Utter returns home to practice medicine

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

She’s been called Ms. Taylor, Mrs. Utter, mom and Joe’s girl, but now Sandra Taylor Utter adds doctor to her titles.

Utter, a 1998 graduate of Grant County High School, began her new career at Summit Medical Group in Dry Ridge last month.

Utter always knew she wanted to be a doctor.

“I had lots of pets and I ‘saved’ them,’” she said, with a smile. “I was so fascinated that you could breathe into a newborn puppy’s mouth and bring it back.”

Utter said she also knew there was no doubt she’d return to her native Grant County to practice medicine.

Matt Morgan, assistant superintendent of Grant County schools, taught Utter when she was a student at GCHS. He wasn’t surprised that she followed a career path to become a doctor.

“I knew she wanted to go into the medical field,” he said.

Morgan taught Utter math, algebra and pre-calculus. He described her as a “top notch student.”

“She’s probably one of the best students I ever had, so it doesn’t surprise me that she became something like a doctor. She could have done whatever she wanted to,” Morgan said.

She is the daughter of Joe and Michelle Taylor of Crittenden and granddaughter of Les and Betty Taylor of Williamstown.

She is married to her high school sweetheart, Joe Utter and the couple has two children, Jackson, 4, and Madison, 2. Joe is a teacher and coach at Grant County High School.

Utter said the choice to practice family medicine was also an easy one.

“I like to take care of the whole family, all the way from babies to adults,” she said.

She completed her undergraduate studies at Eastern Kentucky University followed by medical school at the University of Louisville. Her residency was through St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

“I’ve felt at home from the beginning,” she said. “Having completed my residency locally it was quite literally just like coming home.”

Utter said she’s enjoying re-connecting with Grant County people that she hadn’t seen in the time she was away at college and medical school.

“There’s something special about Grant County,” she said. “I missed it when I was gone and am glad to be back and be part of the community.”