Locations and Physicians

Texas Children's Pediatrics Gulfgate

Texas Children's Pediatrics Gulfgate

740 Gulfgate Mall Houston, Texas 77087

Tel: 713-514-8060
Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

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Jamil Joyner M.D., F.A.A.P.

Degree(s)

  • M.D. 2005, Baylor College of Medicine
  • B.A. 2001, Rice University

Residency or Fellowship

  • Pediatrics 2008, Baylor College of Medicine

Professional Organization Affiliation(s)

  • Member, A.A.P.

Special Interest(s)

  • Healthy eating
  • Keeping fit
  • Teenagers
  • Tweens

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Appointment Schedule

Monday: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Tuesday: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Wednesday: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Thursday: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Friday: 8:30 am to 5 pm

Appointments call 713-514-8060

Susan Khandelwal M.D.

Degree(s)

  • M.D. 1999, Texas Tech School of Medicine
  • B.A. 1995, The University of Texas at Austin

Residency or Fellowship

  • 2003, Georgetown University - Pediatrics

Board Certification(s)

  • Pediatrics

Professional Organization Affiliation(s)

  • American Academy of Pediatrics

Special Interest(s)

  • Obesity
  • Teenagers

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Appointment Schedule

Monday: 8:30 am - 5 pm
Tuesday: 8:30 am - 5 pm
Wednesday: 8:30 am - 5 pm
Thursday: 8:30 am - 5 pm
Friday: 8:30 am - 5 pm

Appointments call 713-514-8060

Frieda Rivera M.D., F.A.A.P.

Degree(s)

  • M.D. Universidad Central Del Caribe School of Medicine

Residency or Fellowship

  • 1994, University of Texas
  • Pediatric Nephrology 1992, Baylor College of Medicine

Employed at Texas Children's Pediatrics Associates

  • Since 2007

Professional Organization Affiliation(s)

  • Member, American Academy of Pediatrics

Special Interest(s)

  • Acne
  • Asthma

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Appointment Schedule

Monday: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Tuesday: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Wednesday: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Thursday: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Friday: 8:30 am to 5 pm

Appointments call 713-514-8060

Jamie Varughese M.D.

Degree(s)

  • M.D. 2001-2005, Baylor College of Medicine
  • B.S. 1997-2001, Houston Baptist University

Residency or Fellowship

  • Pediatrics 2005-08
  • Adolescent Medicine Fellowship 2008-11

Board Certification(s)

  • Pediatrics

Employed at Texas Children's Pediatrics Associates

  • Since 2011

Professional Organization Affiliation(s)

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine

Special Interest(s)

  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Fitness
  • Healthy Eating
  • Obesity
  • Teenagers

Languages Spoken

  • English

Appointment Schedule

Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:

Appointments call 713-514-8060

Thank you for choosing Texas Children's Pediatrics Gulfgate. We are a community-based collaborative health and wellness program that provides an accessible medical home to children and families. Your children's health, social, educational and spiritual needs are our primary concerns.

Our doctors and staff at Texas Children's Pediatrics Gulfgate look forward to caring for your children, and are dedicated to their health and well-being from birth through adolescence. Our pediatricians have been specially trained to provide for the unique needs of pediatric patients, and are certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. We prefer to see patients on an appointment basis, but we do accept walk-ins.

Our team provides a wide range of services for infants, children and adolescents including:

  • Prenatal counseling
  • Newborn and infant care, including state of Texas-required screenings NCQA logo
  • Comprehensive well-child visits, including immunizations for all ages
  • Adolescent care
  • Treatment of acute and chronic illnesses
  • Routine lab work and screening
  • Developmental, hearing and vision screenings
  • Camp; school and sports physicals
  • Minor emergency care and treatment
  • Same-day appointments for ill patients
  • 24-hour emergency call service
  • Separate exam waiting areas for newborn infants
  • Asthma care, including lung-function testing
  • First aid for pediatric trauma, including repair of minor lacerations
  • Social work services

For sick patients only, an overnight call service with a registered nurse is available to answer urgent medical questions 24/7 by dialing our office number after hours.

 

Insurance Plans

Texas Children’s Pediatrics currently accepts the health insurance plans listed below. To be sure a specific location accepts your insurance or if you do not see your plan listed here, please call your Texas Children's Pediatrics location and ask for assistance. Though we try to keep this list as current as possible, we always are adding new insurance plans to better serve you.

Remember to check with your insurance plan provider to verify that Texas Children's Pediatrics is in your network. In addition, please contact your plan provider for questions about the specific procedures your plan covers.

New Marketplace Exchange Plans: As authorized by the Affordable Care Act of 2010, consumers now have the opportunity to purchase health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Houston consumers have more than 40 different "Exchange" benefit plans to choose from through 6 different payors.

At this time, Texas Children's Pediatrics participates in 5 Marketplace Exchange benefit plans:

Marketplace Exchange Insurance Products

myCigna Copay Assure
myCigna Health Flex
BCBS of Texas - Blue Choice PPO Plans
BCBS Basic 5 Plan
BCBS Solution 3 and 4 plans

Commercial Insurance Products

Aetna HMO
Aetna POS
Aetna PPO
Beech Street / CappCare PPO
BCBS Par Plan
BCBS CHOICE PPO
BCBS HMO Blue of Texas
Choice Care Network PPO (Humana)
CHIP - Texas Children's Health Plan only
Cigna Healthcare PPO
Cigna Healthcare HMO / POS
Evolutions HealthCare PPO
First Health PPO (includes CCN)Galaxy Health Network (formerly MCI) PPO only
Great West HealthCare PPO/POS (OneHealth)
Great West HealthCare HMO (OneHealth)

Health Payors PPO
Health Smart PPO
Humana - HMO / POS
Humana - PPO

Independent (Integrated) Medical Systems PPO & EPOS
MHHN - Freedom of Choice
MHHN - MHealth Choice
MHHN - MHealth Insured
Multiplan, Inc. (Texas Health Choice) PPO

Pacificare HMO/PPO
PHCS PPO – Not HMO
PHCS Savility
Premier Provider Network, Inc. (NAPP & Family Care)

Texas Municipal League (TML) PPO
UHC HMO (United Health Care)
UHC PPO/POS/EPO includes Choice Plus
USA Managed Care Org (Health Network) PPO

Medicaid Products

Many, but not all, Texas Children's Pediatrics locations accept the following Medicaid products.

Texas Children's Health Plan STAR Medicaid
CSHCN
Community Health Choice STAR Medicaid
Molina STAR Medicaid
Molina STAR+PLUS Medicaid
TMHP Medicaid
Superior StarHealth Medicaid - Foster Care
United Healthcare Community Star Medicaid
United Healthcare Community Star+ Medicaid 

Please call your Texas Children's Pediatrics location for more information.

Billing Information

Payment for medical services can be made by cash, personal check or credit card and is due at the time of service. It is the parent or guardian's responsibility to pay any deductible, co-pay or co-insurance required by the insurance provider. As a courtesy, our office will file claims with any of our TCPA contracted insurance plans. Please bring your insurance card to every visit.

If you do not have health insurance or Medicaid, we will ask that you complete a TCPA Fee Schedule Discount Request Form and provide proof of income to determine your discount.  

For more information about TCPA billing and payment practices, please view our financial policy.

Prescription Information

Written or electronic prescriptions will be given after a patient has been seen by a physician or nurse practitioner.

Refills

For routine prescription refills, please contact your pharmacy who will notify us. Controlled substance prescription requests, including ADHD prescriptions, must be called into our office 2 business days prior to picking up your child’s prescription.

Our After-Hours Schedule

We offer after-hours triage services by skilled registered nurses for our parents who are concerned about their child after the office closes. This service should not be used for non-urgent medical questions, medication refills or appointment requests. To access after-hours triage services, call the main number of your Texas Children's Pediatrics practice.

This service should not be used for non-urgent medical questions, medication refills or appointment requests. To access after-hours triage services, call the main number of your Texas Children's Pediatrics practice.

*Please note: Texas Children’s Pediatrics after-hours care is only available at the office at which your child is an established patient. Should your child need after-hours care and is not an established patient at your desired Texas Children’s Pediatrics location, please visit one of our Texas Children’s Urgent Care locations, open to patients and non-patients alike.