AIHM Phoenix, AZ Chapter Event- Gladys Taylor McGarey, MD, Grandmother Mona Polacca, MSW, Patricia StandTal Clarke, MD, DMin

January 14, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


This event features three guest speakers: Gladys Taylor McGarey, the Grandmother of Holistic Medicine; Mona Polacca, a founding member of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers; and Patricia StandTal Clarke, a Traditional Native Healer. Join us to hear three Grandmothers talk about how integrative medicine started, how it has evolved, and hopes for the future.

Speaker Bios:

Gladys Taylor McGarey, M.D., M.D. (H), has just reached the 102th year mark and still going strong. She believes age is just a number and not a stop sign. She has just received her first literary contract and still has a 10 year plan! She was born in India to American Medical Missionaries. She was raised in the jungles of India where her parents provided medical care to the people there. She knew from the age of 2 that she was going to become a doctor. She has been a family physician for nearly seventy years. She is board certified in Holistic and Integrated Medicine. She is internationally known for her pioneering work in holistic medicine, natural birthing and the physician-patient partnership. She was the co-founder of the American Holistic Medical Association. She is known as the Mother of Holistic Medicine. Her foundation, The Foundation For Living Medicine, has helped expand the knowledge and application of holistic principles through scientific research and education. She is author of 6 books with a 7th book scheduled for publication in May,2023. Her seminal book, Living Medicine has recently been revised and titled, Living Medicine…Beyond Holistic Medicine. It is available through Amazon or through the Foundation For Living Medicine.

Patricia StandTal Clarke, M.D., D.Min received her bachelors from UC Berkeley, her medical degree at Univ. of Minnesota (3rd best in Primary Care), and Family Medicine fellowship at Dartmouth. She has served over 4 decades as an ordained Priest, 22 years as Medical Director of RedRoad Medicine, 21 years in private practice, 20 years with the United Nations, on faculty at two medical schools, and as a principal investigator in HIV and diabetes research. She is a Fellow AAFP, a founding diplomat of ABHIM and ABoIM, an NIH honoree “Changing the Face of Medicine” and a Didanawisgi (Native Healer) practicing integrative medicine of 1000 generations.

Grandmother Mona Polacca, MSW is an educator and facilitator whose special interest in older people and youth and has led or participated in many effective initiatives related to Indigenous water issues and culturally appropriate health treatments for Native Americans. Mona has held posts of responsibility within her own community, such as Treasurer for her tribe (the Colorado River Indian Tribes). She is the founder, President/CEO and faculty member of the Turtle Island Project, a non-profit program dedicated to promoting a vision of wellness and providing trans-cultural training to individuals, families, and healthcare professionals. Mona is also a founding member of the International Council of Thirteen IndigenousGrandmothers, which is an alliance of Indigenous women from around the world who are upholding, preserving, and protecting Indigenous practices and ceremonies, including the right to use the earth-based medicines. She is currently the Coordinator of Indigenous Water Ethics for the Indigenous Environmental Network and a Senior Fellow of the Center for Earth Ethics, she does her work remotely from Tucson, Arizona, USA. Her spiritual practice is grounded in the Havasupai, Hopi and Tewa Original Instructions and the Native American Church.”