Our Physicians

Devak Desai, MD

Dr. Desai has proudly served in the DFW area since 2012 as a full time Infectious Disease Doctor. He was born in Maryland however spent his entire childhood in Atlanta, GA. His interest in microbiology and epidemiology started as a child reading book on contagious epidemics and outbreaks. He graduated from Emory University with honors in 2003 and received his doctorate at the Medical College of Georgia. He then moved to Texas to focus on his medical training in Infectious Diseases at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. In 2016, he founded ID Partners, PA in Mansfield, TX to bring quality and compassionate care to the local community and surrounding areas. He serves numerous committee and chair positions at Medical City Arlington including Chair of Infectious Diseases since 2012. He enjoys traveling with his wife and 2 daughters. Hobbies include sports, billiards, fine dining and travelling the world.

Dr. Desai has been selected by his peers as top Infectious Disease doctor in recent years.

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Shantala Samart, MD

Dr. Samart has been in practice in Infectious Disease in the DFW area since 2011.
She specializes in adult Infectious Disease and HIV medicine.
Dr. Samart was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She graduated from the Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, India in 2003. She did her residency, and subsequently her fellowship in Infectious Diseases, at the State University of New York at Stonybrook NY.

She is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine as well as the American Board of Infectious Diseases. She has been voted D Magazine’s Best Doctors in Dallas in past years.

She is the Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Antimicrobial Stewardship at the Methodist Mansfield Medical Center in Mansfield, TX. She currently serves as the President of the Medical Staff at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

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Austin Akers, MD

Dr. Akers is a native of DFW and thrilled to be returning to his roots to the practice of infectious diseases! He is a 2011 graduate of Texas A&M University where he majored in biology. Following this he attended the McGovern Medical School in Houston where he graduated in 2016 and subsequently completed his internal medicine training at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center in Temple, TX in 2019.
He then completed a two year fellowship in infectious diseases at UT-Southwestern in Dallas in 2021. In his free time Dr. Akers enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, running and sports especially his Fightin’ Texas Aggies.

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Emily Forbes, MHA, FNP-C

Forbes grew up in the mid-west and received her BSN from Winona State University, MN and completed her Master of Science as a WHCNP & in Healthcare Administration from University of Minnesota in 2009. She went on to complete a post-Master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Hawaii Pacific University in 2010. Formerly has also been nursing faculty at several institutions with relocation requirements as a military spouse. Forbes has been practicing Infectious Disease for the past 3 years in the DFW area.

Emily enjoys many sports, especially Wisconsin Badgers, traveling, and time with her 2 boys and husband.

Allyson Nguyen, MSN, FNP-C

Allyson Nguyen MSN, FNP-C is a family nurse practitioner who specializes infectious disease and male hormones replacement therapy . She graduating with honors from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science degree at the University of Texas at Arlington.
She holds a national board certifications with American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) as a family nurse practitioner.
She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being in nature, and travel around the world. She believes in developing strong relationship, in order to provide personalized care, tailored to meet each patient specific needs.

Dana Ermis, APRN, AGNP, ACNP

I have grown up in Texas and lived primarily in the DFW area. I originally wanted to work in research and received my first degree in Microbiology from Texas A&M University. I went on to pursue a career in Nursing and received a BSN from University of Texas at Arlington. I have practiced as an Emergency/Trauma Nurse for more than 13 years in several local hospitals.
As an ER nurse, I had the opportunity to help my patients in the earlier stages of treatment and management of their illnesses. This helped me look to broadening my practice and take the next step in becoming a healthcare provider. I received my MSN and Post-Masters from the University of Pennsylvania and Texas Woman’s University as an Acute Care and Primary Care Nurse Practitioner in the Adult and Gerontology populations. My areas of focus includes Cardiovascular Disease, Critical Care and Hospital Medicine. I have recently broadened my focus in the area Infectious Disease.
I enjoy playing soccer, reading books, watching college football - especially the Aggies and time with my son, husband and our goofy dog.

Stephanie Sellers, RN

I graduated with my RN in 2009 and have a background in Med-Surg and ER. I started out as a nurses aide and worked through nursing school at a local hospital. My first years as a nurse I worked in Med-Surg learning hands on patient care and developing strong assessment skills.
I then moved into the ER setting and increased my critical thinking skills. I received training in caring for PICC lines and medication infusions. I have been an infusion nurse since 2017 with ID Partners and now serve as the Nurse Coordinator for the infusion center.

I am married to a firefighter and we have 5 children together that keep us very busy. We also have 4 fur babies that include a cat, a bunny, and 2 dogs. I like to spend my time off work with my family and friends.