Practical, scientifically-validated and cost effective care.

The Clinical Team

Dr. Ruscio's Clinic Austin Functional Medicine

Michael Ruscio, DNM, DC, Chief Medical Officer, Head of Research, and CEO

Dr. Ruscio is your leading functional and integrative doctor specializing in gut related disorders such as SIBO, leaky gut, Celiac, IBS and in thyroid disorders such as hypothyroid and hyperthyroid. He is a clinical researcher and best-selling author whose practical ideas on healing chronic illness have made him an influential voice in functional and alternative medicine. His work has been published in peer-reviewed medical journals and he speaks at integrative medical conferences across the globe. Dr. Ruscio also runs an influential website and podcast at DrRuscio.com, as well as serving distance patients via Zoom.
Hannah Hamlin

Hannah Hamlin, DO

Dr. Hamlin is is a general practitioner who specializes in Functional Medicine. She received a Bachelors Degree in Nutritional Sciences from Texas A&M University prior to attending medical school at William Carey College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed an internship at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center and has completed training through the Institute of Functional Medicine. She believes that mindset is an integral part of the healing process and is passionate about optimizing health in the presence of autoimmune disease. 

Joe Mather, MD, MPH&TM, Medical Director

Joe Mather, MD, MPH&TM, Medical Director

Dr. Mather is a board-certified Family Practice physician and the Medical Director of the Ruscio Institute for Functional Medicine. He graduated from the Tulane University School of Medicine and the Tulane University School of Public Health in 2011 and completed his residency in 2014. He is passionate about delivering cost-effective and practical medical care with a focus on GI health and environmental toxicity. He spends a lot of time working with patients suffering from complex and chronic diseases. When he is not working with patients you will find him chasing his three small children, exercising or playing music. 

Scott Spiridigliozzi, ND

Scott Spiridigliozzi, ND

Dr Scott is a naturopathic doctor who is passionate about helping his patients feel their best, both physically and mentally, so they can enjoy all aspects of their lives. He primarily focuses on helping patients improve their GI health, as well as naturally supporting hormonal and metabolic imbalances. He completed his naturopathic training at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ. When he isn’t obsessing over how to help his patients improve their health as quickly and cost-effectively as possible, he is enjoying spending time with his wife and baby.

The Research Team

At our center we feel there is a strong need to reform and improve practice in the field. Which is why we are continually performing clinical research at our clinic.

Darla O'Dwyer, PhD

Darla O'Dwyer, PhD

Darla is a registered dietitian and holds a Ph.D. in food and nutrition. She has been a faculty member at Stephen F. Austin State University since 2003 and is currently serving as the Dietetic Internship Director and Coordinator for the Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics program. She has a passion for integrative and functional medicine and her research interests are in gastrointestinal nutrition, dietary supplements, and fermented foods. She trained in functional medicine from the Kalish Institute to learn a more holistic approach to healing. Outside of work, she loves to cook, read, walk, swim, and spend time with her family, including the four-legged variety.

Noora Alakulppi, PhD

Noora Alakulppi, PhD

Dr. Noora is a human geneticist and Precision Nutrition Level 2 nutrition coach with expertise in nutrition, autoimmune, gastrointestinal, and hormonal diseases. In 2008, Dr. Alakulppi graduated with her doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Helsinki Department of Biosciences. In post-graduate time, she researched celiac disease diagnostics, stem cells, and gastrointestinal microbiome. She is currently completing her Functional Medicine Nutrition Coach education in Finland. Her research interests include quantitative self/biohacking, supplements, herbs, spices, and the big four: stress, sleep, movement, and social connections. In her spare time, Dr. Alakulppi enjoys piano playing and singing.

Hannah Klopf

Hannah Klopf

Hannah is a medical student and osteopathic manipulative medicine fellow at Rocky Vista University in Denver, Colorado. With goals of becoming a combined family medicine and psychiatry physician, her research thus far has focused on recovery of chronic and debilitating psychiatric illnesses using lifestyle intervention strategies. While not in clinical rotations, she is teaching at RVUCOM and treating patients in the OMM outreach clinic, practicing with an approach that emphasizes the body’s innate self-healing capabilities. Outside of work, you can find her crocheting, camping, painting, or hiking with her Australian shepherd named Aloe.

Admin/Support Staff

Keeping a clinic running requires a great deal of organization and administration to take care of everything to support our patients and their immediate families.

Morgan Molidor, MSc

Morgan Molidor, MSc

Morgan is a Nutritionist and Health Coach specializing in functional medicine and therapeutic diets. She focuses on practical change when implementing integrative nutritional strategies and aims to bring mindfulness and compassion to each visit. She brings patient’s health goals to fruition with coaching and through her personalized grocery delivery service, HealthyCart.

Jasmine-round

Jasmine Simon

Jasmine is the Office Manager at the clinic. She oversees administrative functions and patient support. She strives to provide excellent customer service and an unbeatable patient experience. Jasmine has an extensive background in customer service and management. She is CPO certified and has been working in patient care for the last five years. She is an advocate for healthy living and loves seeing people regain their health through their customized programs. In her free time, you will find her hiking with her two dogs and traveling with her family.

Erinn Snively, NPCC

Erinn Snively

Erinn is the New Patient Care Coordinator at the clinic. She has a strong passion for the success and wellness of others. She is a Certified Nutrition Educator and Certified Health Coach in addition to holding a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Outside of work, you will find her reading a health-related book, walking her dog, and spending time with her three children and husband.

Hannah Headington

Hannah Headington

Hannah is the Patient Care Coordinator at the clinic. She strives to provide excellent customer service and an unbeatable patient experience. She is an advocate for healthy living and loves seeing people regain their health through their customized programs.

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