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The Healing Sanctuary Health Care Providers

The Healing Sanctuary Medical Providers
Dr. Jeffrey B. Baker, MD

Jeffrey B. Baker, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Jeffrey Baker is the owner and founder of The Healing Sanctuary. He has dreamed of doing this for over 10 years and is excited to be able to make it happen.

Dr. Baker helps patients with all their health care needs and questions with a more balanced and holistic mindset, looking to find the source of the issues instead of just treating the symptoms. He is a continual learner and never seems to quit in helping patients in new and better ways for their health.

Dr. Baker appreciates you trusting The Healing Sanctuary with your health!

Taylor Drew Smith, MSPH, PA-C

Taylor Drew Smith MSPH, PA-C

Physician Assistant

As a native of Idaho Falls, Taylor is excited to practice in this wonderful town and serve the community that gave so much to him in his youth. He became interested in healthcare at a very young age after having the opportunity to work at his grandfather’s pharmacy in Idaho Falls, Eastgate Drug. Taylor finds great satisfaction in building trusting and lasting relationships with those he sees, and finds the most joy when medical decisions can be shared between the patient and provider.

He loves being a part of the healthcare team at The Healing Sanctuary and working with the integrative medical approach they provide. Taylor believes that health is so much more than just physical wellness, and includes emotional, social, spiritual, and communal well-being as well.

Taylor Drew Smith, MSPH, PA-C

Michelle Smith, BSN, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, DipACLM

Family Nurse Practitioner

For almost 20 years, she practiced as a midwife. In 1993, she passed the national certification exam from the North American Registry of Midwives to become a Certified Professional Midwife. From 2006 to 2010, she worked on legislation as a volunteer lobbyist for the Idaho Midwifery Council to license midwives in the state of Idaho. Midwives became eligible for licensure in 2009 and Medicaid reimbursement in 2010.

At the beginning of 2008, she opened the first free-standing birth center in Southeast Idaho. She received her bachelor’s degree as a registered nurse from Idaho State University in 2019 and earned her master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Northwest Nazarene University in 2022. She worked at Bingham Memorial hospital as an RN on the medical/surgical floor, the Intensive Care Unit, and in the Pain & Anesthesia Recovery Center.

Laurie Pinkerton - The Healing Sanctuary - PA-C

Joseph Armbruster, APRN, MSN, FNP-BC

Family Nurse Practitioner

Joseph was born and raised in St. Louis Missouri and lived there for 38 years. He chose nursing as a way to help others, and began his nursing career working in neurosurgery patient care and neurology research. He met his future wife and  moved to Elko, Nevada where Joseph continued working for 14 years before getting his Family Nurse Practitioner degree at Purdue University. 

As a Family Nurse Practitioner, Joseph enjoyed working with children in a pediatric clinic. He felt that his purpose was to help others better their lives physically by sharing the wisdom and knowledge he had acquired in his medical practices. 


What Our Patients are Saying

“I have never met a doctor that genuinely cares so much about his patients until I met Dr. Baker…”
- Allie Casteneda

“We love the Healing Sanctuary and the staff there. Dr. Baker is genuine and cares about his patients…”
- Karly Leavitt

“Dr. Baker and his staff have always gone above and beyond! I always feel so comfortable there!”
- Amy Anderson