Highly Trained Subspecialty Medical Team
Jenna Reinhart, PA-C
Jenna is the Physician Assistant to Dr. O. David Taunton Jr. and Dr. Howard W. Harris. She grew up in Atlanta, GA, where she attended the University of Georgia and received her BS in Exercise and Sport Science with a minor in Nutrition Science. Jenna received her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies at Augusta University and recently relocated to the DFW area. She joined the Texas Orthopedic Specialists team in January 2023.
Heather Parmer, PA-C
Heather is the Physician Assistant to Dr. B. Todd Drury and works exclusively in the Hand and Upper Extremity Center at Texas Orthopedic Specialists. Heather was raised in Pennsylvania and went to Pennsylvania State University, where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Biobehavioral health. Heather then received her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the New York Institute of Technology. Heather had spent two years working in primary care before practicing at the Hershey Medical Center with the hand surgery department for five years. Heather moved to Texas and joined the Texas Orthopedic Specialists team in December 2022. She loves Texas and spending time outside all year long in the beautiful weather with her two sons and husband.
Kirstin Pickens MS, PA-C
Kirstin is the Physician Assistant to Dr. Howard Harris. She was born and raised in East Texas, and has a BS in Human Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Texas Women's University. Kirstin was a teacher and coach in the Dallas area for 9 years before attending UT Southwestern, where she received a master's of Physician Assistant Studies. Kirstin joined our practice in 2005.
Lauren Hooper, PA-C
Lauren is the Physician Assistant to Dr. Michael Nguyen. Lauren grew up in the DFW metroplex. She has a bachelors in Biology and a minor in health professions from Texas Tech University. She received her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies at Texas Tech University HSC in Lubbock and joined Texas Orthopedic Specialists in 2019.
Chase McCarty, PA-C
Chase was born and raised in Abilene, Texas. He received his BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Texas State University. He then went on to receive his Masters in Physician Assistant Studies at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas where he graduated as valedictorian of his class. He has a combined 14+ years of experience as a Physician Assistant in orthopedics and emergency medicine at a Level 2 Trauma Center. He originally worked for Texas Orthopedic Specialist in 2006 and rejoined the practice in 2019.
Whitney Gulde, PA-C
Whitney is the Physician Assistant to Dr. B. Todd Drury and Dr. Paul Tavakolian, and she works exclusively in the Hand and Upper Extremity Center at Texas Orthopedic Specialists. She was born and raised in Graham, Texas. She has a BS in Biology from West Texas A&M University and a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the New York Institute of Technology. Whitney practiced in Lubbock, TX for four years before joining our practice in 2019.
Jason Barnett, PA-C
Jason is the Physician Assistant to Dr. Michael Nguyen and Dr. Nathan Haile. Originally from Arizona, he has worked in healthcare for over 20 years, serving in the United States Army as a medic and paratrooper where he completed tours in both Korea and Iraq. Jason graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Colorado and completed PA school at Yale University. He joined Texas Orthopedic Specialists in 2021. In his downtime, Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter.
Amber is a certified Clinical Research Professional through the Society of Clinical Research Associates. She has been the Clinical Research Manager at Texas Orthopedic Specialists since 2005.
Rob graduated from the University of North Texas with a specialization in athletic training. As a licensed and certified athletic trainer, Rob worked in the public schools in Texas for eleven years before he started his clinical career. Rob is the Clinical Manager at Texas Orthopedic Specialists, and joined our practice in 2008.