Following graduation from residency, Dr. Settles served as a hospitalist and faculty for the Austin Medical Education Program where she coordinated care for the Children’s Hospital and teaching of residents. She and her husband decided to come home to New Mexico in September 2005. Dr. Settles is licensed by the New Mexico Board of Medical Examiners. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She retains her Texas State license. She is certified in Neonatal Resuscitation and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.
She is part of the multi-disciplinary team for children with concerns of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. As a team member, she examines and testifies in court for children with concerns of abuse.
She is a board member of Hearts for Autism. Through her work with children that have concerns for an autism spectrum disorder, she has developed a knowledge of the variety of needs and supports these children and their families need. As a general pediatrician, she hopes to guide parents in addressing these needs as best as possible.
Dr. Williams and her husband, Richard, have three children.
Dr. Owens - HIDDEN
Dr. Heather Owens is a Las Cruces native, a graduate of Las Cruces High School and a graduate of New Mexico State University with a Biochemistry degree in 1997. She then attended Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. She completed residency at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and worked for Kaiser Permanente, establishing the hospitalist system with 3 other physicians, organizing tertiary care and community hospital coverage with the near thirty physicians in the group.
Dr. Owens then relocated to beautiful Napa, California and worked for 8 years as a community pediatrician and enjoyed raising her family of two children. In addition, she has through her previous positions, experience with inpatient pediatrics, moderately ill and special needs newborns, as well as behavioral and development challenged children. She continues her learning journey with her children, one of whom is gifted and the other who has autism. She is thrilled to be here with her husband, an Ear, Nose, and Throat surgeon, and their two children and looks forward to making a contribution to this community.
Dr. Rodriguez is originally from Tamaulipas, Mexico. She received her medical degree from The Autonomous University of Tamaulipas. She moved to Houston in 2016 to finish her medical rotations and later completed her pediatric residency at Texas Tech University in El Paso, Texas in 2023. She has been licensed by the New Mexico Medical Board since 2023. She has been certified in Neonatal Resuscitation, Basic Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support since 2020.
Her goal is to care for kiddos of all ages and inform parents and children on proper care and preventable diseases, guiding them through a healthy life.
She enjoys the American Southwest and is eager to help the children of Las Cruces and the surrounding regions.
In her free time, Dr. Rodriguez enjoys playing tennis with her husband and taking her dogs to the dog park and long walks. She also enjoys traveling and hopes to be able to visit as many different countries and experience as many cultures as possible.