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Dr. Amy Myers MD
Medical Doctor

Dr. Amy Myers is s a renowned leader in Functional Medicine and New York Times Bestselling author of The Autoimmune Solution. She was raised by enlightened parents who impressed upon her the power of community, nutrition and travel. Her mother was an artist, avid jogger and yoga instructor who enjoyed growing a garden and making homemade yogurt and breads. Her father a university professor of Chinese studies introduced her to Chinese herbs at an early age and the importance of culture. The influence they provided guided her passions today.

Her functional medicine journey began years ago when she grabbed a book by Dr. Andrew Weil before boarding a plane to begin 2 1/2 years serving as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay, South America.

Inspired by Dr. Weil’s natural approach to health, she returned to the states and enrolled in medical school at LSU Health Sciences in New Orleans. In her fourth year, she spent a month rotation at Dr. Weil’s integrated medicine program in Tucson, AZ and yet felt there was more in getting to the root of an individuals health. Dr. Myers decided to do her post-grauate residency training in emergency medicine at The University of Maryland / Shock Trauma with the thought that when she eventually, intuitively found the focus she was looking for, she would have the flexibility to move quickly in that direction.

She moved to Austin and worked as an emergency room physician at University Medical Center at Brackenridge and Dell Children’s Medical Center where she had her “Aha!” moment. Wanting to get back to her roots of alternative medicine, she enrolled in a conference in New York City in February 2009 and heard Dr. Mark Hyman speak on Functional Medicine.

When he explained the idea of a comprehensive approach to health care focusing on prevention and finding the underlying cause of illness rather than simply treating the symptoms, Dr. Myers knew she had found the approach to medicine that she’d been looking for.

She introduced herself to Dr. Hyman, expressing her interest in the practice of functional medicine, and was privileged to spend a week shadowing him at his practice. After a full immersion into the practice and countless hours of training with the Institute of Functional Medicine, she is has completed all of the training to be certified in functional medicine.

Since then, Dr. Myers has become a passionate educator who believes that everyone has the ability to take charge of their health if given the right information. That’s why she offers access to extensive educational opportunities through her website, blog, podcasts, online eCourses, eBooks and her clinic. By giving everyone the knowledge to become his or her own health advocate, Dr. Myers is changing the face of functional medicine.

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Seth Osgood
Nurse Practitioner

Seth was born and raised in the small town of Chelsea, Vermont; he moved to Texas after graduating college and started his journey in healthcare working in Emergency Medicine as a Paramedic in Austin. Pursuing further education and an expanded understanding of healthcare, Seth attended nursing school and graduated from Texas Tech University. He then spent several years working as a Registered Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at the University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin, Texas.

After caring for many people in the Critical Care settings who had been devastated by the horrific effects of chronic disease, Seth was determined to further his involvement in preventative health. He completed his Master’s Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner at UT Health Science Center in San Antonio while at the same time training in the field of functional medicine.

Seth discovered early in his career that functional medicine was his true passion and he has spent his time in practice dedicated to this specialty. The majority of his training has been done through the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM) and he is currently completing his certification as an IFM Certified Functional MedicinePractitioner.

In his spare time, Seth enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and three children.

See blog posts written by Seth Osgood here.

 

 

Dr. Christine Maren DO
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Christine Maren D.O. is an osteopathic physician, board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. She was born and raised in Colorado by parents who promoted an active lifestyle and good nutrition. This upbringing inspired an interest in holistic medicine at an early age. But it was her own personal health challenges with digestive issues, autoimmunity, gluten intolerance, and pregnancy loss that motivated her to study functional medicine.

She chose an osteopathic medical education in search of a more holistic approach, earning her medical degree at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University in May 2009. She later moved to San Antonio, Texas, to train at one of the nation’s premier family medicine residency programs at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital.

During residency, she spent a month in Tucson, Arizona, studying with Dr. Andrew Weil’s group at The University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Weil, who has been coined ‘The Father of Integrative Medicine,’ was a guiding figure very early in her career. Spending this time in Tucson was an exciting and transformative experience.

When Dr. Maren was later introduced to functional medicine to address her own health concerns, she knew it would become the focus of her practice. This journey gave her to the tools she was missing in her conventional training, and reignited her passion for medicine. She is currently completing her training as a Certified Practitioner with the Institute for Functional Medicine.

A mother of two, she has first-hand experience with preconception and postpartum health, pregnancy, infertility and childhood wellness. She is happily married to a fellow physician, and has been practicing yoga for nearly 20 years.

She has been inspired by Dr. Amy Myers’ leadership in the functional medicine community for years, and is thrilled to be part of the team at Austin UltraHealth.

See blog posts written by Dr. Christine Maren here.

 

Taylor Morgan, RDN, LD
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Taylor graduated with special distinction from the University of Oklahoma where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences. Taylor further pursued and completed her Graduate Certificate in Dietetics and Integrative Medicine through the University of Kansas Medical Center. She has also previously completed coursework from the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and the Institute for Functional Medicine. Taylor gained her Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management through the Commission on Dietetic Registration and is certified in FirstLine Therapy. Come fall of 2015, Taylor will be completing the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Practitioner Certification through the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy.

Taylor is truly passionate about helping others improve their quality of life through a whole foods diet approach and lifestyle change. Unlike most conventional dietitians, Taylor not only addresses the problems at hand but focuses on the root cause of weight and health-related issues. Taylor works with patients on an individualized basis to provide exemplary coaching and support in order to help them achieve their ultimate goals.

 

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Eleni Ottalagana, RDN, LD
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Eleni graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics and EcoGastronomy where she explored the holistic nature of food and health. She grew up in a home that valued and practiced a holistic approach to health, which led her to pursue a career in nutrition. After turning to functional medicine to help her through her own health issues, Eleni grew passionate about the practice and helping other get to the root cause of their illness.

Eleni believes in addressing health issues through a personalized approach with clients and emphasizing the importance of healing foods and lifestyle changes for overall well-being. In her spare time, she loves cooking, practicing yoga and traveling to explore the beauty of different cultures and nature around the world.

 

Liz Schau
Wellness Coach

Liz is a Florida native, and a graduate of the University of Central Florida, with degrees in Writing and Education. Liz was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, and later Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis in 2007. This launched her on a journey of healing and learning all there was to know about functional nutrition. After much work, in 2009 her Hashimoto’s Disease went into un-medicated remission. After this experience, she knew she wanted to pursue nutrition to help other people also use food to greatly improve their health. She attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2010, where she learned from famous holistic doctors and researchers, and became a Certified Holistic Health Coach. Liz lives in San Antonio with her husband and daughter. She is also passionate about raising healthy babies and natural birth and parenting options.

 

Xavier Garcia
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Xavier grew up in Harlingen, Texas, and earned his Bachelor of Science at Texas A&M University. Prior to becoming the COO and CFO of Amy Myers MDPA and AMMD, LLC, Xavier was a VP of Development Management and LEED accredited professional for the largest student housing REIT based out of Austin, TX, where he prioritized sustainable and healthy buildings. The combination of his experience in managing large-scale developments, his own personal journey for a healthier lifestyle, and of course marrying Dr. Myers, motivated Xavier to take an alternative career path.

Xavier is thrilled he is able to work along side his amazing wife to help empower people around the world to improve their health. He also enjoys cheering on the Cowboys and Aggies during football season, golfing, landscape photography, and spending time with Mocha.

 

Kathryn Arenz
Practice Manager

Kathryn grew up in Belton, Texas and studied English at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. Prior to joining Austin UltraHealth, she worked as a Practice Manager at an OB/GYN practice and a urology clinic. She moved to Kyle six years ago, and through her own personal health journey has embarked on a path to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Kathryn is thrilled to be part of a team that encourages others to make positive changes for their personal health.

Kathryn enjoys spending time with her husband and pups exploring the beautiful outdoors that Austin and the surrounding areas offer!

 

Caroline Balter
New Patient Coordinator

Caroline studied English with a concentration in Fiction Writing at the University of Missouri. She moved to Austin to be near family and to enjoy the local culture and wide array of activities. Caroline’s favorite part of working at Austin UltraHealth is communicating and assisting with patients. On her own time, Caroline explores the great outdoors with her toddler and pursues various creative outlets.

 

 

 

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Susan Forrest
Front Office Assistant

Susan grew up in a small town outside of Houston, and moved to San Diego with her family when she was in middle school. She earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Nutrition from California Polytechnic University (“Cal Poly”) in San Luis Obispo, CA. Shortly after graduating she attended the International Professional School of Bodywork (“IPSB”) where she completed a Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) program to become a licensed Massage Therapist. She worked as a massage therapist for six years and had her own practice that used all organic materials. During this time Susan developed an autoimmune condition that spurred her interest in holistic nutrition and natural healing. This eventually led her to discover functional medicine which she strongly believes in for healing any disease. Susan moved to the Austin area to be near family in a similarly health-conscious city with beautiful scenery. She found Austin UltraHealth after researching local functional medicine practices and loves working in a company that advocates this approach to wellness.

Susan loves to spend time outdoors hiking, practicing yoga, and cooking whole-food meals in her free time.

 

Jordyn Davenport
Content Marketing Program Manager

Jordyn holds a bachelor’s degree in Multimedia Journalism from the University of Texas. She first worked at Austin UltraHealth after graduation as an Assistant Practice Manager, a role that allowed her to learn about the principals of Functional Medicine and see first-hand the difference it made in patients’ lives. She then spent the next several years gaining valuable experience as a digital storyteller and content producer, working both agency-side and in-house, for brands of all sizes.

She was thrilled to rejoin the team in the role of Content Marketing Program Manager, and is passionate about using her content skills to spread the word about Dr. Amy Myers’ revolutionary approach to medicine. Her favorite part of her job is reading and sharing the stories of patients and followers whose health has been restored through The Myers Way®. In her free time she loves exploring the wonderful city of Austin, running, biking, camping, reading, and listening to podcasts.

 

Susan Scambray
Online Store Manager

Susan grew up in California, where she studied nutrition and earned a dental degree. After diagnoses of two autoimmune diseases, she became passionate about nutrition and alternative health. She moved to Austin four years ago and loves all the unique restaurants and being part of a community that fosters wellness. In fact, she loved it so much she decided to start a gluten-free bakery of her own! Susan’s bakery, Free Choice, makes delicious baked goods using only the highest quality ingredients, with no artificial colors, flavors or additives, in their Certified Gluten-Free facility.

Susan enjoys spending time outdoors and, most weekends, can be found on the sidelines watching her three kids play sports.

 

Ali Overton
Graphic Designer

Ali was born and raised in Georgia and studied Scientific Illustration at the University of Georgia. After graduation, she moved to Austin, Texas, on a whim, having never been there before. She originally came to Austin UltraHealth as a patient and enthusiastically began to incorporate functional medicine into her life. Because functional medicine has done so much to improve her life, Ali is passionate about sharing it with others who are looking for solutions to their health problems.

Ali lives in North Georgia with her husband Reid and their dog, Ray. As big believers in the power of nutrition, they are currently working toward establishing a small organic farm of their own.

Mocha
Director of Pet Therapy

Mocha was rescued by Tracy’s Dogs, a Texas-based rescue organization that works to rehabilitate and find loving homes for shelter dogs. (A portion of the sales from our online store go to support Tracy’s Dogs; click here to learn more about the charity organizations we support.)

Although she grew out of the dark-brown coloring she was named for, Mocha kept her friendly, happy personality. You can find her on most days relaxing at the office (don’t worry, she doesn’t shed!) or playing outside. She loves playing, cuddling, visiting her friends at the office, and eating yummy grain-free paleo dog treats. Mocha loves people (especially children!), and her favorite part of the day is greeting the new patients that come to our office.