Blake Bell is the owner and clinic director of Bell Chiropractic &
Pain Management. Born into chiropractic literally and figuratively
in the lower level of his fathers clinic at 3300 North Lindbergh,
healing has been ingrained into him since the very beginning.
Raised in Florissant, MO Blake graduated high school from
Hazelwood Central and went on to play DII football at Quincy University as a long snapper, wedge buster, and offensive lineman while also on a choral scholarship. Feeling that he needed a new direction he left Q.U. after a year and went on to receive his bachelor of science in healthcare management from Lindenwood University.
Currently he is enrolled at Logan University to become a doctor of
chiropractic. Blake has been the clinic director since 2010.
Blake is the executive director of "The Project 4-22 Foundation"
a 501(c)3 Non-profit Corp that provides life-saving education to
veterans to combat the epidemic of 22 veterans completing
Blake enjoys spending his spare time with his family and friends. Most weekends you can catch him coaching numerous sports teams for his athletic organization "Pumas Athletic"which provides world class athletic training to the youth in the Florissant area. A collegiate athlete in his youth and a part of numerous championship teams, he now instills that same work ethic into the leaders of tomorrow through athletics.
"I truly love what I get to do on a daily basis. There's just something I get from being a part of the healing process that I cannot get anywhere else. I love seeing people feel better and plan to do this until the day I die. Your health is incredibly important to me and we truly value every patient that walks through our doors & trust's us to treat them. You are not just another number here, I can promise you that."
Dr. Kristina M. Heafner is a August 2015 graduate from Logan College of Chiropractic at Logan University located in Chesterfield, Missouri.
Prior to attending Logan University, Dr. Heafner completed her undergraduate studies at Illinois College focusing on pre-medical sciences and earning her Bacholar of Science.
As a student at Logan, Dr. K excelled academically and clinically and was awarded the clinic achievement award. Dr. Heafner interned at Paraquad 5240 Oakland Ave, St. Louis, Missouri and worked at 5422 Southfield Center, St. Louis, Missouri. There she learned how to effectively diagnose and treat patients suffering from a variety of musculoskeletal conditions while sharpening her manual adjusting techniques. In addition, Dr. Heafner volunteered as an intern at the St. Louis Veteran's Administration Medical Center and St. Patrick's Center where she provided quality chiropractic care for veterans and those less fortunate in the community. She has experience in sport medicine and corrective care with rehabilitation.
In her spare time, Dr. Kristina loves spending time at her family homestead helping out, working/riding horse's and cycling. An animal lover, Dr. K owns 2 horses, 2 cats and co-owns great danes with her sisters.
Bell Chiropractic was established in 1977 by Dr. Gene Bell (1944-2018).
He is the inspiration behind who we are and our vision of what true healthcare is.
Here is an article about him in the local paper a few years ago.
FOR THE RAGE, IT’S A MATTER OF TRUST.
By Mike Thompson
As Rage Head Football Coach Mike Wyatt relays the story, it’s the last regular season game of the year against the Dayton Warbirds. Rage defensive lineman Jay Carmack has been brought to the sidelines after taking an exceptionally hard blow to the head. After being examined by team doctor Gene Bell, he’s told to have a seat on the bench. He’s suffered a concussion , and is too valuable to the team to risk further injury, which could, and most likely would , set him down for the playoffs as well. ‘’So now, its Jay the competitor versus Doc, me and good judgment,’’ said Wyatt in his office last week, ‘’ Jays telling me he can go back in, fighting with my assistant coaches to get back in the field. I asked an assistant coach if Jay could go, and the answer was yes, he says he can. Then I asked Doc, and he said Jay needs to sit it out. I told Coach Edmunds to tell Jay to have a seat. He’s done for the night.’’
It was then that Wyatt told me something I’ve long suspected after observing his relationship with our valued team Physician, Dr. Gene Bell. ‘’I trust Doc’s judgment completely. I mean, he has been absolutely correct in every, and I mean EVERY diagnosis regarding our players since he came on board, from strains to sprains, concussions, pulls, major injuries, surgery decisions, everything. I never doubt Doc, and that’s a comforting thought knowing I have someone working with our players that I can completely trust. When I send in my roster to the league on Thursday before our weekend games, I know I’ve got the best 25 players who are ready to go.’’
The education, medical school bio and resume of Dr. Gene Dennis Bell reads like a profiled’ Who’s –Who’ in some medical journal. Admittedly, even I did not know the extent of his Doctorate and Post-Doctorate education until I requested his resume from Coach Wyatt last week to write this article. You gotta be kidding me!!
It’s twenty-four, TWENTY-FOUR pages long, neatly typed, 8 by 10. Let’s just say he’s a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine with his own office on North Highway 67 / Lindbergh in Florissant, a member of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, a Certified Sports Physician, and a longtime member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. The former Wisconsin University running back and semi-pro football player also holds teaching certificates in both Missouri and Wisconsin, has conducted medical and chiropractic seminars around the country, is an accomplished musician, and holds a qualified pilots license. No, he’s never, at least in my presence, turned water into wine, but he has the trust and respect of everyone on the staff at Rage Headquarters, and I’m glad to say, over the past year has become a good friend.
Perhaps Coach Wyatt says it best when he told me Tuesday that ‘’Doc never really says a whole lot about himself. You’d never know he’s done as much as he has , but hey, the ones who do the most usually let the accomplishments speak for themselves.’’