Meet Paula Kruppstadt MD
Our Founder, CEO, and Medical Provider Team Leader, Paula Kruppstadt MD DABP FAAP IFMCP, graduated in 1990 from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (now named UT Health San Antonio). She 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 (born 1994 through 2006) who all work at Hope for Healing, and she has two grandsons. She is married to Tom Kruppstadt JD who serves as COO/CFO & 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).
Meet Brigitte Monrose MD
Brigitte Monrose MD CCFP ABAARM FAARM graduated from The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada in 1983, and completed a Rotating Internship at Hurley Medical Center, Flint Michigan and Board Certification with The College of Family Physicians of Canada.
Dr. Brigitte brings over 30 years of experience in general family practice as well as a Fellowship in Functional Medicine with The American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine (A4M). Like all of our medical provider team members, Dr. Brigitte is a life-long learner, and she is currently completing the course requirements of the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) with the aim of becoming an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practioner (IFMCP).
Dr. Brigitte and her family have personally experienced the benefits of functional medicine. By utilizing the customized, integrative approach that constitutes functional medicine, it is Dr. Brigitte’s desire to help patients achieve their full potential of wellness in whatever season of life they may be in.
At Hope for Healing, Dr. Brigitte offers Functional & Regenerative Medicine consultations and Functional Approach Adult Primary Care to both new and established adult patients (18 though 65 years).
Toni Anne Boyajian DNP, FNP-BC, IFMCP
Toni Anne Boyajian DNP, FNP-BC, IFMCP is a family nurse practitioner who joined Hope for Healing in 2021. In 2011, she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Villanova University in Pennsylvania. 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 University of South Alabama of 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 in 2020, she received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at University of Maryland Baltimore. 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 2 kids, being outdoors, reading and practicing yoga.
At Hope for Healing, Toni cares for patients of all ages for primary care and functional medicine consults.
Meet Rita Soriano FNP-C
Rita Soriano FNP-C brings 14+ years of front-line healthcare experience to our team. Rita earned her LVN in 2006 from San Jacinto College, her RN in 2008 from Excelsior College, her BSN in 2010 from Texas Woman’s University, and her MSN in 2017 from Walden University. She has practiced several years as a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C) and currently also works part time at a residential facility treating young girls with eating disorders. Previously, she practiced nursing in a broad range of specialties in HCA hospitals, MD Anderson and home health.
Rita is mentored by and collaborates with Paula Kruppstadt MD and Brigitte Monrose MD, providing healthcare for children and adults using a functional approach. She has substantially completed the course requirements of the Institute for Functional Medicine with the aim of becoming an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP).
At Hope for Healing, Rita functions as a primary care provider for pediatrics and offers functional medicine consults to patients of all ages.
Meet Cristina Mims FNP-BC
Cristina Mims FNP-BC is a born-and-raised Houstonian who graduated with a BSN degree in 2012 from the University of Virginia School of Nursing. Returning to Houston, Cristina worked as a nurse in the emergency room at Memorial Hermann and earned her MSN degree in 2014 from the University of Texas Health Science Center, becoming a family nurse practitioner (FNP). She has practiced as an FNP since 2015, primarily seeing pediatric patients in the urgent care, allergy, and ENT settings. She earned an Emergency/Trauma Post-Masters Certificate in 2015.
Cristina embarked on her functional medicine journey after working with Dr. Kruppstadt at Texas Children’s Urgent Care. In the staff break room, Cristina would ask Dr. K. lots of questions about how to heal chronic medical problems naturally. Over the last few years, the seed planted during those conversations in 2015 germinated. Cristina has substantially completed the course requirements of the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) with the aim of becoming an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP).
Cristina is excited to once again be working with and learning from Dr. Kruppstadt at Hope for Healing, where Cristina sees pediatric patients for both general and functional medical issues.
Meet Kathrine Salah CNC, Certified GX Sciences Provider
Kathrine Salah has been an advocate of health and nutrition for over 20 years. Empowered by her own experiences, she finds joy and fulfillment in assisting people achieve a healthier and better version of themselves. She’s a strong believer in uniting the threefold nature of the body — physical, spiritual, and mental health.
Through her knowledge and efforts, she aims to benefit other people’s overall well-being as a Certified Nutritional Counselor, a Certified Splankna Therapy Practitioner, and a Certified GX Sciences Provider.
At Hope For Healing, Kathrine offers GX Sciences nutrigenomics consultations (genetics based nutrition) and health coaching to patients of all ages.
Meet Carolyn Heckel, Health Coach
Carolyn brings more than 13 years of experience in functional medicine and Health Coaching to our team. She has coached numerous parents with children on the Autism Spectrum and other health issues, by guiding, educating and instructing parents on how to implement the prescribed treatment plans (diets, medications, supplements) throughout all phases of the treatment process. She is a twice certified Lifestyle Educator with Metagenics, coaching adults through lifestyle interventions to help with weight loss, improving Diabetes type I and II, pre-diabetes and hyperlipidemia.
Combined with her professional experience, she personally has walked through the journey of raising a child with a diagnosis on the Autism Spectrum. She understands this challenging journey from a parent’s perspective and has implemented special diets, supplementation, medications, and associated therapies to help her child recover. Furthermore, she has walked through the path of recovery after being given a diagnosis of CIRS. She understands how devastating such a condition can be, and the treatment required.
Carolyn is passionate about nutrition, health and wellness and thoroughly enjoys helping people overcome their health and life challenges.
At Hope for Healing, Carolyn is mentored by and works under the direction of Dr. Paula Kruppstadt. Carolyn provides Health Coaching consultations to patients of all ages.