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Sub-Investigators

Lauren Jones, MPAS, PA-C

Sub-Investigator
San Antonio, TX

Education: Bachelor of Science in Human Biology at The University of Texas at Austin
Master of Physician Assistant Studies at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
 
Background: Raised in Houston, Texas, Lauren brings outstanding skills and knowledge in clinical research to Pinnacle. Lauren is NCCPA certified and has been working in clinical research since 2015.
 
Provider Quote: I strive to provide quality medical care that instills positive mindsets, lifestyles, and health in patients.

Shalene Thomas, MPAS, PA-C

Sub-Investigator
San Antonio, TX

Education: BS Biology at the University of Texas Health at San Antonio
MPAS at the University of Texas Health at San Antonio.
 
Background: Calling San Antonio her hometown, Shalene comes from a previous background in internal medicine and family practice. Shalene is NCCPA certified, a member of Bexar County Physician Assistant Society, and a bilingual Spanish speaker.
 
Provider Quote: I am passionate about providing quality and compassionate care, research, and patient education.

Ana Diaz, MPAS, PA-C

Sub-Investigator
San Antonio, TX

Education: BBA Finance at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
MPAS at the University of Texas Health San Antonio

Background: Ana comes from a family medicine and research background. She has previously worked for the Alliance for Health Policy in Washington, DC, South Texas Veterans Health Care System, and UT Health San Antonio Community Pediatrics. She is NCCPA certified and a bilingual spanish speaker.

Provider Quote: Striving to empower patients to live a healthier life and acquire knowledge to better manage their health conditions.

Travis Kenney, FNP-C

Sub-Investigator
Austin, TX

Education: Texas Woman’s University, Dallas, Texas

Background: From the hometown of Arlington, Texas, Travis previously worked as an ED RN and as a NP in outpatient neurology.

Provider Quote: To educate patients and to help patients achieve their health goals.

Nirupama Esther Jerome,
DNP, FNP-C

Sub-Investigator
Austin, TX

Education: Doctor of Nursing Practice, Purdue university, West Lafayette, Indiana

Background: From her hometown in India, Esther is multi-lingual to include: english, telugu and tamil. She comes from a previous background in internal medicine, hospitalist, orthopedic surgery, cardiology, and cardio thoracic surgery.

Memberships/Certifications:

  • Certificate in post-graduate cardiothoracic nursing and operation theatre technique and management
  • Member of American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses Association, The Association of Clinical Research Professionals, Austin Advanced Practice Nurses, and Texas DNP

Provider Quote: To provide patient-centered care with excellence so patients are empowered and motivated to achieve their health care goals.

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