Provider Spotlight: Tara Scott, MD, FACOG, FAAFM, ABOIM, CNMP
by Wynter Kaiser
Dr. Tara Scott is a certified menopause practitioner with the North American Menopause Society and a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She first became involved with hormone and integrative medicine while practicing as an OB/GYN. Dr. Scott’s empathy for patients experiencing hormone-related issues led her to become trained as an advanced fellow and certified by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. The evidence-based practices she employed helped many patients conquer chronic wellness issues. In 2013, Dr. Scott founded Revitalize Medical Group, where she serves as the Chief Medical Officer. In 2016 she obtained an additional board certification in Integrative Medicine.
Dr. Scott is passionate about educating the medical community on the advances in evidence-based hormone therapy. She lectures around the community to raise awareness about wellness and hormone balance. She also serves as Medical Director of Integrative Medicine for Summa Health in Akron, OH.
Graduating from Northeast Ohio University College of Medicine, Dr. Scott completed her residency with Summa Health Systems at Akron City Hospital in Ohio. She recently “retired” from OB/GYN after almost twenty years to focus on functional and integrative medicine. Dr. Scott is also an Associate Clinical Professor at Northeast Ohio Medical University, where she teaches OB/GYN residents.
DUTCH: What inspired you to become a healthcare practitioner?
Dr. Tara Scott: I just felt drawn to help people, and I loved the science.
DUTCH: What is your training?
Dr. Tara Scott: I am a medical doctor, a certified menopause practitioner, and I completed the Fellowship in Anti-Aging, Metabolic and Functional Medicine (FAAMFM) to Fellowship in Anti-Aging Functional Medicine (FAAFM).
DUTCH: Describe your medical background/practice.
Dr. Tara Scott: My background is OB/GYN where I spent almost twenty years delivering babies, performing surgeries, and practicing office gynocology. In 2016 I “retired” from OB/GYN to concentrate only on functional and integrative medicine.
DUTCH: What other functional testing do you use in your practice?
Dr. Tara Scott: At Revitalize Medical Group we do saliva, serum, urine, stool, and micronutrient testing. We also test for mold, metals, urine neurotransmitters, and genomics.
DUTCH: How have you incorporated DUTCH Testing into your practice?
Dr.Tara Scott: We have been huge adopters of the DUTCH Test®! We use it as an optional functional test for almost all patients to assess their hormone balance and determine treatments.
DUTCH: What are the changes you have seen in your patients and practice since incorporating the DUTCH Test®?
Dr. Tara Scott: I love how DUTCH testing illustrates estrogen metabolism and also shows a cortisone curve. The organic acid section is a bonus!
DUTCH: Where do you see functional/integrative medicine twenty years from now?
Dr.Tara Scott: I definitely think functional/integrative medicine will be more mainstream. The patients are pushing for it, and with social media and the internet ideas are disseminated much faster than when I started this 15 years ago.
DUTCH: What do you like to do outside of work?
Dr. Tara Scott: I love to run and do anything active outside (hiking, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding) . I also love to travel. I am a big fan of show choir and love watching my kids perform!