Dr. Straface graduated with honors from Southwestern University and received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas, where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor fraternity. She completed her emergency medicine residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she served as Chief Resident before returning to Texas. Dr. Straface has been an active member of the Texas College of Emergency Physicians where she served on the board for several years and even served as president of her state chapter. She also has been very active at the national level with the American College of Emergency Physicians. Locally, she has served as chairperson of the emergency Physician Advisory Board for the City of Arlington and she served on the HCA Physicians North Texas Division Advisory Council for cardiovascular care. She has been a national speaker for cardiovascular care, asthma management, and patient satisfaction. She is involved in many community organizations as well, including the battered women’s shelter, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and Leadership Arlington.
Dr. Straface has been a board-certified emergency physician since 1998 and she has spent over 20 years practicing her specialty in both academic and busy suburban emergency departments. She spent all those years not only as a clinician, but serviced in an administrative role and was Chief of Emergency Services at Medical Center Arlington for 15 years. She also served on the hospital’s Board of Trustees on the executive committee, culminating in being elected Chief of Staff of the hospital in 2013. The longer she practiced medicine, however, the more she realized that proactive and preventative care was a superior approach than the more reactive crisis management approach to medicine. It was this realization that spurred her to open FEEL IDEAL 360, a total wellness, weight loss and anti-aging practice where she now has two locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. She also transitioned her chaotic, ultra-busy emergency medicine practice to a more upscale, patient experience focused freestanding emergency department where she has been the medical director for two years. When she is not working, her favorite pastime is spending time with her precious six-year-old daughter, Olivia Hope, traveling the world.