I was born in Greece and came to the states as a teenager. My family settled in Chicago, where I attended Austin High School and went to Northern Illinois University (go Huskies!). I then returned to Greece for medical school at the University of Athens. I did my specialty training in otolaryngology, head and neck surgery at Loyola University of Chicago which is when I met and married my wife Beverly.
Life has always been an adventure. Bev and I have two wonderful children, Andrew and Katerina who add spice to an already busy schedule. Both of the kids have participated in the practice over the years, and someday I hope one or both of them can take it over.
Although I began my medical career quite conventionally, at one point some years after beginning medical practice I began to experience health problems. After extensive testing I was told nothing was wrong with me. All I knew was that I was in pain, fatigued and experiencing severe gastrointestinal issues. This experience taught me that sometimes you have to look for answers in less conventional places. This was before Google existed and before the Internet was readily available to most people. I had to find my answers the old fashioned way – books, journal articles and other sick people.
I come from a large family. My father was the eldest of 18 siblings and I am the youngest of seven, three brothers and four sisters. As you can imagine, with a family that large, and with people as mobile as they are these days, we now have family all over the world. So we travel often to visit the many friends and family we have amassed over the years. While traveling we always connect with local medical people and learn what they are doing. We love exchanging ideas. Bev and I are also conference junkies. Being up on trends and new research findings is important, so our travels help us learn while we catch up with people. Additionally, because my patients know that we are open-minded and interested in new technologies, they are constantly bringing us new information.
Although we keep an open mind, a certain degree of skepticism should always exist to balance the enthusiasm that may come with an idea that sounds too good to be true. Because we still ask a lot of questions, we do some original research in house to test and research new ideas before offering these to patients. We have done, and continue to do clinical trials in house under Investigational Review Board (IRB) guidelines. These studies have brought important findings that are then shared with other health professionals. In addition, our contribution to our local community includes various types of interns who spend time learning and doing projects in our Institute. These range from short high school projects to lengthy one-year studies at the post-graduate level.
We always look forward to the next challenge and hope you will decide to become a part of the family of patients and professionals who will help lead us into a healthier and brighter future.
Chief Executive Officer
I’m Beverly Kotsanis and I have been Operations Manager since we opened our doors in Texas in 1983. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Loyola University of Chicago and have attended postgraduate studies in business at Rosary College, River Forest, IL and at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. I love this place. There is always something new to learn and the patients are fascinating. Our team is awesome and they are really more than just a team. Over the years they have become my family. As a matter of fact we have several family traditions going here. Jana and Lindsay are mother and daughter, and of course I am “married to my job,” having worked with my husband now for over 27 years. I wouldn’t have it any other way. We always celebrate each other’s birthdays, weddings, anniversaries (and sometimes divorces). Everyone on staff who has children has had one or more of them work in our office at some time or another. Who says you can’t pick your family!
Stefani Wooldridge RD, CLT
Stefani’s great passion in life is assisting others to feel healthier, live healthier and to embrace the many wonderful benefits of mental and physical wellbeing. She believes that everyone can feel great and have more energy by incorporating healthy foods and moderate exercise into their busy lives. This isn’t always easy to do, that’s why she is here to help.
Stefani understands that each person is unique with specific goals and nutrition needs. Her nutrition philosophy is one that looks at the total person. Not only dietary intake and supplements; but lifestyle, prevention, and the use of natural therapies.
Stefani is a Registered Dietitian who received her degree from Texas State University in Nutrition and Dietetics and completed her postgraduate work through Iowa State University. She is also a Certified LEAP Therapist specializing in food sensitivities. Stefani continues her education in Functional Nutrition focusing on wellness, gastrointestinal distress, autoimmune diseases, heart disease, diabetes, and food sensitivities. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as well as the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists, Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine, and Nutrition Entrepreneur dietetic practice groups.
“It’s not about the quick-fix, it’s about everlasting health. “Don’t find the way, find YOUR way.”
Clinical Staff CoordinatorI’m Jana Miller and I am the Clinical Coordinator. I am certified as a Clinical Medical Assistant and am also a Licensed Massage Therapist. I support our clinical team and also have direct contact with the patients during treatments. I have been with Dr. Kotsanis since 1988. My staff and I regularly attend continuing education courses to keep on top of the changing landscape in all the different diagnostic categories that we treat . The people who work with us are family, and we hope that when you become a patient here you will feel like family too.
AdministrationI’m Pam Rust and I love children. Every day as a Clinical Medical Assistant here brings something new and wonderful. You never know what the kids are going to say. They keep me on my toes and keep me laughing. Over my 17 years working with Dr. Kotsanis and our team, I have met hundreds of kids and adults from all over the world. I regularly attend continuing education meetings and meet new people. As a native of Ft. Worth, TX, I never expected I would meet so many different kinds of people. We really get to know our patients. I love every minute.
I started with Dr. Kotsanis in December of 2009 and have enjoyed every minute of my work with the staff. They are such a kind group of people. I do the bookkeeping and keep track of such things as inventory and overhead costs. I work closely with Beverly to keep costs under control so we can make sure we keep our fees reasonable for our patients.
My name is Karey and I am the Marketing Assistant for the Kotsanis Institute. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and I learn something new every day. I attended the University of North Texas where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Marketing. I live in Lewisville with my three rescue dogs and husband. Some of my hobbies include cooking, shopping, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Medical Administrative Assistant
My name is Darla! I am a medical administrative assistant here at Kotsanis Institute. I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. I graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s of Science in Rehabilitation Studies and a minor in Spanish. I am passionate about food and nutrition and their healing powers for the body. In my free time I enjoy singing, writing, having game nights with friends and making people laugh. In the future, I would love to travel the world and help people wherever I go.
Adriana M. Saldivar
Medical Administrative Assistant
I am a Medical Administrative Assistant here at the Kotsanis Institute. At the age of 17 I joined the Army Reserves where I gained valuable skills and made life-long friends. I later moved to Phoenix Arizona where I graduated as a Certified Medical Assistant, and where I also became a mother to a baby boy. After I moved back to my home state of Texas, I joined the Kotsanis Institute in late 2014. I hope to further my education to be able to work more closely with special needs children.
Sandra has been with Dr. Kotsanis on and off since 1987. Through the years she has performed many different business functions. Currently in addition to taking care of a lot of the front desk duties, Sandra also acts as a medical scribe to the doctor, communicating with other offices, meeting organizers, patients traveling from afar and taking care of the fine details that keep him organized.
Micronutrient-Phytochemical Anticancer Researcher
“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.”