Our team is your team

When you start down the path to health and wellness, it’s great to know your team will be with you all the way, providing expert knowledge, timely motivation and even a little inspiration. Everyone at the Wellness Center shares a passionate belief in the power of relationships and rewarding experiences that can help you achieve your goals. We want you to get to know each of the care providers at the Wellness Center.

Lorraine Shirley-Wenzel, MD

Primary Care

Lori is an internal medicine physician with over 20 years of experience who has had a longstanding desire to help implement a new model of care delivery. Part of this effort has led her to serve on a variety of physician leadership, practice transformation, and quality committees to improve practice efficiency and health outcomes. During her time as a Medical Director, Lori led several key initiatives to improve care delivery including overseeing clinical labs, electronic health records and outpatient services. Lori enjoys teaching, consulting and speaking on a variety of topics and has been the recipient of many patient choice and leadership recognition awards during her tenure.

Lori started her career in the nursing field but transitioned after a year to pursue her dream of becoming a physician. After completing medical school in South Carolina, she moved to Birmingham, Alabama, to complete her internal medicine residency program where she served one year as Chief Resident. After completing her boards, she settled into practice in South Carolina for about ten years before moving back to San Antonio where she has worked in a variety of small group and large hospital settings. In her spare time, Lori enjoys working out, gardening, cooking, music, theater and travel. She is the proud mother of two adult children.

Mariana Munante, MD

Primary Care

Mariana has experience treating a large variety of acute and chronic medical conditions. She focuses on comprehensive patient care, with a strong emphasis on patient education and disease prevention. Mariana has experience working in Family Medicine clinics at Brooke Army Medical Center and UT Medicine, and has served in various clinical, teaching, and leadership roles. Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Mariana also attended medical school there.

  • MD, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
  • Residency, University of Texas Health Science Center
  • Board-certified, Family Medicine

What makes me unique:

I am fluent in Spanish.

Why do I practice healthcare:

I enjoy learning and using my knowledge and experience to help people.

Argie Deneen, MSN, RN

Registered Nurse

Argie’s passion for helping others began at a young age—when her grandfather fell ill, she was inspired to choose nursing as her career path. Before becoming an RN, Argie was a Phlebotomist and CNA. She is originally from El Paso, Texas and loves to travel. Argie also enjoys nature and connects with it as much as she can by spending time in her garden.

  • BSN, Nursing, Texas Tech University
  • MSN, Nursing, Texas Tech University (graduated with Honors, Magna Cum Laude)

What makes me unique:

I am fluent in Spanish. Before I became a nurse, I was an apprentice at an herbal shop in New Mexico. I love holistic health and alternative medicine.

Why do I practice healthcare:

The learning never ends—I love the growth and how it allows me to better understand my patients. Working in primary care has been a rewarding part of my career.

Melissa Kirkland, RN

Registered Nurse

For Melissa, it is important that she leave everyone she sees a little better than she found them. She strives to do this through her nursing care and by being present for her patients. Her nursing experience includes many years in Emergency/Trauma Nursing, Hospice, and Aesthetics. Originally from Kansas City, MO, Melissa enjoys fostering dogs and helping them find their forever homes.

  • BS, University of Central Missouri
  • Two-time Recipient, Daisy Award

What makes me unique:

I have six special needs dogs.

Why do I practice healthcare:

I find it rewarding in a multitude of ways.

Christina Watson-Sanchez

Host

Christina is a very passionate person who believes that good things come to those who work for it. She finds great joy in planning life projects. While serving in the military, Christina learned to adapt and overcome in a variety of situations. She is driven by the motivation to help others help themselves.

Christina enlisted in the military after graduating from high school with dreams of seeing the world—not knowing she would also meet her future husband! While in the Marine Corps she had the chance to travel to Japan, Australia, Guam, South Korea, and Iraq. Christina served four years; she was stationed in Japan for two years and deployed to Iraq for 11 months. During that time she learned the importance of fostering good rapport and mediating tough predicaments with her fellow Marines. Upon her honorable discharge, Christina went on to pursue a degree in Sports and Exercise Science.

Upon leaving the military, Christina returned to Florida, earned her degree, and got married. From a small town in Florida (with a population of less than 1,500 people), she moved to Texas and continued to travel, adding Jamaica, Belize, Spain, Morocco, and Haiti to her passport stamp collection. Her goal is to visit every continent. When she isn’t working, she snuggles with her husband Chris, her feisty, two-year-old daughter, and her dog—all of whom she dearly adores.

– BS, Sports and Exercise Science, University of Central Florida

What makes me unique:
I am extremely confident in my ability to accomplish anything asked of me while wearing a smile. My favorite quote is by Maya Angelou: “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

Why do I practice healthcare:
I have the heart of a helper. I care a great deal about personal relationships and devote an enormous amount of energy to fostering good relationships.