My Team

Founded in 2020, the Complete Midlife Wellness Center is dedicated to healthier, happier and more vibrant lives for women in midlife. Learn more about the practitioners and staff who will play an important role in your visit.

Susan Hardwick-Smith


Dr. Susan Hardwick-Smith is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and has been in practice in Houston since 1999. She recently retired as the Founder and President of Complete Women’s Care Center which she opened as a solo practitioner in 2002 and grew to be the largest all-female OB/GYN group in the country by 2019. In 2020 Dr. Susan decided to start her “second act” as the Founder of Complete Midlife Wellness Center, a concierge practice focused on helping women find their full aliveness in midlife and celebrate the amazing opportunities that menopause brings.

Brandi Wachel

Nurse Practitioner

Brandi Wachel is a certified Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at The University of Texas at Austin in 1996 where she was on the Dean’s List and was a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Brandi remained in Austin for several years working as a Labor and Delivery nurse before pursuing her graduate studies.

Brandi received her Master of Science in Nursing at The University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center in 1999. Upon graduation, Brandi worked in a private practice with Dr. Hardwick-Smith focusing on obstetrics, gynecology, and infertility for several years. She then transitioned The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology to expand her knowledge base. While working at MD Anderson, Brandi cared for women newly diagnosed with cancer as well as those receiving chemotherapy and radiation. She also worked closely with genetic counselors to screen women at increased risk for ovarian cancer. While at MD Anderson, Brandi was a member of several committees and co-authored several published articles focusing on patient education and vaccinations.

In 2005, Brandi again joined Dr. Hardwick-Smith at Complete Women’s Care where she focused on obstetrics and gynecology. Brandi has many years of experience caring for women of all ages and is truly fulfilled by the relationship she builds with each of her patients., many she has had for 20 years. Brandi is also trained and certified in several aesthetics procedures including Botox, peels, and Skinpen.In 2021, Brandi joined Compete Midlife wellness center.  Brandi is trained in BioTe and certified to place hormone pellets, which she will be doing both in the office and at patients home when requested.  In the office, Brandi will offer a variety of services including wellness exams, hormone consults, and ThermiVa treatments. 

When Brandi is not at the office, she enjoys an active lifestyle with her husband and raising two teenage boys. As a family, they enjoy traveling and spending time in Colorado.


Advanced Practice Nurse

Hollie Fulghum is trained as a Nurse Practitioner and has worked in many areas throughout her 26 year career. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Millikin University in Decatur Illinois in 1995 where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She worked in Springfield Illinois for several years before she moved to Houston to pursue her graduate studies at the University of Texas Health Science Center.

Hollie received her Master of Science in Nursing  in 2001 and also completed a Post Master’s Certificate in 2006. She has had vast experience in the nursing field including in the hospital setting in the ICU and surgical units.

Hollie joined Complete Midlife Wellness Center in 2021 after being a patient of Dr. Susan and Brandi for many years. She is trained in BioTE bioidentical hormone replacement and is certified in hormone pellet placement. Hollie offers a variety of services including hormone consultations, lab review and hormone pellet placement.

When Hollie is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three teenage daughters. As a fun “small world” story – Hollie’s daughter Lauren started college along with Dr. Susan’s son Liam at Washington University in St. Louis in fall 2021 (go bears!).


Registered Nurse

Esmeralda is a Registered Nurse who has been working with Dr. Susan for several years. Esmeralda’s vast experience spans women’s health, labor and delivery, and fertility. Esmeralda obtained her BSN and was on the Dean’s list as well as being honored as member Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

At CMWC Esmerelda manages clinical results and explaining results to patients, as well as managing patient emails and clinical questions.

Esmeralda is a Houston native and enjoys spending time with her family and as well as outdoor activities with her son.


Office Manager

Hannah is a part time member of CMWC’s team and serves as our office manager. She began working with Dr. Susan in 2015 at Complete Women’s Care Center and was promoted through many positions, finally to lead the Pearland office as office manager in 2019.

She joined Dr. Susan again in 2021 at CMWC and assists with advanced special projects, and helps to create polices to support our staff, patients and culture as we grow. In addition to being a member of Dr. Susan’s staff she is a client of her coaching in efforts to continue her professional growth.

In her free time Hannah enjoys spending time outside with her dog Rainy, reading, and completing jigsaw puzzles.


Executive Assistant/Patient Liaison

Michelle wears many hats in our office. She is Complete Midlife Wellness Center’s Executive Assistant, and our Office Manager/Patient Liason. Her career began with Dr. Susan in 2010. Meeting Michelle will allow you to experience her true passion to ensure every patient has an exceptional office experience during every encounter. She enjoys creating crafts on her Cricut Machine along with spending time with her family and her two dogs, Marley and Hot Dog, as well as Leo the cat.


Clinical Manager

Patty is the clinical manager at Complete Midlife Wellness Center. She has worked in the medical field since 2005 and has worked with Dr. Susan since late 2013. She takes pride in providing the best care possible by ensuring all clinical needs are met before, during and after each visit. She enjoys watching movies and crocheting at home along with spending time with her family and friends.


Medical Assistant

Jessica has worked in the medical field since 2014 and became a certified Medical Assistant  in 2015. She has worked with Dr. Susan for several years and is known for her outstanding customer service. She is a special part of the clinical team, assisting with collecting vital signs, organizing prescriptions and helping with procedures. Jessica is married and has 5 beautiful children. Her hobbies include spending time with her boys at their soccer games and creating new recipes for her family.


Front Desk Coordinator/

Medical Assistant 

Erika is a certified Medical Assistant and has been in the medical field for over 15 years. She also has extensive experience with all administrative tasks, including scheduling appointments as well as clinical duties. She has a true passion for service and can be seen all over the office, from the front desk to the clinical area, helping with a big smile wherever she’s needed. Erika was hand picked to join Dr. Susan in 2021. When she’s not at work she enjoys spending time with family and friends.


Front Office Coordinator

Meghan has been in the medical field for 12 years and started with Dr. Susan in 2015. She has worked in many positions including at the front desk, medical records, making appointments and surgery scheduling. Meghan takes pride in knowing patients are getting the care they need and will always provide an exceptional experience. When she is out of the office Meghan enjoys taking road trips, going to the beach and spending time with her family, friends and being the Cool Aunt.