Going to the Olympics is a dream for many elite and amateur athletes but it’s also special for the doctors who tend to these inspiring men and women. Dr. Clark had the opportunity to attend four Olympics on the medical staffs, where he worked with these amazing athletes in the field of Chiropractic. This work inspired him to dive further in work developing innovative natural pain relief options.
Clark was raised in Portland, Oregon where he took to track and field in high school and hasn’t stopped running ever since! He was a nationally ranked track athlete in 1973 when he placed third place in the National Collegiate Championships NCAA. He later attended grad school and became an assistant Cross County and track coach at Oregon State.
During this time, he loved volunteering by coaching local and regional teams of all levels. This was one of the reasons he was chosen for the Olympics.
He then went on to Stanford where he was the Head Cross-country coach and Assistant Track coach. Now he runs the grueling 200 mile “Hood to Coast Relay” an overnight long-distance relay race, that starts at Mt. Hood (tallest peak in Oregon) and ends at Seaside on the coast.
Dr. Clark has been a Doctor of Chiropractic in private practice in Portland for 34 years and is a Board Certified in Sports Medicine and Infrared Imaging. He learned while working with athletes that the basic approach of pain management that was used, (2 weeks rest / over-the-counter meds) just wasn’t good enough. Clark had become familiar with international practices, which included more alternative methods early on. This made his work with the Olympics so valuable.
His philosophy was to look beyond the obvious pain source and get to the origin (e.g., mid-back pain can instead be caused by a stressed organ.) Dr. Clark started using cold laser therapy along with internal infrared technology in his practice, which can give a picture and measurement of a physiological abnormality. With this he can create a measurable response from different therapies for each patient.
He was familiar with the use of Kinesio Tape, the original elastic adhesive tape that helps to alleviate discomfort and facilitate lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. He decided to develop a more potent tape, Bolt Tape, which was a combo of this type of tape but infused with a natural solution of Arnica and natural minerals.
At the 2016 Brazil Olympics, Jeremy Taiwo, a Decathlon athlete who placed 11th, was impressed with the Bolt Tape. “When I was recovering from arthroscopic surgery on my knee, Bolt Tape helped me heal much faster. The swelling and pain in my knee completely changed. Bolt Tape was my salvation.”
Dr. Dean then took this proven minerals and homeopathic herbal therapy that is “activated” with a patented process and made it much more potent with the addition of CBD. This added an additional level to the treatment of improving muscle function. These became known as Dr. Dean’s CBD patches.
They work with 2 different pathways, the nervous system and the endocannabinoid system, where they influence the CB2 receptors on the skin. Our skin has the largest number of these CB2 receptors that are responsible for the pain and inflammation we feel. The CBD patches interrupt the pathways in both these systems.
I asked him what his favorite Olympics was, and he told me it was 2000 in Sydney. He was the only Chiropractic and cared for 125 elite athletes, both men & women and worked 12-14 hours a day treating them with his magic. He treated Marla Runyan, the only visually impaired U.S. athlete to qualify and compete in both the Paralympic and Olympic Games. Runyan ran the 1500 and placed 8th, the highest finish by an American woman in that event. It was his honor to be able to help her compete after an injury almost sidelined her.
Dr. Dean ended our interview with saying that he hopes to see more advancement in drug-free, natural relief without all the horrible side effects. With that said, we hope to continue his legacy and help get Dr. Dean’s CBD patches to more people.