Jody D. Chance, MD

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Dr. Chance is Board Certified in Family Medicine. He accepts patients of all ages within his practice. Dr. Chance is skilled in performing endoscopies, including EGD’s and colonoscopies. He is an instructor for Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Life Support and has been certified by the American College or Surgeons in Advanced Trauma Life Support.

Dr. Chance began his pursuit of a medical career at Louisiana State University where he received the Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor Degree of Science in Biology.

His Medical Doctorate was earned from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport. Dr. Chance’s was honored to be accepted by LSUHSC Family Medicine Rural Residency Track, therefore receiving his extensive rural health training at North Caddo Medical Center. Dr. Chance now joins other NCMC attendings in training fresh, rural physicians.

Dr. Chance is proud to have served his country in the National Guard for eight years. He received an Army Accommodation Medal and Army Service Award for Outstanding Performance.

Stephen G. Taylor, MD
Dr. Taylor has dedicated more than 30 years to the communities of North West Louisiana. Currently serving as the Chief of Staff, Dr. Taylor is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Family Practice with additional qualification in geriatric medicine and obstetrics. Dr. Taylor accepts obstetrics and gynecology patients as well as family medicine patients.

His extensive education credits include: Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Physics – Vanderbilt University; Master of Science – University of Florida; Medical Doctorate and Internship – Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Taylor completed his residency training at John Peter Smith in Fort Worth, Texas.

Whether serving the communities as a teacher for future rural doctors or as once Mayor of Vivian, Dr. Taylor goes above and beyond for his passions in life. Some positions previously held by Dr. Taylor include: Director of Emergency Services, Chairman of North Caddo Health Care & Education Alliance; Co-Chair Medical Home Committee and Associate Director of the Rural Tract Family Practice Residency Program, Legislative I-49 Task Force.

Dr. Taylor has been an honored recipient of the Preceptor of the Year – Family Practice Residency award, Outstanding Man of the Year, Ministerial Alliance – Community Service Awards, Country Doctor of the Year Finalist as well as being named the 2008 Louisiana Rural Practitioner of the Year.

John Chandler, MD

Dr. Chandler joined NCMC’s Emergency Department, full time, in 2016. However, he has been a part of NCMC for more than 10 years, as he has worked for the emergency department, part time, during that time.

Dr. Chandler attended high school in Bryceland, Louisiana and graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 1982. His medical school and residency were completed at Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport.

He was elected Bossier Coroner in 2008 and continues to serve in this capacity. Dr. Chandler ran his own practice for 16 years before joining a fellow practice where he worked for 10 years. In 2016, Dr. Chandler retired from the clinical practice.

Dr. Chandler enjoys the fast paced atmosphere of an emergency room. He appreciates the need for critical care medicine and his ability to provide the care.

Chase Herrera, DO

I'm Dr. Herrera, husband and father from Shreveport, Louisiana. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemical Science from Louisiana State University - Shreveport in 2015. Later, I pursued a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Nova Southeastern University, specializing in Osteopathic Medicine, and completed that in 2020. Before that, I gained a Technical Diploma in Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) from Louisiana Technical College in Shreveport/Bossier between 2007 and 2009. I've had a diverse medical career. I started as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at Brentwood Hospital and Willis Knighton Health System for 6 years. After medical school, I advanced to a Family Medicine Intern at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport. From there, I moved on to my Family Medicine Residency at North Caddo Medical Center / LSU Shreveport Rural Family Medicine Program and later Chief Resident. I've worked as an Emergency Department Physician with Emergency Physicians Staffing since 2022 and as a Deputy Corner at the Bossier Parish Coroner's Office since 2022. The diversity of cases and the opportunity to help patients with various medical needs keep me engaged and excited. Each day offers a new chance to make a positive impact. In the clinic, I care for newborn babies, as well as their great-grandparents. It's great to get to know the whole family. 

Walker May, MD

Dr. May joined North Caddo Medical Center in 2009 and is accepting new patients of all ages. A Board Certified Family Practitioner and a member of the American Medical Association, Dr. May dedicates his career to his patients and the training of new physicians.

He is a graduate of the LSUHSC’s Rural Family Medicine Residency Program held at North Caddo Medical Center. Dr. May, also the Rural Residency Site Director, coordinates curriculum and teachings for the residents trained at NCMC. Dr. May and his fellow attending physicians’ goal is to prepare the residents so they will provide skilled, comprehensive, and emergent care in rural areas.

Other accomplishments of Dr. May includes, having been on the National Deans List, a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Medicine Honor Society and Scholar Athlete of the Year. Dr. May also enjoys sharing his love of outdoors and sports with his young family.

Nicole McCommon, MD
Dr. McCommon came to North Caddo Medical Center as a resident of Louisiana State University Health Science Center’s (LSUHSC) Rural  Family Medicine Residency Program but has been full time attending since 2008. Patients of all ages are accepted by Dr. McCommon at the Plain Dealing Medical Clinic as well as the Benton Medical Family Practice which opened in November of 2015. Dr. McCommon along with her medical partners see patients in both locations for convenience of the patients.

She earned her Medical Doctorate from LSUSHC and received the esteemed Family Medicine of the Year Award and the Leonard-Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. She was a member of Gamma Beta Phi, received the TH Harris Scholarship and received recognition of her academic achievements by winning the Academic Excellence Award for Chemistry and Biology.

Dr. McCommon and her family own a natural farm where she combines her passion for health and outdoors by helping people live healthier lives through clean eating.

Catherine Sharpe, MD
Dr. Sharpe joined NCMC as a full time attending physician July of 2018. Her last two years have been at North Caddo Medical Center where she was fulfilling her Rural Family Practice Residency through LSUHSC and North Caddo Medical Center.

Dr. Sharpe is board certified in Family Medicine and is accepting patients at NCMC’s Medical & Surgical Clinic, in Vivian. She will treat patients from birth to end of life. Dr. Sharpe will also be taking over the women’s health practice for Dr. Stephen Taylor, which includes the delivery of babies at NCMC as well as gynecology health.

Dr. Sharpe is originally from Nova Scotia. Though she is familiar with the extreme cold, she loves the Louisiana weather. Dr. Sharpe completed her undergraduate, majoring in biology, on Academic Scholarship at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She went on to the Medical University of The Americas to complete her Medical Doctrine and is a recent graduate of LSUHSC Rural Family Medicine of Shreveport.

Dr. Sharpe’s leadership and dedication has been witnessed and appreciated by NCMC and their staff during her residency. Not only did she serve as the Chief Resident, but she also went the extra mile for her patients. It was not uncommon for Dr. Sharpe to come on her days off to participate in a delivery of a newborn or assist in surgery.


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