Central Family Practice

Central Family Practice Everyone deserves the highest quality care from practitioners they trust, who respect them and their decisions. We are out of network for all insurance plans.
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At Central Family Practice we integrate the best of western medicine and complementary, alternative therapies in one practice. We work as a team of physicians, nurse practitioners, esthetician, acupuncturist and herbalist to help you achieve your goals. This type of care allows you to explore all available health care options in a safe and professional environment. We are a fee for service practic

e and take care of the uninsured, underinsured and those with high deductibles. You'll find this makes our personal attention to our patients unmatched. We hope to see you. Se Habla Español.

Connie reporting from our recent freeze: It’s 26 degrees out and that really improves the pace!  “Chin up and t**s out” ...
01/24/2024

Connie reporting from our recent freeze: It’s 26 degrees out and that really improves the pace!  “Chin up and t**s out”  it’s an attitude and good for your neck and back.

Our first 2024 session of Ride The Wave with Connie Ryan and Julie Lack starts tomorrow! You can join us by signing up a...
01/17/2024

Our first 2024 session of Ride The Wave with Connie Ryan and Julie Lack starts tomorrow! You can join us by signing up at ridethelifewave.com or if you can’t make it tomorrow, you can sign up for any of our other upcoming sessions on Feb 8, Feb 22, March 7 or March 21.

One of our favorite parts of the program is that we help you build the healthy habits of your choosing and teach you techniques useful for all seasons of life. We can’t wait to see you soon! 🏄🏻‍♀️

Join Connie Ryan and Julie Lack starting January 18th to Ride the Wave of 2024! Our program offers you the research-base...
01/12/2024

Join Connie Ryan and Julie Lack starting January 18th to Ride the Wave of 2024!

Our program offers you the research-based tools and practices we use to help solve the most common challenges we see everyday with our patients and health-coaching clients. You will learn how to create new healthy habits that fit into your actual, real life (otherwise, they don’t work in the long run). We will make sure to cultivate self-compassion as we build these new habits and share strategies for what to do when motivation is lacking.

You can now sign up for the full 5 week session, or pick the dates that work best for you. Sign up here:

Our program offers you the research-based tools and practices we use to help solve the most common challenges we see everyday with our patients and health-coaching clients. You will learn how to create new healthy habits that fit into your actual, real life (otherwise, they don’t work in the long ...

01/12/2024

Please take a moment to read this letter from our founder, Connie Ryan.

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Dear All,
Many years ago now, I gave one of my patients a prescription that said, “Put yourself on the page”, signed by me. This person was struggling, like many of us, to take time and energy to focus on herself. She put it on her refrigerator, looked at it every day, and ran a marathon that year! You know who you are, and you still inspire me. Over the years I have seen many of you take my good advice and turn inward and take time to see what is there. It is always a good thing.

As many of you know, this last year has been a difficult one for me. My Mom, Jean, died in March, and I finally am done raising children after sending my oldest grandchild off to college this fall. So, some major endings and beginnings. It is now time to take my own good advice, and “put myself on the page”.

For the first 6 months of 2024 I will not be directly caring for patients. I am starting my adventure with spending my 70th birthday in January with a few of my friends in Oaxaca. I will be in and out of the office after this, traveling and taking time for myself. I will also be mentoring my new colleague Dr. Ziedonis to learn the art of hormonal care of woman throughout our lives.

Dr. Ziedonis will be seeing you all while I am out. I will be available to Dr Ziedonis and all my colleagues to help with any problems if needed. Dr Ziedonis is an Internist (specializing in adult medicine for men and women). She is also Certified in Functional Medicine. You can read about her on our website. She and I are working together to make this transition go well.

I chose Dr Z to join us at CFP due to her depth of experience as a hospitalist, as well as her interest in using that experience with functional and integrative medicine to guide people in personalized, preventive healthcare. Dr Z has 30 years’ experience caring for men and women, and is more qualified than I am to manage chronic diseases for those of us who (like it or not) are wandering into the golden oldie years. She, like everyone else at Central Family (except for me), manages all aspects of adult medicine. She can see you for your hypertension and your hormones. She shares my belief that woman (and men) should be supported with hormones (if they choose), as well as receive high quality preventive healthcare, with time spent to help you make good choices about your health.

I have been taking care of people as a daughter, mother, grandmother, healthcare provider, and business owner since I was 25 years old. I opened Central Family Practice in 1998 and have been guiding Central Family as a businesswoman all of these years. So, I not only have been caring for you, my own clients, but also, indirectly, for all of the people who are cared for through Central Family.

I am turning 70 in January. I love my work and want to continue to do what gives me so much satisfaction. As you all saw with my mom Jean Ryan working in the office until shortly before her death at 92, the “Ryan Way” is to continue to contribute to the world as we age. A Jean quote: “Hey it keeps me young, and who wants to hang around with a bunch of old people all the time!”. To achieve this, I also need to pause, and take some time to reflect, rejuvenate, reevaluate where I have been, where I am now, and where I am going. I need to do what I encourage all of you to do: choose myself, and take care of myself.

There is not an easy way to put down my patient load and my business to take a break. But, now is the time, so here we go, as gracefully as possible and with a good team of people to support me, and all of you. I will come back with new insight and new energy for this next part of my life, and for my work.

Dr. Ziedonis and all the practitioners at Central Family will be here to care for you. They are my posse and I trust them to care for you with the same care that I do. If you have any questions or concerns, you can call and speak with Susan, our triage nurse, and she can help guide you to the right person. Know that I will be around and available when needed, just not doing direct patient care for the next 6 months.

Thank you all for contributing to how rich and interesting my life is. Be inspired to seize the day and jump on that self-care page with me.

Big hug,
Connie

Happy Holidays! Central Family Practice will be closed December 25th, 26th and January 1st. We hope you have a safe, hea...
12/22/2023

Happy Holidays! Central Family Practice will be closed December 25th, 26th and January 1st. We hope you have a safe, healthy, and wonderful holiday.

Have you downloaded our guide for how to stay balanced during the holidays? It’s a free resource from our founder, Conni...
12/21/2023

Have you downloaded our guide for how to stay balanced during the holidays? It’s a free resource from our founder, Connie Ryan, and can be downloaded here: http://eepurl.com/iFvwTc Happy Holidays to you all!

Our gift to you! Call us at 512-371-9260 to schedule either the Vitamin B12 or Lipoden wellness injections for $10 off t...
12/14/2023

Our gift to you! Call us at 512-371-9260 to schedule either the Vitamin B12 or Lipoden wellness injections for $10 off through the end of the year. Learn more about our wellness injections here: https://centralfamilypractice.com/pages/injectables

Ride The Wave through the Holiday Season! We're providing you with some of our best tips to stay healthy and balanced th...
12/06/2023

Ride The Wave through the Holiday Season! We're providing you with some of our best tips to stay healthy and balanced this holiday season, put together by our founder Connie Ryan. Click here http://eepurl.com/iFvwTc to sign up to receive a PDF with some great information and resources, since we all know the holidays can be a challenge. And don’t forget, if you sign up for Ride The Wave before the end of the year, you’ll receive $75 off! Learn more at ridethelifewave.com

Happy Holidays - we’re so grateful for you! Central Family Practice will be closed 11/23 and 11/24 for the Thanksgiving ...
11/21/2023

Happy Holidays - we’re so grateful for you! Central Family Practice will be closed 11/23 and 11/24 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Ride The Wave is back! Join us for two free sessions this fall on September 28th and November 9th as an intro to the pro...
09/21/2023

Ride The Wave is back! Join us for two free sessions this fall on September 28th and November 9th as an intro to the program and to help give you support and healthy habits as we near the end of the year. More information and sign up at ridethelifewave.com! 🏄🏻‍♀️

Join us for two free intro sessions of our Ride The Wave Program this Fall on September 28th and November 9th at 1pm (45 minutes each)! We’re excited to introduce you to our program, which combines research-based tools and practices with guidance and group support to help solve the most common cha...

09/12/2023

It’s never perfect. Todays inspiration is my ode to the 5 min anything, to stay in my habit when my credit card had been hacked and the day was starting off rough. The walk and 5 min meditation really did help and made the rest of the day go better.

09/05/2023

Move smart and move often. It can be discouraging to know that starting in our 30’s we lose 3-8% of our muscle mass per decade. After 60 it is even faster. We also lose bone density (men and women) as we age especially after menopause for women and men as their testosterone decreases. Our ability to convert oxygen into energy also decreases as well. So, rather than be discouraged I choose to be determined to keep what I have! Starting early in adult life can help to slow the decline and keep you above the line that many of us cross in old age where you no longer can get up out of a chair, up off the floor, play with the grandkids, go hiking, or even open a jar on your own. Grip strength is a big indicator of an aging person on the way below that line!

So what can we do? Start aiming toward 150 min/week of movement, just 20 min a day. Go fast enough to get out of breath then slow down catch your breath and go fast again. This works well and you do not have to stay out of breath which many of us do not like. Also two times a week 15-20 min do some strength training that is focused more on being able to squat, move side to side, core muscle strength like planks to keep your balance and core strength than having washboard abs. For most of us that is a lot more than we are doing and really the washboard abs vs health gives us a lot of wiggle room in the time and energy commitment. So first just be regular and start with 5 min a day and slowly move up. The regular part is key. Studies show A dog to walk, an exercise partner, trainer or class, a sport are what get people to move. For myself I know that if I do not have it scheduled into my day it does not usually happen!
This post is from an article in the NYTimes by Danielle Friedman,
“How You Should Change Your Workout Once You Hit 40” Thank you Danielle for the inspiration!

8/29/23: These pictures were taken at 7 -8 am  the few days before the Blue Super Moon happens 8/30/23.  The big red ris...
08/30/2023

8/29/23: These pictures were taken at 7 -8 am  the few days before the Blue Super Moon happens 8/30/23.  The big red rising sun is truly something that always makes my day this time of year.  The clouds remind me of my childhood when I would ponder the universe and the sight of the rays of light coming from behind the clouds were my “proof” that maybe it was not just infinite space but something more magical “out there”.  It still fills me with awe and fills my heart.  I know we all have the story right now that it is not to be endured out there in the inferno we call Austin.  BUT, it really is quite nice from 6-8 am.  7-8 is the best since a bit of a breeze comes up when the sun is rising.  So, watch the story, is it true, do we really not have time?   Is it really too hot to see the sun rise or tomorrow night see the Super blue moon that only happens every 10 years!   I for one am going to be out there to see it and keep my sense of awe and magic that I had as a child.  My Mom never lost that sense of awe in all her 92 years on the planet.  I hope I do not either.

08/28/2023

Mother Natures antidepressant: Outdoors is a challenge in Austin in the summer time. But it is tolerable to be out in the morning and late evening even if for just 5 minutes. Starting your day with puttering around in your (or your neighbors garden) helps to ground you in your parasympathetic nervous system “the feel good and grounded part of your nervous system” and takes you out of your sympathetic (run from the tiger). Getting natural light in your eyes in the morning helps to set your body for the day and decreases depression. So go look at a flower or sit on a rock for 5 min tomorrow and see how you feel. Remember even 5 min counts.

Diabetes prevention and treatment goes walking with Sara and Connie.  Another reason to move: prevent and treat diabetes...
08/25/2023

Diabetes prevention and treatment goes walking with Sara and Connie.  Another reason to move: prevent and treat diabetes.  Diabetes is the disease that is sure to make any other problem you have worse or to cause it as a complication of diabetes.  This includes heart disease, hypertension, kidney disease, memory loss, loss of circulation in your legs and feet, and cancer.  Preventing diabetes in the first place is one of my main motivations to move.  It is preventable.  Walking (moving)  for even 20 minutes after eating can decrease your blood sugar by 40 points!  That is a lot.  This picture is me with my friend Sara.  She has insulin dependent diabetes.  We walked for an hour today.  When I asked her if I could talk about her diabetes she said,
“Of course. One is supposed to walk with diabetes”.  “As you remind me, just check your blood sugar and drink water”.  Her blood sugar will go high and low if she gets dehydrated.  She also said  to make sure you have your diabetes supplies with your sugar pill handy if you go low.  We stopped a couple of times to make sure her blood sugar was okay, both drank a lot of water and she had her trusty backpack of supplies  her insulin pump and glucose monitor that keeps track of her insulin and glucose.  If Sara can walk, then so can I!  All I have to do is drink some darn water and stay on the shady side of the street, or just be flexible and go walk in the water because it is really hot out there.  Just move even 5 minutes counts.

08/25/2023

“If the Buddha Came to Dinner” is an old book I was looking at today for some inspiration. In it she says to make lasting changes you need both awareness and action. We can exert a lot of energy resisting change. “To make room for your new self, you have to prune old patterns” Choosing to respond to your spirits call to action even in tiny ways can have big rewards. Today after my swim I realized that I was not hot outside because I was still wet. I have just finished spending another 30 min outside watering my sad hot plants making them happier and sitting on my porch writing this. So worth being willing!

08/18/2023

Post purple pod people hands workout report it had some glitches but was otherwise great!

08/16/2023

Hey earthlings! Just keep moving water moment.

08/14/2023

Walks, mediation, and being grateful.

08/11/2023

NEAT. Activities that are easy to add and increase our healthy longevity. Make your bed it starts your day with activity and intention.

08/08/2023

Do something keep it simple🔥

08/04/2023

Pilates bar aspirational movement of the day. Habits are hard to start but if we start small with no judgement about how tiny over time it works.

We’re hiring a Medical Receptionist, and are ready to hire ASAP! Central Family Practice is a locally-owned family and w...
08/03/2023

We’re hiring a Medical Receptionist, and are ready to hire ASAP!

Central Family Practice is a locally-owned family and woman's health care practice
in Central Austin, with a unique setting that offers traditional and integrative care.
This job is a full-time, front office position and requires a minimum of one year of
customer service experience. Versatile team player with a positive attitude needed!

The job includes the following responsibilities:

- Medical Records Processing
- Scheduling appointments
- Scanning to Electronic charts
- Checking patients in and out
- Entering charges and payments

This position requires excellent customer service skills, reliable attendance, and a
commitment to training. The position is available now. Although masking in the
office is currently optional, we do require staff to be COVID vaccinated.

Working remotely is not an option.

Please email your CV with a cover letter to: [email protected]

08/02/2023

Aspiration for the day compassion for self and others and give up on black and white thinking it is self torture and get back in the saddle and go!

07/31/2023

Balance it’s all in the practice.

07/27/2023

Hydration and does Connie need some selfie video lessons?

07/24/2023

Day #4 of Connie’s Movement without Judgement Challenge

07/24/2023

Walking partner… walk with a friend or a furry friend.

07/22/2023

Day #2 of Connie’s Movement without Judgement Challenge!

Address

720 W 34th Street, Ste 105
Austin, TX
78705

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 4pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 5pm

Telephone

(512) 371-9260

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