Seton Family of Doctors

Joy (Celeste) Sheppard, MD

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Joy (Celeste) Sheppard, MD

Dr. Sheppard, an Austin native, practiced Maternal-Fetal Medicine in both academic and private settings before joining the faculty at Dell Medical School. She is delighted to be leading the development of perinatal ultrasound and fetal assessment services at Seton.

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Maternal/Fetal Medicine


Seton Hospital Affiliation

Seton Medical Center Austin

Seton Medical Center Hays

Seton Medical Center Williamson

Seton Northwest Hospital

Seton Southwest Hospital

University Medical Center Brackenridge

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Provides Care Through

University Physicians Group

University Physicians Group Women's Health

Additional Language Spoken



My Passion for Healthcare

My grandfather was a surgeon and general practitioner in a small west Texas town. His fascination with the body, how it works, its maladies and their cures, was conveyed through vivid stories he told at day’s end, and as a child I could never hear enough. His devotion to his patients, and theirs to him, seemed intimate and noble. Years later, following my own fascination with the miraculous condition of pregnancy, I learned the deep truth of my childhood impression.

Services I Provide

  1. Fetal Anatomic Screening Ultrasound
  2. First Trimester Fetal Assessment & NT
  3. Fetal Echocardiography
  4. Amniocentesis and CVS
  5. Cell-Free DNA Testing
  6. Perinatal Consultation
  7. Preterm Birth Prevention

Degree & Residency

  • Medical School

    University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX

  • Residency

    University of Texas Southwestern/Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, TX

  • Fellowship

    University of Texas Houston Medical School, Houston, TX

  • Board Certification

    American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology

My Clinical Focus

In my practice, we use prenatal sonography to evaluate fetal and maternal health. With this extraordinary tool, we can observe fetal development during every stage of pregnancy. While most pregnancies are healthy, we identify those that need extra attention in order to prevent, plan for, or treat problems in the mother or fetus. My particular interest is in the prenatal detection of birth defects in the fetal heart, helping those babies get off to the best possible start.


  1. American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  2. Fellow: Fetal Heart Society
  3. International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology
  4. Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine

Insurances Accepted

    Seton Family of Doctors currently participates with various insurance plans. Insurance listings are subject to change without prior notice. Please contact your provider to verify participation prior to scheduling your visit.

  • Aetna - Commercial
  • Aetna QHP - Exchange Plan
  • Aetna-MA - Medicare Advantage
  • Amerigroup - STAR and CHIP
  • ARIA (Covenant Management Systems) ARC Benefit Plan - Contracted for the following specialties ONLY: Cardiology, Gastro, Inf. Disease, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Pain Management, Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
  • ASH (American Specialty Health Network) - PT and OT providers only
  • Averde Health - Commercial PPO
  • Beechstreet - Commercial PPO
  • Blue Cross - Medicare Advantage
  • Blue Cross-Blue Advantage - Exchange Plan
  • Blue Cross-Medicaid - STAR & CHIP
  • BlueCross - Commercial
  • Care Improvement Plus - Dual Special Needs
  • Care Improvement Plus - Medicare Advantage
  • Cigna - Commercial
  • Cigna LocalPlus - Exchange Plan
  • Coventry Workers Comp - Select providers
  • First Care - HMO/PPO
  • First Health/Coventry - Commercial
  • Galaxy Health Network PPO - Commercial
  • Health Payors Organization - Commerical PPO
  • HealthSmart Accel - Commercial PPO
  • HealthSmart Preferred Care - Commercial PPO
  • Hospice Austin - Hospice-In-Patient
  • Humana - Commercial
  • Humana HMOx - Exchange Plan
  • Humana-Medicare Advantage
  • Humana-Medicare Advantage WELLMED Network - All Specialists In-Network; PCP's are NOT participating EXCEPT for: David Wright,MD and Adam Barta, MD
  • IMO Med-Select Network - Workers Comp (SIRPS and SBSI only)
  • Integrated Medical Systems - Commercial PPO
  • Medicaid (Traditional)
  • Medicare
  • Multi-Plan Commercial - PPO
  • PHCS - Commercial
  • Sedwick/CMS Southwest Medical Provider Network - Workers Comp (SIRPS and SBSI only)
  • Sendero - STAR and CHIP
  • Sendero IdealCare - Exchange Plan
  • Seton Health Plan - Commercial
  • Seton Health Plan - MAP
  • Seton Health Plan - STAR and CHIP
  • Superior - STAR and CHIP
  • Superior Ambetter - Exchange Plan
  • TriCare - All Products
  • TriWest (new contract) - VA
  • United HealthCare - Commercial All Other
  • United HealthCare - Options PPO
  • United HealthCare Dual Complete Focus (HMO SNP) WELLMED Network - All Specialists In-Network; PCP's are NOT participating EXCEPT for: David Wright,MD and Adam Barta, MD
  • United HealthCare Star and CHIP - Americhoice or UHC Texas STAR, CHIP
  • United HealthCare- AARP Medicare Complete FOCUS- UHC Network - Specialists ONLY
  • United HealthCare-AARP Medicare Complete FOCUS-WellMED Network - All Specialists In-Network; PCP's are NOT participating EXCEPT for: David Wright,MD and Adam Barta, MD
  • United HealthCare-Dual Complete Focus (HMO SNP)-UHC Network - All Providers In-Network
  • United HealthCare-Evercare STAR PLUS - Medicaid
  • United Healthcare-Medicare Advantage--UHC Network - All Providers In-Network
  • United HealthCare-Medicare Advantage-WELLMED NETWORK - All Specialists In-Network; PCP's are NOT participating EXCEPT for: David Wright,MD and Adam Barta, MD
  • United Student Resources (UT Student Division) - PPO
  • USA Managed Care - PPO

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Why Choose Seton

Seton offers a different brand of healthcare. We call it Humancare. We believe in showing everyone dignity and respect while providing the best care possible. Humancare is an essential part of our mission to expand access to high-quality, low-cost, person-centered care and services.

You'll find Seton doctors, nurses and associates delivering care throughout Central Texas Communities. We operate more than 100 clinical locations, including three teaching hospitals and another opening in 2017 that will be the training site for Dell Medical School at The University of Texas.

When you choose care from us, you are choosing care that is at the forefront of medical innovation. Seton conducts research and provides advanced treatments for conditions including stroke, traumatic injury, epilepsy, cardiovascular disease and many of today's most difficult illnesses to treat.

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