Dr. Gretchen Blyss has been in practice since 2005 and in that time has treated a variety of conditions. She utilizes an evidence-based approach to treatment and addresses her most challenging cases as creatively as possible through a wide range of techniques. Her greatest passion is in the resolution of whiplash, headaches, neck and jaw pain/TMD.
Dr. Blyss practices diversified "hands-on" chiropractic and uses drop-table and/or an activator tool when needed. She incorporates several myofascial techniques such as gua-sha and pin-and-stretch to get her patients better as quickly as possible. She continues to expand her knowledge by keeping up to date on the latest scientific studies both through personal research and by attending various specialized seminars.
Dr. Blyss attended Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon and in 2005 received her Doctorate degree with Clinical Honors in Chiropractic. In 1995 she received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from the University of Oregon. During her studies there, she was a research technician studying the early stages of neural crest cell migration and differentiation. Her endeavors eventually lead to a published paper in the scientific journal Developmental Dynamics, read article.
Since her graduation from Western States, Dr. Blyss has earned advanced certifications in whiplash and mild brain traumatology with extensive studies in motor vehicle crash forensics and occupant crash kinematics. She observed live human-subject crash studies during an auto crash reconstruction workshop and is a certified auto safety trainer. Dr. Blyss also helped edit "Whiplash and Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries, A Guide for Patients and Practitioners", a reference book for doctors, patients and lawyers.
Because of her extensive knowledge in these areas, she is highly trained in the prevention and treatment of auto injuries as well in their legal representation through expert testimony should they go to trial. She feels good rapport with claims adjustor's is essential and can assist the patient in the navigation of their case should they need an attorney or if an IME is requested by their insurance company.