The UT Health Northeast University Health Clinic is located next to the UT Tyler campus to serve patients, including students, in a convenient setting. We are your local medical home that specializes in providing quality care for patients of all ages in one location.
In a patient-centered environment, our physicians offer comprehensive and coordinated care for the entire family. The University Health Clinic offers family medicine, mammography, and asthma, allergy, and immunology care.
Conditions We Commonly Treat
- High cholesterol
- Obesity management
- Immunizations for children and adults
- Well-woman exams
- Hormone assessment and treatment
- PAP smear
- Well-child checks
- Preventative healthcare
- Sports physicals
- Well-child exams
- Behavioral health conditions
Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology
Pediatric and Adult Conditions We Commonly Treat
- Seasonal, food, or drug allergies
- Allergic rhinitis or hay fever
- Insect allergies
- Severe allergic reactions
- Chronic cough
- Recurrent respiratory tract infections
- Atopic dermatitis or eczema
- Skin allergies
- Urticaria (hives)
- Angioedema (swelling)
Allergy Treatment Options
Allergy Skin TestingAllergy skin testing involves exposing skin to potential allergens and then measuring the reaction. The testing is done in the clinic and usually lasts about two hours. These tests help determine what may cause allergic reactions.
Hyposensitization (Allergy Shots)Hyposensitization, or allergy shots, is a way to decrease sensitivity to allergens, the substances that trigger allergies when patients are exposed to them. Patients receive allergy shots with increasing amounts of allergen over four to five years. The goal is to achieve long-lasting allergy relief after treatment is complete.
Rush Immunotherapy (Accelerated Immunotherapy)Rush immunotherapy, or accelerated immunotherapy, is a process that can speed up a patient’s tolerance to an allergen. Patients spend a day at the UT Health main campus and receive multiple injections. Rush immunotherapy allows patients to eliminate the build-up phase of allergy shots and reach a maintenance dose much more quickly. This typically results in a much faster reduction of allergy symptoms.
Sublingual Therapy (Allergy Drops)Sublingual immunotherapy, or allergy drops, desensitizes patients to their allergies through medication taken under the tongue in a liquid form rather than through an injection or shot, making allergy drops an excellent alternative for allergy sufferers young and old.
Allergy drops can be conveniently administered at home, which means fewer office visits. Although the Food and Drug Administration has yet to approve sublingual therapy, allergy drops have repeatedly been shown in studies to be safe and effective, have been approved by the World Health Organization, and are widely used in Europe.
- Breast cancer prevention and early detection
- Breast exam
- Annual mammogram
A licensed professional counselor (LPC) sees adolescents and adults. Counseling services include:
- Abuse and survivors of abuse
- Academic concerns
- Aging and geriatric issues
- Anxiety and stress
- Bipolar disorder
- Building better habits
- Chronic illness, pain, or disability
- Communication problems
- Control issues
- Couples counseling
- Divorce and divorce adjustment
- Assisting with health recommendations
- Grief, loss, and bereavement
- Health, illness, medical issues
- Panic and panic attacks
- Phobias and fears
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
- Sexual assault and sexual abuse
- Sexuality and sex therapy
- Quitting smoking
- Social anxiety
- Thoughts of suicide
- (903) 939-7870
Specialties: Women's Health, Family Medicine
Jennifer Boynton is an advanced practice registered nurse and a certified nurse-midwife. Ms. Boynton empowers her patients by taking the time to educate them about making healthy choices that will last a lifetime. She dedicates her expertise to care for students at our University Health Clinic.(903) 939-7870
Specialties:Family Medicine /
Sarah Kuruvilla is a family medicine doctor who provides care for all ages at our University Health Clinic. It was Dr. Kuruvilla’s dream to become a physician; she completed her family medicine residency here at UT Health Northeast where she was the Chief Resident. Dr. Kuruvilla has a special interest in global health, medical missions, and community outreach. With compassion and care, she works alongside her patients to encourage lifelong health by making healthy choices while also helping them (and their family) take control of their health.(903) 877-7200
Specialties: Licensed professional counselor
Jennifer Peoples is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) who sees adolescents and adults at the Overton Clinic, University Health Clinic, and the Family Medicine Clinic in the Riter Center. She works with patients to help them accomplish their personal goals within a respectful and encouraging environment. Her career in healthcare started as a health coach where she enjoyed helping people improve their quality of life, so becoming a counselor was a natural fit. Jennifer has a background in research, which she applies in her practice and in the psychology internship program where she trains future providers.(903) 939-7870
Specialties:Family Medicine /
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Dr. Christine Powell, a family medicine physician at the University Health Clinic, enjoys building relationships with her patients and teaching them how to make personalized health care choices. Besides all aspects of family medicine, Dr. Powell provides treatments such as hormone therapy, microdermabrasion, and skin care for aging, acne, and rosacea.(903) 939-7870
Specialties:Asthma, Allergy, & Immunology /Breath of Life Mobile /
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Dr. Sharkey has a passion for treating kids with asthma. He wants to help them manage their illness well enough to stay out of the hospital and in school. He was the major force behind UT Health’s Breath of Life Mobile Asthma Clinic. Dr. Sharkey also specializes in treating children with allergies to pollen, dust, pet dander, and food.
Our services and capabilities at the University Health Clinic include:
- Biopsy of skin
- Chemical peels
- Obaji® skin care products
- Well-woman exams
- Postpartum treatment
- Nexplanon® implant birth control
- Newborn and well-child exams
- ADHD screening and treatment
- Pulmonary function testing
The UT Health Northeast University Health Clinic accepts Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and most commercial insurances.
- As part of the UT family, you will have access to our 24/7 fast-and-kind ER, University Hospital, and more than 30 comprehensive specialties – plus highly-advanced lab, X-ray, and other testing facilities on our main campus.
- You will have one medical record at UT Health – so whether at the University Health Clinic or our main campus, your care providers have access to your medical information.
- You can log in to myUTHealth, our online patient portal, to access your personal health and medical information and also pay your bill.
Who do I call about my medical needs between appointments?Our health care professionals work in small teams. Your physician’s office is your first contact for your medical needs. When you call with a medical concern, a health care professional will speak with you directly or consult with your physician and return your call.
What hours can I call the clinic?The clinic number is (903) 939-7870. Clinic personnel answer the telephones from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If your phone call is clerical, our office staff will assist you. If your call requires medical judgment, your call will be referred to your health care professional’s nurse who will return your call.
Can I call the clinic after 5:00 p.m.?You can call our regular clinic number (903) 939-7870 after 5:00 p.m. Your call will be automatically connected to the Switchboard Operator. The Operator contacts the covering physician, and he or she will return your call. A physician is on call after hours, holidays, and weekends to handle your urgent medical needs.
When will I receive my lab and radiology results?Results for lab and radiology testing will be mailed within 14 working days of your lab or x-ray appointment. For any results needing immediate or urgent attention, you will be called as soon as your healthcare provider decides on your best plan of care.
How do I get my prescriptions refilled?Please call your pharmacy 5 working days before you take your last dose of medication. Always call the pharmacy before picking up your medication to ensure your prescription has been filled. Federal law strictly controls narcotic medications. If your physician is unavailable to refill your narcotic prescription, another of our clinic physicians will review your request. Please be aware that this review may increase the time taken for the refill and lessen the quantity of medication refilled.
I use a mail-in pharmacy service for my prescription refills, what is the process for refills?Mail-in prescriptions require additional time to process. Some mail-in pharmacy services require up to 10 working days to process refills. Please call the clinic at least three weeks before your last dose.
Who do I contact when I need to re-schedule or cancel a clinic appointment?If you need to re-schedule or cancel a clinic appointment, please call (903) 939-7870 so we can reschedule a more convenient appointment time.
How long will it take my provider to complete medical forms?Please allow 10 working days for your provider to complete medical forms for such things as medical supplies and durable medical equipment. Provide the forms with a stamped, self-addressed envelope, and we will mail the form to you when it is completed.
How do I get copies of records and tests?Please call (903) 939-7870 or call our Medical Records department at (903) 877-5852. It typically takes about 10 working days to process your request.
Can I get my health information online?You can log in to myUTHealth, our secure online patient portal, to access your personal health and medical information and also pay your bill.
Who do I inform if my address, phone number, or insurance changes?At the time of your appointment, you can notify the front desk personnel of any changes, or you can call (903) 939-7870, and we will update your information.
EMERGENCIESIf you have an emergency such as anaphylactic reaction (throat closing up, tongue swelling), sudden onset of severe chest pain, shortness of breath, severe bleeding, or loss of use of any extremity, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room.