After spending time in “corporate” medicine, Dr. Heather Bartos didn’t feel she could practice medicine the way she wanted and the way that most women wanted. Medicine seemed to be all about “shares,” “relative value units,” and seeing more people while seemingly doing less for them.
Driving home from a long day of work at one such practice, Dr. Bartos daydreamed about how she’d love to run a medical practice if she could. Just then, “Let It Be,” by The Beatles came on the radio and it was like a sign. The whole project was meant to be.
Heather Bartos, MD, FACOG
Medical Director & OB-GYN
“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.
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.
Lakisha “Kisha” Marks, APRN
Family & Women’s Health
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.
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.
Ashley Nakwaasah, AGNP-C
Family and Women’s Health
Ashley is a board-certified Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner established in 2020. She has been a bedside intensive care and progressive care nurse for over 7 years before completing her NP degree.
Ashley started her master’s program while living in the Dallas area, but is originally from Richmond, Virginia. Ashley, her husband, and their puppy Packer currently reside in Aubrey, TX.
When she’s not caring for her patients, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and working out. Ashley and her husband also enjoy going to football games together and exploring other countries. Ashley is fluent in English and proficient in Spanish. She also is a kick-ass baker and all around craftswoman–putting Pinterest to shame!