Christina Stemmler
(1946 - 2008)

Christina Stemmler

Regensburg, Germany
February 9, 1946

Texas, United States of America
October 25, 2008

In the center of Dr. Stemmler's kitchen table was a small bronze plaque that read "Stammtisch", which is German for "the regular's table." This small token from Germany, her homeland, represented so much of what our mother meant to us and to all of you. No matter if you knew her as your physician, friend, family member, or acquaintance, Dr. Stemmler had a natural way of making everyone feel like "a regular"--like part of her home and family. She treated everyone with kindness, love, and compassion and had a true gift to make others feel at ease. Whether it was welcoming patients into a tea room complete with delicate china and cookies as they waited to be treated; or decorating the Christmas table with small chocolates, marzipan animals, and hand-decorated namecards; or simply holding your hand as you experienced one of life's challenges; Dr. Stemmler was one of a kind.

It is at this time in our lives that we are experiencing the greatest life challenge--the passing of our dear mother--our "mami." We dedicate this site to her memory. We invite all of you to tell your stories, your favorite memories of Dr. Stemmler. Through your words, we will all find great joy and peace. We welcome you to be regulars at our family table.

*This website invites you to look at photos, videos, post comments, and tell stories. Please click on the blue tabs at the top of this screen to navigate.

**Dr. Stemmler's memorial service will take place on Saturday, November 15 at 1:00 p.m. at the Unity Church Sanctuary (2929 Unity Dr. in Houston). In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Dr. Stemmler's name to Physicians for Peace,

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I was a patient of Doctor Stemmler's until about 3 years ago when I moved states. I didn't realize she had passed until today. Dr. Stemmler was truly an amazing, caring and inspiring person. She set a standard I compare all doctors too and now understand that there are doctors in the world who believe that the Western standard is not the only standard for successful medicine. Additionally Dr. Stemmler’s kind words and helpful nature in my times of struggle have continued to inspire me to help others. God bless Dr. Stemmler, her family and those who knew her.
Amy Jackson (Former Patient)
August 26th, 2010
My heart goes out to Jim,Barbara,Julia,Franci and her family.Thank you for sharing her.I will miss the loving spirit of my doctor.Dr.Stemmler has set a standard for "Doctor and Healer",for me.I will miss her compassion,empathy,curiosity,
love for life and people.I pray that she is resting in peace.
Henry Denkins (Patient)
January 1st, 2009
Our sincere condolences for your loss. We're here for you if you have any questions about using our service.
iLasting Staff
November 25th, 2008
Julia, I am very sorry to learn of your mother's death; she was such a remarkable person in life. I took the time to scroll through the photographs included with this memorial and was happy to find one of her at La Madeleine's. I recall the morning that Allie and I met you and your mom there for brunch. It was around the time that you girls were getting ready to think about your college choices and possible future careers. As Allie answered one of your mother's questions, I must have rolled my eyes at her answer, a fact your mother obviously noticed because she turned to me and said "And what do you think about that?" There was absolutely nothing that escaped her; a true sign of someone who has lived life well. My thoughts and my prayers are with you and Barbara. Love, Allie's momma
Angela Timberlake (Duchesne mom)
November 19th, 2008
Christina and I met through ROBWEC, the River Oaks Business Women's Exchange Club. She was the first physician I had known who embraced alternative medicine without forsaking traditional medicine when it was the correct alternative. She also had the curiosity and desire to learn that characterized my late father. One of my first reflections as I sat in Christina’s memorial service was that she and my Papa must be having wonderful conversations -- and that’s a very comforting thought for me.

Several years ago, when I experienced a several problem with my singing voice and had made the medical rounds without success, the good doctor tried acupuncture. Unfortunately, we couldn't break through the cold spot, the disconnect. The problem later turned out to be rare and irreversible nerve damage. Strange as it sounds, I was comforted to know that Christina was as frustrated as I.
Sally Evans (ROBWECian/former patient)
November 19th, 2008
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"I have moved from Houston so didnt know that Dr. Stemmler had passed. O how sad it makes me. She was a unique and special doctor that I will never forget. My regards to her family in this great loss."
Karin Bickham
July 29th, 2010
"Mami, we missed you at Christmas this year. It just isn't the same without your perfectly decorated table and your love in the details. You knew how to make each of us feel special and loved. We miss you every day, but Christmas in particular."
Julia de la Torre
December 28th, 2009
"Dear Mami, Not a day goes by without wanting to call you. I still carry you in my white coat pocket as you whisper advice on my journey to becoming a physician. My hands and my heart will always practice medicine lovingly in your memory."
Barbara de la Torre
December 25th, 2009
"Dr. Stemmler: You were my entry into the Eastern World. I went from Accupuncture to Yoga and then into meditation. You anchored both worlds. Your life was a synthesis of East and West. Thank you. God bless you"
Jorge S Martinez
August 7th, 2009
"Dear Dr.Stemmler, thank you for your loving care."
Susanne Esterlein
April 8th, 2009
"I will always remember the wonderful times that we had visiting with you. Love, Peggy Nutt"
peggy nutt
March 24th, 2009
"Dear Christina, I miss you but think of the words of William Penn "This is the comfort of friends, that though they may be said to die, yet their friendship and society are in the best sense ever present because immortal." Love, Mary"
Mary McKerall
January 8th, 2009
"You helped an 11 year old girl recover from chronic sinusitis and overcome her fear of accupuncture. That girl is now a grown woman and looking forward to attending accupuncture school. She is now treating herself. Thanks for your inspiration."
Dianne Rossberg
November 24th, 2008
"YOU were a true doctor, in every sense of the word, physically, emotionally, and spiritually healing. Thank you for all you did for me. May God and the angels bless all whom you have left, until you meet again. Rest in peace, sweet Doctor."
Dottie Frank
November 23rd, 2008
"Dr. Stemmler, I had lost all hope that modern medicine physicians would ever integrate with holistic methods when a friend of mine referred me to you. Your "bedside" manner was exceptional. I would never have imagined trying acupuncture without it."
Judith Bruni
November 18th, 2008


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