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Meet Our Providers: Texas Prostate Institute

Delivering Personalized Care That Achieves Outstanding Outcomes

Texas Prostate Institute is committed to providing patients with exceptional and innovative procedures for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Our dedicated group of interventional radiologists is instrumental in accomplishing this objective.

Our physicians are experts in prostate artery embolization (PAE), a breakthrough method for alleviating BPH symptoms. Using this non-surgical approach, we work to give patients a precise and lasting solution that enhances their well-being and radically minimizes painful urinary symptoms.

With their extensive expertise, broad scope of knowledge, and commitment to providing stellar patient care, our physicians achieve excellent results for our patients.

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Dr. Eric Hardee, M.D.

Meet Dr. Eric Hardee, M.D., a board-certified interventional radiologist specializing in venous treatments, notably prostate artery embolization. His profound expertise garners admiration from peers and patients, ensuring top-notch care.

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Dr. William Fox

Meet Dr. William Fox, an esteemed interventional radiologist and the medical director at our central Houston office. 

Co-founder of Texas Prostate Institute and Texas Endovascular, his commitment to accessible healthcare solutions has left a lasting impact. Dr. Fox's credentials, dedication, expertise, and compassionate approach earned him the utmost respect and trust as a medical professional.

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Dr. A.J. Valenson

Meet board-certified interventional radiologist Dr. A.J. Valenson is committed to providing exceptional endovascular care to diverse communities. Fluent in Spanish, he empathetically addresses cultural nuances and healthcare challenges. 

Dr. Valenson prioritizes patient relationships, attentively listening to concerns and ensuring thorough understanding through open communication.

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Dr. Ryan Armstrong

Dr. Ryan Armstrong is a seasoned interventional radiologist with over two decades of experience. His expertise is widely recognized with affiliations at esteemed institutions, including Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Hospital, West Houston Radiology Associates, and Oakbend Medical Center. 

Dr. Armstrong's passion for his craft and unwavering commitment to patient care have garnered admiration from patients and colleagues.

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Sarah Applegate, Physician Assistant

Meet Sarah Applegate, a devoted Houston native and seasoned physician assistant with over ten years of expertise in vascular treatment.

Sarah's academic journey is marked by excellence, holding a bachelor's degree in Nutritional Sciences from Texas A&M University and a master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Baylor College of Medicine.

After completing her studies at Baylor, Sarah spent two years in internal medicine before transitioning her focus to vascular and interventional radiology, demonstrating her commitment to specialized care.

Residing in Katy with her husband, two children, and two golden retrievers, Sarah prioritizes family time. She pursues personal interests such as supporting the Astros and Aggie sports teams, spending time outdoors, and maintaining an active lifestyle through exercise.

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Katie Connor, Physician Assistant

Meet Katie, originally from Nashville and now a proud Houston resident, captivated by the city's dynamic culture and diverse culinary offerings. 

Armed with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Lincoln Memorial University School of Medical Science, where she graduated summa cum laude, Katie brings a wealth of knowledge to her practice.

With a background in emergency medicine, Katie's passion lies in managing vascular diseases, specializing in venous disease, peripheral arterial disease, and prostate artery embolization. She takes great pride in fostering enduring connections with her patients.

Residing in central Houston, Katie thrives in urban living, relishing culinary adventures at local eateries and maintaining an active lifestyle with friends.

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Keonna Parham, Physician Assistant

Meet Keonna, originally from Louisiana and now a proud Houstonian, deeply immersed in the city's vibrant culture. 

Holding a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern University and A&M College, followed by a Master's of Physician Assistant Studies from Louisiana State University School Health Sciences Center, Keonna brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her practice.

With a background in Orthopedic Trauma and Interventional Pain Management, Keonna's true passion lies in the care and management of vascular diseases. Her dedication to patient care is unmatched, reflecting her commitment to exceptional healthcare services.

Keonna resides with her husband and son in Katy, cherishing precious family moments. In her leisure time, she explores new destinations through travel, dedicates herself to volunteering with her esteemed Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and fervently supports her alma mater, the Southern University Jaguars.

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Carrie Pottmeyer, Physician Assistant

Carrie is a proud Houstonian whose path to becoming a physician assistant is both distinctive and captivating. 

Her educational path began with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Texas A&M University, laying the groundwork for her career in the medical field.

For six years, Carrie refined her skills as a field clinical specialist in Abbott’s cardiac rhythm management and ablation divisions in the Dallas area. Motivated to expand her medical expertise and assume greater patient care responsibilities, she pursued advanced education at Baylor College of Medicine, culminating in her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

Today, Carrie brings her extensive experience to Texas Prostate Institute, specializing in neuro/spine interventional radiology and focusing on treating benign prostate hyperplasia and vascular diseases.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Carrie leads a vibrant life. You'll often find her at Pure Barre, immersed in her latest read and engaging with fellow book enthusiasts on Goodreads. She enjoys planning exciting travel adventures, savoring meals at her favorite restaurants with friends, and cherishing moments with her family.

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Molly DiMola, Family Nurse Practitioner

Meet Molly, a healthcare professional from the North Carolina foothills who is now proud to call Houston home. 

After graduating from the University of North Carolina in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Public Health, Molly continued her academic journey at George Washington University, earning both BSN and FNP degrees with summa cum laude honors.

With five years of experience as an emergency room registered nurse and travel nurse, Molly's career has taken her across the globe, from Africa, where she conducted HIV/AIDS research, to Orange County, CA, where she contributed to outbreak mitigation efforts.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Molly loves exploring Houston's vibrant culture, traveling, running, cooking culinary delights, and pushing her limits at her local CrossFit gym. Her dedication to healthcare and zest for life make her a cherished member of the healthcare and Houston communities.

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Christa Duarte, Family Nurse Practitioner

Meet Christa, a dedicated healthcare professional with a rich educational background. Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Allied Health from Texas A&M University, followed by a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center, Christa's qualifications are exemplary.

With a diverse professional journey, Christa has served as a Nurse Practitioner in Allergy, ENT, and urgent care settings. Previously, she worked as a registered nurse at Houston Methodist Hospital, specializing in OB/GYN care. Christa's unwavering commitment to patient well-being drives her professional endeavors as she strives to make a meaningful impact on those under her care.

Christa enjoys spending time with her husband and cherished dogs outside of work. She delights in discovering new cuisine at local eateries, staying active with her Peloton, and passionately supporting her favorite teams, the Fightin' Texas Aggies and the Houston Astros.

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Diana Garcia, Family Nurse Practitioner

Diana Garcia, a Houston native and dedicated Family Nurse Practitioner, pursued her educational journey at Texas A&M University, earning her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Nursing, specializing in Family Nurse Practitioner studies.

With a wealth of experience spanning primary care, women's health, and managing acute and chronic diseases, including vascular conditions and prostate health, Diana brings a comprehensive skill set to her practice. Additionally, she holds certification in neonatal intensive care nursing (RNC-NIC), honing her expertise over seven years at esteemed institutions such as Houston Methodist and The Woman's Hospital of Texas.

Away from her practice, Diana enjoys a fulfilling life with her husband near the West Bay of Galveston. She finds joy in volunteering for her church and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, alongside hobbies like reading, practicing yoga, and outdoor adventures such as hunting and fishing with her husband and beloved dogs.

Diana's unwavering commitment to healthcare excellence and vibrant spirit make her a cherished member of the Houston community.

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Megan Huckabay, Family Nurse Practitioner

Megan is a Texan Native and is proud to call Dallas home. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Tech University. Afterward, she continued furthering her education and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas Woman’s University with a specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner.

Megan has a background working in pediatrics, vascular, and general surgery. She has a passion for helping underserved populations and providing compassionate care.

During her free time, Megan enjoys staying active, exploring DFW, being involved in her church groups, and spending time with family and friends.

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The team at Texas Prostate Institute strives to make every patient’s experience as comfortable and productive as possible. We work hard to partner with our patients and provide them with all the educational resources necessary to make the best decisions about their treatment.

Please visit our patient resources page to access patient intake forms, frequently asked questions, and the latest news and updates about prostate artery embolization (PAE) treatment. If you have further questions about our facilities or treatment protocols, we urge you to contact our helpful representatives today.

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