CDC Recommends Booster Dose for All Adults Who Receive Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines

On Friday, 11/19, the Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to authorize a booster dose for all adults 18 years of age and older at least 6 months after their primary series. 

Highland Woods Health is immediately beginning to administer booster doses to all adults ages 18 years and older.

For individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots continue to be recommended for those who are 18 and older and least two months after vaccination.

Regardless of which vaccine people got for their primary series, they may choose any authorized vaccine for their booster. 

Flu Shots Available!



The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against influenza is get a flu vaccine every flu season. Flu is a contagious respiratory disease that can lead to serious illness, hospitalization, or even death. The CDC recommends everyone six months and older get an annual flu vaccine.

What are some key reasons to get a flu vaccine? 

  • – The flu vaccine has been shown to reduce influenza illnesses, hospitalizations, missed work or school, and even death.
  • – The flu vaccine is the most important tool for preventing influenza
  • – Vaccinating pregnant women helps protect them from flu illness and hospitalization and has been shown to help protect the baby from flu infection for several months after birth, before the baby can be vaccinated.

Click here to be contacted by text to schedule your flu shot at our fast and convenient drive-thru flu shot clinic in Alden Bridge, or just stop by during our office hours.

COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters


We are currently administering Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shots to the following eligible populations, at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series:

  • – People aged 65 years and older and residents of long-term care settings
  • – People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions
  • – People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions
  • – People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting

Click here to sign-up to receive your booster from Highland Woods Health. We will contact you by text to schedule your appointment.

The CDC does not recommend booster doses for recipients of the Moderna or J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccines at this time. Mixing and matching vaccine brands is not currently authorized by the Food and Drug Administration or recommended by the CDC.


Safety at Highland Woods Health Remains a Priority

Dear Patient,

Our top priority is protecting the health and safety of our patients, staff, and the community we serve.

While statewide policy has changed, our protocols have not. We will still require masks for everyone who enters our clinics. The CDC, state and local health officials continue to strongly advise the use of masks or facial coverings in public spaces as a proven way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. To keep our community healthy, we are not changing any of our policies or practices related to COVID-19 at this time.

We look forward to more and more people becoming vaccinated so that we can happily remove masking requirements in the future. For now, the pandemic is not over, and our safety measures will remain in place.

We appreciate everyone’s kindness and understanding.

Best of Health,


Introducing our New Name: Highland Woods Health

To Our Patients, 

We are proud to have served the healthcare needs of families in The Woodlands as Village Medical Center.

It recently came to our attention that there is another organization practicing medicine under the same name. As an ongoing commitment to you and your family and to prevent any confusion, we have changed our name to Highland Woods HealthTM .

Our ownership, personnel and contact information for both locations will remain the same.

Highland Woods HealthTM will continue to provide the same high-quality, patient centric care you deserve and expect. Although our name has changed, our passion for taking care of our community has not.

Please contact our office with any questions you may have and thank you for being a part of the Highland Woods HealthTM family.

Your safety is our highest priority!

As our patient, your well-being and safety is our highest priority. Our office is open and ready to care for you and your family. Our staff and providers have been going above and beyond to ensure the safety of all patients and staff.

We are open Monday – Friday 7am-4pm and Saturdays 8am-12pm at our Panther Creek location. We are not scheduling patients with COVID-19 symptoms in office.

Possible COVID-19 patients are only being seen virtually.

Signs are posted at the front entrance stating DO NOT ENTER if you have fever, cough or traveled within the last two weeks or have had known exposure to COVID-19

Waiting area has been spaced out to ensure social distancing.

Waiting area is being thoroughly sanitized every hour.

All staff are wearing masks at all times.Every exam room is being sanitized after every patient.

Providers and nursing staff are in full PPE testing potential COVID-19 patients in their cars to prevent any exposure in the office.



During this unprecedented time, your health matters. From routine follow-up, re check medications, annual wellness visits to minor injury and illness, Highland Woods Health is offering Virtual Visits.

Skip the trip and connect with your preferred doctor virtually from the comfort of your home or office.

Virtual visits are covered by most major insurances and cost the same amount as an in-office visit.

Even though these are uncertain times, Highland Woods Health remains constant and will be here for you and your family’s medical needs.



Dear Highland Woods Health Family,

As our patient, your well-being is our highest priority. We have been closely monitoring the respiratory illness caused by a new Coronavirus (COVID-19). We want to update you with the measures we have taken to prepare our office.

We are currently screening our patients with fever and respiratory symptoms for high risk travel and/or possible COVID-19 exposure and are scheduling those patients for virtual visits out of an abundance of precaution.

We ask that if you have fever and/or cough/shortness of breath, or have recently traveled to an area with an active COVID-19 outbreak or have been exposed to someone with COVID 19 or suspected to have COVID-19, please contact the office before coming in so we can schedule you for a virtual visit.

We are also glad to schedule a virtual visit to discuss if you have questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 that you want to discuss with your provider even if you are currently well.

Most insurances, including Medicare and Aetna, are now covering virtual visits.

At this time, we are also asking all our patients with a cough, even without history of travel or known exposure, to wear a mask when in the office for the protection of our more at-risk patients. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

A list of frequently asked questions can be found here. This information is per the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). We recommend following their website for updated information about this evolving situation.

We recommend continuing everyday prevention to stop the spread of germs (wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces).

Beginning Tuesday, March 24th, we will be offering Well Hour appointments between 7AM – 11AM. During this time, no sick visits (cough, fever, etc.) will be scheduled. This will be an opportunity for our chronic care patients to have labs drawn and to see their provider without concern of exposure. If you are unable to be seen during our Well Hours, we can see you virtually at another time for most appointments other than annual physicals.

If you have any other questions, please contact our office.


Best of Health,


Jessica A. Aheron, M.D.

Marlaina Bonnes-Neumann, M.D.

Scott A. Kahney, M.D.

Thanh D. Ngo, M.D.

Christopher D. Prihoda, M.D.

Tamara L. Small, M.D.

Donald E. Stillwagon, M.D.

John E. Walker, M.D.

Meredith B. Young, D.O.

Clifford Yut, M.D.


Flu Shots Available!

Flu shots now available. Get the shot, not the flu! No appointment necessary. Walk-ins welcome!

Sport / Camp Physical Exam Appointments Available

Has your child signed up to play a sport this season, or attend a camp this summer? If so, don’t forget to get a physical exam!

Many schools, camps, and community organizations require pre-participation exams, and Highland Woods Health is here to help. Sport and camp physical exams are important because they can help find health problems that could stop your child from competing safely or participating in camp activities.

The appointment takes approximately 15-20 minutes and covers the basics of your child’s current health status, with a focus on height, weight, vision, hearing, heart health, blood pressure, strength, flexibility, coordination, and reflexes.

If needed, our providers may also give immunizations and discuss topics like nutrition, exercise, sleep, and social behavior.

Plan on getting your child a sports physical at least six to eight weeks before the season starts. The physical is usually good for one year.

We’ve served children and their families in The Woodlands since 1985 and are committed to keeping our patients healthy both on and off the field.

Schedule your appointment online, or call our office at 281-292-1191.

Welcome, Larry Long, PA!

We are delighted to welcome our new Physician Assistant, Larry Long, to Highland Woods Health!

Larry graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio and completed his master’s degree at the University Of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine. He began his career as a PA in the U.S. Army and served as a White House Medical Officer for The President and Vice President of the United States before settling in Texas.

Our mission is to provide outstanding quality healthcare, and we know that Larry, with his distinguished record and proven dedication to his patient’s health care needs, will be a perfect fit. We are happy to have him with us as part of the Highland Woods Health family.

He is accepting appointments now!

Saturday Hours

Reminder: Our new Panther Creek office at 4840 W Panther Creek Dr., Suite 107 has after-hours availability on Saturdays beginning at 8AM. Call 281.292.1192 to schedule!

Location Change Update!

As of February 2nd, 2019, our Panther Creek office moved across the street to the Panther Creek Professional Plaza at 4840 W. Panther Creek, Suite 107. Click read more to view the map location.

Allergy Testing and Immunotherpay

Did you know that we offer onsite Allergy Testing and Immunotherapy?

Our doctors can help give you relief from your allergies!

You do not have to simply live with your allergies, and there is help beyond medication or avoiding allergens. There are two powerful steps to taking control of your allergies and limiting your symptoms: Allergy Testing and Immunotherapy. Both are available right here in our office.

You can reduce or end allergy symptoms permanently. Help is waiting for you! Call us at 281-292-1191, or book online, and talk with your doctor today about what allergy testing and Immunotherapy can do for you and your family!

Access our legacy Patient Portal

We are excited to offer a new and improved Patient Portal through our partnership with Privia Medical Group. If you’d like to access our legacy Portal to download your information, please click here.

We Are Members of Privia Medical Group

As of January 16, 2018, we are proud members of Privia Medical Group!