Our Practice

Integrative Medicine

Our integrative medical practice values the relationship between practitioner and patient, is person-centered and informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches.

We are a physician-led team of experienced and board certified professionals who are passionate about promoting health and wellness. Our office is a clean, green and serene healing space in downtown Austin. We go paperless as much as possible. Handouts, prescriptions, records, referrals and lab orders are completed electronically.

Meet Our Provider Team:

Jennifer Pollard, MD, MPH

Family Physician, Medical Director

Dr. Pollard is a Board Certified Family Physician. She earned her medical degree (MD) from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in 1998. She completed her residency at Columbia University in 2001, serving as Chief Resident in her final year. As a Diplomate of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine, she has had additional training in mind-body, nutritional, functional medicine and Heartmath biofeedback. She is especially interested in working with patients during transitional times in their lives.

Dr. Pollard provides wellness-oriented preventative care and guidance, including annual exams, consultations on supplements, nutritional assessments and Heartmath biofeedback. She manages chronic medical challenges and provides integrative care coordination. She has a personalized approach that includes long appointment times and the creation of a plan individualized for personal needs and goals. She has an inclusive philosophy toward complementary therapies. She believes in prevention and using evidenced-based guidance to improve quality of life.

Ashley Maltz, MD, MPH

Integrative Medicine Physician

Dr. Maltz is Board-Certified in Internal Medicine.  She was born and raised in Houston and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her MD and Master in Public Health from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston. She completed her residency in Internal and Preventive Medicine at UTMB in 2011 and then a 2-year Integrative Medicine Fellowship at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, CT where she gained extensive training in medical acupuncture.

Dr. Maltz is a member of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, for which she served on the Board of Directors from 2013 – 2015.  http://www.ashleymaltzmd.com
With her background in various healing modalities, Dr. Maltz uses her knowledge of both complementary and mainstream medical traditions to offer up-to-date and individualized health care for her patients. She offers Integrative Primary Care, Integrative Medicine Consultations, Medical Acupuncture, Trigger Point Injections, Mind-Body Medicine (including Peggy Huddleston’s Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster surgical preparation program, Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MBEAT)), Clinical Nutrition and Natural Chronic Disease Management with evidence-based supplements and botanicals.

Kevin Laux, L.Ac, MAOM

Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Essential Oil Therapy

Kevin Laux is a nationally certified (NCCAOM) and Texas Licensed Acupuncturist.  He graduated with a Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from AOMA and has twelve years of professional experience.  Kevin’s work is deep-rooted in classical studies, to assist with physical, emotional or spiritual issues.  He is most influenced by Jeffrey Yuen, the 88th generation lineage holder of the Daoist Jade School of Purity.  He is also a Diplomate of ICEAM, a well respected herbal lineage. Kevin loves being active and spending time with his wife and three daughters.

Kevin practices Classical Chinese Medicine, incorporating theories and meridian systems largely abandoned or lost in contemporary times.  His goal is to reach maximum therapeutic effectiveness with minimal therapeutic intervention.  He readily employs bodywork and acupressure techniques to enhance acupuncture sessions and can work without needles if necessary.  Time is taken when needed for dietary, exercise and lifestyle counseling as a part of your session.  While many are treated successfully using only acupuncture, Kevin also has a large supply of Chinese Herbs and Essential Oils to make custom blends when needed.  For more detailed information on services offered, go to Kevin’s website at: http://www.healingwayaustin.com/services/.

Gabriela Pichardo, MD

Internal Medicine, Integrative Medicine

Dr. Pichardo is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.  She is originally from the Dominican Republic and earned her medical degree (MD) from the Universidad Iberoamericana there. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Louisiana State University in Lafayette, Louisiana.  She is a member of the American College of Physicians, the Texas Medical Association and the Hispanic Physicians Association of Austin.  She has been a mentor for the National Hispanic Health Foundation. She completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine in 2019.  Dr. Pichardo provides a personalized approach to care.  She is passionate about best practices, finding root causes and a mind-body approach.  She draws from her experience in other healing paradigms, and her integrative and conventional training to provide intuitive and compassionate care.  Dr. Pichardo is bilingual in English and Spanish.

 

Dr. Pichardo takes time to listen to patients.  With years of experience treating chronic medical conditions, she creates personalized healing plans that include lab work, lifestyle changes, medical-grade supplements, stress management and other functional medicine strategies.  She is skilled at other healing modalities for treating chronic pain including trigger point injections, mind-body techniques and Battlefield Acupuncture (BFA).  BFA is a type of auricular (ear) acupuncture that has a “central effect” on the Cingulate Gyrus, an area in the brain that processes pain.

 

“With my patients I always like to look at the whole picture and not just one piece of the puzzle.  I strongly believe in reaching the root cause of a disease or ailment.  I work with patients to achieve their best potential health.”

 

“Con mis pacientes siempre me gusta mirar todo el cuadro y no solo una pieza del rompecabezas. Creo firmemente en llegar a la raíz del problema o condición médica y trabajo con mis pacientes para que puedan lograr su mejor salud posible.”

What Our Patients Are Saying