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Our Providers

Meet The Team

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Tia Thomas, MSN, FNP-C

    Tia Thomas is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with 12 years experience in healthcare. Ms. Thomas obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington where she graduated with honors. While obtaining her BSN degree, she spent a semester in the Dallas Methodist nurse internship program in the trauma ICU which solidified her decision to continue her nursing career as a critical care nurse. She worked four years in the critical care unit at Willis Knighton. 

    After working in the acute hospital setting, she decided to focus more on preventative health and pursue her Masters degree in Family Practice. She enrolled at Grambling State University and earned her Masters of Science in Nursing in 2011. Ms. Thomas has worked in a variety of rural setting where she enjoys building relationships with patients and helping them meet their healthcare goals.

    Ms. Thomas started Reach for Recovery in order to provide a positive welcoming environment for patients who are struggling with addiction. Patients not only focus on reaching recovery, but the positive outcomes associated with recovery itself. Utilizing an acronym, she identified several positive outcomes that patients can look forward to:

    R - Relief

    E - Eunoia (state of normal

    mental health)

    C - Companionship

    O - Opportunity

    V - Vitality

    E - Engagement

    R - Respect

    Y - Your Health

    “I want Reach for Recovery to be known as a place that all patients feel motivated and encouraged to receive help for their addiction”

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    Regina Willis, MSN, ACNP-C, CSAP

      Mrs. Willis is a board certified Nurse Practitioner with 33 years of experience in health care.   Mrs. Willis obtained her ADN in nursing in 1986 and worked as an ER nurse at one of Louisiana’s level one trauma centers for over 20 years.  She later her obtained her BSN degree from Northwestern State University.  In 2006 she earned her Master’s in Nursing as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and in 2009 she earned her Post Master’s in Pediatrics.   She is also a Certified Addiction Practitioner.  She owned her own Rural Health Care Clinic for 10 years providing health care to services underserved clients.  Mrs. Willis realizes the impact that addiction has on clients, families and employment.  She strives to meet the needs of these clients with compassion, caring and understanding.  It is her goal to help patients overcome the overwhelming negative impact that addiction can have on a client’s life. By providing care to those struggling with addiction her goal is to help them maintain positive growth and pride in their recovery.   Positive outcomes that patients can look forward to are:

      R - Restraint

      E - Evolution

      A - Abstinence

      C - Clarity

      H - Healing



      Shimekia Evans, MSN, FNP-C

        Shimekia Evans is a board certified Nurse Practitioner with 13 years of experience in healthcare. Mrs. Evans obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northwestern State University in 2007, initially starting her nursing career in the Operating Room. Eventually wanting more patient interaction, she moved the Surgical ICU where she cared for critically ill patients, including patients recovering from liver, kidney, and pancreas transplant surgeries. She worked almost five years in the critical care unit at Willis Knighton. After working in the acute care setting, she returned to the OR, where she was ENT and Eye Charge nurse for 7 years. However, wanting to obtain a different role in nursing, Shimekia enrolled back into Northwestern State University and earned her Master of Science in Nursing in 2019. Shimekia is embracing her new role as Nurse Practitioner and has trained with both Tia Thomas and Regina Willis, she is now ready to work along side of them to help patients reach their goals of recovery. Helping patients meet their maximum potential by overcoming addictions and enjoying their lives is her ultimate goal.

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