MEET OUR PROVIDERS

The providers of Tyler Internal Medicine Associates serve their local East Texas families with care, attention, and respect. We’re here to get to the root cause of your health care issues.

MEET OUR PROVIDERS

The providers of Tyler Internal Medicine Associates serve their local East Texas families with care, attention, and respect. We’re here to get to the root cause of your health care issues.

MEET OUR PROVIDERS

The providers of Tyler Internal Medicine Associates serve their local East Texas families with care, attention, and respect. We’re here to get to the root cause of your health care issues.

Dr. Renee Branch

C. Renee Branch, D.O. received her undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University and her medical degree from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Ft. Worth. She completed her residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in North Houston where she received the award for outstanding intern and served as Chief Resident. Dr. Branch is a Board-Certified Family Physician who specializes in managing chronic medical conditions such as Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Dyslipidemia, and Obesity. Dr. Branch enjoys spending time with her husband and their four sons. She is actively involved in her church’s youth ministry and enjoys volunteering on medical missions.

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Doctor Buzbee

Dr. Thomas M. Buzbee

Thomas Buzbee, M.D. received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston and did his internship and residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Dr. Buzbee is board certified in Internal Medicine and he promotes and lectures nationally on preventative medicine. During his leisure time, you can find Dr. Buzbee working in his backyard garden, working out at the gym or spending time with his active family.

Dr. Jennifer Saurette

Jennifer Saurette, M.D. is a native of East Texas who specializes in Family Practice. She graduated Suma Cume Laude from Auburn University and received her Medical degree from University of Texas Medical Branch. Dr. Saurette completed her residency at Texas Health Center- Tyler. She was awarded Pediatric Resident of the Year and Resident’s Resident and later earned Chief Resident. She enjoys the unique aspect of family medicine whereby she can treat patients ranging from teens to the elderly. Dr. Saurette has three children and enjoys spending time with them. When not in the clinic, she likes to travel and is an avid runner.

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Dr. Amy K. Simpson

Amy K. Simpson, M.D. is a native of East Texas, and received her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. She completed her internship and residency at St. Paul Medical Center in Dallas. She specializes in the management of chronic illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. She also offers medical spa services including Botox and dermal fillers. Dr. Simpson is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the National Board of Echocardiography in Adult Echocardiograms. Her hobbies include music, travel, writing and spending time with her family.

Dr. Ramiro Villena

Ramiro Villena, M.D. is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and received his medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1998. He completed his residency at the Brooklyn Hospital Medical Center, affiliated with the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Dr. Villena is fluent in both English and Spanish. He is passionate about providing the highest quality of care to all his patients in the community. Before becoming a physician, Dr. Villena pitched for the National Argentine baseball team. He is a devoted father who enjoys outdoor activities and traveling with his two children.

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Dr. Marco A. Peterson

Marco A. Peterson, M.D. received his undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Miami and medical degree from Ross University in Dominica. He completed his family medicine residency at the Wayne State University in Rochester Hills, Michigan where he had the honor of serving as chief resident and received the “Resident Teacher Award” for his graduating class during his last year. Dr. Peterson is a board-certified family medicine physician who enjoys educating patients on preventative medicine. He specializes in managing chronic medical conditions such as Diabetes, high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. During his free time, Dr. Peterson enjoys spending time with his wife and children. He also enjoys going to sports events, traveling, and watching movies with friends and family. Dr. Peterson is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Kelly Cox, FNP

Kelly Cox has been a Nurse Practitioner since 2007. During that time he has worked as a provider in a Level 1 Trauma center, urgent care, family practice as well as 8 years with a Helicopter EMS as a Flight Nurse/ Paramedic eventually becoming the Chief Administrative Officer.He transitioned to full t1me family practice in 2009. He has worked with Dr. Anthony Davis M.D. for over 10 years. He has served his country with Dept of Homeland Security as well as a Master Peace Officer and Tactical Paramedic/ Deputy for Smith County Sheriff’s Office for 16 years. He has served with Tyler PD SWAT as well as with the Texas Rangers SRT-1. He is the father of two children that he loves dearly and the husband of Jennifer Cox RN. In his offtime he enjoys anything in the outdoors and spending time with family. He is proud to be part of Davis Medical Group in Lindale and Tyler Internal Medicine Associates. He graduated with his Nurse Pract1oner training with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center 2006.

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Blaise Davis, FNP-C

Blaise Davis completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing and his Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Texas at Arlington. He holds a national certification with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American Nurse Credentialing Center. He served in the United States Army as a medic and a nurse, both on active duty and in the reserves. Most of his experience is in ER/Urgent Care, Mental Health, or as a first responder. He prides himself on helping each patient achieve their own unique goals and best-self. He is compassionate, easy going, and loves to have fun. During time away from work, Blaise enjoys spending his time with his wife and two sons, with friends, being active, and being under the hood of a car.

Amy Vander-Vorste, NP-C

Amy is a native of East Texas. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing from UT Tyler and is nationally board certified with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their 3 dogs. Amy also enjoys traveling, watching sports, and spending time outside.

 

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Jessica Johnson

Jessica Johnson, NP-C

Jessica Johnson is a family nurse practitioner who primarily works in skilled nursing facilities and long-term care facilities for Tyler Internal Medicine Associates at Davis Medical Group in Lindale, Texas. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Texas in Arlington. She is nationally board certified with the American Nurse Credentialing Center as a family nurse practitioner. She is passionate about helping each of her patients to achieve their health goals and helping them obtain and maintain the highest quality of life possible. She feels she is doing what she was called to do.

Personally, she has been married for over 20 years, has three children, and one grandson. She loves to read, listen to Jive music, have dinner with friends and family and listen to the latest healthcare podcasts.

Melisia Martin, FNP-C

After graduating from the University of Texas at Tyler in 1997, Melisia began her nursing career as an Emergency Room Nurse. Then she completed the Nurse Practitioner MSN Program at Texas Tech in 2004. Before working at TIMA for the last 7 years, Melisia worked in Urgent Care and Rural & Federally Qualified Health Clinics. Melisia brings empathy and an easy going communication style making it easy for her to talk to patients and family members. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 teenagers. She also enjoys riding ATVs, vacationing, gardening, and watching movies. 

Melisia Martin
Chris Williams

Chris Williams, PA-C

Chris Williams is a 2001 Texas Tech Graduate and has practiced alongside Dr. Buzbee for 18 years. Chris enjoys travelling, golf and spending time with his wife and two sons, Tristan and Tanner.

Slade Braswell APRN FNP-C

Slade Braswell is nationally certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners board and received his Master of Science in Nursing from Angelo State University. He served in the United States Navy as a medic where he started his medical career. Slade has experience in ICU, ER, and Family practice. He is married with two kids, a daughter at Stephen F. Austin University, and a son who just entered kindergarten. In his spare time, he enjoys going to the gym, spending time with his children, friends and family. He recently relocated from Leander, Tx to the Tyler area to be closer to family.

Slade Braswell APRN FNP-C

Dr. Anthony Davis

Davis Medical Group – Lindale, TX

Anthony Davis, M.D. has spent the last decade living and working in Lindale. It has always been his dream to live and work in a wholesome city surrounded by loving and supportive friends and neighbors. His wife is a Lindale native and their five daughters attend the Lindale schools. Dr. Davis completed his undergraduate degree in Cell and Molecular Biology at Texas Tech University and then earned his Doctor of Medicine from Texas Tech University School of Medicine. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Please note, our providers are not affiliated with UT Health Tyler or Christus Health System, however our physicians refer patients to both hospitals. Referrals may depend on patient preference. The choice between the hospitals could also be driven by the patient’s insurance plan.