Towson Chiropractor :: Dr. Jeffrey Kalkstein
Team Chiropractor for the Baltimore Orioles!
Dr. Jeff provides chiropractic care for the entire family and he feels privileged to be able to care for many elite professional athletes, including the Baltimore Orioles. Ask him, “What’s the best part about being a chiropractor?” He’ll reply, “Relieving pain. Restoring function. Helping patients to return to their normal daily activities. Teaching patients the importance of diet, proper nutrition and engaging in regular exercise. I have a calling to help others and that’s what I wake up thinking about every day. That’s what gets me moving and that’s what keeps me focused each and every day. It’s what I am most passionate about.” Because of his outstanding reputation, many Baltimore healthcare providers, medical doctors and dentist refer their patients to the office.
Dr. Kalkstein’s Journey to Chiropractic
You could say that chiropractic runs through Dr. Jeff Kalkstein’s blood. After all, his three brothers, Thomas, Robert and William, along with his nephew and Godson, Randy, are Chiropractors as well. And then there’s Blake, Dr. Jeff’s son, who is currently attending Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, working towards his Doctorate of Chiropractic and a master’s degree in Sports Medicine.
Dr. Jeff grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. While he was in high school, he twisted his knee in football practice drills right before the start of his senior year. The orthopedic surgeon he consulted at the University of Pittsburgh told him, “I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is I can fix it. The bad news is you can’t play football this year.” It was a wise decision indeed that Dr. Jeff consulted a chiropractor for this same injury because, as a result of chiropractic care, he played in every single game that year.
From high school, Dr. Jeff went on to the U.S. Naval Academy and 10 years of active duty, stationed around the world. Deciding that chiropractic was his calling, he attended and graduated from National College of Chiropractic in Chicago. However, he remained in the Naval Reserves, retiring as a Commander.
Dr. Jeff met his wife, Megan, while working out at the gym when he was stationed in Washington D.C. After graduation, Dr. Jeff worked with his brother for a short time in Pittsburgh before deciding to move to Towson, an area that he and Megan had always loved because of its proximity to so many other great areas. Dr. Jeff then joined Dr. Adolph in 1989 and has remained to serve Towson area patients ever since.
In terms of his own health, Dr. Jeff receives weekly chiropractic care and provides care to his family on a regular basis. He also recognizes the significance of movement and its relationship to mental and physical well being, so he and his family exercise regularly through participation in activities such as swimming, weight training, running, yoga and Pilates. And, for fun, they play tennis and snow and water ski.
Megan is a gourmet chef with a master’s degree in Holistic Nutrition, so Dr. Jeff and his family eat an organic/whole food diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, fresh fish, free range chicken and grass fed beef. They also supplement with natural multi vitamins, D3, pharmaceutical grade Omega-3 (fish oil) and various anti-inflammatory nutrients and spices.
Dr. Jeff and Megan are the proud parents of four children. Blake, who graduated from Loyola High School in ’03 and Towson University in ’08 with a B.S. in Exercise Science, is currently enrolled in Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, Missouri. Russell, who graduated from Loyola High School in ’05 and Washington and Jefferson College in ’09 with a dual major in International Business and Spanish, is currently working in the hospitality industry. Brittany, who graduated from Roland Park County School in ’06 and the University of Virginia in ’10 with a degree in Economics, works in the lacrosse community and Warren, who graduated from Loyola High School in ’09, attends Towson University.
Dr. Jeff is Board Certified and licensed in the states of Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio. He is a member of the Maryland Chiropractic Association (MCA) and the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).
Dr. Jeff sums up his purpose in this way, “When you get right down to it, we are only here for one reason…and that is to be of service to our patients by providing care that is effective, affordable and comfortable at their own pace. I invite you to find out how we can best serve your health needs and those of your family by contacting our office. I look forward to helping you achieve your health and wellness goals.”
Dr. Blake Kalkstein
Raised in Chiropractic
Dr. Blake Kalkstein was literally raised on chiropractic – his father, Jeff, and three uncles, Thomas, Robert and William, are chiropractors, along with his cousins, Randy, Jillian, and Jesse. So, after graduating from Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield, MO in December, 2012, Dr. Blake naturally returned to Towson, where he was raised, to work with the man he calls “his brilliant role model and the master of both patient care and running a business” – his dad, Dr. Jeff.
A Love For Healing
Interestingly, as a Towson University undergrad, Dr. Blake wasn’t really sure about his career path, but he knew he wanted to help people. He spent his summers working at his dad’s office and admired the way that patients respected his father. After realizing that he could combine his love for helping others with his love for working with his hands as a chiropractor, he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and enrolled in Logan College of Chiropractic, after attaining his B.S. in Kinesiology from Towson.
While at Logan, Dr. Blake was recognized for his consultation and teaching services in the Biofreeze™ Sports and Rehabilitation clinic. While earning his D.C. degree, Dr. Blake went to work as a chiropractic intern at the National Military Medical Hospital Walter Reed in Bethesda, MD. At Walter Reed, he had the privilege to work in the amputee rehabilitation center, where his strong background in low back and core stability programs led to improved communication between the chiropractic and physical therapy departments.
It was there, too, that Dr. Blake had his chiropractic “aha” moment, while working with a double amputee Iraqi war veteran. “Helping this wounded veteran to live pain free was one of the greatest feelings I have ever experienced,” Dr. Blake commented. “There’s an indescribable feeling that I get when I realize that I can help people with chronic pain to feel better, after everything else they’ve tried has failed.”
A Team Approach
Dr. Blake loves working as part of a team, so the challenging part of being a chiropractor is the M.D. bias against chiropractic that he sometimes faces. He certainly isn’t anti-medicine or anti-hospital – all forms of healthcare have their rightful place – but chiropractic care can be extremely helpful in cases where traditional medical approaches have failed. Patients are better served when physician specialties can take a “team” approach and recognize the merits of each specialty. While this can be challenging, Dr. Blake says the best part of being a chiropractor is seeing immediate results. He explained, “It’s great when a patient crawls in and then walks out. Or when you can help put a smile on the face of someone who’s been in chronic pain for a very long time. These are the moments that make this career choice truly gratifying.”
Dr. Blake completed his master’s degree in Sports Science and Rehabilitation at Logan University in May of 2013. His clinical internship with John’s Hopkins Sports Medicine orthopedic surgeons has allowed him to observe all types of injuries. Open dialogue with and careful guidance from Dr. John Wilckens, team orthopedist for the Baltimore Orioles and his internship supervisor, has led Dr. Blake to better understand advanced orthopedic and sports injuries and ways to appropriately manage each condition. According to Dr. Blake, “There’s a lot of new research directed toward sports medicine.
I am learning some cutting-edge approaches to treatment that I can share with my patients. One of these is Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), which looks at the whole body’s functional/dysfunctional movement patterns and uses the dysfunction to drive the patient’s care to correct the dysfunctional movement patterns. This is extremely helpful in treating athletes and sports injuries.” Dr. Blake also has an advanced post-graduate certification in Active Release Technique (ART), a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.
Press Release – Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician
Dr. Blake E. Kalkstein has obtained the postgraduate designation of Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician® (CCSP®) by the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians™ (ACBSP™). The CCSP® certification requires the doctor to attend a minimum of 100 hours of a 120 hour postgraduate program. This instruction is specific to physical fitness and the evaluation and treatment of injuries encountered in sports. Following the completion of these hours, the doctor must then take and successfully pass a comprehensive written examination.
This training will aid the doctor in the prevention and treatment of athletic injuries by enhancing his diagnostic skills and patient care. The CCSP® accreditation exists to provide a uniform standard of education that assures teams and athletes that the doctor has met a minimum level of competency in chiropractic sports medicine. Dr. Blake Kalkstein joins over 5200 others internationally who hold this designation.
If you are interested in having your sports event covered or would like your sports injury evaluated, please contact Dr. Blake Kalkstein.