FOUNDED BY PHYSICIANS WITH A VISION
FOR A BETTER MAMIHOOD

About

FOUNDED BY PHYSICIANS WITH A VISION
FOR A BETTER MAMIHOOD

About

FOUNDED BY PHYSICIANS WITH A VISION
FOR A BETTER MAMIHOOD

About

We founded Hey Mami because we felt a lack of support for fellow women during their mamihood journey. As physicians, we see women every day who struggle with fertility, are forgotten about postpartum, and have put their health on hold for years while they raise a family. We’re here to change that.

– Alejandra Carrasco, M.D. + Christine Maren, D.O.

We got you

Whether you’re trying to conceive, growing a baby, searching for help postpartum, or knee-deep in mamihood, Hey Mami meets you every step of the way. We are board-certified functional medicine physicians, mamis of three, and best friends. We’re here to support you on your journey and help make sense of modern medicine and holistic wellness, because both have their merits (and lack thereof). We’ll give you the resources you need to help you achieve the healthy + happy mamihood that you deserve.

We're here to support you
on your journey

Whether you’re trying to conceive, growing a baby, searching for help postpartum, or knee-deep in mamihood, Hey Mami meets you every step of the way. We are board-certified functional medicine physicians, mamis of three, and best friends. We’re here to support you on your journey and help make sense of modern medicine and holistic wellness, because both have their merits (and lack thereof). We’ll give you the resources you need to help you achieve the healthy + happy mamihood that you deserve.

FEATURED IN:

We believe in...

Self care

Putting yourself first means that your family gets the best version of you

EDUCATION

Understanding your body helps you take ownership of your health

NON TOXIC LIVING

This modern day world throws
enough challenges your way

REAL FOOD

Organic + nutrient dense food is the best fuel to keep you going

COMMUNITY + FRIENDSHIP

Connection is everything, and mamis need play dates too

MOVEMENT

Being active is one of the best things you can do for your health

GRACE

Mamihood isn’t easy, so be gentle with yourself

GENEROSITY

It’s good for the soul, and good for the world

We believe in...

  1. self care, because putting ourselves first means that our families get the best version of us (and baby you’re worth it)
  2. education, because knowledge is power, and understanding your body helps you take ownership of your health (and leads to a more productive conversation with your healthcare provider)
  3. nontoxic living, because this modern day world throws enough challenges our way
  4. real food (as in organic + nutrient-dense) because we need the best fuel to keep us kicking ass in mami life
  5. creating community and nurturing friendships, because connection is everything (and it’s good for our health)
  6. having fun and staying active, because mamis need play dates too
  7. practicing grace, because mamihood ain’t always easy (and nobody has time for haters)
  8. generosity, because it’s good for the soul (so we donate a percentage of all profits to our favorite charities that support women)

Behind the scenes

Yes, we’re doctors. But we’re also humans. We are women, mothers, friends… just like you. Here’s the candid version of Alex and Christine, unfiltered. Want to be friends? Sign up for our newsletter and be the first to know about new articles and exclusive opportunities.

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Behind the scenes

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Meet the Physician Founders of Hey Mami

Alejandra Carrasco, M.D.

Alejandra Carrasco, M.D. is a board certified physician, bestselling author, wife and mom of 3. She is the founder of Nourish Medicine, an innovative functional and integrative medicine practice established in 2012 in Austin, TX, and the bestselling author of Bloom: 7 Steps to Reclaim Your Health, Cultivate Your Desires, and Reignite Your Spark.  She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is a certified practitioner by the Institute of Functional Medicine, as well as by the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine.

Dr. Carrasco received a dual undergraduate degree in Literature and Spanish Translation in 2003 from Rice University. She went on to receive her medical degree in 2007 from The Long School of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio.  

During her 3rd year of medical school, her health crumbled overnight, and she developed panic attacks, migraines, and severe irritable bowel syndrome. After an abundance of scans, blood work, and specialist visits, she was told to go on a slew of medications, and that wasn’t a satisfactory solution for her. Dr. Carrasco started looking for more holistic solutions and spent time during her fourth year of medical school studying integrative medicine at The University of Arizona Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, as well as at the Continuum Center for Health and Healing in New York City.

While she was seeking answers, she also became involved with the American Medical Student Association and co-coordinated and participated in the 2007 American Medical Student Association Humanistic Elective in Activism,Reflective Transformation, and Integrative Medicine (HEART-IM).

After medical school, Dr. Carrasco took a year off before beginning her postgraduate residency education. That year, she was introduced to functional medicine while attending the Center for Mind Body Medicine’s Food as Medicine Professional Training Program, and her life was forever changed. And after attending a lecture by Dr. Mark Hyman, currently the Head of Strategy and Innovation at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, she learned about the prevalence of food sensitivities and how they are grossly underdiagnosed. She decided to go on an elimination diet, and within 2 weeks, her symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, and migraines were largely gone. From that point forward, she knew that functional medicine would be an important part of her path in medicine, and attended the Institute for Functional Medicine’s landmark course, Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) that year. She also spent time during her year off doing research at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Integrative Medicine Program, focusing on nutritional interventions in cancer therapy, namely omega-3 fatty acids and medicinal mushrooms.  

In 2011, she completed her family medicine residency at the UT Austin Dell Medical School Family Medicine Residency Program (previously known as UT Southwestern at Austin and Austin Medical Education Program). During her second year of residency, she and her husband welcomed their first child. At the end of her pregnancy she developed severe pre-eclampsia, requiring bed rest, and an early delivery. She experienced postpartum hemorrhage which required a blood transfusion and unfortunately resulted in a transfusion reaction. After this terrifying experience, she became very interested in preconception, maternal, and postpartum health.

After becoming a fellow of the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine, she went on to complete the Institute for Functional Medicine Certification Program. She has spent years studying how to optimize maternal health during the preconception and postpartum period for better maternal/child outcomes using a functional medicine methodology.

Now a mom of 3, Dr. Carrasco has spent the greater part of the last decade helping her patients improve their health and wellbeing while using an integrative and functional medicine approach in her private practice.   She is especially passionate about helping women optimize their health for pregnancy, during the postpartum period and into motherhood.

She continues to further her education with the Institute for Functional Medicine, the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and others. In 2019, she was named an ATX Woman To by Austin Women’s Magazine and has been published and featured in MindBodyGreen, Well+Good, Austin Woman Magazine, as well as numerous summits and podcasts.

Christine Maren, D.O.

Christine Maren, D.O. is a board certified physician, wife and mom of 3. She is the founder of a virtual functional medicine practice in Colorado, Michigan and Texas. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is a certified practitioner by the Institute of Functional Medicine.

Dr. Maren received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Finance from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She graduated with distinction and also completed her pre-medical education track. She was a Presidents Leadership Class scholar and was awarded numerous scholarships including the Research Experience for Undergraduates Grant from the National Science Foundation.

She also travelled the world, studying Spanish through the University of Guadalajara, Mexico; participating in an International Clinical Rotations Program with Child Family Health International in Quito, Ecuador; and filming for Integral Anatomy Workshops in Vienna, Austria.

During her time as an undergraduate, she struggled with hormonal imbalances and was prescribed birth control pills after she was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Intuitively, even at this young age, it didn’t make sense to mask her symptoms with a medication. Instead, she turned to Traditional Chinese Medicine and had success with acupuncture and dietary changes. This set the stage for her interest in holistic medicine and nutrition.

She chose an osteopathic medical education in search of a more holistic approach and moved to Chicago, Illinois to attend The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) of Midwestern University. While in medical school she co-founded the Integrative Medicine Club and attended several integrative medicine conferences. She also participated in the Spanish Immersion Program through the Illinois Health Education Consortium, and was on the Steering Committee for Chicago CommunityHealth Clinic where she also volunteered as a Spanish language interpreter. She received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree in 2009.

Later, she moved to San Antonio, Texas for her postgraduate residency training at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program. During residency, she spent time studying at The University of Arizona Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Andrew Weil was a guiding figure very early in her career, and this was a transformative experience. She completed her residency training and became board-certified with the American Board of Family Medicine

Then pregnancy complications changed everything. Her first pregnancy was complicated by gestational diabetes, at which point she took an even deeper dive into nutrition. But her health issues took center stage years later when she and her husband tried for a second child and suffered through recurrent miscarriages. It was then that she was introduced to functional medicine. A functional medicine approach gave her the answers she needed and helped uncover gut infections, food sensitivities, hypothyroidism, and environmental toxins. Addressing these issues helped her get well again (and have more babies!), and functional medicine became the focus of her career.

Inspired by Amy Myers M.D., she joined her busy functional medicine practice in Austin, Texas. She also completed the training and certification required to become an Institute of Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner. Dr. Maren then opened her own functional medicine practice which followed her around the country.

During her time in Texas, her husband served as an active duty Army Orthopedic Surgeon. After fulfilling his military commitments, they moved their family to Detroit, Michigan for his fellowship training at Beaumont Hospital. He then joined a private practice group in Colorado, and Dr. Maren and her family happily returned home where they live just outside of Boulder.

Dr. Maren is now a fully licensed physician in Colorado, Michigan and Texas. She is the owner and founder of a well-respected virtual functional medicine practice where she sees patients in all three of those states.

A mother of three, she’s devoted her professional life to helping other other modern day moms optimize their health during pregnancy, thrive postpartum and get their life back. She continues her education with the Institute for Functional Medicine, the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine and others. She has been published and featured in MindBodyGreen, The American Osteopathic Association, VoyageDenver, as well as numerous summits and podcasts.

Endorsements and Reviews

“In Bloom, Dr. Carrasco has outlined exactly what it takes for women to overcome modern health challenges while nurturing a conscious attitude of growth, self-care, and compassion.”

Izabella Wentz, PharmD, FASCP

#1 NYT Bestselling Author of Hashimoto's Protocol

“Bloom demystifies the world of nutrition, detoxification, and functional medicine while providing a compassionate template for women to take back control of their health and live their lives with meaning and joy.”

JJ Virgin CNS, CHFS

Nutrition, Fitness & Mindset Expert NYT Bestselling Author of The Virgin Diet & Sugar Impact Diet

“Dr. Carrasco is a bright light in the world of functional medicine. She leverages the most forward-minded clinical research combined with a fresh perspective on how compassionate self-care, nourishment, and natural medicine can to bring one back to a state of sustainable wholeness.”

Mark Hyman, MD

Director at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine, the Founder of The UltraWellness Center, and a ten-time #1 New York Times Bestselling author.

“Dr. Alex invites your to explore your infinite potential as a woman! Bloom gives women proven and effective strategies to create amazing energy, resiliency to life’s stress, and tools to raise the vibrancy of her spirit to truly flourish.”

Dr. Jolene Brighten

Bestselling Author, Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth

“Are you stressed, tired, sick, hopeless, and dragging through each day? Then let this remarkable book show you the road back to a healthy and joy-filled life. Bloom’s seven simple and powerful steps will empower you to regain your energy, heal your body, and rekindle your “spark.” Filled with wisdom and compassion, this book is a must for any woman who wants to truly live rather than merely survive.”

Dr. Kellyann Petrucci

NYT Bestselling Author of Dr. Kellyann’s Bone Broth Diet Host of the PBS special, 21 Days to a Slimmer, Younger You Creator, drkellyann.com

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Meet the Physician Founders Behind
Hey Mami!

Alejandra Carrasco, M.D.

Alejandra Carrasco, M.D. is a board certified physician, bestselling author, wife and mom of 3.

She is the founder of Nourish Medicine, an innovative functional and integrative medicine practice established in 2012 in Austin, TX, and the bestselling author of Bloom: 7 Steps to Reclaim Your Health, Cultivate Your Desires, and Reignite Your Spark.  She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is a certified practitioner by the Institute of Functional Medicine, as well as by the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine.

Dr. Carrasco received a dual undergraduate degree in Literature and Spanish Translation in 2003 from Rice University. She went on to receive her medical degree in 2007 from The Long School of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio.

During her 3rd year of medical school, her health crumbled overnight, and she developed panic attacks, migraines, and severe irritable bowel syndrome. After an abundance of scans, blood work, and specialist visits, she was told to go on a slew of medications, and that wasn’t a satisfactory a solution for her. Dr. Carrasco started looking for more holistic solutions and spent time during her fourth year of medical school studying integrative medicine at The University of Arizona Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, as well as at the Continuum Center for Health and Healing in New York City. While she was seeking answers, she also became involved with the American Medical Student Association and co-coordinated and participated in the 2007 American Medical Student Association Humanistic Elective in Activism,Reflective Transformation, and Integrative Medicine (HEART-IM).

After medical school, Dr. Carrasco took a year off before beginning her postgraduate residency education. That year, she was introduced to functional medicine while attending the Center for Mind Body Medicine’s Food as Medicine Professional Training Program and her life was forever changed. And after attending a lecture by Dr. Mark Hyman, currently the Head of Strategy and Innovation at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, she learned about the prevalence of food sensitivities and how they are grossly underdiagnosed.  She decided to go on an elimination diet, and within 2 weeks, her irritable bowel syndrome symptoms, anxiety, and migraines were largely gone.  From that point forward, she knew that functional medicine would be an important part of her path in medicine, and attended the Institute For Functional Medicine’s landmark course,  Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) that year.  She also spent time during her year off doing research at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Integrative Medicine Program, focusing on nutritional interventions in cancer therapy, namely omega-3 fatty acids and medicinal mushrooms.  

In 2011, she completed her family medicine residency at the UT Austin Dell Medical School Family Medicine Residency Program (previously known as  UT Southwestern at Austin and Austin Medical Education Program).  During her second year of residency, she and her husband welcomed their first child. At the end of her pregnancy she developed severe pre-eclampsia, requiring bed rest, and an early delivery.  She experienced a postpartum hemorrhage which required a blood transfusion and unfortunately resulted in a transfusion reaction. After this terrifying experience, she became very interested in preconception health, maternal health, and postpartum health.  After becoming a fellow of the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine, she went on to complete the Institute For Functional Medicine Certification Program.  She has spent years studying how to optimize maternal health during the perinatal and postpartum period for better maternal/child outcomes using a functional medicine approach.

Now a mom of 3, Dr. Carrasco, has spent the greater part of the last decade helping her patients improve their health and wellbeing while using an integrative and functional medicine approach. She is especially passionate about helping women optimize their health for pregnancy, during the postpartum period and into motherhood.

She was named an ATX Woman To Watch in 2019 by Austin Women’s Magazine and has been published and featured in MindBodyGreen, Well+Good, Austin Woman Magazine, as well as numerous summits and podcasts.

Author Bio for Alejandra Carrasco, M.D.

Alejandra Carrasco, M.D. is a board certified physician, bestselling author, wife and mom of 3. She is the founder of Nourish Medicine, an innovative functional and integrative medicine practice established in 2012  in Austin, TX. She is the cofounder of Hey Mami, an online resource that helps women navigate a healthy and happy motherhood.  She is the bestselling author of Bloom: 7 Steps to Reclaim Your Health, Cultivate Your Desires, and Reignite Your Spark.  She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, is a certified practitioner by the Institute of Functional Medicine, as well as  by the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine. She has been named an ATX Woman To Watch by Austin Women’s Magazine and has been published and featured in MindBodyGreen, Well+Good, Austin Woman Magazine, as well as numerous summits and podcasts. Dr. Carrasco  is especially passionate about helping women optimize their health for pregnancy, during the postpartum period and into motherhood. Learn more at nourishmedicine.com

Professional Bio for Christine Maren D.O.

Christine Maren, D.O. is a board certified physician, wife and mom of 3. She is the founder of a virtual functional medicine practice in Colorado, Michigan and Texas. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is a certified practitioner by the Institute of Functional Medicine.

Dr. Maren received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Finance at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she graduated with distinction. She was also a Presidents Leadership Class scholar and was awarded numerous scholarships including the Research Experience for Undergraduates Grant from the National Science Foundation.

She also travelled the world, studying Spanish through the University of Guadalajara, Mexico; participating in an International Clinical Rotations Program with Child Family Health International in Quito, Ecuador; and filming for Integral Anatomy Workshops in Vienna, Austria.

During her time as an undergraduate, she struggled with hormonal imbalances and was prescribed synthetic hormones. Intuitively, even at this young age, it didn’t make sense to mask her symptoms with medications. Instead, she turned to Traditional Chinese Medicine and had success with acupuncture. This set the stage for her interest in holistic medicine.

She chose an osteopathic medical education in search of a more holistic approach and moved to Chicago, Illinois to attend The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) of Midwestern University. While in medical school she participated in the Spanish Immersion Program through the Illinois Health Education Consortium, and was on the Steering Committee for Chicago CommunityHealth Clinic where she also volunteered as a Spanish language interpreter. She received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree in 2009.

Later, she moved to San Antonio, Texas for her family medicine residency at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program. During residency, she spent time studying at The University of Arizona Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Andrew Weil was a guiding figure very early in her career, and this was a transformative experience.

Then pregnancy complications changed everything. Her first pregnancy was complicated by gestational diabetes, at which point she took a keen interest in nutrition. But her health issues took center stage when she and her husband tried for a second child and suffered through recurrent miscarriages. She was eventually introduced to functional medicine, and that approach helped her get well again (and have more babies!), and it became the focus of her career.

She joined a busy functional medicine practice called Austin UltraHealth, and completed her training and certification to become and Institute of Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP). She then opened her own functional medicine practice and relocated from Texas to Michigan to Colorado following her husband’s military commitments.

Dr. Maren is now happily back home outside of Boulder, Colorado, where she has a virtual functional medicine practice for patients in Colorado, Michigan and Texas. A mother of three, she’s devoted her professional life to helping other other modern day moms optimize their health during pregnancy, thrive postpartum and get their life back.

She has been published and featured in MindBodyGreen, The American Osteopathic Association, VoyageDenver, as well as numerous summits and podcasts.

Author Bio for Christine Maren D.O.

Dr. Christine Maren is a board-certified physician and the founder of an innovative functional medicine practice in Colorado, Michigan and Texas. She is also the co-founder of Hey Mami, an online resource to help women navigate a healthy and happy mamihood. She was introduced to functional medicine after struggling with pregnancy complications and recurrent miscarriages. A functional medicine approach helped her address her own underlying health issues associated with gut infections, food sensitivities, hypothyroidism, hormone imbalance and environmental toxins. Now a mother of three, she’s devoted her professional life to helping other women optimize their health during pregnancy, thrive postpartum and get their life back. Dr. Maren is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP). She is a compassionate clinician, speaker and wellness advocate. She is married to a surgeon and together they balance rewarding careers with raising three beautiful children. Learn more at drchristinemaren.com.