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).
Celina Harp joins Texas Integrative Medicine in her role providing nutritional and diet consultation services to our guests. Celina calls Austin home, where she has spent most of her life. She earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in Neurobiology and Nutritional Science from the esteemed program at the University of Texas at Austin where her favorite subjects were biochemistry, math, anatomy and physiology. She also attended medical school for two years. After several years of working on her own health and working in a neurobiology lab, Celina started a gluten-free food company. Later she built a commercial food production facility, SmartFood Kitchen. Two years later she expanded the business. She also operates her own Nutrition company, SmartFood Nutrition where she offers her guests organic juices. Through her own personal health journey using her knowledge of “food as medicine”, Celina has been able to recover her health and wellness through the pursuit of a healing diet program. She puts the saying of Hippocrates, “Let Food Be Thy Medicine” into practice in her daily life.
Celina and Dr. Taylor bring a strong combination of skills as they both understand the role that toxins and man-made chemicals play in the development of health issues such as fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivity, brain fog, immune disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, autoimmune diseases, and endocrine disorders. Celina Harp joins in with Texas Integrative Medicine to take a more holistic approach to health and wellness. She specializes in inflammation (the root of all diseases), GI distress/diseases, and detoxification. Instead of the reductionist approach of most ‘diets,’ Celina approaches wellness in an additive method based on holism. First, she adds in foods to your daily routine to address nutrient deficiency or to up regulate certain biochemical pathways. Along with MRT food allergy testing, Celina utilizes scientifically validated tests to determine levels of chemical and metal toxicity to most effectively address any necessary detoxification to reach wellness.
Celina enjoys hiking, biking, salsa dancing, and yoga/meditation when she isn’t busy helping her patients recover their health and wellness with the foods that they eat and the beverages they drink.
Celina is available to see patients concurrently with Dr. Taylor or independently for anyone desiring to improve their health through diet and nutrition.