RRNeT - Meet Our Team

 
 
Inez Cruz, PhD, LMSW
RRNeT Director
 
Inez I. Cruz, PhD, LMSW is the Director of Research Operations and faculty member for the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UT Health San Antonio and a Qualitative Social Worker Researcher who focuses on the meaning of living with chronic illnesses. Dr. Cruz earned a Master of Social Work degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, and a Doctorate in Social Work, with an emphasis in Public Health from the University of Iowa in Iowa City.  Currently her work centers on Quality Improvement and administration of a Texas 1115 Healthcare Transformation waiver/Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program.  Dr. Cruz is the Director of the Residency Research Network of Texas (RRNeT).
 
 
Nehman Andry, MD
RRNeT Associate Director
 
Nehman Andry is a graduate of St. Mary's University. He completed both his medical school education and Family Medicine residency training at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) where he is also a faculty member. In 2015, he completed the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Medical Student Educators Developmental Institute (MSEDI), a one year fellowship for medical student educators. He is currently serving a 3 year term on the Steering Committee for STFMs Group on Medical Student Education where he works with other educators from across the country to address the educational needs of students and faculty. He is also a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP).
 
  
 
Jennifer Daniels, RA, BA
Research Specialist/PBRN Coordinator
 
Jennifer Daniels facilitates the South Texas Psychiatric Practice-Based Research Network and the Residency Research Network of Texas (RRNeT). She is a credentialed Research Associate with University Health System with the Department of Medicine/Infectious Diseases. She maintains close communication and relationships with network members, providers, and advisory boards to provide them with education and training; research and technical support, including project development and data analysis; and communication and dissemination  assistance on various research projects. She attended the University of California at Santa Cruz and the University of Texas at San Antonio where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a Minor in Women's Studies, and she is currently in pursuit of a Master of Public Administration at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has been involved with healthcare, both in private practices and insurance companies. She is interested in research that relates to family violence, substance abuse, mental health, and sociological factors that affect underserved populations.
 
Jennifer Daniels can be reached at danielsj4@uthscsa.edu or 210-562-5653. 
 
RRNeT Steering Committee
 
 
Tamara E. Armstrong, Psy.D.I.
Director of Behavioral Health & Research 
 
Graduate School: Ponce School of Medicine, Ponce
Pre-doctoral Internship: Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
Post-doctorate Fellowship: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA
Tamara Armstrong, Psy.D. serves as a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society of Teachers in Family Medicine and the Collaborative Family Health Care Association. She also serves as a reviewer for the Spanish Submission to the Families, Systemes, & Health peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal that published clinical research, training, and theoretical contributions in the areas of families and health, with particular focus on collaborative family healthcare. 
 

Swati Avashia, M.D. 
 
Dr. Avashia attended medical school at West Virginia University School of Medicine and graduated in 1998. She completed residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine in 2002 and is board certified in both fields. In 2004, she completed a two year term at the Texas Department of State Health Services as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Avashia then spent 5 years working as a primary care physician in indigent care clinics in Austin. Since 2009, Dr. Avashia has been an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Family Medicine at University of Texas Southwestern Austin where her focus is on pediatric and adolescent medicine curriculum development and evidence based medicine. She recently graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch Scholars in Education program and has research interests in health care disparities and in tools for evaluation of clinical performance in residency programs. 
 
 
Terrell Benold, M.D. 
 
Dr. Terrell Benold is a faculty member with the Austin Medical Education Programs Family Practice Program. He graduated from Rice University and then received his Doctor of Medicine from Texas A&M University College of Medicine. After two years of residency training in General Surgery at New Orleans' Ochsner Foundation Hospital, Dr. Benold completed his Family Practice residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He has served on the Peer Review Committee of Austin Regional Clinic and has also performed peer review for the Texas Medical Foundation. 
 
 
Katherine Buck, Ph.D.
 
 
Marc Berger, M.D. 
 
 
Maria de Jesus Munoz, M.D.
 
 
David Edwards, M.D. 
 
Dr. Edwards is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. He completed his residency training in internal medicain and pediatrics, which was followed by a fellowship in primary care sports medicine. His clinical interests include primary care for adults and children and sports medicine for athletes with disabilities, runners, and triathletes. His research interests include inter-professional teamwork at mass participation athletic events and vitamin D deficiency.
 
 
Curtis Galke, M.D.
 
 
Deepu George, Ph.D. 
 
Deepu George completed his doctoral work from the University of Georgia in family therapy from the Department of Human Development and Family Science under the guidance of Dr. Jay A. Mancini. He completed a Medical Family Therapy and Integrated Care internship experience at Duke/SR-AHEC FMR under the supervision of Dr. Matt Martin. Currently, he is the Behavioral Science faculty and the Director of Applied Psychosocial Medicine in the newly formed FMR in Edinburg, TX with the University of Texas Health Sciences at San Antonio, also part of UT-Rio Grande Valley. He is interested in integrated behavioral health training, developing medical family therapy fellowships, social determinants of health and becoming a passionate teacher of behavioral science in medical education. 
 
 
Ronya Green, M.D. 
 
Medical School: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Residency: Baylor Family Practice Residency at Garland
Other formal training: Fellowship from University of North Texas Health Science Center
 
 
Sarah Holder, D.O. 
 
Dr. Holder earned her medical degree from UNT Health Science Center - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. She went on to complete her family medicine residency at Methodist Charlton Medical Center in South Dallas where she also served as a chief resident during her third year of training. After residency, she completed a faculty development fellowship in Waco, TX. She hsa spent the last three years as faculty and the last 2 years as the associate program director at Baylor Family Medicine Residency at Garland. She has served on the board of the RRNeT for the past 3 years. 
 
 
Neelima Kale, M.D., Ph.D.
 
 
Gerald D. Kizerian, Ph.D.
 
Dr. Kizerian is a BYU graduate in Marriage and Family Psychotherapy. He is presently an assistant professor and director of behavioral medicine in the Corpus Christi Family Medicine Residency program. Dr. Kizerian has been with the residency program since 1990 where he has taught residents and medical students the behavioral elements of family medicine. He is a member of the Residency Research Network of Texas (RRNeT) and has supervised summer students in their research projects. He has a private practice that he has enjoyed since 1975. 
 
 
Kaparoboyna Ashok Kumar. M.D. 
 
Dr. Kumar is a distinguished teaching professor in the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio's Department of Family and Community Medicine. He is the Vice Chair for Medical Student Education and the Family Medicine Clerkship Director. Dr. Kumar practices family medicine at the Medical Arts Research Center in San Antonio where he mentors residents and cares for patients. 
 
 
 
 
Stacy Ogbeide, Psy.D.
 
 
F. David Schneider, MD
 
 
Nina Torkelson, M.D.
 
Medical School: University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, TX
Residency: Family Practice Residency at the Family Baptist Medical Center, Harlingen, TX
Dr. Torkelson serves as a family physician and faculty member for the Valley Baptist Family Practice Residency Program. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Texas Academy of Family Physicians. 
 
 
Meredith Williamson, Ph.D.
 
 
Robert C. Wood, MPH, DRPH
 
Dr. Wood holds the position of biostatistician for the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center for San Antonio (UTHSCSA). Over the past 30 years, he has held positions in the fields of science and health that have involved teaching, biostatistics, and research. As a consequence, he is the author or co-author of over 50 publications. 
 
 
Richard Young, M.D.
 
Medical School: University of Texas Helath Science Center at San Antonio
Residency: John Peter Smith (JPS) Hospital Family Medicine, Fort Worth, Texas
Other formal training: Fellowship in Faculty Development from the Waco Faculty Development Center 
Fellow of the Grant Generating Project
Dr. Young has been a member of RRNeT since 2004. He was a grant generating project fellow for 2005-2006 with the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Missouri Medical Center. His research interests include chronic diseases, dementia, QI, and health services research. Dr. Young's presentations and publications are numerous. 
 
 
Sandra K. Burge, Ph.D.
Former RRNeT Director
Emeritus Member
 
Dr. Burge is a social scientist and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. For more than 20 years, Dr. Burge has taught behavioral science to family medicine residents, focusing on doctor-patient communication, health behavior change, and community-oriented health promotion. She is also the former Director of the Residency Research Network of Texas (RRNeT).