New dental, medical directors named at Coastal Health & Wellness

Post Date:01/02/2019 5:33 PM

Coastal Health & Wellness (CHW) recently welcomed new dental and medical directors for its Texas City and Galveston clinics.

CHW Dental Director Dr. Hanna Lindskog began Nov. 15 while Medical Director Dr. Cynthia Ripsin joined on Dec. 13.

“Coastal Health & Wellness is excited to have Dr. Lindskog and Dr. Ripsin on board,” said Kathy Barroso, interim CHW executive director. “Both bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the clinics. Coastal is fortunate to have both of these providers leading the care of our patients.”

Lindskog is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical science.

She also attended the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Dental School, where she received a Doctor of Dental Surgery, graduating Magna Cum Laude with Distinction in Teaching and Research.

She is a member of the Houston Academy of General Dentistry, Texas Dental Association and American Dental Association. She is currently serving as the president of the Houston Academy of General Dentistry Board.  

Lindskog is the recipient of many professional achievements and awards, some of which include fellowships in the American College of Dentists and Academy of General Dentistry, the Vernetti Award for Excellence in Operative Dentistry and Texas Academy of General Dentistry New Dentist of the Year. 

In her spare time, Lindskog enjoys volunteering in community activities and projects, such as the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and Open Trail Ranch.

Ripsin is a board-certified family physician. She was raised in Minnesota and earned her Bachelor’s degree in education and her Master’s degree in public health/ epidemiology at the University of Minnesota.

She completed her medical school and residency training at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia and was a solo family physician in rural Virginia for six years.  

Prior to medical school, she performed clinical research at the University of Minnesota. Her research on the health benefits of oats was one of six projects nationwide awarded special recognition by the American Heart Association, and she has co-authored more than 12 articles in peer-reviewed research journals. 

Ripsin has been caring for patients of all ages for nearly 20 years and has been a medical director in several clinical settings. She has a special interest in the primary care management of the underserved, especially those with chronic health conditions.

Ripsin lives on Galveston Island and enjoys being outdoors, hiking and bicycling.

Coastal Health & Wellness has clinic locations in Texas City and Galveston, offering primary medical, prenatal, dental and counseling services to everyone.

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