Jody D. Chance, M.D.
Medical & Surgical Clinic - Vivian
Dr. Chance is Board Certified in Family Medicine. He accepts patients of all ages within his practice. Dr. Chance is skilled in performing endoscopies, including EGD’s and colonoscopies. He is an instructor for Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Life Support and has been certified by the American College or Surgeons in Advanced Trauma Life Support.
Dr. Chance began his pursuit of a medical career at Louisiana State University where he received the Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor Degree of Science in Biology.
His Medical Doctorate was earned from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport. Dr. Chance’s was honored to be accepted by LSUHSC Rural Residency Tract, therefore receiving his extensive rural health training at North Caddo Medical Center. Dr. Chance now joins other NCMC attendings in training fresh, rural physicians.
Dr. Chance is proud to have served his country in the National Guard for eight years. He received an Army Accommodation Medal and Army Service Award for Outstanding Performance.
Jeffrey W. Holt, M.D.
Ark-La-Tex Cardiology, AMPC
Dr. Holt joined Ark-La-Tex Cardiology, APMC in July, 2009. His deep affection for medicine took his career through several paths before deciding that cardiology was his passion. Though, Dr. Holt’s full time practice resides at Ark–La–Tex Cardiology, he has made it a priority to also see patients in the area where he grew up. Dr. Holt accepts appointments to see patients at North Caddo Medical Center through his office at 318-798-9400.
Dr. Holt graduated from LSU-Shreveport in 1992 with a B.S. in Biology. He attended medical school at LSUHSC-Shreveport graduating in 1997. Dr. Holt completed a family practice internship at John Peter Smith Hospital, Fort Worth, Texas, in 1998 and then returned to LSUHSC to continue his education in Rural Family Practice Track – Vivian, Louisiana, until 2000. Dr. Holt began his practice of Family medicine and worked until January, 2003. He returned to LSUHSC-Shreveport and completed an Internal Medicine internship and residency program. Dr. Holt attended the University of Texas Health Sciences Center – San Antonio, Texas to complete his Cardiology Fellowship program in 2008 and an additional Interventional Cardiology Fellowship in June, 2009. Dr. Holt is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology, Internal Medicine and Family Practice. He is a Fellow in the American College of Cardiology and The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. His practice includes noninvasive and invasive cardiology with an interest in nuclear cardiology. Dr. Holt has special interest in Interventional Cardiology and Peripheral Vascular Disease.
Dr. Holt is married to Cindy Holt and they have two beautiful daughters, Bailey and Sarah. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, sports, and spending time with his family.
Jere W. Thompson, FNP-C
Jere joined NCMC’s Benton Medical in May of 2017. She is accepting new patients of all ages at the family practice clinic on Burt Boulevard in Benton.
Sean Landreneau, C-FNP
Medical & Surgical Clinic - Vivian
Providing excellent, patient centered care is a passion and talent of Ms. Landreneau. She has served the patients of the Medical and Surgical Clinic of Vivian since 2003. Ms. Landreneau accepts patients of every age as a Family Practitioner.
Ms. Landreneau began serving rural Louisiana as a Registered Nurse after earning her Bachelors of Science Degree from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1985. After eleven years as a registered nurse for surgery and emergency departments throughout the area, Ms. Landreneau utilized her invaluable clinical experiences to earn a Master’s of Science Degree from Northwestern Louisiana University. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner and has completed courses in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.
Ms. Landrenau has strong dedication to helping those in need, not only in her medical practice but in community outreach as well. More than twenty years she has coordinated and directed student ministry programs to serve the underprivileged.
Walker May, M.D.
Medical & Surgical Clinic - Vivian
Dr. May joined North Caddo Medical Center in 2009 and is accepting new patients of all ages. A Board Certified Family Practitioner and a member of the American Medical Association, Dr. May dedicates his career to his patients and the training of new physicians.
He is a graduate of the LSUHSC’s Rural Tract Residency Program held at North Caddo Medical Center. Dr. May, also the Rural Residency Site Director, coordinates curriculum and teachings for the residents trained at NCMC. Dr. May and his fellow attending physicians’ goal is to prepare the residents so they will provide skilled, comprehensive, and emergent care in rural areas.
Other accomplishments of Dr. May includes, having been on the National Deans List, a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Medicine Honor Society and Scholar Athlete of the Year. Dr. May also enjoys sharing his love of outdoors and sports with his young family.
Nicole McCommon, M.D.
Plain Dealing Medical Clinic
Dr. McCommon came to North Caddo Medical Center as a resident of Louisiana State University Health Science Center’s (LSUHSC) Rural Tract Residency Program but has been full time attending since 2008. Patients of all ages are accepted by Dr. McCommon at the Plain Dealing Medical Clinic as well as the Benton Medical Family Practice which opened in November of 2015. Dr. McCommon along with her medical partners see patients in both locations for convenience of the patients.
She earned her Medical Doctorate from LSUSHC and received the esteemed Family Medicine of the Year Award and the Leonard-Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. She was a member of Gamma Beta Phi, received the TH Harris Scholarship and received recognition of her academic achievements by winning the Academic Excellence Award for Chemistry and Biology.
Dr. McCommon and her family own a natural farm where she combines her passion for health and outdoors by helping people live healthier lives through clean eating.
Leah Gibson Smith, M.A., L.P.C., L.M.F.T
Medical & Surgical Clinic - Vivian
Leah Gibson-Smith, MA, LPC, LMFT, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, as well as a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Leah has provided therapeutic services for Caddo, Bossier, & Webster Parish’s children, teens and adults since 2006. Therapy services with Leah have been available for NCMC patients since 2008.
Adults are counseled with Leah for many reasons including: anxiety, addiction, divorce, relationship challenges, grief, depression, trauma, life changes and challenges. Leah strives to create a comfortable and nurturing atmosphere, which people can identify their main problems. She is available to give support her patients’ efforts to navigate those problems and cope with the pains and changes that life throws their way. She believes that sometimes you just need a place to talk.
Leah has experience working with children & teens with ADHD, Bi-polar Disorder, behavioral problems, family discord, school issues, bullying experiences, as well as childhood anxieties. Through her years of practice she has found that giving a child their own voice, a safe place to work on their problems, and teaching them specific life coping skills can be the key for positive outcomes.
Leah has a master’s degree in Counseling & Guidance, from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana, and is licensed by the state of Louisiana as a Licensed Practicing Counselor and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. She is one of our own, having grown up in the oil fields of northern Caddo Parish and lived here most of her life. Outside of NCMC, Leah likes to volunteer in her community and spend time with her family.
Leah accepts Medicaid and most major insurances.
Stephen G. Taylor, M.D.
Medical and Surgical Clinic - Vivian
Dr. Taylor has dedicated more than 30 years to the communities of North West Louisiana. Currently serving as the Chief of Staff, Dr. Taylor is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Family Practice with additional qualification in geriatric medicine and obstetrics. Dr. Taylor accepts obstetric and gynecology patients as well as family medicine patients.
His extensive education credits include: Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Physics – Vanderbilt University; Master of Science – University of Florida; Medical Doctorate and Internship – Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Taylor completed his residency training at John Peter Smith in Fort Worth, Texas.
Whether serving the communities as a teacher for future rural doctors or as once Mayor of Vivian, Dr. Taylor goes above and beyond for his passions in life. Some positions previously held by Dr. Taylor include: Director of Emergency Services, Chairman of North Caddo Health Care & Education Alliance; Co-Chair Medical Home Committee and Associate Director of the Rural Tract Family Practice Residency Program, Legislative I-49 Task Force.
Dr. Taylor has been an honored recipient of the Preceptor of the Year – Family Practice Residency award, Outstanding Man of the Year, Ministerial Alliance – Community Service Awards, Country Doctor of the Year Finalist as well as being named the 2008 Louisiana Rural Practitioner of the Year.
John Woods, M.D.
Dr. Woods came to North Caddo Medical Center from Louisiana State University Health Science Center’s Rural Tract Residency in 2009. Dr. Woods serves as a full time physician in NCMC’s Emergency Department.
Dr. Woods is a decorated soldier, having earned many service medals through the United States Armed Forces. He still serves our country today through the Reserved Forces. Dr. Woods uses his training as a soldier and a doctor to support the healthcare needs of the rural area.
His medical training is well rounded and he has vast experience in emergent care, in the field as well as the Emergency Department. Dr. Woods is a vital member of the Medical Staff and provides great opportunity and education for the Rural Residency Tract students at NCMC.
Wenwu Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.
Cardiovascular Consultants, L.L.P.
Dr. Zhang is a partner at Cardiovascular Consultants, L.L.P. and accepts cardiology patients at NCMC’s Medical and Surgical Clinic in Vivian twice a month. Patients may schedule appointments through Dr. Zhang’s office, 318-631-6400. He obtained his Medical Doctorate in 1985 from Wuhan University School of Medicine in Wuhan, China. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Physiology in 1998 from the LSU Health Science Center Graduate School in New Orleans.
He subsequently served as an intern and resident in internal medicine at the LSUHSC in Shreveport during 1998 through 2001. Dr. Zhang later completed a fellowship training in general cardiology and preventative cardiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and its Subspecialty Board of Cardiovascular Disease.
Dr. Zhang joined Cardiovascular Consultants, L.L.P. in July, 2006. In addition to general cardiology and preventative cardiology, he provides a complete array of service in interventional cardiology including complex and high risk coronary intervention and peripheral vascular interventions. In September of 2007, Dr. Zhang performed the first percutaneous repair of an atrial septal defect in the region. Dr. Zhang also performs percutaneous closure of patient foramen ovale using a similar technique.