Des Moines Parent Spotlight: Taylor Miller of Specialized Health Chiropractic

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Des Moines Parent Spotlight: Taylor Miller of Specialized Health Chiropractic

Specialized Health Chiropractic is all about helping people live better lives. And in a lot of cases, Taylor Miller and her husband, Bryce’s, chiropractic office actually changes lives forever. 

Des Moines Parent connected with Taylor to learn more about her and her journey.  

Give us a little background on yourself. 

My husband, Bryce, and I met at chiropractic school in Davenport, and we got married before graduation. We have one kid, Charlotte, who is two and a half years old. We’ve been in the Des Moines area since 2019. We had lived in Indianapolis for a few years after finishing chiropractic school but wanted to move home to be closer to family. 

Could you give us an overview of your business and what inspired it?

Our business is Specialized Health Chiropractic in Adel, Iowa. We opened in October 2019 with the goal of bringing neurologically focused health and wellness to the area and specifically helping children with ADHD, sensory processing issues, and behavioral issues live better lives and thrive in school/home without medications!

What are your favorite parts of your business?

My favorite part about being a business owner is being real with the families we serve. Everyone knows we’re parents. And we hold both our family and our business in equal levels of importance. We’ve been through similar struggles as other parents have. Sleep deprivation during sleep progressions, birth stress, teething stress, maternity leave, child’s sickness, toddler emotional regulation, postpartum depression, etc. And our community loves that transparency, as do we! We never look at our life, or portray it, with rose-colored glasses or whatever. We keep it real and give it to people straight. Parenting is hard. Owning a business is hard. But those hard things make it a great life! 

One of my favorite experiences so far in our practice has been when parents come to us after starting care and tell us how much their lives have changed. No more phone calls home, reformatting IEPs at home because the child no longer needs a behavioral intervention plan, or when an amazing little girl with autism graduates from her care plan and no longer needs an IEP in school.

How do you juggle your parenting responsibilities with your business responsibilities? 

In my experience, balancing parenting with owning and running a business is all about flexibility and support. We built our life around two pillars: our business and our child. It is extremely important to me to be active in both, and therefore we make it work. We schedule as much as we can. We have our office employees, an amazing part-time nanny who aligns with our parenting style, and we both take at least a day with our daughter each week outside of her preschool times. It’s incredibly important for us to not just be in her life but to be active and responsive parents, so we balance it with our business responsibilities. 

Additionally, we both know how important self-care is for parents as well, and we make sure to take time and activities for ourselves as well. Whether that’s my weekly bowling league or Bryce’s regular hockey games at Rec Plex, and of course regular chiropractic care! It all helps with keeping a level head during parenting struggles.

What are some of your favorite things to do with your family around the metro? 

We love the Blank Park Zoo, and places like JouJou or the Valley Community Center. We’ve even made trips to the Jordan Creek Mall play area just for a little energy-burn session. We frequent the parks in our neighborhood and also some around the metro. We love just allowing Charlotte to be a kid and play!

What’s your ideal parent day or night out? 

Occasionally if we have a sitter or Charlotte is staying with her grandparents, we love going to Iowa Wild games or concerts at Wells Fargo Arena. Can’t skip the broasted chicken at High Life Lounge before a game, or even all-you-can-eat sushi at OhSushi. 

What’s your number one parenting tip?

CHIROPRACTIC CARE! I know it seems cliche since I am a chiropractor, but I can’t stress enough how important a well-functioning nervous system is to a child and parent. Chiropractic care can solve so many issues that parents face: sleep issues, colic, emotional regulation, frequent tantrums, constipation, recurring ear infections, sensory issues, meltdowns, developmental issues, slow movement milestones, speech delays, etc.. All can be helped with gentle chiropractic care, without medications! 

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Lindsey Giardino

Lindsey Giardino

Lindsey Giardino is a freelance writer based in the Des Moines metro. She's also a new mom and learning as she goes. When she's not working on her business or watching her little guy explore this big new world, she loves to cook, read and enjoy the outdoors.

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