About Dr. Cortez
Olga L. Cortez, MD, FACOG is a board-certified OB/GYN who provides personalized care for women at Cross Roads Hormonal Health & Wellness. Her practice is located in Cross Roads, Texas and it has the latest medical and wellness resources.
In addition to the obstetric and gynecologic care she provides, Dr. Cortez offers medically supervised weight loss plans and hormonal therapies for both women and men.
Dr. Cortez began her education in medicine at the University of North Texas. She went on to earn her medical degree in 2002 from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Cortez then completed her internship and residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, where she provided comprehensive care for women of all ages.
After her medical training, Dr. Cortez returned to Cross Roads, Texas to start her practice and to raise her family. Over the years, she learned from personal experience the difficulties of weight loss and hormonal imbalance. That led her to devote herself to helping others with these same issues. She has since completed additional training to assist men and women with medically supervised weight loss and hormonal support.
As a passionate advocate for the overall health of each person, Dr. Cortez aims to support the path of each patient to optimal well-being. She works with her patients to identify and achieve their health goals reassuringly and compassionately.
With over 15 years of experience, Dr. Cortez provides comprehensive care for your greatest health concerns and life changes. If you want to work with a physician who puts your needs first, call Cross Roads Hormonal Health & Wellness or schedule a consultation online today.
About Lee Vest MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Lee Vest MSN, APRN, FNP-Cis a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified Aesthetic Injector who provides personalized care for women and men at Cross Roads Hormonal Health & Wellness in collaboration with Dr. Cortez.
Lee offers various aesthetic procedures, medically supervised weight loss plans, hormonal therapies for women and men, headache management, as well as management of other acute and chronic conditions.
Lee has over 15 years of experience in the medical field and over 4.5 years of experience as a Nurse Practitioner. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in nursing and later Master’s Degree in Nursing from University of Texas at Arlington with honors. After completing her Master’s degree, she was one of five selected out of many to complete a post master’s emergency medicine internship at Baylor Dallas.
Lee has always been an advocate about health and wellness both inside and out. About 1 year after graduating nurse practitioner school, Lee noted that she did not have the stamina nor ability to lose weight as she once had and personally researched her symptoms and sought out help from Dr Cortez. Lee suffered from hormone imbalance and was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Her personal experience and experience in the emergency room propelled her to seek out ways to help patients prevent acute and chronic conditions and/or to achieve optimal health and live a life of wellness. As a result, Lee sought out additional training and worked as an aesthetic injector and wellness provider in addition to working in emergency medicine.
She is known for her personalized aesthetic and health assessment with each patient to help them meet their individual needs and goals. Her experience in aesthetic injections, hormone replacement, and wellness has helped her educate patients on the importance of health promotion and prevention. Her experience in emergency medicine has helped her develop a keen understanding and skill set to manage patients of all ages with various conditions.
About Elaine Candeloro, DNP, APRN, CNM, FNP-C
Cross Roads Hormonal Health & Wellness is pleased to announce that Elaine Candeloro, DNP, APRN, CNM, FNP-C, joined our practice on November 15, 2021.
Elaine has been in the nursing field since 2006. She is a proud alumna of Jacksonville University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in the Science of Nursing. She then continued her education at Frontier Nursing University, the birthplace of nurse-midwifery in the United States and a leader in advanced practice nursing. Elaine earned a master’s degree in nurse-midwifery, followed by a doctorate in nursing practice, and finally a certificate as a family nurse practitioner. She takes pride in providing safe, evidence-based care for her patients. Elaine’s career has taken her overseas as a community health nurse, pregnancy educator, and lactation counselor. She has also worked as a nurse in pediatrics, women’s surgery, and labor and delivery. Elaine has been serving families in the Denton area since 2017.
Elaine lives with her husband Anthony, a retired Navy Chief who is currently working in logistics, 7 children, and 2 golden retrievers. When she’s not meeting with patients or catching babies, she can be found cheering on her kids at sporting events or recitals, kayaking, hiking, or suffering in the Pilates studio.
About Sarah Allende, FNP-C
Sarah Allende MSN, APRN, FNP-C is a board-certified family nurse practitioner who joined Dr. Cortez and the team at Cross Roads Hormonal Health and Wellness in March of 2022.
Sarah has over 14 years of healthcare experience. In 2008, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in nursing at Presentation College in Aberdeen, South Dakota. She then moved to Texas where she began her nursing career at Baylor University Medical center. While at Baylor Sarah provided preoperative and post-operative care for organ transplant patients. In 2011, she supported the launch of Methodist Hospital for Surgery where she provided post-operative care to orthopedic and neuro-spine patients. Sarah earned her Master’s degree in nursing from Chamberlain University in 2017 and began working as a nurse practitioner in orthopedic and neurosurgery specialty shortly after.
When caring for patients, Sarah’s primary focus is on preventative measures, conservative options and patient education. She has seen how vulnerable patients can be when they do not understand their health conditions and because of this she believes patient education is an important part of providing good healthcare.
When she is not taking care of patients, Sarah lives with her husband and two children. She enjoys baking, reading and spending her time with her family.
About Ann Ellison, FNP-C, FNP-C
On October 3rd, 2022 Cross Roads Hormonal Health & Wellness welcomed nurse practitioner, Ann Ellison to our team of hormone specialists. Ann has over 12 years of experience as a nurse practitioner in internal medicine, hormonal health, women’s health and family practice. Before becoming a nurse practitioner, she served as a labor and delivery nurse for 8 years.
Ann believes that the most important part of the patient visit is listening intently to what the patient is communicating verbally and non-verbally. Often what the patient doesn’t say is just as important as what they are saying. Ann recognizes that patients want to feel heard and cared for.
She explains to her patients the importance of preventative healthcare, just as you take your car in to change the oil, it is just as important to take your body in for a check up too! “You have to take care of yourself before you can take care of others. My patients trust me and I don’t take that for granted.”
As Ann gets to know her patients, she is focused on long term goals and benefits of pursuing health and wellness. Her greatest hope for her patients is that they will feel safe to talk to her, so that together they can establish goals for long term health. “Medicine is a different language, it’s my job to translate.”