What is a Nurse Practitioner (NP)?


According to Nurse.org:

A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) that has earned either a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Nurse Practitioners have more authority than Registered Nurses and have similar responsibilities to that of a doctor.


Nurse Practitioners can serve as primary care or specialty care providers and typically focus their care on a specific population such as families, children, or the elderly. As clinicians, they focus on health promotion and disease prevention in their patients.


What Do Nurse Practitioners Do?

NPs are health care providers that can prescribe medication, examine patients, order diagnostic tests, diagnose illnesses, and provide treatment, much like physicians do.


Their experience as working nurses gives them a unique approach to patient care, while their advanced studies qualify them to take on additional duties that are usually left to physicians.


In fact, as reported by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), it’s estimated that NPs can provide 80-90 percent of the care that primary care physicians offer.


Wellspire Medical Group proudly offers superior healthcare in a trusted environment to our patients. We have 3 highly qualified nurse practitioners on our staff in Northeast Houston including:


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Stephanie Samuelson


Stephanie is a Family Nurse Practitioner who received her training in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area. Stephanie received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Texas Christian University and received her Master’s degree at the University of Texas at Arlington. She comes to Wellspire with multiple years of experience in Adult care, Primary Care, Pediatrics, and Internal Medicine. Stephanie worked as an ICU nurse at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, TX as well as at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, TX. As a Nurse Practitioner she has worked in a Multi-speciality practice serving patients of all ages in primary care, and has also worked at a Pediatric Urgent Care.


Stephanie has a passion for disease prevention, promoting holistic health and wellness, as well as educating and building relationships with her patients. Wellspire is a perfect avenue to serve the community in this way. Stephanie is fluent in Spanish.


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Lily Smolinski


I was born in Taipei, Taiwan. At age 9, I moved to Houston with my family. While attending Alief Kerr High School, I fell in love with nursing volunteering at a long term care facility. To pursue my dream in medicine, I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing degree. I started my medical career as an operating room circulating registered nurse. After 3 years of intraoperative care, I decided to advance my career in order to practice what I love: Developing long term relationships with patients to help them in their journey in achieving their highest emotional and physical wellbeing.


I graduated with a Master’s degree in Family Nurse Practitioner at Georgetown University in 2017. Soon afterwards, I moved to Oregon to practice my trade in a rural health clinic. After 3 years in Oregon, my husband and I became homesick. We decided it was time to return to Texas to be closer to our family.



Meghan Breaux.


Meghan Breaux was born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA. She moved to Kingwood in 8th grade and graduated from Kingwood High School in 2000. After graduation, she attended nursing school in Lafayette, LA.


Meghan moved back to Houston in 2006 and worked as an ER nurse at The Methodist Hospital, Downtown for 6 years. Her days were filled with pure adrenaline, complex patients, and a fast paced work environment. She decided that she would like more autonomy and to expand her clinical knowledge, so she decided to go back to school at UT-HSC Houston and graduated in 2012 with a Masters in Nursing-Family Practice Degree.


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When it comes to getting the care you deserve, the physicians, NPs, and other healthcare providers at Wellspire Medical Group are dedicated to finding solutions for your specific needs. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, our physicians are currently offering telehealth appointments in order to help social distancing efforts. We are doing this as a way to reduce patients sharing space.  With online appointments with your physician, you can skip the waiting room and see your physician from the comfort of your own home. Contact us today to learn more about the physicians working at our clinics, and to schedule an appointment for your health!



Wellspire Medical Group

Whether you have a medical concern you want to address with a physician or are seeking long-term management and care for a condition you already have been diagnosed with, Wellspire is here for you. We believe every patient deserves a treatment plan that works for their specific needs and lifestyle. At the first sign of an issue, come into one of our two medical facilities. If you do not have an appointment, we will do our best to accommodate you at one of our locations. Wellspire Medical Group proudly serves Atascocita, Humble and surrounding areas. We have been part of Northeast Houston as the Mehta Medical Group for 30 years. Our name change reflects our broader scope of services. In other words, we are working hard to “Inspire Better Health!”


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