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    Shown is Dr. Mark Heard with his staff at Goliad Family Practice: from left Vanessa Guerra, Dr. Heard, Michelle Mellado MA, Laura Brown FNP-C, Kristina Villegas, LVN and Darla Shelton, LVN.

Dr. Heard a Gobbler for life

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

From a young age, Dr. Mark Heard developed a keen interest in becoming a medical doctor. Now, after 35 years of practice, including 32 in Cuero, he’s ready to set aside his stethoscope. Though he will still continue working at seven local nursing homes (2 in Cuero, 2 in Yoakum, 2 in Hallettsville, 1 in Goliad) every so often, he and his wife, Mary, will have much more time for their grandkids in north Texas.

Thinking back, when Dr. Heard was a young boy, he had a brother-in-law who was 20 years older and a doctor himself. Seeing him come home with his doctor’s bag resonated with Heard. Interestingly enough, that same doctor was in the same medical school class as Cuero’s Dr. Raymond Reese.

“That’s kind of a crazy coincidence,” Dr. Heard noted.

Years later, Heard would find himself in Cuero, and he’s since practiced under the Cuero Health umbrella for over three decades.

Before reaching Cuero, though, Heard attending medical school at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Along with being a proud Gobbler, Dr. Heard is very much a Red Raider at heart.

“It was far enough away to be away from my parents but close enough to go home if I wanted to,” Heard noted for why he chose the Black and Red of Texas Tech.

It was also the closest school with a medical school.

Following his residency, Heard had a National Health Service obligation that brought him to Goliad. After a few years there, they decided to make the move to Cuero. This is where he’s been for the last 32 years of practice, albeit with ample time Goliad Family Practice.

In that time, there have been tremendous changes in the medical field.

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