Kridel & Sturm Get Houston Top Doc

June 10th, 2017 admin

Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm awarded H-Texas Top Doc

Houston Top Doc

Dr. Russell Kridel and Dr. Angela Sturm have each been named 2017 H-Texas Magazine Top Doc. This Houston plastic surgery dynamic duo have been awarded the honor of Houston Top Doc annually for many years in recognition of their achievement as the best facial plastic surgeons in the Houston area.  Only the top 1-2% of doctors receive the H-Texas Top Doc recognition based upon votes from both physicians and patients.


Both Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm have received numerous Top Doc awards for their surgical excellence and quality patient care from multiple groups including, but not limited to; Texas Monthly Super Doc, Top Doc, Best Doctors and Castle Connolly Top Doc.

Houston Top Doc, Dr. Russell Kridel

Houston Top Doc, Dr. Russell Kridel

As the most highly honored plastic surgeon in Houston and in his specialty of facial plastic surgery, it is no surprise that Dr. Kridel is often referred to as “The Doctor’s Doctor” by his peers. He has received each of the highest awards for surgical excellence by the Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as been given the highest distinction of a “Legacy” paper for one of over 100 medical journal articles he has authored on facial plastic surgery.  He has pioneered several surgical techniques for nasal surgery (and revision rhinoplasty and rhinoplasty) that are now taught in medical schools across the country. Recently, Dr. Kridel received the prestigious Stephen C. Duffy (right) Award for Leadership, Health Policy and Advocacy from the AAFPRS.



“I am so touched by all of the accolades given to me and to all of our FPSA team members by patients and peers. We are so proud,” reflected Houston Top Doc Dr. Kridel.



Houston Top Doc, Dr. Angela Sturm

Houston Top Doc, Dr. Angela Sturm

Dr. Angela Sturm has been an associate with Facial Plastic Surgery since 2013.  Her rapid rise as one of the most highly regarded facial plastic surgeons in Houston is a testament to her training as a facial plastic fellow with Dr. Kridel, her commitment to advancing superior surgical techniques in facial plastic surgery and the level of care and attention given to patients.

She also received the Texas Monthly Super Doctors Rising Star in 2016, as well as Trademark Women of Distinction Award.  Dr. Sturm has been recognized by the Houston Business Journal as one of the Top 40 under 40 and People on the Move.

“Being the best possible surgeon and compassionate physician for every one of my patients is my passion.  I love what I do,” stated Houston Top Doc Dr. Sturm.

Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm have also made highly honored contributions to their communities in the areas of domestic abuse, patient advocacy and obesity prevention.  Their commitment to both their profession and to their patients is extraordinary.  Their boundless energy and passion for what they do can also be seen in each of their curriculum vitae — To read more About Dr. Kridel.  To read more About Dr. Sturm.

To call or make an appointment with one of our award-winning Top Docs, please contact us at 713-565-5775.

Dr. Russell Kridel Receives Inaugural Stephen C Duffy Award

December 28th, 2016 admin

AAFPRS Awards Dr. Russell Kridel the Stephen C Duffy Award at Annual Meeting

Dr. Kridel Receives Stephen C Duffy Award

Dr. Russell Kridel and Stephen C Duffy with Inaugural Award

 The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive  Surgery (AAFPRS) awarded Russell W.H. Kridel, MD, FACS,  of Facial Plastic Surgery Associates in Houston, Texas, with  the prestigious Stephen C Duffy Award for Leadership,  Health Policy and the AAFPRS Annual Meeting  in Nashville where world-class facial plastic surgery  innovators and educators explored cutting-edge facial  rejuvenation techniques.

The honor is awarded to the AAFPRS member who embodies the same tireless enthusiasm and commitment to health policy and member advocacy as Stephen C Duffy, former Executive Vice President of the AAFPRS. In his years at the AAFPRS and American Medical Association (AMA), Duffy exemplified a vigorous commitment to the political process and greatly influenced the profession’s and the public’s knowledge of the quality care that facial plastic surgeons deliver.

Dr. Kridel is First Recipient of the prestigious Stephen C Duffy Award for Leadership, Health Policy and Advocacy

Dr. Kridel Receives Stephen C Duffy Award

Stephen C Duffy Award

As a world-renowned and politically connected  facial plastic surgeon  for more than 25 years,  Dr.  Kridel is a worthy first recipient of this    award.

The depth of his experience and knowledge has  led  Dr. Kridel to be  one of the most sought-  after facial  plastic surgeons in the country.  He  has published  more than 100 scientific journal articles and book  chapters on facial plastic surgery techniques and received the highest AAFPRS awards for surgical skill.

Dr. Kridel has also been active in the medical political arena for more than 20 years. As a tireless advocate for patients and physicians, he has held numerous leadership positions. Currently, he is a member of the AMA Board of Trustees. Dr. Kridel has also served as National President of the AAFPRS, as well as the president of the Harris County Medical Society and the Texas Medical Association Foundation. He served on the AMA Council on Science and Public Health for 7 years and was its chair.  He is a clinical professor and director of facial plastic surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.
“It is an incredible honor to be chosen as the first recipient of the Stephen C Duffy Award for Leadership, Health Policy and Advocacy,” says Dr. Kridel. “Steve’s tireless advocacy for our specialty has brought us great recognition and respect. We must interface for our patients’ sake with the government, with insurers, hospitals, legislators, and health care systems. We cannot leave the destiny of our patients and our health care system in the hands of those with neither a license to practice nor the education to provide patient care.”

Dr. Kridel received his award in Nashville at the AAFPRS Annual Meeting where world-class facial plastic surgery innovators and educators explored cutting-edge facial rejuvenation techniques.

He is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery.

Study Shows Increase in Rhinoplasty Popularity

January 7th, 2015 Kirin

Noted in the recently published “Rhino-popularity Report” by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), Rhinoplasty is the most popular surgical procedure for both men and women under the age of 35 and the number one most requested facial plastic surgery procedure overall among men.  Over 500,000 people had consultations last year for Rhinoplasty surgery.

The uptick in Rhinoplasty popularity, also commonly referred to as ‘nose job’ is testament to the positive impact the surgery can make on a person’s appearance.  Even a minor correction can make a huge improvement in facial harmony and self-confidence.

Since your nose is the first thing you notice every time you look in the mirror, it is not surprising that patients would like to have imperfections corrected.  Per the study, the five most common reasons for having a rhinoplasty include, noses that are too long, too big, crooked or twisted, thick tip or a profile out of balance.

However, it is also important to understand that rhinoplasty is one of the most complex plastic surgery procedures.  Patients should make sure they select a facial plastic surgeon, like Dr. Russell Kridel, who specialize in this procedure and performs more than 150 every year.  No two people are alike and no two noses are alike.  To make sure you have a successful rhinoplasty surgery that results in a natural looking nose that looks like you could have been born with it, you need to be in the best of hands.

Houston facial plastic surgeon Dr. Russell Kridel is known by other physicians and patients as “The Nose Doctor” because of his international reputation as one of the best rhinoplasty surgeons in the country.  He has authored more than 60 scientific journal articles and textbook chapters on Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty. Dr. Kridel has pioneered more than four surgical techniques for rhinoplasty that are now taught in medical schools across the country.  In addition, surgeons travel from all over the world to Houston to observe Dr. Kridel or to hear him speak at medical conferences around the world.  He has received the top awards for surgical excellence from the AAFPRS.

There is no other cosmetic surgeon in Houston that has the depth of expertise, experience and reputation in regard to nose surgery.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

To make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Russell Kridel contact us at 713/526-5665.

You can also learn more about Rhinoplasty surgery and see before and after photos at

Watch multiple Rhinoplasty videos on Dr. Kridel’s YouTube channel.


Indoor Tanning Damage and Aging Skin

December 30th, 2014 Kirin

Indoor Tanning Damage Can Result in Aging Skin

Recently, the AMA Wire published the synopsis (shown below) of media coverage on the CDC study about injuries from indoor tanning published in JAMA Internal Medicine .

Unfortunately, consumers are under the general impression that indoor tanning is safe and many are under the false impression that indoor tanning does not have the same effect on aging.  World-renowned Houston facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Russell Kridel comments on indoor tanning damage, “Not only can there be direct injury from indoor tanning like burns, but indoor tanning ages the skin prematurely and can lead to the development of skin cancers; children are especially vulnerable because the damage is cumulative over the years of one’s life.”

At Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, we see the results of women (and to a lesser extent of men) who have spent a great deal of time using indoor tanning facilities.  Since the majority of people start using tanning beds between the ages of 18 and 34, we are seeing patients in their 40s who have skin laxity and pigmentation issues that could have been avoided for many years.  Fortunately, there are a number of facial rejuvenation procedures and laser resurfacing treatments that Dr. Kridel can perform to help address these issues.  For the most significant skin laxity, facelift surgery provides the best results and can turn back the hands of time.  At FPSA, we also have three different laser modalities that can help address skin texture and pigmentation issues.  Dr. Kridel has published extensively in peer-reviewed scientific journals on facial rejuvenation topics and is recognized internationally as an expert in these procedures.

Prevention is still the best defense against aging skin. And one of the important recommendations is to stay away from indoor tanning.


Study: About 3,200 people suffered an indoor tanning injury every year in the US between 2003 and 2012.

USA Today (12/16, Painter) reports that a study by CDC researchers published in JAMA Internal Medicine indicates that “an estimated 1,957 indoor tanners landed in U.S.” emergency departments (EDs) “in 2012 after burning their skin or eyes, fainting or suffering other injuries.” CDC researcher Gery Guy “says the actual number of injuries is certainly higher because the study did not include injured people who did not go to” EDs.

The Today Show Online (12/16) reports that for the study, the investigators “looked at 405 actual reports of indoor tanning related injuries from 66 hospitals, extrapolated them to the whole population, and estimated that on average, 3,200 people suffered an indoor tanning injury every year in the U.S. between 2003 and 2012.”

The Washington Post (12/16, Bernstein) “To Your Health” blog reports that “skin burns are the most common injury and women are more than four times as likely as men to get hurt, probably because they are, by far, the more common practitioners of ‘indoor tanning,’ according to the” study. The blog adds that “younger adults, aged 18-34, sustain well more than half the injuries, again because they are the most frequent users of tanning beds.”

The AP (12/16, Tanner) reports, “The CDC says burns severe enough to require” ED “treatment indicate overexposure to UV radiation.” Although “manufacturers are required to install timers to limit exposure…the CDC study found some patients had fallen asleep while tanning.”

melanoma.” The researchers “also noted other sources for eye injuries, like when tanning bulbs broke and shattered into people’s eyes, Guy adds.” Reuters (12/16, Doyle) and HealthDay (12/16, Reinberg) also cover the story.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

To make an appointment with Dr. Kridel for an MVP Facelift, facial rejuvenation or laser resurfacing consultation, please call 713/526-5665.

To learn more about Dr. Kridel’s MVP Lift click here.

You can also go to Dr. Kridel’s You Tube channel for a few of his videos on facelift and facial rejuvenation procedures.


Dr. Russell Kridel Speaks on Revision Rhinoplasty at AAFPRS Fall Meeting in New Orleans

October 19th, 2013 Kirin

Dr. Russell Kridel speaks on Revision Rhinoplasty at AAFPRS Fall Meeting

Revision Rhinoplasty expert, Russell Kridel, MD was an invited speaker at the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) 2013 Fall Meeting called “Facial Plastic Surgery 2.0” held October 19-21 in New Orleans.  As an internationally recognized expert on Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty surgical techniques, Dr. Kridel was asked to share his expertise with other physicians attending the meeting.

Revision Rhinoplasty Surgery for the Severely Deformed Nose
 — Instruction Course presented by Dr. Russell Kridel

Minor Revision Rhinoplasty provides little difficulty, but major revisions are incredible challenges to even the most skillful Rhinoplasty surgeon, often requiring significant corrections of scarring, previous over-resection, asymmetries and irregularities often worsened by vagaries of healing. The surgeon often must first recreate with grafts the normal anatomy before even attempting an aesthetic improvement. At times the aesthetic result from the first surgery also is complicated by new airway problems that must be addressed.

At the conclusion of the course, physician participants were able to recognize what causes major problems in Rhinoplasty so they can avoid them.  And, they became familiar with grafting options and harvesting skills in Revision Rhinoplasty techniques proven effective by Dr. Kridel.

A Staging System for Revision Rhinoplasty — Poster Presentation presented by Russell Kridel, MD and Regina Rodman, MD

Rhinoplasty is known to be one of the more technically challenging cosmetic procedures, and the rate of Revision Rhinoplasty reported in the literature ranges between 5- 15%., Revision Rhinoplasty may range from minor deformities that can be treated in the office to major cosmetic and functional defects that require multiple surgeries to correct. Review of the literature lacks a uniform scale which systematically evaluates the patient presenting for revision rhinoplasty.

Dr. Kridel and Dr. Rodman described 3 major components that determine the overall difficulty of the Revision Rhinoplasty surgery. They outlined a staging system which objectively stratify complexity of Revision Rhinoplasty for the benefit of the surgeon and to appropriately counsel patients.

The Rhinoplasty prognosis is not measured in terms of survival, but what is possible versus an impossible surgical result. The pre-operative staging system laid out by Dr. Kridel and Dr. Rodman can help patients understand the complexity of the repair required and help manage expectations. Further, this system will facilitate exchange between Revision Rhinoplasty surgeons. A standardized evaluation system will allow for meaningful comparisons surgical techniques and evaluation of outcomes.

The Nose Doctor

Dr. Kridel has published over 100 scientific journal articles and text book chapters on facial plastic surgery techniques, including Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty.  Known as one of the leading Rhinoplasty surgeons, he is often referred to as “The Nose Doctor” by peers and patients. Dedication to sharing ideas on the latest techniques with other skilled surgeons from around the world keeps Dr. Kridel at the leading edge of his profession.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Kridel by calling  (713)526-5665.

View a video by Dr. Kridel about Rhinoplasty

Read more about Houston facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Kridel.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates




The Top 5 Reasons to select an ABFPRS board certified surgeon for facial plastic surgery?

June 28th, 2013 Kirin


Selecting a surgeon to perform any type of cosmetic surgery on your face and neck can be a very daunting process.  Fortunately, there is an important selection criteria that is already available to you – the surgeon should be board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS). Why?  This is an elite group of surgeons, which specialize in the face and neck area.


Only surgeons who meet the following stringent criteria can qualify for ABFPRS certification:

  1. Before obtaining ABFPRS certification (which has additional requirements noted below), the surgeon must first have already earned prior board certification from the American Board of Otolaryngology, the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. This requires completion of a residency in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck surgery or Plastic surgery after completion of medical school. That means your surgeon will be double-board certified when they receive ABFPRS certification.
  2. The surgeon must pass a rigorous 8-hour written and oral examination on facial plastic surgery anatomy and surgical techniques. The examination is the concluding activity of the AAFPRS Foundation fellowship program and the first step toward certification by the ABFPRS.  There are only about 45 fellowship programs across the United States, which is an additional full year of training specifically in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.
  3. A surgeon must have been in practice for at least two years and submit for peer-review a minimum  of 100  operative reports of facial plastic surgeries.
  4. He/She must prove that they operate in an accredited facility.
  5. The surgeon must currently hold the appropriate licensure and adhere to the ABFPRS Code of Ethics.

Why is this so important to patients? Because you want a surgeon who specializes in the face and neck, not a surgeon who prefers to do hand surgery or breast surgery.

In addition to being ABFPRS board-certified, Houston facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Russell Kridel is also a Board Examiner.  Because of his expertise and reputation, he is one of a handful of facial plastic surgeons that has been selected to actually give the board examination to surgeons applying for certification.  Dr. Kridel is also a Fellowship Director for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) Fellowship Program. Dr. Kridel’s fellowship program is one of just 45 sanctioned programs across the United States and Canada and one of only two programs in Texas. He has received the highest honors for his surgical expertise in facial plastic surgery by his peers.

Needless to say, your face and neck will be in great hands with Dr. Kridel.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

Dr. Russell Kridel Featured Speaker at Advances in Rhinoplasty Course

May 25th, 2013 Kirin

Houston facial plastic surgeon, Russell Kridel MD, was a featured speaker at the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) prestigious Advances in Rhinoplasty course in Chicago, IL from May 10 – May 12. This Rhinoplasty course is the longest running of its kind and is considered the best in the world.

Dr. Kridel was invited to present a 45-minute scientific talk on Rhinoplasty surgical techniques to a record number of facial plastic and general plastic surgeons from the United States and around the world gathered to learn more from internationally recognized experts such as Dr. Kridel.  His talk, “Structure, Creativity, and Common Sense in Rhinoplasty,” provided physicians in attendance with numerous practical approaches to nose surgery, including several innovative techniques pioneered by Dr. Kridel that are now taught in medical schools.  Only the most respected and highly published facial plastic surgeons are invited by their peers to present at this level — a significant honor for Dr. Kridel.

” I came to this course just so I could hear Dr. Kridel’s talks and learn from his techniques,” stated a plastic surgeon in attendance.

In addition, Dr. Kridel presented three additional scientific talks on Rhinoplasty, including; “Prevention: Disasters in Rhinoplasty,” “Aging Nose Rhinoplasty” and “Revision Rhinoplasty.” And, as a faculty member, he provided individualized instruction to members participating in a cadaver workshop for Rhinoplasty.

Dr. Russell Kridel Training Surgeons on Advanced Rhinoplasty Techniques

Dr. Kridel has published over 60 scientific journal articles and textbook chapters on Rhinoplasty and has taught general plastic surgeons and facial plastic surgeons advanced surgical techniques all around the world.  Considered by his peers as “the doctors doctor,” patients come not only from Houston, but from other parts of the United States and other countries to have nose surgery (Rhinoplasty or Revision Rhinoplasty) by Dr. Kridel.

Click here to view a few of his before and after Rhinoplasty photos.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates




FPSA Congratulates Dr. Russell Kridel as he kicks off his term as the 112th President of the Harris County Medical Society

January 13th, 2013 Kirin

Russell Kridel, MD, FACS
President, Harris County Medical Society
Facial Plastic Surgeon

Effective January 1, Houston facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Russell Kridel has been installed as the President of the Harris County Medical Society (HCMS) for 2013.

The HCMS is the largest county medical society in the nation, with more than 11,000 physician and medical student members. Its mission is to be the leading advocate for its member physicians, their patients and the community, in promoting the highest standards of ethical medical practice, access to quality medical care, medical education, research, and community health.

Dr. Kridel is also very active with the Texas Medical Association (TMA) and American Medical Association (AMA). He currently serves as president of the TMA Foundation Board of Trustees, consultant to the TMA Council of Legislation, member of TEXPAC Board of Directors, and HCMS Delegate to the TMA. He also serves as chair elect on the AMA Council on Science and Public Health, AMA Delegate representing his specialty, and on the Governing Council of the AMA Specialty and Service Society. He is a former president with the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and has won numerous prestigious awards for surgical excellence, including The F. Mark Rafaty Award, the highest honor from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr. Kridel’s presidency of the HCMS further demonstrates his passion for his profession and his patients, as well as his commitment to providing the highest standards of care.

Join all of us at Facial Plastic Surgery Associates in congratulating Dr. Kridel on this significant honor.

Check out the announcement in the Houston Business Journal. 

Dr. Kridel is Featured Distinguished Faculty Member at International Update Course on Head & Neck Surgery

December 16th, 2012 Kirin


While there was a lot to see underwater, there was even more to share above the ocean floor.

As a Clinical Professor of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas, Dr. Russell Kridel was a featured distinguished faculty member at the 6th International Update Course: Otolaryngology Underwater held by the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Several hundred Otolaryngology, Head & Neck physicians, including Facial Plastic surgeons, from all around the world attended the conference in Cayman Brac.

Dr. Kridel presented 6 scientific lectures on subjects including: Septoplasty, Rhinoplasty and Face Lift, to attendees who were seeking additional medical education and training to expand their own surgical skills.

As a world-renowned expert in Rhinoplasty, Dr. Kridel presented three scientific lectures on the topic often referred to as Nose Jobs: Septoplasty and Nasal Airway Considerations in Rhinoplasty”, “Basic Open Rhinoplasty”, and “Lessons Learned from 30 years of Rhinoplasties”.

Having written over 20 peer-reviewed scientific publications on Facial Rejuvenation and the Aging Face, Dr. Kridel is also well known for his innovative techniques in hiding incisions associated with Face Lift surgery.  At the conference, Dr. Kridel presented two lectures on the topic: “Evaluation and Treatment of the Aging Face” and “Simplifying Face Lifts”.

In addition, Dr. Kridel presented a panel discussion on “What is New and Exciting in My Area”, to share his insights as a leader in facial plastic surgery advances and innovations.

Double-board certified facial plastic surgeons like Dr. Kridel, focus on the surgery of the face, head and neck.  They have had extremely extensive training, even more so than a general plastic surgeon.  They are board certified in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery. And, by undertaking an additional year’s fellowship in facial plastic surgery, they have become certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS).




To read one of the numerous scientific articles on Rhinoplasty, written by Dr. Kridel click here.

To read one of the numerous scientific articles on Face Lift and the Aging Face, written by Dr. Kridel click here.


— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston, TX

Dr. Russell Kridel Welcomes New Associate, Dr. Angela Sturm-O’Brien

August 10th, 2012 Dr. Russell Kridel

I am so pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Angela Sturm-O’Brien as an Associate to Facial Plastic Surgery Associates.

Dr. Sturm-O’Brien is board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery which examines its applicants in facial plastic surgery as well as, other head & neck specialties.  She completed the prestigious American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) Fellowship with me.  Dr. Sturm-O’Brien is also well on her way to becoming one of approximately 50 female surgeons board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS).

I know that Dr. Sturm-O’Brien shares the same commitment to the highest
standard of patient care and surgical skill that has been the hallmark of our facial plastic surgery practice here in Houston. With the significant growth in aesthetic procedures, particularly for patients wanting to maintain their youthful appearance at an earlier age, she is passionate about working with every patient to tailor the most effective method — whether it is surgical or non-surgical — to help them achieve their desired results for facial rejuvenation.
In addition to advanced training in facial plastic surgical techniques for Rhinoplasty, Facelift and Blepharoplasty, Dr. Sturm-O’Brien has extensive training and expertise in non-surgical modalities for facial rejuvenation including, advanced laser techniques such as: Ulthera, Thermage and Fraxel.  Her expertise also applies to laser treatment of birthmarks, unsightly veins, tattoo and laser hair removal.
Patients can make an appointment for consultation with Dr. Sturm-O’Brien by calling 713/526-5665. You can also read more about Dr. Sturm-O’Brien, including her CV on our site 
Please join me and the entire FPSA staff in welcoming, Dr. Angela Sturm-O’Brien, to Facial Plastic Surgery Associates.
— Dr. Russell Kridel, Houston, TX