Meet Dr. Marci Roy - Austin Neurologist

In early March, Little River Healthcare added an Austin neurology practice to its roster.

The neurology practice, located in River Place in Austin, is headed up by Dr. Marci Roy, a long-time physician who has a strong passion for medicine and helping people overcome a variety of painful issues, such as migraines.

Read on to learn about Dr. Roy’s background, medical training and more.

Q: What is your medical background? 
A: After graduating high school in Pflugerville, I went to the University of Texas and graduated from there with an education degree.

I then got my master’s at Texas A&M while teaching first grade. I taught first grade for three years and then taught junior high for four years. I decided I needed a change, and I got accepted to law school and was about ready to start when I took a close look at myself and realized I don’t like conflict.

I went to a career counselor and she said, ‘What do you want to do?’ I said, ‘I want to be a doctor, but I’m too old.’ I was 30 at the time. She said, ‘no.’ I said, ‘But I’m a female.’ She said, ‘They’re looking for females.’ Then I said, ‘I’m not good at math.’ She said, ‘Look at your grades. You can do math.’ I went back and took a high school algebra math class, and then went to Houston Community College and made A’s, which gave me the confidence to quit teaching.

I went to pre-med at the University of Houston, and then started medical school in Galveston, where I graduated in 1992. I did my residency in Galveston, and then came home to start my practice here in 1996.

Q: Why did you choose to go into medicine?
A: I was in an auto accident between Pflugerville and Hutto when I was 16 years old. At that time they didn’t have ambulance service. I was picked up by a hearse and taken to Breckenridge Hospital. I met the orthopedic doctor in Breckenridge, and he was the most amazing man. Doctors were my heroes from that point on.

While I was in the hospital, a tornado hit my room. It was the only room in the hospital that got hit. I decided God was trying to get my attention. That really turned my life around. I studied hard and I really devoted myself to that.

The reason I went into neurology is because my brother was a quadriplegic from birth. He had cerebral palsy but normal intelligence. He always had the belief that medical science could find a way for him to walk. Of course it never did, but he was real proud of me becoming a neurologist. Growing up with a person with a disability and knowing there’s a real person inside, you look through the disability and you see that person different than what other people see them as.

Q: What’s your favorite part of your job?
A: It’s the relationship with the patients. It’s putting all of the studying about anatomy and the disease process, getting the history, doing the exam and figuring out what’s wrong, where the problem is, and then hopefully finding a way to help them. That’s what gets me out of bed in the morning. That is a thrill. It’s the best feeling.

Q: What do you most enjoy treating?
A: Migraines. I think God may have given me migraines so I would have extra compassion for those people. I know how bad it is. There was a time in my life when I was having a headache every day. I was giving lectures to doctors on migraines wondering if I was going to get one while talking to them. That is one of my favorite things to treat.

Q: What do you like to do outside of work?
A: I have a wonderful husband. He is really my supporter and my best friend. We have three cats that are like our children. We have children, but they’re grown. I’m also very close with my mom, who is 82. I try to spend time with her every weekend.

I love cooking. That pleases my husband because he likes to eat. And I love gardening. If I can dig in the dirt, I’m happy.

The LRH neurology clinic is located at 6611 River Place Blvd., Ste. 201 in Austin. For more information or to make an appointment, call (512) 467-7770.

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