Our Practice Philosophy
We are dedicated to your entire family’s health. Not just one part of you, or only some members of your family. Not just when you are in our office during …
Guadalupe Family Health, PA is the name chosen for the combined Family Medicine practices of Dr. Arlynn Hartfiel (retired), Dr. David Rider, Dr. James Rider, Dr. Joseph Schuerger, Cassandra Fossler, PA-C and Tristan Richards, PA-C.
Dr. David Rider founded the practice in 2009 when he took over Dr. Jim Lee’s thriving practice of over 30 years at Dr. Lee’s retirement. Dr. David Rider welcomed his younger brother Dr. James Rider into the practice in 2012. Dr. Arlynn Hartfiel joined the Drs. Rider after completion of our new building, Guadalupe Medical Park, in June 2014 after serving the community in private practice for over 30 years, retiring from private practice in February 2016. Dr. Joseph Schuerger migrated back to Texas in February 2016 and Cassandra Fossler joined the practice as a Physician Assistant in August 2015. In July 2018, we expanded our practice by opening an office in New Braunfels, Texas where Dr. David will see patients when he’s not in Seguin. Beginning May 1st, we will be available in New Braunfels Monday through Friday, with the addition of Tristan Richards, PA-C.
For obvious reasons, staff and patients refer to “Dr. David” and “Dr. James” when referring to one of the Dr. Rider brothers. Feel free to refer to our other providers by Dr. Joey, PA Cassie and PA Tristan.
Our clinical support staff includes Samantha Talamantez, MA, Angel Flores, MA, Norma Rivera, MA, Magalie Garcia, MA and Yvette, Guia, MA. Our administrative support team include Julie Lind, Ruby Serna, Emily Holz, and Lyndsey Ormond. Our Practice Administrator is Lisa Schulze.
Dr. Rider comes to Seguin from Waco, where he held the title of Chief Resident and completed a three year residency in Family Medicine. Prior to residency, Dr. Rider attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and was one of his class’ most decorated graduates. In addition to being one of two students awarded the school’s most prestigious scholarship as a second year medical student (the Osler Student Scholarship), Dr. Rider received a Pisacano Scholarship as a third year student by the American Board of Family Medicine. This award is given to a handful of Family Medicine students in the country each year and is meant to promote future leaders of the Family Medicine specialty.
Prior to medical school, Dr. Rider engaged in a wide-ranging career in public health which led him to live in four different Latin American Countries directing a variety of public health and health education oriented projects. As a consequence, Dr. Rider is bilingual in Spanish, speaks Portuguese conversantly, and knows more about building latrines than young man from Central Texas by any rights should. He was born in Houston, raised in Austin, and graduated with dual majors in Political Science and Healthcare Policy Analysis from Rice University.
James Rider was born in Houston, Texas, grew up in Austin, and on the Texas coast. He finished college in Sherman, Texas, at Austin College. He then attended Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Missouri, where he met his wife, Amber. After a three year residency in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, he moved back to Texas with his wife and son, Liam, in 2012. Here, he joined Guadalupe Family Health and Guadalupe Regional Medical Center. Dr. James enjoys spending time at home with his family, including a second son, Aedan, and getting down to the coast whenever possible.
Dr. Schuerger was born and raised in Southeast Missouri. He joined the United States Air Force in February 2000 and spent most of his military career in San Antonio. He served as a medical laboratory technician graduating with honors in both phase I and phase II of his technical training and earned an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Science in 2003. In 2006, Dr. Schuerger received his Bachelor of Science degree graduating Summa Cum Laude from Park University. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 2007 so he could attend medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine (Mizzou). He graduated medical school in 2011 after being elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. Schuerger completed his Family Medicine Residency in Muncie, Indiana at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital in 2014. There he received the American Academy of Family Physicians/Bristol Myers Squibb Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education, a national award given to only 12 family medicine residents each year. Dr. Schuerger practiced medicine in his home town of Poplar Bluff, Missouri after graduating residency for almost two years before heading back down to Texas to join the staff at Guadalupe Family Health. He is board certified in Family Medicine and is an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
In his spare time, Dr. Schuerger enjoys martial arts and holds a 3rd degree black belt in the style of Bak Yong Kong Soo Do. He also enjoys grilling, basketball (GO SPURS GO) and crossfit. Dr. Schuerger and his wife, Jancee, live in Seguin and have one daughter, Karastyn, and one step-son, Trevor.
Cassandra Fossler, PA-C, MPAS, was raised in the small town of Kenedy, TX. Cassandra began her education at Our Lady of the Lake University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and was a member of the Sigma Zeta National Honor Society. She subsequently was accepted into The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where she received a Master of Physician Assistant Studies.
Cassandra Fossler is a fellow member of the Bexar County Physician Assistant Society, American Academy of Physician Assistants, and an associate member of the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants.
In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, music, traveling, camping, and spending time with her two daughters, Iris and Kara, her son, Kagen, and husband Jared.
Cassandra is thrilled to provide quality healthcare to the City of Seguin and surrounding communities.
“I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.” ~ Joyce Meyer
Tristan Richards graduated from Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 2011, he earned his Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Texas Pan American. After graduating, Tristan started working in Denver, Colorado in a family practice where he worked for 4 years. Tristan and his wife were both born and raised in Texas and after having a child, they moved back to Texas to be closer to family. Tristan believes in working hand in hand with patients to achieve their healthcare goals. On his time off, he enjoys traveling, all things outdoors, music and spending time with family and friends.