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Medical Care for Tensas Parish and Surrounding Areas

Tensas Community Health Center is a federally qualified health center located at 1115 Levee Road in St. Joseph.  While the Tensas Parish Health Unit is located in the same building, we are a separate facility.  We have physicians, family nurse practitioners, and a dentist on staff Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

We are deemed an FTCA facility.

Our medical staff includes:

  • Dr. James Michael Smith, Medical Director
  • Dolores Hawthorne, MSN, FNP-C - Women's Health
  • TaMara Cerniglia, MSN, FNP-C Monday through Wednesday and Friday 8 to 5; Thursday 8 to 7
  • Dr. Elizabeth S. Matthews, DDS General Dentistry Monday through Thursday 8 to 5; Friday 8-Noon

To schedule an appointment, please phone 318-766-1967.

To schedule a dentist appointment, please phone 318-766-9115.

We actively accept Medicare, Medicaid, Private Insurance, private pay sliding scale and most dental insurance plans.  Questions about our facility and services are welcome!  Please phone us at 318-766-1967 and keep coming back as we add to our website!