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, voracious reader and amateur pilot.

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.