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Our Team

Frank T. Felts MD, FACS, FASMBS
Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery, Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD) Surgery

Dr. Felts is a board-certified Surgeon. He has more than a decade of experience in Bariatric Surgery and established the first Comprehensive Bariatric Center in Las Cruces. Dr. Felts developed the first Comprehensive Heartburn Center in Las Cruces that parallels the same high quality, compassionate care. He, his wife Karla, and their Golden Retriever rescue, Howlyard, enjoy all of the outdoor activities of New Mexico, as well as the culture and arts of this beautiful state.

Education

Dr. Felts earned his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University, his medical degree from Texas A&M College of Medicine and completed his General Surgery Residency at Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas. Dr. Felts is board certified by The American Board of Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Felts also serves on the Rural Area Surgeon Committee of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Fermin Fontan, MD
Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery, Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD) Surgery

Dr. Fontan is one of the physicians at the Memorial Heartburn Center. He provides solutions to gastroesophageal reflux diseases for the people of New Mexico. 

Born and raised in Argentina, Dr. Fontan speaks English and Spanish fluently bringing a bilingual treatment option for his patients. Dr. Fontan studied medicine at Universidad de Buenos Aires in Buenos Aires in Argentina. He completed his residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD and at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston, MA. He completed his fellowship in Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery at the University of Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. 

Dr. Fontan is board-certified in General Surgery specializing  in metabolic and weight loss surgery and in relief for heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). He performs procedures including hiatal hernia repair, Nissen fundoplication, partial fundoplication such as Toupet and Dor fundoplication, LINX procedure, TIF procedure and Stretta procedure. 

When asked about what kind of patient care Dr. Fontan brings to the Memorial team, he explains that his passion for practicing medicine is driven by the long-term relationships he develops with his patients while treating them. Dr. Fontan states, “our practice is an interdisciplinary group of highly motivated professionals to tailor therapy to each individual in order to achieve the best possible outcome.”

When not at work, Dr. Fontan likes to paint, hike, and spend time with his family. 

Angelina Morales, DNP, FNP-BC
Wellness and Nutrition

Angelina Morales, DNP FNP-BC came to southern New Mexico from Maryland in 2009, when she began to pursue a new career in nursing at New Mexico State University. Her diverse background gives her a unique retrospective to educating and coaching her patients to achieve optimal health.

Having struggled with her weight her entire life, Angelina finally decided herself to have bariatric surgery in January 2016. The surgery was a success and has given her insight and a unique perspective to patients contemplating surgery.

Angelina’s life motto, which she encourages her patients to embrace, is Belief at the beginning of any successful undertaking is the one ingredient that will ensure success.” – William James

Education

Angelina Morales, DNP FNP-BC, graduated from NMSU with her Bachelor's and continued her education to receive her Doctorate in Nursing with an emphasis in family health.

Memorial Heartburn Center

Memorial Heartburn Center provides extraordinary care for patients struggling with heartburn, acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Our board-certified gastroenterologists have extensive training and perform a range of advanced diagnostic and treatment procedures to help ease patients' symptoms.