- A. (Sarah) Leonardo-Hsu, LMSW (2)
I am a licensed master social worker in the Section of Cardiology at Texas Children’s Hospital in the Texas Adult Congenital Heart Program providing counseling and educating patients about resources available in the community. I work with an interdisciplinary team whose aim is to provide the best comprehensive care to people born with congenital heart disease.
- Adam Questell, father of patient (1)
My family had a rough start, but thanks to the expert teams at Texas Children's Newborn Center, my triplets and wife survived their initial struggle.
Today, we are a happy, health family, and I couldn't be more grateful.
- Aileen Beltran, manager of community benefits (1)
I have a background in and passion for public health and child advocacy and am the Manager of Community Benefits at Texas Children's Hospital.
I'm amazed by the heart and hard work of the many individuals at Texas Children's and throughout our community, who are dedicated to providing meaningful and needed education and services to children and families locally, nationally and internationally.
- Alexandra Flores, mother of patient (1)
My oldest son, Andre, was diagnosed with leukemia on July 8, 2015. We were referred to Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children’s Cancer and Hematology Clinic in McAllen, Texas where he was treated. My son is now in remission and is more active than ever. His appetite is big, just like his heart.
- Ali Moshiri, president of Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production; Donor (1)
I am president of Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production Company, based in Houston, Texas. I joined Chevron in 1978 as a reservoir engineer after graduating from the University of Tulsa the same year with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in petroleum engineering.
I currently serve on several boards including the Council of the Americas, the Pan American Development Foundation, the Trust for the Americas, the Houston Zoo, Spindletop International and is a member of the Jones Graduate School Council of Overseers at Rice University.
- Alissa Melton, mother of patients (1)
I am a mom to Luke, Jack, Noah and Seth, and wife to Greg, a dentist. We reside in Bryan, Texas, and help lead a church for the deaf. We enjoy serving the staff and families of Texas Children’s Hospital in any capacity since two of our sons were patients in 2013.
- Allie Williams, patient (1)
My name is Allie Williams. I am 15 years old and live in Alexandria, Louisiana.
I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 13, in May of 2009.
I have learned so much from having this disease, and I hope to teach others to never give up, like me.
- Allison Mahlstedt, physician assistant (1)
I am a native Houstonian and a physician assistant in the Department of Cardiology at Texas Children’s Hospital
in the Texas Adult Congenital Heart Center. I work primarily with Drs. Wayne Franklin and Dhaval Parekh to provide ongoing care to adults with simple and complex congenital heart disease.
- Allison Rutledge, breast milk donor (1)
I am the mother of 2 young boys and a proud donor to the Mother's Milk Bank at Texas Children's Hospital.
I hope to inspire other mom's to donate their excess breast milk to ill babies who need the extra support.
- Alyssa Ascencio, mother of patient (1)
I was previously a teacher before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom. I grew up in Houston and went on to graduate from Texas State. We now live in Katy with her ten-year-old daughter and four-year-old son.
- Amanda Burnett, Mother of Patient (1)
I am blessed to be the mother to four beautiful children. My oldest two joined us through adoption and youngest two were home grown.
- Amanda Kopp, mother of patient (1)
My daughter Cami was born at 25 weeks, 5 days and spent 86 days in the neonatal intensive care unit at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women.
- Amanda Spears, mother of patient (1)
My name is Amanda Spears and I am the mother of Christian, our miracle baby who spent the first 251 days of his life in the NICU at Texas Children's Hospital.
- Amanda Wenger, PICU nurse (2)
I have worked at Texas Children’s Hospital as a PICU staff nurse since July 2014.
- Amber Tabora, patient (1)
I’m the outnumbered mother of two beautiful boys — one a very feisty 2 ½ year old and the other just over 4 months old. I’m also the chief marketing and public relations officer for Texas Children’s Hospital.
It’s part of my job to promote Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women — but it also happens to be a personal passion. The recent delivery of my second son, Charlie, at the Pavilion for Women, was absolutely amazing. I experienced firsthand how Texas Children’s delivers on the incredible promise of its brand. And that experience is definitely something I’m proud to share with other women in our community.
- Amy Champlin, mother of patient (1)
- Amy Lewis, Mother of Patient (1)
My name is Amy Lewis and my daughter, Sydney, was diagnosed with a congenital heart disease at birth. Sydney was treated for bicuspid aortic stenosis at Texas Children's Heart Center and is now thriving thanks to the care she received.
- Amy Peterson, mother of patient (1)
I am a geophysicist, a wife and the mother of 3 amazing boys, Tyler, Josh and Braxton. My family is from Virginia and we have been living in Houston for a little over 2 years. Our lives were turned upside down when my oldest son was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 6. While currently stable, the tumor has left him with numerous health issues and many days it seems like our lives revolve around doctors appointments!
- Amy Smith, music therapist (3)
I am a board certified music therapist at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX, where I am currently developing the Music Therapy program. I am passionate about working with children and their families in the hospital using music as a unique tool to support bonding, development and creative expression.
- Andi Lewis, Genetic Counselor (1)
I am a certified genetic counselor for the pediatric genetics department at Texas Children’s Hospital. I coordinate patient care and genetic testing for the general genetics clinic as well as two specialty multidisciplinary clinics: Neurofibromatosis and our new Cardiovascular Genetics clinic.
My goal is to serve as a point person for families undergoing genetic evaluations with our department and help guide them through the evaluation process and coordinate follow-up care.
- Andrea Barton, clinical pharmacy specialist (1)
I serve as a clinical pharmacy specialist in solid organ transplant at Texas Children's Hospital. I earned my doctorate of pharmacy from the University of Oklahoma and completed my post-graduate training at Memorial Health University in Savannah, Georgia, and at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. My research and clinical interests include optimization of pharmacologic management and medication adherence for solid organ transplant recipients, education of trainees and healthcare professionals, as well as quality improvement and enhanced clinical outcomes for patients.
- Andrea Green, patient (1)
I'm a proud stay-at-home mother of two children, Ainsley and Brayten, in Tomball, Texas. I feel so lucky to be the first mother ever to give birth at the Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women.
Thanks to the physicians and staff’s early discovery of my vasa previa, a condition involving the placement of the placenta, I was able to deliver a healthy, happy baby boy.
- Andrew Hoechstetter, father of patient (1)
My daughter, Rachel, was born with a congenital heart defect. She's now almost 18 years old and is doing great!
- Angela Hudson, mother of patient (1)
I am the mother of Clark, a bright, imaginative 11-year-old boy.
When we had our son at 27 weeks, it was the first of many surprises. The first year of life with Clark meant all sorts of unexpected twists and turns. And we had to adjust and embrace what ‘normal’ meant for our family.
- Angelica Aulbaugh, patient (1)
I am 17 years old and have experience dizzy spells and other symptoms for years. Recently, I saw Dr. Pederson who diagnosed me with a form of thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS).
- Anne Wright, prenatal education program manager (2)
I am the manager of the prenatal education program at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women I’ve worked in the field of education and development for over 17 years; my true passion is education for families preparing for birth and early parenting.
- April Slater, mother of patient (1)
- Asha Jamal Virani, mother of patient (2)
I am honored to be the mother of three beautiful children. Faris D. our angel, continues to lead the way for our family with his heavenly light and deep abiding love. Our two other children never cease to amaze me with their integrity, compassion and resiliency. Our family, inspired by our son, started the Faris D. Virani Ewing Sarcoma Center at Texas Children’s Hospital. This center is the only comprehensive research center in the world dedicated to understanding Ewing Sarcoma through programs in basic, translational and clinical research. Our hope is that the center will not only be an international center of excellence but serve as a beacon of hope for families. We are now part of the circle of love, hope and prayer for all children affected by the malady, cancer whose cure remains so elusive.
- Ashlee Haefs, mother of patient (2)
After a seemingly normal and routine beginning to my pregnancy, my daughter was born dangerously premature at just 23 weeks gestation.
Thanks to the specialists at Texas Children's Newborn Center, Madylin beat the odds and is a growing, happy young girl.
- Ashley Cardenas, Mother of Patient (1)
I am the proud mother of Audrey Cardenas, a beautiful baby girl born with her heart outside of her chest in 2012.
Thanks to Texas Children's Hospital and assistance from Medicaid, I can share our story today.
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