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Physically Ready with Dr. Taylor

Physically Ready with Dr. Taylor

Up next Episode on the Lion's Den, we have Dr. Taylor tuning in with us! He's a committed and motivated physical therapist and human performance specialist with a strong background surrounding U.S. Special Operations personnel. Lastly, he represents the United States Air Force in the officer role and demonstrates integrity, strong work ethic, and servant-leadership severe philosophy. Join us as he shares vital techniques to being physically fit and better prepared to conquer the unknown!

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Alden Taylor

Flight Commander / Physical Therapist

ALDEN TAYLOR, Lt Col, USAF, BSC
PT, DPT, D.Sc., OCS, SCS, CSCS, FAAOMPT

PROFESSIONAL OVERVIEW

Committed and motivated physical therapist and human performance specialist with strong background in working with U.S. Special Operations personnel. Officer with integrity, strong work ethic and servant leadership philosophy. In-depth knowledge of the human weapon system from strength conditioning, injury prevention, sports/ortho rehabilitation and combatives perspective.

MILITARY EDUCATION

Air War College: 2020
Air Command and Staff College: 2014
Army-Baylor Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy: 2012
Army-Baylor Doctor of Science in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy: 2012
Squadron Officer’s School (Distinguished Graduate): 2009

CIVILIAN EDUCATION

Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga,
Chattanooga, Tennessee: 2007
Baccalaureate in Rehabilitation Sciences with Highest Honors, Cum Laude,
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga: 2004

PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE

Tennessee Physical Therapist: PT#7862, 2007-present

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Physical Therapy Association: 2003 to Present
American Physical Therapy Association: Orthopaedic Section 2003 to Present
American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists: 2011 to present
National Strength and Conditioning Association: 2014 to present

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist: June 2017 to Present
Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist: May 2011 to Present
Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists: 2013 to Present
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist: 2014 to Present

TEACHING POSITIONS

Air Force Service Director for the Military Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy Residency January 2014 to 2017
Adjunct Faculty: Army Baylor Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. January 2013 to 2015
Adjunct Faculty: Army Baylor Post-doctoral Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. Jan 2013 to 2016
Adjunct Faculty: Military Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy Residency Nov 2017 to 2019
Lead Instructor: Military Education Training Center Physical Medicine Program Sept 2020 to Present

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

The Army Kersey Advanced Physical Therapy Course. Role: lecturer and content developer 76 CCU (76 hours), 60 attendees. San Antonio, TX November 3-10, 2012
The Air Force OZO Advanced Physical Therapy Course 55 CCUs (55 hours), 30 attendees. Role: lecturer. San Antonio, TX 2012
The Air Force OZO Advanced Physical Therapy Course 58 CCUs (58 hours), 40 attendees. Role: Course director. San Antonio, TX 2014
The Air Force OZO Advanced Physical Therapy Course 55 CCUs (55 hours), 52 attendees. Role: lecturer. San Antonio, TX 2021

EMPLOYMENT AND POSITIONS HELD

Air Force Service Lead Physical Medicine Training Program Sept 2020 to Present
Human Performance Director for NAVSPECWAR/MARSOC East Africa area of responsibility Oct 2019 to May 2021
PT/OT Flight Commander of 99 Medical Group Jul 2017 to Aug 2020
ACC Advisor to PT Consultant Jan 2019 to Aug 2020
Ambulatory Care Unit Flight Commander 26 Special Tactics Squadron Jul 2014 to Jun 2017
Air Force Director of Military Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy Residency Program Jan 2014 to Dec 2016
Physical Therapy Internship Deputy Director at Wilford-Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center
Sept 2013 to Jun 2014
Medical Director of Ortho and Rehabilitation Flight at Wilford-Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center Jul 2013 to Jul 2014
Staff physical therapist at Wilford-Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center
Jan 2013 to Sept 2013
Fellow: US Army-Baylor University Doctor of Science Fellowship in Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapy. May 2011 to Dec 2012
Physical Therapy Element Chief at Wright-Patterson Medical Center and Interim member, Institutional Review Board. Aug 2010 to Dec 2012

Staff physical therapist at Wright-Patterson Medical Center Dec 2008 to Aug 2010
Staff Physical Therapist: Star Physical Therapy, Nashville, TN Mar 2007 to Nov 2008


MILITARY AWARDS

Meritorious Service Medal: 2020
Joint Service commendation Medal: 2020
Meritorious Unit Award: 2017
Meritorious Service Medal: 2016
Air Force Achievement Medal: 2016
Gen. Larry O’Spencer Award for Innovation (Team Leader): 2015
AFMS Outstanding Achievement in Innovation Award (Team Leader): 2015
Wing FGO Officer of the Year: 2015
Meritorious Service Medal: 2014
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award: 2013
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award: 2011 Air Force Commendation Medal: 2011 Flight Officer of the Quarter: 2010 Squadron Officer of the Quarter: 2010 Wing Officer of the Quarter: 2010
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Global war on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
AF Longevity Service
AF Training Ribbon

PUBLICATIONS

Taylor AL, Wilken JM, Deyle GD, Gill NW. Knee Extension and Stiffness in Osteoarthritic and Normal Knees: a Videofluoroscopic Analysis of the Effect of a Single Session of Manual Therapy. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2014 Apr; 44(4):273-82.

Crowel MS, Tragord BS, Taylor AL, Deyle GD. Integration of Critically Appraised Topics into Physical Therapist Practice. Journal of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. 42(10);875-885.