About Us

Leadership

Curtis L. Galke, D.O.  F.A.A.F.P.

Curtis L. Galke, D.O. F.A.A.F.P.
Department Chair / Program Director, UTRGV - Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Family Medicine Residency / Associate Professor Clinical

Dr. Curtis L. Galke received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, California. He completed his residency training in Family Medicine at Scott Air Force Base in O’Fallon, IL. During his residency he was elected as Chief Resident and also completed additional training in Flight Medicine. After his residency, Dr. Galke served as a Family Physician and Flight Surgeon at Howard Air Force Base in the Republic of Panama. Dr. Galke has been a part owner of a multi-specialty practice and worked as an Emergency Physician. Dr. Galke also worked as a physician for the US State Department where he served the diplomatic corps in Mexico City and Panama City. He had a weekly 30-minute television program on the ABC network in southeast Idaho on which he would answer medical questions live on the air. Dr. Galke jointed UTRGV-DHR Family Medicine Residency as an Associate Professor and is currently serving as the Program Director.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Galke likes to spend time with his family, working in his yard and traveling. He is fluent in Spanish.

Sunand Kallumadanda, M.D.

Sunand Kallumadanda, M.D.
Program Director, UTRGV - McAllen Medical Center Family Medicine Residency / Associate Professor

Dr. Sunand Kallumadanda, a first generation immigrant from India, entering to the U.S. in 1980, grew up in Victoria, Texas where he completed junior high and high school. Dr. Kallumadanda received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX and his medical degree from Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences – Bangalore University, in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.

After completing his clinical training in medicine in 2000, Dr. Kallumadanda returned to the U.S. from India. He then gained admission to the McAllen Medical Center - Family Medicine Residency Program and graduated in 2006. In 2007 he accepted a faculty position with the program he trained in, and has since not regretted his purpose and direction in life. In 2015 he was appointed Associate Program Director, and promoted to Program Director in 2016. Dr. Kallumadanda’s mantra for success is to listen, appreciate, and assimilate all experiences which in turn help one to be a better leader and educator.

Naomi D'Acolatse, M.D., M.P.H.

Naomi D'Acolatse, M.D., M.P.H.
Interim Associate Dean of Educational Affairs

Dr. Naomi D'Acolatse received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to entering medical school, she earned a Masters in Public Health with emphasis on Health Education and Disease Prevention. She then earned her medical degree at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan where she was elected as a member of The Gold Humanism Honor Society for her leadership and compassion in medicine. Dr. D'Acolatse completed a family medicine residency with a Global Health concentration at St. Mary Mercy Hospital, in Livonia, Michigan. Dr. D'Acolatse joined the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine initially as a Family Medicine residency faculty member and is now serving as Interim Associate Dean of Educational Affairs.

Dr. D'Acolatse is Board Certified in Family Medicine with a long-standing passion and commitment to the care of underserved populations, reducing health disparities, and global health.

Leonel Vela

Leonel Vela
Sr. Associate Dean of Education and Academic Affairs

Phone:
(956) 296-1411

Faculty

Charles I. Austin, M.D.

Charles I. Austin, M.D.
Associate Professor

Dr. Charles Ike Austin completed medical school at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1979. He completed residency in Family Medicine in 1982 through the Physician’s Educational Foundation and the University of Texas Health Science Center in McAllen, Texas. He has been board certified continuously since completion of residency training. After 27 years of working in private medical practice he decided to transition into academic medicine in 2008. He is currently employed with The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine as an associate professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. His special interests include medical teaching, preventive care, obstetrics, wound care, and sports medicine. Dr. Austin was born in Rio Grande City, Texas and graduated from Mission High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1975 from Pan American University. His family is recognized as a pioneer family in the Mission Community.

Kristan Diaz-Rios

Kristan Diaz-Rios
Assistant Professor

Kristan Diaz-Rios is a board certified Family Physician who joins the UTRGV DHR Family Medicine Program as Assistant Professor and Faculty. She received her medical degree from Brown University School of Medicine in 2007. She completed residency training in family medicine in 2010 followed by an Obstetrics and Women’s health fellowship at CHRISTUS Spohn in Corpus Christi, Tx in 2011.

She has spent the past five years practicing rural Family Medicine with obstetrics and actively involved in GME as core faculty and APD at the HMS family medicine program in Silver City, New Mexico.

She has returned back to her hometown of Edinburg and now joins the DHR FMRP faculty and SOM where she is focusing on creating a FM centered obstetrics/women’s health curriculum within the program.

Phone:
(956) 973-3531

Jesus Garza-Tamez, M.D.

Jesus Garza-Tamez, M.D.
Associate Professor

Dr. Garza - Tamez was born in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico where he attended medical school at the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo León. He completed a General Surgery residency program at the University Hospital in Monterrey, MX and practiced as a surgeon in Monterrey for 15 years.

In 1999 Dr. Garza - Tamez completed the Family Medicine Residency Program in McAllen, TX and subsequently became a faculty member for the program. Due to his background and experience in surgery, Dr. Garza -Tamez has had the opportunity to pursue his passion of training family medicine residents in surgical procedures.

Deepu George, Ph.D.

Deepu George, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Clinical

Deepu George completed his doctoral work in Human Development and Family Science with a specialization in Family Therapy from the University of Georgia under the guidance of Dr. Jay A. Mancini. As part of his doctoral clinical requirement, he also completed a one year internship in Medical Family Therapy and Integrated Care from Duke/SR-AHEC Family Medicine Residency program in Fayetteville, NC. His work focuses on implementing integrated behavioral health models in primary care, specifically the evidence-based Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) model and doing evaluation research on the effects on implementation. Along with his clinical duties as Behavioral Health Consultant in the PCBH model, he teaches residents in clinic and in didactics primary care behavioral health skills. His research focuses on social determinants of health, physician resilience and well-being, community capacity building, and health disparities in the Rio Grande Valley region.

Jimmy Gonzales, M.D.

Jimmy Gonzales, M.D.
Assistant Professor Clinical

Dr. Jimmy Gonzales graduated cum laude and received a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University. He is a member of the Fighting Texas Aggie Class of 2006. Whoop! He earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. After medical school he completed a preliminary year in general surgery at Parkland/UT Southwestern.  Dr. Gonzales then went on to complete his family medicine residency at Scott & White/Texas A&M HSC in Temple, Texas.  After residency he completed a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at Texas Tech University. During his fellowship, Dr. Gonzales presented a podium presentation for a case study at the national meeting for the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.

He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and also board certified in sports medicine. In addition, he is a member of several professional societies including the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association, and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.

He is currently the director of sports medicine for the UTRGV Family Medicine Residency Program. He also serves as the team physician for UTRGV Athletics. Dr. Gonzales looks forward to educating new and future family medicine physicians.

Eron Manusov, M.D.

Eron Manusov, M.D.
Professor

Dr. Eron Manusov received his Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology at the University of California, Riverside, Calif. He earned his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine in Bethesda, Md. He completed a family medicine residency at David Grant Medical Center, Travis AFB, California and a faculty development fellowship from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His career in the military helped him hone his teaching, leadership, and clinical skills. Dr. Manusov then used that experience to care for rural and underserved populations.

His 30-year career has focused on the care of the underserved and health care disparities reduction and has included military deployments, varied clinical care in multiple countries, academic appointments at his alma mater, and 10 years of work in rural medicine. Dr. Manusov spent time at The Florida State University College of Medicine working in the Department of Family Medicine and Rural Health. In addition to mentoring students, directing the behavioral medicine curriculum and teaching, his research focused on using simulation to teach professionalism and ethics, characteristics of rural health care physicians, and success of underrepresented minorities in medicine. His passion is the care of the underserved and he spent many hours working in indigent care clinics and working in pipelines to health care professions for young disadvantaged youth. He spent time as the vice president of Clinical Education and Services at the Southern Regional Area Health Education Center and program director for the Family Medicine Residency where he helped manage a multidisciplinary Integrated Care Curriculum.

He is passionate about providing outstanding, compassionate, and integrated care in a patient-centered medical home environment and teaching learners to care for the underserved. His philosophy is to change the health care system for the future; providers must work together, practice evidence-based lifelong learning, and love to serve.

Maria de Jesus Munoz, M.D.

Maria de Jesus Munoz, M.D.
Associate Professor Clinical

Dr. Maria de Jesus Munoz, obtained her Medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. At graduation, she was awarded the prestigious Gold Headed Cane Award. She completed her Family Residency training at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas.

After completing her residency, Dr. Munoz returned to South Texas. She has practiced in many settings, serving the underserved communities of South Texas.

Dr. Munoz is Board Certified in Family Medicine, and has a special interested in preventative health and working with underserved communities.

During her spare time, Dr. Munoz enjoys spending time with her family and writing.

Gerardo Munoz-Monaco

Gerardo Munoz-Monaco
Assistant Professor

Dr. Gerardo Munoz Monaco obtained his Medical Degree from the Universidad de Carabobo in Venezuela, and completed his training at Indiana University.

He has practiced as a family medicine physician for five years, with a focus on Preventative Care and Quality/Coding.

In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Munoz is a member of American Academy of Family Medicine, Board Certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians, member of the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA), and member of the NHMA Board Development Committee. He resides in McAllen, TX with his wife and two kids.

Phone:
(956) 973-3531

Jennifer Ortega

Jennifer Ortega
Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Jennifer L. Ortega received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from the University of Texas Pan American (UTPA). She continued her education at UTPA and earned a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Guidance and Counseling. After 8 years working as a counselor within various private schools throughout the Rio Grande Valley, Dr. Ortega became a Certified Professional Life Coach and created a life coach service “Life Coach for Wellbeing”. Through her work as a Certified Professional Life Coach, Dr. Ortega conducted various community presentations focusing on the power of thoughts, emotional intelligence, personal growth and overall mental and emotional wellbeing.

While maintaining her life coach service, Dr. Ortega continued to serve her community as a clinician for The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) where she counseled unaccompanied minors from Central and South America. It was during her time at ORR that Dr. Ortega decided to pursue her Doctorate Degree in Professional Counseling (DPC) from Mississippi College. Dr. Ortega’s research focused on the development of a group treatment model designed to facilitate healing during the post-divorce adjustment period among middle adulthood Hispanic women. As a strong proponent of Positive Psychology, Dr. Ortega’s treatment model incorporated elements of Positive Psychology such as gratitude and character strengths in an effort to promote healing.

With over 15 yrs. of experience in the mental health field, through her work as a Doctor of Professional Counseling, Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Professional Life Coach, Dr. Ortega believes that anyone can live an abundant life filled with peace, balance, health and wellbeing. It is for this reason that Dr. Ortega has dedicated her life to helping others achieve their goals, heal and attain personal, emotional, physical, spiritual and financial success in an ever-changing world.

Phone:
(956) 973-3531

Heidi Pareja, M.D.

Heidi Pareja, M.D.
Assistant Professor Clinical

Dr. Heidi Yedid Pareja received her medical degree from La Universidad del Valle de Mexico in Queretaro, Mexico.

Dr. Pareja completed her residency program at the McAllen Family Residency Program in McAllen, Texas. After graduation, she remained at her residency program as an Assistant Professor for the UT Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine. Dr. Pareja is Board Certified in Family Medicine and has a special interest in preventive medicine, pediatrics and OB care.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Pareja enjoys spending time with her family and friends, outdoor activities (camping, kayaking, cycling), and dancing.

Even Perez

Even Perez
Assistant Professor

Dr. Evan Perez is a product of the Rio Grande Valley. He attended school in Edinburg from Kindergarten through College. He graduated from Edinburg High School and then graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas Pan America (UTPA) with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Dr. Perez completed his Family Medicine residency at Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program in Houston, Texas. He then completed a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at Texas Tech University El Paso.

Dr. Perez was the UTPA Student of the Week for the week of November 15th, 2009. When asked “Do you plan to return to the Valley?” He responded at the time “I plan on returning to the Valley to practice medicine and give back to the community in whatever ways I can.” Dr. Perez is excited to return to the Valley and fulfill his dreams.

Dr. Perez is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) and through the ABFM also certified in Sports Medicine.

He is currently an Assistant Professor for UTRGV Family Medicine Residency Program. He also serves as a team physician for UTRGV Athletics.

Phone:
(956) 381-3540

Veronica Salazar

Veronica Salazar
Assistant Professor

Veronica Salazar was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley and is a recent Board Certified graduate from the UTRGV DHR Family Medicine Residency Program. While attending the formerly known University of Texas Pan American, Dr. Salazar graduated cum laude with a major in Biology, a minor in Chemistry and English Literature. In 2018, Dr. Salazar served as Chief Resident during her final year of residency and was a part of the first ever graduating class of the UTRGV DHR Family Medicine Program.

Dr. Salazar currently serves as an Assistant Professor for the UTRGV DHR FMR Program and Clinical Director of the DHR Family Medicine Center. She was also awarded the Kleberg Fellowship for Cultural and Ethical Awareness in the RGV and is excited to contribute to her development as a practicing Family Physician.

She hopes to help future medical students and resident’s develop into compassionate physicians and is honored to have the opportunity to return to her home town and give back to the community.

Phone:
(956) 362-3520

Adrian Sandoval, Pharm.D., B.C.P.S., B.C.A.C.P.

Adrian Sandoval, Pharm.D., B.C.P.S., B.C.A.C.P.
Assistant Professor Clinical

Dr. Adrian Sandoval received his pre-pharmacy education from The University of Texas at Austin, and graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University HSC College of Pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. Dr. Sandoval then completed an Ambulatory-Care/Community Pharmacy Residency at Scott & White Healthcare in Temple, TX specializing in primary care. He is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) and Board Certified in Ambulatory-Care (BCACP). After completion of his residency, he joined the faculty at the UT Austin College of Pharmacy/University of Texas-Pan American Cooperative Pharmacy Program. Currently, Dr. Sandoval serves as Clinical Assistant Professor within the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and as Discipline Coordinator (Pharmacology) at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine. His interests include inter-professional practice/education, medication adherence, substance abuse, and primary care topics such as diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia.

Outside of work, Dr. Sandoval loves to spend time with his wife Ashley Sandoval, Pharm.D. and his energized son, William. He likes to travel to historical sites, spend time outdoors, and enjoys sharing laughs with his friends and family.

Miguel A. Tello, M.D.

Miguel A. Tello, M.D.
Associate Professor Clinical

Dr. Miguel Angel Tello received his Doctorate in Medicine from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. He completed residency training at the Valley Baptist Family Practice Residency Program in Harlingen, Texas. After completion of his residency, he was in private practice for 9 years in Weslaco, Texas. Dr. Tello is Board Certified in Family Medicine and has a special interest in outdoor/wilderness medicine, urgent care, adolescent medicine, and management of chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Tello likes to spend time with his family, reading and training for marathons and ultra-marathons. He is a native of the Rio Grande Valley and is fluent in Spanish.

Staff

S. Maggie Medrano

S. Maggie Medrano
Program Coordinator, UTRGV - MMC Family Medicine Residency

Maggie Medrano is a native of Northern Mexico. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from The University of Texas Pan-American and has 13 years of experience working in higher education with the UT System. During her collaboration with the office of International Programs and the advisement center at UTPA, Maggie learned to appreciate the beauty of cultures and the magic of working in a multicultural environment. After several years of work with UTHSCSA, she decided to return to her hometown, closer to her loved ones. Maggie is currently working on a Masters degree program in Higher Education Administration from Mississippi College. She finds higher education as the perfect setting to help future generations achieve their educational goals, while never letting go of ones values and beliefs. During her days away from the office, Maggie enjoys spending time with her family and road trips to the beach.

Vicente Reyna

Vicente Reyna
Administrative Manager

Vicente Reyna is the Administrative Manager for Family Medicine with an extensive background in Human Resources and Management. He arrived to the Family Medicine Department with the mindset of doing whatever it takes to make it a successful department for the School of Medicine, the faculty and especially for the residents. When Dr. Manusov is not texting him and/or emailing him, his passion lies on helping his community from officiating football games on any given Friday to performing on stage at your local theatre to help promote the arts to the masses in the RGV. His soft spot is promoting literacy to children in the Valley by using the arts as a learning tool. He prides himself in raising two wonderful children with his wife of over 20 years.

Jessica Paez

Jessica Paez
Administrative Assistant II, UTRGV-MMC Family Medicine Residency