The Natural Health Doctor
An integrative medicine consult is a comprehensive health assessment performed by a clinician whose training encompasses natural approaches to health and well-being. At Aiken-Augusta Holistic Health, Dr. Pendergrast gathers as much information on the first visit as possible, including:
- An evaluation of current health concerns or problems.
- An inventory of prescription medications, as well as herbal supplements and vitamins being used.
- A survey of past medical history, family medical history, lifestyle practices such as exercise routine, sleeping habits, diet, stress relief, relaxation methods, and alcohol and tobacco use.
- Feedback concerning prior experiences with alternative medicine, including what worked and what did not.
Dr. Pendergrast understands that many people in Augusta, Georgia, South Carolina, and the Southeast, are looking for a natural solution from a credentialed practitioner and that they feel safe seeing an M.D. He is confident in his ability to offer excellent care for a wide variety of ailments, as well as support for those with wellness goals.
His special skills and resources include but are not limited to treating headaches, chronic pain, obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis, acute childhood illnesses, abdominal pain, asthma, cancer treatment side effects, ticks and tremors, inflammatory diseases, irritable bowel syndrome, and esophageal reflux.
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 has a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University.
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.