Dr. Tekbali completed her undergraduate degrees at Southern Methodist University. She went on to earn her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Baylor College of Dentistry. Since then, she has found her passion working within community dentistry throughout Texas, including San Antonio and the DFW metroplex. She enjoys the variety of procedures within community dentistry as well as playing a part in enhancing the form and function of the mouths and teeth of her patients. She empowers patients to take control of their oral care and is always excited to see a big smile after completing a treatment plan.
Dr. Tekbali loves to travel and try new foods. She has a big sweet tooth, but always follows her own advice and rinses or brushes after any sugary treats.
“Always do things to the best of your ability and with sincerity to begin with. You will save yourself a lot of trouble down the road.”
Anita DSouza, APRN, FNP-C
Anita DSouza is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She has a strong background in emergency and critical care nursing. Her drive for excellence and passion for caring others, led her to achieve a Master’s Degree in Family Nursing from Walden University.
With her advanced skills and critical training she continues to provide care for patients throughout their lifespan utilizing a holistic approach. She is an active member of several professional organizations including the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
She loves taking care of her patients and seeing the difference she can make in their lives. In her free time she likes reading, traveling and spending time with her family.
Anthonia Duru, APRN, WHNP-BC
Anthonia Duru’s nursing career began over 19 years ago as a nursing assistant and then transitioned to a licensed vocational nurse and later obtained her Registered nurse. She has worked in various nursing areas – postpartum, home health, Cardiac/telemetry Care unit, Medical-surgical Care, and rehab unit.
Anthonia Duru attended the University of Texas in Arlington for her undergraduate degree, obtained her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and received her nurse practitioner education through Frontier Nursing University, Kentucky. She is a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and is board certified by the National Certification Corporation (NCC).
She is passionate about providing care to women of all ages and varieties of services, including well-woman exams, gynecological procedures, contraceptive counseling, and management, as well as prenatal and postpartum care. Anthonia is passionate about listening to her patients’ concerns in an unrushed manner to assess symptoms and build trusting and lasting relationships effectively.
When not providing care to patients, she enjoys sewing, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Ashley Meusa, DPM
Dr. Ashley Meusa is a native of Dallas, TX. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry, from Texas A&M University, College Station. In 2004, she earned her Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University, located in North Chicago, IL.
After obtaining her Doctoral Degree of Podiatry, she completed her podiatric medicine and surgery residency at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. While in residency, she obtained comprehensive training in treating lower extremity diseases and medical emergencies as they relate to pedal care, podiatric surgery, wound care, diabetic foot care, nail procedures and treatments, and treating skin conditions on the foot, and much more. After completing residency, she began working full time, seeing patients in house-call and facility settings. She now serves the community here at Foremost Family Health Centers and is also the associate medical director for the MLK site.
Dr. Meusa is board-certified in diabetic foot wounds and footwear, and has a passion for treating and protecting feet.
Dr. Meusa currently lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with her husband and their daughter. She enjoys spending time with family, traveling and volunteering at her church.
Brandi Burnett, APRN, FNP-C
Brandi is an East Texas native! She is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington, College of Nursing and Health Innovation.
While working as an acute care nurse, Brandi obtained her Master of Science in Nursing, also from the University of Texas at Arlington. Brandi enjoys seeing patients across their lifespan and is passionate about working with underserved populations.
She enjoys traveling, eating at new vegan restaurants, crafting and fitness. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, their two children and their labradoodle.
Family Medicine, Associate Medical Director
Brandi Davis, FNP-BC
Brandi Davis is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. Brandi attended Louisiana State University Health Science Center and earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing in 2001. While working as an intensive care nurse for 6 years, she completed a Master of Science in nursing with the concentration as a family nurse practitioner from Loyola University New Orleans with honors in 2006. Brandi has over 11 years of experience as a family nurse practitioner in the federal, retail, and private sectors. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Louisiana Nurse Practitioner Association and the North Texas Nurse Practitioner Association.
Brandi currently resides in Dallas, Texas. She enjoys traveling and attending rhythm and blues concerts with her husband and daughter
Briana Echols, PA-C
Briana Echols is a Board-Certified Physician Assistant. She received her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Before pursuing medicine, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of North Texas, and her Master of Science in Biotechnology from the University of Tyler Health Science Center.
She loves the continuity of learning and soon hopes to pursue her Ph.D. Briana is a Dallas native, who is passionate and committed to improving the health and well-being of individuals in her community by providing quality and compassionate care.
Her extensive clinical experience will help treat acute, complex, and chronic health conditions across all lifespans. She enjoys taking the time out to listen to her patient’s needs and doing what’s best for their entire well-being.
Licensed Dietician and Nutritionist
Delores Myers, MS, RD, LD
As a registered and licensed dietician and certified fitness instructor, Delores believes lifestyle changes is what will sustain people and make a difference in their health.
Delores obtained a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s degree in Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics. She has since worked for numerous companies as a nutritionist, patient food service manager, and clinical and community dietitian. She has counseled and instructed many patients regarding diabetes, weight management, and various nutrition and health related topics.
She has volunteered her time to health fairs and speaking engagements for different organizations, schools, churches, support groups, etc. regarding nutrition and fitness.
She currently works as a contracting dietician for Foremost Family Health Centers and a consulting dietitian for the Early Childhood Intervention-Dallas Center Inc. She is also a group fitness instructor for Lifetime Fitness.
Delores resides in Carrollton, TX with her husband of 28 years, 16 year old daughter and one son in college.
“In order to improve our health, we must be deliberate, intentional, and determined to practice healthy habits for a lifetime! “
Behavioral Health Specialist
Denise Mershon, LCSW
Denise Mershon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker that has practiced both mental health and behavioral health with individuals in all developmental stages of life. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is certified in Early Childhood Education. She received her master’s degree in Social Work from New York University in Manhattan, NY.
Denise has helped individuals with chronic mental illness, personality disorders, anxiety and depressive disorders, including the intellectually and developmentally challenged, in a variety of settings: inpatient units, outpatient clinics, private practice, with military personnel and their families, inner city group homes with adolescents, and play therapy with young children in schools.
Denise’s previous roles were Clinical Supervisor, Executive Director, and Direct Service Provider in both for-profit and not-for-profit environments. Denise demonstrates a passion for her work with various ethnic backgrounds, cultures, and religions, as she sees both her clients and her work as an ever evolving adventure and experience.
“I enjoy spending time with family, reading, participating in wellness, and traveling.”
Family Medicine, Interim Associate Medical Director
Dorothy Marshall, MD, MPH
Dr. Marshall received her Master’s in Public Health at Boston University and her Medical Doctorate from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency, a UCSF affiliate, in California.
Dr. Marshall has many interests such as medical education, health care disparities, administration, and informatics. She is passionate about full spectrum medicine. Pediatric and prenatal patients have a special place in her heart. She loves to prevent diseases, encourage lasting behavior change, and to empower her patients to become active partners in their care.
In her free time, she enjoys collecting visas and stamps in her frequently used passport, learning new languages, and dancing.
Elexis Stephens, PA-C
Elexis Stephens is anative of Longview, TX. She is a board-certified Physician Assistant who earned her Master of Physician Assistant Studies in 2022 at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry & Biology in 2015 from Sam Houston State University. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants. Elexis is a National Health Service Corp Scholar who is committed to providing quality compassionate health care to adult, adolescent, and pediatric populations, while encouraging patients to take initiative and advocate for themselves. She believes true patient success occurs when people are educated and empowered about their healthcare.
Elexis enjoys traveling with family & close friends, being active with her sorority, attending concerts, visitingmuseums, and adding to her shoe collection.
Erika Oguanobi, DDS
Dr. Erika Oguanobi was born in Baton Rouge, LA. She graduated from Dillard University in New Orleans, LA. After completing her undergraduate education, she went on to attend dental school at Baylor College of Dentistry, where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. After completing dental school, she served active duty as a US Naval Officer. Dr. Oguanobi was stationed at the Naval Dental Center Mid-Atlantic in Norfolk, VA, where she completed a one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency. Upon completion of her residency, she was stationed at Camp Lejeune Marine Corp Base with the 2nd Dental Battalion for two years.
Dr. Oguanobi feels that her time spent with the United States Navy was a rewarding experience that gave her the opportunity to meet numerous outstanding individuals, to serve the country alongside remarkable men and women, and to further develop her career as a dentist.
Dr. Oguanobi has been with Foremost Family Health Centers since August 2013.
Behavioral Health Specialist (Bilingual)
John Black, MSW, LCSW-S
Black is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has practiced in the field of mental and behavioral health since 2007. He completed his Masters of Social Work degree from Brigham Young University in 2007. His Bachelors degree is in Marriage, Family, Human Development (with Spanish minor) also from BYU.
He has experience in working with diverse populations in areas of substance abuse and other addictions, trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, and child and adolescent behavioral issues through individual and group therapy.
John believes that we can all use a helping hand at times. Life is full of unexpected twists and surprises and he enjoys trying to assist others along the way. We’re all in this together.
“I love traveling, seeing this beautiful world and the amazing people in it. I’ve been blessed to have lived in many different places, including South America for a few years.”
General Dentistry, Dental Hygiene
Laronda Smith, RDH
LaRonda Smith, a native of Chicago, Illinois, earned an A.A.S. in dental hygiene with honors from Kennedy-King College, a B.S. in biology from Loyola University of Chicago, and an M.S. in dental hygiene, specializing in public health from University of Bridgeport Fones School of Dental Hygiene. She worked in private practice and as an adjunct clinical faculty member at her alma mater, then relocated to Dallas to work in private practice, including at Foremost Family Health Centers. LaRonda’s contributions in the community health dentistry role affords her the opportunity to educate and treat underserved and uninsured individuals and families.
LaRonda desires to help her patients understand the importance of oral health and its connection to overall health and well-being. She is an active member of the National Dental Hygienists’ Association, which seeks to support under-represented minorities in the profession of dental hygiene.
She enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with family and friends.
General Dentistry, Chief Dental Officer (CDO)
Morgan Price, DDS
Dr. Price earned her undergraduate degree from Spelman College and her dental degree from Creighton University School of Dentistry. In 2014, she provided dental care to underserved populations in the Dominican Republic. Dr. Price is passionate about staying current on any changes in dentistry and does so by attending continuing education courses and researching.
Dr. Price’s work had been published by the Georgia Academy of Science. In addition to her skills and experience, Dr. Price is a careful listener who takes the time to get to know her patients as individuals in order to provide personalized care. She is passionate about community health. When not in the office, she enjoys spending time with family and traveling.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Nadja Nelson-Zeno, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Nadja Nelson-Zeno is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and native of Moro, Arkansas. Nadja attended Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN, where she received her BSN and later went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing at Vanderbilt University.
She has been serving clients in mental health for over 12 years, including 6 years as an RN in home health, developmental disabilities, geriatric care, and acute inpatient psychiatry. She has worked 8 years as a Psychiatric NP in a variety of settings. Nadja is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.
She enjoys old school music, dancing, learning new skills, and exploring new places with her son and husband.
Naomi Gebrelul, MD
Dr. Gebrelul received her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine and completed the Pediatric Residency Program at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
Dr. Gebrelul provides a range of primary care services to infants and children. Her natural affinity for children combined with a strong interest in science led to a career in pediatric medicine. She enjoys seeing her young patients grow over time while forming enduring relationships with the patient’s family. Her clinical interests include childhood development, weight management, and asthma management.
As a Louisiana native, Dr. Gebrelul is a New Orleans Saints fan. She also enjoys traveling with her husband whenever possible.
Sherry Bowers, DPM
Dr. Sherry L. Bowers earned her degree from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and completed her surgical residency training at the Medical Center of Mesquite. She is passionate about maintaining and improving the foot health of her patients. She regularly devotes time to educating patients and their caregivers and is known for her patience and dedication.
Dr. Bowers is an active member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and Texas Podiatric Medical Association (TPMA). She has also held a position on the Board of Directors for TPMA and was an Executive Committee member representing podiatry during her tenure at a prominent health company in Dallas. She continues to pursue ways to educate the public and students about podiatric medicine and its importance to general health.
She enjoys time with family and friends, traveling, great food, marching band competitions, all kinds of music, her morning prayer time, belly laughs, listening to the stories of those in our more mature generation, and learning new things.
Stella Kingodi, RN, MSN, FNP-C
Stella’s nursing career began more than 17 years ago as a nursing assistant in a critical care unit in West Texas. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, she was hired directly into a critical care unit specializing in neurotrauma and cardiovascular surgery. Stella continued to work in critical care units around the Metroplex up until the time she graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Master of Science in Nursing specializing in Family Practice. She then moved into Family Medicine with a major focus on providing preventative health care.
Stella’s nursing experience in dealing with critically ill patients has shaped her personal philosophy, which is providing compassionate, holistic care to patients and their families to prevent disease and promote health.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, volunteering at the local soup kitchen, reading and traveling.
Taren Filer, APRN, WHNP-BC
Taren Filer is a board-certified women’s health nurse practitioner with over 20 years of experience in obstetrics & gynecology, committed to the improvement of women’s health. She possesses a comprehensive background rich in diverse experiences including labor & delivery, antenatal/postnatal, emergency room, community clinic, and private practice.
Taren is a native of Saint Martinville, Louisiana. She received her undergraduate degree from Dillard University in nursing and went on the start her career as a registered nurse in the United States Navy. She received a master’s degree in nursing from the University of South Alabama.
Taren loves watching movies and shopping. She is a foodie and loves trying new dishes and cuisines.
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