Born in London and raised in Houston, Dr. Damla Karsan attended Rice University as a double major in biochemistry and managerial studies. She completed her medical degree at Washington University School of medicine, in St. Louis, Mo., in 1997. She then went on to complete her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology in 2001 at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.
As a board-certified physician since 2001, Dr. Karsan is a well-recognized medical provider in the Houston community and has spent her extra time as a volunteer and educator through her medical training and as a private practitioner. She was awarded the Baylor Voluntary Faculty Teaching Award for three consecutive years and was voted among the Best Doctors in America, in 2005 and 2006.
Her publications have been featured in Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Journal of the Society for Gynecological Investigation.
She is one of the OB/GYNs at the Women’s Specialists of Houston at the Pavilion for Women. In her private practice, she focuses on excellence, mastering cutting-edge technology and caring in her daily encounters with all her patients and peers. She also offers a full range of services and counseling within the general specialty of OB/GYN.
Dr. Karsan is fluent in Spanish and Turkish. Her family is her passion, and her hobbies include mentoring young students, scuba diving, travel, international wine and cuisine.
Sherry Oldfield is one of the midwives at the Women’s Specialists of Houston that care for patients at the Texas Children’s Hospital – Pavilion for Women. Sherry has over 20 years of experience in women’s healthcare and has attended thousands of births in every setting – home, birth center, and hospital. She is originally from the Dalls/Fort Worth area and has now been with Texas Children’s Hospital for the past year.
Sherry’s primary concern is that women be given open access to care and full disclosure about all of their options. Not only is she an RN, CNM, MSN, she is also an IBCLC and a big advocate for breastfeeding and babywearing.
Dr. Tessy Kadavil is orginally from Altanta, GA where she grew up with two wonderful sisters. She moved to Houston in 2010 to join her husband who works in the oil and gas industry. They have two amazing boys who have endless energy and keep them from ever needing to join a gym. 🙂
Tessy really enjoys being a part of such a well known and prestigious organization that is Texas Children’s Pediatrics and she hopes to continue to bring the highest quality care to everyone they serve.
Acupuncture & Herbalist Advisor
Chris Axelrad is a specialist in hormonal and reproductive wellness using acupuncture, herbal medicine, therapeutic nutrition, and mind-body lifestyle coaching. Originally educated as a jazz musician at the University of North Texas, he had a 10-year career as a software developer before embarking on his journey as an Acupuncturist.
Mr. Axelrad is on the Governing Board of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM), a specialty board dedicated to excellence in holistic fertility care. He is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, and Chinese Bodywork. Mr. Axelrad has completed extensive graduate and post-graduate studies not only in Traditional Chinese Medicine, but also Western endocrinology, psychoneuroimmunology, neuroendocrinology, nutrition, mind-body disciplines, and interpretation of lab results. His father and brother are both Urologists (MDs), and he takes pride in being from a family steeped in medical tradition.
Chris’ philosophy is that the modern age is calling all of us to integrate and cross-pollinate medical traditions to create a new, more advanced form of medicine for the next generation. To support this vision, he is constantly working to understand the parallels between the holistic model of Chinese Medicine and modern allopathic biomedicine. He discovers new ways to integrate Western nutritional concepts into Chinese Medicine, and ways to integrate the advanced holistic model of Chinese Medicine into Western biomedical approaches. He is constantly seeking novel ways to communicate holistic medical concepts to a Western-minded public.
Chris sees himself primarily as a coach and teacher, with the goal of helping his patients to rediscover and awaken the natural healing intelligence that often lies dormant or obstructed within.
Mr. Axelrad maintains a busy full-time practice in Houston, Texas. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, and continues to play club dates and private parties with several local jazz and pop groups.