MEET OUR PROVIDERS

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BOARD CERTIFIED
Yes
MEDICAL SCHOOL
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
PEDIATRIC INTERNSHIP AND RESIDENCY
Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Audra Linck, MD, FAAP

CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER, PEDIATRICIAN

Born and raised in the Dallas area, Dr. Audra Linck received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from The University of North Texas in 1999.

She earned her medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 2004 and completed her pediatric internship and residency at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in 2007.

After completing her training in 2007, she returned to the Dallas area to practice medicine. She originally joined Acute Kids Urgent Care in 2007, where she practiced for three years before joining Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano and shortly thereafter, Children’s Medical Center at Legacy as a pediatric hospitalist.

Dr. Linck is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. To better serve her patients, she is on staff at Baylor Medical Center at Frisco and Children’s Medical Center at Legacy.

As a dedicated pediatrician with the personal experience of being a mother, Dr. Linck is committed to providing exceptional medical care for children of all ages. “I am married and a mother to three beautiful girls: Ashlynn and Julia on earth, and Kate in heaven,” she says. “In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, riding bikes with my husband, reading children’s books, playing outside with my girls and spending time with family and friends.”

For Dr. Linck, the key to great pediatric care is making meaningful connections with lasting results. “I enjoy the relationships I have with all my patients. Beyond medical care, my goal is to help children and their parents make choices that promote healthy, happy lives.”

BOARD CERTIFIED
Yes
MEDICAL SCHOOL
Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona
PEDIATRIC INTERNSHIP AND RESIDENCY
Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford

Christina Chang, DO, FAAP

PEDIATRICIAN

Raised on the West Coast, Dr. Chang received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles.

She earned her medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California and completed her internship and residency at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University in 2007. Prior to moving to Dallas in 2012, she worked as a pediatric hospitalist in Northern California. Before joining Pediatric People, she worked in Dallas as a pediatric hospitalist at Children’s Medical Center.

Dr. Chang is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. To better serve her patients, she is on staff at Children’s Medical Center.

As a mother to two beautiful girls, she has learned the true blessings in life. “As a mommy, I learn some of the greatest lessons of becoming a better person and pediatrician every day”. Some of her favorite pastimes include reading, running, cooking and doing arts and crafts with her daughters.

In her treatment of patients, Dr. Chang adopts a long-term philosophy. “It is a privilege to partner with families in the health care of their children. My priority is to help children reach their full potential in all aspects of health, both physically and emotionally. I am excited about the work we are doing here at Pediatric People, and I look forward to helping your children grow and thrive”.

BOARD CERTIFIED
Yes
MEDICAL SCHOOL
Louisiana State University
PEDIATRIC INTERNSHIP AND RESIDENCY
UT-Southwestern / Children’s Medical Center

Kathryn King, MD, FAAP

PEDIATRICIAN

After living most of her life throughout Louisiana, Dr. King has lived in the DFW area since 2008. Her undergraduate degree from the Louisiana State University is a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She completed medical school at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport and her pediatric residency at UT-Southwestern/Children’s Medical Center.

She has been practicing pediatrics as a pediatric hospitalist at UT-Southwestern/Children’s Medical Center for the last six years. Dr. King is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has two children and volunteers at Operation Kindness (a local no-kill animal shelter) periodically in her free time.

Sarah Simko, MSN, CPNP

PEDIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER

Raised in Overland Park, Kansas, Sarah Simko, moved to Texas and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Baylor University in 2007.

After completing her nursing degree, she worked as a Charge Nurse on a very fast-paced medical-surgical unit at Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio for 6 years.

In 2012 she made the decision to further her education and was accepted into the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program at The University Health Science Center of San Antonio. Once she completed her degree and training in 2014, she worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at A thru Z Pediatrics in San Antonio.

Simko is board certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board and received her Texas Advanced Practice Nurse License in the Spring of 2014. She is a member of the American Nurses Association and National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.

As a mother to a beautiful boy, she is able to relate to her patients and families better. “I am married and a mother to a fun-loving, full of energy little boy; William” she says. “I enjoy running with my husband, working out, reading, chasing after my son and spending my free time with my family.”

Ever since Sarah was a little girl she knew that her career would revolve around children. “My philosophy of nursing is a moral duty to help others, give my time and talents unconditionally and doing what is right for my patient. I find complete joy in serving the pediatric patient population and am very passionate about helping serve this community. Knowing that I would be able to make a real difference in the education and support in child’s life is priceless.”

Anna Maria Mirbahaeddin, MSN, CPNP

PEDIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER

Anna Maria Mirbahaeddin grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, and has lived in the Dallas area for the past thirty-three years. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University in 1996.

She earned her Master’s degree from Texas Woman’s University in 2008 and became certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.

Anna Maria’s first twelve years of nursing were mainly spent focused on newborns working at Parkland Hospital and later at the Medical Center of Lewisville in the newborn nursery.

After receiving her Master’s degree, she has worked in a primary pediatric office for the past ten years. “I love working with children and treat every child as I would my own. I feel my experience as a mother helps me relate and empathize to my patients and their families.”

She has three daughters, two of whom are grown, and the youngest is a sophomore in high school. Anna Maria is also the proud grandmother to one grandson. “In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family. I love to Zumba, walk, and spend time in the outdoors.”

Joanie Leach M.Ed, LPC

LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR

Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Joanie Leach M.Ed., LPC started her education at LSU in Baton Rouge, and received her Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Houston Texas in 2001. She earned her secondary Texas Teaching credentials in 2002.

She earned her Master’s Degree in Education in 2004 from The University of Houston, while completing her State of Texas Licensed Professional Counselor credentials in that same year.

Joanie taught high school AP English and continued her education to earn a Master’s Degree in Education to qualify as a high school counselor.

She has two amazing children, Kelley and Ryan, who brought a deeper meaning to everything that matters. “Until I had children, I did not fully understand the depth of a parent’s love, and what we will do and sacrifice for their safety and future. Being in education and in the mental health field has fueled my passion to help young people navigate adolescence to fully realize their potential and dreams. I hope to enlighten parents to the fact that our children cannot climb a smooth mountain and hope that they can overcome challenges successfully when they leave home”. Joanie loves cooking up spicy creole dishes, golf, and loves to be out in nature with her husband.