From Katie Bohannon, News editor
There’s a new doctor in town. The McClellan Family Chiropractic, rooted in Rainbow City, recently hired Dr. Joshua Taylor welcomed aboard, whose vision aligns with the practice he has joined. He is committed to serving the community and promoting health and wellbeing for everyone who walks through its doors.
“It feels really good to be going home,” said Taylor. “I grew up not far from here and it’s a wonderful community. My grandmother and I came to Gadsden every weekend when I stayed with her. I love the area and I am really excited to be able to work here and get to know everyone in the community. ”
Taylor is from Calhoun County and a graduate of White Plains High School. He continued his education at Jacksonville State University, where he first graduated in math, physics, and history in hopes of becoming an educator. A change of perspective prompted him to consider an alternate path when he realized that a profession existed in an area of his personal life that inspired him: wellness.
Taylor was passionate about exercising and protecting the health of his own body and how he could help others on their own wellness journeys. He discovered an abundance of conflicting information from other fitness enthusiasts contrasting tips on the best exercise methods and health habits. Instead of listening to questionable advice, Taylor decided to find out the truth for herself.
In 2018 Taylor graduated from Life University with a PhD in Chiropractic after receiving awards in exercise science and wellness from JSU. He began his career at Harrison Sports Chiropractic in Anniston and worked with JSU athletes. Taylor later accepted a position at a Montgomery clinic where he gained valuable public experience in a fast-paced environment.
Describing how working with athletes has been filtered into working with the public, Taylor discussed how chiropractic is more than addressing symptoms of pain or discomfort as some might imagine. The experience he has gained in helping athletes develop their skills has been reflected in his approach to caring for the average patient, giving them insight into specific situations and the best methods of treatment.
“[Often] People who come to us in public are in pain – they don’t want to be in pain anymore and we’re doing our best to help them, ”said Taylor. “Sometimes they have a problem with athletes, but sometimes it’s about improving their performance. If you are a runner, do you want to run faster? If you play basketball, do you want to increase your percentage of shooting? Every major league baseball team, every NFL team, every NBA team has a chiropractor, and there’s a reason for that. Athletes see a pretty immediate reaction [to help their performance]. I think that’s getting lost in chiropractic. Everyone thinks it’s neck pain, back pain, or headache [related]but it’s also wellness. That’s what we’re really striving for here – making people feel good and teaching them how to stay there. “
After years of traveling and outside of the family, Taylor and his wife Sarah felt a little closer to home. The couple wanted a stable environment for their two daughters, surrounded by a loving support system and a welcoming community. Shortly thereafter, Taylor found himself in a new role at McClellan Family Chiropractic.
The owners of the McClellan Family Chiropractic, Dr. Mike and Dr. Leslie McClellan, with over 30 years of experience in their field, share Taylor’s alma mater at Life University. The couple specialize in spine biomechanics, diagnosing and correcting a range of diseases, with specific training in auto and sports injuries. Both postgraduate researchers, the McClellans, incorporate non-surgical techniques for the lower back and disc with state-of-the-art decompression traction devices as well as pediatric chiropractic methods into their practice to serve their community.
Caring for their community and nurturing future physicians are consistent with the values on which the McClellan practice is built. Two years ago, Mike decided to open his doors to young doctors to support them in their endeavors and help them grow and thrive as professionals. Although he interviewed several potential team members between 2019 and 2020, the perfect fit didn’t come about until he met Taylor.
“One of the little slogans [we use] If we learn we deserve it and now it’s time to give it back, ”said Mike. “That was really the whole point. We just feel because we have such a good system, because we have been successful for more than 33 years. It is time for us to give back to others. [Taylor] is very much like me – our personalities are very similar, we believe the same things, we are passionate about chiropractic and we have the same goals and directions that we want to put into practice. He is very motivated and has great empathy for people and a desire to do it really well. I think that’s why he suited us so well when I saw that part of him. Knowing he is a family man, he has two children and I raised two children in a chiropractic lifestyle. It was just a good fit. “
Rather than treating the symptoms alone, chiropractic care focuses on the root cause of physical ailments and creates personalized action plans to address those problems. Based on the concept that the human body is self-supporting and self-healing, chiropractic builds its foundation on the control of the body by the brain, spinal cord and nervous system. In order for the body to function properly, the body’s nervous system must remain undisturbed. By eliminating postural disorders and structural misalignments that often accumulate in individuals over time, chiropractic works to restore spinal function through adjustments and to eliminate nerve disorders. Improved spinal function corresponds to improved nervous system function – which leads to optimal nervous system function and overall improved health.
“I believe God made us all in His image and that the body is supposed to function naturally,” said Taylor. “People don’t know that misalignment of your thoracic spine can cause heart, lungs, or kidney dysfunction, but I think everyone realizes that you only have one spine in your life. We can give you a new heart, we can give you new kidneys, but we cannot give you a new vortex. The nerves that emerge from this spine act on everything in your body. We can’t give you a new nerve – once that nerve is gone, it’s gone. “
While the McClellan Family Chiropractic specializes in orthopedic musculoskeletal problems, treating issues such as migraines and headaches, chronic pain, carpal tunnel, and muscle tension through adjustments, decompression, and interference therapy with Taylor’s background in athletics, the practice hopes to diversify and develop its services more ways to help more patients.
For those new to chiropractic, Taylor shared that the McClellan Family Chiropractic is a welcoming and friendly environment. New patients are consulted to determine the cause of their problems or goals. Doctors like Taylor evaluate each individual situation to determine the best next step. Patients are introduced to the world of chiropractic care through an orientation where they learn the science behind the care they will receive. Frequent explanations take the patient step-by-step through the process, providing security and relieving potential nervousness.
“We are very willing and eager to work with anyone who hesitates,” said Taylor. “We have people who come on the first day and we show them what we’re going to do. We are really inclusive. We’ll show you your x-rays and why we’re doing what we’re doing. We will put together a plan that fits that person’s own problems. We appreciate feedback. If one day we’ve done something and you think, “I didn’t like that,” we can change it. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask someone to do something else. “
Compassionate understanding and a desire to help others mark Taylor’s approach at McClellan Family Chiropractic, where he stands alongside other doctors who share a common vision. Taylor returns to a community that infused his childhood with enthusiasm, gratitude, and a heart of service. His gracious demeanor aligns with the determined foundation the McClellans laid years ago as an individual who listens to their patients and supports them on their way to healthier and happier futures.
“I think wellness is diverse,” said Taylor. “Wellness is many cogs on one wheel. You have mental, emotional and physical well-being. If either of these is not in the right line, the wheel will not be able to turn properly. It’s about educating people and turning your health care into your self-sufficiency, ”said Taylor. “It’s about being good to people. Kindness goes a long way – a pat on the back, a handshake, or remembering someone’s name. Just take an extra two or three minutes to talk to someone. Not just with [chiropractic] practice, but in general. You can apply this to all areas of life. Hope people have a great experience [at McClellan] and i hope i help people get out of the pain. I hope to be able to help them achieve their goals whatever they may be. I hope we can help you. “