Anne Marie Ponce de Leon MD
Dr. Anne Marie Ponce de Leon is a proud native Houstonian. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Houston Baptist University with a double major in Biology and History. For Medical School, she attended the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (recently renamed McGovern Medical School). She began her family practice training at Tufts University Medical School in Boston, MA, but quickly returned to Houston where she completed her residency at the Memorial Southwest Family Practice Program.
While she has practiced traditional medicine for over 20 years, she has studied and incorporates aspects of functional and holistic medicine into her patient care. She has stated that regardless of the form of diagnosing and/or treatment, albeit traditional or functional, her fundamental belief about the ‘art of medicine’ resides in the ability to communicate and truly ‘hear’ your patients.
She joined Z Med Clinics and Spa in 2019 and the patients and staff are super excited about that due to her experience in bio-identical hormone therapies and hormone pellets.
She resides in Houston with her husband and children. In addition to spending time with her family, Dr. Ponce de Leon enjoys reading, exercising, watching movies and traveling.
Stanly Heckrodt, MD, D.Ph.
Dr. Heckrodt received his MD from the University of Oklahoma Sciences Center and then went on to do his internship and residency in family practice at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. He is the supervising physician at IMC Victoria and San Antonio/Oak Hills. He takes a special interest in aviation and serves as senior aviation medical examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration. He enjoys flying, shooting, hunting, reading and scuba diving with his wife and his two children.
Brittany M. Johnson, FNP-C
Brittany was born and raised just outside of Detroit, Michigan. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing with honors from Michigan State University and later completed her master’s in nursing at Chamberlain University. As a nurse practitioner, her greatest joy is to help patients to become the best version of themselves. Her other passions include spending time with her 8-year-old son, cooking new recipes, and exploring Houston with family and friends.
Elizabeth Joseph, PA-C
Elizabeth Joseph is our physician assistant. She was born and raised in Little Rock, AR. She earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Kinesiology Exercise Science at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She then worked as a medical assistant in pediatrics before attending physician assistant school. She obtained a Master of Medical Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, TN. After graduating, she worked as a physician assistant in Pediatric Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery. Her passions include cooking, exercising, spending time with family and friends, shopping, traveling, and exploring food cuisines. She is passionate about helping patients achieve their healthiest and happiest life.
Betiana Falcao FNP-C
Betiana Falcao is our Family Nurse Practitioner and a native of Houston. Prior to joining the team at Z Med Clinic, Betiana worked on the highly-rated Stroke Unit at the Mischer Neuroscience Institute of Memorial Hermann’s Medical Center campus. After completing her undergrad at Texas Tech, she secured her Masters of Science in Nursing at Walden University. Additionally, she has notable experience with IV therapy and a certification to administer Botox and dermal fillers. Betiana is passionate about healthy living and is excited to help her patients meet and surpass their health goals.
Allen K. Ford FNP, MSN, RN
Allen Ford was born and raised in South Texas. He graduated from AC Jones High School in Beeville TX. Following High School he joined the US Army serving four years, 2 1/2 years in the 1st Cavalry Division. He graduated from Texas A&M Corpus Christi with Honors in 2007.
His past work history includes Family Practice, Urology and Hormone Replacement Therapy. Allen is best known for his amazing skills in Cosmetics, Weight Management and Hormone Replacement Therapy. Allen Ford has taken many educated and hands-on courses to keep him well educated and up to task for any new and upcoming procedures. His goals are to make sure all his patient feel and look amazing. In 2012 he became a proud member of the Z Med Family. Allen is also an active member of the Coastal Bend APRN. He enjoys spending time with his now 14 year old daughter Aubrey, gardening, wood working, fitness, and watching sporting events.