Heather Bartos, MD, FACOG
“Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did only backwards and in high heels.”
This pretty much sums up my feelings about women – we do it all. We’re mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts and friends. Oftentimes, we allow ourselves to go last in an effort to support everyone else. When we forget about our own health, the entire family suffers. As Dr. Andrew Weil says, “The heart pumps the freshest blood to itself first. This is not selfish. If the heart can’t function, the whole body falls apart.”
I started off interested in the field of pediatrics, specifically infectious diseases. But then I discovered the world of ob/gyn. It involved medicine, surgery, primary care and specialty care. It encapsulated care of infants to care of grandmas. It fascinated me that I could take care of someone at the beginning of life and at the end of life – all in one specialty. And I thought men were “weenies” compared to my female patients. I knew I had to take care of women – the ones taking care of everyone else!
I spent 12 years in the US Navy, five of which were active duty. During that time, I served the women and spouses of the armed forces in both Charleston and Washington D.C. In Washington, I was also an associate professor at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS), teaching medical students and residents in both obstetrics and gynecology. I also served as an expert witness for the military in sexual assault trauma.
While as a medical student and a resident, I worked at the Children’s Assessment Center in Houston, Texas, a state-of-the-art facility that treats young children who are victims of assault. It was that training that led to my interest in pediatric and adolescent gynecology, which is still an interest of mine today.
Prior to my service in the medical and military fields, I spent seven years in marketing, advertising, and public relations, working with Texas Children’s Hospital and the Methodist Health Care System, which are both based in the Texas Medical Center in Houston. While I was there, I entered medical school at the University of Texas at Houston and then did residency at Baylor College of Medicine.
When I’m not working, I spend time with my husband, two human children, and two animal children. We enjoy cooking (we are huge Top Chef fans!) and are also huge fans of “So You Think You Can Dance.” I’m so proud to now introduce my newest baby – “be!”
Dr. Bartos has been board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 2008. She is also certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultants. She has achieved pilates instructor credentials in 2009.
Amber Higgs, APRN, CNM, C-EFM
“Midwives create a circle of support and safety during labor and birth that encourages, rather than disrupts, the normal processes that facilitate healthy outcomes for families” -Varney’s Midwifery
Amber says her journey to becoming a health care provider actually began with her journey into motherhood.
As a young couple, we struggled with infertility. We embarked on the IVF path completely naive, but I quickly became obsessed with understanding what was happening and why. I wasn’t afraid to ask questions and research back then, and I haven’t stopped since.
I’m a DFW native and love taking care of the community that I was raised in. I received my Bachelor’s in nursing from University of Texas-Arlington and my Master’s degree and training as a nurse midwife from Texas Tech University. For over a decade I worked across the metroplex as a Labor and Delivery Nurse, learning tips and tricks from some of the best doctors and midwives in our area, including our very own Dr. Bartos.
As a provider, my goal is to educate and empower our patients to the point that they are comfortable also asking the why questions. I love being able to bridge the gap between the cloud of mystery that medicine can be and the lifestyle, diet, and holistic changes that we can utilize so that we can come up with the best individualized treatment plan together. When it comes to labor and birth, my midwife roots shine through as I strive to protect the natural process that birth should be as much as possible. You’ll often hear me saying, “You’re normal until proven otherwise” and I truly believe that. Midwives are empowered with the patience to allow birth to unfold as it should, the skills to intervene when necessary, and the wisdom to know where that line is drawn for each person.
In collaboration with the incredible doctors at be., Amber is able to offer her skills for both low risk and high risk OB patients, manage family planning/contraception, and provide gynecologic care for women throughout all stages of life.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington and her Masters of Science in Nursing and training as a Certified Nurse Midwife from Texas Tech University. She stays busy at home with her three children, twin boys, and a younger daughter, and also enjoys reading and travel.
Lakisha Marks, APRN
My lifelong passion has been working with our historically underserved seniors. Over 17 years of medical experience – 13 of which have been in nursing – I have learned the importance of advanced education. My medical experience includes Phlebotomy, hospital Direct Observation Unit nursing, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Urgent Care, Medical-Surgical/Telemetry nursing, Home Health, and Case Management. Early in my career, I was intimidated by nursing, but I’ve always been inquisitive. I often wondered if I could one day be the nurse who took care of the very same patients I drew blood from in the early morning hours as a Phlebotomist. There had to be something I could do for those who needed my service.
My mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and depended on me for care from a very young age. From that time, I recognized the same service that I provided to my mother at home could be applied as a career. I also began to develop and strengthen my patience and compassion for those who are unable to help themselves. Something had to be done, and I wanted to further my education. I began my path of becoming a Registered Nurse and, ultimately, a Family Nurse Practitioner.
I obtained my license as a Registered Nurse in 2013, and graduated from Grand Canyon University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. In 2018, I graduated with my Masters in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Texas at El Paso.
As a Family Nurse Practitioner, it is my responsibility to provide high-quality healthcare to my patients. It is my calling to interact, treat, prescribe, and come up with my own unique way to care for and treat my patients. I see you as an individual, not one of many patient appointments I have to get through for the day. I truly love what I do.
In my free time, I enjoy creating memories with my family, friends, and our fur baby. I also enjoy laughing and making others laugh – after all, it is medicine.
Lakisha brings over 17 years of medical experience to the practice. As a Family Nurse Practitioner, she cares for patients of all ages, but particularly loves working with our senior patients.