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Kimberly Hewitt

Otolaryngologist and Sleep Specialist 

Phone:

(512) 328 - 4999

Address:

4407 Bee caves Rd. Bldg 1, Suite 112

Austin, TX 78746

Announcement:

Dear Valued Patients,

I hope this letter finds you in good health. It is with a mix of excitement and deep reflection that I reach out to you today to share an important transition in my professional practice.  I will be retiring from the practice of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (Ear, Nose & Throat) at the end of May this year.  Moving forward, I will shift to providing a different kind of healthcare, and have established a new telehealth practice, Austin Vitality Clinic.  

Over the years, I have had the privilege of caring for you and your families, witnessing firsthand the challenges and limitations inherent in the conventional healthcare model. While this system excels in acute medical care, I've observed its struggles to fully address the complex, multifaceted nature of chronic diseases and the growing desire among us all to not only live longer but to thrive as we age.

Scientific discoveries are advancing at a rapid rate, and a predominating theory is that aging itself is the main driver of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, dementia and cancer.  The rate of aging in an individual depends on his or her own genetic makeup and the interactions between lifelong environmental and lifestyle factors.  Thus, by exploring these factors, we can both accelerate or decelerate the aging process.  This leads to the concept of chronological age (how many years alive) versus biological age (the physiological function of the body).  Thus, while chronological age is fixed, biological age can vary widely among individuals of the same chronological age, reflecting differences in health and fitness.  

The traditional approach often applies a one-size-fits-all strategy, focusing on symptoms rather than individuals, and can sometimes overlook the powerful role of lifestyle factors in the onset and progression of diseases.  Although conventional medicine has been able to extend life expectancy (lifespan), it has been unable to equally improve the period of life that a person is healthy and free from serious or chronic illness (healthspan). 

Over the last several years, I have been intensely studying this new concept of healthcare and am ready to shift my approach from a single system/organ, disease treatment way to one focused on holistic (whole-body/person) health optimization and longevity.  Longevity medicine is an emerging field that integrates medical, biological, and technological advancements aimed at extending the human lifespan while enhancing healthspan

This approach to healthcare is grounded in a personalization that considers each person’s unique genetic makeup, lifestyle choices, and environmental exposures. It combines the best of conventional medical practices with evidence-based, holistic treatments aimed to restore health, prevent disease, and optimize your overall well-being.

Here are some of the ways this approach can be beneficial, whether someone is managing chronic conditions, seeking to prevent future health issues, or aiming to enhance their current state of wellness:

  • Personalized Care Plans: Tailored specifically to your unique health profile, taking into account your lifestyle, diet, stress levels, and more, to not just manage but ideally reverse chronic conditions.

  • Focus on Prevention and Wellness: Beyond treating illness, a significant emphasis is placed on prevention strategies and health optimization, incorporating nutrition, exercise, stress management, and other lifestyle modifications.

  • Holistic View of Health: Recognizing the intricate connection between the mind, body, and spirit, and addressing all aspects of life that contribute to your health and happiness.

  • Empowering Patient-Doctor Relationship: A partnership approach where you are an active participant in your health journey, empowered with knowledge and supported by a care team dedicated to your well-being.

I firmly believe that healthcare targeting optimal health and longevity is the future of medicine with the focus on healing the whole person rather than merely treating diseases. Whether you're currently facing health challenges, or you're feeling well and wish to optimize your health and longevity, I am here to guide and support you through the establishment of Austin Vitality Clinic.

If you have any interest, questions or just want to learn more, please visit the website:  https://www.austinvitalityclinic.com or feel free to send me an email to info@austinvitalityclinic.com.

 

For your ongoing ENT related concerns, Dr. Melba Lewis and the other providers with Austin Association of Otolaryngologists will be happy to continue your care.  

Warmest regards,

Kimberly Hewitt, MD

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