INTEGRATIVE PEDIATRIC RHEUMATOLOGY
Dr. Saimun Singla is board-certified in general pediatrics and pediatric rheumatology. What makes her unique is that she is the only pediatric subspecialist in Houston who is fellowship trained and board-eligible in integrative medicine. This is important to note as some physicians offer integrative care to your child without formal education or training in this specialty.
Before founding Rheum to Grow, Dr. Singla was an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Rheumatology for five 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" 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.
Dr. Singla's goal is to move the needle on caring for children with rheumatic disease by changing their mindset from health as a destination to health as a journey—one that requires adaptability, proactivity, and responsibility. At Rheum to Grow, patients learn to understand the details of their disease and are taught to observe the interplay of their illness with lifestyle choices, such as sleep, nutrition, exercise, along with their mental health, social support, and resiliency. These are all things Dr. Singla learned in and out of the white coat and is passionate about passing onto her patients. She loves what she does, and she takes tremendous joy in getting to know her patients and their families!
Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin
Medical school at Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth, Texas. Graduated as a member of Sigma Sigma Phi, a national osteopathic honor society for high degree of scholastic achievement in medical school.
3-year general pediatrics residency at The University of Chicago
3-year fellowship in pediatric rheumatology at Texas Children's Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine in Houston
Extra training in Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome/Chronic Pain at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
2-year fellowship in integrative medicine at The University of Arizona Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine
Dr. Singla was awarded the Provider Excellence Award at Texas Children's Hospital for ranking above the 99th percentile on family-centered care and communication.
Dr. Singla was awarded 2022 TX Top Doc
Dr. Singla is a wife and mother to three very active school-aged children. She and her husband, an Emergency Medicine physician, are both native Houstonians. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing, painting, home décor, traveling, and trying new places to eat. She is also fond of running, but refuses to run a full marathon.
Dr. Singla is a mentor to many students from the high school level all the way to fellowship training. She especially loves empowering young trainees with the mindset “If you can dream it, you can do it.”