Brad D. Welker, D.C.
Dr. Welker was born and raised in Bend but has also lived in Portland, OR and Corvallis, OR. He graduated from Oregon State University in 1994 with a B.S. in Psychology, then obtained his Doctor of Chiropractic from the University of Western States in 2000. Dr. Welker completed a 2 year residency in Portland, OR with a focus on spinal injury, disc related injuries and sports injuries. He started his private practice in Bend in 2000 as Chiropractic Family Health Care and has now broadened the practice, Bend Spinal Care to more integrative care including Chiropractic, Occupational Therapy and Massage Therapy for spinal injuries and total joint care.
Dr. Welker and his wife Heather have 2 daughters, 2 sons, 2 dogs, 1 cat and 7 fish. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, exercising, teaching and enjoying all of the outdoor activities Bend has to offer. Dr. Welker has taught Kinesiology I, II, and III (2001-2008) and Ki- Aikido (2000- current) through Central Oregon Community College and Reed College in Portland, Or. He was a board member of the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists 2002-2006, and a medical book editor for McGraw Hill 2000-2008.
Dr. Welker decided to become a Chiropractor after fracturing his low back. “I tried the traditional medical approach, the Medical Doctor diagnosed me with a low back muscle strain without touching me or performing any kind of tests. I had experienced muscle strains before and knew this wasn’t just a strain. I took the medications prescribed (pain killers, muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatories) for 3 months without relief. After 1 month I was sent to a Physical Therapist and told I had weak muscles causing my spinal pain. I performed many exercises and stretches as prescribed and performed them religiously. I wanted relief!! After 3 months of constant pain and the Medical Doctor rolling his eyes in disgust that I was still complaining of pain and obviously was just wanting meds (I hated taking the meds, they always made me feel out of it mentally and sluggish) I decided to see a Chiropractor at my friends request. I was amazed that the Chiropractor wasn’t quacky or mysterious, he was a Doctor and actually touched my back and had me perform many orthopedic tests to confirm his diagnosis. He stated I needed further diagnostic evaluation (CT scan). The results came back that I actually had fractured my low back and needed a brace for stabilization. Within 3-4 days I was mostly pain free and wondering why I was told not to see a Chiropractor and that I needed to see a “real Doctor” for my back problem. 2 weeks later I took the Chiropractic Physician to lunch and asked him every question I could think of about Chiropractic. I applied to the Chiropractic college in Portland, OR, University of Western States, and was told I needed another 2 years of pre-requisits as many of the science classes I had taken were longer than 4 years ago. Ughhhh……well, obviously I took them (physics, biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, bio chemistry and a few others). Needless to say, I’m very thankful I spent the time and returned to college. It was one of the best decisions I have made! The fact is that Chiropractors are “real Doctors” and can effectively diagnose and treat many conditions. I also believe that Medical Doctors are a vital part of our medical system but not the only part of the medical system. I send many patients to Medical Doctors each month and have a great rapor with the medical community. My experience with medicine is not the norm but it is what led me to becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic.”