Dr. Rene Vela

Dr. Alcides Amador

Dr. Alfredo Lopez, Jr.

Dr. Alfredo Lopez has served as a leader and a mentor for the medical community. He began his dedication at Pan American University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He went on to attend the University of Texas Health and Science Center San Antonio Medical School.  Upon graduation he completed his residency program at UTHSCSA McAllen Family Practice Residency Program.  Dr. Lopez is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Practice, Diplomat.  He practices as a solo private primary care physician in McAllen, Texas.

Dr. Lopez has established himself as an active mentor to future practitioners, serving as an Assistant professor for the UTHSCSA and McAllen Family Practice Residency program.  In addition, he has been a formal preceptor, leading rotations and presentations in practice management, OB/Med, and conferences with residents.  This leadership has not been limited to students, but also review of issues related to improving faculty teaching methods.

In addition to local facility projects, Dr. Lopez has participated in numerous research projects including Healthy People 2000 and a clinical project aimed at improving patient compliance.

Professional affiliations and memberships include American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, Texas Academy of Family Physicians, Texas Statewide Family Practice Preceptorship Program, Hidalgo-Starr County Medical Society, and the Border Health Caucus

Hospital affiliations include Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, McAllen Medical Center, and the McAllen Heart Hospital.

Dr. Alfredo V. Gonzalez

Practicing as a primary care physician in Family Practice, Alfredo V. Gonzalez, MD focuses on providing high quality care to patients in Pharr, Texas and the surrounding communities in the Rio Grande Valley.  He attended Houston Baptist University earning his Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry, and received his Medical degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon.  After graduation, he completed a Residency in Family Medicine at McAllen Medical Center.

Dr. Gonzalez’ professional experience includes Emergency Room Physician at Mission Hospital Emergency Department in Mission, Texas and Medical Director at Family Day & Night Clinic in Pharr, Texas.  In November of 2003, Dr. Gonzalez opened a solo private practice, in Pharr, Texas where he currently serves patients.

Dr. Gonzalez’ hospital affiliations include Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, Mission Regional Medical Center, and McAllen Medical Center.

Dr. Dona Cooper-Dockery

Dr. Cooper-Dockery is board certified in Internal medicine. She received her specialty training from New York Medical college Metropolitan hospital center in New York and her medical degree from the University Of Montemorelos Nuevo Leon Mexico, with an undergraduate degree from Northern Caribbean University in Jamaica West Indies. This broad range of experience and training allows Dr. Cooper-Dockery to treat a variety of medical conditions in the office, hospital and now in the comfort and convenience of the patient’s home.

Dr. Cooper-Dockery treats patients from adolescent, adult to elderly with a wide range of medical illness and in many different settings. She is extremely involved with the care of her patients, and devotes a complete personal attention to each of them, as well as in overseeing all processes that contribute to the care of her patients. She sets a collaborative atmosphere at her office where she leads and interacts with every member of her team to ensure all patients receive the utmost of medical care.

In addition of being a caring and pleasant doctor, she is a dynamic leader with strong grounded roots in the Rio Grande Valley since 1996; community that she has been serving in many ways. In 2005 Dr. Cooper co-founded Procantus Lyric Opera -a nonprofit organization that promotes the art of opera in south Texas, where she currently serves as Vice-President of Finance.

Her leadership has awarded a Who is Who appearance during 2004.

Dr. Norma Cavazos

Dr. Norma Cavazos, a graduate of Mission High School, obtained a BS in Biology with Honors from the University of Texas Pan American. Upon graduation she taught high school science at La Joya ISD for three years, before obtaining her DO degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1994. Dr. Cavazos completed a residency and served as Chief Resident in the department of family medicine at Columbia Medical Center/Dallas Southwest. In 1997 Dr. Cavazos returned to La Joya, TX and established a private practice before relocating to Mission, TX.

Dr. Cavazos has been involved with Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, since its conception, served as Chief of Staff from 2009-2011, and is currently the Ex Officio Chief of Staff. She is also a current DHR Board Member, and serves in the Finance, Tumor Board, Joslyn Diabetes, Credentialing, EMR Physician, Practice Improvement, Research Advisory, and Excellence at Renaissance Committees. Dr. Cavazos involvement in the community includes being the head physician for the local hockey team, The Killer Bees and for the local arena football team, The Dorados. She serves as the president of the Physician Health Organization and Rio-1, a community partnership formed of 350 local physicians and hospitals designed for Health Information Exchange. Dr. Cavazos participates in various research studies with UT Health Science Center in San Antonio, is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine in the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and is a preceptor for the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Texas Pan American.

Dr. Javier A. Saenz, M.D.

Dr. Javier A. Saenz is a practicing physician in La Joya, Texas. His dedication to his patients and the community has earned him much recognition including La Joya ISD naming a middle school in his honor and a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition by Henry Cuellar, Member of Congress.

His dedication began at the University of Texas at Austin where he received a Bachelor Science in Pharmacy with Honors in 1979. After graduation, he attended the University of Texas Health Science Center Medical School at San Antonio and received his Doctorate of Medicine in 1982. After graduation, he returned to McAllen, Texas and completed his residency from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Family Practice Residency Program at McAllen.  He received his license to practice pharmacy in 1982 and a license to practice medicine in 1983.

Dr. Saenz is a member of the Hidalgo-Starr Medical Society, Texas Medical Association, American Medical Association, Texas Academy of Family Practice, Texas Academy of Family Practice, Valley Chapter, and American Academy of Family Physicians. He sits on the Rio Grande Valley Cancer Prevention and Detection Program Steering Committee and the Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance Ethics Committee.  He also volunteers as the physician for the local high schools and their football teams.

Dr. Samuel T. Garcia, Jr.

Dr. Samuel T. Garcia, Jr. is a practicing physician in McAllen, Texas. He attended Pan American University in Edinburg, Texas receiving a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1977. He went on to the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon In Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico and received his Medical Degree in 1985. After graduation he completed his residency in Family Practice at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois in 1989.

He returned to the Rio Grande Valley and worked for Trevino, Garza & Associates Group Practice from 1989-1991 before opening his private practice in September of 1991. In 1998, Dr. Garcia enrolled in an MBA Program for Physicians at the University of Texas Pan American and obtained his MBA in May of 2000.

Dr. Garcia is a member of the Texas Medical Association, American Medical Association, Hidalgo-Starr Counties Medical Society, and Christian Medical Dental Society.

Outside of caring for his patients, Dr. Garcia enjoys golfing, bicycling, hunting, and fishing.