Lincoln Community Health Center

1140 South Vienna, Ruston, LA 71270

Phone: 318-224-7190 Fax: 318-224-7194

After-Hours Phone: 318-224-7190

Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm

Thomas Strain, MD - Medical Director

Dr. Thomas Strain joins the Trinity Community Health Centers of Louisiana. He is a graduate of New York Medical College and did his Family Practice Residency at JFK Medical Center in Edison , New Jersey. After his Board Certification in Family Medicine he served as an officer in the Commission Core. Than went on to practice for a few yrs in South Carolina before moving to New Mexico where he has resided for the past 31 yrs. In New Mexico he was a practitioner for a few organization. His main object in his practice was to help to provide QUALITY CARE to those in under served areas. This lead him to take on the task of being Medical Director during these 31 yrs in a HMO, NM State correction system, Hospice, and a FQHC.

James Belue, MD

Angela Odom-Austin, MD - Board Certified Pediatrician

Dr. Angela Odom-Austin was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. She attended Dillard University of New Orleans, Louisiana for undergraduate studies. She then proceeded to Duke University School of Medicine. Upon graduation, her pediatric studies took her to eastern Virginia where she practiced, taught medicine, and raised a family over the next twenty plus years. Her professional work has included 15 years of residential care of children at the Virginia School for the Deal, Blind, and Multi handicapped management of moderate-severe asthma and extremely premature infants: and the study of adult addiction medicine. Other medical interests include neurology, genetics, space-health, and community health.

Wynn Dee Rinicker, FNP

Wynne Dee Lewis Rinicker was born in New Orleans and moved to Ruston in seventh grade. She is a proud Ruston High School graduate and graduated from Louisiana Tech University in Nursing in 1992. After leaving Ruston to live in Atlanta, Georgia and Memphis, Tennessee she came back home to Ruston to raise her family. Wynne Dee returned to school at Northwestern State University graduating in 2011 with her Master’s of Science in Nursing and is certified by American Academy of Nurse Practictioners. Wynne Dee worked locally for seven years with MD Kerry Byrnes in surgery before joining her work family at Lincoln Community Health Center. She currently resides in Ruston, Louisiana. Wynne Dee is a widow and mother of one son Andrew “Garrett”. She loves spending time with her two beautiful grandchildren: Blakelyn Grace and Winston Spade. Wynne Dee is committed to serving her community by offering sublime patient care.

Marynell Hardin, FNP

Marynell Hardin was born and raised in Monroe, Louisiana. She is a graduate of Neville High School and attended Northeast Louisiana University (now ULM) School of Nursing graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a minor in Psychology in 1996. She worked primarily in a critical care setting and has dynamic experience working as needed in multiple settings for 20 years. During this time, she raised three amazing daughters who are the greatest blessing in her life. Inspired by them and driven to be an example to them and other women, she returned to graduate school and received a Master of Science in Nursing at Northwestern State University and is Board Certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Since, she has obtained experience in primary care, cardiovascular surgery, comprehensive and compassionate medical care with a focus on wellness and prevention for all in our community. Marynell believes medicine is a way to serve others with dignity, respect and integrity. It is necessary to learn continuously and is humbling to practice.

Melani Craig, FNP

Melani Dawn Craig is a native of Hodge, Louisiana. She graduated from Jonesboro-Hodge High School. Then attended Grambling State University, where she received he Bachelor of Science in Nursing and her Masters of Science in Nursing. Melani worked for 7 years at Northern Louisiana Medical Center in Pediatrics and Newborn Nursery, with experience in Women’s Health and Adult Medical/Surgical patients. Melani is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She currently resides in Choudrant, Louisiana with her husband, Trey. They have two children, Caroline and TJ. Melani and Try have also been business owners in Ruston for almost 20 years. They own Xtreme Tint and Audio in Ruston, Louisiana. Melani is passionate and committed to serving her community by providing the best medical care.

Monte Moore, CNP

Monte Moore is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner originally from Arkansas and currently living in Ruston. He has almost 30 years experience as a registered nurse and advanced practice nurse. In his spare time he enjoys fishing and hunting and exploring the forests and waterways of Louisiana. Additionally, he is a motorcyclist and an avid amateur cook enjoying recreating you tube cooking video inspired dishes. He is married and has one child, a 22 year old son, who is a computer programmer. He is very excited to be a psychiatric practitioner with Winn Community Health helping provide services to the people of Northwest Louisiana.

Sandra Culp, DDS

Dr. Sandra Culp is our general dentist. She is originally from Hamburg, Arkansas and practiced in southwest Louisiana prior to coming to Lincoln Community Health Center. Dr. Culp attended the University of Central Arkansas in Conway where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree and later received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1996 from the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in New Orleans. She is a member of the American Dental Association and the Louisiana Dental Association.

Kim Gaspard, Hygienist

Kim Gaspard has joined the Dental Staff at the Lincoln Community Health Center in Ruston. She has twenty years of experience working as a Registered Dental Hygienist. Her experience in private practice has been in general dentistry and periodontics. She received her Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene from Lamar University. She then Completed her Bachelor of Science degree at The University of Louisiana at Monroe. She and her husband, Mitch, have two daughters, Brae and Paeton. Kim believes every patient should have a thorough, comfortable dental experience. She is happy to have returned to Louisiana is and is enjoying her work in the community health setting.

Stephen Vessel, Pharmacist

Stephen Vessel was born in Monroe and raised in West Monroe. He graduated from Cedar Creek School and then Louisiana Tech University. He received his pharmacy degree from Northeast Louisiana University in 1995. He brings 25 years of pharmacy experience to Lincoln Community Health Center. Stephen currently lives in Ruston with his wife Dr. Amy Vessel, a professor of education at Louisiana Tech, and his two sons Brandon and John Davis. He currently serves on the Ruston Community Theatre and FCA Board of Directors. Stephen loves running marathons and acting in the community theatre. His passion is to give back to the community.