Dr. O’Leary grew up in the rural community of Ranger, TX. She is the eldest of 3 siblings and was
the first individual in her extended family to complete college and seek higher education. With her
insatiable desire to learn, she attended the University of Dallas, a small liberal arts college, where
she graduated with a B.S. in Biology, cum laude, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.
Due to her love of the complexity of the human body and the quest for more scientific studies,
she went to medical school at Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, located at the University of
North Texas Health Science Center in Ft. Worth. She chose this school because of its “whole person”
approach to the patient. What is Osteopathic Medicine?
Dr. O’Leary chose TX A&M, Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple for her training program
in Family Medicine. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Physicians. She practiced
at Baylor Health Care in Colleyville, TX for 8 years and was volunteer medical director of a low income
community outreach clinic, GRACE, in Grapevine, TX.
After a few years in practice, Dr. O’Leary became frustrated with the current medical model. Her days were spent meeting expectations of insurance companies, feeling rushed for time with her patients, and doling out to many pharmaceuticals. This disease focused approach to medicine was unrewarding. There were two important things missing….the love of connecting with the spirit of the patient and the joy of supporting the human body in finding its way to healing had disappeared. Although, Dr. O’Leary recognized the medical system was flawed she did not know where to turn. It was not long before she discovered an opportunity to work in New Zealand as a physician; an escape from the disappointment of her medical career! It was also during this time of her life, that her own health began to deteriorate. She struggled with weight gain, hormone imbalances, and postpartum depression while nothing in her medical tool bag seemed to help. She sought the help of many well-trained traditional Western physicians, but despite their attempts, all fell short of restoring her own health.
New Zealand proved to be the exact medicine the doctor needed! Dr. O’Leary was able to spend time working with the Maori natives who taught her that health was more than giving out pharmaceutical drugs. She learned about medicinal plants, homeopathy, and the importance of the mind-body connection, in particularly to stress management. However, not everything in the New Zealand system was rosy….she also was given a hefty dose of government operated health care and the woes that entails.
After rejuvenation in New Zealand, Dr. O’Leary returned to Texas to seek a better way to practice medicine. It had always been a goal to live in the Texas Hill Country, so she was thrilled when she found the opportunity to work for the Good Samaritan Clinic, the Fredericksburg Clinic, and later, at the office of Dr. Jason Peet here in Fredericksburg. It was during this time of seeking new paths, that Dr. O’Leary discovered a new paradigm – Integrative or Functional Medicine and began her studies in this area of medicine. She had finally found a group of like-minded physicians who were paving the road to healing the broken medical system, and restoring the patient-physician relationship. For more info: What is Functional Medicine?
In 2012, Dr. O’Leary became Board Certified in Holistic and Integrative Medicine through the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. It has been an incredible journey of healing and inspiration. Combining the knowledge of the past with the innovations of the present, and understanding how to apply that to the individual’s unique needs, is where the practice of medicine becomes a powerful healing tool.
When not studying medicine, Dr. O’Leary loves to spend time outdoors and traveling with her husband, Denis, and their 5 children.
Dr. Christa O'Leary, D.O.