Autism is medical!

In the
Pediatrics Evaluation, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Gastrointestinal Disorders in Individuals With ASDs: A Consensus Report, some of the top Gastrointestinal and mitochondrial specialists in the U.S. concluded: The care of individuals who are nonverbal or have difficulties in communication or who display self-injurious behaviors presents special challenges. Nevertheless, the approach to evaluation and diagnosis of possible underlying medical conditions, in particular gastrointestinal disorders, should be no different from the standard of care for persons without ASDs. Management of co-occurring gastrointestinal problems in individuals with ASDs usually begins with the primary care provider and may eventually warrant multidisciplinary consultation.

Educate your child's doctor about the medical comorbid conditions that go along with a diagnosis of autism. At the next appointment, take along a copy or provide them with a link to the following publication, Medical Comorbidities in Autism Spectrum Disorders:

One in 32 children in Katy has been identified with
an autism spectrum disorder;

share the hope.
Medical Resources:
Many individuals with Autism have underlying medical problems.  Some of these include, gastrointestinal disturbances, seizure disorder, nutritional deficiencies, Cerebral Folate Deficiency, visual differences, mitochondrial dysfunction, encephalopathy, balance problems, allergies, and asthma.  This list contains practitioners that families in Katy use to address these issues.  Not all practitioners are in or near Katy.  Some practitioners are Medical Doctors (M.D.) including Psychiatrists and others are Physicians Assistants, Nurses, Dentists, Eye Doctors and Psychologists also Homeopathic Doctors and Chiropractors. 

Published paper in the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience, Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Emergency Department: Looking Beyond Behavior (ISSN: 1522-4821). First, treating symptoms instead of identifying a cause can lead to increased morbidity and mortality from an undiagnosed disorder. Second, antipsychotic medications can detrimentally affect glucose, cholesterol and lipids and weight, even in the short-term (Correll et al., 2009; Wink et al., 2014) and long-term anti-psychotic use increases the risk for type II diabetes (Bobo et al., 2013) and can result in tardive dyskinesia, a potentially permanent movement disorder (Correll & Kane, 2007). Thus, it may be best to look beyond the obvious of controlling behavior and understanding what the behavior means in order to solve potentially important medical conditions to improve the long-term health of a child with ASD. Several examples are given below of the medical condition that can present as behavioral dysregulation in children with ASD. Dr. Richard Frye Autism Research Program, Phoenix Children's Hospital, Neurology department.


Medical doctors providing services to individuals with a mainstream and/or biomedical & functional medicine approach to treating autism (in & outside Texas):

Allergy and Asthma Treatment Center
Dr. Seshagiri Rao, Board Certified Allergist
3016 Communications Pkwy 
Plano, TX 75093
(972) 964-7373

Alternative Health Center of The Woodlands
Dr. Stephen Clouthier, DC
4840 W. Panther Creek Dr. Suite #200
The Woodlands, Texas 77381

Dr. Shikah Bharaktiya
7500 Beechnut Street #252
Houston, TX 77074

The Block Center
Mary Ann Block, DO
1750 Norwood Drive
Hurst, TX 76054
(817) 280-9933
Dr. Mary Ann Block’s approach is to look for and treat the underlying health problems (ADHD, autism, anxiety, PMS, ear infection, asthma, fatigue, etc) in children and adults instead of covering the symptoms with drugs.

Timothy Bohan, M.D.
Pediatric Neurology 
Areas of Interest: Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology   
1213 Hermann Drive, Suite 740
Houston, TX 77004

Ian Butler, M.D.
Pediatric Neurology
General Pediatric Neurology, Headaches and Seizures, Autism and Developmental Disorders, Neuromuscular Disorders in Children, Tourette Syndrome and Movement Disorders
6410 Fannin Street, Suite 1028
Houston, TX 77030

Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital 
Medically Based Autism Clinic 
641 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030
The clinic for Children's Neuroscience is held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month in the Child and Adolescent Neurology Clinic in the University of Texas Professional Building in the Medical Center.

Dickerson Pediatrics
Dr. Cassandra Dickerson, Medical Director
4760 Sweetwater Blvd Ste. 102
Sugar Land, Texas 77479

Pauline A. Filipek, MD
UT Physicians - Pediatric Neurology
6410 Fannin, Suite 720
Houston, TX 77030

Stephen A. Fletcher DO, Neurosurgery
UT Physicians-Pediatric Surgery
6410 Fannin Street Suite 1400
Houston, TX 77030
7000 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 500-4472

Charles T. Gay, M.D.
Pediatric Neurology
Texas Children's Hospital West Campus
18200 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77094

Michelle Denee Holick, M.D.
Pediatric Neurology
Texas Children's Hospital West Campus
18200 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77094

Houston Area Pediatric Neurology
Melissa Jones, MD, Neurologist
24514 Kingsland Blvd.
Katy, TX 77494

Johnson Center for Child Health and Development
Dane Mosher, DO, MAPS candidate
Lucas Ramirez, FNP-C
Kelly Barnhill, CCN
1700 Rio Grande Street, Suite 200
Austin,TX 78701
Their goal is to advance the treatment and understanding of developmental disorders through medical care, education, and research.

Mary Kay Koenig, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Division of Child and Adolescent Neurology
Mitochondrial Clinic Director
Tuberous Sclerosis Center Co-Director
6431 Fannin Street, MSB 3.153
Houston, Texas, 77030
(832) 325-7151
Mary Kay Koenig is involved at the Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center and the University of Texas Medical School Department of Pediatrics.

Dmitriy Niyazov, MD
Genetics, Mitochondrial Disease
Ochsner Children's Health Center
1315 Jefferson Hwy.
New Orleans, LA 70121
Phone: 504-842-3900

Dr. Pedro Mancias
UT Physicians, Pediatric Neurology
6410 Fannin, Suite 500
Houston, TX 77030
(832) 325-6516

NeuroSensory Center of Austin

Dr. Kendal Stewart, Board Certified in Otolaryngology
11719 Bee Caves Road, #204
Austin, TX 78738
Fellowship training in Neurotology/Skull Base Surgery. His experience includes advanced training in neurosurgical, neurological and immunological disorders. He has extensive experience with advanced Neurological and Audio-Vestibular techniques; he also has had specific research interests in vestibular disorders, athletic injuries of the nervous system and processing/sensory integration disorders. 

Pediatric Gastroenterology Resources of Texas 
Dr. Arthur Krigsman, Pediatric Gastroenterologist (satellite location, primary office is in NY)

7901 Cameron Road, Building 3, Suite 110
Austin, TX 78754
718-327-2200, ext. 202 
Specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related disorders. His practice focuses on the clinical needs of children with autism and co-morbid concurrent gastrointestinal symptoms.

Jon Marc Rhoads, MD
Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatrics
University of Texas-Houston Medical School
6431 Fannin Street
Houston, Texas 77030
He is on staff at Memorial Hermann and practices pediatric gastroenterology and pediatrics.

Dan Rossignol, MD
Director, MAPS Trainer/Facilitator
California Integrative Hyperbaric Center
16251 Laguna Canyon Rd, Ste 175
Irvine, California  92618
Phone: (877) 244-2188

Robert Saunders, M.D.
Allergist and immunologist
650 W. Bough Lane
Houston, TX 77024
Also located at Kingsland at Peek Road in Katy

Fernando Scaglia, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics
Baylor College of Medicine
Department of Molecular and Human Genetics
Baylor College of Medicine
One Baylor Plaza, MS BCM225
Houston, TX, 77030
Phone: (832) 822-4280
Fax: (832) 825-4294

Primary research interest involves the study of the natural history and the molecular characterization of mitochondrial cytopathies. There is cumulative evidence based on isolated cased reports and limited neuroradiological, biochemical, and molecular studies that mitochondrial dysfunction may be linked to autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). It has been hypothesized that ASDs are prevalent in subjects with mitochondrial cytopathies. Treats Cerebral Folate Deficiency. 

Shreenath Vasant Doctor, MD, Ph.D.
Psychiatrist: Neuropsychiatry, Psychopharmacology
6750 West Loop S, Suite 610
Bellaire, TX 77401
(713) 524-3399
Clinical Interests: Mood Disorders, Autoimmune Diseases, Pharmacology, Brain Diseases, Brain Injuries, Toxicology, Biomedical Research, Neurologic Manifestations, Nervous System Diseases, Obsessive Behavior and treating PANDAS.

Dr. Suzanne Stovall, DO
Primary Care, Integrative Medicine
17183 Interstate 45 S., Medical Office Building 1, Suite 530
The Woodlands, TX 77385

Texas Children’s Hospital, Blue Bird Circle Clinic
Robert S. Zeller, M.D., Pediatric Neurology
Director, Blue Bird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neurology
6621 Fannin Street, CC# 1710
Houston, TX 77030

The Children's Clinic of Clear Lake
Dr. Robert Quillin, Pediatrician 
333 N. Texas Avenue, Suite 4300
Webster, TX 77598
Phone: (281)-338-5437 
An outside the box thinker. He is doing nutritional and vitamin workups on many kids with autism and ADHD, and correcting nutritional deficiency issues. Please tell him the Wees family referred you. 

Texas Medical and Sleep Specialists 
Joshua Rotenberg, M.D., Neurologist 
Memorial City Medical Plaza 1 
902 Frostwood, Suite 210 
Houston, Texas 77024 
Toll Free Phone: 877-770-8677 (TMSS) 
Free Parking 
21308 Provincial Blvd 
Katy, Texas 77450 
They are a multidisciplinary group of specialists offering advanced care and personal attention. They treat illnesses in adults and children while addressing its effects on function, day and night. Mission is to provide exceptional care in the fields of child neurology, pediatric pulmonary disease, and sleep medicine and to offer personal service in a culture that is patient and family oriented. 

THINK Neurology (The Houston Institute Of Neurology for Kids)
Shaun Varghese, M.D., Neurologist 
920 Medical Plaza Drive, Suite 120
The Woodlands, TX 77380

Ifthekar Unnissa, MD
Fry Road Pediatrics
21372 Provincial Blvd. 
Katy, TX 77450

Dr. Melissa R. Van Arsdall, MD
Pediatric Gastroenterologist
UT Physicians Pediatric Gastroenterology
6410 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77030 (TX Medical Center)
29 Gessner Street, Suite 2440, Houston, TX 77024 (Memorial City area office location)

Louise Vanasse, M.D.

21308 Provincial
Katy, TX 77450

Alternative Health, Chiropractic & Wellness Practitioners:

Acorn Chiropractic Wellness Center
Dr. Tedra Erickson
830 S. Mason Rd. #A5
Katy, TX 77450
Specialist Pediatric Chiropractic practice currently serving several patients on the Spectrum with gentle Chiropractic care and Craniosacral Therapy

Bio-Haven, LLC.
Debra Gravois, Certified Biofeedback Specialist, Colon Hydro-Therapist
15303 Coral Leaf Trail
Cypress, TX 77433
Current thinking in bio-medical treatment is that when a child with the appropriate genetic susceptibility is exposed to a number of environmental insults, there are alterations in several body systems, the central nervous system (brain), the gastrointestinal system (the gut) and the immunological system (body defense), Autism may be the result.  We also tend to agree that the vast majority of the immune system is in the gut.  I am a certified colon therapist, offering colon hydrotherapy, biofeedback and sauna sessions in Cypress, TX, less than one mile from the Houston Premium Outlet Mall. My son, Matthew, is 18 years old and has autism and Lyme disease and these treatments have been key in bringing about dramatic improvements in his overall health, including his behaviors and communication skills. 

Catherine's Cause

Catherine Masha, R.N., Supplement Consultant, DAN! practitioner 
Katy, TX 77450
Catherine is a Generation Rescue Angel. Rescue Angels donate their time to answer questions, give guidance and provide resources for families starting out on a biomedical journey. 

Dr. Julie Clark Howard

Healing Provisions, PLLC
Barry Smeltzer, MPAS, PA-C
9502 Huebner Road, Suite 301
San Antonio, Texas 78240

Hilton's Heartland & Wellness Center
Melisa Kuehn
13150 FM 529 Road, Suite 118
Houston, TX 77041-2557
The provide an array of treatment services and products to enhance the quality of life using natural health remedies with a twist of biomedical, coupled with therapeutic modaliities for the entire family. Offer soft chamber Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, requires a doctor's prescription.

(The) Holistic Chef
Rosie Dodd, Chef
Arlington, TX
(682) 553-2948
GAPS Diet:


Homeopathy Center of Houston
Cindy L. Griffin, DSH-P, DIHom, BCIH, DCNT
7670 Woodway Drive, Suite 340 
Houston, Texas 77063, 
Houston Homeopathy Method is completely versatile, addressing both acute and chronic health issues, from autism to allergies, female issues, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, sinusitis, and much more.

Hyperbaric PHP
Bill Schindler - Director
Mill Creek Professional Park 
4488 Commerce Drive Suite D
Buford Georgia 30518
Share the Healing Power of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. We have seen firsthand the difference hyperbaric therapy has in the health and wellness of people with multiple different health conditions, illnesses and injuries.

Sakura Natural Health
Erica Campbell, Naturopath
Fi Connors, Homeopathic Doctor
Mary Kathryn LeMaster, Innergetic Specialist
Patricia Drake, Hydro/Colon Therapist
1208 West Drew
Houston, Texas 77006
At Sakura Natural Health, our goal is help you identify the underlying cause of your disease or illness and then to assist you in restoring your health. We can also provide education and resources that will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Although we consult on a wide variety of cases, our primary focus includes:

  • Women's Health Issues
  • Pediatric General Health Issues
  • Chronic Diseases
  • Weight Loss

Anusha Thiagarajan
Holistic Homeopathic Practitioner
4100 Westheimer Road, Suite 233
Houston, TX 77027
With my Knowledge in Nutrition, Homeopathy, Yoga and Meditation, I am able to successfully integrate the body, mind and spirit of my patients.

Ear Nose & Throat (Autism Friendly):

Dr. Joel Anthis, ENT
Texas Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists
Katy Methodist Hospital
18400 Katy Freeway, Suite 470
Houston, TX 77094
Katy Memorial Hermann
23920 Katy Fwy, Suite 430
Katy, TX 77494

Children’s ENT of Houston (a Center of Excellence of Texas Ear, Nose & Throat Consultants, PPLC)
Dr. Newton O. Duncan, ENT
713-796-2001, toll free: 888-733-0368
Texas Medical Center: Smith Tower, 6550 Fannin Street, Suite 2001, Houston, Texas 77030
Fort Bend: Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, 16651 Southwest Frwy, Suite 320, Sugar Land, Texas 77479
Cy-Fair/1960: 11777 FM 1960 West, Houston, TX 77065
Memorial City: 915 Gessner, Suite 560, Houston, TX 77024 
They are a specialized, child-centered practice for the care of patients from infancy to 18 years of age. The team of caring physicians is dedicated to the pediatric patient and focused on the special needs of children.

Diagnostic, Evaluation & Assessment Providers (psych-ed & neuropsych testing) /Psychologists, Psychiatrists & Family Counseling/Family Therapists:

Dr. Audrey Burgess, Psychologist, Ph.D.
800 Rockmead Drive, Suite 175
Kingwood, Texas 77339
Specialties: Asperger's Syndrome, Anxiety or Fears, Child or Adolescent. Provides psychological and educational testing evaluations for children.

Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital
Medically Based Autism Clinic
6411 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030
The clinic for Children's Neuroscience is held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month in the Child and Adolescent Neurology Clinic in the University of Texas Professional Building. The pediatric neurologists and nurses at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital provide a broad range of diagnostic and treatment services for children with complex health problems, such as:

•     Autism
•     Brachial plexus disorders
•     Brain malformations
•     Brain tumors
•     Cerebral palsy
•     Congenital hydrocephalus
•     Craniofacial disorders
•     Developmental disorders
•     Epilepsy
•     Headache, chronic migraine
•     Head trauma
•     Learning disabilities

Claghorn-Lesem Research Clinic
Dr. Alain Katic, Adolescent & Pediatric Psychiatry
1010 Waverly Street
Houston, TX 77008
713-965-7900 or 713-965-7820

Counseling & Neurofeedback Services
Michele Ward is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and neurotherapist with a Master's degree in Psychology
Deborah Sowell, RN and neurofeedback practitioner
Melissa Rayburn, Cranial Sacral therapist
21830 Kingsland Boulevard, Suite 106
Katy, TX 77450-2500
They provide a full range of therapies for individuals and families that includes traditional methods like talk therapy and non-traditional methods like neurofeedback therapy. They offer support for all types of issues, and have particular expertise with ADD/ADHD, autism, depression and anxiety.

Dan L. Duncan Children's Neurodevelopmental Clinic & Children's Learning Institute
W. Daniel Williamson, M.D. 
6655 Travis, Suite 880
Houston, Texas 77030

Harris County Systems of Hope 
Systems of Hope meet the needs of Harris County children and youth with serious mental health needs and their families by creating a collaborative network of community-based services and supports using the systems of care framework.
Tammy Foster, Family Coordinator
Systems of Hope
6300 Chimney Rock
Houston, TX 77081

Helen “Scottie” Holton, License Professional Counselor
16300 Katy Freeway, Ste. 100
Houston, TX 77094-1609
Behavioral Health & Social Service Counselor

Katy Child Psychology Associates
James Poysky, Ph.D., MA
21384 Provincial Blvd
Katy, Texas 77450
Their services generally involves a team; the therapist, the child, the parents or caregivers, and the child’s psychiatrist or school professionals (as deemed appropriate by the therapist and family), all working together to help the child overcome his or her challenges.

LifeTrek Solutions/The Conative Group
Dr. Trent Everett, Ph.D., a Licensed Psychologist
Erin Whitney, LPC
Star Professional Building (between Mason Rd. & Westgreen)
21230 Kingsland Blvd.
Katy, TX 77450
4130 Bellaire Blvd., #208, Houston, TX
Offers Nurtured Heart Approach to Parenting training which
is an amazing set of strategies developed specifically for children with ADHD and other challenging behaviors to facilitate parenting and classroom success. Contact information for Dr. Everett Dr. Everett and Ms. Whitney can be reached at The Conative Group at 713-993-7030; and  Our office is located at 4130 Bellaire Blvd., #208, Houston, TX.

Michelle Garcia-Thomas, Psy.D. and Associates, PLLC
Psychological  and Behavioral Health Services
Michelle Garcia-Thomas, PsyD,
Owner & Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Brandon Delgado, M.A., Licensed Psychological Associate
Andrea Baudoin, M.S., Licensed Psychological Associate 
David Suderman, M.A., Licensed Psychological Associate
PO Box 8915, The Woodlands, Texas 77387
Work with individuals of all ages, diagnoses, and issues, including but not limited to: Mental Retardation,
Autism Spectrum Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Eating Disorders, including overeating, Bulimia, Anorexia, Prader Willi, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Aggression, Refusal behavior, Property Destruction, Verbal Aggression/Disrespect, Self-Injury. Workshop conferences and outreach programs.

Monarch Institute for Neurological Differences and Diagnostic Clinic
Bryant Shaw, Ph.D., Clinical Coordinator 
2815 Rosefield Drive
Houston, TX 77080
They offer services to the greater community, which include; Educational Assessments, Consultation Services, Psychological Assessments, DIR® Services (Developmental, Individual-Difference, Relationship-Based) FloortimeTMModel in therapy, In-Home Training, Speech/Language Assessments. Example of diagnostic tools used WPPSI-IV, ADOS, ADI-R, CBCL and C-TRF. 

NAMI West Houston

Alice Brink    

Houston, Texas

They have special programs designed for parents of children and adolescents diagnosed with ADHD, autism, and other pervasive developmental disorders, childhood depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and other illnesses.

Lauren Pasqua, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, TX License # 36214
Ph: (281) 560-3648
The Woodlands Family Institute P.C.
Office: (281) 363-4220
1610 Woodstead Court, Ste. # 420
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Cypress Family Guidance Counseling
Office: 832-688-9747
13100 Wortham Center Dr., Ste 240
Houston, TX 77065
Child psychologist with special interest and training in autism spectrum disorders. Has training in DIR/Floortime and finds this approach extremely beneficial for many children and families. Has extensive training in ASD diagnostic assessments using the ADOS
., Email:

Phillips & Alford Psychological Associates
Daniel M. Phillips III, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Specialist in School Psychology
Christopher J. Alford, M.A., Licensed Psychological Associate and Licensed Specialist in School Psychology
23234 Red River Drive
Katy, TX 77494
Office: 281-698-7792
Cell: 832-890-5265
Individual Counseling: Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Play Therapy, Behavior Modification, Concurrent Parent Training, Consultation with Schools; Parent Training; Group Counseling; and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). They incorporate Jed Baker's strategies into their social skills groups, especially with their adolescent/young adult clients with autism spectrum disorders. 

Psychiatric Consultants
Rafael D. Guerrero, M.D., Psychiatrist
1830 Snake River Road, Suite E
Katy, TX 77449
His specialties include treating depression, chronic pain, ADD / ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, mental retardation, and developmental delay.

Services of Young Children and Families
Michelle Forrester, Ph.D.
9601 Katy Freeway, Suite 420
Houston, TX 77024 (near I-10 & Bunker Hill Road in the Bank of Houston building)
Offers traditional therapy and comprehensive assessment of a child’s development using standardized measures including adaptive, cognitive and achievement measures.  Referrals are often made to assess ADHD, Autism or other developmental concerns. Group therapy approach for children ages 2 to 10 years that emphasizes social skills and self-regulation.  Training and support for parents/caregivers is included as part of the group therapy program.

Alicia Snow, Ph.D.
823 Village Square, Suite 5
Tomball , TX 77375
(713) 240-8609
A psychologist specializing Cognitive Behavior Therapy with individual, couples and families, and maintains a private practice in Tomball, Texas. Among her areas of expertise are anxiety disorders (OCD, Panic Attacks, Generalized Anxiety Disorder), and Pervasive Developmental Disorders (High Functioning Autism/Asperger's).

Stokan Jaggers and Associates
Dr. Debra Clough Stokan, M.D., Psychiatrist
Karen Jaggers, M.S. Mental Health Counseling, LPC, Ph.D. Candidate in Behavioral Sciences and mother of a son with an autism spectrum disorder.
Dr. Thomas Merriman, social skills/social understanding
23501 Cinco Ranch Boulevard, Suite G270
Katy, Texas 77494
Phone: 281-394-2005
Fax: 281-394-5581
They provide Behavior Consulting, Educational Consulting, Certified Life Coach, Certified Advanced Family Mediator, Certified Parenting Coordinator; individual, family and group services, and can evaluate and assess children for autism using diagnostic tools. Offer neurofeedback, interactive metronome and other treatments. Their service area includesKaty and greater Houston.

The Center for Children and Families
17401 Village Green Drive
Houston, TX 77040
The Center is available to all children and families. We have licensed clinicians that specialize in play therapy, counseling children and adolescents, marriage and family counseling, as well as group therapy. We also offer psychoeducational, AD/HD, and neuropsychological evaluations. Our services are targeted at enriching children and families quality of life. We look forward to hearing from you soon! The Center was created as a ministry of Cy-Hope (, a non-profit focused on helping children and families who are economically, spiritually, and relationally disadvantaged. This counseling center is available for ALL children and families, to offer counseling, education, and intervention when the need arises.  Social skills groups and therapy at


The Tarnow Center for Self Management
Galleria Area (there’s a Sugar Land location too)
Jay Tarnow, M.D., Psychiatrist
Ron Swatzyna, Ph.D.
1001 W. Loop South, Suite 215
Houston, Texas 77027
The Tarnow Center for Self-Management is a multidisciplinary practice of professionals who treat children, adolescents, and adults. Their professionals are trained in psychiatry, psychology, speech & language, education, and professional counseling (offers Neurofeedback therapy).  

Texas Children’s Hospital, Clinical Care Center / Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics
8080 N. Stadium Drive
Houston, TX 77054
Main Campus:
6701 Fannin Street, 9
th floor
Houston, Texas 77030
Neurological evaluations for the Autism Center are conducted on Wednesdays 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. New outpatient appointments and referrals: 832-822-3704. Insurance information line: 832-828-3600.

University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center, Medical School
Katherine A. Loveland, Ph.D., Director, Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Pediatrics, & Biomedical Sciences
Deborah A. Pearson, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences Building (BBSB)
1941 East Rd., 2nd Floor
Houston, TX 77054
New appt. line: 713-486-2591 (not accepting Medicaid but that may change)
The CLASS Clinic
(Changing Lives through Autism Spectrum Services)
Neuropsych and psych-ed evaluations. Dr. Katherine A. Loveland specializes in the treatment and diagnosis of adolescents and adults. Social groups (for children, adolescents, or adults); specialize in transition services; and has someone on staff who does school consulting/advocating.
Accepts insurance and Medicaid.

UT Physicians Center for Autism and Related Conditions (CARC) at The Children’s Learning Institute (CLI)
Anson Koshy, M.D., M.B.E. (Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician)/Medical Director
7000 Fannin St, Suite 2453, Houston TX 77030

Phone: 713-500-3600

Fax: 713-383-1482



Dental Care

Ashford Pediatric Dental Specialist
Dr. Tang

14740 Barryknoll Lane, Suite 120

Houston, Texas  77079

Bellaire Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Joel Vela
6750 West Loop South, Suite 795 (in Frost Bank building on the corner of Loop 610 West and Bellaire Blvd)
Bellaire, TX 77401

Houston Children’s Dental Center
7007 N Freeway, Suite 400
Houston, TX 77076
The first dental facility in Houston specifically designed and developed to provide dental care to children and adults with special health care needs. 

Kids Healthy Teeth
Sheryl Hunter Griffith, DDS
20660 Westheimer Pkwy., Suite A
Katy, TX 77450
Pediatric dentists who work with children who have special healthcare needs.

Kidstown Dental
Dr. Amy Luedemann-Lazar, DDS
27110 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Suite 900
Katy, TX 77494
Dr. Luedemann treats children who have special healthcare needs such as: Autism, Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Hemophilia, Sickle Cell Disease, cancer and many other conditions.

Dr. Mark Stephenson DDS
603 Everett
Conroe, Tx 77301
Office: (936) 760-2200
Dr. Stephenson takes all insurance and Medicaid (MCNA and DENTAQUEST). Dr. Stephenson has transformed his general dentistry practice to primarily focus on general dentistry in a hospital based setting. Most patients are referred to him by other general dentist, pedodontist, and endodontist. For over 24 years Dr. Stephenson has performed over 20,000 dental procedures in an operating room setting.  His patients comprise of children as young as one year old and up as well as special needs patients.  These patients are usually too frightened or have failed a sedation procedure in the traditional dental office setting. After treatment patients return to their referring dentist.

Dr. Stephenson’s hospital privileges:

  1. Conroe Surgery Center
  2. Memorial Hermann Hospital System
  3. Conroe Regional Medical Center
  4. Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center

Mason Park Family Dental
Dr. Ginter (accepts traditional Medicaid)
21830 Kingsland Blvd Suite 104
Katy, TX 77450
281-578-7100; Fax 281-398-8817 

Modern Dentistry
Jacob Dent, DDS (special needs dentist, specializes in treating children & adolencents with autism)
19984 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX 77479

Pediatric Dental Specialists
Carl E. Pittman, DD
9316 Louetta Road, (east of 249, right on Louetta)
Spring, TX
(281) 376-2706

Say Ahhh! Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Foster, DDS
(281) 401-9629
8945 Texas 6 North
Houston, TX 77095
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry defines special health care needs as “any physical, developmental, mental, sensory, behavioral, cognitive, or emo­tional impairment or limiting condition that requires medical management, health care intervention, and/or use of specialized services or programs. The condition may be developmental or acquired and may cause limitations in performing daily self-maintenance activities or substantial limitations in a major life activity. Health care for individuals with special needs requires specialized knowledge, increased awareness and attention, adap­tation, and accommodative measures beyond what are consid­ered routine.”


Smiles for Kids
Dr. Kasia Lindhorst, DDS
8800 Katy Freeway, Suite 220 (@Campbell Road)
Houston, TX 77024

Texas Children’s Hospital Dental Clinic

Dr. Bruce Carter, DDS
6701 Fannin Street, 5th Floor, MC CC 560.00
Houston, TX, 832-822-3200

Vision Care Providers:

Bellaire Family Eye Care
Anne Voss
5001 Bissonnet, Suite 107
Bellaire, Texas 77401

Allison Lowe Bognar, Doctor of Optometry
Texas Eye Institute

Dr. Edward Fong
Developmental Optometrist
4427 Highway 6, Suite L
Sugar Land, Texas 77478
(281) 313-1810
He specializes in treatment of visual processing issues in children with autism spectrum disorders. Changes in behavior, self-esteem and motivation are some of the changes seen during the course of M.O.V.E. Therapy. Dr. Fong evaluates oculomotor dysfunction, its impact on reading and writing, and how it may mimic other disorders such as ADHD. Oculomotor dysfunction at times may contribute to poor or fleeting eye contact observed in children with ASD (i.e., it may be physically uncomfortable to sustain it).  Office Hours: M-T-W-F 9:00-5:00; Thurs. 1:30-5:00. Saturday by appointment only.  

Fernando Romero, M.D., Ophthalmologist

701 S. Fry Road, Suite 120 (Medical Plaza Building I)
Katy TX 77450
(281) 492-8982

U of H College of Optometry – Pediatric Vision Services
4901 Calhoun
Houston, TX 77204-6052
713-743-2020 or 713-743-2005

Catherine West, OD, Developmental Optometrist
10326 Lake Road, #103
Houston, TX 77070

Nutrition & Food Co-ops:

Azure Standard Coop
Is a co-op that sells free range organic turkey (among other things). You order online and pay online and the it is delivered once a month at Bass Pro Shop parking lot at Katy Mills Mall. The local coordinator for the co-op is Kelly Glass, please email her and let her know Kristi Wees referred you from the Katy Autism Support group, and that you are interested in checking it out and she will send you the welcome info in an email. There is no commitment to buy every month, it is okay to order one time per quarter and stock up and freeze but they do have organic produce in bulk that can easily be shared and split between families for a good price.

Chandler’s Kitchen
Mary Wagoner
Helping people with food allergies and special diets. Menu planning, cooking, education classes, in-store field trips, specializing in GFCF diet for autism. 

Elizabeth Strickland, MS, RD, LD
Autism Spectrum Disorders – Nutrition Seminars & Consulting
P.O. Box 3297
Glen Rose, TX 76043
Registered Dietitian specializing in nutrition therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Nourishing Hope
Julie Matthews, Certified Nutrition Consultant
Box 170 061
San Francisco, California 94117-0061
Appointments & Events:
Picky eating is often due to being addicted to wheat and dairy. The opiate-like compounds created from the improperly digested wheat and dairy proteins causes addictive cravings for wheat and dairy foods.  If your child is like most children with autism, they eat almost only wheat and dairy containing foods like: pizza, milk, bread, mac and cheese, chicken nuggets, as well as maybe a few snack foods like French fries.  There are many foods that are great substitutes for gluten (wheat) and casein (dairy).

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