Dr. Marshall Benbow is a board certified pediatrician who completed his formal education and has practiced general pediatrics exclusively at Southwest Children’s Center since 1981. His premedical education was completed at Texas A&M, class of 1976, Whoop!, medical education at UTMB Galveston in 1978, and pediatric residency at OU Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City in 1981.
His leisure activities include cooking (and therefore eating), golf, fishing, skiing, hunting, and most other things “outdoors”. He aspires to be a member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band but limited musical skills and sleeping in campus dorms will likely stymie that dream.
Dr. Tina Boylston is a board certified pediatrician who joined Southwest Children’s Center in 2004. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1996. She received several accolades during her undergraduate education including Outstanding Student of the College of Science and Engineering. She received her medical degree from University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and pediatric residency training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
After completing her training, Dr. Boylston spent a year as a clinical instructor and flight doctor with the Department of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Texas Children’s Hospital before joining Southwest Children’s Center.
She is married to Hal Boylston and has one son, William. She enjoys gardening, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Shelly McNair is a board certified pediatrician associated with Southwest Children’s Center since 1998. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Illinois in 1987. She attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and completed residency training at Wilford Hall USAF Residency Program.
Dr. McNair spent her first year after residency as the Chief of Residents and then went on to become a Staff Pediatrician at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center. During her time at Wilford Hall, Dr. McNair was the Assistant Chief of the Pediatric Clinic, Chief of Adolescent Medicine, Director of Medical Student Education and Director of Chronic Ear Clinic, as well as Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at USUHS Bethesda, Maryland. In 1998, Dr. McNair transitioned from Wilford Hall to join Southwest Children’s Center.
She is married with three children. She enjoys gourmet-cooking, reading; spending time with dear friends and watching her children become young adults.
Dr. Lanning Jones is a board certified pediatrician and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University in 1970 and his medical degree from Duke University Medical School in 1974.
After graduating from medical school, Dr. Jones moved to San Antonio for his pediatric residency at University Hospital and was chief resident during his third year.
Upon completion of residency in 1977, Dr. Jones started Southwest Children’s Center and has been here ever since.
He is married with three daughters and one son. Dr. Jones enjoys golf, gardening, coin and stamp collecting, and international travel.
Dr. Rose Cofer is a board certified pediatrician working with Southwest Children’s Center since 1996. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas Women’s University with a BS in physical therapy. After working one year as a physical therapist, Dr. Cofer went on to attend medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and completed her residency at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. After completing her training, she volunteered as an attending physician for the Residents General Pediatric Clinic.
Dr. Cofer worked in private practice for several years in Ohio and Pennsylvania before returning to Texas and joining Southwest Children’s Center. She is married to Barry Cofer, MD and has three sons. They spend a lot of time in family and outside activities.
She also enjoys reading and gardening.
Dr. Shannon M. Austin is a board certified pediatrician and joined Southwest Children’s Center in 2009. Dr. Austin was born and raised in Houston, TX. She moved to San Antonio to attend Trinity University for undergraduate school and has been here ever since. From college, she continued on to attend both medical school and residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
San Antonio has become home to Dr. Austin, her husband Scott, and two sons Chase and Grayson. Dr. Austin enjoys serving in her church and community, entertaining, cooking, baking, and painting, although most of her “free” time is happily spent chasing around her two little boys.
Dr. L. Patrick Finklea, Jr. is a 2002 graduate of Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, where he played division one soccer and received the Outstanding Departmental Award in Philosophy. He received his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk and pediatric residency training at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. During this training, he was awarded the Children’s Health Advocate of the Year by the Medical Legal Assistance for Families and volunteered at Camp Camp for disabled children and Camp Independence for children with diabetes.
Dr. Finklea enjoys outdoor activities and participated in the Mid Atlantic Med WARs (Medical Wilderness Adventure Race) in 2007 and 2008, where he received 2nd place both years. In 2009, he served as director of the race. These days he and his wife, Lindsey Finklea, MD, stay busy running after their two children, Lillian and Stone. The family also enjoys trips to the beach, barbecues with the neighbors, and running.
Dr. Wilson Wayne Grant has been associated with Southwest Children’s Center since 1980 until his retirement in August 2014. He is a graduate of Howard Payne University where he graduated with honors. His medical, pediatric and child development training was completed at the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston, Texas. For ten years, he practiced pediatrics and child development in El Paso, Texas where he served on the faculty of the Texas Tech School of Medicine.
In 1980, he moved to San Antonio, Texas and joined Southwest Children’s Center. In addition, Dr. Grant served for 25 years as the Health Services Director for the Rio Grande River Ministry–a service and outreach program ministering to the border communities of Texas and Mexico. He also was a member of the clinical teaching faculty of the University of Texas Health Science Center for many years.
He is married to Veronica and has two children and four grandchildren.
Dr. Lewis Purnell was a board certified pediatrician who worked with Southwest Children’s Center from 1986 until his death in 2011. He grew up in Chicago, IL and moved to San Antonio as an 8th grader with his family. Dr. Purnell graduated from Marshall High School. He attended Texas Lutheran College in Seguin, TX and graduated with a BS in Biology and a BA in Chemistry. Dr. Purnell attended Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, TX. He graduated in 1982, the day before marrying his wife Debra.
They moved to Oklahoma City, OK where Dr. Purnell completed his pediatric internship and residency. He was one of two chief residents his final year of training. The family moved back to San Antonio in 1986, when Dr. Purnell joined Southwest Children’s Center. He was the first Chief of Staff for Methodist Children’s Hospital in 1999.
He and his wife have 3 children. Dr. Purnell enjoyed time with his family and travel.