Northeastern Oklahoma Community Health Centers Inc. has announced the addition of Dr. Muneeza Afif and Nurse Practitioner Sandi Casey to the NEO Provider Team.

Afif comes to NeoHealth with several years of experience in health care, but her desire to become a doctor started when she was young.

"Growing up, I saw my mother who is a physician help patients. Watching her, I was encouraged to pursue a career in health care," said Afif.

She attributes her continued success to her husband: "He continually supports my career and I'm very appreciative of him for that."

Afif graduated from Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan, with a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery. After finishing medical school, Afif traveled to the United States to continue her journey in medicine. She became certified with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, completing the United States Medical Licensing Examinations. Her medical training was furthered with a residency in internal medicine at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County Chicago, Illinois, a teaching hospital well respected in the nation for its Level 1 Trauma Center.

After her residency, Afif worked as a full-time primary care physician at Cook County Health and Hospital System, attending clinics at the Austin Health Center in Western Chicago. During her time there, Afif worked in preoperative clinics at the John Stroger Hospital, making decisions with surgical clearance and improving health outcomes. She then used her passion for teaching to precept internal medicine residents and also worked as a charge physician on several occasions. Additionally, she prepared and delivered interactive lectures relevant to women's health and other areas of internal medicine.

Casey has been in the nursing field for 15 years with experience in pediatrics, medical-surgical nursing, and cardiovascular care. She received two Associate's Degrees from Connors State College, one in science and the other in applied science in nursing. After Connors, Casey became a registered nurse for Muskogee Regional Medical Center. During her time there, she attended Northeastern State University and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in science of nursing.

Casey then went on to teach nursing at Connors State College for the next 10 years. While teaching, she went back to school at the University of Oklahoma, receiving a Master's Degree in nursing education. Casey, wishing to further her nursing education even more, gained a Post-Master's Certificate in family nurse practitioner from Graceland University. Shortly thereafter, she hung up her teaching cap and put on her freshly earned nurse practitioner hat, becoming a nurse practitioner for a local practice. Two years later, Casey opted to apply to NeoHealth in hopes of being a part of NEO Provider Team.

"I wanted a career in the health care field so I could provide care to those in my community. I enjoy learning about acute and chronic illnesses and how to provide appropriate treatment to those in need. I'm ecstatic to be working for NEO, a successful team that is known to provide competent health care services to the surrounding communities. I am very excited for this new chapter in my medical career," said Casey.

The Tahlequah Family Practice is in the Tahlequah Medical Center, 1500 E. Downing St., Suite 101.

Services provided include: Treatment of acute injuries and illnesses; management and treatment of chronic illnesses; immunizations; school, sports, and Department of Transportation physicals; and well baby, child, and woman visits.

Tahlequah Family Practice is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. New patients and walk-ins are welcome.

For more information about NeoHealth services and locations, visit www.neohealth.org.