Bend Spinal Care Providers

Bend Spinal Care Providers


Dr. W

Dr. Welker is a native of Central Oregon, born and raised in Bend. He received his B.S. in psychology from Oregon State University and his Doctor of Chiropractic from Western States University in Portland, OR. He has been practicing in Bend, OR for 20+ years and is currently working on his Diplomate from the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (4–6-year program). He was on the Oregon Board for Massage Therapy 2002-2006, taught kinesiology I, II, III at COCC 2002-2009, and has been teaching Ki-Aikido (Dr. Welker is a 4th-degree black belt in Aikido) at COCC since 2000. Dr. Welker and his wife Heather have four kids and love their family time.

Dr. Welker has focused on injuries of the spine and extremities, maintaining health, and rehabilitation.  The importance of full spectrum treatment of any injury is our goal, from joint to soft tissue.  We strive to provide the best care with the newest technology and education possible without rushing care or minimizing treatment. Over the years, Dr. Welker has had the opportunity to work with athletes ranging from high school, Olympic and professional athletes.  Each patient's pain and injury are unique to them and are therefore examined and treated with the same unique care we would give to our own family.

Maiya, CHiropractic Assistant


Maiya is Dr. Welker's assistant, she works with his patients according to his specific treatment recommendations.  She is licensed as a Chiropractic Assistant in the State of Oregon and has passed all State board requirements.  Her training and education are ongoing as she continues to work with Dr. Welker and aid in patient care.

She was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii but has lived in Oregon for 7+ years and enjoys the outdoors here in Central Oregon.  Maiya is an integral part of patient care at Bend Spinal Care, and she takes great pride in helping each patient and their specific injury.  She has assisted Dr. Welker for several years.

She has been trained to use numerous treatment modalities and continues her education and training for better patient care.



Dr. Pope is a Chiropractic Physician that has specialized in spinal injuries including disc injury, whiplash, facet pain, chronic pain, headache/migraine and injury to the extremities. He was born and raised in New Mexico and moved to Oregon in 2011. With a passion for anatomy, physiology, and functional movement, Dr. Pope received a BS in Exercise and Sport Science from Oregon State University-Cascades, a BS in Human Biology from Western States University and a Doctor of Chiropractic from Western States University.

He is an Aikido instructor- Nidan (2nd degree black belt) of Ki-Aikido and has been training since 2012.  Dr. Pope is also a volunteer Aikido instructor for children with Bend Parks and Recreation.  He loves the outdoors and enjoys all that Bend has to offer.  He and his wife Nikki have a beautiful daughter and cherish their family time.

As a Chiropractic Physician, his goal is to help patients return to work and play, rebuild functional movements and achieve desired fitness and health-related goals. He likes to educate his patients about their health specific problem and help them to understand how they can live without pain and return to normal activities.

Natalie, Chiropractic Assistant


Natalie is Dr. Pope's assistant, she was born and raised in Bend, OR.  She started working as a Receptionist at Bend Spinal Care and has now received her certification as a Chiropractic Assistant. She has passed all State of Oregon licensing as a Chiropractic Assistant and continues her ongoing training with Dr. Pope.  In her spare time, she enjoys writing, making jewelry, painting and spending time with friends and family.


Karl Jackson, LMT

Certified Advanced Rolfer™

  • Karl has 20+ years of practicing as a massage therapy Rolfer™.
  • Karl uses the big box techniques from the Rolfing™ tradition and many manual techniques that he has learned from his osteopathic teachers.
  • Rolfing™ is a great option for athletic injuries, automobile accident clients, and anyone with ongoing or chronic issues.
  • Karl has successfully resolved many musculoskeletal dysfunctions that have persisted for years.
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Karl is an active bicyclist, hiker, and canoeist. He owns a small ranch where he raises grass-fed animals exclusively. Karl has practiced a healthy, natural diet all his adult life and has an intense curiosity in functional medicine and how the human body can operate at its


Carolyn Schroeder, LMT

Carolyn has been practicing with Bend Spinal Care since 2015 and has extensive training in injury care and therapeutic massage. She loves Bend and enjoys the outdoors with her family.

Carolyn has experience working with injuries ranging from; auto, work, spinal, sports and extremity.  She has worked with athletes ranging from high school to professional athletes. She enjoys working with patients through their recovery and aiding in their maintenance.


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Educational and licensing requirements for Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions.

After receiving their Bachellor's degree, DC's are educated in nationally accredited, four-year doctoral graduate school programs through a curriculum that includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory, and clinical internship, with the average DC program equivalent in classroom hours to allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) medical schools.

Chiropractors are designated as physician-level providers in the vast majority of state (Oregon) and federal Medicare programs. The essential services provided by DCs are also available in federal health delivery systems, including those administered by Medicaid, the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the US Department of Defense, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, Federal Workers' Compensation, and all state workers' compensation programs.


Bend Spinal Care

To qualify to become a Licensed Massage Therapist in the State of Oregon, an applicant must:

  • Meet specific education requirements listed below, and
  • Pass the Oregon Jurisprudence (law) exam, and
  • Have passed a Board-approved written National Examination. (MBLEX, NCBTMB, CESI). *NOTE: ALL NATIONAL EXAM RESULTS MUST COME DIRECTLY FROM THE EXAM PROVIDER.
  • The Board requires 625 hours/25 quarter credits/15.74-semester credits of education from an accredited or Department of Education approved school with the following:
  • The 625 hours/25 quarter credits/15.74-semester credits of education must include:
  • A minimum of 200 hours/8 quarter credits/5.34-semester credits of health sciences, consisting of Anatomy and Physiology, Pathology, and Kinesiology; and
  • A minimum of 300 hours/12 quarter credits/8 semester credits of Massage Theory and Practical Application, Clinical Practice, Business Development, Sanitation, Communication, and Ethics.
  • The remaining 125 hours/5 quarter credits /2.4-semester credits required may be in any of the above subject areas. Have you opened a new location, redesigned your shop, or added a new product or service? Don't keep it to yourself; let folks know.

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