Dr. Taylor Chesnut was born and raised in Johnston, Iowa. She graduated magna cum laude from Iowa State University in Biochemistry, a university where her brother and four cousins also attended. It was during this time that Dr. Chesnut worked part time at a local optical store and got her first real experience with optometry as a career.
After college, she ventured to Memphis where she attended the Southern College of Optometry graduating cum laude and was presented with the Southern College of Optometry Outstanding Clinician award. She stayed involved during her tenure with Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (SVOSH) which took her to the Dominican Republic to provide eye exams and donated glasses to hundreds of individuals in need. She then pursued additional optometric training by completing a residency in ocular disease and low vision rehabilitation at the Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Hospital in Chicago, IL.