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Clinic will be open many Saturdays. Please call for dates/availability or click here for our calendar

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Health Care Provided by Mid-Level Providers/ Physician Extenders


Our Clinic(s) often offer health care by Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners. If at any time you wish to see a Medical Doctor, please notify the front desk and we will be happy to assist you with this request.

Mid-Level Provider/Physician Extenders

In addition to physicians, you may encounter mid-level healthcare providers during an appointment at our facility.

These mid-level healthcare providers, also known as Physician Extenders (Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, or Clinical Nurse Specialist) are a part of our care team and allow us to provide better service to our patients.

You may make your follow-up appointment with one of our Physician Extenders who work with your physician to provide medical care for you.

The Physician Extenders provide diagnosis and testing, start or modify treatment, refill prescriptions, meet educational needs and perform some procedures.

You will not always see the physician during your visit with our Physician Extenders.

However, please know that you are always able to schedule an appointment with your doctor should you desire.

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About Our Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)

Cynthia Fuentes was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley. She obtained her Bachelor's of Nursing from The University of Texas-Pan American.

Upon graduation, she proceeded to work in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and school nursing. Cynthia furthered her education and obtained her Master's in Nursing from The University of Texas- Pan American and her Post Master's Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Certification from The University of Texas Medical Branch- Galveston.

She has been practicing as a PNP, as a pediatric hospitalist, for over 10 years. In her spare time, Cynthia enjoys spending time and traveling with her husband, 3 children, and their adorable dog,Brutus.


About Our Physician Assistant (PA)

Dear patients and lovely families, please allow me to introduce to you my co-worker and fellow provider, Kristy E. Boyd Ochoa, PA.

Kristy graduated from the University of Texas Pan American in 2000 with a Bachelorís degree in Biology. In 2004, she obtained a second Bachelorís degree in Physician Assistant Studies. After working in pediatrics for several years, Kristy received a Masters Degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2008 in the 1st bridge program from the University of Texas Pan American. As of the beginning of 2018, she has been practicing as a Physician Assistant in pediatrics for over 12 years.

Kristy is proud to join Dr. Wiernik and continue with the professional mission to bring passion and commitment to the health and well being of your children and entire family.

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5513 N. McColl Rd.
McAllen, TX 78504
(At Dove Pointe)

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Please call for your appointment today!
Tel (956) 668-0700

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  • If you have an emergency call 911 or get to a hospital
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    1-800-525-TOTS (8687)

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Meet Dr. Paola D. Wiernik:

Welcome to www. DrPaola .com. My name is Paola D. Wiernik, MD. I am a Texas Board Certified Pediatrician in McAllen, Texas.

Contact info: Tel (956) 668-0700 /Fax (956) 668-0710. Please, call for your appointment today!

Services We Provide:

  • Prenatal Care Visits
  • Complete School Physical Exams
  • A Separate "Well-Baby" Waiting Room
  • Emergency Telephone Support
  • Slightly Extended Hours (Weekday Early Evening Clinic)
  • Saturday Hours (Limited)
  • Medical Counseling (As Necessary)
  • Adolescent Medicine (All services, including State Vaccines, available through age 18. Other medical services available through age 21, pending doctor's permission).

DISCLAIMER: The information on drpaola.com is for general educational purposes only and should not be considered to be medical advice for your particular case . It is in no way meant to replace the advice of the licensed physician who cares for your child. Any and all medical information contained herein is not complete without a comprehensive physical examination; which is not possible without a visit to your doctor.

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