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What’s my motivation? Luisa Steckler’s fight for physical therapy patients.

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What’s my motivation? Luisa Steckler’s fight for physical therapy patients. Physical Therapist Luisa Steckler works with “little fighters.” She explains that while her young patients may not be able to do things like sit, stand or talk yet, she knows they are fighting through many frustrations as they get their minds and bodies to work […]


Lisa is The Difference – going the extra mile for teammates and patient families.

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Lisa is The Difference – going the extra mile for teammates and patient families. When she finished her pediatric residency with Texas Children’s in 2011, Dr. Lisa Gaw moved to Austin without a job because she knew it was where she wanted to be. After several years as an active urgent care physician, she re-joined […]


Diara Smalling, Front Office Specialist at Texas Children’s Pediatrics Conroe

Ciara Smalling Perseveres and Makes Good on a Promise to Her Childhood Pediatrician

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Ciara Smalling Perseveres and Makes Good on a Promise to Her Childhood Pediatrician Plenty of kids know what they want to be when they grow up. However, not many children know where they want to do it. Front Office Specialist at Texas Children’s Pediatrics Conroe, Ciara Smalling is the exception. She has spent every day […]


Forever Devoted: Nurse Lucinda Sosa Receives and Gives Back Throughout Her Texas Children’s Journey

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Forever Devoted: Nurse Lucinda Sosa Receives and Gives Back Throughout Her Texas Children’s Journey Staff Nurse Lucinda ‘Lucy’ Sosa considers her team at Texas Children’s like family. “My brothers and sisters at Texas Children’s took care of me when I needed them most and I am forever devoted to them and this organization.” While on […]


Kameron is The Difference – doing good where it’s needed most.

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Kameron is The Difference – doing good where it’s needed most. Before joining the team at Texas Children’s Pediatrics Windsor Park, medical assistant Kameron Pendragon was an EMT and dished up ramen at a popular restaurant. No stranger to fast-paced work, he first considered being a flight medic or firefighter – “something cool and adventurous,” […]


Tyler Giess

Leading our Austin Expansion: Tyler Giess

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Compassion is what ultimately drove Tyler Giess into the medical field. While growing up, he had to watch his sister go in and out of various hospitals, all of which gave him a unique understanding of the challenges families face when navigating the healthcare system. It’s this experience, as well as compassion for his loved […]


Cultural Competency Week brings opportunity to celebrate differences

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Texas Children’s Health Plan team members recently celebrated Cultural Competency Week – a celebration of the cultural differences that enrich and exist among the Texas Children’s more than 900 employees, 11,000 providers and 548,000+ members. Although there are 15 national standards around cultural competency as set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, these standards […]


Karen Hill

Welcome Dr. Karen Hill, Senior VP and Chief Medical Officer at Texas Children’s Health Plan

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Effective February 2, 2022, Texas Children’s Health Plan, the nation’s first health maintenance organization (HMO) created just for children, announced the appointment of Dr. Karen Hill as its new Senior Vice President (SVP) and Chief Medical Officer (CMO). Dr. Hill is a seasoned health care executive and board-certified Internal Medicine and Pediatrics licensed medical doctor (M.D.). In […]


Examining why Radiologists shine bright at Texas Children’s Urgent Care

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Anyone who has kids knows that they have a hard time being still. Trying to get the correct position for an x-ray can be challenging when working with children. That’s where pediatric radiology techs like Jennifer Vaughn come in, earning the trust of her patients with the help of a strong Urgent Care team. “No […]


One Amazing Team featuring Kara Palmer

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Kara Palmer knew nursing was her calling as early as high school after volunteering in an emergency room. Although the position was pretty intense for a teenager, Kara loved interacting with the children that came into the ER and saw her mission through their eyes and promptly pursued nursing upon graduation. Growing up in Houston, […]