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Meet Our Providers: Texas Prostate Institute

Delivering Personalized Care That Achieves Outstanding Outcomes

At Texas Prostate Institute, we are dedicated to delivering exceptional, leading-edge procedures for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Our dedicated group of interventional radiologists and providers is instrumental in accomplishing this objective.

Our team is highly skilled in prostate artery embolization (PAE), a revolutionary technique for relieving BPH symptoms. By employing this non-surgical method, we aim to provide patients with a long-lasting solution that improves their overall well-being while significantly reducing painful urinary symptoms without the need for extensive surgery.

With their profound expertise, extensive knowledge base, and unwavering dedication to exceptional patient care, our providers consistently achieve outstanding outcomes for our patients.

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Dr. Eric Hardee, M.D.

Meet Dr. Eric Hardee, M.D., a board-certified interventional radiologist with a specialization in venous treatments, particularly prostate artery embolization. Renowned for his deep expertise in the field, Dr. Hardee is highly respected by both colleagues and patients alike, guaranteeing exceptional care standards.

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Dr. William Fox

Meet Dr. William Fox, a highly regarded interventional radiologist who serves as the medical director at our central Houston office. As a co-founder of Texas Prostate Institute and Texas Endovascular, Dr. Fox has made a lasting impact through his dedication to providing accessible healthcare solutions. His impressive credentials, unwavering commitment, vast expertise, and compassionate approach have earned him widespread respect and trust among patients and peers alike in the medical community.

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Dr. Ryan Armstrong

Dr. Ryan Armstrong is a highly experienced interventional radiologist with more than 15 years of practice. He is widely acknowledged for his expertise, holding affiliations with prestigious institutions such as HCA Houston Medical Center, HCA Kingwood, and Oakbend Medical Center. Dr. Armstrong's dedication to his profession and his steadfast commitment to patient care have earned him admiration from both patients and colleagues alike.

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Dr. A.J. Valenson

Introducing Dr. A.J. Valenson, a board-certified interventional radiologist dedicated to delivering outstanding endovascular care across diverse communities. Fluent in Spanish, he approaches healthcare with empathy, considering cultural nuances and addressing unique healthcare challenges. Dr. Valenson places a high priority on building strong patient relationships by actively listening to concerns and fostering clear communication to ensure a comprehensive understanding of each patient's needs.

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Sarah Applegate, Physician Assistant

Meet Sarah Applegate, a dedicated Houston native and experienced physician assistant with more than seven years of expertise in vascular treatment.

Sarah holds 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, reflecting her outstanding academic background.

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

Residing in Katy with her husband, children, and two golden retrievers, Sarah values family time and enjoys pursuing personal interests such as cheering for the Astros and Aggie sports teams, reading, and maintaining an active lifestyle through exercise.

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Katie Connor, Physician Assistant

Introducing Katie, originally from Nashville and now a proud resident of Houston, she is enamored by the city's vibrant culture and diverse culinary scene.

Katie holds a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Tennessee and graduated summa cum laude with a Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Lincoln Memorial University School of Medical Science, showcasing her extensive educational background.

With a foundation in emergency medicine, Katie's passion lies in the management of vascular diseases, specializing in venous disease, peripheral arterial disease, and prostate artery embolization. She takes immense pride in building lasting relationships with her patients.

Living in central Houston, Katie thrives in the bustling urban environment, indulging in culinary explorations at local restaurants and maintaining an active lifestyle with friends.

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Keonna Parham, Physician Assistant

Meet Keonna, originally from Louisiana and now a proud resident of Houston, fully engaged in the city's lively culture.

Keonna earned 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, highlighting her extensive educational background and expertise.

With experience in Orthopedic Trauma and Interventional Pain Management, Keonna's passion lies in caring for and managing vascular diseases. Her commitment to patient care is unwavering, reflecting her dedication to providing exceptional healthcare services.

Keonna resides with her husband and son in Katy, cherishing valuable family moments. During her free time, she enjoys traveling to new destinations, actively participates in volunteering with her esteemed Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and passionately supports her alma mater, the Southern University Jaguars.

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Christa Duarte, Family Nurse Practitioner

Introducing Christa, a dedicated healthcare professional with a robust educational background. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health from Texas A&M University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center, showcasing her outstanding qualifications.

Throughout her 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 enduring commitment to patient well-being propels her professional pursuits as she strives to make a meaningful impact on those entrusted to her care.

Christa enjoys spending quality time with her husband and beloved dogs outside of work. She delights in exploring new culinary experiences 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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Molly DiMola, Family Nurse Practitioner

Meet Molly, a healthcare professional originally from the North Carolina foothills who now proudly calls Houston her home.

Molly graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Public Health. She then pursued further education at George Washington University, achieving both BSN and FNP degrees with summa cum laude honors.

With five years in the emergency room and travel nursing, Molly's career has spanned the globe. She conducted HIV/AIDS research in Africa and contributed to outbreak mitigation efforts in Orange County, CA.

Outside of her professional endeavors, Molly enjoys immersing herself in Houston's vibrant culture, traveling, running, creating culinary delights, and challenging herself at her local CrossFit gym. Her passion for healthcare and enthusiasm for life make her a valued member of the healthcare and Houston communities.

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Diana Garcia, Family Nurse Practitioner

Diana Garcia, a native of Houston and devoted Family Nurse Practitioner, embarked on her academic journey at Texas A&M University, where she attained both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Nursing, specializing in Family Nurse Practitioner studies.

With extensive experience spanning primary care, women's health, and managing acute and chronic diseases, including expertise in vascular conditions and prostate health, Diana brings a comprehensive skill set to her practice.

Furthermore, she holds certification in neonatal intensive care nursing (RNC-NIC), honing her skills over seven years at esteemed institutions such as Houston Methodist and The Woman's Hospital of Texas.

Outside of her professional commitments, Diana leads a fulfilling life with her husband near the West Bay of Galveston. She finds fulfillment in volunteering for her church and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, pursuing hobbies like reading, practicing yoga, and engaging in outdoor adventures such as hunting and fishing with her husband and beloved dogs.

Diana's steadfast dedication to healthcare excellence and vibrant enthusiasm make her an esteemed member of the Houston community.

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Carrie Pottmeyer, Physician Assistant

Carrie, a proud Houston resident, embarked on a unique and compelling journey toward becoming a physician assistant.

Her educational journey commenced with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Texas A&M University, providing a solid foundation for her entry into the medical field.

Carrie honed her skills for six years as a field clinical specialist in Abbott’s cardiac rhythm management and ablation divisions in the Dallas area. Driven to broaden her medical knowledge 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 leverages her extensive experience at Texas Prostate Institute, specializing in neuro/spine interventional radiology and focusing on treating benign prostate hyperplasia and vascular diseases.

Outside of her professional pursuits, Carrie embraces a vibrant lifestyle. You can often find her at Pure Barre, engrossed in her latest literary discovery on Goodreads, or planning exciting travel escapades. She relishes meals at her favorite eateries with friends and cherishes moments with her family.

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Megan Huckabay, Family Nurse Practitioner

Hailing from Texas, Megan finds a strong sense of community in Dallas, her adopted home. She embarked on a rewarding career path in healthcare, earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Tech University. Megan's dedication to learning didn't stop there. She went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Texas Woman's University, specializing as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Megan brings a wealth of experience, having worked in diverse areas like pediatrics, vascular surgery, and general surgery. She's driven by a deep desire to serve underserved communities and deliver care marked by empathy and understanding.

Beyond her professional life, Megan prioritizes an active lifestyle. She enjoys exploring the vibrant Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, staying connected with her church family, and cherishing moments with loved ones.

What to Know Before Your Appointment

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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