Anh Dinh, AGNP-C
I was born and raised in Houston, Texas where I’m surrounded by a family of medicine. I knew at a very young age that I wanted to be a healthcare provider, serving and advocating for patients in my community.
After completing my Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2007 at the University of Texas Health Science Center, I worked as a registered nurse in various fields, from acute to chronically ill patients, before completing my Master of Science in Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner in 2015. This has been the most rewarding career path for me where I’ve succeeded in my goal of helping others to get well and to stay healthy.
As a nurse practitioner, I have experience in areas of infectious disease, wound care, and pain management. Apart from medicine, I am passionate about humanitarian work in third-world countries. I’ve worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other similar humanitarian groups to provide medical, educational, and humanitarian relief to Syrian refugees in Jordan and underserved communities of Kenya, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
When I am away from my patients, I enjoy traveling and learning about other cultures! I am also currently working on completing the “7 marathons on 7 continents” challenge!
Kimberly Molitor Fordham, FNP-C
I became a healthcare provider because I want to make a difference in the lives of my patients and I truly enjoy caring for others. Acute and chronic pain conditions can affect an individual’s quality of life. As the patient’s advocate, I aim to develop treatment plans with the best outcomes so my patients can get back to their lives and what they love to do.
I was born and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where I also studied at McNeese State University. I graduated with an associate degree in nursing in 2009 and a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2014. As a registered nurse, I’ve worked in various fields of nursing, including substance abuse rehab, oncology, orthopedics, wound care, and day surgery. After working as a nurse for several years, I decided to broaden my scope of practice by pursuing a master’s degree in nursing. My preceptorship included 600 hours of clinical practice, with most of my training in internal medicine at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. I graduated in 2018 as a family nurse practitioner, and I am nationally certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and licensed with prescriptive authority through the Texas State Board of Nursing.
In my spare time, I enjoy camping, biking, and trying new foods with my friends and family.
Teresa Hoang, FNP-C
I am a family nurse practitioner who works closely with a team of specialized physicians and staff to ensure comprehensive, individualized patient care. I completed my bachelor’s degree in nursing at Lamar University in 2009 and my master’s degree in nursing at Texas Woman’s University in 2014. I then completed my Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA) certification under the National Institute of First Assisting (NIFA) as a first assistant in surgery and am certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). I am deeply integrated with the orthopedic surgeons to provide the best possible care for each individual’s needs.
Outside of patient care, I enjoy cooking, experiencing new cultures and foods, and traveling around the world with my husband and two kids.
Farah Moawad, FNP-C
I often visited my relatives overseas when I was younger, and that’s when I became aware of the medical disparities around the world. That realization is the reason I chose to pursue a career in the medical field. My motivation for pursuing a career with Minivasive Pain and Orthopedics stemmed from my personal experience within this specialty as I, too, have endured a debilitating back injury. It was only after the combined efforts of both orthopedic and pain management treatments that I was able to restore my quality of life, reduce my pain, and get back to doing the things I love.
I was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and obtained my bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center. I worked in the Medical ICU for several years to help very sick patients. I always knew I wanted to obtain a higher level of education and play a more active role in patient care therefore I pursued my master’s degree at The University of Texas Health Science Center and became a Nurse Practitioner.
My goal at work is to help my patients leave all our facilities feeling heard, cared for, and in a better state of health. At Minivasive Pain and Orthopedics, we strive to offer our patients the best quality evidence-based care, and our personal approach is unmatched.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also participate in outdoor activities and travel to help improve my physical and mental health.
Eric Nino, PA-C
My motivation for becoming a healthcare professional came from my background as an X-ray technician. I was an X-ray technician for 6 years in both a hospital setting and a private orthopedics practice. Over the years, I developed a desire to help patients more than I did as an X-ray tech, so I decided to go to school to become a physician assistant. The field of orthopedics attracted me because I felt that I could make the biggest impact on a patient’s life by helping them to deal with physically debilitating pain conditions, and to help patients regain functionality to improve their quality of life.
My hobbies include staying active by going to the gym, playing bass guitar, studying history, and just spending time with friends and family.
Mercedita Lei Refugio, FNP-C, RNFA
My professional journey began overseas at the Philippine Women’s University, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in nursing. My family and I moved to the United States in 2005 and there I started my nursing career in Chicago, Illinois.
While in Chicago, I worked in a diverse set of roles, including staff nurse, preceptor, charge nurse, nursing supervisor and eventually earned a promotion to nursing manager. Seeking career growth and with the desire to continue learning, I pursued my Family Nurse Practitioner Degree at the Chamberlain University College of Nursing and graduated with honors. Later, I decided to move to Houston, Texas with my family to continue my journey in the healthcare world. Before beginning my first job as a family nurse practitioner, I took two nursing certifications to advance my training.
As an advanced practice nurse, I believe that listening, evaluating, formulating, educating, and collaborating are the keys to providing a holistic, patient-centered approach to care. With a background as a professor in the Philippines, I know that keeping patients well-informed regarding the status of their health is vital for decision making, and that each individual is considered a partner in their own care. Additionally, I strive to stay current on new treatments and techniques to remain a lifelong learner and competent care provider. Recently, I completed the First Assistant Training at the National Institute of First Assisting.
Outside of work, I love cooking and traveling with my family.