Life Extension Medicine
Natural Primary Care
Personal / Sports Injuries
Pregnancy & Post-Natal Care
Surgical / Stroke Rehabilitation
Traumatic Brain Injury
Ear Acupuncture (Auriculotherapy)
Microcurrent Facial Sculpting
Traditional Asian Medicine
Dr. Brandon Taylor, DOM, L.Ac., Diplomate OM (NCCAOM), Registered Extern Supervisor & ADS Supervisor (NMBAOM), Medical Director
Dr. Brandon Taylor is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine (New Mexico), a Licensed Acupuncturist (California), a Nationally Board Certified Diplomate in Oriental Medicine (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine), an Auricular Detoxification Specialist and ADS Supervisor (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association), and a Registered Extern Supervisor with the NM Board of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
He incorporates the arts and sciences of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Medical Massage, and a wide range of natural therapeutics within his body of work. Dr. Taylor enjoys transforming services from these modalities into unique treatments that support each Patient's wellness goals. As the Medical Director for Mountain Spirit, he leads our Team of Providers in the development and provision of our dynamic Integrative Medical services, including Primary Care and Functional Medicine. Brandon is dedicated to ensuring quality care for all our Patients. He is honored to be chosen by our local community as a Best Alternative Healing Practitioner in the 2017 Best of Santa Fe Reader's Choice poll.
Dr. Taylor earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997 from San Francisco State University, where a majored in Psychology with a minor in Holistic Health Studies. There he began his journey of wellness in courses such as Eastern Perspectives in Healing, and became enamored with the foundations of Traditional Asian Medicine. In 2004 he completed his post-graduate degree in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College here in Santa Fe. There he was awarded the Golden Flower Scholarship for Excellence in Herbal Medicine for his graduating class.
A proponent of truly holistic and integrative healthcare, he has participated in a wide variety of specialized training within several local Externships. These include:
• Women’s health and gynecology, at Women's Health Services
• Rehabilitation (Post-Surgical and Post-Injury), at St. Vincent's Hospital
• Pain management, at the Santa Fe Indian Hospital
• Pediatrics, at Reach the Children School
From early 2006 through 2009 he worked on-site at the Cancer Institute of New Mexico, providing palliative oncology care for chemotherapy- and radiation-induced side effects. Dr. Taylor was asked to work there based on numerous peer-reviewed studies appearing in major oncology journals, demonstrating acupuncture's effectiveness for treating these conditions. Patients experienced such success from these natural medicine treatments that the center wished to expand his offerings, prior to being bought by a large hospital corporation. For over a decade, Dr. Taylor continues to treat many cancer survivors here at Mountain Spirit.
Brandon has an even longer history assisting people in Recovery from substance abuse and chemical dependency. His experience includes private practice treatments as well as integrative work with community-based drug treatment centers. Certified by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) as an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (ADS) since 2004, he became a NM State Certified ADS Supervisor to promote expansion of AcuDetox throughout NM. In this capacity Dr. Taylor has supervised licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselors that provide the AcuDetox protocol to their clients in both residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment centers.
He has volunteered as an assistant at NADA trainings for addictions treatment professionals in Tijuana, Mexico and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. This work combined with successful completion of their curriculum led to his recognition as a NADA Registered Trainer. In this capacity, he is able to provide the NADA training to other substance abuse treatment professionals throughout North America. He serves as a member of the New Mexico Board of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine's AcuDetox Committee since 2007, where he assists with the development and innovation of AcuDetox programs and policies. In 2015 he completed a four year tenure with NADA's national Board of Directors.
To speak with Dr. Taylor directly about your medical condition, including treatment planning and prognosis based on your health goals, please contact Dr. Taylor’s Practice Management team to schedule an initial consultation. For more information about consultation and treatment to address your health needs, just click on the following link: Your First appointment.
Dr. Taylor was born into a family tradition of healthcare. His maternal grandmother Esther Porter finished her career in Nursing at the hospital where he was born in Sacramento, California. His mother Pamela Taylor retired from her career as an RN at the very same hospital, having completed over 30 years in practice. Victor Bunch Taylor, his paternal grandfather, worked as a member of the Army Medical Service Corps during World War II and retired from his career as Commander for a division of the Medical Service Corp's San Antonio, TX training center.
Brandon's passion for helping others began when he volunteered for his junior high school's Peer Counseling program. Then at Bella Vista High School in Fair Oaks, CA he served as a Conflict Manager. In this capacity he worked together with a team of fellow students and faculty to nonviolently resolve peer conflicts through dialogue and consensus building. During his junior year he became a volunteer for the California Youth Crisis Line, assisting callers with a wide range of issues and needs by utilizing their model of active listening and empowerment. In his senior year, he was hired as a Teen Leader for the CA State funded Education Now and Babies Later (ENABL) Program, to promote family planning for healthier communities.
After completing his undergraduate degree, Brandon worked in several helping professions. He provided counseling for severely emotionally disturbed adolescents at a group home in Oakland, CA. He worked as an Interviewer-Counselor with UCSF's Urban Health Study, utilizing a Harm Reduction model to support injection drug users in choosing healthier behaviors. For years he was a Case Manager and Counselor at Walden House's long-term residential substance abuse treatment facilities in San Francisco. He worked for the San Francisco Department of Health's AIDS Office in programs designed to prevent the spread of Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Soon after moving to New Mexico in 2000, the state Department of Health hired him as a Disease Prevention Specialist. As a DPS he worked with individuals and communities across northern New Mexico to prevent the spread of STD's, HIV, and viral Hepatitis; including work in Harm Reduction counseling, phlebotomy to test for blood borne infections, and as a provider for NM's Syringe Exchange Program.
Today Dr. Taylor balances his professional responsibilities with his favorite personal activities: traveling, hiking, camping, dancing, skiing, swimming, and soaking in hot springs. Brandon enjoys spending as much free time as possible with his life partner Anthony Ortiz, their families, and their precious canine Coco.
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