Taylor’s initial interest in medicine began in Haiti, where she was able to assist in providing medical care to destitute areas. Taylor decided she wanted to pursue a career in healthcare simply because of the people and the unique relationships formed. After the unique experience she had in Haiti, she continued her journey in medical missions and went to Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo where she accompanied a team of surgeons and assisted in the operating room with numerous surgeries and medical emergencies in the jungle. It is in that environment that Taylor would soon learn to work with the supplies available and be creative to ensure the patient received the best care possible despite the conditions. Her trips to Haiti and Africa became experiences that would be a catalyst in her life and career.
She attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She was a part of the National Student Nurse Association. During that time, she worked in an inpatient medical surgical unit as a nurse extern to have additional experience. After graduating, she began her career at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, where she stayed for 6 years. Taylor often precepted nurse externs and new graduates. She was an active member of the Unit Based Council and attended regular meetings. She was also a leader in arranging and teaching the yearly education fair. Her passion for furthering her education was evident and she enrolled at Maryville University. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA to gain her Master of Science in Nursing. She received her Family Nurse Practitioner board certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
She previously worked as a provider in dermatology; assessing, diagnosing, and treating skin conditions, including atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, and psoriasis. She completed many biopsies on patients and treated various types of skin cancer. She then started working in allergy and immunology with Dr. Julie Wendt at Relieve Allergy, Asthma, and Hives. She often appreciates the overlap of the two specialties. She reports that her favorite thing about seeing patients is being able to get to know them and build a relationship with them.
She is a member of the American Nurses Association and the Arizona Nurse Practitioner Association. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.