Paula Kruppstadt MD DABP FAAP IFMCP, is the Founder, CEO, and Medical Provider Team Leader for Hope for Healing. She graduated in 1990 from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and completed her pediatric internship and residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso in 1993. She promptly earned her Board Certification from the American Board of Pediatrics in 1993, and she is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
She served as a U.S. Army pediatrician at Ft. Hood, Texas and then relocated to The Woodlands, Texas in 1995. She has since worked as a general pediatrician in various venues, including Texas Children’s Pediatrics and Texas Children’s Urgent Care. Dr. Kruppstadt also served as a pediatric hospitalist and faculty for Baylor College of Medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital in The Woodlands, Texas.
Dr. Kruppstadt is a Certified Practitioner of Functional Medicine by The Institute for Functional Medicine—IFMCP. She is one of few board certified pediatricians in the world who are certified IFMCP.
Because she is an expert concerning PANS/PANDAS, Texas Governor Greg Abbott appointed her to be a member of the Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome Advisory Council. The Council advises the commission and the Texas legislature on research, diagnosis, treatment, and education related to pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome.
Dr. Kruppstadt is the mother of four daughters, who have all worked at Hope for Healing, and she has two grandsons. She is married to Tom Kruppstadt JD, who serves as COO/CFO and General Counsel for Hope for Healing.
At Hope for Healing, Dr. Kruppstadt offers Functional & Regenerative Medicine consultations (all ages) and Functional Approach Pediatric Primary Care (newborn through 21 years).
Toni Anne Boyajian DNP, FNP-BC, IFMCP, received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Villanova University in Pennsylvania in 2011. While Toni was an active duty nurse officer in the Air Force caring for service members in Destin, Florida, she received her Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL in 2015. As a family nurse practitioner, she has experience in primary care for children, young adults, adults, older adults and geriatrics. As a commitment to quality care for her patients, she received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at the University of Maryland Baltimore in 2020. Her passion for personalized holistic care and functional medicine has been a steadfast thread throughout her healthcare career. Toni is a Certified Practitioner of Functional Medicine by The Institute for Functional Medicine—IFMCP.
Toni and her family moved from Maryland to Houston for her husband’s medical residency with Baylor College of Medicine for cardiothoracic surgery. She has been involved with medical missions to Jamaica, Texas and the Philippines. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, being outdoors, reading and practicing yoga.
At Hope for Healing, Toni cares for patients of all ages for primary care and functional medicine consults.
Lauren Carlson FNP-BC, graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of
Wyoming in 2018. Moving to Texas shortly after, she practiced as a registered nurse on cardiac-
electrophysiology and vascular surgery acute care units. Lauren received her Master of Science
in Nursing (MSN) from the University of Texas Health Science Center in May 2022 and is now a
board-certified family nurse practitioner.
While completing her MSN, she rotated with Dr. Kruppstadt and immediately resonated with
the foundations of functional medicine. Lauren has always been passionate about caring for her
patients in a holistic manner and delivering collaborative, personalized care. She has begun the
course requirements of the Institute of Functional Medicine with the aim of becoming an
Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP).
Lauren grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and currently lives in Magnolia with her husband and
their three-year old pug named Bugs.
At Hope for Healing, Lauren is mentored by Dr. Kruppstadt and functions as a primary care
provider for pediatric patients.
Jenny is a Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP-PC) with an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse license. She earned her Bachelor of Science (BSN) and Master of Science (MSN) Degrees in Nursing from Marquette University where she also served on the clinical faculty. She also served on the Pediatric Nursing Faculty for Regis University. She is currently enrolled in a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program at Aspen University as well as the certification program of the Institute for Functional Medicine.
Jenny has extensive clinical experience in primary care, oncology, hematology, bone marrow transplantation, emergency medicine, pediatric intensive care and neonatal intensive care.
After meeting Dr. Kruppstadt and learning about functional medicine, Jenny decided that this is the only way to go. She believes in focusing on the root cause of disease and dysfunction in order to partner with patients to optimize their health. Jenny is compassionate and caring and only wants the best for others.
Jenny is married and has seven beautiful children. She has a granddaughter that calls her “Lollie” and her husband “Pop.” She enjoys running, redecorating her house, and practicing Real Estate part-time.
At Hope for Healing, Jenny provides functional approach pediatric care (newborn to 21 years of age) focusing on early childhood development, anticipatory guidance, and wellness. Jenny is excited and honored to be working with Dr. Kruppstadt and families with children with Autism Syndrome Disorder, PANS/PANDAS, and other CIRS entities.
Zachary Williams, FNP-C is, quite possibly, the loudest and proudest member of the Fighting Texas Aggie Class of 2017. After graduating from Texas A&M with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences, he achieved his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from U.T. Health Science Center-Houston in 2018. Zach received his Masters of Science in Nursing from UTMB-Galveston in December 2022 and is now a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and actively seeking certification with the Institute for Functional Medicine. In his career, he worked in pediatric cardiology intensive care, adult intensive care, general pediatrics, and on an adult COVID ward as a registered nurse.
Unsettled by his experiences as a nurse, especially in working with adults suffering from COVID, Zach recognized that often medical providers do not address the root cause of illness nor treat their patients as people. He began to see functional medicine as the best way for people to achieve optimal wellness, not just manage symptoms. Seeking both a place he could practice functional medicine and help children, finding Hope for Healing and Dr. Paula Kruppstadt was a God-send. He is excited to serve people by providing care he believes in passionately and to continue learning each day to better serve his patients.
Zach has a beautiful wife, who inspired him to pursue functional medicine, and two wonderful children, a girl and boy. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing basketball (or any sport for that matter), and cheering on the Aggies, win or lose.
Zach is honored to learn from and be mentored by Dr. Kruppstadt and everyone at Hope for Healing. He offers primary care for patients of all ages at Hope for Healing.
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