Praxis Wellness Center specializes in restoring patients to full energy, vitality and health. Our Medical Director and a team of physician assistants and nurses are licensed by the Texas Medical Board and the Texas Board of Nursing. Praxis also employs medical assistants and lab techs who are certified in phlebotomy, personal nutrition and routine clinical procedures and treatments.
Michael C. Boothe, M. D., is the clinic's medical director and holds the rank of Commander in the Texas State Guard. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School, San Antonio. Dr. Boothe received advanced training at the Naval Regional Medical Center, Oakland, CA, and at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute, Pensacola, FL.
Dr. Boothe is licensed by the Texas Medical Board and his primary practice is in preventative medicine. As Medical Director, he is responsible for all medical decisions. Our clinic's licensed providers, physician assistants, nurses and lab techs report to the Medical Director.
Brenda Andereck, PA-C, M.A.T.S., is a Physician Assistant licensed by the Medical Boards of Texas and California. Prior to joining the Praxis team, Brenda was the primary medical provider at Texas Weight Loss Center in San Antonio. She also worked at NBH Lifetime Health in their Austin, TX, hormone and weight loss clinic.
Brenda is a 1990, graduate of Des Moines University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences and has practiced in internal medicine, family clinics, emergency room and medical weight loss. She has completed advanced medical training in protocols for optimization of hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) and the treatment of unwanted symptoms associated with aging. Brenda is experienced in hormone pellet therapy and certified in BioTE Medical Hormone Pellet Therapy. She also maintains certifications in the aesthetic protocols associated with BOTOX, PRP, fillers, peels and mesotherapy.
Nalani De Smith, B. S., M. A., is our front office manager. She is a Medical Assistant and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from the University of Colorado. She did her externship at Memorial North Hospital and Pine Ridge Family Medicine, both in Colorado Springs.
Prior to joining the Praxis team, Nalani was the patient care coordinator and interim office manager at Robert Andrews Laser and Medical Aesthetics in Colorado Springs, and at Castle Rock Adventist Hospital, Castle Rock, CO.
Alia Blankenship, M. A., is a Medical Assistant and the clinic's laboratory technician with over twelve years as a patient-focused clinical professional. Alia is trained in dermatology, skin surgery, pain management and phlebotomy.
Prior to joining the Praxis team, Alia was as a Medical Assistant at Laser and Skin Consultants in San Antonio and at Roaring Fork Dermatology in Basalt, CO. She studied biology at the University of Texas - San Antonio and spent three years in hospital rotations at North Central Baptist Hospital.
Andrea Paczesny, M. A., is our receptionist and scheduler. She is usually the first person our patients meet when arriving at the clinic. Andrea has been a Medical Assistant since 2011, and received additional training and certification by The National Healthcare Association in 2015.
Andrea came to Praxis from Panama City, FL, where she had worked as a Clinical Medical Assistant at Emerald Coast Rheumatology. Prior to that, she was at Dr. Phillip Nunnery Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Andrea served on the surgical staff at Dr. Ciaravino Plastic Surgery and gained additional experience while at Colorectal Surgical Associates.
Luis Anzules, M. A., is a Medical Assistant and is the clinic's laboratory technician. He served 28 years in the U. S. Army as a combat medic, with meritorious service in Iraq during Desert Storm and Desert Shield.
Luis has worked with the Bexar County Hospital District, various weight loss clinics and laboratories in the San Antonio area. He is trained as an Emergency Medical Technician and is certified in intravenous therapy (IV procedures). Luis holds a certification in personal nutrition and specializes in vitamin and nutritional injections, including the Myers' Cocktail, B12 shots, Lipo-Extreme injections and glutathione treatments. Hablo Español!
Anna Salazar, M. A., is a Medical Assistant with over nine years of experience in dermatology, weight loss and family practice. Prior to joining Praxis, Anna was a Medical Assistant at Alamo Heights Dermatology. She received her clinical certifications from Southern Careers Institute. Anna is proficient in laboratory testing, blood draws and phlebotomy. Hablo Español!