Dr. Bartelt graduated from the prestigious Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. He completed his undergraduate education in Psychology, Pre-Med and Military Science at the University of Central Florida.
Dr. Bartelt served as a both a PATRIOT Air Defense Artillery Officer and a Military Intelligence Officer in the United States Army, and is the only practicing Veteran Doctor of Chiropractic in Elizabethtown.
In high school, Dr. Bartelt was active on the weight lifting team and trained in Martial Arts into his college years. Back in the 1980’s a friend gave him the crazy idea that he should compete in the local Bad Man Competition because there was a $10,000 prize. As a young college student this sounded like a great quick cash idea for greatly needed funds!
While training he began having lower back and leg pain and could barely walk. He sought medical attention and was given pain medication and told to rest and “just lay down to heal.” And this of course only worsened his condition. Dr. Bartelt had an important social event coming up, yet he was still in severe low back and leg pain, so on the advice of a friend he decided to try Chiropractic Care.
Chiropractic worked amazingly well! Dr. Bartelt saw dramatic improvement after just the first visit, and was able to walk without pain when he left the office. It took only three treatments to help him get totally out of pain and on the way to healing. He was so impressed with the success of the Chiropractic Treatment he had received, it made such a lasting, and long term impression on him that it actually helped determine his future career choice upon leaving the Army.
While on active duty as a United States Army Officer Dr. Bartelt saw many soldiers with injuries receive nothing more than an extra-large bottle of pain relievers to relieve their pain for various injuries like neck, shoulder, back and sciatic pain as well as other musculoskeletal conditions. After his boss injured his back, Dr. Bartelt encouraged him to seek Chiropractic Care, and it was a success.
When Dr. Bartelt left the United States Army he knew that Palmer College of Chiropractic was his next step although this was no easy task as Dr. Bartelt and his wife were raising three children with number four on the way. Simultaneously, while attending his Ph.D program at Palmer he was also serving as an Officer in the Iowa Army National Guard.
Dr. Bartelt is constantly advancing his education with thousands of hours of post doctoral education in order to provide the widest variety of treatment options for his patients. He has an extensive background in Chiropractic and physical rehabilitation, workplace ergonomics, general family and wellness care.
Outside of providing excellent Chiropractic Care, Dr. Bartelt enjoys spending time outdoors hunting, shooting both with archery and firearms. He enjoys reading and studying to advance his education. Dr. Bartelt has a wife Monica, and four children, Jacob, Brittany, Brooke, and Josh. He and his family are members of the Elizabethtown Church of Christ.
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