Kenna Stephenson, a native Texan, graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin, and has practiced medicine in diverse settings including: inside tents with the Texas Mission of Mercy; in a mobile unit moving through East Texas minefields; on a movie set with Paramount Pictures; and in remote areas of New Zealand, Belize and Guatemala. Communication, patient education and holistic medicine are the foundations of her clinical practice. She received the MD degree with Research Honors from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine and completed a medical student clinical research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Her residency education was conducted at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center. Dr. Kenna is board certified in Family Medicine and a Fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians. Her career has included private practice, community medicine, rural medicine, employee health, veteran health care and academic medicine. She has practiced in underserved areas of Texas, Arizona, New Zealand, Belize, Guatemala, and Southeast Asia. Her clinical research encompasses cardiovascular pharmacology, women’s health, biomarkers of healthy aging, and holistic interventions including: yoga, sandtray, energy medicine, and plant derived therapies. Her research has been featured in Family Practice News, Cardiology News, Medscape and WebMD along with publications in peer reviewed journals. She has consulted for Paramount Pictures and served as the health expert for CBS and NBC television and radio programs. She is a founding member of Team 5 Medical Foundation, a volunteer Guidestar Platinum organization, that is devoted to bringing medical and dental care along with health education to the most remote and overlooked regions of the world. Her book, Awakening Athena, an inspirational and practical guide to creating health, has received international recognition.
Department: Family Medicine
The University of Texas at Austin