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Dr. Welker is a native of Central Oregon, born in Bend. He received his BS 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 in Chiropractic Orthopedics (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 4 kids and love their family time.
Dr. Welker has focused on injury care, spinal injuries, maintaining health and rehabilitation. Over the years, Dr. Welker has had the opportunity to work with athletes ranging from high school, Olympic and Professional athletes.
Educational and licensing requirements for doctors of chiropractic (DCs) are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions.
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 states and federal Medicare program. The essential services provided by DCs are also available in federal health delivery systems, including those administered by Medicaid, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, Federal Workers' Compensation, and all state workers' compensation programs.
Dr. Pope is the newest member to Bend Spinal Care. 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 B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science from Oregon State University - Cascades, and a Doctorate of Chiropractic and a B.S. in Human Biology from Western States University. Dr. Pope is a volunteer instructor with Bend Parks and Rec. As a chiropractor his goal is to to help patients return to work and play, rebuild functional movements and achieve desired fitness and health related goals. Are your customers raving about you on social media? Share their great stories to help turn potential customers into loyal ones.
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 auto injuries, work injuries, spinal injuries, pregnancy patients, children and sports injuries ranging from high school, and professional athletes. She enjoys working with patients through their recovery and aiding in their maintenance.
To qualify to become a Licensed Massage Therapist in the State of Oregon, an applicant must:
Certified Advanced Rolfer™
Karl is an active bicyclist, hiker and canoeist. He owns a small ranch where he raises exclusively grass fed animals. 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 highest level of functioning.