patient care

A private practice physician at Premier Family Physicians in Austin, Texas, Dr. Spencer delivers quality patient care through traditional family medicine mixed with innovation and health information technology.

September | Aaron Segal, MD | Plano
“Family practice” holds extra meaning for Plano physician

In practice with his wife and father, Dr. Segal reflects on his experience working with family, gives thoughts on the broken reimbursement model, and tells how one ride in a college campus ambulance sealed his destiny to become a physician.

October | J. Mark Anderson, MD, and Walter Gaman, MD | Southlake
Southlake physicians share family medicine with broad audience

As hosts of a popular Dallas radio show and authors of a new book, Drs. Anderson and Gaman are no strangers to the media. The Southlake family physicians say it’s important to provide a family medicine perspective because family physicians are “on the front lines” and “see the big picture.”

November | Claudia Aguero-Vazquez, MD | Harlingen
Rio Grande Valley educator coaches residents, patients to be their best

Though Dr. Aguero-Vazquez began her career in private practice, she is now faculty at Valley Baptist Family Practice Residency Program. It’s here that she shines as a “remarkable leader, cheerleader, and coach.”

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