Podiatrist Staff

Dr. James Kent, DPM, MS

Dr. James Kent, DPM, MS

Dr. James Kent is a Native-Texan, born in Amarillo and raised in Texas. He is the son of a former school superintendent and decided early on to commit his life to education and medicine. He graduated from Rankin High School and from an early age he knew that he wanted to be involved in healthcare in some capacity. He is married to Geneva Kent, a Maternity Nurse at Arlington Memorial Hospital in Arlington, Texas. After graduating with honors from Rankin, he began college by attending Texas A&M University in College Station and graduated with a degree in biology and chemistry. During his time at A&M, he was a very active in church, student government, and intramural sports. After graduating from A&M, he attended The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio to work on a Master’s degree in Biomedical Science. There at the UT Health Science Center he enrolled in the same courses with the medical students and worked in a colon cancer research lab. While at the health science center, he became interested in podiatric medicine. During this time, he finished his thesis and graduated with a master’s degree. After his master’s degree he was accepted and attended Des Moines University Medical School in Des Moines, Iowa . After graduation Dr Kent was accepted to Lourdes Hospital in New York for a three year surgical residency program. Dr. Kent is a Fellow of the Academy of Minimally Invasive Foot and Ankle Surgery, AMIFAS. Dr. Kent enjoys outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing. His hobbies include woodworking, weight lifting, and construction work. He is an active member of the Whitehouse Church of Christ in Whitehouse, Texas.


Dr. Kati Waters, DPM

Dr. Kati Waters, DPM 

Dr. Kati Waters was born and raised in The Woodlands, Texas. Determined from an early age with a giant bow on her head and a box of pink band-aids there was no stuffed animal or doll that did not go untreated. She knew she wanted to help others through healthcare at a very early age. After graduating from The Woodlands College Park High School, Dr. Waters attended Stephen F. Austin State University majoring in Biology. During this time, she was introduced to podiatry and instantly knew it was the path she needed to follow with her background in sports medicine from high school coupled with her compassion for wanting to make someone’s day a little brighter; podiatry is her calling. After her time came to an end in Nacogdoches, Dr. Waters attended Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine in Independence, Ohio. During her time as a podiatry student she was involved in many clubs and organizations as well as several research projects and poster presentations. When podiatry school came to an end, Dr. Waters tragically lost her father to a valiant battle with cancer and she decided to accept a preceptorship with Dr. Hal Ornstein in Howell, New Jersey. She then came back home to Texas and worked with Dr. Lori Hillman in The Woodlands, Texas. Finally, Dr. Waters accepted a three-year surgical residency at Staten Island University Hospital in Staten Island, New York. In her free time, Dr. Waters enjoys spending time with her fiancé and their dog Rory. Dr. Waters says that her greatest goal is to help as many people as she can with their foot and ankle needs.  

Magen Starks - Office Manager/Billing Manager

Magen joined our team in October 2011.  She is the director in charge of all daily operations for our facility and is also in charge of our Billing department.  Magen is certified in Podiatric Radiology as well as Medical Billing and Coding.  Not only is Magen our office manager, but she is also a helping hand where the team needs it most at any given moment.  You may find her replacing a bandage, taking out sutures, or even shooting your x-ray. Magen is a graduate of Winona High School.  She is married and the proud parent of a 14 year-old boy; she also enjoys spending time with her family and friends and loves the outdoors.  Magen is here to help you, our patient, in any way possible.


Debi Rediger - Marketing Director/Medical Assistant


Debi joined our team in February of 2018. Debi organizes and executes all of the marketing for East Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. You will also see Debi assisting by checking patients in and out, taking x-rays, verifying your insurance, and assisting Dr. Kent and Dr. Waters with whatever they need. Debi is happily married and a new resident to Tyler, Texas. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband, traveling, and teaching REFIT®.

Christin Nichols – Surgical Coordinator/Medical Assistant 


Christin joined our team in February of 2019. She is one of the first assistants you will see when you come into our office. Christin helps by checking patients in and out, taking x-rays, and assisting Dr. Kent and Dr. Waters with whatever they need. Christin is also our Surgical Coordinator. She graduated from Frankston High School and then joined the United States Air Force and served for five years as a medic. While in the Air Force, she was stationed in Alaska and Florida and worked in many different clinics within the hospital. In her spare time, she loves chasing her 2 year old son Stoney and spending time with her family.

Randie McNertney - Medical Assistant 

Randie joined our team in September of 2020. She is one of the first assistants you will see when you come into our office. Randie helps by checking patients in and out, taking x-rays, and assisting Dr. Kent and Dr. Waters with whatever they need. Randie is a graduate of Frankston High School. In her spare time she loves to read and spend time with her husband and 2 year old son Hudson. 

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