Bend Spinal Care Providers
BRAD WELKER, DC
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.
KARL JACKSON, LMT
Certified Advanced Rolfer™
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.
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.
To qualify to become a Licensed Massage Therapist in the State of Oregon, an applicant must: