Dr. Pond’s life took a turn toward sports medicine in the year 2000 when he suffered an MRI confirmed labral tear in his right shoulder while pursuing a passion in competitive rugby. The options posed to him were a) get the shoulder surgically repaired or b) stop tackling people and having fun. He chose c) develop a demanding and experimental shoulder stabilization routine and continue to play pain-free. It was the success of this experiment that inspired him to pursue a degree that would give him the opportunity to share that same level of success with as many people as possible. Now as a sports chiropractor in Seattle, Dr. Pond is a resource to coaches and athletes who seek an alternative to injury care beyond rest, ibuprofen or surgery
Dr. Pond graduated from The University of Western States with a doctorate in chiropractic in 2008. He continued his education at UWS to achieve the additional degree of Certified Chiropractic Sports Physican and serves as the team physician of Seattle’s pro rugby club, the Seattle Seawolves as well as the team physician of Ivan Salaverry MMA.
Dr. Pond does his best to practice what he preaches. He is currently training and competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Before BJJ he competed for ten years in Kettlebell Sport, Strongman and The Broken Skull Challenge. As an individual competitor and team member he competed in seven consecutive CrossFit Games West Regionals dating back to the first Regionals in Monroe, WA in 2010.
At Sports Medicine Northwest we blend a thorough understanding of strength and conditioning, competition, and corrective exercise with the more traditional skills of Chiropractic, Acupuncture and Therapeutic Exercise.