Ladan Bakhtari, M.D.

Dr. Bakhtari grew up in Austin and received her undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin.  She attended medical school and completed her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  Upon completion of residency, she relocated to Dallas and joined Internal Medicine Physicians of Dallas in 1997.  In November of 1999, Dr. Bakhtari and Dr. Garza started their own practice, Doctors of Internal Medicine.  She is board-certified in Internal Medicine and has staff privileges at Medical Center of Plano, Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano, and Presbyterian Hospital of Plano.  Dr. Bakhtari combines her medical knowledge and training with exceptional warmth and compassion for her patients. She resides in Plano and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

David Garza, M.D.

Dr. Garza grew up in San Antonio and received his undergraduate degree from Texas A & M University. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Mt. Carmel Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. Upon completion of residency in 1996, Dr. Garza joined Internal Medicine Physicians of Dallas. In November of 1999, Dr. Garza and Dr. Bakhtari started their own practice, Doctors of Internal Medicine. He has staff privileges at Medical Center of Plano and Medical City of Dallas. He resides in Dallas and enjoys cooking and traveling.

Linda Bang, M.D.

Dr. Bang grew up in Iowa and received both her undergraduate degree and her medical degree from the University of Iowa. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at Baylor University Medical Center in 2003. She began her internal medicine career as an academic internist at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York, NY, training residents on inpatient ward services and outpatient clinics. In 2006, she returned to Dallas and practiced outpatient medicine in Irving. She joined Doctors of Internal Medicine in 2009. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine and has staff privileges at Presbyterian Hospital of Plano, Medical City of Plano and Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano. She is married with two daughters and enjoys spending time with her family, being involved in her church, and playing the piano.

Manish Desai, M.D.

Dr. Desai is originally from Canada and completed his Medical Degree at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario and Family Medicine residency training at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is Board Certified by both the American Board of Family Medicine and The College of Family Physicians of Canada. He relocated to Texas in 1997 and began his medical practice in Fort Worth. His family moved to Dallas 9 years later, and he practiced outpatient medicine at Medical City of Dallas until he joined Doctors of Internal Medicine in 2012. He cares for children to seniors from all walks of life and provides primary care for the whole family. He is married and has two wonderful children. In his spare time, he enjoys playing ice hockey on a local league, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends.

Swatee Mohapatra, M.D.

Dr. Mohapatra attended the University of Texas at Austin medical school where she completed her Internal Medicine residency in 2009. Upon completion of residency, she became board certified in Internal medicine and relocated to Dallas where she practiced outpatient medicine at Parkland hospital for 10 years. Her professional interests include managing chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, heart failure and preventive medicine. Dr. Mohapatra believes that including her patients in the management of their care creates a successful patient-physician relationship. She resides in Plano and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children as well as gardening and reading.

Teri Rutherford, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Teri is a proud Texan, born and raised. She graduated from high school in nearby Celina, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University in 1995. She went on to obtain her Masters of Science in Nursing from Baylor University in 2015. She is licensed through the state of Texas as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Teri has over 23 years of nursing experience from newborn to the geriatric population. Teri enjoys educating her patients on wellness and preventive medicine, as well as creating compatibility with them on their healthcare journey. When not working Teri enjoys spending time with her husband and family on their farm with all their animals, including horses, goat, dogs, and cats! She also enjoys reading, as well as cooking for her family.

Danielle Heck, AGPCNP-BC, MSN

Danielle grew up in Plano, TX. She attended Purdue University in Indiana, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and her Master of Science in Nursing. She is certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. She was a medical-surgical registered nurse for 2 years while obtaining her master’s degree and has several years of internal medicine and geriatric experience as a nurse practitioner. She is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Danielle’s combination of clinical education and experience provides a strong foundation for a holistic approach to patients that Danielle feels is critical to quality patient care.
Danielle resides in McKinney with her husband and dog. She enjoys spending time with friends and family and traveling.

Carolyn Ahn , MSN, FNP-C

Carolyn grew up in Dallas. She earned her nursing degree in 2009 while residing in Southern California, and her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2019. She is certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She has 10 years of nursing experience in various areas that included the medical-surgical unit, post-surgical unit, and acute rehab hospital. For Carolyn, being a healthcare provider is more than a noble profession; it’s her calling through which she gets to extend her compassion to patients.
When she is not working, she enjoys partnering with her husband to love on their two children and serve their church family.

Suzanne Marshall, Physician Assistant

Suzanne is a Physician Assistant, board-certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). She is originally from Houston, Texas. Suzanne received her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University in College Station and her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from The University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. Suzanne has practiced in the primary care setting since 2007, and her main clinical focus is preventative care. She enjoys educating her patients and involving them in their health. Suzanne resides in North Dallas with her husband and three children. She enjoys traveling, attending her kids’ sporting events, and checking out the new restaurants in town

Rachel Onorato, PA-C

Rachel Onorato is a caring and dependable physician assistant who treats patients for both acute and chronic medical conditions. It is important to her to create an ongoing relationship with each and every patient. She finished her undergraduate degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She then went on to complete her physician assistant masters program here in Fort Worth, Texas through UNTHSC. She grew up in Dayton Ohio, but cannot think of any better place to call home than DFW. It has been a lifelong dream of hers to be a healthcare provider and she is excited to continue accomplishing this aspiration here at Doctors of Internal Medicine. During her free time, she enjoys cooking, working out and spending time with family and friends.