Highly Trained Subspecialty Medical Team
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.
Heather Wellman, PA-C
Heather is a certified physician assistant. She has worked for Dr. Michael House for the last 19 years, and enjoys providing quality care to all of her patients. She attended The University of North Texas, and graduated in 1999 with a bachelor of science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and Spanish. She was also a Division 1 soccer player at UNT from 1995 through 1999. She then attended The University of Texas at Southwestern in Dallas, and earned her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies. She has been married for 18 years and has three beautiful children.
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.
Michael Burgess MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Michael is the Nurse Practitioner for Dr. David Taunton and Dr. Howard Harris. He was born and raised in Austin, Texas. He received a BS in Nutrition from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Texas at Arlington. He has a five-year background working in Emergency Medicine as a trauma registered nurse. Michael joined our practice in the Fall of 2021.
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.