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Our Faculty

Christine Higgins, MD

Christine Criscuolo-Higgins, MD Primary Care, Family Medicine Program Director

Bachelors Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Film and Video Production, University of Notre Dame, 1997

Medical School: University of New Mexico School of Medicine, 1998-2002

Residency: CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Family Practice Residency Program, 2002-2005

Fellowships: Waco Faculty Development Fellowship, 2005-2006

Academic Medicine and Leadership Fellowship, Keck School of Medicine, 2011-2012

Special Healthcare Interests: Academic Medicine, Obstetrics and Women's Healthcare, Preventative Health Care, Hospital Medicine

Additional Information: Dr. Higgins is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Texas Academy of Family Physicians and Society of Teachers and Family Medicine. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and 2 young daughters, traveling, and training for triathlons.

Location(s): CHRISTUS Santa Rosa - Westover Hills

Jose Hinojosa, MD

Jose Hinojosa, MD Primary Care, Family Medicine Associate Program Director

Bachelors Degree: BS in Biology from University of Texas Pan American- Edinburg, TX

Medical School: University of Iowa College of Medicine- Iowa City, IA

Residency: Fort Collins Family Medicine Residency Program- Fort Collins, CO

Fellowship: Faculty Development Fellowship at Michigan State University- East Lansing, MI; National Institute for Program Director Development- AFMRD P

Special Healthcare Interests: Procedural training for rural practice, resident education and evaluation

Additional Information: I am blessed with an amazing wife and four beautiful and talented daughters. I enjoy photography, gardening, & playing golf. I also enjoy walking along the River Walk listening politics, music, & the Catholic Channel.

Location(s): CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Family Health Center Westover Hills

Mariel Bagley, MD

Mariel Swinney Bagley, MD Primary Care, Family Medicine Director of Recruitment

Bachelor’s Degree: BS in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2013

Medical School: Texas A&M College of Medicine, College Station, TX, 2018

Residency: CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program, 2018-2021

Specialty Board: American Board of Family Medicine, 2021

Special Healthcare Interests: Preventative Healthcare, Hospital Medicine, Women’s Health, Resident Wellness

Additional Information: Outside of medicine, I enjoy cooking, event planning, and spending time with my husband, daughter and Labrador Retriever.

Diane Ballesteros, MD

Diana Ballesteros, MD Primary Care, Family Medicine Director of Geriatrics, Community Outreach, and Clinic Medical Co-Director

First woman president of Mexican American Physicians Association (2003); Past president, Bexar County chapter of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians (2013-2014); elected one of San Antonio’s best doctors by San Antonio Magazine in 2014 and 2015.

Medical School: UT Southwestern, Dallas, TX

Residency: UT Health Science Center at San Antonio

Organizations: First woman president of Mexican American Physicians Association (2003); Past president, Bexar County chapter of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians (2013-2014); elected one of San Antonio’s best doctors by San Antonio Magazine in 2014 and 2015.

Special Healthcare Interests: Promotion of medical profession to minorities.

Additional Interests: Landscaping, gardening, and reading

Location(s): CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Family Health Center Westover Hills

Troy Bassiri, MD

Troy Bassiri, MD Primary Care, Family Medicine

Bachelor’s Degree: BS in Biology from University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX, 2013

Medical School: Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine, San Antonio, TX, 2017

Residency: CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program, 2017-2020

Specialty Board: American Board of Family Medicine, 2020

Special Healthcare Interests: Sports Medicine, Resident Wellness, Bariatric Medicine

Associations: AAFP, TAFP, AMA

Additional Information: Outside of medicine, I love fly fishing, mountain biking, and being outdoors. I enjoy motivating patients to pursue healthier and more active lifestyles.

Claudia Collins, MD

Claudia Collins, MD Primary Care, Family Medicine Director of Didactics

Bachelor’s Degree: Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Texas Pan American – Edinburg, TX

Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine – Houston, TX

Residency: CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program – San Antonio, TX

Specialty Board: American Board of Family Medicine, 2020

Special Healthcare Interests:  Procedural training, Functional Medicine, Resident Wellness

Associations: AAFP, TAFP, TMA

Additional Information:  Outside of work, you can find me searching for adventures. I enjoy mountain biking, hiking at state or national parks, traveling, baking, and trying to stop by every restaurant in town. My family and my relationships are a top priority for me.

Rebekah Georges, MD

Rebekah Georges, MD Primary Care, Family Medicine OB/GYN Curriculum Director/Coordinator

Bachelor’s Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Texas A&M University, WHOOP!

Medical School: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Residency: CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program

Specialty Board: American Board of Family Medicine

Special Healthcare Interests: Training medical students and Family Medicine Residents, Women’s Health, Antepartum and Postpartum Care

Additional Information: My faith, my family and relationships with others are the priorities in my life. My hobbies include exercising, biking, traveling, playing toddler games and entertaining family and friends in my home.

Location(s): CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Family Health Center Westover Hills

James Henderson, MD

James (Chris) H. Henderson II, MD Primary Care, Sleep Medicine, Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine Director of Inpatient Services

Dr. Henderson presently serves as Chief of Staff at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Westover Hills hospital after tenure as Vice Chairman of the Department of Medicine, as well as Chairman of the Peer Review Committee with membership on several other committees including the Medical Executive, Patient Safety, Information Technology, and Pharmacy/Therapeutics. He is an elected member the 501c3 Board of Directors of the Family Medicine Residency Program.  He is presently Director of Inpatient Services for the program and Chairman of its Clinical Competency Committee. He serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the UTHSCSA Department of Family and Community Medicine. He entered his present position after over 26 years of service in the United States Air Force Medical Corps, retiring in July 2011 in the rank of Colonel.

Amongst many other positions earlier in his career, he has served as Deputy Chief, Cardiopulmonary Services at Malcolm Grow Medical Center, Andrews AFB, MD; and then Pulmonary Flight Commander (Chairman, Pulmonary / Critical Care Medicine) at Wilford Hall Medical Center. He has several publications to his credit, served on the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s Nosology Committee, and was an “Excellent” Graduate of Air War College (in seminar). He was instrumental in developing the Sleep Medicine Fellowship at SAMMC, and served as an Assistant Professor, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Col. Henderson graduated as Valedictorian, New Iberia Senior High School, New Iberia LA, in May 1977. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Chemistry, Magna Cum Laude, from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa OK in 1981, and the Doctor of Medicine degree, High Honors, from Oral Roberts University School of Medicine, 1985. Col. Henderson entered Active Duty in June 1985 as a Health Professions Scholarship graduate. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Wilford Hall Medical Center in 1988, and subsequently, his Fellowship in Pulmonary / Critical Care Medicine at WHMC in 1992. He was the third graduate of the Sleep Medicine Fellowship program at Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN, in 1993 before returning to WHMC as a Staff Pulmonologist.

He assists his wife who is Chairman of the Board of Any Baby Can of San Antonio after prior posts with several charitable organizations in San Antonio to include Respite Care of San Antonio, and Kinetic Kids, Inc., speaking extensively regionally on behalf of community support for children with disabilities and military families, while continuing in her calling of private voice instruction and frequent invitations for vocal ministry.

Karissa Nauert, PsyD

Karissa Nauert, Psy.D Primary Care, Psychology Director of Behavioral Health & Research

Education:

BA/BS – Psychology & Microbiology with French Minor – Texas Tech University (Lubbock, Texas)

MS – Marriage & Family Therapy – Our Lady of the Lake University (San Antonio, Texas)

PsyD – Counseling Psychology – Our Lady of the Lake University (San Antonio, Texas)

Pre-Doctoral Internship – Clinical Psychology: Outpatient/Hospital Inpatient - COSI, Inc. (Boston, Massachusetts)

Special Interests:

Brief Interventions, Health Psychology, Integrated Behavioral Health, Anxiety & Stress Related Disorders, Trauma, Hypnotherapy, Resident Wellness & Research

Additional Information:

Dr. Nauert is an adventurer who loves to spend time outdoors in the water, hiking, and traveling. She will cook any meal you would like from anywhere in the world and gladly share the recipe with you. She whole-heartedly believes in the goodness of others and ability to make change in our everyday lives becoming our best selves. Small change leads to big change.

Favorite Quotes:

“Tu ne seras jamais heureux si tu continues à chercher en quoi consiste le bonheur. Et tu ne vivras jamais si tu recherches le sens de la vie.” - Albert Camus

(“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”)