Meet the Team
At Family Weight & Wellness Clinic and Medi-Spa in Spring, Texas, our board-certified medical staff has decades of experience treating people of all ages with a patient-centered approach to care, for optimum patient outcomes. We offer same-day appointments and personalized treatment plans.
Larry Richardson, MD, MFOMA
Founder, Medical Director, Advanced Injector, Weight Loss Physician
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.
A graduate of Houston Baptist University, Dr. Richardson earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He then completed his internship and residency in emergency medicine at Youngstown (Ohio) Hospital Association, where he was chief resident.
Dr. Richardson began his career as an emergency medicine physician. He enjoyed the satisfaction and adrenaline rush of working with patients needing acute care. Over time, however, 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 educated 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, Dr. Richardson joined the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (now called the Obesity Medicine Association), whereby he eventually led that group as president for two terms and also served as chairman of the board. He eventually earned the honor of becoming a fellow and then a master fellow (MFOMA) of the Obesity Medicine Association. In addition, he received the Dr. Raymond E. Dietz Meritorious Service Award in 2010 and the Obesity Medicine Clinician of the Year Award in 1996.
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!
Melissa Dimerson MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Medical Provider, Advanced Injector
Melissa Dimerson is a board-certified family nurse practitioner who began her medical career in 2005 as a registered nurse. She decided to dedicate her life to caring for others after witnessing her mother struggle with a preventable condition and lose that battle at 52. Melissa is passionate about helping people stay healthy so that they and their loved ones can live long, happy lives.
Melissa’s interests include aesthetics and women's health and wellness. She enjoys serving underserved populations and educating patients about how to prevent chronic diseases due to factors such as obesity and addiction. Melissa also has a special interest in working with school-age children and teens to help them combat the growing problem of adolescent obesity.
She began her career in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, working at Texas Health Resources (formerly Harris Methodist Hospital) and Parkland Memorial Hospital, working in the drug and alcohol rehabilitation, adolescent and adult psychiatry, and emergency departments. In 2011, Melissa relocated just north of Houston to The Woodlands area. She has since worked in various roles as a nurse educator, infection control nurse, employee health nurse, and school nurse with Conroe Independent School District.
Melissa graduated cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington with a bachelor of science in nursing. She went on to graduate from the family nurse practitioner program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, where she earned her master of science in nursing in 2019.
She is a current member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the North Harris Montgomery Advanced Practice Nurse Society. She has served as a preceptor for Sam Houston State University nursing students and at Professional Healthcare Education Services for nurses returning to the field.
Melissa is so excited about joining Dr. Larry Richardson's team at Family Weight & Wellness Clinic and Medi-Spa and cannot wait to help you become the very best you!
Grace Jiang Richardson
Practice Manager, Patient Advocate, Certified Aesthetician, Member Of American Med Spa Association
Coming from a medical family, Grace saw the importance of medical care and its impact on people’s health and quality of life.
Having previously been an assistant professor with a Master’s degree, Grace always had a passion for knowledge and self-improvement. This led Grace to augment her education in the medical arena.
During her work at Family Weight & Wellness Clinic and Medi-Spa, Grace continued her studies in nutrition and supplements — often the root cause for most imbalances. She is also expertly trained by Allergan® to consult on Botox®, Juvederm®, and Kybella® procedures.
Similar to Dr.Richardson’s weight and wellness program, Grace focuses on results that are enriching, vibrant, and lasting. She takes pride in helping her patients look and feel their best.
“Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.” ― Robin Sharma