First Year Residents
Dr. Roel Flores graduated from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth. He enjoys community service, including food bank volunteering and with the Boys & Girls Club. Originally from the Rio Grande Valley, Dr. Flores enjoys the small town feel of Tyler and visiting Tyler State Park. He speaks fluent Spanish.
Dr. Vaughn Harris graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine. He served as a missionary in Ecuador for two years; he also received an award for his community service in the United States. Dr. Harris likes the friendliness of Tyler and looks forward to practicing in a rural area. He also is fluent in Spanish.
Dr. Amber Higgs graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston. She received an award for working with middle school students to encourage healthy eating and exercise. Originally from Marshall, Texas, Dr. Higgs is excited to return to Tyler and to care for the people of Northeast Texas.
Dr. Amy Hlavaty graduated from Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. During medical school, she volunteered at a free clinic and participated in several health fairs. Dr. Hlavaty is especially interested in women’s health. She enjoys spending time with her dachshund, Twix.
Dr. Stephen Sepulveda graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He has volunteered with Special Olympics and is very interested in sports medicine. Dr. Sepulveda enjoys cycling and spending time with his wife and three children.
Dr. Robert Smith graduated from the School of Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport. Dr. Smith has volunteered as a camp counselor for special needs children and returned to his high school every summer to help coach football. He enjoys flying airplanes, exercising, hunting, fishing, and cooking with his wife.
Dr. Lori Wyatt was born in Tyler and grew up in Celeste, Texas. She received her medical degree from UTMB in Galveston. Dr. Wyatt has volunteered as a tutor for the Boys & Girls Club and worked as a business manager for the YMCA. She enjoys traveling, cooking, playing volleyball, and spending time with her husband.
Dr. Serah Obayangban, a Fort Worth native, graduated from UTMB in Galveston. Dr. Obayangban served as president of the UTMB Family Medicine Student interest group. Her special interests are geriatrics, obstetrics, and international health.