Our Team

Medical Director

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Brian J. Kempton, MD
Brian J. Kempton, MD, brings more than 20 years of Medical Director experience to the new Lufkin ER. Dr. Kempton graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and afterwards completed his Emergency Medicine residency at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in El Paso, Texas. Dr Kempton was regional Medical Director for Texas Trauma and Emergency Care associated with ETMC, Area Director for the Schumacher group, as well as Medical Director for several area East Texas hospitals. Dr. Kempton is married to Jennifer Kempton, whose parents were both born and raised in Lufkin. Dr. Kempton and Jennifer in fact started their married life in Lufkin while attending Stephen F. Austin. During college Dr. Kempton worked in the lab at Lufkin Memorial Hospital. Dr. Kempton is excited for the opportunity to work in Lufkin where fond memories of family, faith, and friends make him feel like he is returning home. Dr. Kempton is board certified in Emergency Medicine and is associated with the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.


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Jennifer Appleman
Jennifer Appleman was born and raised in Lufkin and is proud to call it home. She is a Hudson High School graduate, class of 1989. She began her college education at Angelina College where she obtained an Associates of Applied Science in Business. She then continued her education at Stephen F. Austin State University where she received a Bachelor of Business in Accounting and a minor in Business Administration. She worked at TXU Communications for eleven years where she started out as a Cashier and worked her way up to Financial Accountant. Jennifer then went to work for Guardian Force and was in Business Development for ten years. She was married to the late Andy Gilliland for fourteen years and lost him due to a fatal accident. She is looking forward to joining the wonderful team at Lufkin Emergency Center and serving the Lufkin community. In her spare time she enjoys competing in the BCA Pool League, spending time with her nieces and nephews, and listening to live music.

Director of Nursing

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Amanda Blank
Amanda Blank began her career in the medical field in 1999 where she began working in an Emergency Department as a Certified Nurses Aide. She obtained her LVN Certification from Angelina College in May of 2003 and obtained her Associate Degree in Nursing in May of 2010. She is currently working towards her Bachelors Degree in Nursing from Lamar University and has plans to obtain her MBA in Healthcare Management from Lamar University. Amanda also obtained her Critical Care RN certification in December of 2013, and has worked in a leadership role as a charge nurse in an Emergency Department for the past five years. Amanda and her husband, Glenn, have three children Ravyn, Allison, and Hadlee. She and her family are members of Jasper County Cowboy Church and in her spare time she enjoys spending time with her children and family.

Director of Radiology

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Dax Wagner
Dax Wagner has lived in Lufkin and worked in East Texas for most of his life. He is a graduate of Lufkin High School, class of 1992, and holds an Associates of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology from Angelina College. He has also completed his Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science. Dax has completed clinical rotations at Woodland Heights Medical Center, Memorial Medical Center in Lufkin (now CHI), Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital, and Houston County Medical Center in Crockett. He spent almost five years working at Livingston Memorial before going to work in free-standing emergency centers. Dax is registered in General Radiography and Computed Tomography through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Dax is also a member of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) and Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists (TSRT). He is a certified Medical Radiologic Technologist (MRT) through the Texas Medical Board.

Director of Marketing

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Briana Harkness
Briana Harkness is a Lufkin native and a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University where she obtained her bachelor of arts in Communication Studies. She is currently working on her master of arts in Mass Communication. After graduation Briana worked as a field representative over thirteen counties for Greg Abbott, our current Texas Governor. She has worked as an Account Executive for five local radio stations and was the Business Development Director for The Journey Magazine, a local lifestyle magazine company. She is a member of the Junior League, on the executive board of the Cattle Barons Gala, and a recent member of the Chamber Diplomats. She is married to Bryan Harkness, who is also a Lufkin native. Briana is honored to have the opportunity to serve her hometown of Lufkin.