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Bend Osteopathic Care, PC 147 SW Shevlin Hixon Drive Suite #204, Bend OR 97702
We accept most private insurances. Dr. Homertgen has opted out of Medicare at this time and is not a Medicare Provider. We do offer a discounted fee for those on Medicare.
Health as a Reference Point
“Osteopathy is different than other healing arts. Osteopathy does not utilize disease as a reference point, but actively engages what is healthy and vital as the therapeutic organization for healing. Healing emerges from the health in the body not from the disease.”
Steve Paulus, DO
I am a double-boarded physician in Family Medicine and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine who looks for and addresses cause rather than merely treating symptoms. As a traditional osteopathic physician board certified in Osteopathic Manual Medicine, I use my hands to assess and treat. Rather than focus on what is not healthy, we look to your health and help augment what it is already trying to do rather than diving in to ‘fix what is wrong’. I practiced Family Medicine for over a decade and will use this experience to best help my patients but I am not currently available for primary care.
We also look at what and how you are doing with your Forks, Feet, Fingers, Sleep, Stress & Love – Your 6 Life-Extending Habits and how those inputs may be contributing to your current state of health. We will look for safe and gentle lifestyle change, habit changes options to better support you on your path toward healing and optimal health. With a Lifestyle Medicine approach, we ask and support our patients to increase the good in their life. To increase the essential foods that help the body to heal: whole unprocessed plant foods: Vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, seeds and nuts. If we do not eventually address the food we consume will always be playing damage control and simply creating and ‘managing’ chronic disease. I didn’t go into medicine to just manage disease. The goal is to prevent and reverse. Although I am currently not participating in primary care, I would be happy to work with you primary care provider to safely help you rely less on pharmaceutical medications.
Applying the principles of Functional Medicine without relying on extraordinary out of pocket expensive laboratory tests, we can help you intervene through dietary modification with intestinal support supplementation as needed to help address triggers and potential causes of your imbalances. This can sometimes require an initial strict adherence to the dietary plan but more so then not it is more gentle to go slow into changes with diet and other lifestyle inputs so as not to burn out too quickly or cause too many withdrawal symptoms. If you are interested in reading more on this type of approach my colleague, Michael Klaper, MD has an excellent summary article with links to the Paddison Program.
The Standard American Diet (SAD) subsisting of 60% processed foods, 30% animal products and a mere 10% vegetables, fruits and whole grains will eventually create chronic disease. It is in fact the number one cause of disease in the USA, yes the food we eat, including the chemicals used in farming, that feed to our children. We all need to know that the chronic disease rate in the 1960’s in children was around 4-6%. Today it is early 50%. So yes, we need to look at the food.
There are many paths to healing as there are many causes of imbalance and disease processes. It can be an extraordinarily difficult yet an extraordinary and beautiful journey figuring this all out and implementing a treatment plan. I know we need community, we need listeners. We need connection, inward to our deepest self, to our planet and to each other. We recognize the often causal role that previous trauma can play in our personal and communal health. To the best of our ability we look to help our patients in their healing journey through the assistance of at times medication but also meditation! Deep listening! We need to help you get back into your body, be whole, find a place of balance to do the work necessary.
We would be honored to partner with you on your journey towards optimal health. We encourage you to visualize what your optimal health would look and feel like. We encourage you to journal, to start thinking about what may be the cause, what are your constant barriers to health promoting choices. We honor you and respect that you are the expert of your own body and life. We welcome you where it feels practical and safe to make simple daily choices that reconnect you to earth. That bring you closer to your divine birthright of full embodiment, to be fully human. Perhaps a few minutes a day observing your breath, a few moments barefoot on untreated grass or soil. A short walk where you practice observing nature and the sensations in your body. When thoughts or emotions arise, where do you feel them in your body. Endeavor to get out of ‘the control tower’ of the mind into your body. Can you remember back to a time where you felt whole and alive? What was different for you then. Remember the feeling. Be in your body in everything you do. Practice the power of presence. Observe. Breathe.
“An old abba was asked what was necessary to do to be saved. He was sitting making rope. Without glancing up, he said, “You’re looking at it.” Just as so many of the mystics have taught us, doing what you’re doing with presence and intention is prayer. As other spiritual teachers have taught in many forms, “When we walk, we walk; when we chop wood, we chop wood; when we sleep, we sleep.” As you know, this is much harder than it first seems.”
Richard Rohr, OFM
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine by thy food.”
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
“Our bodies are a wilderness. We are connected inseparably to the natural world.
Become an environmentalist for your precious life.”
Steve Paulus, DO, MS