Dr. Theresa Pugh joined Central Family Practice in 2014. Dr. Pugh was born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. After receiving a B.S. in Biology from Washington and Lee University, she received her M.D. degree from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at Carilion Health Systems in Roanoke, Virginia where she also served as a resident board member for the Virginia Academy of Family Practice.
After residency, she and her husband relocated to Austin. Dr. Pugh worked at Jefferson Street Family Practice for ten years and previously taught pathophysiology at the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin. Through her own personal health journey and experiences, Dr. Pugh has developed an interest in headache management, musculoskeletal pain and dietary influences on chronic diseases such as heart disease, autoimmune conditions, irritable bowel syndrome and fibromyalgia. She believes in a collaborative and multifaceted approach to health and enjoys helping patients evaluate their diet and lifestyle to make changes to improve their well-being.
An avid and lifelong horsewoman, Dr. Pugh co-authored an article titled “Overuse Injuries in Equestrian Athletes” which appeared in Current Sports Medicine Reports in 2004. When she is not in the office, she enjoys riding her horse, Hazel, and competing in hunter/jumpers. Since 2009, Dr. Pugh has served on the executive committee of Project Access, which strives to provide healthcare services to uninsured patients. She is on the Board of Directors for a non-profit organization called HorseLink which uses Equine-Assisted Learning techniques to help patients affected by cancer and PTSD. She also practices pilates, enjoys local music, watching sports and spending time with her husband and their dogs.