Dr. Larry Richardson & Team

Larry Richardson, MD

Larry Richardson, MD

Larry Richardson, MD Larry Richardson, MD

About Dr. Richardson

After completing medical school, Dr. Richardson began his specialty career as an emergency medicine physician. He enjoyed the satisfaction and adrenaline rush of working with patients needing acute care. However, over time he noticed a disturbing trend of younger and younger patients coming to the emergency room with diabetes, hypertension, heart attacks, and strokes.

Many of those individuals were overweight, obese, or morbidly obese. He came to realize that a better way for him to treat such patients would be to help them reduce their weight before they developed the medical complications (including death) that he was seeing in the Emergency Department.

As a result, he embarked upon educating himself in the field of medical weight management so that he could become both a teacher and a deliverer of better preventive health care. Knowing that even top athletes benefit by having a good coach, Dr. Richardson tries to be the best coach for all his patients. In his quest for knowledge and training, he joined the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, whereby he eventually led that group as president, chairman of the board, fellow, master fellow and even Bariatrician of the Year.

Dr. Richardson has taken and passed the specialty testing for advanced obesity certification, which allowed him to become a Diplomate of the American Board of Bariatric Medicine and its subsequent replacement, the American Board of Obesity Medicine.

Part of his current mission now is to train other doctors in treating obesity and its associated medical complications. He tries to have his patients not only focus on a specific number on the scale, but to teach them healthy lifestyles and habits that will sustain them and their families throughout life. His emphasis is not on dieting as much as it is on healthy eating, appropriate exercise and behavior changes.

Dr. Richardson’s practice provides simplified nutritional information, which helps each patient experience success in losing and controlling weight by following individualized guidance. His program has been in place for over 30 years of actual practice, resulting in many thousands of patient success stories!


  • BS: Houston Baptist University, 1975
  • MD: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 1979
  • Internship: Youngstown Hospital Association, Youngstown OH - July 1979 to June 1980
  • Residency: Emergency Medicine: Youngstown Hospital Association - July 1980 to June 1982, served as Chief Resident - July 1981 to June 1982


  • Urgent Care Chief: Health Maintenance Plan, Cortland, OH, 1981 – 1983
  • Emergency Department Physician: Memorial Care Systems, Houston, TX, 1983 – 1985
    • Co-Director, 1984
  • Urgent Care Director: Kelsey-Seybold, PA, Houston, TX, 1985 – 1986
  • Emergency Department Physician: King's Daughter Hospital, Brookhaven, MS, 1986 – 1987
  • Private Practice: Natchez, MS, 1986 – 1988
    • Medical weight management
    • General practice
  • Emergency Department Physician: Medical Networks, Houston, TX, 1988 – 1989
  • Private Practice: Humble and Spring TX, 1988 – Present
    • Medical weight management
    • General practice

Certifications & Licensure

  • American Board of Bariatric Medicine
  • Licensed in Texas 

Memberships and Awards

  • Master Fellow of the Obesity Medicine Association, 2016
  • Member of the Obesity Medicine Association, 2015 – Present
  • Member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, 1987 – 2015
  • President, American Society of Bariatric Physicians, 1998 – 2000 and 2009 – 2011
  • Bariatrician of the Year, 1996
  • Who's Who in Executives & Professionals, 1994


  • Author of a Consumer Reports-recommended book Diet and Weight Loss, 1993
  • Obesity: Evaluation and Treatment Essentials, Chapter author, 2010 & 2016
  • Obesity Algorithm from ASBP, Contributor, 2014

Dr. Richardson’s Approach

Dr. Larry Richardson is an obesity medicine physician with 30 years of experience in medical weight management. He specializes in the study and science of overweight, obesity and associated conditions.

Dr. Richardson's staff will help you identify your ineffective eating habits and change them for the better. In addition, our program also uses medications specifically designed to help you through this change, along with ways to monitor your diet and the types of food you are eating.

Our medically supervised weight loss program also consists of medical testing including: periodic body composition analysis, EKGs (which evaluate your heart) and various lab work – complete blood counts (CBC) platelets, blood chemistry, and lipid and thyroid panels. These tests will be taken at appropriate intervals in Dr. Richardson’s office to ensure that you are continuing down a steady and healthy path for medically appropriate weight loss.

This program is not a quick fix. Because we believe in a proven approach to weight loss, each month you will have a consultation at Dr. Richardson’s office where we will evaluate your progress to ensure a continuation of healthy weight reduction. However, patients are encouraged to call the office between visits if they are experiencing difficulty or problems with their program or medications.

We are not just a weight loss clinic or a surgical solution. We focus on shepherding our clients into lasting lifestyle changes that help them manage their weight for the long term.

Ronit O. Gerecht, NP-C

Ronit O. Gerecht, NP-C


2017 - Master of Science in Nursing (FNP) - University of Houston, Houston TX (Member of Nursing Honor Society, 3.57/4 GPA)

2011- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) - University of Houston Victoria, Sugar Land, TX. (GPA 3.6/4).

2009 - Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) - Lone Star College Cy-Fair, Houston, TX.



August 2017 to present volunteer FNP at Bee Busy Wellness Center Houston, TX.

January 2015 to present PRN RN III at Premier/Memorial Hermann Hospital System Houston, TX.

July 2013 to Sep 2014 Houston Methodist Hospital. RN II in an IMU Houston, TX.

April 2012 to July 2013 Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. RN I on a Medical Surgical floor. Houston, TX.

January 2010 to August 2011 Medication nurse at Cypress Creek Hospital Houston, TX.



Research Lab Manager, Dept. of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Houston.  Houston, TX

Research Technician III at the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology. William Marsh Rice University. Houston Texas.



Healthcare Provider BLS from America Heart Association.

Current Texas Family Nurse Practitioner License.



·         Scholarship for travel and assessment of the health care system of Great Britain 2016.

·         First place poster award of capstone project presentation in Nursing Spring Forum Houston 2017.

·         Merit scholarship from the University of Houston Victoria as an undergraduate and as a graduate student 2011 and 2016.

·         Current board member of Sigma Theta Tau International 2017.

·         Member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing 2016.

·         Cum Laude - University of Houston Victoria, Sugar Land TX 2011.

·         Dean’s List - University of Houston Victoria TX, Fall 2011.

·         President's List - Lone Star Cy-Fair College Houston TX 2009.

·         Merit scholarship Lone Star Cy-Fair College Houston TX 2009.

·         National Society of Collegiate Scholars - Houston Community College Houston TX 2008.

·         Five years’ service award - University of Houston, Houston, TX.

·         Rice University Facilities and Engineering award, Houston, TX.

·         Five and ten years services award - Rice University, Houston, TX.



Grace J. Richardson, Board Certified Esthetician and Office Manager

Grace is the State Board Certified Esthetician & Office Manager with a Master's Degree. 

As a woman who likes to take care of her skin and look her best, she has always had a passion for the field of aesthetics, which stems from her desire to empower the other people to look and feel their best. Grace has had extensive training and experience using anti-aging treatments to give her clients a more youthful, natural look.

As the office practice manager, her customer service skills give her a strong belief that care, respect, and consideration create an even stronger sense of self and community.

Grace ensures that the environment at Family Weight & Wellness is a warm and caring place for both our patients and each other. She strives to give each patient a positive, welcoming, and lasting experience.

After work, she likes spending quality time with her families, cooking, gardening, bicycling, walking her puppy and traveling.

"Live your life and forget your age" - Norman Vince Peale

Crisan Constantino, Medical Assistant

Crisan Constantino

Crisan is the Medical Assistant at Family Weight & Wellness. She was born and grew up in the Philippines. She graduated at Fortes Institute as a Medical Assistant and is NAHP certified. Her Clinical abilities includes; Phlebotomy techniques, injection, taking vital signs, and documenting patient information. She is CPR certified and had first aid training. She loves taking care of people. She is a caring professional who is focused on patient care and improving their outcomes. She is happily married and has one daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and gardening.

Russell Gilbert, Medical Assistant

Russell Gilbert

Russell is the Medical Assistant at Family Weight & Wellness. He has been a Medical Assistant in both private and corporate medical practices for about eight years. He has over twenty years of customer service experience. He is both certified in Phlebotomy and as a Medical Assistant. His passion is helping others, so he finds the medical field rewarding. In his spare time, he likes to spend time in the great outdoors and with family.

Linda Rivet, Medical Assistant

Linda Rivet

Linda is the Medical Assistant at Family Weight & Wellness. She has 36 years of experience as a Medical Assistant/Phlebotomist. She received her associate degree in applied science in Human Resources from Lone Star Community College in the Woodlands TX. She has been married for 29 years and has 2 children and 3 beautiful grandchildren. Her hobbies include raising Brugmansia and Hibiscus flowers, cooking and fishing.

Kara Smith, Medical Assistant

Kara Smith

Kara is the Medical Assistant at Family Weight & Wellness. She has worked in medical field over 10 years. She obtained her EMT from Lone Star College in Kingwood TX, and paramedic certificate from Lamar Institute of technology where she was on the Dean’s List and graduated with honors. She has a passion for working in the medical field and since joining the team has found it is rewarding helping the patients at Dr. Richardson’s office reach their goals. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, concerts, traveling and spoiling her dogs.

Jennifer Rivera, Front Receptionist

Jennifer Rivera

Jennifer is the Front Receptionist at Family Weight & wellness. She has been in the Customer Service field for 12 years. During that time, she has spent 6 years in a medical setting. Jennifer is passionate about doing her best to assisting others. She enjoys her interactions with patients at Dr. Richardson’s office, as they brighten her day. Jennifer enjoys cooking and shopping in her spare time. She loves spending quality time with her children and family.

Lihua "Li" Steagall, Front Receptionist

Lihua “Li” Steagall

Li is the Front Receptionist at Family Weight & wellness. She has a very good work ethic. She has more than 20 years’ experience in customer relations. She enjoys helping people and having a resolution that benefits both the company and customers. She enjoys gardening, the outdoors, and spending time with her family.

Kathy Thrash, Back Office Assistant

Kathy Thrash

Kathy is the Back Office Assistant at Family Weight and Wellness. She has been with the practice for over 14 years. She enjoys assisting patients and other staff members. She is foremen certified as a Pharmacy Technician. It is Kathy’s privilege to serve you with kindness and compassion.