Jason Taylor, DPT is Step and Spine PT's newest physical therapist.Once a worship pastor and a life/leadership coach who helped people reach their fullest potential spiritually, Step & Spine Physical Therapy’s newest physical therapist now focuses on helping patients reach their fullest physical potential, as well.

Jason D. Taylor, who earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2014 from the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and is one of only 31 Sports Certified Specialists (SCS) in Oregon, recently began seeing clients at Step & Spine Physical Therapy’s Bend clinic. According to Step & Spine Physical Therapy’s co-founder and lead physical therapist, Barrett Ford, Taylor offers an expertise in rehabilitation and injury preventative care for athletes of all ages and levels.

“Jason enhances our physical therapy staff through the experience he gained as a post-doctorate sports resident in New Mexico, where he also served as team physical therapist for the Albuquerque Sol Football Club, a [United Soccer Leagues] development team,” Ford said. “He’s also a proven motivator and leader, attributes he developed throughout a lifetime of service.”

A native of New Mexico, Taylor spent two years living and working in Bend nearly a decade ago. He said the active, Central Oregon lifestyle had an effect on his life and his career trajectory.

“Being in Bend that couple of years, I developed a love for fitness and the outdoors. And I started running and became pretty good at it,” he said. “That’s really where my interest in becoming a physical therapist came from – the idea of moving people from point A to point B, helping them reach their fullest potential as athletes or get back to their fullest potential health-wise following an injury.”

Prior to moving to Oregon, Taylor served as a sports physical therapist at Langford Sports Physical Therapy in Albuquerque, NM. He also served as a long-time member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) where he was on the nominating committee for the New Mexico Chapter.

“My wife and I always talked about getting back to Central Oregon,’” Taylor said. “And then I got the opportunity to come on board with Step & Spine Physical Therapy, a company that has really good values and clearly has grown and is doing so many things right.”

Taylor is still an avid runner who enjoys conquering the mountains and trails throughout the region. A father of two daughters, Taylor said his mission in life is to be a great husband and father and “to use my God-given abilities to inspire, influence and encourage people in their journeys to reach their fullest potential.”