FACULTY & STAFF

John Andazola, M.D.
John Andazola, M.D.

Program Director

John Andazola, MD, FAAFP was born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico where he attended New Mexico State University. He received his MD from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in 1997, and completed residency at the Southern New Mexico Family Medicine Residency program in 2000. Dr Andazola went on to complete a fellowship in Advanced Hospital Training for Family Physicians in Phoenix AZ, and a Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of Arizona from 2001-2003. After completion of the fellowships Dr. Andazola joined the fellowship faculty and later became director of the fellowship. Dr. Andazola moved back to Las Cruces in January of 2009 and became program director in May of 2009. He is very happy to be back home! Dr. Andazola’s interests are in medical education, hospital medicine, OB and border health. He is committed to his community and is committed to producing well rounded Family Physicians for southern New Mexico.

Stephanie Benson, M.D.
Stephanie Benson, M.D.

Assistant Program Director

She is originally from West Virginia where she attended WVU School of Medicine and entered Residency in the department of Family Medicine at WVU. She transferred in 2007 to become a part our family at the Southern New Mexico Family Medicine Residency Program where she became chief resident and graduated from our program in 2009. She currently sits on the board of directors as an officer for the New Mexico chapter of the AAFP. Her areas of interest include hospital medicine, OB, international medicine, and women's health. She is a happily married and the mother of three. She enjoys horseback riding, playing guitar, kayaking and hiking.

Danielle Fitzsimmons-Pattison, M.D.
Danielle Fitzsimmons-Pattison, M.D.

Dr. Pattison was born here at MMC. She was raised both here and with extensive travel abroad as a child. After graduating from NMSU with degrees in Biology and German she went on to study Medicine at University of New Mexico. “As a local I’m happy to be a part of a great program that provides needed services and care in my hometown. The programs emphasis on compassionate care that uses strong evidence based medicine and integrated psychological services allow me to help care for the whole person. I particularly have an interest in preventative care and helping people to stay healthy.”

Dolores Gomez, M.D.
Dolores Gomez, M.D.

Dolores Gomez, MD is originally from Dell City, Texas (population 600) and moved to Las Cruces in 1986. She received her Bachelor of Science from New Mexico State University and received her MD from the University of New Mexico. She returned to Las Cruces and completed her residency in Family Medicine and is an alumnus of the Southern NM Family Medicine Residency, Class of 2001. Dr. Gomez left Las Cruces after residency and completed a fellowship in Advanced Hospital Training for Family Physicians at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as a Faculty Development fellowship through the University of Arizona. After completion of the fellowships, she was appointed faculty of the Advanced Hospital Training fellowship. She remained as faculty for the next five years until returning to Las Cruces to rejoin the residency as faculty in January 2009. Dr. Gomez has a strong interest in obstetrics, including surgical and high-risk OB. She also loves sports medicine and is a die-hard NMSU Aggie and Arizona Diamondback fan. “Training Family Medicine residents to be successful full-spectrum physicians is a direct reflection on the strength of the program and a direct reflection on our ability to educate residents”.

Dr. Jennifer Lichtenfels, M.D.
Dr. Jennifer Lichtenfels, M.D.

Jenifer Lichtenfels, M.D. joined the Southern NM Family Medicine Residency Program in 2014 as a Pediatric Hospitalist. She supervises the residents at Memorial Medical Center during their inpatient rotations for newborn care and pediatric admissions. Dr. Lichtenfels graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She completed her Pediatric residency training at Michigan State University, E.W. Sparrow and Affiliated Hospitals. Dr. Lichtenfels was a practicing general pediatrician in Las Cruces from 1988-2008. In 2008, relocation to Denver, CO developed into a faculty position at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics with clinical appointments and teaching at the University of CO Hospital and Children’s Hospital CO, formerly Denver Children’s Hospital. Moving back to Las Cruces in 2013 provided the opportunity to blend her clinical teaching and general pediatric experiences by developing a Pediatric Hospitalist program at Memorial Medical Center to better serve the community pediatric needs and help broaden the pediatric experiences of the Family Medicine Residents.

Marlin Hoover, Ph.D.
Marlin Hoover, Ph.D.

Dr. Hoover is a prescribing psychologist in New Mexico and a licensed psychologist in Illinois. He is board certified in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and in Medical Psychology by the American Board of Medical Psychology. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Clinical Psychology and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Psychology. Dr Hoover earned a Ph.D. in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Chicago, Postdoctoral Master’s in Clinical Psychopharmacology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a certificate of completion from the Psychopharmacology Program at New Mexico State University/ SIAP Cooperative He was a Faculty member at Saint Xavier University for twenty years, and Chair of the Department of Psychology of Saint Xavier University at Chicago, as well as past president of the Illinois Psychological Association. He has completed research and publications on the relationship between personality and heart disease, training of psychologists, and validation of personality tests. Besides his teaching responsibilities as a member of the faculty of the Southern New Mexico Family Medicine Residency. He currently he is an instructor of doctoral clinical psychologists, who are studying to obtain prescription privileges through the New Mexico State University/Southwestern Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy Cooperative, and through Fairleigh Dickinson University. Additionally he sees patients for psychotherapy and medication at the Center Through the Looking Glass in Las Cruces and Hoover and associates in Chicago Illinois. Dr. Hoover also enjoys sailing, tennis, hiking in the mountains and desert, and most kinds of music. He is the married father of two daughters. The Hoovers celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in 2007.

Patrick Leung, Pharm.D
Patrick Leung, Pharm.D

Patrick Leung, Pharm.D., BCPS, PhC Patrick Leung, Pharm.D, is the Manager of Pharmacy Clinical Services at Memorial Medical Center (MMC) and a faculty at Southern New Mexico Family Medicine Residency since 2002. He is also a credentialed pharmacist clinician at MMC Anticoagulation Management Service. He works collaboratively with family medicine team to manage inpatient and outpatient medication therapy. He rounds daily with a multi-disciplinary team at Intensive Care Unit. He is the pharmacy leader of MMC Antimicrobial Stewardship team. He is the Co-Chair of Clinical Competency Committee at Family Medicine Residency. Besides his teaching responsibilities at Family Medicine Residency, Dr. Leung is the MMC Pharmacy Residency Program Director and a preceptor for University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy and Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Leung is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. He received his Bachelor of Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from Washington State University. Some of his practice interests are infectious diseases, cardiovascular diseases, anticoagulation, and diabetes.

Dr. Davena Norris, Pharm.D.,DCPS,PhC
Dr. Davena Norris, Pharm.D.,DCPS,PhC

Davena Norris is a Clinical Pharmacist at Memorial Medical Center (MMC) in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Upon graduating from the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy in 2012, she completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency at the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System (SAVAHCS) in Tucson. In her current position at MMC, Dr. Norris works collaboratively with family medicine residents and faculty to manage medication therapy in both inpatient and ambulatory settings. A few of her greatest practice interests include diabetes management and prevention, the care of older adults, and infectious disease. She has many teaching roles, including serving as a faculty member for the Southern NM Family Medicine Residency Program (SNFMRP), Program Coordinator for the MMC PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program, and a preceptor for the UNM College of Pharmacy.

Daubney Boland, Ph.D
Daubney Boland, Ph.D

Daubney Harper Boland, Ph.D. is a psychologist in integrated primary care in Southern New Mexico. She is a Behavioral Science faculty member for the Southern New Mexico Family Medicine Residency Program (SNMFMRP). She is a CO-PI for a HRSA grant developing psychology in primary care and is adjunct faculty at New Mexico State University. She works closely with local FQHCs and school-based health centers to integrate doctoral-level psychology students at these sites. She teaches primary care psychology, a behavioral health practicum, and is the coordinator and a faculty member for an annual interprofessional immersion which trains family physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and psychologists. She is currently a member of an interprofessional team through SNMFMRP at Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces, NM.

Dr. Mary Alice Scott, Ph.D
Dr. Mary Alice Scott, Ph.D

Dr. Scott is a medical anthropologist whose research interests include critical ethnographic analysis of health, health care, and health policy in the United States, with particular focus on the U.S.-Mexico border region. She is also interested in participatory methodologies and action-oriented research.

Dr. Ivan de la Rosa, Ph.D.
Dr. Ivan de la Rosa, Ph.D.

Ph.D. in Social Work and Sociology from University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.M.S.W. from University of Michigan at Ann Arbor with concentration in Community Organizing. As a social work practitioner, Dr. Ivan de la Rosa’s focus is on bridging the gap between research and social work practice. He has experience in leading numerous program evaluation research initiatives, as well as other research projects that emphasize evidence based social work practice principles. Dr. de la Rosa has specialized knowledge in areas of maternal and child health, substance abuse, domestic violence and development of family resilient capacities. Much of this research has been conducted on US/Mexico border populations.

Erika Gergerich, LCSW, Ph.D
Erika Gergerich, LCSW, Ph.D

Dr. Erika Gergerich has a PhD in Public Policy and her Master’s degree in Social Work. She is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker. Her social work practice has included working with older adults experiencing social challenges, mental health concerns, new diagnoses and addictions. She has had training in Motivational Interviewing and counseling for smoking cessation through the Center for Tobacco Treatment Research and Training. She regularly assists in student training programs for SBIRT (Screening, Brief Interventions, and Referral to Treatment for substance abuse problems). In her current position as Assistant Professor at NMSU, she teaches both undergraduate and graduate students. Teaching interests include Social Work with Elders, Research, Social Work Practice Skills and Work with Communities and Organizations.