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).
Dr. Jenny Sechler began her career in the traditional Western medical model working in hospitals, predominantly in the emergency room after earning her nursing degree from Oklahoma State. She developed a great relationship with her patients and a quick ability to treat and address issues. After many years, she realized that she could better serve her patients by using a model that provided lasting results that treated the issues not the symptoms.
She proceeded to earn her Nurse Practitioner degree from Concordia College in Mequon, Wisconsin. She enjoyed the latitude of treatment this degree afforded her, and she specialized in geriatric care. She could now spend more time with each patient and give them better quality of care, but she still felt frustrated by not being able to solve all their health problems.
Dr. Sechler furthered her education by earning a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College in Davenport, Iowa. Through her clinic, she helped many patients with overall health care by treating mind and body as one. She continues to supplement her Western medicine training with Eastern approaches. She is trained in diet and nutrition, anti-aging, and she is certified in functional medicine and applied kinesiology. Her newest certification is in ozone and prolozone joint injection therapy.
Her diverse training and areas of study allow her to select the right approach for each situation whether it be scientific testing, influencing genetic expression, optimizing nutrition, addressing toxins or teaching her patients strategies to support mindful activities. You will find her a compassionate healer and good listener with a gentle but firm approach. She enjoys uncovering the individual approach to healing for each person, and looks forward to the next challenge.
Jennifer started her career in Finance because that’s what everyone in the NY metropolitan did after college. She could never ignore this urge to follow her passion for health and fitness though, so after having her first child she decided to pursue her personal training certification with the NSCA. Jennifer loved working with clients on their health and fitness, but she soon realized that she was only addressing a small portion of their overall well-being by focusing on fitness. She realized she needed to address the whole body, including nutrition, sleep, and mindset, all the things that come along with being a holistic practitioner. Plus, she was struggling herself with energy and thyroid issues.
So, after years of trying to do it all and be it all, the perfect mother, the perfect wife, the perfect trainer in the perfect shape, eating the so-called “perfect diet”, Jennifer happened upon a holistic nutrition and health course that called out her name! Functional Diagnostic Nutrition (FDN). FDN is about getting to the root cause of your health issues, not the simple band-aid approach of covering up symptoms that reappear later in different and sometimes worse ways. Once the root is addressed, the body can heal itself.
Her FDN coursework helped Jennifer heal herself from her own adrenal and thyroid issues. How? Through lab testing of markers of well-being such as hormones and digestion, interpreting those results, and implementing a protocol of DRESS: Diet, Rest, Exercise, Stress reduction, and Supplementation. Jennifer now has the privilege of doing this with her clients. She’s been there, and she can help you!
In addition to her nutrition and fitness background, Jennifer is trained as a NLP Master Practitioner. NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Neuro refers to your neurology, linguistic refers to language, and programming refers to how that neural language functions. In other words, NLP is the process of learning the language of one’s own mind, so you can take more control of your outcomes (what you are getting in life). By using the practice of NLP with clients, Jennifer can help clients achieve their goals by utilizing more productive self-talk (instead of unproductive negative self-talk that so many of us don’t even realize is likely sabotaging our goals). Language is a powerful tool that can be utilized in achieving health goals.
Jennifer has lived all over the world, from San Francisco to Sydney and Singapore, and is enamored with travel. She loves learning from other cultures, particularly when it comes to using food as medicine. Outside of work Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband (another world traveler), and their three children.
Texas Integrative Medicine’s vision is to establish a team of leading experts in the field of “root cause” integrative medicine and uses collaboration to solve each client’s unique health and wellness issues.