Dr. Laura Akright
Dr. Laura Akright is the Director of Northeast Endocrinology Associates, PA. She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the UT Health Science Center, and was inspired to become one of the first Endocrinology fellows to complete training in San Antonio. She is board certified in Internal Medicine as well as Endocrinology and Metabolism, and has been in practice in San Antonio for over 25 years. She met her husband, Dr. Bruce Akright, OB/GYN, while attending Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, where they were both mathematic majors. They attended Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, and both graduated in 1980. They have three grown sons and an abundance of pets.
Dr. Akright moved her Endocrinology practice to the Schertz location in October 2010. She and her staff welcomed the addition of Debra Gallop, FNP, to the practice. Together they share a goal- the betterment of patient care, and appropriate incorporation of newer ideas and therapies. For the past 5 years, Dr. Akright has been involved in clinical research trials as a Principal Investigator. These trials have involved early intervention trials for Type I Diabetes as well as newer treatments for Type II Diabetes. She has been involved in over 20 clinical trials and is grateful for the opportunities that are provided to the patients through these trials.
Dr. Akright feels truly blessed to be in the profession she is in. The scripture that she holds as her guide is from Micah 6:8, summarizing the qualities that matter to God. “To act justly and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God.” She is always hopeful that this is what is felt and experienced by patients that come to Northeast Endocrinology. Dr. Akright has attended two continuing educational meetings in Jan/Feb 2013. The first was Clinical Diabetes and Endocrinology with updates in management of clinical disorders given by academic experts in those fields. Topics included obesity, lipids, thyroid cancer, hyperparathyroidism, and osteoporosis. There was an underlying theme of inflammation triggering disease and the role of nutrition and the gut microbiome as important factors in the initiation of inflammation.
The second meeting was on Bio-identical Hormone therapy or Human identical hormone replacement. There was initial skepticism, but it gave way to an understanding that as an Endocrinologist both disease treatment and disease prevention need to be addressed. There is a lot to learn in this field of human identical hormone replacement, but it scientifically makes sense to replace the decreasing hormones in both males and females with human identical hormones that fit into the hormone receptors. Again, this hormonal balance appears to decrease inflammation and disease progression. The goal in both the traditional Endocrinology as well as interventional Endocrinology is betterment of quality of life for each patient, using our knowledge and listening to our patients’ symptoms. It is a learning process, and a bit of a stretch out of the traditional medicine comfort zone, but we are willing to learn with our patients to achieve their personal goals.
Debra Gallop, FNP
Debra Gallop, FNP is the nurse practitioner at Northeast Endocrinology having joined Dr. Akright’s practice in May 2010. Both her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and Masters in Advanced Practice were obtained at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. As a certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a specialty in diabetes she has been in practice for ten years.
Deb began her nursing career some eighteen years earlier as an R.N. in Tuscon, Arizona where she met her husband Bruce (on the handball court). From there they lived in Europe, the Western Pacific, and Nevada as Bruce built his military conssultancy business and Deb kept up her nursing practice. They landed in San Antonio in 1995 where they’ve happily surrounded themselves with dogs, cats, and horses. Debra’s professional interests are centered on prevention, treatment, and diabetes research.