Meet The Physician
Dr. Helo Chen, DO
Dr. Helo Chen graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1989. He went on to pursue his medical degree at University of North Texas Health Science Center – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth. He received his degree as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in 1994. His training continued at the Columbia Bay Area Medical Center in Corpus Christi where he completed a traditional rotating internship and family practice residency. Next, Dr. Chen moved to Houston and worked in various clinics from the suburbs to the underserved regions. During this time, he also served in various community positions, including the Vice Presidency of the Houston branch of the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association. Since 2005, he has included a focus of State and Federal Worker’s Injury Compensation in his practice. As his patients testify, Dr. Chen likes to get to know each patient on a personal level so he can customize a treatment plan that best suits the needs of each patient and maximizes his or her recovery. During his free time, he can be found gardening, reading, eating (he’s a foodie!), and spoiling his wife and daughter.
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician
Neelam Misra, MD
Dr. Neelam Misra is a double board-certified physician specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Interventional Pain Management. She did her undergraduate work at Georgia Tech and graduated from St. George’s University Medical School. She completed her residency training at Long Island Jewish Hospital and then completed an Interventional Pain Management fellowship at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. She is trained in Medical acupuncture and completed the Helms Medical Acupuncture course. She has also studied Ayurveda at the California College of Ayurveda, where she completed training as a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist.
Additionally, Dr. Misra has led a pilot study looking at the effect of the Tibetan sound bowl on Pain after Spinal Cord Injury. She has done a research project looking at the use of music therapy for post-operative pain. Most recently, she has been researching Functional Medicine approaches for pain management.
Dr. Misra has spent many years in outpatient and hospital settings treating patients with a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions including but not limited to: carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, myofascial pain syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, radiculopathy, neuropathic pain, joint issues, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia. Her strategy toward pain management is to utilize innovative, yet evidence-based approaches that incorporate Western medicine with medical acupuncture, Ayurveda, functional strategies, and integrative medicine to address root causes and manage pain holistically.
Dane Webster, PT, DPT
Dr. Dane Webster graduated from Abilene Christian University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a focus in Kinesiology. Dr. Webster resided in Auckland, New Zealand for a short period of time where he completed medical and mission work. Dr. Webster attended University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio (UTHSCSA) where he graduated with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2015. While at UTHSCSA, Dr. Webster received numerous awards and provided physical therapy services to underserved populations. Dr. Webster has participated in peer-reviewed research and presented at physical therapy conferences with research presentations. Prior to Serenity Medical Centers, Dr. Webster has been employed in the hospital setting, where he was the co-founder for Oncology/BMT/BCU rehabilitation, co-founder for a vestibular rehab program with neurosurgeons for the hospital and established a Burn & Reconstruction Clinic and Unit (BRCA affiliated), amongst other achievements. With a patient-focused approach, Dr. Webster believes in customized, individual programs and interventions for his patients. He understands that each patient has different needs, and each diagnosis requires careful thought and planning. Dr. Webster is a Certified Dry Needling Specialist and is pursuing additional certifications in the field of physical therapy. When not working, Dane enjoys cooking, hiking, being on the lake or river, and spending time with his wife and his dog Cheeto.
Verna Chen, PT, DPT
Dr. Verna Chen graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science. She went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in Austin, Texas.
Prior to Serenity Medical Centers, Dr. Chen practiced in both the hospital setting as well as in outpatient clinics. This gave her the unique experience of treating patients through all their stages of recovery, from post-op day one through completion of physical therapy. Dr. Chen holds a holistic approach to patient care and healing, treating the whole unique person in relation to their injury in order to optimize recovery. She utilizes a multi-modal approach to healthcare that includes manual therapy and functional training to help active people get back to moving without pain.
Dr. Chen is Certified in Dry Needling (CDN). She continues to pursue higher education and is currently actively working to complete her Orthopedic Clinical Specialist board certification. When she’s not in the clinic, Dr. Chen enjoys staying active on the many hiking trails of Austin with her partner and their foster pups, and has a passion for the outdoors, reading, and bubble tea.
Physical Therapy Assistant
Rey Hernandez, PTA
Rey graduated with his Associate of Applied Science, Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Concorde Career College – San Antonio. He comes from an extensive career in the healthcare field, working in an administrative capacity with a focus on marketing and business development. Rey has always had the goal of working directly with patients to positively affect their lives and considers himself very fortunate to have found his career calling.
With his background in healthcare, Rey is at ease working with all age groups and populations. Rey seeks out learning new techniques to treat patients and getting them back to living their best life. Outside of the clinic, Rey enjoys being outdoors, gardening, and spending time with his spouse, family, and friends. He also enjoys tending to his koi pond, playing with his dog, and exploring all San Antonio has to offer.
Amy has over 20 years of healthcare experience and a wealth of knowledge in clinical skin analysis and treatment, as well as business development and marketing. Amy started her career as a Certified Medical Assistant in 1998 assisting renowned surgeons. She moved into medical office management thereafter. Her passion for medical aesthetics and the empowerment of women led her to obtain her laser certifications in laser hair removal and laser facial resurfacing. Amy is a seventh-generation Texan and a certified advanced scuba diver. She spends as much time as possible with her granddaughter, Ava, and pups, Mason and Frankie.
Director of Patient Services
Maria Gutierrez Cash
Maria has over 20 years of healthcare clinical and administrative experience, and is a wealth of knowledge in insurance and work comp case management. Maria started her career as a Certified Dental Assistant, then as a TX Licensed Massage Therapist. She moved into clinical case management and medical office management in 2016. Maria describes her life purpose as helping people and she has a passion for being alongside our patients during their injury recovery journey. Maria spends as much time as possible with her family as she can, enjoying traveling, reading, and loom-knitting while listening to Texas country music.
CEO, Practice Owner
Dr. Alina Sholar
Dr. Alina Sholar is blazing a trail in female-led health care businesses, owning and leading Serenity Medical Centers, Skin Science Soul, and Sage Practice Solutions. At Serenity Medical Centers, Sholar’s leadership style is centered on personal and professional development to give her team the resources to expand their careers. Through these businesses, and in honoring her own professional upbringing in biomedical sciences, medicine, surgery and business, she mentors young women in STEM and medicine and passes on her business acumen to women around the globe to build their own startups.
Dr. Sholar is the first physician in her family, but she knew even in her elementary years what she may become. At age 7, she predicted she would be a doctor- either for people or animals. After receiving a full-tuition merit scholarship from the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation in Orange, she received her BS degree in Biomedical Sciences with Magna Cum Laude honors from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University in December 1994.
She started medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in 1995. During her medical education, it became apparent that a surgical specialty was her calling. She did surgical research in an esteemed scientific laboratory at University of Texas with her culminating in publication in a prominent scientific journal, Perfusion. She was there awarded the prestigious Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Award and Achievement Citation for Women in Medicine, along with other meritorious honors and accolades like the Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship Award in medicine. She graduated from University of Texas Medical Branch in 1999 then went on to her surgical residencies.
She completed a full five-year residency, including Chief Resident, in General Surgery at the University of Louisville in 2004, where she was awarded Best Resident Instructor and Mentor by the students of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Sholar published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology during her General Surgery residency.
She continued her study of surgery by completing an additional residency in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Tennessee, serving as Chief Resident in 2006. Her plastic surgery training included not only aesthetic surgery, but also dermatology, non-invasive and laser aesthetic treatments, reconstruction related to cranio-facial surgery, microsurgery, hand surgery, burn surgery, and breast surgery. She received multiple awards and publications in research areas such as the efficacy of treatment at Tertiary Care Wound Centers and the advanced reconstructive techniques required after major facial trauma and infections in journals including the prestigious Annals of Plastic Surgery. During this time, she also had the privilege of spending time on mission trips in the Republic of Panama where she repaired cleft lip and palates and assisted in complex reconstructive craniofacial procedures for children. She was certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 2008.
She has additionally received training and certification from the World Health Organization in Operational Planning regarding preparedness and response for COVID-19, as well as from Johns Hopkins for Epidemics & Outbreaks.
Serenity Medical Centers has a global service initiative as well as locally in the Austin and San Antonio communities.