What is Family Medicine?
The specialty of Family Medicine grew out of the old specialty of General Practice. In contrast to general practitioners, who only undergo one year of training in addition to medical school, Family Medicine physicians receive three years of specialty training after medical school. This includes training in all the major fields of medicine including internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, gynecology, ENT, urology, cardiology, orthopedics and geriatrics. In 2005, the decision was made to change from the title “Family Practice” to “Family Medicine” to stress the value of the training Family Medicine doctors obtain by this additional training.
As Family Medicine physicians, we are certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. The Board requires all physicians to undergo recertification testing every seven years. We specialize in comprehensive medical care. This means that we not only treat a broad spectrum of diseases, we are also dedicated to health promotion, preventive medicine and wellness.
Cheryl Polkowski, M.D. / Harker Heights
Cheryl Polkowski, M.D. has been in practice and a member of the Harker Heights Community for over seven years. She earned her bachelor’s of science in biology at Washington College in Maryland. She then attended medical school at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. She completed her residency program at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in New York. Dr. Polkowski is board certified in Family Medicine.
Mark Fierro, M.D. / Harker Heights
University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS Resident, Family Medicine
New York Medical College – Richmond University Medical Center, Staten Island, NY
Required Medical School Pre-Internship
Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Doctor of Medicine
University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE
Bachelor of Science, Biotechnology
English – Native Speaker
Spanish – Speak, Read, and Write
Member of the ABFM
Member of the AAFP
Barry Holdampf, M.D. / Belton
A highly-trained and qualified board certified physician specializing in family medicine, Barry Holdampf, M.D., has over 20 years experience practicing medicine. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lubbock Christian University and his medical degree from the University of Texas-Galveston. Dr. Holdampf completed a family practice residency at Texas Tech University Health Science Center.
Early in his career, Dr. Holdampf taught Junior High Science and served as a camp counselor at Texas Lions Camp for Handicapped Children. After earning his medical degree, he continued his work in education teaching medical students and residents at Scott & White Department of Family Medicine and Texas A&M University System Health Science Center. He is eager to bring this knowledge and skill to his patients at Wellstone Family Medicine Clinic.
Jeremy Swain, DO / Harker Heights
Dr. Swain has been in Central Texas since 2008 as part of Modoc Family Medicine, and as Staff Physician at Freedom Urgent Care in Harker Heights.
As an active duty US Army physician he practiced at Darnall Medical Center where he was Officer in Charge at the Bennet Health Clinic and Monroe Health Clinic. He left the Army in 2011.
Dr. Swain is currently a physician with Wellstone Health Partners.
Stephanie Tomasek, FNP
Stephanie Tomasek, FNP was born in temple, Texas and raised in the small town of Academy.
She earned a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in 1996 and graduated as a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the National honor society of nursing.
She attended the university of Texas at Austin where she earned a Master’s of Science in Nursing. She is board certified by the American academy of Nurse practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
She has spent the majority of her 15 years as a NP caring for the entire family, infants to elderly. She also serves our military veterans who are ill and needing hospice care.
Wellstone Health Partners: Family Medicine Harker Heights
800 W. Central Texas Expressway. Suite 125
Harker Heights, TX 76548
Wellstone Health Partners: Family Medicine Dr Swain Harker Heights
300 W. Central Texas Expressway. Suite 117
Harker Heights, TX 76548
Wellstone Health Partners: Family Medicine Belton
2851 Main St
Belton, TX 76513
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