Robert Pendergrast, M.D.

Dr. Pendergrast, a board certified physician with over 25 years of practice experience, completed the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona in 2005. Unlike other Augusta doctors, his medical services for patients of all ages are customized for each individual, and fall into several broad categories:

·        Integrative Medicine consults are a comprehensive health review, resulting in a printed summary document addressing solutions to illness as well as health and wellness promotion. These begin with a one hour office consult, include professional time to review medical data and synthesize recommendations, and are completed with a 30 minute appointment to initiate the recommended path to health.

·        Focused consults can address specific health concerns such as how holistic medicine choices can be effective complements to conventional medicine; these appointments are 30 minutes in length.

·        Clinical hypnosis appointments can address chronic pain or other difficult medical conditions for which the power of the mind-body connection is needed.  These are normally 60 minute appointments (children sometimes shorter) and include a digital recording of the hypnosis session for playback and use at home.  Hypnotherapy  can address headaches, abdominal pain, anxiety, sleep disorders, fatigue, children’s bedwetting, asthma, and provide support during treatment for serious illness such as cancer or auto-immune disease. Listen to Dr. Pendergrast's introduction to clinical hypnosis on the player below.

·        Healing Touch appointments provide a deeply relaxing healing session which restore a sense of balance and flow in mind, body, and spirit.  Healing Touch is an energy healing modality in the category of “biofield therapies” identified by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Specific information about Healing Touch, its philosophy and practice can be found at Healing Touch International.

 
Dr. Pendergrast's medical approach always starts with the most natural, least invasive, least expensive, least toxic options.  His training in nutritional medicine, herbal medicine, mind-body and energy therapies make this approach possible, while still frequently utilizing conventional laboratory testing and prescription medications when necessary.  He is licensed to practice medicine in Georgia and South Carolina, and is on the staff of the Medical College of Georgia hospital and clinics and the Aiken Regional Medical Center.  He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics  and the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.  He provides consultative care to patients of all ages at the North Augusta office, with the expectation that patients have a primary care physician already providing care.
 

 

Robert Pendergrast, M.D.

Dr. Robert Pendergrast studied music at Furman University before receiving his M.D. degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 1983. He is a Board Certified physician and has Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University.

Until the opening of Aiken-Augusta Holistic Health Dr. Pendergrast was in full-time academic clinical practice, mentoring doctors in training at Johns Hopkins University and the Medical College of Georgia.

After years of personal study of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), Dr. Pendergrast was selected in 2004 to be an Associate Fellow in the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, the program founded and directed by Dr. Andrew Weil.  The two year Fellowship offers training in various CAM modalities to licensed medical doctors, and emphasizes partnership and patient empowerment.


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