Meet Our Team – Texas Regional Health

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Sammy Tao, DC - President / Founder

Dr. Sammy Tao - Texas Regional Health and Wellness - stem cell therapyDr. Tao had been working for years as a healthcare consultant but realized he wanted to have a direct impact on people’s lives, not only through his experience as a chiropractor but also by transpiring the vision of a multi-specialty family of clinics all focusing on root cause resolution.

Dr. Tao received an undergraduate degree from Baylor University in Biology with a minor in Chemistry.  He then went on to get a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from St. Louis University.  After working for several years, he returned to school to get his Doctorate of Chiropractic degree from Logan University.

The advanced education he received there gave him a wealth of knowledge in a variety of areas, such as adjustment techniques, physical therapy, and advanced imaging.

When Dr. Tao isn’t in the office, he enjoys spending time with his family.  He and his wife have two children.  He also holds regular workshops and seminars to help people better understand their bodies and how to maintain their health.

Richard Morales, DC - Doctor of Chiropractic

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However, while Dr. Morales enjoyed his time in research and found the work rewarding, he wanted to do more to directly impact the lives of others. He feels there is no greater good than helping those in his community find a path towards health. Having been exposed to the incredible innate intelligence within ourselves, he chose to pursue a path that would allow him to collaboratively support patients through natural healing. Dr. Morales received his training at Logan University in Chesterfield, MO, where he and his classmates were inspired to continue learning long after graduation for the benefit of their patients.

After receiving his doctorate, Dr. Morales continued to study under many doctors from the midwest to the west coast, in addition to countless seminars. In 2015, he moved to Texas to be close to family and support his classmate Dr. Sammy Tao in creating a practice with a more integrated patient care approach. In 2017, with the opening of Texas Regional Health & Wellness, Dr. Morales hopes to expand his impact on his community by continuing to engage and educate patients on health and wellness. Dr. Morales aspires to personally connect with patients as a whole while catering treatment to suit each individual with the support of Texas Regional Health & Wellness’s team of expert physicians and healthcare professionals.

Peiwen Lu, Family Nurse Practitioner

Peiwen Lu is a board certified Nurse Practitioner with a  degree in Family practice. She obtained her master’s degree from the University of Houston Graduate School of Nursing. As a Nurse practitioner, she has two years of experience working as a pain management specialist.  As a Registered Nurse, she has four years of experience working in a medical-surgical unit and an intensive care unit.

Peiwen Lu is originally from Shanghai, China. She speaks fluent Shanghainese and Mandarin Chinese.  Before she entered nursing, She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Shanghai Fu Dan University, and a computer designing degree from Shanghai University of Science and Technology.

Samantha Ritter, Family Nurse Practitioner

Samantha is a board certified Nurse Practitioner with a major in Family practice. She attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Cizik School of Nursing. She is also a practicing Registered Nurse with over nine years of experience in a variety of clinical settings.

Her background includes cardiothoracic/cardiovascular surgery, telemetry, endoscopy/GI, pain management, pulmonary, pediatrics, neurology/neurosurgery, and orthopedics.

Samantha is originally from a small town outside Denver, Colorado and has now lived in Texas for over three years. During her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, traveling, and reading.

Cristina Kashi - Nutritionist

Cristina Kashi has a great passion for improving lives through fitness and nutrition. She received her first Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Houston. From there, she worked at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center as a researcher and lab manager in the field of Immunology. Cristina made contributions to major scientific journal publications while working as a researcher. Post research, Cristina received a second Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Foods from the University of Houston. This degree allowed her to develop solid successful nutrition and fitness programs for many clients.

The love of nutrition, fitness and overall health, eventually lead Cristina to the field of Functional Medicine, where she seeks to help people through lifestyle changes and reach their optimal levels of health and wellness. In her spare time, she is a certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor who loves to teach strength and cardio kickboxing classes. She also enjoys spending time crafting, cooking, and exercising with her two children and husband.

Dr. Louis Varela, MD - Board Certified Family Medicine

Dr. Louis is our Medical Director with over 30 years of practicing medicine.