Meet our Physician Team

Group of physicians outside hospital.

At Community Hospice of Texas and Providence Hospice, our physicians are a vital part of the hospice team. Physicians provide guidance and medical oversight in the care of patients living with a life-limiting disease. Some primary care providers or specialty physicians may choose to follow their patients’ care while the patient is on our hospice service. Others defer primary/attending physician care to the hospice physician. If the hospice physician serves as the attending physician, a patient may continue to see their PCP or specialist for care not related to the hospice diagnosis.

If the primary care physician or specialist chooses to continue as the patient’s attending physician, they are jointly responsible with the Community Hospice of Texas or Providence Hospice interdisciplinary team in establishing, reviewing and updating the patient’s plan of care.

In order for hospice care to be provided, Community Hospice of Texas or Providence Hospice must obtain an order for hospice assessment and treatment as well as a certification that, based on the physician’s clinical expertise, the patient’s prognosis is for a life expectancy of six months or less if the terminal illness runs its normal course.

Our hospice physicians offer a wide range of specialties and experience. Our physician team members (by location) are:

Community Hospice of Texas – Fort Worth

  • Janet Lieto, D.O. – Chief Medical Director, Hospice & Palliative Medicine, Geriatric Medicine
  • Karen Godfrey, M.D. – Medical Director, Family Medicine, Hospice & Palliative Medicine

Community Hospice of Texas Hospice House Downtown in James L. West Alzheimer’s Facility

  • Janice Knebl, D.O., Geriatric Medicine, Hospice & Palliative Medicine
  • Alvin Mathe, D.O., Internal Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Sarah Ross, D.O., Family Medicine, Hospice & Palliative Medicine, Geriatric Medicine
  • Pat Connally, D.O., Family Medicine, Geriatric Medicine
  • Emad Shoukry, M.D., Geriatric Medicine
  • Kathleen Crowley, M.D., Internal Medicine

Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital

  • Joseph Austin, M.D., Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care
  • Jack Gilbey, M.D., Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care
  • Luis Guerra, M.D., Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care
  • David Plump, M.D., Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care
  • Tony Su, M.D., Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

Community Hospice of Texas – Dallas

  • Tamara McGregor, M.D. – Medical Director, Family Medicine, Hospice & Palliative Medicine

Community Hospice of Texas – Cleburne

  • Erik Furman, M.D., Family Medicine

Community of Texas Hospice House at Texas Health Huguley

  • Jason Seiden, M.D., Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care
  • David Troutman, M.D., Internal Medicine

Providence Hospice – Waco

  • Dileep Bhateley, M.D., Family Medicine
  • J. Michael Burbidge, Jr., D.O., Family Medicine
  • Michael Jahrmarkt, M.D., Family Medicine
  • Nicholas Schwedock, M.D., Family Medicine
  • Michael Stones, M.D., Family Medicine

Providence Hospice – Mexia

  • Joseph R. Berger, D.O., Family Medicine
  • Jerry W. Simmons, M.D., Family Medicine

Providence Hospice – Whitney

  • Randall Henderson, D.O., Family Medicine
  • Jeremy Seely, M.D., Family Medicine
  • David Skelton, MD, Family Medicine