With family roots in North Texas dating back to the 1920s, Dr. Tovar is one of the native Texans in the group. After graduating from Jesuit College Prep, he went on to Alabama, South Texas, Tennessee, and Michigan to complete his medical education. He returned in 1977 to join the original medical-surgical physicians' group of Lewisville and in 1980 co-founded North Texas OB/GYN Associates.
Since that time the Associates have delivered almost 11,000 babies (Dr. Tovar has delivered 6000+ himself!) and have taken care of women of all ages for their gynecological concerns. He continues to practice full-time obstetrics and gynecology and enjoys taking care of patients he has seen for many years as they enter menopause and new patients (many he delivered himself) as they start their journey with their babies.
He lives in Farmers Branch with his wife, Carolyn, and his daughters, Madeline and Maria. He maintains leadership positions at Lewisville Medical Center, his church, and in the local community. Other areas of interest to Dr. Tovar include running, skiing, and spending time with his family.
Dr. Diana Luts graduated from Southern Methodist University with a major in Biological Sciences and a minor in Business Administration. She attended medical school at The University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, Texas, after which she was accepted into her dream OB/GYN residency program at UT Southwestern. She was exposed to a vast array of pathologies at UTSW, where she had the opportunity and the privilege to take care of thousands of women at Parkland Hospital in Dallas County and UTSW Clements University Hospital.
She enjoys taking care of women throughout different life stages, from adolescence to menopause. Her areas of interest include high-risk obstetrics, abnormal uterine bleeding, fibroids, endometriosis, cervical dysplasia, and minimally invasive surgery.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
She is currently available in three locations for your convenience: Lewisville, Flower Mound and the newest location, Corinth.
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Luts has earned the 2021 Mom-Approved Doctors honor, awarded by DFW Child.
Thomas S. Fliedner, M.D. is a Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist who specializes in comprehensive wellness and healthcare for women. He has been practicing in the Flower Mound and Lewisville communities since 2000. He obtained his medical degree in New Jersey and completed his residency at the University of Texas Southwestern/Parkland Hospital in Dallas. Parkland's obstetrics and gynecology residency program is considered one of the finest training programs in the United States, and the volume of deliveries performed at the hospital routinely ranks among the highest in the nation.
His practice focuses on high and low-risk pregnancies, pregnancy planning, contraception, abnormal uterine bleeding, infections, pelvic pain, and urinary control concerns. Dr. Fliedner uses the latest technology and is proficient in the da Vinci robot system. The da Vinci Surgical System is a sophisticated robotic platform designed to expand a surgeon's capabilities and offers a state-of-the-art minimally invasive option for major surgery.
Dr. Fliedner’s latest studies have been on BioTE Medical, a hormonal replacement therapy, and wellness program. After much time spent in research, training, certification, and personal experience he has become a firm believer and offers bioidentical hormone replacement therapy at his clinic, North Texas Vitality.
Dr. Fliedner strives for a partnership with his patients, one in which they are a part of the decision-making process in their healthcare needs.
“I enjoy the relationship I have with each patient. Together we find the best treatment options, whether this is a healthy baby during a high-risk pregnancy, finding the right birth control method, resolving bladder problems, or treating heavy bleeding in the least invasive way. My goal is your best health.”
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his three children, family, and friends. His hobbies include politics, reading, and exercise.
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Fliedner has earned the 2021 Mom-Approved Doctors honor, awarded by DFW Child.
Mary Jane Flanagan, FNP, is the other Native Texan in our group. She is a native Dallasite and currently resides in Lake Dallas with her husband, Matt. She has two children. Her son currently attends the University of Texas at Arlington, and her daughter attends Kansas State University.
Mary Jane has worked in Labor and Delivery at Lewisville Medical Center for 12 years prior to joining our group in 2000. She also has an ICU and CCU background. She looks forward to attending to your obstetrical and gynecological needs.
Dr. Ashley Sbanotto is excited to return to the Metroplex after completing her residency! She graduated from Baylor University majoring in Biology and Medical Humanities. She went to Texas A&M College of Medicine for medical school and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Scott and White in Temple, Texas. She and her husband are from Plano and are glad to be back with family and friends in North Texas. They are the proud parents of a baby girl, Audrey, and two dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with family.
Dr. Sbanotto is committed to providing personalized, compassionate care to women of all ages. She provides preventative health services as well as comprehensive obstetric and gynecologic services. Whether it is contraception or abnormal bleeding, menopausal symptoms and hormone replacement, routine screening, or expanding your family, she is here to help you! She is trained in minimally invasive techniques including laparoscopic, hysteroscopic, and vaginal approaches to surgery.
Dr. Goldman completed her undergraduate education at the University of New Mexico with a double major in Biology and Psychology. She went on to earn a Master's in Public Health at the University of Texas. From there she went back to New Mexico for medical school, then onto the University of Florida for residency training in OB/GYN. Her husband and she have very much enjoyed raising two children in North Texas.
Dr. Goldman believes being a physician means not only treating patients to the best of her medical abilities but also to take all the knowledge and experience she has gained to partner with women on the best individualized decisions to make their lives the healthiest and happiest possible.
Cheryl Smitherman was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, where she resides with her husband of 32 years and her three children. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Texas Woman’s University in 1989 and was a public-school educator for seven years. She achieved a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Texas Woman’s University in 1998 and has 17 years of experience as a Labor & Delivery Nurse, Women’s Services Educator, and Labor and Delivery Manager.
She obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree from Baylor University and was licensed as a Certified Nurse-Midwife by the Texas Board of Nursing in 2013. She became an Associate Professor in the undergraduate program at Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing and opened a prenatal clinic in Arlington for underprivileged women where she provided prenatal care. She came to Denton County in 2014 where she has provided midwifery and women’s health care.
Cheryl comes to North Texas Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates with a wealth of experience and a passion for women’s health. As an educator and Certified Nurse-Midwife, she believes in a collaborative partnership with her patients and their families. Her mission is to support women and their families through education and informed decision-making. Her belief is that all women deserve quality health care across the lifespan, and her mission is to provide patient-supported health care in a compassionate and healing environment.
Cheryl also is a Certified BioTE Medical hormone replacement therapy provider since 2015, and many of her patients describe their experience with BioTE as “life-changing.”
We are pleased to announce that Cheryl Smitherman has earned the 2021 Mom-Approved Doctors honor, awarded by DFW Child.