Faculty Group Practice Newsletter

Providing Solutions and Support for Unique Pediatric Needs

Treating pediatric patients with developmental and behavioral disorders is dynamic work that requires strong listening skills, intuition, deductive reasoning, and mental agility. The Advanced Practice Providers in Pediatric Developmental and Behavioral Health describe it as both challenging and fulfilling.

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APP Leadership Guides Longstanding Regional Women's Services and Pediatrics Program

UTMB’s Regional Women’s Services and Pediatrics (RWSP) Program was brought to life more than 30 years ago with the goal of providing women’s health and pediatric care to vulnerable populations across southeast Texas and McAllen. Uniquely, RWSP program and clinic sites have always been led by an Advanced Practice Nurse or Physician Assistant.

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Extending Clinical Expertise and Support to the Antarctic

The Center for Polar Medical Operations (CPMO) serves a unique role and function among UTMB departments, but like many clinical areas, it benefits from the support and expertise of an Advanced Practice Provider. Suzette Roberts, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, has served as the Medical Processing Manager for the Center for Polar Medical Operations (CPMO) at UTMB for four years.

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Understanding Risk Factors and Prevention for Chronic Kidney Disease

March is National Kidney Month. Dr. Allison Mitchell, Nurse Practitioner in the Division of Nephrology, takes an approach that encourages identifying those most at risk for kidney failure, and being proactive in treating and preventing chronic kidney disease.

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TMJ and Treatment Modalities

TMJ dysfunction can cause localized pain to the joints, referred pain to the ears, and to the muscles that control movement of the jaw. It can also cause reduced range of motion or trismus to the mouth. Our ENT PA shares how a variety of treatment options, from night guards to medication to physical therapy, can bring relief.

Understanding and Managing Thyroid Disorders

January is National Thyroid Awareness Month. It is estimated that more than 30 million Americans have thyroid dysfunction, yet at least half of these cases are undiagnosed and, consequently, untreated.

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Busy Cold and Flu Season is Prime Time to Discuss Wellness

When you ask our current Urgent Care APP Lead, Kennikqua “Nikki” Thompson, MSN, APRN, FNP, ENP, what the busiest time is in urgent care, she says undoubtedly the winter season, better known as cold and flu season.

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Advancing Diagnostics and the Patient Experience in Hepatology

Guided by a shared goal to help their patients enjoy a greater quality of life, UTMB’s Hepatology Advanced Practice Providers work collaboratively with faculty in the division to treat a variety of conditions that disrupt liver function.

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Celebrating APP Week 2023

The Annual National Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Week took place Sept. 25 through 29, to recognize and celebrate an important group of providers who elevate the fields of medicine and nursing.

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Welcome New APP Director, Laura Ellender

The Faculty Group Practice is pleased to welcome Laura Ellender, MSN, RN, CEN, FNP-C, to the role of Director, Advanced Practice Providers!

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Healing Through Renewed Confidence

Jill Resendez, MSN, RN, AGACNP-BC, a nurse practitioner in the Division of Plastic Surgery, has found her passion in helping individuals regain their confidence.

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Helping Patients with Venous Disorders Find Solutions and Relief

As UTMB’s Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery has grown, patients benefit from additional expertise and procedures to address their needs – including a new clinic at League City Campus focused on venous disorders. Christina Guarin is part of the team behind this endeavor.

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Setting a Pathway for Growth for APPs

The Faculty Group Practice leadership extends sincere thanks to Stephanie Kemmerling, DNP, MSN, FNP-C, for her outstanding service as APP Director from September 2020 through May 2023.

Insights on Bladder Cancer Detection

Chelsie Chonoski, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, nurse practitioner in the Division of Urology, shares her knowledge of bladder cancer detection.


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