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Photo of author Joseph Yao, M.D.

Shao Shoon

CoCo, The Flying Poodle

Joseph Yao, M.D. is a retired orthopedic surgeon. He began his medical practice in Orange County, California, and later moved to Arkansas where he remains today.

Dr. Yao's passion for creating things and bringing them from concept to reality lead to his inventing proprietary nerve protection pads.  These pads divert external pressure and vibration away from the median and ulnar nerves of the hand to treat and prevent carpal tunnel syndrome and Guyon's canal syndrome. He designed and marketed a line of gloves incorporating these patented pads.


His long interest in research and writing include writing 19 book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed orthopedic surgery medical journals. He also wrote a regular medical column for trucking magazines and several newspaper articles on orthopedic topics.


Dr. Yao’s diligence about preparation, spurred partly by his nature and reinforced by his surgical training, prompted his interest in emergency and disaster preparedness. He wrote the book, Bug Out Bag Encyclopedia, to provide others with valuable, comprehensive information to help improve their odds of surviving a disaster while shortening the learning curve. A section of the book is devoted to preparedness for furry, four legged family members.

Animals hold a special place in Dr. Yao's heart. He is a long-time supporter of the National Wildlife Federation, The Humane Society Of The United States, and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). He particularly loves dogs and especially Shao Shoon, adopted from the Seal Beach Animal Shelter.


His affection for dogs is the impetus for a future a series of books about "CoCo, The Flying Poodle." It will be about the life and adventures of CoCo, a toy poodle. Updates will be provided on the progress of those books.

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