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Business As Un-Usual: Adapting in the COVID Economy

In times of crisis, it never ceases to amaze us how people adapt. With mandatory closures of public spaces, restaurants, bars, retail and many other businesses, our Central Texas entrepreneurs are innovating ways to keep serving their clients. Here are a few that you can support now

Local Naturopath Adjusts During Pandemic

Beth Carpenter, ND

 Beth Carpenter, ND, a naturopathic practitioner and medical intuitive, is currently seeing patients remotely via phone consults. Because she has seen patients remotely by phone in the past, she did not have to adjust that part of her practice for the Coronavirus pandemic. But she has had to adjust in other ways.

“Because I already worked by phone with many clients that live elsewhere, I could easily adjust to just working remotely,” Carpenter said. “And since everyone is in the same boat, consultations and healings reduced because my clients were running low on funds,” she added.

As a result, she is offering some clients reduced fees based on their ability to pay, as well as offering complimentary products, such as natural hand sanitizer, to her clients as a bonus. She is also getting her Zoom account going to teach virtual classes.

For those who wish to support Carpenter through this time, she encourages them to schedule appointments, order products from her website, or donate money.

Carpenter has been involved in natural healing for 30 years. She offers Trinfinity8 sessions remotely and provides insight and healing to her patients.

For more information, call 512-707-0886, or visit


Integrative Physician Works Virtually with Patients

Gabriela Pichardo, MD

 Gabriela Pichardo, MD an integrative physician at West Holistic Medicine, is seeing patients virtually through a telemedicine portal and phone appointments. Although appointments have moved to the virtual sphere, she has not compromised the amount of time she spends with each new patient, often 60-90 minutes.

A patient has “to be open to see a doctor through telemedicine or telehealth which Is not ideal or the same,” Pichardo says, “We still see the patients for the same amount of time as If they were in person in our offices.”

Pichardo is currently working with patients at lesser fees and discounted rates, given the current pandemic and the struggles people are facing financially. She is currently offering 15 to 30-minute appointment screenings for COVID-19 for $30. If having one problem or an issue like a headache, urinary tract infection (UTI) or any acute problem, then the 15 to 30-minute fee applies, which is still only $30.

Pichardo is an integrative physician who works with her patients for optimum health, using best practices to find root causes with a mind-body approach.

For more information, call 512-814-0148 or visit or

VIDEO: Business As Un-Usual: Gabriela Pichardo, MD

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Nature’s Treasures Now Offering Curbside Pickup

Dr. Karen Richards of Nature's Treasures

 Nature’s Treasures, Austin’s iconic crystal and metaphysical store, has adapted to the Coronavirus pandemic at each stage of the outbreak.

During the shelter-in-place mandate, the store has mitigated its closure by reducing utilities, deferring rent, applying for government assistance and maximizing online sales.  They have increased the number of products and discounts available online, including products featured at the 14th annual Spring Trunk Show. They have also made personal shopping available for customers who do not see their favorite products online.

On Friday, August 24, Nature's Treasures began offering curbside pickup at their downtown retail store per the governor's allowance of "to go" retail operations.

When the storefront reopens to foot traffic, they will limit their capacity and ensure they follow safe practices and social distancing as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and local governments at that time. They have divided their 14,000 square foot space into three distinct areas to minimize the spread of germs and will not have public restrooms available.

During the shelter-in-place order, Nature’s Treasures is offering discounts at their online store as well as providing online gift cards that can be used online or in-store when they reopen. They are also offering free personal shopping services for items they carry in-store that have not made it online yet.

For more information or to shop online, visit

Dr Karen Richards of Natures Treasures

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Local Supplement Company Enacts Strict Protocols

 Quantum Nutrition Labs has implemented business continuity plans to minimize disruption to their customer support and online services. In a continued effort to keep employees safe during COVID-19, all non-essential staff are now working remotely. 

Their internal team is regularly reviewing all local, state, and federal agencies to monitor the coronavirus situation and to ensure the best business practices are being deployed in response. As a result, order pickups at the Austin storefront are temporarily suspended until further notice. At this time, all orders must be shipped. Additionally, they have restricted building access to authorized employees only.

The company assures they have strict protocols in place to minimize risk for employees while continuing to deliver the outstanding products and services customers have come to expect.

Quantum Nutrition Labs offers weekly, monthly and featured product discounts.  Orders can be placed online, or customers are encouraged to call and speak to their trained nutritional consultants Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (CST) and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to get their questions answered.

For more information or to order online, visit To speak with a consultant, call 512-641-5628. 

New Yoga Studio Prepares for Business After COVID-19

 My Vinyasa Practice, a new yoga studio opening in the Austin Community College Highland neighborhood, has seen its official opening delayed because of COVID-19, but has taken that opportunity to prepare the brick-and-mortar space for clients, making adaptions to the space, including making everything touchless, from toilets, to sinks, hand sanitizers and light switches.

During the stay-at-home mandate, clients can drop into live stream yoga classes. The studio is trying to help keep as many teachers working as possible during this time, and 100% of the proceeds from live stream classes go to the teacher who taught the class.

Currently, My Vinyasa Practice is offering a 50 percent discount on all trainings when paid in full. The studio is also offering a wide variety of live stream virtual classes—the full live stream schedule can be found on the website.

To help teachers who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, 100 percent of the proceeds from continuing education courses goes toward a relief fund. Their goal is to continue along the path of uplifting collective consciousness, and they want to do that in any way possible, whether that means offering affordable trainings and live stream classes or helping their teachers through Covid-19 relief fundraising.

For more information and to see a schedule of live streaming classes, visit

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VIDEO: Business As Un-Usual: My Vinyasa Practice

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Holistic Dentist Seeing Emergency Patients in New Office

Joan Sefcik, DDS

 Joan Sefcik, DDS, a holistic dentist in Austin, has opened a new office on Shoal Creek Boulevard and is currently seeing patients on an emergency-only basis during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order. Before the order, Sefcik and her staff treated each patient universally according to standard safety practices and continues to do so during the crisis.

Holistic, or biological dentistry understands that what happens in the mouth affects the whole body. Materials are used that are compatible to the individual, which is determined through testing. Toxic materials such as mercury or nickel, are removed and fluoride is not used. The teeth relate to different organs in the body and treatment is adjusted to support the areas of the body that are affected.

Sefcik’s new state-of-the-art office has views of Shoal Creek from each patient room and was only open for a few days before the stay-at-home mandate was ordered by city officials. Patients in need of an emergency dental procedure and who want to be treated holistically are encouraged to call. 

For more information, call 512-453-6337 or visit

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Local Doctor Offers Nutritional Protocols Remotely 

 Linda Isaacs, M.D. is continuing to treat patients remotely via telemedicine and phone calls during the Coronavirus crisis. Her practice, which determines nutritional protocols for people with cancer autoimmune disease or other degenerative disease, treats patients across the country.

Although her method of interacting with patients has not changed much with the pandemic, she saw a opportunity to educate people about what she does fall by the wayside as the Coronavirus swept the nation. In March, Isaacs was featured in a Hay House Production docuseries called “Radical Remission: Healing Against All Odds.”

The series reported on patients who had had a radical remission—healing from a life-threatening disease without conventional medicine or after conventional medicine failed or using conventional and alternative methods at the same time in order to overcome a very dire prognosis. Isaacs’ segment focused on one of her patients who was a long-term survivor of poor prognosis pancreatic cancer. Although the series was well produced and promoted, many who would have watched it were distracted by world events and their own lives being disrupted.

The docuseries can be purchased for streaming on the Hay House website.

For more information about Isaacs’ treatment protocol, visit To stream the docuseries, visit

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