Kelsey-Seybold Clinic – Gulfgate Launches into New, Underserved Community

Kelsey-Seybold providers and staff celebrated the Nov. 15 opening of Gulfgate Clinic. The first day was busy with several scheduled appointments and many walk-ins from excited residents interested in learning more about the new clinic.

“When I arrived this morning, we already had a walk-in patient. I know that we’re going to be bursting at the seams, offering the best services for our patients,” Clinic Administrator Audrey Hindlet said.

Janice Berry, Administration Coordinator, and Cynthia Rubalcava, ASR II (at computer), check in Police Officer Vincent Jones – the first patient at the new clinic – who came to complete lab work.

“The new clinic is so nice, and the staff is friendly,” Officer Jones said.

The clinic is conveniently located in the Gulfgate Shopping Center at the intersection of I-610 and I-45.

Gulfgate Clinic staff and leadership gather for a group photo on opening day.

“It’s a fresh new clinic for patients who need primary care,” said Marissa Joseph, R.N., Nursing Supervisor I. “This is an underserved area, so I think we’re going to be busy. Having this clinic here is going to be beneficial for all local residents.”

The 19,137-square-foot clinic is spacious and bright and furnished for patient comfort.

“We want our patients to be comfortable and feel like they have a family here,” said Kalen Cassel, R.N., B.S.N., Clinic Administrator III.

Sheldon Gaines, M.D., Family Medicine, Managing Physician, and Clinic Administrator I Audrey Hindlet celebrate the grand opening of Gulfgate Clinic.

The clinic opened with three providers: Sheldon Gaines, M.D., Family Medicine, Managing Physician; Alex Thomas, D.O., Internal Medicine; and Teryn Perkins, M.D., Pediatrics. All three doctors had appointments throughout opening day because patients were eager to establish a relationship with our providers.

“So far, the reaction from patients has been great,” Dr. Gaines said. “Patients are really enthusiastic about the new clinic and excited that we built a clinic in their community.”

Gaines practiced at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic – Pasadena for two years before moving to Gulfgate. He said the Gulfgate location is more convenient for patients like Ruth Ramirez, who previously traveled to Pasadena to see him.

Catherine Spencer, second patient of the day, has been Dr. Gaines’ patient for a few years.

Now that Dr. Gaines has moved to the Gulfgate Clinic, Catherine said she’ll make Gulfgate her primary clinic.

Drs. Thomas and Perkins are new to Kelsey-Seybold and looking forward to caring for patients at Gulfgate Clinic.

Alex Thomas, D.O., Internal Medicine, hopes the new clinic makes patients feel welcome and comfortable.

“The environment of the Gulfgate Clinic is warm and friendly and hopefully will encourage patients to see us when they need care,” Dr. Thomas said.

Teryn Perkins, M.D., Pediatrics, is all smiles on opening day.

“There’s definitely a need for medical services here in Gulfgate,” said Dr. Perkins. “I’m excited to help fill that need and serve the community.”

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