Dr. Mila McManus:
Voted Best Doctor in The Woodlands, Tx.
A Certified GAPS Practitioner
Dr. Mila Q. McManus was voted Best Doctor in The Woodlands 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 in the category of Bariatrics and Weight Control!
Mila Q. McManus, M.D., graduated at the top of her class from the University of Texas-Houston Medical School in 2000. She then completed specialty training in Family Medicine at Christus St. Joseph in Houston, TX, and is board-certified in Family Medicine. Dr. McManus has always had a special interest in preventive medicine, but it wasn’t until her interest in alternative and complementary therapies became personal that she decided to leave her private practice to specialize in wellness. She suffered with fatigue, weight gain, headaches, PMS symptoms, depression, anxiety, IBS, severe allergies, and decreased mental sharpness, and also noticed a disturbing trend in the number of patients presenting to clinic with similar complaints. Routine exams and blood work were failing to reveal an underlying etiology for her patients’ symptoms as well as her own.
Dr. McManus went in search of answers and discovered natural ways to treat the root causes of health problems rather than band-aiding symptoms with prescription drugs. She became certified by the American Academy of Biologically Identical Hormone Therapy in 2004 and founded The Woodlands Institute for Health and Wellness where she treats common health problems such as depression, fatigue, weight gain, allergies, trouble concentrating, PMS, headaches, high cholesterol, fibromyalgia, and sleep disorders. Since she’s experienced the benefits of wellness firsthand, her mission is to increase public awareness of natural alternatives to treating health problems. She hosts free events sponsored by her Institute and are open to the public. She also sends out a monthly eNewsletter which contains articles focusing on raising awareness about the benefits of alternative and complementary medicine. Dr. McManus is the former Medical Director for Avante Laser and Medspa. She is also a member of the Texas Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Medical Association, Pan American Allergy Society, and has board certification through The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. She has been featured on episodes of Great Day Houston and The Business Makers Radio Show and published her book Highway to Health: A Nutritional Roadmap in 2008. Dr. McManus has also published health related content in various magazines. And she and her husband, Lyle, are class coordinators for Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University.
Sandra Caldwell, PA-C
Physician Assistant, Certified
Sandra graduated from UTMB Galveston in 2001 and has clinical experience in orthopedics and in an ENT, Allergy, and Snoring Clinic. Prior to becoming a PA, she worked in the Biotechnology field focusing on Cancer and Gene therapy research. Sandra is a Certified Physician Assistant and a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Texas Academy of Physician Assistants, and Texas Gulf Coast Physician Assistant Association. Sandra also serves on the Board for My Service Dog, Inc., which was formed by Allie Keaton to fulfill a need for Service Dogs in and around the Houston area. She has always had a personal interest in health and wellness and now can incorporate this into her practice to better serve her patients.
Physician Assistant, Certified
Dyvette graduated from UTMB Galveston in 2001 and has practiced family and internal medicine for over 14 years working with children, adults and geriatric patients. Her primary goal for all patients is their health and well-being. She has enjoyed participating in medical missions to Central America and helping local churches with health ministries and outreach programs. She enjoys personal time golfing, skiing, and fishing with her husband and two daughters.
A Certified GAPS Practitioner
Nancy Mehlert joined the TWIHW team in August 2006 as a Nutritional Consultant following great results as a patient in the program. After working in corporate positions in Human Resources for over twenty years, she pursued her second career in health and wellness by completing her Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition, graduating with High Honors in 2010. Nancy received her BS in Psychology from Texas Christian University where she graduated Cum Laude and was awarded the Senior Scholar in Psychology. Nancy enjoys spending time with her family and friends, loves music, cooking, and the outdoors.
Celeste Valle, M.B.A.
Celeste joined TWIHW in 2011 and has been working in Healthcare Administration since 1999. As an MBA graduate from Sam Houston State University, she focuses on providing the TWIHW team and patients an environment where everyone, team members and patients, feel cared for and welcomed. She continues to expand her knowledge through the pursuit of board certification in healthcare management as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Celeste and her children enjoy traveling and staying active together.
Director of Program Development
Kim’s experience with TWIHW began as a patient when Dr. McManus customized a treatment plan for numerous symptoms she suffered with for years. Within two weeks she felt better than she ever had. Kim’s training is extensive and she continues to further her education through medical conferences and seminars. She enjoys sharing that knowledge to help others achieve good health and wellness. Kim and her family enjoy an active life of cycling, tennis, and off-road motorcycle sports. She is also a classically trained musician and has played in local orchestral groups.
Sandy comes to TWIHW with over 25 years of sales and marketing. She grew up in West Houston and graduated from New York School of Interior Design. After school she started her sales and marketing career with various large corporations and consulted with start-up companies. Sandy is married and has two boys. One of Sandy’s passions is working with the youth in various area community projects at Woodlands Church. Sandy has always been interested in living a healthy lifestyle. A few years ago she was introduced to bio-identical hormones and natural thyroid supplements. She was introduced to Dr. McManus by one of her patients. This position is a perfect fit for Sandy because she is helping other people get well the same way she did.
Jolie Likens Vick
Jolie joined the TWIHW team in 2013 and has worked in medical administration since 2003. She has experience in various roles within medical administration and loves greeting all of our patients when they walk into the practice. Jolie also has a special interest in nutrition and plans to further her education in this area. When she is not at work, she can be found spending time with her family including her two children or reading.
Diane Salsman, RN
Diane joins our team with more than 12 years of experience as a Registered Nurse and has expertise in Emergency Medicine, Cardiology, and Allergy & ENT. She also has 10 years of management experience. Her special interests and passions are helping her patients feel better, get well and encouraging them in their nutrition, lifestyle choices and medical care. At home you will find Diane cooking up something tasty, getting in a good workout or enjoying time with her children and grandchildren.
Nina Trahan, RMA
Registered Medical Assistant
Nina joins our team as a Registered Medical Assistant with over 13 years of experience in pediatrics and family practice. She is passionate about interacting with her patients to assist them in their journey to better health. Nina enjoys good books, summer time fun and travel adventures with her family and friends. Her favorite quote is “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” by C.S. Lewis.