By Chuck Yang, Public Affairs Specialist, Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center
Paul D. Bickford, doctor of chiropractic, has joined the musculoskeletal team at Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center.
A Minnesota native, Bickford has been practicing medicine for 12 years.
“I really like being a chiropractor,” he said. “I really like helping people.”
Bickford previously practiced as a contractor at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas. This is his first time in this area.
“People are friendlyNew chiropractor joins Kimbrough’s Musculoskeletal Clinic team, and I really like the setting and the atmosphere,” he said.
“The best part of moving to this region is the appreciation of the smaller clinic. When patients reach the plateau of the treatment, I can refer to other clinics like pain management. KACC has the capability and capacity to modify to other modality and resources.”
Maj. Genny Gudorf, chief of the Musculoskeletal Clinic at Kimbrough, is glad to have Bickford join the team.
“We’ve had about a year gap without chiropractic services, and service members had to be tolerant and sometimes travel to Water Reed National Military Medical Center or Andrews Air Force Base for chiropractic services,” Gudorf said.
Bickford can provide another option to active-duty service members, said Gudorf. Chiropractic services are a great treatment modality, in addition to physical therapy and pain management.
“We’re really happy to have him,” Gudorf said. “He is friendly, a go-getter, and fits the team well.
“Patients were definitely excited to hear that chiropractic services will be provided here. We started getting inquiries while Dr. Bickford was in-processing.
“Soldiers are happy to have chiropractic services along with primary care here at Fort Meade. It was very inconvenient for many to travel to WRNMMC or other medical facilities.”
Bickford and Gudorf emphasized that the Kimbrough chiropractic services are provided to active-duty service members only, and patients must be referred by their primary care manager.
Bickford looks forward to meeting the Kimbrough team members and to continue to provide medical readiness to the active-duty population.
Bickford is also interested in adding additional modality to his practices.
“I am interested in learning about acupuncture to enhance my knowledge and promote health and readiness for the military community,” he said.
Other services available in the musculoskeletal department include physical therapy, orthopedic services, sports medicine, neuro-musculoskeletal evaluation and therapeutic exercise.
Although chiropractic services are only available to active-duty service members, all other musculoskeletal services are available to all Tricare beneficiaries, including retirees.
For now, chiropractic appointments are readily available. However, Gudorf predicts that the referral process can take up to four to six weeks in the near future.