ADDRESS

147 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr, Suite 204
Bend, OR 97702

PHONE

541-706-9985

About Dr Kyle

Kyle Homertgen, DO
Providing traditional Osteopathy with a Lifestyle Medicine focus

About Dr kyle homertgen

Dr. Kyle holds a Doctorate in Osteopathy from Western University Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, California. He completed his Family Medicine residency and Osteopathic Fellowship at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine in 2010.

After practicing Family Medicine for 10 years in the Willamette Valley he finally was able to start his own practice with a focus on traditional osteopathy in Bend Oregon in August of 2020.

As an infant he was in a family car accident where the car rolled while his mother was holding him in her arms and thankfully didn’t let go! He grew up with recurrent headaches. Then after another car accident in high school and a rock climbing fall as an undergraduate at The University of Colorado, Boulder, he struggled with recurrent low back pain. After college, he witnessed his father having a heart attack in front of him after returning home from a few years working in Japan and China. These pivotal events and subsequent struggles lead him to the pursuit of medicine.

Motivated by the work of Dean Ornish, MD at UCSF and his research showing the reversal of heart disease in patients following a whole food plant-based diet, he wanted to bring this food as medicine knowledge to his future patients and had his sites on allopathic medicine. However, he felt a limitation, wanting more skills to help his patients, patients like him that had significant mechanical trauma history, he luckily came across Andrew Weil’s book Spontaneous Healing where he wrote of Dr Robert Fulford, a traditional osteopath and called him one of the greatest healers he had ever worked with. He learned that not all DO’s are like MDs and there was a traditional path of osteopathy that you had to seek out, as sadly they are small in numbers.

After finding an a DO that actually used his hands traditionally and received his first Osteopathic Manual Treatment. This treatment, which didn’t involve the quick forceful thrusting techniques he was accustomed to during years of chiropractic adjustments in his childhood, was very gentle, so gentle he felt the experience to be quite bizarre. Yet in a few days after his first osteopathic treatment, he felt a significant change in his body for the better. It wasn’t just less pain it was improved function, less fatigue, he felt lighter.

To further explore traditional osteopathy and after finishing 2 years of pre medical school work after his 4 years of a non-science Bachelors Degree in Psychology, he volunteered and then became the medical assistant to Viola Frymann, DO at the Center for Osteopathic Children in San Diego. The following year he started osteopathic medical school and after 9 total years of medical school and residency training, in 2010 he started working in Albany, Oregon.

After 3 years practicing Integrative Family Medicine with OMT at Samaritan Heartsprings in Albany, Oregon, he decided to bring his holistic approach to a rural county clinic in Monroe, Oregon. He spent 7 years at the Monroe Health Center, a small county clinic between Eugene and Corvallis and in short time it became the busiest and highest rated clinic out of 5. Unfortunately, trying to prioritize holistic health care in a rigid county system became too heavy of a burden and so with a heavy heart but a sense of excitement for a new chapter in his career, he decided to leap into his first private solo practice in Bend Oregon the summer of 2020.

My dream

Dr. Kyle is still holding on to his over decade long dream of building a sanctuary of healing for all sentient beings, where rescued animals can live out their lives and wounded humans, especially those with special needs can share space with the animals. He dreams of a self sustaining veganic farm where his patients can learn how to grow and eat a whole food plant rich diet and retreat from the modern busy world for a time. He has a passion for reversing chronic disease through lifestyle medicine and founded the first Vegetable Rx program in Oregon in 2012 where undeserved patients were given tokens to use at the local Farmer’s Market in Albany, Oregon so that they could actually afford nature’s best medicine.

This is sweet Jessa girl, a 3 year old rescue Weimaraner mixed breed that Dr Kyle adopted in 2020 a month after moving to Bend. She comes to work with Dr Kyle and helps out with treatments by providing soothing snoring sound scapes and if she is willing and wanting, may seek some hands on attention before or after treatments from certain patients. If you are not a dog person or have had prior trauma due to dogs please let us know and she will not be in the room for the duration of your treatment.