The Houston Gerontological Society

has served Houston’s professional community since 1986 
and is dedicated to strengthening and enhancing current
and future services for older adults and their families.

HGS Invites You to Join Amazing Place in Empowering Lives

from Amazing Place:

We have some great programs scheduled for the next two weeks! As always, we hope you find these programs meaningful and share them with your friends and family. If you are benefiting from these free programs and would like to help us empower lives disrupted by dementia, we encourage you to give online. We cannot thank you enough for your support during this time of uncertainty.


TUESDAY, MAY 5 at 10AM – Savvy Caregiver 6-Week Program (in Collaboration with Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church) Contact Sharon Cantrell

TUESDAY, MAY 5 at 1PMBrain Health Matters Presentation: Worried About Your Memory?

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6 at 10AMMemory Training (Class 3 of 4)

THURSDAY, MAY 7 at 11:30AMSavvy Caregiver 6-Week Program (in Collaboration with the Church of St. John the Divine)

FRIDAY, MAY 8 at 3PMMemory Café

SATURDAY, MAY 9 at 9AMDementia Caregiver Support Group

MONDAY, MAY 11 at 12PM
Dementia Caregiver Support Group

WEDNESDAY, MAY 13 at 10AMMemory Training (Class 4 of 4)

SATURDAY, MAY 16 at 10AMMemory Café


TUESDAY, MAY 5 at 10AMHymn Sing Along with Jada & Ray

TUESDAY, MAY 5 at 2PMCinco de Mayo Fiesta with Kaneisha & Jose

THURSDAY, MAY 7 at 10AMRhythmic Exercise with Nancy & Kaneisha

THURSDAY, MAY 7 at 2PMNurses Questions & Answers

TUESDAY, MAY 12 at 10AMLaughter Yoga and Jokes with Casey & Jada

TUESDAY, MAY 12 at 2PMStretch and Exercise with Jose & Kaneisha

THURSDAY, MAY 14 at 10AMRhythmic Exercise with Nancy & Kaneisha

THURSDAY, MAY 14 at 2PMSip-and-See Pictures with the Coordinators

*These programs are available to anyone who would like to participate. Please note that some programs may be subject to change.


Is Health Care in Houston becoming more Age-Friendly?

Dr. Carmel Dyer notified HGS today that UT Health has cancelled all in-person meetings, so she will be unable to speak at the HGS dinner at The Village of Meyerland tomorrow, Tuesday, March 10, 2020.  We have decided to postpone the event until a later date when Dr. Dyer will be available to address us.  When we reschedule, it will again be at The Village of Meyerland.


 Speaker: Dr. Carmel Dyer


Dr. Carmel Bitondo Dyer is a nationally renowned geriatrician leader who has served as a clinician, researcher, educator, and administrator for the last 25 years. Dr. Dyer is board certified in Geriatric Medicine and has received national and local recognition for clinical program building, teaching ability, research inroads, and dedication to the health care of older persons. Over her career, Dr. Dyer has successfully established 20 clinical programs in multiple health systems. This unique blend of expertise in clinical, administrative, and legislative areas, along with her educational and research capabilities, have brought her to design an innovative model of care that will transform the way geriatric healthcare is delivered. This model will prove a disruption for the current healthcare industry as it strives to increase quality of care while lowering costs. Dr. Dyer seeks to implement, refine and ultimately disseminate this new tier of senior care.

 The Village of Meyerland is a locally owned and operated Assisted Living and Memory Care community that was built in 2012. We have played an active part in the community since its inception. We showcase beautifully appointed studio, 1 bedroom, and 2 bedroom apartments that include 3 elegant meals per day, life enrichment activities, transportation, medical & medication management, a holistic approach to wellness, 24 hour care, and more.


4141 N Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX 77025

CEUs will be offered.

H.I.S. Cornerstone is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, Approver – an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

 Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

Social hour at 5:30 pm | Dinner at 6:00 pm | Presentation is at 7:00 pm

4141 N Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX 77025

CEUs will be offered.

H.I.S. Cornerstone is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, Approver – an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Congratulations to our 2020 Board of Directors and new board members !

HGS actively networks in the gerontological community.

Our table on 24 October 2018 at the United Way’s ESPN event

The Houston Gerontological Society’s

Certified Nurse Assistants (CNA)

2017 scholarship winners !



Rayshell Butler
Arkadina Taylor
Marie Noel-KemiangIn loving memory of one of the
HGS founding members Dr. Ruth DeHart.

CNA Scholars Celebration

Students enjoying CNA 2017-2018 scholarships!


A few of our 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, 2020 evening networking lecture events:


HGS President

Rick Cagney, J.D., MBA

From the desk of Houston Gerontological Society president Rick Cagney in partnership with Jane Bavineau of BakerRipley

The Houston Gerontological Society president Rick Cagney invites you and members of your organization to accept this invitation by Jane Babineau and Baylor College of Medicine to participate in another wonderful online program, so that you can be on top of this pandemic.

Here is your Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 964 4458 7617

COVID-19 Ask the Experts in Geriatric Care

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has presented a unique threat to older adults. To provide guidance and updated information on how to work and care for our most vulnerable patients, clients, staff, as well as our own older family members, in this unprecedented epidemic, the two Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Programs (GWEPs) in Texas (South East Texas GWEP at Baylor College of Medicine and the Workforce Enhancement Healthy Aging and Independent Living GWEP at the University of North Texas Health Science Center) are joining together with our partners to host a statewide virtual town hall to answer your questions. Funded by the Health Resources Services Administration, the GWEPs are regional training programs comprised of inter-professional experts in geriatric care to improve health care outcomes and maximize patient and family engagement in settings that serve older adults. Following a successful Town Hall on April 1st, the GWEPs are back again to offer updated information, more resources and extended guidance. Whether you’re interested in resources to manage the anxiety and stress of social isolation, guidance on how transmission risk may change as communities reopen, or just straight talk on the COVID-19 situation, the Texas Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Programs are here to help!

Submit questions HERE to help us develop content that matters to YOU. GWEP clinicians will answer your questions and discuss topics such as:

· Updated information on the coronavirus and the risk to older adults
· Resources to manage the anxiety and stress of social isolation
· Practical advice on getting back to work safely
· How to take infection control precautions as communities reopen
· Supporting your clients, staff and older family members to navigate their own health, safety & sanity

Join us for an informative presentation and live Q&A:
Apr 22, 2020 09:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
888 788 0099 US Toll-free
877 853 5247 US Toll-free
Meeting ID: 964 4458 7617



HGS President

Rick Cagney, J.D., MBA


The Houston Gerontological Society offers its first meeting online.

Houston Gerontological Society president Rick Cagney invites you and members of your organization to accept this invitation by Jane Babineau and Baylor College of Medicine to learn how to protect yourself and team members against COVID-19. Be on top of this pandemic.

Here is a link to the Zoom meeting:

Meeting ID: 330 496 012

Please see below:

COVID-19 “Ask the Experts in Geriatric Health”

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has presented a unique threat to older adults. To provide guidance and updated information on how to work and care for our most vulnerable patients, clients and staff in this unprecedented epidemic, the faculty of the South East Texas Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program at Baylor College of Medicine will be hosting a virtual town hall to answer your questions. Established in July 2019, the SETxGWEP draws together inter-professional experts, from medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health and community-based organizations, to provide training that improves health care for older adults and maximizes patient and family engagement. Whether you want guidance on how best to keep clients safe, how to get staff back to work safely, or just updated information on the virus threat… the South East Texas Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program faculty is here to help.

RSVP and Submit questions HERE to help us develop content that matters to YOU. SETxGWEP clinicians will answer your questions and discuss:

· Updated information on the coronavirus and the risk to older adults
· How to take infection control precautions to protect your clients
· Practical advice on getting back to work safely
· Supporting your clients and staff to navigate their own health, safety & sanity

Join us for an informative presentation and live Q&A:
Apr 1, 2020 09:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
Toll-free US dial in: 888-788-0099
Meeting ID: 330 496 012

Lunch n’ Learn with HGS:

“SPRY Seniors Preparing for the Rainbow Years

and the Law Harrington Senior Living Center”


 Speaker: Richard Gamez

Location: Montrose Center



 Thursday, December 19th at 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Montrose Center, 401 Branard St, Houston, TX 77006

HGS Networking Power Hour

Tuesday, October 22nd at 5:30 p.m.

Pico’s, Agave Room: 3601 Kirby Drive Houston, TX 77098

Join us for HGS’ inaugural Networking Power Hour!

Bring a lot of business cards and get ready to mix and mingle.

We will have a prize for “Super Networker”!

Drinks and light bites will be served.

Location: Pico’s, Agave Room


Find out more…

The Therapeutic Value of Reminiscing




Chance McClain

Founder of Heritage Films

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Location & Sponsor: Belmont Village Hunter’s Creek

7667 Woodway Houston, TX 77063

Map to Belmont Village Hunter’s Creek

Each Belmont community is developed to high standards of safety and hospitality, and is specifically designed for the needs of elder residents. Our locations are carefully chosen in attractive, established neighborhoods with convenient access to major health care centers and the amenities of the surrounding community.

On Wednesday September 11, 2019, networking at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., discussion to follow.



Adele Cohen Segel, ASID

Owner of Relocate and Renovate

Dan Bawden, CAPS, CGP, CGR, GMB

President of Legal Eagle Contractors

Nate Davis

Owner of Livogis- Aging at Home Solutions



Location & Sponsor: The Anthology at Tanglewood

Located across from quaint Tanglewood Park in Houston’s west side, the area surrounding Anthology of Tanglewood is as beautiful and charming as the community itself. Enjoy quick access to essential amenities and services as well as luxury spas, championship golf courses, bustling shopping centers and some of the best dining in all of Houston. Take your leisure time to the next level with a stroll through the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center or hit the green at Memorial Park Golf Course and Driving Range. At Anthology of Tanglewood, everything you need—and want—is waiting for you.


Located at 504 Bering Dr.
Houston, TX 77057
Phone: (713) 782-8000

Map to The Anthology at Tanglewood



Julie Kutac, MA, PhD is the Professional Education and Research Specialist for the Alzheimer’s Association-Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter.  Dr. Kutac received her BS in Molecular Biology with a minor in Theology from Texas Lutheran University, her MA in Religious Studies from Rice University, and her PhD in Medical Humanities from the University of Texas Medical Branch. 

Dr. Kutac’s research at Rice University focused upon the ethics of memory and first person illness narratives that captured the subjective experience of Alzheimer’s disease.  At the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, she continued her studies on aging and elder care as a National Institute of Aging Pre-Doctoral Fellow with the Sealy Center on Aging.  Her dissertation focused upon suffering, the elderly, and ways that the medical humanities can improve the practitioner-patient relationship.  Dr. Kutac has been awarded the Texas Lutheran University Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Chester R. Burns Award in Medical Humanities, the John D. and Ann Stobo Award in Oslerian Medicine. She is a member of the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement.

As the Professional Education and Research Specialist for the Alzheimer’s Association, Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter, Dr. Kutac serves as a content expert for the chapter.  The trainer for two different dementia grants, Dr. Kutac prepares and delivers engaging, evidence based education programs to health care providers across Texas. She also liaises with the scientists studying Alzheimer’s disease in the Texas Medical Center and Southeast Texas, facilitating connections between the scientists and the community.  Dr. Kutac has presented her research at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities national conference, the Conference on Medicine and Religion, among others. Her writings are published in The Journal of General Internal Medicine, The Journal of the Medical Humanities, and The Journal of Religion and Health.


Location & Sponsor: Holly Hall Retirement Community

Founded by a group of civic-minded Houstonians in 1949, Holly Hall is Houston’s first retirement community. A strong history of community support and philanthropy has allowed Holly Hall to keep its vibrant legacy of caring and community involvement alive. A 51-member board of directors governs Holly Hall, and the administrative staff oversees Holly Hall’s daily operations. Many staff members have served Holly Hall residents for decades.


Located at 2000 Holly Hall St.
Houston, TX 77054
Phone: (713) 799-9031

Map to Holly Hall



A panel from the Gulf States Hemophilia & Thrombophilia Center at The University of Texas Health Science Centers.

This informative presentation will offer Physical Care Considerations for the Aging Hemophilia Patient beyond Independent Living.

Gulf States Hemophilia & Thrombophilia Center


Location: The Village of Meyerland


The Village of Meyerland is conveniently located near the West University Place, Bellaire, and Meyerland neighborhoods in Houston, TX. The Village of Meyerland is a distinctive presence in this established community providing an outstanding environment for assisted living and memory care senior residents.


Located at 4141 N Braeswood Blvd., 
Houston, TX 77025
Phone: (713) 665-4141

Map to The Village of Meyerland

Speaker: Karen Cunningham


This “natural blonde” bombshell is unafraid to take the perceived “lemons” of life and serve them up to your guest in an ice cold glass of lemonade in the form of laugh out loud jokes. Clean, clever, and Christ-centered, Karen Mayer Cunningham has been bringing side-splitting comedy to crowds for thirty years.

In a culture seemingly ashamed by our mistakes, Karen puts hers on display disarming the hardest hearts. The truth of her humanity makes her relatable which also positioned her as a favorite in comedy competition, “Funniest Moms In America”, and renowned TV show, America’s Got Talent.

Her website:

Location: The Village of Tanglewood

Welcome to the Village of Tanglewood, where you’ll enjoy distinctive independent senior living conveniently located in the hear of Houston’s most desirable area. Here, you can maintain long-time friendships, community ties, and personal interests while simplifying your life. Enjoy a spacious, beautiful suite, delicious meals, and superb care services. Owned and managed by Retirement Center Management, we’re here to provide everything you need to Live Life Well®.

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Located at 1600 Augusta Dr.,
Houston, TX 77057
Phone: (713) 977-1400

Map to The Village of Tanglewood

Speaker: John P. Schuster

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John’s work in aging with intention took root in earnest in 2011 and he is a regular resource as a coach and as a teacher/singer for a variety of individuals and audiences in various stages of their aging process. His website is and his books include one on purpose and vitality, and another on life review and helping your past work for you. He podcast with Public Radio, Stories for the Ages, on aging consciously, is carried by NPR.

He lives in Houston part time with his wife Patricia.


Location: The Buckingham

It’s true The Buckingham is the premier retirement community in Houston, TX, to offer the benefits of Life Care. Though as soon as you step foot through the front doors, you’ll realize it offers far, far more than that.

As a Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC) community, The Buckingham’s goals are echoed by SQLC’s own vision for exceptional senior living experiences. And only further supported by their mission to enrich lives, provide compassionate care and ensure financial security for all they serve.


Located at 8580 Woodway,
Houston, TX 77063
Phone: (713) 979-3090

Map to The Buckingham

Speaker: Wesley McWhorter

Wesley McWhorter is the Culinary Nutrition Director of the Nourish Program and a Lecturer within the Dietetic Internship Program at the University of Texas School of Public Health (UTSPH) in Houston. He is a professionally trained chef, registered dietitian, and certified strength and conditioning specialist. His experience includes corporate wellness, dietetics education, school and hospital foodservice, fine dining, sport’s dietetics, and working as a private chef. He holds degrees in culinary nutrition, dietetics, and nutrition and metabolism additionally he is pursuing a doctorate in public health with an emphasis in Nutrition and Behavioral Sciences.

Wesley currently teaches Culinary Medicine courses at the UTSPH and McGovern Medical School. His research interests are in closing the divide between culinary literacy and nutrition education and policy.

J. Wesley McWhorter, MS, RD, LD, CSCS

Location: Amazing Place

Founded in 1996, Amazing Place is Houston’s only day program exclusively devoted to adults with mild to moderate dementia. Our participants, ranging in age from their 50s to their 90s, benefit from an invigorating program that provides structure, stimulation and socialization.

We also offer caregiver support and community education programs on brain health and dementia free to the community. For more information, please contact Carol Cooper at 713.552.0420.


Located at 3735 Drexel,
Houston, Texas 77027
Phone: (713) 552-0420

Map to Amazing Place

Dr. Volpi is the director of the Sealy Center on Aging. She is also the associate director of the Institute for Translational Sciences and CTSA, and a professor in the departments of Internal Medicine-Geriatrics, Neuroscience and Cell Biology, and Nutrition and Metabolism at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Galveston.  Dr. Volpi currently holds the Daisy Emery Allen Distinguished Chair in Geriatric Medicine.

She received MD and PhD degrees from the University of Perugia, Italy, where she also completed her residency in Endocrinology and Diabetes. After a post-doctoral fellowship in gerontology and metabolism at UTMB, she became a faculty at the University of Southern California where she stayed    for four years before returning to UTMB. read more

Dr. Elena Volpi


Location: Village of River Oaks

The Village of River Oaks is an elegant senior living community located conveniently in the heart of the River Oaks area of Houston, TX. The Village of River Oaks is scheduled to open in the spring of 2017 and will provide independent, assisted living, and memory care senior living apartments and services.

Located at 1015 S Shepherd Dr,
Houston, TX 77019
Mary Broussard
Director of Marketing
The Village of River Oaks
Office: 713-952-7600  Cell: 713-647-2230

Map to Village of River Oaks

Retirement Center Management (RCM) manages The Village of River Oaks. We have more than 30 years of experience, and our senior living properties are known for the exceptional quality of life and gracious living they provide. Our assisted living and memory care services are designed to encourage independence, self-confidence,  mental engagement, wellness, and social involvement so that residents Live Life Well®.
RCM is based in Houston, TX and is privately held.
Conner Greenspan is currently the Texas Healthcare Association Region 7 Chair. He is in the Class of 2018, American Healthcare Association Future Leaders Program, and he is the Advocacy Board Member for the Texas Healthcare Association Board of Directors.



Mr. Greenspan earned his Nursing Facility Administrator license with HMG Healthcare where he has worked in that capacity for the last 5 years, operating 4 different nursing facilities in Houston and surrounding areas over that time.

Dinner was fantastic at Clarewood House.  Since its inception, it has been continuously inspired by a close relationship with the Methodist churches of Houston. In addition to offering weekly, non-denominational worship services to residents in our chapel, there is an in-house chaplain available to provide on-going guidance and prayerful support to residents and their families.   Located at 7400 Clarewood Dr, Houston, TX 77036  Phone(713) 774-5821               Map to Clarewood House

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Holiday Celebration of Aging and the Arts!

With presentations by Teri Miller, MS, OTR, and Jennifer Hackney, MT-BC, 30 November 2017

Holly Hall Retirement Center, 2000 Holly Hall St, Houston, TX 77054

Teri Miller, MS, OTR, is the Early-Stage Programs Manager at the Alzheimer’s Association-Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter, where she has been employed since 1996. Teri has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Texas Women’s University Graduate School of Occupational Therapy, where she co-taught Issues in Adaptation: Intervention with Alzheimer’s Families.

Jennifer Hackney, a Board Certified Music Therapist and a Music Therapist all over the world. With this experience, she intimately understands the power of music to reach and connect people regardless of age, culture, language, and abilities.




Vivienne Armstrong, RN, gave a wonderful and informative presentation to HGS on October 25th
to a full house on LBGTQ Issues in Aging!

Hosted by Village in the Heights!  Fabulous meal and event.
Pictured below were just the appetizers by our generous host Village of the Heights!
The meal was also amazing, topped with celebration chocolate mousse that was delicious.
Hosted by Village of the Heights
407 Studewood, Houston 77008

Vivienne Armstrong, MSN, RN, is a volunteer with Ed-U-CARE, Inc., Dallas, TX.   She is an registered nurse (RN) with a Master of Science in Community Health Nursing from Texas Woman’s University, combined with 40 years of experience in a variety of settings, including acute care, nursing education, community health, home health, and hospice care.

  • Member, American Nurses Association and Texas Nurses Association.
  • Served on various city, county and state community health-related boards, commissions and committees to improve services for the elderly and those with HIV.
  • Recognized with many prestigious awards for professional development and community service achievements.
  • Born in Tennessee, grew up in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and California. Lived in Colorado, Oklahoma and Vermont.
  • As residents of Dallas, Vivienne and her spouse of 46 years, Louise Young, PhD, have been long time activists involved in the area’s social and political life.
  • Now as a retiree, Vivienne is committed to improvement of the health care and services for older adults including the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.
  • Member, Board of Directors and Education Committee of Ed-U-CARE, a local nonprofit organization focused on caregiver education and training. Vivienne has presented basic training on working with older LGBT adults to nursing and social service providers.
  • Certified SAGECare trainer.

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Aging 2.0:  Technology and Seniors,
absolutely inspiring!

Overture Tanglewood hosted the reception and dinner at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 2019 Post Oak Blvd, Houston 77056

Overture Tanglewood, 504 Bering Dr., Houston 77056 is Houston’s 55 and better active adult rental community !
Ask about after Harvey short-term residential specials @ (713) 344-9223.


Photo by Dwight C. Andrews/The University of Texas Medical School at Houston Office of Communications Dr. Carmel Dyer - Internal Medicine Geriatrics and Chief of Staff ad interim at LBJ General Hospital    Dr. Carmel Bitondo Dyer – Internal Medicine Geriatrics and Chief of Staff ad interim at LBJ General Hospital



Dinner and lecture was held at The Forum at Memorial Woods, 777 North Post Oak Road, Houston, TX 77027
Brief bio of Carmel Bitondo Dyer, MD, FACP, AGSF
Roy M. and Phyllis Gough Huffington Chair in Gerontology
Nancy P. & Vincent F. Guinee, M.D. Distinguished Chair
Professor, Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine
Executive Director of the Consortium on Aging
Special Assistant to the President



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Speaker:  Peggy Determeyer, PhD, BCC      Program Flyer:  April2017HGS  

McGee Fellow in Bioethics and Aging at the Hope and Healing Center and Institute
Community Bioethics Dialogues: A Method for Engaging and Empowering the Public Regarding Aging and Health Care Issues        Host and Venue:  Brookdale Post Oak
Robyn Horn: FlyerMarch2017!




CMS Equity Plan for Medicare:  Implications for Seniors with Health Disparities
Venue:  St. Dominic Senior Center




Medical Decisions and the Ethics:  Flyer2017Jan

LandauSpeakerEEManaging Difficult People During the Holidays! 
Recipes for Making the Holidays Brighter & More Effective
With Robert Landau, on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at The Buckingham

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Aging Life Care Association Conference

Aging Well:  Meeting the Challenge

DoubleTree by Hilton Greenway Plaza
6 E. Greenway Plaza, Houston, TX 77046

This is not an HGS event, but it might be of interest to our members, so we are announcing it in that spirit.

Barbara Mancini Photo-2Compassion and Choices: End of Life Series Part II with Barbara Mancini, R.N.
On Thursday, October 13, 2016, at The Abbey at Westminster Plaza, at 5:30 PM



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SandraGomezMDPalliative Care: End of Life Series
Part I
with Dr. Sandra Gomez, Memorial Hermann Physicians Network: On Wednesday, 14 September 2016, at Brookdale Galleria on Post Oak



DrGomezFlyer:  Please share with your associates.

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1312 Woodvine, Houston, TX 77055
Phone: 713.688.0148