UT Physicians of Overton adds physician assistant; speech language pathologist, physical therapist join UTHSCT

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Physician assistant Yung Cao recently joined UT Physicians of Overton, a physician practice associated with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.

In addition, UTHSCT’s Rehabilitation Services welcomed speech language pathologist Ruth Fadely and physical therapist Cindy Heimbaugh.

Cao, a certified family physician assistant, joined Leo M. Holm, MD, the primary care physician at the Overton practice, after working in the internal medicine outpatient clinic at Parkland Hospital’s Irving Health Center in Irving.

Physician assistants are health-care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision.

Cao received her master’s of science degree and physician assistant training from the Physician Assistant Program, School of Allied Health Sciences, at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

She earned her bachelor’s of science in communication studies at The University of Texas at Austin and completed coursework in biology at The University of Texas at Dallas. Cao made the Dean’s List at both UT Austin and UT Dallas.

Fadely, a certified speech language pathologist, comes to UTHSCT with 24 years of experience working with pediatric patients. She has expertise in helping children with feeding, articulation disorders, apraxia, language disorders, Down syndrome, autism, and congenital anomalies.

Her certifications include Beckman Oral Motor Intervention, Kaufman Praxis Intervention, and Therapeutic Listening. She has worked with preschool and early intervention programs, as well as in private clinics and hospitals.

Fadely has a master’s degree in communication disorders and sciences from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan.

Heimbaugh, a certified physical therapist, has more than 30 years’ experience working with children to improve their gross motor skills and mobility. These include children with autism, cerebral palsy, congenital anomalies, developmental delays, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and torticollis, in which the head is tipped to one side, the chin to the other, resulting in a twisted neck.

She specializes in pediatrics, geriatrics, and specified orthopedics rehabilitation. Heimbaugh has worked in hospitals, private clinics, private homes, and public school districts.

Heimbaugh received her bachelor’s in physical therapy and psychology from West Virginia University and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

For more than 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UTHSCT’s annual operating budget of $125 million represents a major economic impact of over $287 million for the Northeast Texas region. Since 2002, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research have been awarded more than $120 million in research dollars. As the academic health science center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education programs – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond. UTHSCT is also the program sponsor of the residency program in internal medicine at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.

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