Our Team

Aiken Augusta Holistic Health's staff are highly-trained, experienced and dedicated to the success of our service to you. Our goal is for each person who enters our building to feel welcome, cared for and confident  in the professional services they are receiving.   Our staff will increase again the first of September. Stay tuned! 


Robert Pendergrast, M.D., M.P.H.

Integrative Medicine


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.

Gail Pendergrast, BSN, MS, CPC

Certified 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 Mobile, 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.



Karen Cota RDN, LD CDE

Registered Dietitian, Integrative and Functional Nutritionist


Karen received her BS degree from Winthrop University and completed her Dietetic Internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, licensed in Georgia and South Carolina and a Certified Diabetes Educator. She also has a Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and is a

member of the AND practice groups: Sports, Cardiovascular & Wellness Nutrition, Dietitians in Integrative & Functional Medicine, Women’s Health, Healthy Aging and Oncology Nutrition.


Alice R. Murphy, MS, LAPC, DCC

Marriage & Family Counselor

Alice obtained her Masters of Science (MS) in Marriage and Family counseling from Walden
University in 2017. She received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology from Augusta State
University in 2014. Alice has been trained in parent education, play therapy techniques, family
systems therapy and trauma-focus cognitive behavior therapy. She offers evening and weekend
appointments to meet the needs of her clients. Alice offers individual adult/child therapy, family
therapy, couples sessions, and parent education. Alice’s focus is working with couples and families in time of crisis to minimize the affectson the family unit. Her goal is to educate clients on ways to navigate conflict in order to reduce the stress and anxiety many couples/families face during times of conflict. She
works with families to promote healthy communication, conflict management, and
setting appropriate boundaries for children and teens. Serving ages 6 and older. 

Amanda Gunn, LMT (SC license #11826)

Licensed Massage Therapist


Amanda is a graduate of Augusta School of Massage located in Evans, GA. She is a Licensed Massage
Therapist in South Carolina and in the process of getting her Georgia license as well. She believes that
each client is unique. Being trained in many different techniques allows her to cater the treatment to the
individual. Amanda’s goal is to provide holistic healing for the mind, body, and spirit. Amanda offers customized massage for the needs of each client, including the following modalities: myofascial, Swedish, deep tissue, orthopedic, and neuromuscular. Prenatal massage is also available. 

Julie Kay Stack, Dipl OM, L.Ac.

Jules has a masters in acpuncture and oriental medicine and a diplomate of  NCCAOM. She is certified in CNT, Esoteric Acupuncture, Acupuncture Without Borders Level 1&2.  Healing artistic talents includes Certified practitioner as an Integrated Energy Therapy Master (IET, 1999), a Reiki Master (2001), and in Quantum Touch (2004), Acupuncture without Borders (NADA Protocol 2014), and Esoteric Acupuncture (2015).  Tools of her trades include and not limited to Traditional Chinese medicine,(for those who do not like ‘needles’) red and blue (cold) lasers, Selenite wands; cupping, tui nai, and/or guasha for sore muscles or the onset of a cold/ flu.She has been trained in ‘NADA’ protocol for stress, addiction, and PTSD behavior. Her passion is Esoteric Acupuncture which focuses on chakra balancing to assist with connection to ones Spiritual Self to find your puzzle piece of life.

Kim Beavers, RD

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.

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