_This information is not intended to replace actual medical/rehabilitative care or opinion and should be used only as a reference to augment the information provided during office visits. You should always contact the office for any questions you have regarding your specific medical/rehabilitative status. Address and contact information can be found here (link)
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. In 2010, she founded a non-profit organization which serves to benefit laryngeal cancer survivorship through education and financial assistance.
More recently, Katrina began conducting practices and research surrounding gastroesophageal/laryngopharyngeal reflux and radiation care for swallow preservation as it pertains to our patient population. With this implementation of services, Texas Health Care is now able to provide the most comprehensive swallowing and dysphagia evaluations in the area.
Medical Speech Pathology services are now offered through two locations. Appointments with Katrina will only be available in Fort Worth although she will continue to oversee all SLP services across locations.
Throughout her career, Katrina has lectured extensively in the fields of laryngectomy rehabilitation as well as medically based voice, 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
Medical Speech Pathologist
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 at the Fort Worth location.
Makayla Maddux, M.A., CCC-SLP
Medical Speech Pathologist
Makayla joined Texas Health Care after completing her Master's Degree at Baylor University where she focused her interest in the field of head & neck oncology & rehabilitation. She received her undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University. After completing her fellowship training at the Fort Worth office, Makayla serves as the primary SLP for the Colleyville office (although can be found in Fort Worth on occasion).
Julia Lipowski, M.S., CCC-SLP
Medical Speech Pathologist
This Michigan transplant moved to Texas after completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan. She went on to complete her graduate education at the University of Texas at Dallas. A personal connection to Head & Neck cancer sparked Julia's interest interest in the field. Julia will be responsible for providing the clinical services at both the Fort Worth & Colleyville offices while also collaborating on research efforts.
Anna Katherine Kerlin, M.S., CF-SLP
Speech Pathology Fellow
Anna Katherine hails from Tennessee where she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She recently finished her Master's Degree at The University of Texas, Dallas. She has an intense interest in alaryngeal rehabilitation and swallowing. "AK" will be responsible for providing the majority of therapeutic services as well as working on the research collaboration at the Fort Worth office. She will also be working closely with Katrina and the NTLS organization.
Speech Pathology Program Coordinator
Before joining Texas Health Care, Ana worked closely with Speech Pathologists in the fields of neurogenic speech, language and swallowing disorders. She now coordinates all speech pathology care and visits for both the Fort Worth and Colleyville offices. 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.
Speech Pathology Program Assistant
Growing up, Connor spent a great deal of time around head & neck rehabilitation and has a natural comfort around the population. He now serves as the program assistant in the Colleyville office (although can be spotted in Fort Worth on occasion!).
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.