Health and wellness resources

Originally published in Enchanted Homes

Taos’ high desert climate and pure air are powerful enough reasons to make the town a health destination. But there is more: the mineral springs in and around Taos, like Ojo Caliente, the first natural health spa in the country, and Manby Springs, are also renowned for their curative properties. The town now has health facilities that range from a modern hospital and alternative and Oriental medicine practitioners to traditional healers.


Holy Cross Hospital

In 1936 Mabel Dodge Lujan donated a house to the town to be used as a community hospital. From its earliest days, the hospital combined old traditions with new and innovative treatments. Holy Cross Hospital is today a progressive regional acute care facility that provides curative, preventative and supportive health care services. The facility’s 80 resident and staff physicians cover a variety of ever-expanding specialties that include internal medicine, cardiology, obstetrics, women’s services, family practice, radiology and laboratory services, orthopedics, pediatrics, general surgery, urology and a fully staffed emergency department.

The hospital was recognized by the American Hospital Association with a NOVA award for their community-based First Steps Program —a program that works with first-time parents and families.

1397 Weimer Road
Taos, New Mexico87571
(800) 755-6236      
(575) 737-3299      
(575) 758-8883.

The Women’s Health Institute

Associated with Holy Cross Hospital, the Women’s Health Institute offers comprehensive women’s medical services including gynecology, obstetrics, minimally-invasive surgery, major surgery and midwifery. It is also home to the Holy Cross Birthing Center.

1329 Gusdorf Road
(575) 758-5001

Family Practice, Dentists & Specialists

Family Practice Associates of Taos
630 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur  Taos, NM 87571
(575) 758-3005
Questa Health Center
2573 State Hwy 522,  Questa, NM87556
(575) 586-0315
Taos Chiropractic Health Center
813 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte
Taos, NM 87571-6373
(575) 758-8498
Eye Associates of New Mexico
1399 Weimer Rd #300
 (575) 758-0621

The Taos area has physicians specializing in cardiovascular disease, colon and rectal care, dermatology, ophthalmology, gynecology, internal medicine, neurology, sleep

disorders, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics, podiatry, psychiatry, radiology, sports medicine, surgery, urgent care and urology.  If you are in need of dental care, there are more than 25 dental offices in service. Check the Taos Chamber Listings, the phonebook or visit

Yoga Studios

The classical techniques of Yoga date back more than 5,000 years and currently, close to 11 million Americans practice it. It improves cardiovascular and respiratory efficiency and decreases stress, among many other benefits. Taos is home to a variety of yoga schools and studios that offer classes for all levels.

Santosha Yoga
1203 King Drive, Suite B
(575) 758-YOGA (9642)
Shree Yoga Taos
112 Camino de la Placita, Suite C
(575) 758.8014
Svastha Yoga Institute
PO Box 1446
Taos, NM87571
Taos Khalsa Health Center/ Yoga & Pilates Studio
#65 Highway 522, Suite C
El Prado, NM87529
(575) 751 1335
Martial Arts
Aikido Ten Shin, Taos Kihon Dojo
204 Gusdorf Rd Unit 5 TaosNM87571
(575) 758-7109     
Taos Taekwondo Academy
204-1 Paseo del Cañón (behind Woody’s)
(575) 758-4068.
Qigong Academy  

Tai Chi and Qigong classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 9 am at TaosKitCarsonPark in warm weather or at the academy, inside the YuccaPlaza.

216 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Suite H

Alternative, Holistic & Oriental Medicine

Doctors of Oriental Medicine, Feldenkrais practitioners, massage therapists, chiropractors and a host of other alternative practitioners can be found in the Medical and

Wellness Directory, located at the TaosVisitorsCenter and numerous locations throughout town.

Curandera Patricia Padilla

An eighth-generation healer from El Paso, Texas, who now lives and practices in Taos.

(575) 776 1106

Vitamins, herbs and food supplements

Taos Herb Company

710 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Suite J

(800) 353-1991

(575) 758-1991

Cid’s Food Market

623 Paseo del Pueblo Norte

(575) 758-1148

Total Health and Wellness Center of Taos (includes former Taos Pharmacy, now Taos Compounding Pharmacy)

622 A and B Paseo del Pueblo Sur

Taos, NM  87571

(575) 737-5810

Health Clubs & Pilates Studios

The two main fitness centers in town —complete with swimming pools, hot tubs, personal trainers, comprehensive class schedules and state of the art fitness equipment— are:

Northside Health and Fitness Center
1307 Paseo delPueblo Norte
(575) 751-1242.
Taos Spa & Tennis Club
111 Doña Ana Drive
(575) 758-1980.
Other health clubs:
Aura Fitness
1337 Gusdorf Road, Suite S
(575) 758-9733
Curves for Women
1350 Paseo del Pueblo Sur  Suite A
(575) 751-1113.
Taos Pilates Studio
1103 Paseo del Pueblo Norte Unit 4 B
(575) 758-7604
Vibrance Pilates & Fitness
616 Paseo del Pueblo Sur Unit #2 Taos, N.M. 87571
(575) 737-5800
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs
Ojo Caliente offers various natural hot springs for a day of soaking, as well as bodywork, spa and overnight facilities.
50 Los Baños Drive
(800) 222-9162     
(505) 583-2233
Total Health and Wellness Center of Taos
622 A&B Paseo del Pueblo Sur
Taos, NM  87571
(575) 737-5810
The TotalHealth & WellnessCenter offers clinical services like consultations, vaccinations and a number of lab tests. It includes the Taos Compounding Pharmacy and Taos Medical Supply.
Pharmacies are also located inside Smiths, Albertsons and Wal-Mart.  For pharmacy needs in Angel Fire, call (575) 377-2269.
Home health care supplies may be obtained from
Mountain Home Health Care
630 Paseo delPueblo Sur #180
(575) 758-4786    
Mountain Medical Supply
1399 Weimer Road
Taos, NM87571
(575) 758-8081.
If you would like to see your business listed on this page, contact Michelle M. Gutierrez at

About dovalpage

Teresa Dovalpage was born in Havana and now lives in Taos, New Mexico. She has a Ph.D. in Spanish literature and teaches at UNM Taos. She also freelances for Taos News, Profile, Hispanic Executive and other publications. A bilingual author, she has published eight novels, six in Spanish and two in English, two collections of short stories in Spanish and one in English. Her English-language novels are A Girl like Che Guevara (Soho Press, 2004) and Habanera, a Portrait of a Cuban Family (Floricanto Press, 2010). Her collection of short stories The Astral Plane, Stories of Cuba, the Southwest and Beyond was published by the University of New Orleans Press in 2012. In her native Spanish she has authored the novels Muerte de un murciano en La Habana (Death of a Murcian in Havana, Anagrama, 2006, a runner-up for the Herralde Award in Spain), El difunto Fidel (The late Fidel, Renacimiento, 2011, that won the Rincon de la Victoria Award in Spain in 2009), Posesas de La Habana (Haunted Ladies of Havana, PurePlay Press, 2004), La Regenta en La Habana (Edebe Group, Spain, 2012,) Orfeo en el Caribe(Atmósfera Literaria, Spain, 2013) and El retorno de la expatriada (The expat’s return, Egales, Spain, 2014). Her short novel Las Muertas de la West Mesa (The West Mesa Murders, based on a real event) is currently being published in serialized format by Taos News.
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