Meet Our Team

At Paragon Health Partners, we’re passionate about ENHANCING QUALITY OF LIFE by addressing your health — pain, weight loss or addiction — as a WHOLE.

Our experienced medical team is committed to providing compliant, compassionate care and dedicated to our core values:

Help First

Commitment, Resolute, and a way to help our patients, each other, community, and practice. Service to others, See the value in everyone, Show respect for everyone you encounter. Provide compassionate, compliant care.

Accountability

Character Counts, Integrity is everything, Personal accountability leads to organizational accountability, which provides the to care for our patients and others more effectively. OWN IT! Close the Loop, be diligent, Have a strong work ethic, be consistent with your role and responsibilities.

Do the Right Thing

Integrity, honesty, reliability, trustworthiness. Take responsibility for your actions.

Continuous Improvement

Be ready to learn and do your best, Strive for personal and professional growth. Be better do better daily.

Protect What Matters

Protect our patients, Protect each other, Protect our practice. Loyalty and Represent each other and the practice well.

Positivity

Positivity is a choice and sets the tone for your surroundings, Change your perspective to be positive, Positive attitude leads to positive results, Strive for mental, physical and spiritual wellness. Show respect to all, treat others with care, be empathetic and compassionate.

Paragon Health Partners was formerly Paragon Pain + Rehab. Updated name, same team and services you trust!

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Leadership

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Dr. Vargas

Co-Founder

“The idea of being focused on helping others regardless of circumstance, and focused on facilitating people leading healthier and happier lives…I can’t imagine a more fulfilling job.”

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Dr. Vargas is a diplomat of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as The American Board of Addiction Medicine, and The American Board of Obesity Medicine. He is also a Medical Review Officer for the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Dr. Vargas graduated from the Ponce School of Medicine, Puerto Rico and completed his residency at Baylor University Medical Center of Dallas in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Vargas is the clinic’s Addiction specialist.

The methodology Dr. Vargas uses provides a comprehensive approach in the treatment of all of his patients. He performs electro-diagnostic testing, fluoroscopic-guided lumbar spinal injections to treat both acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries, and chronic pain management. He has successfully introduced the use of ultrasound-guided musculoskeletal injections to the practice, thus improving procedure outcomes while avoiding exposure risks of radiation. He also has trained in the field of prolotherapy for the treatment of painful ligament and tendon laxity.

Dr. Vargas’ areas of interest and expertise include addiction medicine for the prevention, intervention, and treatment of addiction associated with tobacco, prescription medications, and other drugs. Dr. Vargas is certified to treat opioid dependence with the use of Suboxone.

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Dr. Benavides

Co-Founder

“I have the honor of partnering with communities to find ways to solve the everyday problems that make leading a healthy life so hard. The incredibly strong and resilient patients I work with every day are why I became a doctor.”

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Dr. Benavides is a diplomat of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as The American Board of Sports Medicine, and The American Board of Pain Medicine.

Dr. Benavides DO attended the University of North Texas Science Center as well as the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated in 2001. Dr. Benavides completed his residency at Southwestern Medical Center in 2005.

The methodology Dr. Benavides uses provides a comprehensive approach in the treatment of all of his patients. He performs electro-diagnostic testing, fluoroscopic-guided lumbar, thoracic, and cervical spinal injections to treat both acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries, and chronic pain management. He has successfully introduced the use of ultrasound-guided musculoskeletal injections to the practice, thus improving procedure outcomes while avoiding exposure risks of radiation. He also has trained in PRP (Plasma Rich Platelet), performs Kyphoplasty, and Spinal Cord Stim placements.

Dr. Benavides’ areas of interest and expertise include interventional spine procedures, Sports Medicine, Pain Management. Dr. Benavides is certified to treat opioid dependence with the use of Suboxone. Dr. Benavides also is a RockDoc physician and treats performers in town at the local venues.

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Karen McNerney

Director of Operations/Implementor

Karen was born in Bossier City, LA and grew up in DFW. She is a certified Practice Manager and has worked in medical field for the past 30 years, managing PM&R and Pain Management Practices.

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Starting a new practice in 2012 with Drs. Norberto Vargas and JP Benavides in Paris, TX, Karen is currently the Director of Operations and EOS implementor of Paragon Health Partners.

Karen is proud to nurture a culture based on the core values of Help First, Accountability, Do the Right Thing, Protect What Matters, Positivity, and Continuous Improvement.

Karen’s certifications have included: Certified Practice Manager, Certified Medical Coder and Six Sigma Yellow Belt. She attends Strategic Coach Team leadership courses, Kolbe course, and is a member of the Female Integrator Mastermind (FIM). As a former Foster Parent and a CASA advocate for Tarrant County, Karen continues to be involved with issues involving the care and support of children. Her favorite quote is “If not now…when?”.

Providers

Trung Doan

MSN APRN FNP-C

Melanie Albert

MSN APRN FNP-C

Alishia Bratcher

MSN APRN FNP-C

Chelsey Hinkle

MSN APRN FNP-C

LaCresha Carson

MSN APRN FNP-BC

Jenice Martinez

MSN, APRN-CNP

Kimberly Muck

MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Jenifer Pauli

MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Erica Rush

MSN, ACNP, APRN-CNP

Vijayakala Mani

MS PA-C

We offer complete diagnosis and management of pain, sports medicine, medically assisted weight loss, and the latest treatment options for addiction.

Call today to learn more or schedule an appointment!

(972) 203-3600