ABOUT DR. CRISTINA VALDEZ
University of Guadalajara, Mexico
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Dr. Cristina Valdez might be considered a “throwback” to another, previous time when clinical care, by and large, tended to be a bit more personal than most have become accustomed to and patients were more than business partners, but friends, family and even loved ones. Dr. Valdez, however, still believes physicians should provide individualized personal care, and she believes in never losing touch with a patient as a person.
Cristina has dedicated herself to ensuring that she always takes the time needed to address any patient needs, and to listening to their questions and concerns. To help those she works with and better understand why certain care protocols are being taken. To go so far as to explain in detail why things are the way they are, while also tailoring a specific treatment plan for each of the individuals she serves.
While this is a more time-intensive approach, it’s the right and correct way to provide care. The most important thing I can do when caring for patients is to get to the bottom of whatever their health issues might be and to stand alongside them at every stage of their lives.
She maintains a professional philosophy of doing “whatever it takes” in regard to patient care.
Born and raised in Mexico, she practiced family medicine there for several years after receiving a medical degree from the University of Guadalajara. Eventually, she emigrated to the U.S. with her three children and took up practice at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She followed this up with more than a decade in private practice, including operating her own clinic, prior to joining the MacArthur medical group in 2018.
She is board certified in family medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Family Medicine. She’s also a certified colposcopist, and is board certified in geriatrics. She’s passionate about providing care because she feels that she can help make patients lives better, and can have a positive, lasting impact on all of those she serves.
She provides care to patients of all ages, from children to the elderly.
I love family-based care because through it I have the ability to educate and interact with all members of a family. I have treated children that I now get to treat as adults. As well as the members of their families, which leads to special bonds and focused care for the individual.
Cristina is fluent in Spanish and English.
When not caring for patients, she enjoys spending time with her grown children, dancing – which she doesn’t get nearly enough time for, she admits – cooking and gardening.