Celebration 2006: The A.R.T. of Healthy Living

The Center for Healthy Aging Team


Kent Davis, MD" alt="Dr. Kent Davis, MD" src="photos/davis.jpg" />Dr. Kent Davis, MD
The medical director of the Center for Healthy Aging, he is board certified in internal medicine and has an added qualification in geriatric medicine. In addition, he is a certified medical director of long-term care. He received his medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver. Dr. Davis was named one of the "Top Doctors of East Texas" for Geriatrics in an annual survey of physicians published by BScene magazine. He joined UT Health Northeast in 1989 and has directed the Center for Healthy Aging since its formation in 2004.

"The Ornelas Center for Healthy Aging can meet all of the medical and health needs of the older person. Many people in this age group require the expertise of multiple medical disciplines to adequately care for those needs. We call this interdisciplinary care, and we emphasize it in our clinic," Dr. Davis said.


Dr. Thomas Belt, MDDr. Thomas Belt, MD
The medical director for clinical operations at UT Health Northeast. He is board certified in internal medicine and has an added qualification in geriatric medicine. Dr. Belt received his medical degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He joined UT Health Northeast in 1986.

"At the Center for Healthy Aging, we practice a team approach to health care. We combine our skills and knowledge with available community services to provide our patients with the best health care and quality of life possible," Dr. Belt said.


Nirmala Bangalore, MD" alt="Dr. Nirmala Bangalore, MD" src="photos/bangalore.jpg" />Dr. Nirmala Bangalore, MD
An assistant professor of medicine specializing in geriatrics, the diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect older adults. She is board certified in family medicine and is pursuing her added qualification in geriatric medicine. Dr. Bangalore completed her fellowship in geriatrics at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., and her residency in family medicine at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Bangalore received the 2003-2004 Program Director’s Award for Resident of Excellence at Ohio State. Her special areas of interest include dementia, osteoporosis, and diabetes. She joined UT Health Northeast in January 2006.

"The Ornelas Center for Healthy Aging is unique. We help seniors through the process of aging. We have a team approach, with the team consisting of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and social workers. We also consult pharmacists, and physical and occupational therapists. Both the patient and the team work together. Having a good quality of life is important no matter what age. If you have a good quality of life and you have a good outlook on life, you can help other people more easily," Dr. Bangalore said.


Karen Appleberry, FNP-CKaren Appleberry, FNP-C
Karen has a Master’s Degree in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner, from Duke University in Durham, N.C. During her six years as a family nurse practitioner, she served as program coordinator for the Geriatric House Calls program at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Appleberry is certified in home care by the Institute for Clinical Evaluation, an affiliate of the American Board of Internal Medicine. She joined UT Health Northeast in 2005.


Billie Huff, FNP-CBillie Huff, FNP-C
Billie has a Master’s Degree in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, N.Y. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in gerontology from the University of North Texas in Denton. Huff, a family nurse practitioner, has served as a professor in the Associate Degree Nursing Program at Panola College in Carthage, Texas. She joined UT Health Northeast in 2005.


Anne Hatfield, case manager, LMSWAnne Hatfield, case manager, LMSW
Anne is case manager for the Center for Healthy Aging. She has 17 years’ experience in the field of social work and is a licensed master social worker. Hatfield, who joined UT Health Northeast in 2005, has a master’s in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington and a bachelor’s in social work from Texas Christian University. She is working to finish her Ph.D. in social work from UTA. Hatfield offers group and individual counseling for both patients and caregivers.


Other members of the Center for Healthy Aging team:

Joe Sartor, Pharm.D.Joe Sartor, Pharm.D.
Jow has 25 years’ experience as a pharmacist. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy from Texas Tech University and his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Sartor has established clinical programs for pharmacists in the surgery and intensive care units of hospitals. He also has worked in a hospital-based geriatric clinic. Dr. Sartor is an adjunct faculty member of the College of Nursing at The University of Texas at Tyler, where he teaches pharmacology, and an adjunct clinical assistant professor at Xavier University College of Pharmacy in Louisiana. Dr. Sartor is preceptor for the Pharmacy Practice Residency Program at UT Health Northeast, overseeing pharmacy residents and interns working in ambulatory care, geriatrics, and internal medicine. Dr. Sartor has experience in ambulatory medication management, anticoagulation, and gerontology. Dr. Sartor joined UT Health Northeast in 2002.

"Many older patients are taking multiple medications, making it important to have someone on their health care team who is focused on pharmaceutical care. The pharmacist on the team is responsible for evaluating patient medication regimens, assessing drug interactions, determining the appropriateness of drug therapy, preventing adverse medication reactions, and ensuring doses of medication are appropriate for the patient’s age and illness. The pharmacist also educates patients about the medications they are taking, with the goal of optimizing the benefits, safety, and cost of medication therapy," Dr. Sartor said.


Tom Holmes, OTR, MATom Holmes, OTR, MA
Tom is the physical therapist on the team. He is a registered occupational therapist, and joined UT Health Northeast in February 2006. Holmes has a master’s degree in occupational therapy from Texas Woman’s University in Houston. He also holds Master of Arts degrees in Applied Gerontology and Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. He has a bachelor’s degree from Hanover College in Hanover, Ind. Holmes specializes in training, educating, and providing adaptive treatment to individuals with dementia and their caregivers.

"Rehabilitation Services is an important auxiliary service for the Center for Healthy Aging. We offer fall prevention and balance training, arthritis management, dementia care training, pain management, and functional incontinence prevention. We also develop individualized strength training programs. With our help, older adults can receive services that help them safely live in their own homes and improve their quality of life," Holmes said.

Karla Wallace, RD, LD
Karla is the outpatient dietitian who works with the Center for Healthy Aging. She is a registered and licensed dietitian and recently joined UT Health Northeast. Wallace has two years’ experience as a dietitian. She has her master’s in nutrition from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches and a bachelor’s of science in nutrition from Texas A&M University. She is certified to work with patients using insulin pumps.

"Many older individuals do not have proper diets. They may not know the right things to eat or the proper size of food portions. It’s important to have a dietitian to teach them healthy eating habits that improve their quality of life and help them live longer," Wallace said.

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