First of all, you are probably wondering if this guy’s name really is Taylor Taylor, and YES IT REALLY IS! Second, I’d like to say that at the core of who I am, my life’s work and personal mission statement speak to the fact that I am a healer and I live my life in accordance with that philosophy. My journey along the path as a healer began while I was a combat medic in the U.S. Army back in 1991. I then went on to study nursing at the University of Hawaii. I worked as a nurse for over 10 years working primarily in urgent care, emergency room, and pediatrics.
Like many acupuncturists, my interest in becoming an acupuncturist stemmed from my own experience with its effectiveness and having many life-changing experiences with Chinese medicine myself. For me it started with severe chronic pain. In all the years of sports, martial arts, jumping out of helicopters in the military and several accidents, I had a grand total of 16 different broken bones, 2 rotator cuff injuries, 2 hernias, 2 concussions, severely torn ligaments in my knees and ankles, herniated discs in my neck and lower back, 5 surgeries, and a multitude of other injuries. I literally had broken bones from head to toe (skull, back, ribs, hands, legs, and ankles). I was in constant moderate to severe pain and basically told by all of my western doctors that pain medications and surgery were my only hope. Many of my doctors also told me to expect to have moderate pain for the rest of my life.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine provided both short and long-term relief of my pain like nothing else could. I eventually became pain-free. Presently in my mid-40s and in spite of all those injuries, I still enjoy a very active life; running, hiking, working out, and martial arts with very little to no pain most of the time.
I’m a licensed acupuncturist in the state of California as well as nationally by the NCCAOM. While most of my studies in Chinese medicine were in the U.S., I’ve also studied Chinese medicine abroad in China, Taiwan, and Japan. Including the time I have worked as an acupuncturist, nurse, and combat medic, I have over 25 years of experience in the medical field. By combining both my western and Chinese medical backgrounds, my approach to medicine is truly integrative. Most of my experience both as a patient and a practitioner are with sports injuries and orthopedic treatments. However, I do treat a wide variety of other conditions.
I don’t claim to know everything. Nor do I claim to have the best technique or method. However, what I do know is this: With all the injuries I’ve had and the years I’ve worked in the medical field, I’ve figured out what works and what doesn’t, and I use what I know will work on my patients. Additionally, if I think there may be another modality, practitioner, or therapy that could be more effective in treating a patient’s condition, I tell them. Finally, any patient who has ever been treated by me will tell you that I love to educate! I teach all my patients things they can do on their own to not only heal their injuries but to help prevent them in the future.
I’ve always been very athletic. With my history of injuries, I’m currently functioning at 95 to 100% with no pain at all at least 90% of the time all thanks to acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. I typically get the same results with most of my patients. If you’re experiencing any amount of pain, make an appointment to see me today! You won’t regret it!