Greg Backofen, M.D., has been a member of the provider team at Toledo Bend Family Medicine since 2015. He completed his family practice residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). The “rural track” offered by UAMS allowed him to rotate through several smaller communities including Magnolia, Arkansas. During his three-year tenure at UAMS, he was selected as chief resident for two consecutive years.
Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Backofen attended medical school and completed an undergraduate degree in pre-medicine at the Universidad Iberoamericana Medical School, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He also has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Louisiana State University. He and his wife Brandy, a former pharmaceutical sales representative, live in Hemphill along with their two golden doodles who also enjoy the advantages of Hemphill lake and recreational areas.
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Mareike Gay, FNP-C
Mareike Gay, FNP-C, joined the team of medical providers at Toledo Bend Family Medicine in November 2020 after earning her Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner degree at Walden University. Gay worked at Sabine County Hospital in various nursing positions since 2004, and was eventually promoted to Chief Nursing Officer. She stepped down from her position as CNO in 2018 to complete her nurse practitioner studies. While at school, she continued to work as a floor nurse and on special projects at SCH. A native of Germany, Gay graduated from nursing school in 1999 and worked at a German hospital as a surgical nurse for the next three years. Married to Chad Gay and mother to Amelia, age 12 and Myah, age 11, she is also raising a family in Hemphill.
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Lisa Lane, FNP-C
Lisa Lane, F-NP brings over two decades of dedicated healthcare experience back to her hometown of Pineland, Texas, as a provider at West Sabine Community Clinic. A 1993 graduate of West Sabine ISD, Lisa's educational journey and professional tenure, notably as the Director of Nursing at Hemphill Care Center, have equipped her with a profound understanding of patient care across a spectrum of settings.
In 2021, Lisa enhanced her expertise by earning a Master's Degree in Nursing from Chamberlain University, focusing on family medicine. Her return to Pineland to serve the community is driven by a deep commitment to improving the health and well-being of its residents. Alongside her husband, Joseph, and their three children, Lisa embodies the values of compassion, excellence, and dedication in her practice.
Chris Melcher, PA-C
Chris Melcher, PA-C, has been a member of the provider staff at Sabine County Hospital since 2011, covering the emergency department and providing care to clinic patients. He relocated to Toledo Bend Family Medicine in 2017. Chris entered physician assistant school after spending 21 years in the U.S. Air Force where he served as a Medical Services Technician responsible for supporting USAF personnel in remote locations worldwide. In addition to his military experience, Chris also worked as a physician assistant at Sparta Community Hospital in Sparta, Illinois, and the Carterville Family Practice also in Carterville.
Chris graduated from the Southern Illinois University Physicians Assistant Program with a bachelor's in science, received his second associate's degree in arts and science from Pierce College and his first associate's degree in applied science, allied health sciences from the Community College of the Air Force. Chris and his wife, Diane, have one grown son living in Illinois.
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Chad Moody, MS, PA-C
Chad Moody, MS, PA-C, was born and raised in Sabine County, and joined the staff of Sabine County Hospital and clinics in 2009 to serve the residents of his hometown. He provides family care to patients at Toledo Bend Family Medicine, and also covers the emergency department of the hospital. Prior to joining Sabine County Hospital, Chad worked in the emergency rooms at Memorial Health System of East Texas in Livingston and Lufkin, and at Watson Family Medicine in Hemphill.
Chad received his Masters of Science degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in December 2005 and successfully completed his Physician Assistant Program certification with the same school. He also maintains advanced certification in emergency medicine. Chad and his wife, Jennifer, are the proud parents of three children.
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Valerie Upshaw, APRN-CNP
Valerie Upshaw, APRN-CNP is an experienced nurse with over 10 years of clinical research and experience. While in training for her Nurse Practitioner License, Valerie worked in Tulsa, Oklahoma as a researcher for the Laureate Institute for Brain Research. Valerie moved to the Hemphill area because her husband Andrew is from the Sabine County area and has a lot of family around Hemphill. Valerie particularly enjoys currently seeing patients for women’s health issues, hypertension, as well as managing diabetes.