Natural Health Solutions
Modern Holistic Health offers natural health solutions that help put the body back in order so you can begin the healing process. We practice holistic medicine to develop personalized plans for our patients under the direction of holistic doctor Elena Villanueva, DC in Austin, TX.
We work to identify the root cause of problems with precision, analyzing symptoms and then designing a custom health and recovery program based on each patient’s individual genetic makeup, chemistry, and lifestyle.
Dr. Elena Villanueva was featured in Austin Way Magazine’s Winter 2016 issue. Read more about “Epigenetics: The Future of Medicine, Precision Medicine, The Master Key” online.
Meet Dr. Elena Villanueva, DC – “Dr. V”
Chief Health Coach
Dr. Elena Villanueva, DC is a holistic doctor who practices holistic care in Austin, Texas. Dr. V finds passion in supporting people during their search for healthier alternatives, healing their chronic conditions, and working with individuals looking to establish a healthier lifestyle. Dr. V’s specializations include balancing female hormones, supporting autoimmune disorders, Type II diabetes, neurochemical imbalances, genetic defects (including MTHFR), insomnia, metabolic syndrome, and others.
Dr. V studied under leading methylation and genetic doctors including Dr. Kendal Stewart and Dr. J Dunn, whose work is based on genetic research done by Amy Yasko, Ph.D. She is passionate about learning and utilizing cutting-edge technology for genetic analysis and epigenetics while employing functional nutrition. With genetic data, she can analyze underlying issues with her patients and precisely create personalized programs to target and heal the source of chronic conditions. As her personal journey led to the discovery mutations in both of her MTHFR genes, she’s committed to helping patients who suffer from the same effects and mutations.
It was through her own experience in suffering the many effects of not being able to methylate properly that she developed a keen passion for holistic medicine. Dr. V took interest in not only the wisdom found in ancestral, biological, and ecological science, but also in the metaphysical nature of healing the body, mind, and spirit. Through her practice, she aims to provide an environment of self-empowerment as she works to support the healing of ailments and their underlying causes. Dr. Villanueva is seasoned both scientifically and experientially in a wide variety of complementary healing approaches including holistic medicine, natural organic herbs, meditation, and more.
She obtained her doctorate of Chiropractic medicine in 2003 and founded her first practice in Lakeway that same year. Dr. V focused primarily on athletes, with an emphasis on performance enhancement and specialized rehabilitation of sport-specific injuries. Her patients have included NFL players, PGA golfers, Olympic sportsmen, and other elite athletes. She has worked with world-traveling medical teams and has treated athletes at Olympic qualifying events and international sporting functions. In 2009, Dr. V. was honored as the Official University of Texas sports injury commentator for the UT sports radio station in Austin.
Dr. Villanueva is a native Texan and has a strong enthusiasm for participating in almost anything outdoors with her best friend, husband, and partner, Greg, and their dog Riley. When she’s not working with her patients, you’ll find her mountain biking, hiking, camping, wake surfing, rappelling, skiing, hunting, paddle boarding, and possibly on horseback. In the fall and spring, she loves to play tennis – where she’s constantly fine-tuning her backhand!
She loves traveling and has visited many parts of Europe, South America, and even the Galapagos Islands. William, her 25-year-old son, lives in Chicago and works as a Chemical Engineer in the petroleum industry. You may have noticed him on Ninja Warrior as he successfully completed the course while he was in China. If she doesn’t know you already, she can’t wait to meet you and start your journey of healing.
Meet Stacey Loop
Institute of Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, E-RYT 500 hours; C-IAYT
Stacey Loop is a certified yoga therapist and holistic health coach specializing in adapting therapeutic breath, movement, and meditation to an individual’s condition. She is passionate about education and is a lifelong student of the mind/body connection and the potential for optimal wellness.
When it comes to Holistic Health Coaching, Stacey works with clients to assist them in making gradual, yet significant lifestyle changes. These strategies support and influence one’s overall health, balance, passion, and drive.
Her approach involves “bio-individualized” adaptations in the areas of diet, physical activity, spirituality, relationships, and more. It takes courage and strength to change and break free from habits and constraints, which can prevent one from reaching total health and potential. She understands each individual has the power to promote self-healing when unconscious patterns are examined and one is given the tools, encouragement, and guidance to thrive and feel whole again.
After years of working in public schools as a Special Education Teacher, her personal journey of holistic healing began when her son was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder. Intrigued by the ancient teachings of yoga and holistic health, she embarked upon an in-depth journey to acquire certifications as a yoga therapist and health coach.
In nearly 15 years, Stacey has taught over 2,500 classes in teacher training, special education topics, therapeutic privates, mentoring, and public classes. This past February, she co-presented at the U.T. Social Worker’s Conference. Stacey has co-written curriculum for Yoga Yoga’s 95-hour Children’s Teacher Training and leads teachers in this certification program as well as training in other programs involving therapeutic aspects of yoga, including meditation.
Stacey finds deep satisfaction in being of service to others. Outside of work, she spends time daily in her own yoga and meditation practice. One of her favorite pastimes is cultivating stillness by connecting to nature, especially by the ocean’s rhythmic waves. Dancing creates true joy and she dances weekly with her father in Parkinson’s Dance classes. Stacey looks forward to meeting you and assisting you along your journey.
Meet Dr. Torrie Thompson, DC
Health Coach and Lymes Specialist
Dr. Torrie Thompson is the newest addition to our team of health coaches here at Modern Holistic Health and we are thrilled to have her! Torrie was born and raised in Southern California where she earned her Doctorate of Chiropractic and has advanced studies through the Institute of Functional Medicine.
Like most amazing health coaches, Dr. Thompsons passion for holistic healthcare came through her own health struggle. For nearly 10 years she went to over 20 doctors looking for the cause for her strange symptoms and a solution to help her heal and get her life back. After many years of traditional medical treatments for her diagnosis of Lyme’s disease which all but failed to help her, she looked to holistic medicine, dietary modifications, supplementation and lifestyle changes to help her regain her health. Not only did she finally get health and her life back, but along the way learned how holistic medicine and modifications to both diet and lifestyle can help reverse and prevent many diseases.
Dr. Thompson specializes in helping people regain or optimize their health though holistic approaches, diet, exercise and lifestyle modifications. She has a deep understanding that in order for a person to get better, they need to find the root of the problem, fix it, and then rebuild health from there.
When she’s not coaching her clients, Dr. Thompson loves to be active. You can find her sweating it out in the nearest spin or Pilates class. She also loves her animals and can be found at the dog park with her dog Stella or off riding horses. Cooking healthy meals is another passion and she enjoys cooking for family and friends.
Dr. Thompson will start accepting clients on November 1st, 2018 is excited to about contributing to our legacy at Modern Holistic Health of changing people’s lives through safe and natural healing options and optimizing their health!
Meet Ann Hutyra
Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
Ann Hutyra is a certified holistic health coach who focuses on ‘food as medicine,’ and studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
Ann’s passion for health and wellness began with her own journey with autoimmune disease. After decades of dealing with symptoms like fatigue, bloating and digestive issues, anemia, migraines, brain fog and joint pain, she was finally diagnosed with Dermatitis Herpetiformis, or the skin manifestation of Celiac Disease. Ann adopted a gluten free lifestyle, and saw her health drastically improve. She dropped close to 30 pounds, and saw dozens of symptoms she had dealt with for decades go away. But her journey didn’t stop there. A few years later she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, and knew she had to make additional lifestyle changes.
Ann became a patient of Dr. Villanueva, and found the support she needed to heal her body through food and supplements. In 12 short months, Ann reversed her thyroid condition, and reached a level of health she had never experience before. This inspired her to become certified as a health coach, and help others achieve optimal health.
Ann has studied a variety of dietary theories and practical lifestyle coaching methods, and specializes in the gluten free and paleo lifestyles. Ann spent 15 years as a Journalist and TV News Anchor, working in a fast-paced and demanding newsroom environment. This taught her how important it is to manage stress and get quality sleep, and she teaches her clients techniques to help balance these areas of their lives. She works with her clients to co-create completely personalized actions based on their goals, and helps them move toward their ideal vision of health.
In her down time, Ann loves to cook and bake, and shares her recipes and foodie finds with her social media followers. As a mom to a 7-year-old, she enjoys the challenge of finding creative ways to teach kids to eat healthy. She’s a long-distance runner, having completed several marathons over the years, and makes yoga a regular part of her wellness routine.
Meet Mary Bersagel, RN
Mary Bersagel, RN Health Coach, is pleased to be a part of Modern Holistic Health.
For the past three years, Mary went to Dr. Villanueva and saw remarkable changes in her health. She had been severely anemic for most of her life and with Dr. V.’s help, she was able to restore her health and stay on the path of wellness. In December of last year, Mary decided she wanted to leave traditional medicine and learn to help people the way Dr. V. helped her. She began her training around the country in both functional nutrition work and genetic work and will started seeing clients in December 2018.
Mary is a registered nurse with 30 years of experience. She’s not just excited to work with illness, but to work with people to optimize their health and give them more vitality and not get swallowed up in the inflammatory pathways. Mary loves to work with laboratory results and see clear improvements in those results.
Mary has lived in Austin for 24 years, her first time in the 80’s and now since 2004. She loves gardening, reading, and going to the theater. She is also a closet artist with pastel and drawing.
Allow your body to heal itself.