Aiken-Augusta Holistic Health's employees are highly-trained, experienced and dedicated to the success of our business.
Robert Pendergrast, M.D., MPH
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. Dr. Pendergrast has been for most of his career a faculty member in pediatrics at the Medical College of Georgia and continues to take care of children and teens and teach students and residents there. After completing the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine in 2005, he decided to open Aiken Augusta Holistic Health as a way for adults in our community to experience the Integrative Medicine difference, while he continues caring for children and teens at the Medical College. He is a board certified pediatrician, trained and experienced in Integrative Medicine, certified in clinical hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and passionate about learning and teaching nutritional medicine and herbal medicine. He believes that immunizations provide a safe way for children to develop natural immunity against dangerous diseases and sees this as an important part of the holistic care he provides for the children in his practice at the Medical College. At this AAHH office he is delighted to provide holistic integrative health consults for all adults.
Cerified Health/Life Coaching, Professional Trainer/Speaker
Gail Pendergrast graduted from Georgia Baptist School of Nursing in 1980 and got her BSN from Medical College of Georgia in 1981 and her graduate degree in community health nursing University of Southern Missisippi in 1985. Her coaching certification completed in 2009 is from an acredited ICF program, International Coach Academy. She is a certified Parent Effectiveness Trainer and conducts seminars and workshops for businesses and employees on subjects such as stress management, eating health and understanding the power of thought. She has done workshops for non profits and companies such as Verizon, Club Car, T Mbile, and other businesses. Her one on one work with clients focuses on helping them own their health and their life through life management skills, the power of thought and accountability.
Dr. Lianying He
Lianying He, LAc, PhD graduated from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, with a Medical Bachelor degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In addition, Lianying received PhD degree in Translational Medical Science from Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medicine in Nagoya, Japan. She is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of South Carolina and certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in the United States.
Dorthy Smith, LMT
Dorothy has over 19 years of therapeutic massage nad body work experience. She graduated fom the Georgia Institude of Therapeutic Massage and has taught and supervised massage students at her Alma Mater and at Aiken Tech. Dorothy is trained in the following modalities: neuromuscular, myoskeletal, orthopedic, myofascial release, and craniosacral. Her training also includes work in lymphatic drainiage. She uses aromotherapy as requested for clients. Her commitent is to help her client no only during the treatment, but to make sure they maximize their massage with stretching exercises as needed.
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Kim Beavers is a registered dietitian nutritionist, author, and speaker. She specializes in wellness, disease prevention, and culinary nutrition. Her
passion is to translate nutrition recommendations into actionable steps and delicious food strategies that clients can implement to improve their health, performance, and reduce risk of disease. She
strives to educate, empower and encourage clients to make sustainable lifestyle changes.
Kim holds a Bachelor and Master of Science degree in Health Sciences from James Madison University. She is a Certified Diabetes Educator and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). She is also a member of several AND practice groups including the Food and Culinary Professionals, Diabetes Care and Education, and Nutrition Entrepreneurs groups.