Our Team of Mid-Level Providers

Experienced Emergency Providers

Dedicated and compassionate

The goal of the center’s staff of Mid-Level Providers is to provide a comfortable environment, prompt attention, affordable services and the highest standard of medical care to residents and workers within the community.

Karen Robinson, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC

Karen has been practicing in the emergency department for 29 years and is currently the Lead Advance Practice Provider for an emergency department in Northwest Houston.

She currently holds an adjunct professor position with Texas Woman’s University and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, instructing and precepting in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program.

Karen earned a BS degree and an MS degree in Nursing as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She currently holds a certification as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

She also speaks at national conferences regarding emergency services.

Nedira Abdowaise, PA-C

Nedira earned a BS degree in Microbiology from the University of Houston, then an MS degree in Physician Assistant Studies from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She has been practicing emergency medicine for 17 years in the Houston-Galveston area.

She was Assistant to the Medical Director and Lead Advanced Practitioner at Houston Northwest Medical Center, Emergency Department.

She was the first recipient of the Pegasus Award for Distinguished Provider in Texas.

Eric Rasch, PA-C

Eric graduated from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 2010 with an MS degree in Physician Assistant Studies and has been practicing emergency medicine since graduation.

Prior to his studies at UTMB, Eric worked as a paramedic in the Houston and Austin areas, overseas in Kuwait and Iraq with KBR, and as a Flight Paramedic with PHI.

He currently works in the emergency department at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center in addition to West Oaks Urgent Care Center.

Joan Ganguzza, PA-C

Joan earned her MS degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Baylor College of Medicine and has been practicing emergency medicine for 10 years.

She is currently on staff at the emergency department at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center and Houston Methodist Hospital.

Kristi Ortiz, PA-C

Kristi graduated Summa Cum Laude from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio with an MS in Nursing.

She has been practicing emergency medicine for over 15 years in the Houston area. She is on staff at Tomball Regional Medical Center and Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center, Emergency Department.

Lorraine Hall, PA-C

Lorraine graduated from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston with an MS in Physician Assistant Studies. She began her PA career in general surgery and has been practicing emergency medicine for the past 7 years.

She has worked at Conroe Regional Medical Center, West Houston Medical Center, Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center and West Oaks Urgent Care Center.

“I highly recommend West Oaks Urgent Care”

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