Working at La Hacienda has changed the way Cindi Tate looks at addiction.
“Now I have a better understanding of how addiction not only affects mental health and physical health, but how it affects overall health: mind, body and spirit.”
Cindi functions as part of the medical team, seeing patients every morning for their medical rounds. She admits patients, helps manage their prescriptions, reviews their lab work, orders lab tests, and makes adjustments to their medications as needed.
She brings a wealth of experience from her medical background, where she has specialized in oncology, hematology, and women’s health. Working at La Hacienda has added an understanding of the unique medical needs of those struggling with substance abuse.
“When I worked in women\’s health and was trying to address the medical needs of those patients who were struggling with substance use, it was frustrating not having the tools to help them. La Hacienda provides those tools.”
She describes her practice style as “partnering with patients.”
“I see the provider-patient relationship as a partnership. I like to work with them to help them find the best approach, and encourage them to take more responsibility for their health as they get healthier.”
Cindi attended Texas Lutheran University for undergraduate studies; completed her master\’s degree at Texas A&M Corpus Christi; and received her doctorate from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. When she came to La Hacienda in 2019, she saw it as “a God thing.”
“I had been practicing in Kerrville for a little over five years, working on my doctorate which included a focus on the local recovery community. The medical staff allowed me to come here and get some clinical time. I liked it here. I was impressed by the hopefulness and the work that was going on. So I decided to make a change from oncology and hematology, and they invited me to join their medical team.”
She feels La Hacienda is a very special place.
“I hear over and over from patients that they are surprised by how compassionate and kind and helpful everyone is here. And I think that is the same thing that attracted me as a provider. I like to hope that I that I bring that to work with me every day as well.”
Cindi is a Texas native, born in Houston, raised in Dallas, and has lived and worked in San Antonio and Kerrville.
She and her husband have three children, who are involved in tennis and swim teams. They like to hike and kayak as a family, and Cindi likes to read in her spare time.
She is also active in the community. She recently finished a 2-year term on the Kerrville Community Coalition, serves as Legislative Ambassador for the Texas Nurse Practitioners, and is a part-time lecturer for Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing, teaching DNP nursing students.