Meet our Team

Mary Brittain Blankenship, MD, FAIHM

Dr. Blankenship is the founder of Spruce MD. She is board certified in internal medicine and has experience in both hospital medicine and cardiovascular inpatient medicine. She completed a two year fellowship in Integrative Medicine through the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine and is the first board certified Integrative Medicine physician in the Upstate. She also has expertise in utilizing technology to improve the delivery of medical care.

Dr. Blankenship’s passion for integrative medicine stems from a desire to provide medical care that is proactive rather than reactive, with a focus on nutrition and exercise. Spruce MD allows her the necessary time to provide care through education, enabling patients to make impactful changes in their health.

For self-care, Dr. Blankenship enjoys running, road and mountain biking, yoga and traveling. She is an avid cook and voracious reader.

Katherine Taylor, RD, LD

Katherine is a registered and licensed dietitian with over 25 years experience in nutrition counseling. In addition to her degree in Coordinated Dietetics, she has advanced training from the Kalish Institute and uses both lifestyle medicine and functional nutrition to develop patient centered treatment plans. Katherine is also a certified LEAP therapist (CLT) with expertise in developing anti-inflammatory diets to address medical conditions. Katherine believes that proper assessment and nutritional guidance can transform health and create vitality at any age.

Katherine enjoys all things outdoors including hiking, kayaking and gardening. She loves spending time with her three sons on Lake Jocassee and is also an ardent reader.

Madia at Spruce MD Internal Medicine

Madia Orlando, Patient Coordinator

Originally from Augusta, GA, Madia Orlando is Spruce MD’s Patient Coordinator. She is the go-to for questions about how care at Spruce MD works, billing and supplement purchase. She helps ensure patients have a seamless experience during their healthcare journey with Spruce MD. Outside of the office, Madia enjoys exploring the Greenville area with her husband and two dogs, trying new recipes in the kitchen or reading a good book curled up in her hammock.

Claire Brown, Health Coach

Claire Brown is Spruce MD’s Health Coach. She is originally from Charlotte, NC but considers Greenville home. Claire completed her health coach certification through the Integrative Health Practitioner Institute and is also a certified yoga instructor. She has a love for Ayurveda, essential oils and tidiness – Marie Kondo style. Claire prioritizes self-care and emphasizes this with her patients. For Claire, this usually includes yoga, walks, meditation and writing. For fun, she enjoys listening to music, reading, creating art, spending time outdoors and hanging with her husband.

Claire Brown
Sarah Baker Operations Manager

Sarah Baker, Operations Manager

Sarah Baker is Spruce MD’s Operations Manager. Often behind the scenes, Sarah keeps track of all the processes that help Spruce MD run smoothly. She’s a genius with numbers and always has a smile on her face. Sarah grew up in Simpsonville and spent five years in Prague before moving back to the Upstate. She enjoys hiking with her family, baking, and a good cup of (Methodical) coffee!