Alana A. Kennedy-Nasser, MD
Our Founding Pediatrician
Alana Kennedy-Nasser, MD, well known as Dr. Alana, is the founder of purePEDIATRICS. Her goal is to change the way children, adolescents and young adults receive medical care through personalized medicine, integrative wellness and a healthy dose of prevention. She has vast experience in all aspects of pediatric care, from healthy newborns to the most complicated and chronically ill children.
Dr. Alana holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism from SMU and earned her MD from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. She completed her Pediatrics residency at Tulane University and completed her Pediatric Hematology/Oncology fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital. While she is double board certified in Pediatrics & Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, her primary passion is the prevention and early recognition of disease.
Prior to private practice, Dr. Alana was an Assistant Professor on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Texas Children’s Hospital for five years. This experience gave her tremendous insight in to the care of chronically ill and immunocompromised children, as well as acknowledging the importance of prevention.
In her spare time, she has completed the Boston Marathon and multiple Ironman triathlons, including the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. Dr. Alana is a mother to four amazing children, from elementary age through college. She and her husband, Dr. Dean Nasser, a pulmonologist, have called Houston home for over 15 years.
In addition to authoring or co-authoring over 15 publications, Dr. Alana has been named a Texas Rising Star in 2012 and 2014 and a Super Doctor by Texas Monthly Magazine in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Visit Dr. Alana’s SuperDoctors profile here.
Kelly Hodges, MD
Dr. Kelly Hodges is a Board Certified Pediatrician originally from Maui, Hawaii. She earned her medical degree from LSU Health Sciences Center and moved to Houston to complete her Pediatrics Residency at Texas Children’s Hospital. After residency, she relocated to Malawi, Africa, where she practiced medicine as a medical missionary for 3 years. While working in Malawi, she focused on improving children’s nutrition, implemented CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) treatment for premature and sick infants and cared for underserved children with epilepsy. As a result of her training and experience afar, she is a strong advocate for preventive and personalized medicine.
On a personal note, Dr. Kelly is active in her community as a member of Rice Temple Baptist Church and chair of the church’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program. She and her husband, Donald, have three young and active boys. Most importantly, she is a Christian and strives to honor God through her practice of Medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening vegetables with the hopes of one day eating her home-grown organic produce.
Check out her Blog documenting her adventures practicing medicine in Malawi: malawihodges.blogspot.com
Claudia Rivera, BA
Director of Finance
Claudia hails from Bogotá, Colombia and has called Houston home since 2004. She earned her BA in Economics, Globalization and Entrepreneurship from the University of Houston. She handles all financial matters of the practice, as well as works with new families in the practice. In her spare time, she enjoys triathlons, cycling, strength training, boxing, traveling and exploring new exotic locations.