I am a functional medicine doctor, working in Austin, Texas. I focus on the root cause of disease, and foster healing and wellness using Nutrition, Movement, Hormone Balance, Digestion, and Stress Management. I am Board Certified in Family Medicine, and I can see patients of all ages. I have been trained to care for infants, children, adults, elderly, and pregnant patients. I have been a Certified Functional Medicine Provider since 2017. My certification is through the Institute for Functional Medicine.
During all of my visits, I take extra time with my patients in order to understand their entire story. I consider factors that were at play before they were even born! How was your mother’s diet and stress levels? Did your mother receive antibiotics before delivery?
In today’s healthcare, there is an over-emphasis on illness with a “pill for every ill” instead of a focus on wellness and optimization. I believe that nature has an incredible power to heal when given the right tools and nutrients. We just need to unlock this potential. I am eager to work with you in order to begin your journey to wellness for years to come. Your stage in life or disease does not matter. Come as you are!
I grew up in south Louisiana in a small town called Prairieville, which is near Baton Rouge. I attended school at St. Amant High School (pronounced san-ah-mah in Cajun lingo). Then, I moved to north Louisiana where I got my undergraduate degree at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. I majored in Biochemistry with additional minors in Biology and Chemistry. Then, I went to medical school at Ross University where I spent two years learning medicine from books in Dominica, a Caribbean island. I then spent two years in New York City completing my clinical rotations. After finishing medical school, I matched into a Family Medicine Residency in Columbia, South Carolina at the University of South Carolina. I spent three years in the hospital system called Palmetto Health where I learned to hone my family medicine skills. I then decided to move to Austin, Texas to grow roots and begin our medical practices. Ever since 2013, I have been happy to call Austin “home,” and I hope to spend the rest of my life in Austin, Texas.
I have two small children named Olivia and Spencer who were born in 2012 and 2015. They are the light of my life, and I plan to raise them with the knowledge of health through appropriate nutrition, movement, and stress management.
ADDITIONAL MEDICAL SKILLS:
In addition to functional medicine, I am thoroughly trained in all systems of the body, and I can help with acute or chronic problems in any part of the body. I can manage your heart disease, lung disease, chronic sinus problems, headaches, etc. I also enjoy managing your complex problems like atrial fibrillation, heart failure, kidney disease, COPD (Emphysema), asthma, anemia, and many more. I aim to reduce the number of specialists needed to manage your problems by staying current in my medical knowledge. I believe that a fragmented healthcare system with a specialist for every inch of your body is detrimental to your health. Specialists are needed when problems are outside of my scope of practice. I stay up to date by reading articles and textbooks, so I can be the smartest, most capable doctor for you.
If you are an active athlete, I can help with the majority of musculoskeletal problems and Sports Medicine complaints. My residency included Sports Medicine training with the Gamecocks at the University of South Carolina, and I am capable of handling most bone and joint complaints as well as perform many joint injections. I also utilize regenerative techniques for chronic joint problems. I frequently utilize physical therapy and chiropractic care when needed.
FREE TIME / ACTIVITIES:
I enjoy doing most things outdoors, which is why I love Austin. My favorite hobbies are training for triathlons and mountain biking. I also enjoy any water sports like kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, and swimming.
A Personal Touch:I love Family Medicine because it allows me to take care of nearly any patient, regardless of their age, gender, or medical problems. As someone’s family doctor, I know that I have a great deal of responsibility on my shoulders, and I want to provide evidenced-based medicine as well as an empathetic attitude. I believe that the majority of chronic disease in America is preventable with the proper lifestyle, and I enjoy teaching my patients how to live optimally!
I believe that if every patient had a good functional medicine doctor, the entire country would be a healthier, happier place. Let’s change the world one patient at a time!