Dr. Taylor grew up surrounded by Nature. Her home was an exquisite garden of flowering fruit trees, vineyards and strawberry fields. In the hickory forest there were trees to climb and amazing collection of wild and cultivated plants. The house was designed by her mother, Fran, a well known artist after the style of Frank Lloyd Wright. Every room had a large picture window to bring in the natural world. The walls were filled with exquisite art. Her love of a natural approach developed during those early years in the rich landscape of the Midwest. She was a member of the local 4-H Club and an enthusiastic horse rider. If you share her passion for the natural world, you will appreciate her natural approach to healing and the Outdoor School experiences.
She did well in school and was admitted as an early entrant to college at the age of 16. The previous summer, she assisted in biochemistry research at the University of Texas sponsored by the National Science Foundation. After graduating from college, she entered graduate school in psychology with a specialization in Behavioral Genetics. After two postdoctoral fellowships, Dr. Taylor decided to return to her first love, medicine. Although she was already a clinical faculty member of the medical school, she returned to student status, graduating in 1985.
The seventeen years of post college graduate level training uniquely prepares Dr. Taylor to practice a personalized interdisciplinary medicine. The demands of our complex lives require an approach that utilizes every well researched tool available. An integrative practice simply has many more tools in the toolbox.
Dr. Taylor began her career in 1972 in basic researcher. She trained in a pioneering interdisciplinary program at the University of Texas at Austin. Although housed in the Department of Psychology, the program integrated Anthropology, Biology and Psychology. Completion of the program required mastery of each field as well as completion of a doctoral dissertation. Dr. Taylor was the only student of her year to complete the program. Her thesis investigated the neurochemistry and genetics of adaptation. She then won a postdoctoral fellowship in Human Genetics followed by two more years in basic research as a Research Associate. She had several publications and grants.
Dr. Taylor entered Medical School in San Antonio, Texas as an older student. She graduated with honors and was awarded membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honorary Society. She then completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Taylor established a private practice in Monterey, California in 1989. For fifteen years, she delivered babies and performed surgery. In 2004, she limited her practice to gynecology only. This allowed her the time to more fully integrate the healing principles of traditional western medicine and complementary medicine. She was one of the first MDs to be certified by the American Board of Holistic Medicine. She is additionally certified by the North American Menopause Society as a Menopause Practitioner. The practice has matured into a warm and supportive office in Carmel, California. The office is adjacent to the rolling hills of Carmel Valley and the sophisticated seaside village of Carmel, California.
Dr.Taylor began martial arts training in Aikido, a Japanese martial art that emphasizes nonviolent neutralization of incoming force. This was followed by the study of two Chinese martial and healing disciplines: Qi Gong and Tai Chi. She completed a Masters course of training in Medical Qi Gong. This was followed by the UCLA course in Medical Acupuncture. At the same time, she began collaboration with Dr. Paul Lam and Tai Chi for Health. This program has blossomed into an international success with practitioners in almost every country. She teaches local classes and also at the week long workshop held annually in June by the Tai Chi for Health Community.