Texas Health Care, Fort Worth, Texas
Dr Yadro Ducic and Katrina M. Jensen
_ At Texas Health Care, Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, we strive to provide the most advanced surgical, medical and rehabilitative care in the field.
The information on this site is meant to educate our patients and families regarding the basic principles involved in their care and rehabilitation.
This is not intended to be comprehensive in every manner of care/rehabilitative options; but rather, serves to provide information regarding this practice’s standards of care for our patients.
Katrina M. Jensen, M.A., CCC-SLP
Director, Medical Speech Pathology
Katrina has been practicing exclusively in the field of Head & Neck rehabilitation for 15 years, including her training with the surgeons from the University of Pittsburgh. Following her 4 years training in Pittsburgh, she returned to her hometown of San Diego where she developed comprehensive Head & Neck programs focused on alaryngeal rehabilitation as well as swallowing and voice disorders.
In 2007, she joined Texas Health Care where she also developed and now maintains a very active Head & Neck rehabilitation program, including the largest laryngectomy support group in North Texas.
Throughout her career, Katrina has lectured extensively in the fields of laryngectomy rehabilitation as well as dysphagia/swallowing disorders. She’s well known both nationally and internationally for her expertise in these fields and frequently provides consultative services to similar programs, both in the US as well as abroad.
Allison Thompson, M.S, CCC-SLP
After graduating from the University of Central Oklahoma, Allison completed her initial training at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center before joining Texas Healthcare. She has focused her post-graduate work and training in the field of Head & Neck rehabilitation and is committed to providing the most advanced techniques and methodologies. Allison offers Saturday appointments for most patients.
Jessica Pillow, M.S., CF-SLP
Speech Pathology Fellow
Jessica joined Texas Health Care after completing her Master's Degree at the University of Central Oklahoma where she focused her interest in the field of head & neck oncology & rehabilitation. She continues her training in this field within the practice where she conducts the majority of the therapeutic services and has a primary responsibility for managing the North Texas Laryngectomy Society.
Speech Pathology Program Assistant
Before joining Texas Health Care, Ana worked closely with Speech Pathologists in the area of neurogenic speech, language and swallowing disorders. She now coordinates all Speech Pathology care and visits for this office. As an assistant, she is extremely knowledgeable in the field, is able to answer many commonly raised questions and serves as the primary point of contact between patients and the office. She is also the referral coordinator for the SLP department.
Paige is a student at Texas Christian University where she is majoring in Communication Disorders & Sciences. She assists the SLP staff in a variety of ways to provide optimal patient care and provides assistance in out research efforts within the department. She has a primary interest in voice and voice care which she hopes to specialize in following completion of her education.
Dr Yadro Ducic
__Surgeon, M.D., FRCS(C), FACS
Dr. Ducic is board certified in both Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
He has published a large number of articles in the fields of cosmetic surgery (including rhinoplasty, chin augmentation, face lift, lip augmentation, laser resurfacing, and ear shaping surgery), reconstructive surgery (including a number of different flaps to assist in restoring the face and neck), maxillofacial trauma, and skull base surgery (including various approaches to access lesions of the skull base as well as a number of techniques to optimize appearance postoperatively).
Dr. Ducic is the program director for an accredited fellowship (American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) in Facial Plastic Surgery. Dr. Ducic is a Clinic Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He is also the Co-director of the Baylor Skull Base Center in Dallas and Fort Worth. In addition, he serves as the medical director of the Center for Aesthetic Surgery and the vice chairman of the Department of Surgery at JPS Health Network. Currently, he is a member of Texas Health Care.
Dr. Andrew Vories
Surgeon, M.D., FACS
Dr. Vories is board Certified in Otolaryngology.
Following his Army training, he and Dr. Ducic joined Texas Health Care several years ago where Dr. Vories has focused his practice in general ENT and Laryngology. Dr. Vories treats infants, children and adults across a wide array of general ENT issues. For this practice, he conducts the majority of Botox intervention for functional disorders of the larynx and esophagus as well as the majority of surgeries targeting voice optimization.
Dr Jesse E. Smith
_Surgeon, M.D., FACS
Dr. Smith is board certified in Head and Neck Surgery and Board certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
He has published a large number of articles in the fields of cosmetic surgery (including rhinoplasty, chin augmentation, facelift, lip augmentation, laser resurfacing, and ear shaping surgery), reconstructive surgery (including a number of different flaps to assist in restoring the face and neck), maxillofacial trauma, and skull base surgery (including various approaches to access lesions of the skull base as well as a number of techniques to optimize appearance postoperatively).
Dr. Smith joined Texas Health Network in Fort Worth upon completion of his training in 2005 and has worked with this group since that time.
He is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas and in the Division of Head & Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic Surgery at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth Texas.
Updated Oct 18, 2013