He hasn't quite made it home to Rising Sun yet, but physical therapist John Taylor is close to his father's old office.
Taylor, son of the late and revered Dr. Neil Taylor, Jr., has opened his 11th Agape Physical Therapy office nearby in Colora. "I get so many hugs here. He (Dr. Neil Taylor) paved the way for us to provide quality health care," said Taylor.
Taylor, who learned a great deal from his father when accompanying him on house calls or around the doctor's office, is a Rising Sun High School graduate and practicing physical therapist for 35 years. About a decade ago, John Taylor had hoped to set up shop in his father's former office at the corner of Walnut Street and Haines Avenue, Rising Sun. There wasn't enough parking to make that feasible. "Now that we're here I've said 'why did it take so long’.”
Over the years he has opened numerous physical therapy offices. He has seven offices in Harford County, one each in White Marsh and Eldersburg, and one in Delta, Pa. John Taylor, who lives in Port Deposit will be in Colora regularly.
When he's not there, there will still be a Taylor in the office. His daughter, Bethany Taylor Crescenzo and Paula Richwine, doctor of physical therapy, will direct operations at the Colora office. "Paula and Bethany are amazing therapists," he said. He also said he opened the office here to serve new patients as well as the Cecil patients who traveled to the Harford County offices.
So far he's been well received. "I get so many hugs here," Taylor said.
"We're seeing 17 patients on Friday. And we've had 60 visits in the two weeks we've been here and 20 new patients. It's just word of mouth," said John Taylor. "My love for medicine began with my father. But he discouraged med school because of the hours."
Physical therapy has changed greatly over the years according to Taylor. He said there was a big shift since 2000. "So much new information has come out," he said. "PT has evolved by leaps and bounds. We can do so much more now."
Taylor said he never planned on having so many offices. But therapists who trained with him wanted to stay on so he had to expand to accommodate them. He treats patients from all over the world - England, Germany, Portugal, as well as LPGA and Olympic athletes.
Agape Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation is located at the corner of Barnes Corner Road and Tome Highway in the same building as BCF 24. The business accepts numerous insurance plans. For an appointment call 410-658-6616. The business treat back pain, neck pain, knees, hips, shoulders, vertigo, infants and more. "Any kind of pain, we make it better first visit, guaranteed," Taylor added.