Leadership Team


Chief Executive Officer

Jolie Allen, MPA

Chief Operations Officer

Hawanda L. Hill, BBA, CHCO, OHCC, CHA

Chief HR & Compliance Officer

Lindsay Martin-Engel, MD, MPH

Associate Medical Director Balch Springs

Ashley Meusa, DPM

Associate Medical Director Martin Luther King Jr.

Morgan Price-Brown, DDS

Chief Dental Officer

Xaquita Wicks, RN, MSN

Chief Nursing Officer

Letter from the CEO

Joyce Tapley


When the residents of the South Dallas community joined together in mid-1980s to seek funding from the federal government to support opening a community health center in Dallas for anyone who wanted to see a doctor, they did so with the intent of offering traditional medical care for all ages—newborns to geriatrics. They believed all individuals should have access to primary health care on a regular basis. With that start-up funding, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Clinic, Inc. opened its doors in August, 1986, staffed by physicians and nurse practitioners ready to address primary care and prevention.

Over the decades, MLK, Jr. Family Clinic, its Board of Directors and employees have worked together to encourage individuals and families to select a primary care provider so they can see the same person and develop a patient-provider partnership focused on identifying their health issues through health screenings, helping them improve their quality of life and keeping them healthy over time.

Since 1998, I have been the Chief Executive Officer of Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Clinic, and when we opened our second office, the Foremost Family Health Centers-Balch Springs in 2014, we also expanded our services to include behavioral health and podiatry.  Our goal is to provide one-stop primary health care (literally from head to toe) and to discourage the use of emergency rooms as the primary place for a cold, cough or other primary care health issues. Yes, we want to be the medical, dental and behavioral health home for many, and we know that our Patient Center Medical Home designation assures our patients that we are constantly offering high quality care with a team approach.

I am equally passionate about developing the staff members who work at MLK, Jr. Family Clinic and Foremost Family Health Centers, because we accomplish more as a team than as individuals. My commitment to providing training to all employees assures them that they can be successful, personally and professionally. We have a robust recruitment and retention initiative which is designed to promote from within, in addition to recruiting externally. Foremost Family Health Centers constantly strives to be a first-rate employer, offering competitive salaries and benefits, and we want our employees to make their career here.

On a personal note, I come from a family health history of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity. As a person who has been managing diabetes, high cholesterol and thyroid disease for decades through adjusting my eating habits, trying to exercise regularly, reducing stress, daily prayer and maintaining a positive attitude, I can attest that it does take a village to make a difference in a person’s life. It is my goal that MLK, Jr. Family Clinic and Foremost Family Health Centers continue to improve the health outcomes of this community and other communities, one patient at a time.

We are still accepting new patients, and we accept most insurance plans. Insured and uninsured, we’d like to be your choice for affordable, quality health care.