89-year old Dr. Gladys Taylor McGarey has been practicing family medicine for 63 years. Known as the “Mother of Holistic Medicine” for her role as co-founder of the American Holistic Medical Association, Dr. McGarey brought integrative medicine to America. She’s internationally known for her pioneering work in holistic medicine, natural birthing, and the physician-patient partnership.
She was among the first to bring fathers into the delivery room. She and her former husband were the first to bring acupuncture to America and routinely use it in their practices. She began a grassroots movement in 2009 to create a paradigm shift in medical care that promotes the feminine face of medicine. She has been active in the national healthcare movement and continues to visit Washington to educated policy makers why healthcare reform must go beyond payment reform and embrace service delivery reform as well.
Three years ago, riding a donkey at the age of 85, she led a team of doctors into war-torn rural Afghanistan to teach safe birthing practices to impoverished women. This highly successful program has resulted in a 46% drop in the infant/child mortality rate.
She is the author of three books: The Physician Within You, Born to Heal, and Living Medicine. Dr. Gladys lectures, writes and consults one day a week at her Scottsdale, AZ office.
In 1989, Dr. McGarey founded The Gladys Taylor McGarey Medical Foundation to promote physician training, patient awareness, and practices for personal health that encompass the whole person -- including spiritual, emotional and physical health. Today, its work continues in the U.S teaching doctors, encouraging conscious birthing, empowering women, promoting health and wholeness through education, and advocating for healthcare reform.