Van residents needing to see an internal medicine physician now have the convenience of scheduling these appointments at the ETMC First Physicians Clinic in Van.
Katrina Duplechain, MD, a board-certified internal medicine physician, sees patients by appointment at the Van clinic on Tuesday afternoons. Dr. Duplechain has served as the clinic’s medical director for several months, working closely with Family Nurse Practitioner Gina Blount.
“Gina is great, and she’s referred patients to me in Mineola over the past two years, even before I started going to Van, so we’ve worked together for some time now. She is excellent at what she does, and I’m looking forward to seeing patients who need additional care there.”
As an internal medicine specialist, Dr. Duplechain specializes in the healthcare of adults, and has received extensive training to care for patients with complex diseases, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. “Much of my patient population is older folks and the elderly. I see them every few months, monitoring medications and doing labwork for them.”
She encourages young adults to get established with an internal medicine physician, too. “We love to have young patients in their twenties with no medical problems, and we see them once or twice a year when they’re sick. We love for them to stay with us as they get older, and we take care of scheduling their screenings – mammograms and colon cancer screenings and the things they need.”
Dr. Duplechain is a Mt. Pleasant native. She graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, and completed a three-year residency in internal medicine at Scott & White Hospital in Temple. She is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
While Dr. Duplechain’s focus will be on adults who have complex healthcare needs, Family Nurse Practitioner Gina Blount will continue to provide full-time care of patients of all ages, including children, at the Van clinic.