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Children in Halloween costumes

Halloween Safety

Bindi Naik-Mathuria, MD, Pediatric Surgeon, emphasizes keeping children safe on Halloween by maximizing their visibility so drivers can see pedestrians crossing the street. Pedestrians should also use crosswalks and be mindful of how masks can prevent a costumed person from seeing approaching cars. Children should learn to look left, then right, then left again before crossing streets, use sidewalks, and watch for cars reversing or turning. According to Safe Kids, twice as many children are killed while walking on Halloween than any other day of the year.


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Mommy Makeovers 101

Kathleen Kroger, MD

Dr. Kroger is a board certified dermatologist who focuses on general, pediatric, complex medical and cosmetic dermatology (Botox, fillers, and lasers). Dr. Kroger is the Medical Clinic Director of Bay Colony Dermatology Clinics.

Linda Phillips, MD

Dr. Phillips is the Truman G. Blocker, Jr., M.D. Distinguished Chair; Chief, Division of Plastic Surgery in the Department of Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Dr. Phillips specializes in the healing of difficult wounds; body contouring after massive weight loss; reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery; cosmetic facial and body contouring of all types.

Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics

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Puberty, Adolescence & Birth Control, oh my!

Beth Auslander, PhD, MS

Dr. Auslander is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the department of Pediatrics and specializes in Teen Health. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Florida State University, division of Adolescent and Behavioral Health. Dr. Auslander completed internships in Psychology and in Adolescent Psychology at Baylor College of Medicine.

Adolescent Medicine

Emily Calasanz, MD

Dr. Calasanz is an active member of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, Harris County Medical Society, Houston Gynecological & Obstetrical Society, and Texas Medical Association. Dr. Calasanz’ professional interests include all aspects of obstetrics and gynecology, especially adolescent gynecology and the first well-woman exam.

Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Seasonal Allergies 101

Jennifer McCracken, MD

Dr. McCracken is a board-certified provider and an assistant professor in the UTMB Department of Internal Medicine, specializing in Allergy and Immunology. Dr. McCracken cares for patients with a variety of allergic and immunologic diseases and has particular interest in nasal allergies and immunotherapy (allergy shots), asthma, drug allergies and chronic hives/angioedema.

Allergy and Immunology

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Potty Training 101

Hannah O'Donohoe, MD

Dr. O'Donohoe a pediatrician in the Galveston and League City areas, specializes in outpatient pediatrics. She also works with patients who have recently been placed in foster care, transitioning them into the UTMB system and getting their specialized needs met.

Pediatric Primary Care

Breast cancer patient wearing pink in front of skyline

Breast Cancer: A survivor's story

After ignoring a lump in her breast that inevitably led to a double mastectomy, Tammi Moran is no longer pushing the snooze button on her health. Watch her share her story below with Meagan Clanahan of Houston Moms. A full story on Tammi is available at View the full story

Colleen Silva, MD

Dr. Colleen Silva, professor and surgeon with UTMB’s Department of Surgery and medical director of UTMB's Breast Health and Imaging Center in League City.

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