May 13, 2022

Neal Wille’s Path to a Big Smile

Three-year-old Neal Wille is among the one in 700 kids annually around the world born with a cleft lip and palate. Today, he’s a ball of smiles and sunshine when his parents bring him to see the Texas Cleft-Craniofacial Team for follow-up…


April 7, 2022

The importance of pediatric cleft care

Imagine being an expectant parent and learning that your unborn child has a cleft palette, lip, or other craniofacial condition. It can be shocking and scary news for any family. But having the right team of specialists available can make…


January 24, 2022

Surgery, care allow child born with cleft lip and palate to blow bubbles and more

The first time Sonia Estrada saw her son Jae blow a bubble, it brought tears to her eyes. The seemingly simple act marked a major milestone for the now 7-year-old Jae, who was born with a cleft lip and palate…


July 16, 2021

Rocking out for our Wonderkids

You may be wondering, what is a Wonderkid? It’s simple. Wonderkids are the pediatric patients of the Texas Cleft-Craniofacial team at UT Physicians. Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness Month is observed each July. These children are treated to an event in…


September 6, 2019

Meet Dr. Phuong Nguyen

Written by: Simone Sonnier, UT Physicians From operating room to center stage Written by: Simone Sonnier, UT Physicians New to the UT Physicians team, Phuong Nguyen, MD, director of craniofacial surgery and assistant professor at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth,…


September 25, 2014

Meet Dr. Matthew Greives

Dr. Matthew Greives is an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He was originally born and raised in rural Indiana and then received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Washington University…


August 14, 2014

Observing the Team in Action

Heidi Walker, RN My name is Heidi Walker and I was born with a unilateral cleft lip and cleft palate on June 16th, 1991. Today, at 23 years of age, I have undergone a total of 7 surgeries to correct…


February 4, 2014

Warm Welcome

As most of you know, Ruth Fleshman, Cleft Team Coordinator, has retired last week.  I am very thankful that Ruth and Dr. T chose me to fill the big shoes that Ruth has worn in the last 12 years.  Within the last…


January 30, 2014

Welcome Leanne

Dr. Teichgraeber welcomes new team coordinator.


January 6, 2014

Ruth Fleshman Retires

2014 brings some big changes for me, personally. I am retiring at the end of January.


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