Karyn Tapley MD

Dr. Karyn L Tapley, MD is a residency-trained Ob/Gyn with a fellowship in Integrative Medicine. She was born in Ft. Myers, Florida into a military family and spent the first few years of life living with her parents in Okinawa, Japan. After returning to the states, her father was recruited by Texas Instruments and the family moved to Houston where she spent most of her young life. She moved back to Florida in her early 20s and obtained a BS in Marine Biology from the University of West Florida, before moving on to the University of Florida for medical school. She obtained her residency at Christiana Health System in Delaware. This large, community hospital was situated on the I-95 corridor between Philadelphia and Washington, DC, providing ample educational opportunities with over 8000 deliveries a year and only 16 residents. After successfully completely residency, Dr. Tapley moved across the country to be closer to her husband who had been deployed to the West Coast. She joined a Gyn-only practice with Aesthetics in Oregon and was able to add an extensive cosmetic-surgery education to her skillset. From there, she transitioned to traditional Ob/Gyn care, as an employed physician, in northern Washington state so that she could be closer to her husband who was stationed there. Frustrated with the typical bureaucracy & politics of hospital-based care, she turned to rural Locum Tenens (“traveling doctor”) for a change of pace and to have some control over her life. For over 3 years, she traveled with her husband, now retired from the Navy, her 2 large dogs, and an Amazon parrot named “Cowboy” in a small, vintage travel trailer, caring for women and babies in rural towns from Bar Harbor, ME to Astoria, OR. Eventually, they were ready to return home and she opened her own women’s health clinic and medical spa in northern Washington state. It was during this time she obtained her fellowship in Integrative Medicine from the world-renowned Dr. Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Her non-clinical interests include real estate investing and financial planning for female physicians and other high-income female professionals. She has completed her real estate license training and is currently completing her master’s-level Certified Financial Planning course to sit for the CFP exam. She will be a guest speaker at a major non-clinical career conference in October, speaking on Locums opportunities. For fun, she races cars.

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