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, routine clinical procedures and treatments.
Michael C. Boothe, M. D., the clinic's Medical Director, 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. He holds the rank of Commander in the Texas State Guard.
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., headed up the Praxis San Antonio opening team in 2015. She is licensed by the Medical Boards of Texas and California. Prior to that, Brenda practiced with Dr. Boothe at Texas Weight Loss Center. Her experience also includes work at Medcare Associates, a group practice in San Antonio, and NBH Lifetime Health, a hormone and weight loss clinic in Austin, TX.
Brenda completed advanced medical training in protocols for optimization of hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) and the treatment of unwanted symptoms associated with aging. Brenda is certified in BioTE Medical Hormone Pellet Therapy. She also maintains certifications in the aesthetic protocols associated with BOTOX, PRP, PRF, fillers, chemical peels and mesotherapy.
Brenda is a 1990, graduate of Des Moines University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences and has practiced in internal medicine, family clinics and emergency rooms.
Nalani De Smith, B. S., M. A., is our front office manager. 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 Adventist Hospital, Castle Rock, CO.
Nalani is licensed as 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.
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.
Alia Blankenship, M. A., is a Medical Assistant with over fourteen years as a patient-focused clinical professional. Alia is trained in dermatology, skin surgery, pain management and phlebotomy.