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Counseling Services, Medical Care Available at New Clinic in Mercedes

New Knapp / UTRGV Family Practice Residency Clinic
offers care for Valley residents, Winter Texans

MERCEDES, TEXAS—NOV. 27, 2017— A spacious new family practice clinic in Mercedes is now offering counseling services in addition to medical care for patients of all ages, including Valley seniors and other adults, Winter Texans, and children.

The new Knapp Medical Center/UTRGV Family Practice Residency Clinic is conveniently located right off Expressway 83 at the North Mile 2 West Road exit in Mercedes (at 2810 W. Expressway 83.)  The clinic, boasting 18 exam rooms, is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and accepts walk-in patients as well as those with appointments.

The clinic is under the direction of Dr. Miguel Tello, family medicine physician and associate program director for the Knapp/UTRGV Family Practice Residency Program.  The clinic is also staffed by six family practice resident physicians: Dr. Eddy Berges; Dr. Diego Moreno; Dr. Eliana Costantino Burgazzi; Dr. Miguel A. Sanchez Rivas; Dr. Carolina Gomez de Ziegler; and Dr. Marita del Pilar Sanchez Sierra Marino, MD; as well as a family nurse practitioner, Nicole Guzman.

In addition, the clinic provides mental health services with the addition of Jennifer Ortega, DPC, LPC, CPC, a licensed professional counselor, behavioral scientist and assistant professor with The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine.   Dr. Ortega is available for appointments with those dealing with anxiety, depression and other conditions, as well as for couples seeking marriage counseling.

Dr. Tello said it’s an honor for him and his team of doctors and other health care professionals to be able to provide such a wide variety of healthcare services to patients in the Mid-Valley.  Dr. Tello has deep roots in the Mid-Valley; he was born at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco, grew up in Elsa, and previously served as a teacher in the Edcouch-Elsa Independent School District.

The Knapp Medical Center/UTRGV Family Practice Residency Clinic is located next door to the new Mid Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation skilled nursing facility, just down the road from Paradise South RV Resort, and across the street from Med High and Science Academy. For more information, or to make an appointment, please call (956) 973-3531.  The clinic accepts Medicare, Medicaid and insurance plans.

For more information on the new Knapp Medical Center/UTRGV Family Practice Residency Program, contact Alexandra Smith, GME program coordinator for the program, at, or Veronica Martinez, director of the Knapp Medical Group, at (956) 973-5237. You will also find information online at or

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.

Michael Swartz     
Marketing Department, Knapp Medical Center/
956-341-5570 or 956-973-5142
UTRGV Senior Writer / 956-665-7192
UTRGV Director of News and Internal Communications / 956-665-2742