STMHA PROVIDERS

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JOHN O LUSINS III, M.D. PSYCHIATRY

JOHN O LUSINS III, M.D. PSYCHIATRY

JOHN O LUSINS III, M.D. PSYCHIATRY

As a fellowship-trained psychiatrist practicing at South Texas Mental Health Associates, John Lusins, MD, offers comprehensive medical care for patients from in and around Corpus Christi, Texas. He diagnoses and treats mental health conditions including ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and PTSD.

Dr. Lusins earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Connecticut College before completing both a master’s of science and his medical degree at American University of the Caribbean Medical School. He went on to complete his residency in psychiatry at West Virginia University Hospitals and his forensic psychiatry fellowship.

Dr. Lusins is dedicated to providing the best possible care to his patients and regularly attends conferences and other training events to stay abreast of emerging best practices in psychiatry.

He provides compassionate, evidence-based care to help patients live with mental health issues and improve their quality of life. He takes an active interest in his patients’ lives and always takes the time to listen to them and answer questions thoroughly. His patients benefit from his experience and excellent bedside manner as well as his commitment to their health and wellness.

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MEGAN TALLEY, M.D. PSYCHIATRY

JOHN O LUSINS III, M.D. PSYCHIATRY

JOHN O LUSINS III, M.D. PSYCHIATRY

Dr. Megan Talley is a compassionate and gifted psychiatrist serving the communities in and around Corpus Christi, Texas, at South Texas Mental Health Associates. She is a true partner to her patients, working with them to address mental health issues such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, and PTSD. She also specializes in psychopharmacology and offers comprehensive treatments for schizophrenia.

Dr. Talley completed her bachelor's degree at the University of Texas at San Antonio before she went on to earn her medical degree at University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She completed her psychiatric residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch. She’s a member of the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians.

Dr. Talley is committed to helping her patients address their mental health issues and lead healthy and productive lives. She listens carefully and makes her patients feel comfortable under her care. Developing a trusting professional relationship is the cornerstone of her approach to care.

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RYAN SMITH, M.D. PSYCHIATRY

JOHN O LUSINS III, M.D. PSYCHIATRY

RYAN SMITH, M.D. PSYCHIATRY

Dr. Ryan Smith is a compassionate board certified psychiatrist with fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry serving the communities in and around Corpus Christi, Texas, at South Texas Mental Health Associates. Dr. Smith assists his patients working with them to address mental health issues such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, and PTSD. He also specializes in psychopharmacology and offers comprehensive treatments for schizophrenia.

Dr. Smith was an infantryman in the Texas Army National Guard while completing his undergraduate in genetics with University Honors in the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University in College Station.  He then attended medical school at the Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD and completed a residency in psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  He also has fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry from Walter Reed.

Dr. Smith is committed to helping his patients address their mental health issues and lead healthy and productive lives. He actively listens and makes his patients feel comfortable under his care. Developing a trusting professional relationship is the cornerstone of his approach to care.

STMHA PROVIDERS

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Marilyn DeCordova, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Marilyn DeCordova, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Marilyn DeCordova, MSN, PMHNP-BC

As a Board-Certified nurse practitioner at South Texas Mental Health Associates in Corpus Christi, Texas, Marilyn DeCordova, MSN, PMHNP-BC, always puts the well-being of her patients first. Mrs. DeCordova offers compassionate, patient-focused mental health care. f

Mrs. DeCordova earned her bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN) degree at Texas A&M Corpus Christi University and continued her education by earning a master’s of science degree in nursing, which enabled her to become a Mental Health Nurse practitioner at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio. She frequently attends training events and conferences to stay up-to-date with best practices in psychiatric medicine.

With nearly 10 years of practical psychiatric nursing experience, Mrs. DeCordova continues to offer compassionate to her patients. She listens to her patients. Mrs. CeCordova inspires her patients to improve their mental health to assist their quality of life and overall well-being.  

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TIM TATE, M.S, LPC

Marilyn DeCordova, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Marilyn DeCordova, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Tim has been uplifting the Coastal Bend community for over a decade. His Use Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy to counseling
along with incorporating a holistic approach to the mental health model assists in alleviating symptoms of anxiety and depression and offers useful coping skills that are valuable.
Mr. Tate Graduated from TAMUCC with his Masters in Counseling & Education. He has inspired many through his gift of speech by offering free mental health community education at local public seminars and meditation groups. With over
15 years of experience, Mr. Tate continues to be a valuable Mental Health Resource to not only STMHA but to the Coastal Bend area.

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Nedia DeLaRuiz, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Nedia DeLaRuiz, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Nedia DeLaRuiz, MSN, PMHNP-BC

As a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner at South Texas Mental Health Associates in Corpus Christi, Texas, Nedia N. De Lua-Ruiz,MSN, PMHNP-BC, always puts the well-being of her patients first. Ms. De Lua-Ruiz offers compassionate, patient-focused mental health care for conditions ranging from depression and anxiety to schizophrenia and PTSD.

Ms. De La-Ruiz earned her bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN) degree at Texas Tech University Health Science Center. She completed her master’s of science in nursing, which enabled her to become a nurse practitioner at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio. She frequently attends training events and conferences to stay up-to-date with best practices in psychiatric medicine.

With nearly 10 years of practical psychiatric nursing experience, Ms. De Lua-Ruiz had a comprehensive understanding of her patients’ needs. She always takes time to talk to them, listen to their questions, and answer questions thoroughly. She wants to be a true partner in health for her patients and help them to improve their quality of life and well-being with excellent medical care and support.

As a Board-Certified nurse practitioner at South Texas Mental Health Associates in Corpus Christi, T

Anita Padilla, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Nedia DeLaRuiz, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Nedia DeLaRuiz, MSN, PMHNP-BC

As a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner at South Texas Mental Health Associates in Corpus Christi, Texas, Anita Padilla, MSN, PMHNP-BC earned her Masters in Nursing at Wilkes University in 2019. Anita is a ANCC Board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. 

Ms. Padilla is also ANCC Board Certified Gerontological Nurse and Registered Nurse.

Anita offers a warm and healing environment for her clients and their families when dealing with a wide range of mental health conditions. 

Anita earned her BSN at TAMUCC in 2012 and has been a sought out writer by various professional peer reviewed journals for her content expertise.  

Ms. Padilla has been a Acute Care Mental Health Nurse since 2013.  She also serves her community as a Adjunct clinical professor at TAMUCC since 2015. Anita is certified in crisis prevention intervention and Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider. She continues to serve as a Member of the Texas Nurse Practitioners Association, The American Nurses Association and The American Psychiatric Nurses Association. 

Anita continues to inspire her community and her patients to improve their mental health through compassion and action. She offers and teaches her patients effective tools and coping skills which assists in improving ones overall quality of life and well-being.  



PROFESSIONAL STAFF

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VANESSA AGUILAR

VANESSA AGUILAR

VANESSA AGUILAR

OFFICE MANAGER 

Corpus Christi Native, Vanessa has been a beacon of hope and warmth to  every STMHA patient for over 6 years. Vanessas compassion for the Mental Health community is felt from the moment you meet her.  



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SHANDA PARKER

VANESSA AGUILAR

VANESSA AGUILAR

RECEPTIONIST 

Shanda is a new to the STMHA family however has worked in Mental Health field for over a year offering compassionate assistance to all that meet her. 

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GRACE SCHULKE

VANESSA AGUILAR

GRACE SCHULKE

OFFICE ASSISTANT/LAB

Grace is an valuable part of STMHA family providing our patients with quality laboratory services and office support for over a year. Her kindness radiates from her the moment you meet.