About Us

We treat patients like family. We are technology driven to reduce the cost of healthcare. We focus on communicating with patients outside the clinic to avoid a visit to the office. Our center name is Endocrine and Psychiatry Clinic. It was founded in 2003 years ago by Dr. Patel, an endocrinologist. We have three locations, one in northwest Houston, one in Sugar Land, and the other in Katy.

Our endocrinologists are Dr. Rakesh Patel, Dr. Veena Watwe, Dr. Preeya Raghu, Dr. Vivienne Policarpio, Dr. Noor Yazdanie, and Dr. Valerie Butler. Our practice also includes Shannon Gregorek, APN, Sanket Shah, PA, Nadia Younus, PA, and Radha Bernander, PA-C. As endocrinologists, we work with our patients to solve their hormone issues and better their sugars and thyroids. We want our patients to feel better.

What Sets Us Apart: EPC has more than you expect


Complete Endocrine Care

Not only diabetes. EPC is a one-stop-shop for all your needs with DEXA scanners, ultrasound machines and more to handle all activities in one location or during the same visit. We have multiple physicians and mid-levels that focus on all aspects of endocrine health.


In-House Pharmacy

EPC has a convenient onsite pharmacy for patients to pick up drugs at the time of their visit. The prescriptions are tied electronically to our EMR system. No need to visit another location to pick up your medications.


Patient Online Access

All EPC patients can access their lab results, chart and history, email the doctor, create appointments and more online. The patient portal is safe, secure, and HIPAA compliant.



EPC uses a HIPAA compliant system.

Our Track Record

Percentage of EPC patients that improve










T4, Free

Lab results sampled from LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics for over 30,000 patients with 3 or more visits since 2006.

What is Endocrinology and Why See an Endocrinologist?

Plain and simple, endocrinology is a medical specialty that is concerned with internal or hormonal secretions and their reactions. Endocrinology covers metabolism, respirations, reproductions, sensory perception, and movement. Endocrinologists help people with hormone issues.

The following diseases or disorders are commonly treated by endocrinologists: high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes, osteoporosis, cholesterol problems, menopause, metabolic disorders, thyroid diseases, excessive or insufficient production of hormones, some cancers, short stature, and infertility.

Three broad groups of endocrine disorders: 1) Endocrine gland hyposecretion  your glands do not produce enough hormones 2) Endocrine gland hypersecretion  your glands produce too many hormones 3) Tumors of endocrine glands  these tumors may be cancerous or non-cancerous

Endocrinologists are specialists who manage diabetes, thyroid, hypertension, cholesterol, osteoporosis, testosterone, estrogen, and all other hormones. Most people that come in to see an endocrinologist have high blood sugars are gaining weight or feel tired. Another reason to see an endocrinologist is to prevent heart disease.

On Site Lab & Clinical Research

Both locations have EPC Lab on site. Our Huffmeister lab is open Monday through Friday 7:00 am – 4:00 pm, Saturday from 8 – 11:00 am and closed for lunch from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. Our Katy location lab is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm and closed for lunch from 11:45 am – 1:00 pm.

The Huffmeister location participates in clinical research to help usher in new advancements in diabetes treatment. We have a dedicated research coordinator, Michelle Covey, who provides excellent care to all our research participants. Some people may feel hesitant in participating in research trials, but the fact is that they are safe and all participants are closely monitored. Participants receive free doctor visits, tests, and medication which can be a huge cost saver for many people.

Complete Care

Endocrine and Psychiatry Center prides itself on being a ‘one stop shop’ for your endocrine needs. Our clinics are staffed with experienced and trained professionals who will take care of your medical needs. Both clinics house labs, so the patient does not have to go to another site to have tests done. This saves the patient time and money. We also provide DEXA, retina scans, ultrasounds, and CGMS machines. Also, we do IMT testing. All these tools help us fully diagnose the patient and follow through with the proper treatment.

Patient education can make all the difference in the progress patients make in their treatment. EPC offers classes led by trained nutritionists and dietitians to provide individuals with the proper tools to live a healthier lifestyle and get better results from their treatment. We offer classes in group settings, or you can set a one on one appointment, whichever makes you feel more comfortable.

Aside from actual medical procedures and education, we pride ourselves on our technological advances that other doctors cannot offer. Our patient portal gives patients the option to see all their medical records and history from the comfort of their own home.

Looking into the future, EPC is working towards closing the gap between medicine and technology. As Dr. Patel likes to say, “Health care has always been 10 years behind the world” and EPC is working towards bringing health care up to speed. We are currently working on new patient education tools and various other technological based components that will save patients money and create convenience.

About Privia Medical Group

Our practice is a proud member of Privia Medical Group - a physician-led, multi-speciality, national medical group. The nation’s top primary care physicians and specialists came together to form Privia Medical Group and share in the mission of providing better, more coordinated care to patients.

Our group focuses on taking accountability for the health and wellness of the patients we serve. We use some of the latest advances in medicine to help our patients remain healthy and better manage disease by offering our patients access to innovative health management technologies, proactive team-based care, and an evidenced-based, patient-centered approach.

Here’s what sets Privia Medical Group apart from traditional practices:

Top Doctors

  • Nationally recognized top physicians and healthcare professionals
  • Physician-led, high-performance medical group
  • Unhurried, comprehensive visits, with time to develop the right care plan
  • Personalized care that exceeds your expectations

Proactive Care

  • Collaborative, team-based medical group
  • Staffed with Health Coaches, Nurse Educators, Pharmacists, and Care Managers
  • Same-day/next-day appointments available
  • Care reminders and alerts
  • Check ins with clinical experts between your office visits

Convenient Technology

  • Book appointments and renew prescriptions online
  • Send and receive secure messages with your care team
  • Secure access to electronic medical records
  • Pay your invoices by credit card, securely and conveniently

Security and Privacy of Patient Information

We work diligently to ensure our patients’ information remains confidential and secure.

Not only is our team trained in modern privacy standards (such as HIPAA and PCI compliance), but we also keep your information secure with Secure Socket Layer (SSL) data encryption, firewalls, secure servers (including 24/7 surveillance and biometric access), and many more measures to ensure your information won’t fall into the wrong hands.

To learn more about Privia Medical Group and find other Privia doctors, please visit our website.