Miranda R. Taylor, L.Ac., EAMP, MTCM, NRTP
Licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist, & Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner
Miranda Taylor’s mission is to relieve your pain and keep it from recurring. She strives to help you heal without drugs or surgeries. Her focus is on identifying the sources of your discomfort or illness and designing the most effective treatment strategy.
In addition to pain relief and management, patients come to Miranda for treatment of other symptoms as well as for preventive medicine. As an important part of the process of assisting patients in recovering their health, Miranda takes time to learn not only about their symptoms, but also their health histories, emotional situations and all relevant aspects of their lives. Armed with this data, she performs the multiple aspects of Chinese pulse diagnosis, observes the aspects of the tongue for Chinese tongue diagnosis, and palpates various acupuncture points to diagnose and treat the whole person, not just their most pressing health symptoms.
One of Miranda’s prime areas of expertise is advanced pain management. Miranda trained under Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan, OMD, EAMP, L.Ac., who taught the Balance Method of Acupuncture. As part of her training, Miranda took on internships at Chengdu University Hospital in China and at Harborview Hospital in Seattle where she focused on treating nerve pain. Other internships involved detoxification using the National Acupuncture Detox protocols at the Cedar Grove and North End Rehabilitation Facilities. She also interned at her medical school Acupuncture Clinic, specializing in dermatology as well as Chinese herbal internal medicine. All these experiences have contributed to Miranda’s success in treating patients for more than just pain relief! Acupuncture is a unique healing protocol, often providing patients with beneficial side effects such as improved sleep, energy levels, digestion, and immune function, as well as lower inflammation and stress levels. Miranda co-authored Acupuncture For Stroke Rehabilitation published by Blue Poppy Press in 2006.
Miranda’s training and certification in Nutrition Response Testing® provides an additional perspective on treating health issues. She completed the Ulan Nutritional Systems Advanced Clinical Training program. Nutrition Response Testing recognizes that the human body is a naturally self-healing organism. For self-healing to occur, the body needs strong nutritional support in order to replace damaged and dying cells in tissues and organs. Because much of the food available today is nutritionally compromised, providing the body with whole-food nutritional supplements and other supportive remedies is needed to address many “non-resolving” health issues. At the same time, Miranda makes sure that all her Nutrition Response Testing patients achieve pain management, pain relief, and overall wellness. Often the combination of acupuncture treatments and nutritional support give the body what it requires for healing. In addition to treating patients, herself, and her family using nutrition, she also gives classes to acupuncturists, nutritionists, and chiropractors in the basic principles of Nutrition Response Testing.
Miranda has over fourteen years of practice in healing as a Washington state licensed acupuncturist. She holds a four-year Master of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese Herbal Medicine from the Northwest Institute of Oriental Medicine in Seattle, WA, a unique apprentice-style school that emphasizes clinical training through close relationships with expert clinical faculty. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Miranda was a board member of WEAMA (Washington East Asian Medicine Association). She is currently a professional member of WEAMA and the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). She has attended symposiums for the Society for Acupuncture Research and done extensive continuing education coursework at Bastyr University.
During her first 25 years, Miranda had a number of experiences with Western as well as "alternative" medicine. After finishing at Cornell University as a pre-med student, she chose the "alternative" path. In 2003, she graduated from the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and East Asian/Oriental Medicine (NIAOM). Miranda continued her education in the alternative health field and in 2012 became certified in Nutrition Response Testing(SM). She is passionate about wanting people to get well and feels that alternative medicine is the best and safest way to do that. She offers patients a special mix of acupuncture, East Asian herbs, Western nutrition, and Nutrition Response Testing, along with her enthusiasm and genuine care for all her patients.
My Story - more About Miranda
After 14 years in practice, Miranda enjoys treating complex cases and has rarely seen a headache/migraine, a cough, a leg - back - shoulder - hip pain that she could not help. With many years of study, she learned how to help her own problems which dated back to childhood, thus making her a better practitioner.
Miranda's parents immigrated from Germany in 1949 and 1951 and raised six children in Rochester, NY. In addition to her mother's natural common sense, the main care she received was from an orthodontist, dentists who loaded her teeth with mercury amalgams (disaster resulting in mood problems and needing nutritional detox for years!), an MD who said she would outgrow her pre-teen knee pain, (Growing did not help. It took to age 42 to heal: tai qi, structural integration, and finally nutrition to completed the job), and an MD who said he could not help shin splints or chronic bronchitis, but that she should quit skiing (she didn't, but found acupuncture and nutrition to handle this).
Miranda loved clipping her dog's nails, supplementing her guinea pig with ascorbic acid until it died of scurvy anyway, and wondering why her rescued albino lab rat developed tumors and died on the same day as her guinea pig. Until she worked in a small animal clinic, on a dairy farm, several saddle horse and standardbred racehorse farms, and became disillusioned by the treatment the animals received, she wanted to be a veterinarian. She occasionally volunteers at a local goat farm.
Miranda graduated from Penfield public schools and Cornell University in Biology (Go Cornell Cycling!), determined to use her pre-med training to help humans determine better lives for themselves. After graduating from Cornell she was so tired, at times unable to stay awake for more than an hour at a time, that she postponed graduate studies or medical school for five years. A new MD prescribed an antidepressant. She stuck with it for a year, but finally listened to her brother when the side effects became intolerable. He had been recommending alternative medicine all along -- homeopathy in this case. "Surprise:" it worked. I got off the drug with the help of homeopathy and started to feel more normal."
Five years later, by the time she had decided to apply to medical schools, she also knew she wanted to help others feel better without unnecessary drugs or surgeries. Her brother was a naturopathic medical student. He recommended she consider studying acupuncture. She received her first acupuncture treatment to explore that option and found acupuncture to be amazing. "A quick cure for shin splints and the moodiness of mild depression."
So in 1999 she began acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine studies. From 2003-2011 She had a busy practice doing just this. Then Carolyn Fancher, D.C. showed her what she could do with Nutrition Response Testing(SM), and they began the process of fine tuning her own health. At the start, her emotions and digestion were touchy, her neck was sore, her front teeth were loose, and her hands were stiff. It only took two (2!) weeks to anchor her teeth into her jaw with Nutrition Response Testing -- when four dentists over six years had had no idea what was going on with her teeth! She started looking and feeling better.
Had Miranda's parents known about any alternative medicine such as Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, or Nutrition Response Testing, I would have been a much easier kid to have around. She would not have been so anxious throughout her childhood, teens, twenties, and thirties. Handling nutritional deficiencies handles anxiety: a body and mind with all the resources it needs is simply calmer. She completed advanced clinical training in Nutrition Response Testing in 2014 to provide a huge piece of the healing puzzle so she could help her patients improve their health even more as time goes on.
Now Miranda helps people of all ages (children and adults) with pain, fog-headedness, breathing problems, tension, skin issues, fertility enhancement, anxiety, depression, attention deficit, weight, yeast infections, insomnia, and all the signals pointing to their underlying health problems. As an acupuncturist, she specializes in frozen shoulders, migraines, acute emotional problems, and so much more that require a functioning nervous and circulatory system. Advanced clinical training in Nutrition Response Testing adds additional tools that can help a body restore itself, part by part, with GENUINE nature-made replacement parts, on a program designed just for the individual. Like the joke about old cars, nutrition for Miranda is about getting younger, part by part or organ by organ.
What is hard for other medical professions to heal can be easy with nature. Give the exact food that is needed, ensure it gets to where it needs to go, and wow, the bodies can do what they were created to do. Miranda truly enjoys helping a person heal completely!
Miranda continues to stay abreast of developments in the field of Chinese Medicine through thousans of hours of continuing education coursework. She has studied advanced acupuncture therapy for neurology, endocrine and emotional disorders with Viet-Tzung Tran and Susie Hayes, developing the power to heal with Thea Elijah, Japanese Acupuncture methods under Kayo King, Brenda Loew, and Stephen Brown, Acutonics (sound therapy) under Paul & Jude Ponton, pulse diagnosis and herbology with Jimmy Chang, advanced acupuncture with Richard Teh-Fu Tan and Mark Seem, craniosacral therapy under Nancy Soliven, gynecology under Cindy Micleu, fertility under Cindy Micleu and Rosie Ma, obstetrics under Raven Lang; respriatory health and dermatology - lung and skin health - under Yiwen Su, Andy Ellis and Mazin Al-Khafaji; drug & alcohol rehabilitation under Rachel Diaz and Randal Lyons; stroke rehabilitation under Dr. Xia Cheng and Hoy Ping Yee Chan; endocrine disruptor chemicals with Fran Solomon, hepatitis C and liver diseases under Misha Cohen, Haihe Tian and Dan Wen, and Jimmy Chang; Tai Qi with Viola Brumbaugh, nutritional response testing with Frddie Ulan’s method, pediatrics with Chris Huson, Nutrition with OMD doctors Marlene Merritt & Will Mitchell, and more.
Miranda R. Taylor, EAMP, L.Ac, M.T.C.M. is a National Board Certified (NCCAOM) and Licensed Acupuncturist (WA State #AC00002224). After receiving her BS in Biology in 1993 from Cornell University, Miranda studied acupuncture and herbology at the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (NIAOM) in Seattle from 1999-2002. She interned at the Chengdu TCM University Hospital in Chengdu, China in Spring, 2002. She was awarded her M.T.C.M. in Traditional Chinese Medicine and was licensed to practice in Washington State in June 2003.
Miranda continues to stay abreast of developments in the field of Chinese Medicine through extensive continuing education coursework.
CERTIFICATIONS and AFFILIATIONS
Washington State Acupuncture License # 2224
National Certification (NCCAOM): Acupuncture — 2003
Advanced Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner Certification, 2014 — Present
National Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Alliance (AOM Alliance)– member, 1999 — 2007
American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM), 2007 — Present
WA East Asian Medicine Association (WEAMA) – Board of directors 2011-2012. Member, 2002 — Present.
Acupuncture For Stroke Rehabilitation, co-author, Blue Poppy Press, June 2006
High Point Health pllc, dba Gesundheit 2014 - present
Gesundheit Acupuncture and Herbs PLLC, Seattle, WA, 2003 – 2014
Owner, Licensed East Asian Medicine Practitioner – acupuncturist with full Chinese herb, western herb, and nutritional pharmacy
dba Jade River Acupuncture 2016 - present
Ulan Nutritional Systems teacher 2016 - present
Ulan Nutritional Systems, Clearwater, FL, 2011-2014 Advanced Clinical Training 1 through 9 in Nutrition Response Testing.
Internship in China: Dermatology, Gynecology, Cancer, Stroke Rehabilitation, Digestive and Diabetes, Chengdu University Hospital of TCM, 2002
Northwest Institute of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, Seattle, WA, 1999-2003.
Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine, (MTCM), in Acupuncture and Herbology and Licensed East Asian Medicine Practitioner (EAMP – Acupuncturist). Miranda chose to dedicate lifelong study to this medicine because it is one of the most effective medicines in existence for pain and other physical and emotional disorders.
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1989-1993. BS Biology. Pre-med, extensive chemistry coursework.