Dr. Rife grew up in Tomball, Texas and attended Rosehill Christian and Tomball high schools. After completing a BS at Texas A&M she was admitted to UTMB at Galveston for medical school. Her pediatric residency was back at a Texas A&M program at Scott & White in Temple, Texas. When training was completed, Dr. Rife returned home to work with a local clinic for 7 years. Even with a great job, there were things in the medical system that got in the way of patient care. The insurance companies were running the show. Dr. Rife has decided the best way to offer real care to patients is to run her own show. Now living in North Texas, the practice has become a telemedicine clinic. Dr. Rife will be traveling back to Tomball for a few days EVERY month to see patients and keep in touch with family in the area. With so many families that Dr. Rife wants to continue to care for and help, she feels blessed to have this opportunity to provide real medical care for your children.
Dr. Daniel Kohl was born and raised in Cedarville, a small college town in Ohio. He became interested in medicine while on several medical-mission trips to Philadelphia, India, Nepal, and Paraguay. He eagerly pursued a pre-medical education at Cedarville University, including minors in Bible and Spanish. In 2016, Dr. Kohl earned his Bachelor of Science degree in molecular and cellular biology with highest honor.
At Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Kohl learned a holistic approach to primary care. He developed skills in osteopathic manipulative treatment, manual techniques that alleviate pain, restrictions, and swelling. He served students and the community as president of the campus Christian Medical and Dental Association. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in 2020.Dr. Kohl trained at the Valley Baptist Family Practice Residency in Harlingen, Texas (2020-2023), serving as chief resident during his third year. His physician mentors exemplified excellent care for physical and spiritual needs, always respecting the choices of patients. Being fluent in Spanish, he enjoyed connecting with Spanish-speaking patients in the clinic, hospital, and community outreach near the Texas-Mexico border.
Dr. Kohl’s closest childhood friend, Kayla, became his wife in 2016. After completing medical school in Ohio, they were convinced that Kayla’s home state of Texas would be their new home. They love hiking, soccer, game nights, and homeschooling their two active sons. The Kohls enjoy worshiping and serving together with their local church.
Dr. Kohl is thankful for the opportunity to join Rife Pediatric and Family Care, serving alongside like-minded, exceptional, caring doctors! He is grateful for the freedom to provide holistic patient-centered care without bureaucratic interference. As a family doctor, Dr. Kohl treats patients of all ages with a wide range of conditions; he has particular interest in nutrition, supplements, sports medicine, and lifestyle medicine. He is excited to support his patients in reaching new levels of health and vitality!
Dr. Derek Husmann was born and raised in the suburbs of Houston and is very grateful for his blue-collar Texas roots. He was taught the value of hard work at an early age, but also grace and the fortitude to persevere in the midst of struggles and failure. These qualities, as well as his God given gifts allowed him to excel in his academic life and in the year-round sport of diving. He was also deeply impacted by his family’s involvement in their Methodist church. At a church youth choir camp before his sophomore year in high school he was humbled by the fact that he couldn’t make life work out on his own terms, and his life’s adventure as a disciple of Jesus began.
Dr. Husmann attended the University of Virginia on a diving scholarship and graduated “With Distinction.” Even though diving is often an individual sport, he considers his greatest personal athletic achievement being a member of the UVA Men’s Swimming and Diving ACC Championship Team during his first year. It was through a college career event as well as a missions conference at church that Dr. Husmann felt called to pursue medicine. College life was very full--studying economics, fulfilling pre-med requirements, competing as a varsity athlete, and growing in faith through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and his local church. During a gap year between college and med school, Dr. Husmann worked for his father’s construction company, volunteered with his church youth group and a local Young Life group, counseled at several camps, and had an unforgettable two months backpacking with a childhood friend through Europe and the Middle East.
Dr. Husmann earned his medical degree at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. During his first year he joined the US Army as part of the Health Profession Scholarship Program. While in med school he developed some of his greatest lifelong friends, including the love of his life and future wife Sarah, who was a nurse at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Although he had committed to becoming a family doctor, the spark of Dr. Husmann’s love for pediatrics came during his fourth year of med school and left him wondering if he should change specialties.
Upon graduation from Temple Medical School in 1998, Dr. Husmann entered the St. Francis Family Practice Residency in Wilmington, Delaware. During his first year, the spark of his love for pediatrics fanned into a flame, and he decided to transition to pediatrics by first fulfilling his three-year active duty obligation to the Army. An even greater spark that became a flame was his love for Sarah, and they were engaged and married in Colorado Springs in the midst of Army life.
Dr. Husmann returned to Texas in 2002 with his wife and infant son Luke to enter his pediatric residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. In 2004 he transferred to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, where he completed his pediatric training in 2005. After this extended journey to becoming a pediatrician, he was overjoyed to start his first job at a private practice in Tucson, Arizona. During three delightful years in Tucson, the Husmann’s second son Nathan was born.
Dr. Husmann’s next career change brought his family to Brenham, Texas, at the end of 2008. He then spent over twelve years serving the pediatric patients of Brenham and Washington County at the Brenham Clinic and the local hospital. During this time his parents built a house next door, their daughter Kate was born, and Sarah has bravely homeschooled their children through most of their education. The Husmanns are committed members of Brenham Bible Church. Dr. Husmann and his wife Sarah consider Brenham their forever home and hope to continue thriving in and blessing their community through InDependence Pediatrics.
Dr. Husmann has been greatly encouraged during the start up of his practice in 2022 through his partnership with Dr. Bethany Rife, a fellow Direct Primary Care pediatrician. They have a kindred approach to and perspective on healthcare freedom, DPC, patient care, and faith. They are excited that Dr. Daniel Kohl, another kindred spirit, will be joining Rife Pediatrics and Family Care in the summer of 2023. Dr. Husmann considers it an honor to help establish new patients for the anticipated arrival of Dr. Kohl.