MEET OUR PROVIDERS

Providers 2017-08-29T20:43:31+00:00

BOARD CERTIFIED
Yes
MEDICAL SCHOOL
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
PEDIATRIC INTERNSHIP AND RESIDENCY
Arkansas Children’s Hospital
YEARS IN PRACTICE
12

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
YEARS IN PRACTICE
12

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
YEARS IN PRACTICE

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.

BOARD CERTIFIED
Yes

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.”

BOARD CERTIFIED
Yes

Carol O’Leary, MSN, CPNP

PEDIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER

Born in Austin and raised the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Carol O’Leary received her Associates Degree in Nursing and became a registered nurse in 1999.  She later decided to further her education and get her Bachelors and Masters degree in Nursing at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas.  She completed her Masters in 2011.

Carol began her nursing career as a Neonatal ICU nurse at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.  She then began working for Children’s Medical Center in Dallas where she was a charge nurse, team leader and preceptor on the inpatient surgery/neurosurgery/craniofacial units.  She spent her last year at Children’s in the ER referral center as a charge nurse. She returned to the NICU while pursuing her graduate education. Her first year as a pediatric nurse practitioner was spent in the fast track area of the ER at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas followed by 5 years in a primary care pediatrics office in Cross Roads, TX.

O’Leary is board certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board and received her Texas Advanced Practice Nurse License in the Summer of 2011. She is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.

As a mother,  she is able to relate to her patients and families better. “I am mother to two boys, Mikey and Ryan who are now 12 and 10, and a daughter, Caroline who is 8 years old.  I recently married my loving husband, Curtis, and I have three stepdaughters, Dakota, Hannah and Sheila, who are 9, 17 and 18.  They all keep me very busy but definitely make life more fun and complete! I know from experience how challenging parenting can be at times and rewarding also. As a family, we play games, see movies, check out local attractions and try to just enjoy our time together.  We are also all animal lovers and have 3 dogs, Boba, Xena and Khaleesi,  and a hedgehog, Quilliam”

“I cannot imagine a bigger privilege or responsibility than to be entrusted with a child’s healthcare.  For a parent to trust you to support them in raising a happy, healthy child is the biggest compliment and I strive to exceed their expectations in the care of their child.  The bonus is, kids are awesome!  What is better than hearing a 4 year old tell you a joke or teenager getting you up to date on new slang, video games, music, etc?  I am very blessed to get to do what I do every day and very excited about caring for the families here at Pediatric People!”