About Dr. Taylor
More than twenty years ago Dr. Taylor began a gradual migration from the practice of standard Western medicine to a more integrated or blended approach combining “traditional” with more “functional” or “holistic” care. For him this was a result of the frustrating realization that he had not been given the “tools” in traditional Western Medical training to help many of his chronically ill patients achieve real wellness. Dr. Taylor learned that most illness of a chronic or long-standing nature was the result of the interplay of a patient’s genetic makeup with the sum total of harmful environmental stresses to which that patient has been exposed during life. Today after much additional education and experience helping hundreds of children and adults, Dr. Taylor has learned how to utilize the body’s own natural capacity for healing and regeneration through the use of both natural and traditional measures.
Having treated these disorders largely with “standard” or “accepted” medical treatments for 35 years he is well versed in the accepted approaches using published treatment guidelines. In some cases these have merit and he still may use them. Unfortunately many patients that seek Dr. Taylor’s care are continuing to experience health problems and symptoms despite exhaustive care using “standard treatment guidelines” of “traditional medicine”. Some folks just wish to incorporate integrative/nonstandard therapies in order to maintain wellness and avoid disease.
Dr. Taylor believes that it is very important to approach treatment of disease from a value approach. He knows that medical care these days is expensive and that it is important to balance the need to know patient lab information with the costs involved. He only orders tests that he believes will lead him to modify his recommendations and treatment. It is very important to Dr. Taylor for the patients that come to him for care to be treated with respect and dignity.
Dr. Taylor grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas where he graduated from King High School. He was an Eagle Scout and his favorite subjects were Chemistry and Biology. He then attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with Highest Honors in Zoology. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa honor fraternity while a student at UT. After University Dr. Taylor attended Medical School at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and received his MD degree while on scholarship from the United States Army. While in Medical School he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor fraternity. After Med School Dr. Taylor completed his Residency in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and Allergy at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. His training included two years of general medical training in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine. He then spent a twenty year career in the Army Medical Corps including a tour of duty for Operation Desert Storm where he encountered soldiers suffering from Gulf War Syndrome. For twenty years Dr. Taylor practiced general ENT and Allergy with a multispecialty group in Southern Colorado where he served as President of the San Luis Valley Medical Professional Corporation. While in Colorado he began studies which led to his present practice of Integrative Medicine where he combines traditional medicine with a functional and holistic systems biology approach to chronic illness.
Dr. Taylor focuses on the role that environmental toxicants (man-made chemicals, electromagnetic radiation, toxic effects of persistent infections) play in causing chronic complex illness symptoms like chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, autoimmune disease, mood disorders, brain fog, and hormonal disorders. He has received hours of education from the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, the Institute of Functional Medicine, the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, and the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society. He has completed training from ILADS required by the Texas Medical Board to qualify as a practitioner trained in the treatment of tick-borne illnesses including Lyme Borreliosis and coinfections.
Dr. Taylor is Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngolgy and has been recognized as a “Board Certified Physician” by the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine (this board is not certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties).
“Some people can’t believe in themselves until someone else believes in them first.”
– Sean Maguire, from Good Will Hunting
Megan Miller entered the healthcare field with a vision of creating health and preventing disease. Her passion for becoming a Health Coach, Fitness Instructor, and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) stems from a simple philosophy from Functional Medicine – the “rule of tacks”. This rule simply states that if you are sitting on a tack, don’t take aspirin for the pain, remove the tack!
Prior to earning her nursing degrees, she served in the United States Army as a signals intelligence analyst. Following her honorable discharge, she worked as a first responder in one of the largest cities in the country. She excelled at forming trusting, therapeutic relationships and triaging the very complex needs of the community. She pushed herself to learn more about the medical comorbidities of the population she served and ultimately earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing Degree from Texas A&M University and a Master’s of Science in Nursing Degree (FNP) from Georgetown University. Additionally, she holds instructor certifications in two different types of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and is also a certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
She successfully partners with clients on creating individualized, comprehensive plans of care for stress management, fatigue, weight loss, hypertension, dyslipidemia, insulin resistance, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, hormone imbalances, headaches, chronic pain, environmental illness and toxic exposure including Lyme disease, and others. Her clients choose to work with her because she fosters mutual accountability for their health outcomes while insisting on treating the whole person and not just the disease diagnosis.
Instead of looking at a chart and quickly writing a prescription, or telling you what you “should” do, she will listen to you. And together you will form a plan as you move forward toward a healthier lifestyle. The goal will not be to put a Band-Aid on your symptoms, but to get to the root cause of them, and promote healing.
“To be a successful coach and practitioner means truly taking the time to listen to you and to hear your story, creating a partnership as we move forward in your journey toward healing and health. Being a part of preventing, diagnosing, and treating illness in a way that is individualized for each person just makes sense to me.”
As your Health Coach, she will partner with you in designing a personalized program so that you will feel confident and have the tools to create your own happier, healthier lifestyle. This will include one or more interventions, such as diet/nutrition interventions (also including vitamins, minerals, and supplements), exercise, stress management, detoxification, massage therapy, and mind/body techniques, such as meditation or guided imagery. Both Megan and Dr. Taylor believe in treating the underlying cause of the problem, including the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and environmental influences that affect a person’s health. As your health coach, Megan will prescribe a healthy lifestyle plan specific to you in order to to improve your overall health.
Megan is unique in that she also provides services as a Health Coach. Although she utilizes her health coaching skills during every patient interaction as a Nurse Practitioner, we will soon be offering an option for you to see her at a reduced rate for Health Coach services only.
Outside of providing healthcare services, Megan enjoys spending time
with her family and friends, laughing (very important!), riding horses,
two-stepping, painting with acrylics, exercising, watching Red Wings hockey, cooking, hiking, kayaking, and enjoying the outdoors. And chocolate of course.