Our Team

Chief of Service

I am currently Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and director of the Texas Children's Hospital Autism Center and the Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics. I have been actively involved in clinical practice, education, and research in the field of developmental pediatrics…
Phone: 832-822-3400

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Providers

I am currently an Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine and a full time Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician at Texas Children’s Hospital in the Woodlands, TX. I believe that every child should be provided with the care and support they need to achieve their highest potential. Every…
Phone: 936-321-0808

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Dr. Castillo is currently a faculty member in the Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics at Texas Children's Hospital/BCM. Her clinical interests are spina bifida, cerebral palsy, and infant /toddler development. She currently leads the TCH/BCM site of a Centers for Disease Control and…
Phone: 832-822-3400

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I am committed to providing family-centered and evidence-based care for children with neurodevelopmental challenges. I enjoy discovering each child’s unique strengths while also aiding the patient and family in navigating any challenges or uncertainty that may accompany a neurodevelopmental…
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The brain has a remarkable ability to generate new neurons in our center of learning and memory, throughout our lifespan. The rate of neurogenesis can be affected by many factors, from metabolism to physical and social activity. I focus on understanding the mechanisms of adult neurogenesis and the…
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Dr. Mensah-Bonsu graduated summa cum laude from Washington State University with a degree in Psychology, followed by graduation from the University of Washington School of Medicine. She went onto complete her pediatric training at the University of Chicago, and practiced as a hospitalist for 7…
Phone: 832-822-3704

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I believe that all children should have access to appropriate medical care and evidence based interventions to help improve their quality of life and developmental outcome. Clinical Interests: I am interested in taking care of children with autism, congenital heart defects, learning disabilities,…
Phone: 832-822-3400

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Dr. Kathryn Ostermaier graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M University in 1992 with a B.S. degree in Genetics. She completed medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in 1996 and did her Pediatric Residency at Baylor College of Medicine from 1996 - 1999. After completing her training,…
Phone: 832-822-3400

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I believe that comprehensive and collaborative care is necessary to foster positive outcomes and to support patients and families.  Clinical Interests: Autism, developmental delay, intellectual disability, ADHD, learning problems, behavioral issues, anxiety, congenital heart defects, prematurity…
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Dr. Castillo graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine and subsequently completed a pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. From 2005 to 2008, he completed a National Research Service Award Fellowship in General Pediatric Research, also at Cincinnati…
Phone: 832-822-3400

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Dr. Risen is currently a faculty member in both the Department of Pediatric Neurology as well as the Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics. After completing training in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, she…
Phone: 832-822-3400 (Development) | 832-822-1750 (Neurology)

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I am interested in a variety of developmental and behavioral conditions across age groups. I believe that establishing a partnership with patients and families is essential for quality care. Helping parents advocate for their child's needs is a rewarding part of my job.
Phone: 832-822-3400

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Dr. Spinks-Franklin's research interests are in the areas of the cultural aspect of child development. Her previous research experience included studying the development of children in Senegal, West Africa, and studying the mental health impact of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on school-aged…
Phone: 832-822-3400

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Dr. Vinson's clinical research focuses on learning and behavior problems seen in children with symptomatic and asymptomatic congenital cytomegalovirus infection, fragile X full mutations/pre-mutations/gray zone abnormalities, partial chromosome deletions/duplications, mosaic genetic syndromes,…
Phone: 832-822-3400

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Family Nurse Practitioner

I am a Family Nurse Practitioner with Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital.  My goal as a nurse practitioner is to build a relationship with the patients and families I work with. I believe that every child deserves individualized care based on their developmental…
Phone: 832-822-1900

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Nurses

It is important to me that everyone is treated as if they are a VIP. I believe that while medicine helps, truly caring for patients and families has a huge impact as well.  
Phone: 832-824-7189

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I am a Registered Nurse (RN) for the Autism Center and Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics.  
Phone: 832-824-4370

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I am the RN/Care Coordinator for the Desmond Clinic.
Phone: 832-824-3738

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I am a Registered Nurse for the Autism Center and Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital. I have over 3 years of experience in various healthcare roles in the nursing field and have also volunteered within the community with a non-profit organization helping to…
Phone: 832-824-8464

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Social Workers

I am a Licensed Master Social Worker with over 10 years of experience in various healthcare roles within the Texas Medical Center. I have worked locally in school social work, foster care, adoption, and with various community based non-profit organizations. My areas of interest include positive…

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I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 20 years of experience in clinical care for families of children with developmental disabilities and special health care needs, as well as in grant writing, program development, and community outreach.  My areas of interest include working with…
Phone: 832-822-3420

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