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Welcome to a practice that teaches you how to live and thrive with chronic illness.

Rheum to Grow is a one of a kind, boutique practice that uses both traditional and integrative medicine to treat patients with autoimmune and other chronic conditions. By blending conventional medical therapies with evidence-based complementary ones, Dr. Singla teaches her patients to be proactive in their medical care, resilient in the face of chronic illness, and most importantly, achieve better physical, mental, and emotional outcomes. Her methods were crafted not just through extensive medical training, but also from life experiences as a patient with rheumatoid arthritis. 


Her mission is to help children and families better handle the ups and downs of a chronic illness through education, empowerment, and support. 

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Meet Dr.


Dr. Saimun Singla is a triple board-certified physician in general pediatrics, pediatric rheumatology, and integrative medicine. She is the only pediatric sub-specialist in Houston with this level training that can provide your child with the most comprehensive care for their chronic illness(es). This is important to note as some physicians offer integrative care without formal education or training in this specialty.



Before founding Rheum to Grow, Dr. Singla was an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Rheumatology for many years at Texas Children's Hospital. This gave her incredible insight into caring for chronically ill children. During this time, she was diagnosed with severe rheumatoid arthritis herself. As a patient of her own expertise, she gained first-hand knowledge of the ups and downs of living with a chronic illness as well as the giant gaps in care that conventional medicine left unanswered. That is when Dr. Singla realized she was practicing and living in a "sick care model"--one that focused on acute disease management rather than broadening it to also include disease prevention and health maintenance. This moment was the birth of Rheum to Grow.

an integrative


Naturally-minded and scientifically-grounded, using the best of Western & Eastern Medicine. 

In contrast to traditional medical practices where the primary focus is often on managing sick symptoms, Dr. Singla uses an integrative approach to treat children and adults with chronic conditions. This means tending to each person's short and long-term needs by incorporating conventional therapies as well as complementary practices, all based in evidence. In addition to the use of labs, imaging, medications, and procedures, we address various factors that affect ones health—the often-overlooked areas that can aggravate or alleviate chronic illness. These include their dietary patterns, exercise, sleep, stress, environment, emotional/self-regulatory abilities, resilience, and social support. This whole person approach makes their input an integral part of each visit, which teaches them independent coping skills early on. We not only optimize acute disease management, but also chronic. 

Rheum to Grow?

Why Visit

Faster disease control

Less disease


Less reliance on pharmaceuticals

Realistic coping strategies to build resilience

The single biggest reason families come to us is because of the time and depth Dr. Singla spends getting to understand your symptoms and answer your questions. The second is because she is the only pediatric rheumatologist in Texas with extra board-certification and expertise in Integrative Medicine. Third is for the ease of access and communication with our staff, unlike larger practices.  


At Rheum to Grow, we don't just focus on the symptom(s) at hand-- we take a step back and assess if lifestyle factors such as diet, sleep, physical activity, and stress/anxiety have an impact on you/your child's symptoms and diagnosis (for the now and future). Just like a traditional pediatric rheumatologist, Dr. Singla orders labs, imaging, medications, performs joint-injections, and refers to other specialists. But with her integrative training, she also teaches you how to symptom track, focus on nutrition related to autoimmune conditions, supplements as indicated, mind-body tools to address the uncertainty of a chronic illness, performs acupressure, and so much more!


Due to the level of detail, time, and comprehensiveness of your child's care, Rheum to Grow does not accept medical insurance. This means full payment is due at the time of the visit. This model is also known as a cash pay or out-of-network practice. 


At Rheum to Grow, a flat fee is charged for each visit, and all fees are transparent, meaning that there are no copays, deductibles, facility fees, or surprise bills. Six-month, no interest payment plans are also an option to make our services feasible to all. If you have out-of-network insurance benefits, you can submit a receipt (called a superbill) and your insurance may reimburse part or all of the visit. Our office can help give you the information needed for this process.


Medical Insurance?

Some wonder why we have adopted a cash pay structure rather than opting to be paid in the usual way by patients insurance companies. The reason is that our comprehensive and detail oriented visits are fundamentally at odds with the insurance-based medical model, which perpetuates a quick fix culture, discouraging meaningful relationships between families and their doctors. By remaining out of network, we can collaborate with our patients to make important health decisions without interference from insurers (i.e. no middleman to dictate length or cost of the visit). As a result, the quality of care for a patient with a chronic illness is unsurpassed. Just check out our Google reviews!

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