Who Are We?

Quality Research is an independent research site with a dedicated staff that maintains a pleasant attitude while providing excellent care to patients with quality documentation to clinical trials and sponsors. We offer rapid start-up and enrollment, and accurate, clean data.


Meet Our Owner

Ellen Spelman
LVN, CCRC, Owner


“It is rewarding to see patients receive the benefits of a new medication before it is available to the public. It is equally as exciting to see the medications we have tested be approved and offered to the public.”

After over a decade of clinical trial experience, Ellen, along with Dr. Scott Horn, opened QRI in 1996. She has a degree in practical/vocational nursing from Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska. She received her designation as a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator in 1997 through the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP), where she continues to be an active member.

Our Physician:


Robert Morin, Jr.


Dr. Morin has his Bachelor’s in Science from Pace University and his Doctor of Medicine from Ross University School of Medicine. He completed his Family Medicine Residency Program at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. Dr. Morin is Board Certified in Family Medicine.

Our Physician Assistant:

Darian Sparks


Darian has both is Bachelors of Science and his Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is licensed by the Texas Medical Board and has NCCPA Physician Assistant National Certification.

Meet Our Staff

Michelle Roach
BS, MA, CCRC Director of Operations


“After a career in education, working in clinical research is quite different!  I absolutely love the public service element of what we do.”

Michelle has been with QRI for 4 years, although she has made guest appearances since QRI’s creation. She has a B.S. from the University of Texas and an M.A. from George Washington University. She is also a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator and a member of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP).


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Mandy Burks


“I love helping to provide study-related medication and care to those in need.”

Mandy has been with QRI for 8 years. She is a graduate of the vocational nursing program from Galen College of Nursing. She is also a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator and a member of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP).

Chelsie Martinez
AAMA, Research Assistant


“Being the patient’s first point of contact is so important.  I love getting to know all of our patients!”

Chelsie runs our front office and will be the first face you see here. She has been with QRI since 2013. She has an Associate’s Degree in Medical Assisting and is certified by the American Association of Medical Assistants.

Margo Barrientes
LVN, Recruiter


“It will be amazing to see a study drug out on the market and know that I, along with our patients, played a part in getting it there.”

Margo is a recent graduate LVN from Galen College of Nursing. She is currently continuing her education at Galen College to receive an Associate’s Degree of Nursing so that she can become a Registered Nurse.


Sara Guerrero
AAMA, Recruiter
Charelle Martinez