Dr. Jolett Rod’s holistic approach to treating patients focuses on injury prevention, intentional healing, stress and anxiety reduction, and rehabilitative exercises to promote the body’s resiliency. The pillars of Dr. Rod’s practice are patient education and patient autonomy. She loves spending time teaching her patients about anatomy and biomechanics so that they can fully understand what is causing their pain and then proceed to make the best decision for themselves about how to proceed with treatment. She teaches patients how to continue doing what they love safely and rarely recommends ceasing activity because she knows that movement is often the best medicine, even if it’s adding in five minutes of gentle stretching between Zoom meetings.
A graduate of Portland’s own University of Western States, Dr. Rod received both her Doctor of Chiropractic and Master of Sports Medicine degrees in 2016. Her love for learning began at Loyola University Chicago, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in biology while also studying neuroscience and bioethics. She grew up on a small farm in Illinois and in the past has worked as an EMT and an oncology patient advocate as well as a refugee resettlement volunteer.
Dr. Rod is currently a certified Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization Exercise Trainer. This certification focuses on teaching patients how to do fundamental movement patterns more efficiently in order to avoid pain while doing complex movements. By focusing on training the brain to better communicate with the body, and in turn, creating new cortical motor pathways, Dr. Rod believes the body is better primed for movement and exercise—whether that’s squatting 200lbs or just being able to pick up your grandkids and tie your shoes without pain.
During her last five years at Kelsall Chiropractic Clinic, Dr. Rod has built an amazing referral network co-treating patients with gifted naturopaths, acupuncturists, pain specialists, and mental health clinicians in NW Portland. She often refers patients to other practitioners in the neighborhood to help patients meet their health and wellness goals faster in conjunction with their chiropractic care. Every patient deserves a safe and supportive community of healthcare practitioners to meet their individual needs and Dr. Rod loves helping patients find the doctor that is right for them.
Dr. Rod’s favorite part of being a chiropractor is meeting and treating different people from all walks of life. She has a no-nonsense Midwestern demeanor that is balanced by her warm personality which sets patients at ease almost immediately. She strives to always be her most authentic self, making it easy to find something in common with just about everyone. She is humbled to treat patients of all ages regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, or activity level. Dr. Rod is trauma-informed and in her office, everyone is treated with respect and support while on their individual journey.
Dr. Rod sees patients on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-7pm and Saturdays from 9-2pm. She is an in-network provider for Aetna, BCBS, First Choice, Pacific Source, Providence, Regence, MODA, and United Healthcare. She also accepts Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) and Worker’s Compensation (WC) injury patients.
Outside of the office, you can find Dr. Rod tending to her garden and countless houseplants, or spoiling her cat and dog rotten. She loves being in the woods foraging for mushrooms and talking to the trees. She’s a highly sensitive person who enjoys a quiet, mindful life rich in culture and travel.