TEAM

Our team is your team.

When you start down the path to better health and wellness, it’s great to know your team will be with you all the way providing expert knowledge, timely motivation, and the inspiration that can help you achieve your goals. Everyone at Magenta Health shares a passionate belief in the power of relationships and rewarding experiences. We want you to get to know each of the care providers who will take care of you on your health journey.

Sara Pastoor, MD

Medical Director

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Dr. Sara Pastoor is a Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician and experienced executive leader. Dr. Pastoor has first-hand experience in organizational change management related to the Army’s transformation to the Patient Centered Medical Home model of care and UT Medicine’s transformation to a patient centered, integrated delivery system. She is passionate about payment reform to revolutionize the American healthcare system.

 

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, she enlisted in the Army Reserve, and eventually was commissioned as a first lieutenant upon graduation from medical school under the Army Health Professions Scholarship Program. She received her Doctorate in Medicine from Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School and she completed her Family Medicine internship and residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Pastoor is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Timothy Caffrey, MD

Family Medicine

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In 2009, Tim Caffrey was commiserating with two other Family Physicians at the end of another day of primary care at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The trio had reached a collective epiphany: practicing medicine wasn’t fun anymore. Increasing administrative burdens, the fragmentation of care, and a perverse payment system had created a system that routinely disappointed patients, practitioners, and payers.

 

That chance epiphany led Tim to refocus his work fixing the healthcare delivery system. From the Army’s Medical Command Headquarters, he led a collaboration of physicians, nurses, and healthcare administrators to define, develop and deploy a new model of primary care that delivery for 1.4 million patients. He continued that work at Martin Army Community Hospital at Fort Benning, Georgia where a led the transformation and integration of primary care, emergency services, and sub-specialty care and behavioral health.

 

Tim is from Massachusetts and graduated from Williams College with a degree in Political Economics and a minor in Chinese politics and culture. He then worked as an analyst and consultant at the International Data Corporation until deciding to become a physician, Having taken only one science course in college (astronomy) he enrolled in a post-baccalaureate pre-med program before matriculating at Dartmouth Medical School.

 

He joined the Army Medical Corps and has served in Augusta, Georgia; Vicenza, Italy; Kosovo; Grafenwoehr, Germany; San Antonio, Texas, Columbus, Georgia; and Kabul, Afghanistan. He recently returned to San Antonio to start year seven of a planned one-year renovation of a 1920’s bungalow. He is joined in that undertaking by his wife and two youngest children. His two oldest children wisely stayed on the East Coast.

Kassie Johnson, MD

Family Medicine and Sports Medicine

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Dr. Johnson is a primary care physician with Board certification in Family Medicine; in addition, she is fellowship trained in Primary Care Sports Medicine.  She is a native Texan, born and raised in Seguin, Texas.  She graduated from University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition.  After graduation, she continued her enthusiasm of caring for others by pursuing a medical degree. “I have always had a passion for promoting healthy living and feel that educating patients on ways to accomplish this lifestyle is paramount to disease prevention and improved well-being,” states Dr. Johnson.  She completed her medical degree at St. George’s University and residency in Family Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  Dr. Johnson then went on to pursue a fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at Christus Santa Rosa Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship in San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Johnson’s training has culminated into a highly specialized set of skills incorporating the many years of extensive preparation, giving her the ability to treat and manage a wide range of acute and chronic disease processes. These skills allow Dr. Johnson to provide comprehensive care to all ages including specialized care for athletes and all people wanting to maintain an active lifestyle.  In addition, she educates her patients in multiple facets from injury prevention, to nutrition, rehab, and chronic disease management.  “By educating and offering choices in one’s health, I am able to work together with my patients and enable them to take charge and manage their health.  The impact this team approach can have on the health of my patients is truly rewarding,” says Dr. Johnson.

She is a member of several professional organizations including: the American Board of Family Medicine, American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, American Academy of Family Physicians, Texas Academy of Family Physicians, Texas Medical Association and Bexar County Medical Society.  Dr. Johnson’s mission is to be reliable and dedicated to working with her patients to directly address their health care needs and injuries.  Dr. Johnson and her husband, Michael, have two handsome sons and a very loved dog.

Veronica Betancur, MD

Family Medicine

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Veronica Betancur, MD is a board certified family medicine physician with an interest in metabolic syndrome, obesity medicine, and preventive care. She believes in empowering her patients to become active participants in their healthcare decisions. She enjoys working closely with patients to meet their goals.

Dr. Betancur was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She attended Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in neuroscience. She earned her Doctor of Medicine Degree at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science – The Chicago Medical School in North Chicago, Illinois. She has now been practicing in San Antonio since completing her family medicine residency at the Christus Santa Rosa Family Medicine Program in San Antonio 7 years ago. She is currently an affiliate of the American Academy of Family Medicine. She is fluent in Spanish. 

When not at work, Dr. Betancur enjoys traveling, singing, dancing and running- training for 5K, 10K and half-marathon races. Her greatest joy is spending time with her husband, Dario and daughter, Isabella.

Dena Kucinski, FNP

Nurse Practitioner

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Her full name is Bernadette Kucinski, but she has enjoyed the nickname ‘Dena’ by friends and family since she was a child. She has been in love with nursing for 16 years. She is extending that over into a care provider role by completing her Masters of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is lead by Patricia Benner’s nursing theory “From Novice to Expert”, where each step builds on the previous one as the learner (nurse) gains clinical expertise. Her background in critical care nursing provided groundwork of complex care with strong decision making skills. It also benefited in the development of her instinct. It taught her to remain sturdy through chaos, and how to be a resource for patients, family, staff and co-workers.

 

Her next step in this journey is primary care, particularly in the rural setting. She looks forward to serving this population and providing them with access to quality care. She is interested in the future of pharmacogenomics, paying particular attention to the details of prescription privilege and the CYP450 pathways.

The details of her clinical experiences are highlighted in the next sections. Each patient contact taught her in greater detail how to incorporate care of the whole person- their lifestyle, family, experience, culture and fears. She took away a humbled respect of the knowledge and importance of the primary care provider role. It is an honored position that is often the first, and maybe the only access to healthcare. The primary care provider must be an excellent collector of clues through exam and assessment, be able to compile a thorough differential diagnosis list, and learn to be an active listener. The provider must be knowledgeable and resourceful to work within the maze of the healthcare system. Dena is eager and well prepared to accept this challenge.

Argelia Deneen, RN

Lead Registered Nurse

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Argelia Deneen is a graduate from Texas Tech University; she was born and raised in El Paso,Texas. She is the first in her family to be a college graduate, and is the proud daughter of immigrant parents that worked hard to achieve the American dream. Her background in nursing is in Rehabilitation, which assisted her to better understand disease processes. She is extremely passionate about holistic health and strives for better health and wellness in her life and in her practice as a Registered Nurse. She is dedicated to patient care, and enjoys educating patients and their families.

 

Her love for natural health began before nursing school. She was an apprentice in an Herb shop in Silver City, New Mexico, were she acquired her knowledge on the use of natural remedies to help common ailments. Her love for holistic health continues to expand, as she is constantly learning about alternative medicine and its necessity in our healthcare system.

Gabriella Cope, RN

Registered Nurse

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Gabriella’s love for nursing was cultivated at a young age through various work and volunteer activities where she found she gained the most fulfillment through any opportunity to meet even the most basic needs of people. Gabriella’s first degree is in Communication and her background working as a foster home supervisor inspired her to later pursue nursing. In 2009, she moved from Colorado to San Antonio where she graduated from the Baptist School of Health Professions and obtained her first job as an RN working in the Intensive Care Unit. She has since completed her BSN online at the University of Louisiana and has continued to enjoy advocating for and communicating with patients and families and working alongside multidisciplinary teams.

Gabriella’s experience in caring for acutely ill patients has challenged her to grow in her communication and critical thinking skills and has fueled her passion for disease prevention and holistic health and wellness. In her current role as a nurse, she hopes to inspire others to take ownership of their health in order to feel well and live the best life possible. 

Gabriella’s greatest joy is quality time spent with her husband and two beautiful boys. Her best day would be spent with her family and friends, cooking and eating a delicious meal, getting a good sweat in, and enjoying lots of sunshine.

Jarvis Santos, RN

Registered Nurse

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Jarvis’s lifelong commitment to promoting holistic health and involvement in community based wellness programs originated from a combination of his family lineage of compassionate nurses and being born and raised in the busy streets of New York City.

 

Since his youth, Jarvis has had a flair of promoting art in the community, especially through the music media, as a way to motivate and improve psychological status of individuals and has since channeled this passion to nursing and his care for his patients. In his nursing practice he recognizes the totality of the human being – the interconnectedness of body, mind, emotion, spirit, and environment and relates these elements to provide the best care possible either it be a healing or preventative measure.

 

Aside from being a Registered Nurse with a focus on physical medicine and rehabilitation, in his spare time Jarvis is also a resident Disc Jockey, one of few who still practices in the craft of scratching, in San Antonio for various venues and major events in the city. He loves bringing communities together whether it be for a fun event or to enhance an individual’s understanding of their health.

Christina Sanchez

Lead Host

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Christina is a very passionate person who believes that good things come to those who work for it. She finds great joy in planning life projects and establishing stable relationships. She is extremely confident in her ability to accomplish anything asked of her. Christina learned to adapt and overcome in a variety of situations; this is a skill she acquired while serving in the Military.

Christina served four years in the United States Marine Corps where she was stationed in Japan for two years and deployed to Iraq for 11 months. During that time she learned the importance of fostering good rapport and mediating tough predicaments with her fellow Marines. Upon her honorable discharge from the Marine Corps Christina went on to pursue a degree in Sports and Exercise Science from the University of Central Florida with the motivation to help others help themselves.

Alice Torres

Host

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Alice was raised in Houston, Texas. She served in the United States Air Force and attended Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. She majored in Health with an emphasis in Community Health and minored in Sport Management. Her ambition to understand the healthcare system led her to pursue a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. Alice strives to provide exceptional patient care and believes patients should receive a better healthcare experience.

Alice enjoys spending her time with her two dogs, Phoebe and Sammie, and volunteering for non-profit organizations that advocate for animal welfare.

Jacob Phelps

Host

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Jacob graduated from Texas Tech University in 2015 with a Bachelors in Exercise and Sports Sciences and minored in Health Promotion. During college he worked in the environmental leadership program at a summer camp, which allowed him to enhance his leadership and team building skills. Towards the end of his college career he worked for the Dallas Sidekicks as a Sales and Operations intern, where he developed his communication skills. Upon completion of this internship and graduation, he took a position as an Operations and Facilities Technician with the Dallas Stars. There he helped with the set up and break down of various events that allowed his problem-solving skills to shine.

Jacob was born and raised in Hunt, Texas that he frequently visits to spend time with family and friends. He enjoys outdoor activities including mountain biking, Enduro Races, rock climbing, and spending time at the river. He also likes to go the gym and play different sports to feed his competitive spirit.  

Paul Medaris, DPT

Physical Therapy

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Paul Medaris, DPT graduated from UTHSC with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Paul’s background is in orthopedic physical therapy, spinal rehabilitation, and sports physical therapy. He practices hands-on techniques on all areas of the body. His philosophy towards physical therapy and rehabilitation is to be as effective as possible while making it a positive experience with the least amount of discomfort to the patient. He is committed to expanding his already extensive knowledge base through ongoing education in manual treatment.

 

Paul was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in San Antonio. He received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Texas in San Antonio. His hobbies include hiking, camping, trail running, gardening, and traveling. Paul continues to gain proficiency in his Spanish.

Calvin Plumb, DC

Chiropractor

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Dr. Calvin Plumb is a native Texan who has spent most of his adult life in the medical field. Dr. Plumb advocates an integrative approach to addressing one’s health concerns. By combining chiropractic techniques with nutrition, exercise, acupuncture, meditation, and working closely with other professionals his patients are able to overcome the physical, chemical, and emotional stresses that take a toll on their health.

 

 

After a life changing accident put him in the office of a chiropractor he became fascinated with the results he experienced and changed his career path, setting his sights on becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic himself. Dr. Plumb graduated from Parker College of Chiropractic and shortly after graduation he relocated to New Braunfels, opening the doors of his clinic in March of 2005.

Leslie Luna

Exercise Physiologist

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Leslie Luna, originally from Laredo, TX, relocated to College Station, TX to attain her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University. She began working at a health and fitness club as a customer service representative/manager. This is where her genuine care for others and their health, happiness, and well-being grew tremendously from her daily interaction with people. She built great relationships with many of the members that she knew; a profession that required a bond at a deep emotional level involving health and wellness was what she desired to do.

 

Leslie obtained her Master of Science degree to further her understanding of the subject. She completed an internship at the university’s applied exercise science lab where she was trained and was able to refine her skills to begin a profession in worksite fitness/health promotion. She soon teamed up with a fitness professional to start a local corporate wellness company. This is where her passion for this particular field was solidified as she put her knowledge and skills to work.

Amy Spaar, RN

Health Coach

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Amy Spaar is a Certified RN Health Coach and has a strong background in nutrition, wellness, and prevention. Using motivational interviewing and other coaching techniques, Amy helps patients adopt lasting lifestyle changes that promote overall health and minimize the need for medications to manage chronic disease. As a health coach, Amy helps clients with weight loss, nutrition, smoking cessation and stress management. She is also a certified yoga instructor and offers classes to her clients to help them manage their stress and improve their flexibility and strength.

 

Amy received her Bachelors degree in Nursing from University of Phoenix in Honolulu, Hawaii and received her Masters of Science in Health Promotion from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.

Katharine Frey, RN

Care Coordinator Manager

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Katharine’s lifelong mission is to be an innovative and whole-hearted healer, teacher and leader — using a dynamic whole-person nursing model and the creative collaborative components of education, along with her own deep spiritual journey. She is determined to change the future of healthcare – both in the ways individuals learn and the means by which healthcare is accessed and provided. As a registered nurse, she brings a diverse background of clinical wisdom, gentle humor and the power of hope in adversity. Trained as a music educator and Nia dance instructor, she unleashes somatic healing through movement and music within community.

She obtained both her Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from the University of Northern Colorado and has held positions as diverse as administrative faculty for distance education, practice consultant for an integrative family physician, primary music educator and staff nurse for a combined pediatric-adult unit in a small suburban hospital.

Nicole Curel, LMSW

Social Worker

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Nicole is a motivated and outgoing individual who strives for excellence. Her goal is to impact the lives of those whom she serves. She is a quick learner and has experience in working in fast paced and high stress situations. She possesses experience in working with a variety of diverse populations, cultures and age groups. Nicole has worked in an ER setting at the # 1 trauma center in Texas where she has been able to serve a variety of patients with varying psych-social issues. She worked for Child Protective Services for 10 years where she quickly became a supervisor and was assigned to specialized units serving minor involved with the juvenile court system and victims of domestic minor sex trafficking. She attended University of Texas at San Antonio where she completed an internship with the San Antonio Police Department. She went on to complete graduate school at Texas State receiving her Master’s in Social Work. During her graduate studies she completed an internship with Freedom Youth Project, an agency working with local community partners on empowering parents, teacher, foster parents and medical personnel on identifying victims.

 

Nicole was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. She is the first generation in her family to obtain a college degree. She is the middle child of 4 siblings and family means the world to her. During her off time she enjoys playing soccer for a women’s and coed soccer team, hiking and biking.

Sara Pastoor, MD

Medical Director

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Dr. Sara Pastoor is a Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician and experienced executive leader. Dr. Pastoor has first-hand experience in organizational change management related to the Army’s transformation to the Patient Centered Medical Home model of care and UT Medicine’s transformation to a patient centered, integrated delivery system. She is passionate about payment reform to revolutionize the American healthcare system.

 

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, she enlisted in the Army Reserve, and eventually was commissioned as a first lieutenant upon graduation from medical school under the Army Health Professions Scholarship Program. She received her Doctorate in Medicine from Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School and she completed her Family Medicine internship and residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Pastoor is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Melissa Benavides, MD

Family Medicine

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Melissa has wanted to be a physician since childhood. During the long road to becoming a physician, in addition to her studies, Melissa always had a series of colorful, interesting jobs that made her the compassionate physician she is today. Some of the early jobs included working a nacho stand at Six Flags, keno runner in Las Vegas, waitress at a Jewish deli, and research assistant for a biotech company to name a few. All were interesting and valuable in their own way. Melissa showed an interest in primary care and community service in medical school, co-chairing Primary Care Day health fair for the local community and chair of the local “Don’t Mess with Texas Beach Cleanup”, in addition to other leadership positions. She completed her family medicine residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. Since that time, Melissa has practiced family medicine in various settings: a suburban practice in Fort Worth, opening her own practice in the border town of Laredo, Texas, and an inner city practice caring for San Antonio’s underserved population prior to joining the Crossover team.

 

When not at work, Melissa is busy raising two children as a single mom. Her passion is her service on committees working to improve/restore healthcare access for Texas women. Melissa stays active with cycling, yoga, and walking the dog. If she can ever be convinced to retire in her old age, she hopes to retire to a home on the beach.

Timothy Caffrey, MD

Family Medicine

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In 2009, Tim Caffrey was commiserating with two other Family Physicians at the end of another day of primary care at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The trio had reached a collective epiphany: practicing medicine wasn’t fun anymore. Increasing administrative burdens, the fragmentation of care, and a perverse payment system had created a system that routinely disappointed patients, practitioners, and payers.

 

That chance epiphany led Tim to refocus his work fixing the healthcare delivery system. From the Army’s Medical Command Headquarters, he led a collaboration of physicians, nurses, and healthcare administrators to define, develop and deploy a new model of primary care that delivery for 1.4 million patients. He continued that work at Martin Army Community Hospital at Fort Benning, Georgia where a led the transformation and integration of primary care, emergency services, and sub-specialty care and behavioral health.

 

Tim is from Massachusetts and graduated from Williams College with a degree in Political Economics and a minor in Chinese politics and culture. He then worked as an analyst and consultant at the International Data Corporation until deciding to become a physician, Having taken only one science course in college (astronomy) he enrolled in a post-baccalaureate pre-med program before matriculating at Dartmouth Medical School.

 

He joined the Army Medical Corps and has served in Augusta, Georgia; Vicenza, Italy; Kosovo; Grafenwoehr, Germany; San Antonio, Texas, Columbus, Georgia; and Kabul, Afghanistan. He recently returned to San Antonio to start year seven of a planned one-year renovation of a 1920’s bungalow. He is joined in that undertaking by his wife and two youngest children. His two oldest children wisely stayed on the East Coast.

Alexandra Garcia, MD

Family Medicine

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Alexandra Garcia, MD is a family practice physician with 15 years experience in primary care in her home town of San Antonio, Texas. Since childhood, she has loved cooking especially preparing traditional recipes in healthier versions that focus on whole foods with a plant based foundation. Over the past several years she has become passionate about helping patients work toward improving their health through lifestyle changes, especially in the area of type 2 diabetes mellitus, as this proved to turn around her own health.

 

Dr. Garcia received her Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Texas at Houston and she completed her Family Medicine residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Michelle Rodriguez, MD

Family Medicine

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Michelle Rodriguez was born and raised in Houston, TX. She was inspired to study medicine after a summer service program in Oaxaca, Mexico where she assisted a family doctor responsible for three rural villages.
She received her bachelors in Kinesiology from Rice University in 2004.  She had planned for a double major in Spanish but ended up just graduating early when her translational tract was phased out. She then spent a year working at Baylor College of Medicine’s Continuing Education Office helping research ideal methods for teaching science to K-12 students.
She was the queen of the part-time job while attending medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. She taught fitness classes, did some accounting, and led health demonstrations and dissections at The Health Museum in Houston.
She completed her residency at Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program in Sugar Land in 2012 where she graduated with multiple awards, including a teaching honor, from both her fellow residents and faculty.  She and her husband then moved to San Marcos to enjoy a less urban setting.
While she loved the community and her patients, she decided to move to San Antonio to be closer to extended family.  She looks forward to treating people at Magenta Health where an emphasis is put on time for discussion and achievement of short and long term health goals.
She and her family enjoy traveling, comicons, and circuit training in their spare time.  They are learning to assimilate in Spurs country but their daughter still insists on wearing Rockets gear.  Michelle is also working on a home garden, the initial attempt ended in an herb graveyard but the succulent plants have survived so far.

Melissa Mikota

Nurse Practitioner

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Melissa Mikota earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Seattle University in Seattle, WA. She went on to earn her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Chicago, IL. Melissa has been practicing as a family nurse practitioner at a community health clinic in Washington State for the past 3 years. Prior to that, she worked as a registered nurse on an adult medical/surgical unit of a major hospital in the Chicago suburbs. Melissa is dedicated to the physical and emotional wellbeing of her patients and looks forward to providing care for the partners of HEB.

 

Melissa was born in Kansas. At the age of 7, she moved to Belize with her family where her parents volunteered as nurses at missionary medical clinics for 5 years. This experience abroad is what began her lifelong interests of helping others, learning about different cultures, and exploring the outdoors.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and son, traveling, gardening, hiking, and tennis.

Gina Duron, RN

Registered Nurse

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Gina has been a registered nurse for over sixteen years. Her compassionate and caring nature has been an asset while working in the intensive care unit, emergency room, and medical surgical unit. Gina is a motivated team player who enjoys collaborating with colleagues for the benefit of the client. She loves working with people and educating them on ways to improve their health.

Gina received her Diploma in Nursing in 2000 from Baptist School of Professional Nursing while being a single parent to two young daughters. She will be finishing her Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Grand Canyon University on August 21, 2016. While a student at Grand Canyon, she maintained a 4.0 GPA and was inducted into the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society. She hopes to be an inspiration to her three daughters to get a college education.

Gina is married and has three daughters and two granddaughters. She also has a house full of pets including two weiner dogs, a sun conure, three snakes, a leopard gecko, and a caiman lizard. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family at various Texas National Parks and rivers. She also enjoys reading, crafting, and watching movies with her family.

Carissa Trevino, RN

Registered Nurse

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Carissa is a reliable, hardworking and passionate individual who enjoys working in a productive team environment. She is compassionate and dedicated in educating her patients to improve their health and well-being. Carissa has been a nurse for over nineteen years which include six years as a Clinical Nurse Supervisor. Her nursing background incorporates community health, primary and preventive care and employee heath.

 

Carissa was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She attended Brackenridge High School and later graduated with an Associate of Arts degree at San Antonio College. She pursued her dream of becoming a nurse and received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree at the University of the Incarnate Word. She is an only child and married with four daughters who keep her very busy. Carissa enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She looks forward to outdoor activities, vacationing and watching the Spurs with her family.

Elizabeth Garza, RN

Registered Nurse

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Elizabeth Garza was born in Brownsville, TX but raised in San Antonio, TX. She obtained her Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of the Incarnate Word and her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from East Texas Baptist University. Her experience in women’s health nursing, case management and project management have provided the skills for quality patient care. Elizabeth enjoys taking her Labrador for walks, participating in church activities and time with her husband. As a former H-E-B employee, she takes pride in giving back to other H-E-B Partners, as a registered nurse for Magenta Health.

Victoria Yruegas, RN

Lead Registered Nurse

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J. has spent the past 10 years in the business of building relationships. He spent 9 years with the YMCA in the youth field wearing many hats. He built relationships with community leaders to help provide the best care for the after school programs and summer camps, and worked with the Texas Hunger Initiative to provide meals for children after school and during the summer months when they would not have access to hot meals otherwise. J. also worked with families in the MEND program where he taught them how to transition into healthier people by educating them on nutrition and healthy living habits.

 

J. has been active his whole life, loving the outdoors. He is an avid fisher, and loves to spend time on the water. When not working, he is usually outside. J. is a Waco, Texas native and loves the small town feel, but he is looking forward to exploring new trails and fishing holes and experience new things in a big city as he moves to San Antonio.

J Johnson

Lead Host

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J. has spent the past 10 years in the business of building relationships. He spent 9 years with the YMCA in the youth field wearing many hats. He built relationships with community leaders to help provide the best care for the after school programs and summer camps, and worked with the Texas Hunger Initiative to provide meals for children after school and during the summer months when they would not have access to hot meals otherwise. J. also worked with families in the MEND program where he taught them how to transition into healthier people by educating them on nutrition and healthy living habits.

 

J. has been active his whole life, loving the outdoors. He is an avid fisher, and loves to spend time on the water. When not working, he is usually outside. J. is a Waco, Texas native and loves the small town feel, but he is looking forward to exploring new trails and fishing holes and experience new things in a big city as he moves to San Antonio.

Jasmine Jackson

Host

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Jasmine is an enthusiastic motivated individual who has a passion for helping others. She enjoys working with people and helping them acquire new knowledge on how to enhance their quality of life. Before joining the Crossover Team, Jasmine did restaurant management and was furthering her education. She has a Bachelors of Science in kinesiology with a minor in Nutrition from the University of the Incarnate Word, as well as a Masters of Education with a concentration in Exercise Science. She currently coaches middle school girls basketball for Sophia Young Elite AAU. Her passion for sports, exercise and helping others has lead her to currently pursue her Doctorate in Organizational Development and Leadership with a specialty in Sports Management and Kinesiology.

Jasmine was born and raised in San Antonio,Texas. She enjoys running 5Ks with her mother, reading books, working out and traveling. She currently volunteers with Kinetic Kids and does other community services projects with her basketball team during the summer.

Diana Garza

Host

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Diana is a motivated individual who strives for success. She is a team player and enjoys building relationships with others. She is quick learner and likes to be challenged. Diana has worked in a veterinary clinic for the past three years. During that time, she utilized her skills and her most recent promotion was clinic manager. She was in charge of hiring, managing payroll, conducting performance appraisals, and handling any immediate concerns with clients or staff. During her time in college, Diana also worked an internship at the Recreation Center at the University of Texas A&M San Antonio. She also volunteered to coach a youth basketball team for SOA.

 

Diana was originally born in Piedras Negras, Mexico, but raised in Uvalde, Texas. She was the first member of her immediate family to attend college, and attended the University of Texas A&M San Antonio, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. She has a great relationship with her younger brother who is currently attending the University of Pennsylvania to pursue his PH.D. Diana enjoys a variety of activities that include exercising, hiking, and walking her two dogs, Apollo and Leo.

Marc Gardner, PT

Physical Therapy

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Marc Gardner, PT strives to live every part of his life on purpose. He works to provide the kind of care for his patients that he would expect from others, care that is defined by applied knowledge and life experiences, excellent skills and an attitude of caring that starts with listening to his patients needs. For the first 10 years of his practice after school, Marc worked in the Sports Medicine clinic of a mid-sized hospital before moving to Texas where he has worked in Occupational Medicine and Outpatient practice as part of an orthopedic group of physicians.

 

He has an associate degree in Physical Education, a bachelor’s in Health Science/Biology and finished his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy at Nazareth College of Rochester.

Leslie Luna

Exercise Physiologist

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Leslie Luna, originally from Laredo, TX, relocated to College Station, TX to attain her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University. She began working at a health and fitness club as a customer service representative/manager. This is where her genuine care for others and their health, happiness, and well-being grew tremendously from her daily interaction with people. She built great relationships with many of the members that she knew; a profession that required a bond at a deep emotional level involving health and wellness was what she desired to do.

 

Leslie obtained her Master of Science degree to further her understanding of the subject. She completed an internship at the university’s applied exercise science lab where she was trained and was able to refine her skills to begin a profession in worksite fitness/health promotion. She soon teamed up with a fitness professional to start a local corporate wellness company. This is where her passion for this particular field was solidified as she put her knowledge and skills to work.

Selena Gray, DC

Chiropractor

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Selena is a compassionate chiropractor focused on an integrative approach toward healing incorporating myofascial release, therapeutic exercises, yoga, massage, mobilization techniques and manipulation. Her passion for healing and the importance of daily physical movement for wellness led her from a background of dance to yoga and chiropractic. She aspires to educate and inspire others to adopt healthy daily lifestyle habits in addition to providing exceptional care. Selena has over twenty years’ experience as a chiropractor specializing in myofascial release therapy, manual techniques, sports and orthopedic post-surgical rehabilitation protocols within an evidence-based multidisciplinary clinical practice. She is committed to transformative healthcare delivery focused on patient outcomes and experience.

 

Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, Selena moved frequently throughout the South until eventually discovering Texas in the late 1980s. Since then, she has remained steadfast in Texas except for one year while backpacking solo through Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia. She graduated with a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Texas Chiropractic College. She attended undergraduate school at the University of Alabama and the University of Houston. She is a graduate of the Esther Vexler School of Yoga in San Antonio. Selena and her daughter spend as much time as possible outdoors hiking trails, camping, riding horses, exploring nature and plotting their next travel adventures. At home, they are joined by their 2 dogs, 3 cats, 2 turtles, a fish and a rabbit.

Amy Spaar, RN

Health Coach

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Amy Spaar is a Certified RN Health Coach and has a strong background in nutrition, wellness, and prevention. Using motivational interviewing and other coaching techniques, Amy helps patients adopt lasting lifestyle changes that promote overall health and minimize the need for medications to manage chronic disease. As a health coach, Amy helps clients with weight loss, nutrition, smoking cessation and stress management. She is also a certified yoga instructor and offers classes to her clients to help them manage their stress and improve their flexibility and strength.

Amy received her Bachelors degree in Nursing from University of Phoenix in Honolulu, Hawaii and received her Masters of Science in Health Promotion from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.

Sharin Hjella, RD

Health Coach

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Sharin is a skilled and goal oriented Registered Dietitian (RD), devoted to having a positive impact in healthcare through innovative and research-based approaches —with the sole purpose of helping others attain a healthier, long-lasting lifestyle. Her passion for helping others is highlighted in the many years of medical and non-medical related volunteer and work experience. Her volunteer endeavors range from the creation of disease-related health awareness campaigns at hospitals and wellness activities at cancer centers and health fairs to fostering animals from animal shelters. During that time, she has developed and polished her leadership and interpersonal skills. As well, she has devoted her professional efforts to changing people’s lives through the provision of Medical Nutrition Therapy, with the inclusion of behavioral, motivational, and cognitive changes at the San Antonio Food Bank, weight loss center, hospitals, and health centers throughout Texas.

 

These experiences have enabled her to sharpen her abilities to work independently or as a team and to provide compassionate care. To continue to fulfill this passion, Sharin has obtained specialized training in adult weight management, motivational interviewing, and mental health first aid.

Katharine Frey, RN

Care Coordinator Manager

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Katharine’s lifelong mission is to be an innovative and whole-hearted healer, teacher and leader — using a dynamic whole-person nursing model and the creative collaborative components of education, along with her own deep spiritual journey. She is determined to change the future of healthcare – both in the ways individuals learn and the means by which healthcare is accessed and provided. As a registered nurse, she brings a diverse background of clinical wisdom, gentle humor and the power of hope in adversity. Trained as a music educator and Nia dance instructor, she unleashes somatic healing through movement and music within community.

She obtained both her Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from the University of Northern Colorado and has held positions as diverse as administrative faculty for distance education, practice consultant for an integrative family physician, primary music educator and staff nurse for a combined pediatric-adult unit in a small suburban hospital.

Nicole Curel, LMSW

Social Worker

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Nicole is a motivated and outgoing individual who strives for excellence. Her goal is to impact the lives of those whom she serves. She is a quick learner and has experience in working in fast paced and high stress situations. She possesses experience in working with a variety of diverse populations, cultures and age groups. Nicole has worked in an ER setting at the # 1 trauma center in Texas where she has been able to serve a variety of patients with varying psych-social issues. She worked for Child Protective Services for 10 years where she quickly became a supervisor and was assigned to specialized units serving minor involved with the juvenile court system and victims of domestic minor sex trafficking. She attended University of Texas at San Antonio where she completed an internship with the San Antonio Police Department. She went on to complete graduate school at Texas State receiving her Master’s in Social Work. During her graduate studies she completed an internship with Freedom Youth Project, an agency working with local community partners on empowering parents, teacher, foster parents and medical personnel on identifying victims.

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Nicole was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. She is the first generation in her family to obtain a college degree. She is the middle child of 4 siblings and family means the world to her. During her off time she enjoys playing soccer for a women’s and coed soccer team, hiking and biking.

Tonimarie Gonzalez

Referral Coordinator

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Tonimarie, originally from San Antonio, has lived and worked in Austin, TX for the last five years. In that time, she worked for a family medicine office where lifestyle was the ultimate treatment. There she learned the true meaning of patient care along with incredible levels of multi-tasking and handling the flow of a growing office. She then moved on to a urology company where she worked behind the scenes yet played a vital role in patient care and treatment. She coordinated surgeries and made sure all moving parts were in order for the doctors, surgical techs and patients. Her experience expands from face-to- face interaction with patients on a daily basis, to establishing relationships with hospitals and doctor’s offices in other states. Tonimarie has been on both sides of patient care thus making her well rounded in the admin and business part of the medical world.

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Tonimarie studied at the University of Texas at San Antonio with Communications as her main focus. She loves traveling, being outside and has a portrait photography business she manages on the side. She and her husband recently moved back to San Antonio and purchased their first home together. She is ready to start a new journey and see what this new chapter has in store for her.