Team

Meet The Physician

Dr. Helo Chen, DO

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Physician Assistant

Dora Garcia

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Physical Therapist

Dr. Cody Luttrell

Dr. Cody Luttrell graduated from California State University Sacramento with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration in 2012. After working in accounting, he realized he was not 100% fulfilled and decided to seek out a new career. After recovering from an injury himself, Cody fell in love with physical therapy and decided to pursue a PT degree, graduating from Franklin Pierce University with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree in 2019. Dr. Luttrell has continued to develop his knowledge by becoming certified in dry needling, EMsculpt, and Selective Functional Movement Screening. Dr. Luttrell is the lead physical therapist at Serenity Medical Centers, enjoying the opportunity to work 1-on-1 with all his patients which allows him to make personal connections with each one to develop a personalized plan. He finds the most rewarding part of his job is to see each patient’s progress and help them return to doing what they love to do. When Cody is not working, he is spending time with his wife, his son, family and Corgi mix dog.

Physical Therapist & Associate Clinic Director, San Antonio

Dr. Eric Blem

Dr. Eric Blem graduated from Texas A&M University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Kinesiology, with a focus in Motor Behavior. After graduating Dr. Blem worked in various capacities in outpatient and inpatient healthcare while developing his love for physical therapy. Dr. Blem attended The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USA) in Austin, TX where he graduated with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2019. While at USA Dr. Blem was his class representative and was awarded the Stanley V. Paris & Catherine E. Patla Award for Excellence in Manual therapy, the Outstanding Flexible Physical Therapy Student Award, and The USA Honor Council Leadership Award. In addition to working as the physical therapist at Serenity Medical Center’s San Antonio Clinic, Dr. Blem serves as the Associate Clinic Director. Dr. Blem enjoys the opportunity to provide individualized care to each of his patient’s and help to guide them towards their goals. He finds one of the most rewarding experiences is helping patients to restore confidence in themselves so they may aim to achieve beyond their initial expectations. When Eric is not working, he enjoys hiking, camping, sports, and spending time with his girlfriend and their two dogs; Bo and Brody.

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Marketing Director

Amy Hurst

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.

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Human Resources & Business Development

Linda Whitney

Linda J. Whitney is a professional with 20+ years of human resource management experience. She holds a BBA with a support in Accounting from St. Edwards University. Her passion is providing leadership and mentoring young professionals, as well as caring for Skin Science Soul’s staff.  She is an active member of the national and local chapters of Society of Human Resources Management. She was born in Panama an enjoyed living in Germany.  Linda enjoys traveling and the outdoors, movies and sports events.

Maria

Patient Concierge & Claims Advisor, Clinical Director

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.

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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.



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