Frequently Asked Questions
What is Integrative Medicine?
The Center for Health & Integrative Medicine blends both conventional medicine and natural therapies for your health & well-being. Many of our patients come to us because they want a Medical Doctor who also understands and utilizes natural options for health conditions. We believe there are benefits to utilizing a variety of different types of healing modalities. Conventional medicine provides appropriate interventions to deal with acute health challenges, such as heart attacks, broken bones, and traumatic accidents. Prescription medications may also be very useful in these situations. On the other hand, chronic health issues such fatigue, digestive issues, heartburn, hypothyroidism (low thyroid conditions), rheumatoid arthritis (and other auto-immune conditions) can often be helped by addressing areas such as diet, nutrition, supplementation, and lifestyle changes. Integrative Medicine looks at the “whole person” and searches for the root causes of health issues rather than just treating symptoms. By combining multiple modalities, Integrative Medicine blends the best of both conventional medicine and various natural approaches to create a truly synergistic healing paradigm.
What health conditions may be helped by Integrative Medicine?
Integrative Medicine can be useful in treating a variety of chronic health challenges. Dr. Hernandez has successfully helped many patients with issues such as chronic fatigue and other “low energy” conditions, hormonal imbalances, low thyroid conditions, digestive issues (such as heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome, and chronic constipation), autoimmune disorders (such as rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and lupus), fibromyalgia, diabetes mellitus-type II, and more. In addition to performing conventional medical histories and physical examinations, Dr. Hernandez has also developed and continues to utilize a distinctive integrative model of analysis, diagnosis, and treatment to assist patients in reclaiming their health, improving quality of life, and enhancing their well-being.
Is Dr. Hernandez a Medical Doctor?
Yes. Dr. Hernandez is board certified in Internal Medicine and residency trained in Emergency Medicine. He has over 30 years of clinical experience and has also held the position of Medical Director for a multi-physician primary care clinic. Seeing the need for a more integrative approach to medicine, Dr. Hernandez founded The Center for Health & Integrative Medicine in 1997. His advanced training and medical background with prescription medications, combined with his substantial knowledge and expertise with nutrition and supplementation, allows Dr. Hernandez to offer patients a truly integrative approach to health. By focusing on identifying and solving the root causes of illness, Dr. Hernandez assists his patients in finding real solutions to their health challenges and guides them towards optimal health.
What are the office hours for The Center for Health and Integrative Medicine?
Monday through Thursday 9a - 3pm CST
Friday 9am – 2pm CST
How do I make an appointment?
Please call 512-354-1122 to speak with our office staff about your health concerns and whether Integrative Medicine and Dr. Hernandez’ approach may be best for you. Our Office Coordinator will take information regarding your health concerns and answer any questions you may have. If it is determined that your health condition may benefit from an Integrative Medicine approach, you will be given the opportunity to schedule an initial Integrative Medical Consultation with Dr. Hernandez. Our Office Coordinator will then review the next steps in preparation for your initial consultation.
What about my primary care doctor?
Dr. Hernandez is an Integrative Medicine Specialist. We recommend and expect that patients maintain a relationship with their primary care doctor and other conventional medical specialists for ongoing conventional medical care as necessary.
Does the Center accept health insurance?
The Center for Health & Integrative Medicine does not accept health insurance as direct payment for services and payment in full is required at the time of your consultation. We accept most major credit cards.
While we see many patients who have Medicare or an HMO insurance, neither Medicare, Medicaid, nor an HMO insurance is accepted.
What are the initial fees?
An initial medical consultation typically includes a 60 to 90 minute private evaluation and exam with Dr. Hernandez. The fee for an initial office consultation varies based on the complexity of patient issues as well as time and is typically between $720-$1,110. Physician consultation fees do NOT include lab testing, nutritional testing, or other services or products. We advise patients to allow 2.5 hours of time for their first appointment.
What about laboratory testing?
Laboratory testing is an important part of our Integrative Medical assessment and is typically ordered at the time of the initial consultation. For difficult, complicated, and complex cases, more comprehensive laboratory testing may be recommended
What should I bring to my first appointment?
If you have had any laboratory, nutritional supplements, or other medical testing, please bring a copy of those results with you. Additionally, please bring an up-to-date list of any prescription medications (with dosages) to your appointment. Please bring the actual medications and supplements in their labeled containers with you to your visit.
Where are you located?
The Center for Health & Integrative Medicine is located at:
10815 Ranch Road 2222 Bldg 3 #100
Austin, TX 78730