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Dr. Katie Takayasu: Plants First

November 9, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Barrett Bookstore is THRILLED to host Dr. Katie Takayasu for her exclusive book launch event, celebrating the release of Plants First, A Physician’s Guide to Wellness Through a Plant-Forward Diet.

The evening will consist of a book talk and signing accompanied by delicious bites and beverages featured in Dr. Katie’s book.

RSVP is required to attend. Please e-mail: to secure your spot!


Please note proof of vaccination or evidence of a negative test within 72 hours of the event will be required for entry.


I love being called Dr. Katie, and many friends call me that even outside the office!

I practice Integrative Medicine, combining traditional Western medicine with evidence-based complementary modalities. I help patients heal naturally with acupuncture, mind-body medicine, botanical medicine, nutrition, and lifestyle optimization. My practice is at the Center for Integrative Medicine and Wellness at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut.

Originally from the farmlands of northwest Ohio, I saw Family Medicine modeled from a young age. My mentors practiced the biopsychosocial model of patient care, emphasizing the harmony of the mind, body, and spirit. I went on to attend the University of Michigan, where my world was opened up to combining business and medicine.

I continued my studies back in Ohio at Wright State University, where I graduated with my M.D. and M.B.A. I wanted a change of pace for residency and decided to experience urban Family Medicine at Columbia University/New York Presbyterian, where I honed my leadership skills as Chief Resident.

Residency was a tough time of life for me. The hours were long, and my self-care was lacking. In hindsight, I was not eating well, moving enough, sleeping enough, or attending to my spiritual self. After injuring my knee running a half marathon, I found that I could no longer run without pain. This basically ended my super-efficient workout of jogging around the reservoir in Central Park. I began to search for exercise alternatives. That’s when I truly found yoga. I had done yoga in college, but this experience was different. I figured out how to slow my busy mind by focusing on my breath and movement. I started packing my lunch and taking more care with my nutrition. And then my personal Family Medicine doctor recommended I receive acupuncture for stress management and my desire to become pregnant. Lying on the acupuncture table I thought, “I have to figure out a way to share this experience with my patients!” I had found my professional passion!

Following my fellowship in Integrative Medicine, I joined the Center for Integrative Medicine and Wellness. In my current roles, I am a champion of women’s health. My areas of interest include holistic approaches to perimenopause, fertility, pregnancy-related conditions, and pain management for a variety of conditions from migraine headaches to irritable bowel syndrome. I treat the whole patient: mind, body and spirit.

I practice what I preach. For my own wellbeing, I practice yoga and meditation regularly. I take time every day to move my body. I am an avid cook and enjoy experimenting with plant-forward cuisine. Most of all, I love being with other people who bring me joy, especially my husband and two sons.I am accepting new Wellness Insight clients for my unique spin on Integrative wellness coaching.

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