Meet Your Care Team
Our dedicated team of providers and support professional have decades of combined experience to help you achieve your goals by creating a personalized care plan for your specific condition.
Providing a warm and healing atmosphere, we take the time to truly understand each patient while thoroughly educating them along the way. We have found that when patients have a deep understanding of their condition, proposed treatment plan and at-home commitments, they then also hold the key to a long-term sustainable recovery.
We specialize in treating the pain and symptoms resulting from degenerative arthritis, bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, Peripheral Neuropathy, large and small joint pain muscular tears and spinal facet stenosis.
Our combined 75 YEARS of experience and proven care model of incorporating modern medical pain relief procedures with a natural medicine mindset allows us to incorporate therapies such as Naturopathic Medicine, Bio-Electric modulation therapy, spinal manipulation, non-surgical spinal decompression, physical rehabilitation and varying levels of light and laser therapies to quickly resolve acute and chronic nerve, disc and joint pain.
THE TREATMENT TEAM
Dr. Kevin L. Polzin
Kevin Polzin, DC DAAMLP
Palmer College of Chiropractic – 1991
Fellowship State University of New York Medical School, Spinal Biomechanics and Trauma(c)
Diplomate American Academy of Medical Legal Professionals
Director of Clinicians and Care
Dr. Polzin’s passion for the healing arts started in his early childhood. With the original desire to become a cardiac surgeon, his plans changed drastically during his Pre-Medical studies at the University of Alberta, Canada. His father experienced a very serious accident that left his with no sense of small or taste, vertigo, tunnel vision and tinnitus. After many months of conventional medical care, exploratory neck and surgery were offered as the only medical options for relief. Following the determined encouragement of a family friend, Dr. Polzin’s father was evaluated and treated by a chiropractor, proving to be the long-awaited help he needed. He regained his vitality after the pressure from his spinal column was relieved from a mal-aligned upper cervical vertebrae and he continues to this day to live a symptom-free life. In the wake of his father’s conservative care, Dr. Polzin has dedicated his life to utilizing a least-invasive first philosophy and proudly serves as the Director of Clinicians and Care for BPI.
Dr. Polzin is a Cum Laude graduate of the prestigious Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa and has served the natural health care needs of this community since 1991. After 16 years of successful practice in Mill Creek, WA, he took a sabbatical in 2007 to attain additional advanced training. His objective was to gain further understanding of the nervous system and how different spinal disorders affect the function of the body. Dr. Polzin studied neurology, pain management, spinal decompression, peripheral neuropathy and advanced education in medical nutrition.
In early 2009, Dr. Polzin returned to active practice in Bellevue, WA to help those suffering with severe neurological conditions utilizing revolutionary non-invasive treatment protocols that offer results without drugs or surgery. He is still consistently looking to advance his knowledge in the area of spine and joint pain and is currently a sitting candidate for the distinction of Fellow of Spinal Biomechanics and Trauma from State University of New York Medical School.
Additionally, Dr. Polzin has attained advanced training in Stem Cell Regenerative Medicine through the Cell Surgical Network and is committed to providing leadership and the most current education to the public about the realities of regenerative medicine with a foundation of research based results.
Dr. Polzin has established highly effective treatment parameters for difficult cases including chronic pain syndromes, reflex sympathetic dystrophy as well as injuries and symptoms related to brain injury and stroke. He states that his highest calling is giving life back to the lifeless, turning hopelessness into personal empowerment, transforming fatigue into energy and replacing pain with thriving health.
Regularly attending continuing education workshops, seminars and courses, Dr. Polzin strives to understand the latest research, enabling him to provide the best possible care for his patients.
Dr. Gregory Cofano
Gregory Cofano, DC DIBCN
Palmer College of Chiropractic – 2009
Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist
Diplomate International Board of Chiropractic Neurologists
Published Researcher / Author
Dr. Cofano knew that neurology and the complexities of the nervous system was his passion since his first neuroscience course at the University of Pittsburgh. After earning his Bachelors of Science, he went on to graduate Cum Laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange, Florida where he eventually became an assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences for six years. He has continued his quest for knowledge and understanding of the human nervous system and has completed the distinction of Chiropractic Neurologist through Northwestern Health Sciences University.
Dr. Cofano has presented original research at prestigious national conferences covering implementing evidence-based concepts in chiropractic education at the Association of Chiropractic Colleges Educational Conference and Research Agenda Conference in Washington, D.C. He continues to lecture at multiple conferences across the United States concerning topics of neuroinflammation and mechanisms of peripheral neuropathy.
Dr. Cofano has published multiple peer-edited scientific journal publications on topics such as neuropathy, renal cell carcinoma, spina bifida, and Arnold Chiari malformation. While at Palmer he went on to receive advanced education in evidence-based clinical practice, permanent impairment ratings, MRI interpretation, personal injury cases, electrodiagnostic medicine and chiropractic neurology.
With his advanced training in chiropractic neurology and electrodiagnostic medicine, Dr. Cofano specializes in treating spine pain, herniated or bulging discs, neuropathy, radiculopathy, sciatica and other neurological diseases. Dr. Cofano has years of experience in electrodiagnostic testing for neuropathy and radiculopathy and has been a former Director of Electromyography at a large multidisciplinary medical clinic in Daytona Beach, Florida. This background has made Dr. Cofano an excellent team member at Bellevue Pain Institute where he continues to uphold the highest level of professionalism and innovation when it comes to the most valuable asset the patient.
Dr. Cofano believes that no provider should become stagnate and complacent with patient care. He also believes that treatment plans need to be individualized and personalized with constant attention to their progress and functional improvement. He is passionate about restoring function back to those who are neurologically impaired. By regularly attending seminars, educational courses and obtaining further education, he commits himself to patient’s improved health.
Dr. Patti Mullen
Patti Mullen ND
Bastyr University, Doctor of Naturopathy – 2012
Dr. Mullen’s passion for physical medicine has been a lifelong journey. Seeing potential in helping many people regain an active lifestyle and function, she became involved at a physical therapy clinic in 1986. This work led to a Bachelors’ degree in Athletic Training from Washington State University in 1994. After college, she continued to work at physical therapy clinics and as an ACE certified personal trainer at Pro Sports Club in 1995. Dr. Patti earned her massage license in 2000, providing primarily medical massage as an LMP. Wishing to play an even greater role in her client’s health care she completed her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in 2012.
As a healthcare provider, Dr. Mullen believes that the body has the innate ability to heal itself. The goal of treatment is to assist that ability and facilitate the healing process. Focusing primarily on orthopedics, injury recovery, chronic pain and sports injury, she knows the body is capable of healing from the inside out. This facilitation of healing can be accomplished by natural treatments (trigger point injections and PRP), bodywork, diet and lifestyle modifications, herbal medicine and nutritional supplements.
Throughout the course of her professional career in healthcare, Dr. Mullen has maintained a healthy lifestyle herself. She has completed many 5k, 10k, ½ marathons, and marathons, as well as competing in Sprint distance, Olympic distance, ½ Ironman, and Ironman triathlons. Even so, in 2018 she underwent Chemotherapy, radiation and surgery for breast cancer. To her oncologist surprise, she was able to maintain her reasonably active lifestyle all the way through treatment. She continues to be happy, healthy and cancer free to this day.
Dr. Matt Brown-Ruegg
Matt Brown-Ruegg DC
Western States Chiropractic College (University of Western States)– 1998
Dr. Brown-Ruegg was first introduced to chiropractic in 1987 when his high school girlfriend (now his wife) was struck in the head with a ball while playing water polo. The impact caused soft tissue damage as well as injuries to her neck which caused her to miss many days of high school due to suffering from severe migraine headaches. After months of specialists visit, MRIs, x-rays, pain medication without relief from the constant headaches, Michele was advised by her neurologist that chiropractic care is a good option for the relief of headache. Within a few weeks of chiropractic care Michele’s months of suffering was over and the headaches were gone.
Dr. Brown-Ruegg was so impressed at the concept of utilizing least-invasive treatment protocols to reduce pain, increase flexibility, improve motion and impact function instead of drugs or surgery that he started began working in the chiropractic clinic as a high-school intern and was further encouraged to begin a career as a Doctor of Chiropractic.
In 1998 he graduated from Western States Chiropractic College (now University of Western States) and began serving the community of Edmonds at Olympic Sports and Spine Therapy, a Sound Pain Solution member.
In 2001 he began building Hillclimb Chiropractic Clinic, a top-rated, multi-disciplinary clinic in downtown Seattle. For the last 19 years Dr. Brown-Ruegg has happily and gratefully served the downtown community. With his home and family now on the Eastside, Dr. Brown-Ruegg was excited to have the opportunity to join Bellevue Pain Institute and expand his knowledge and ability to treat complex spine and nerve conditions.
For over 22 years, Dr. Brown-Ruegg has been honored to have helped thousands of patients enjoy a higher functioning life without pain. Bringing hope, encouragement and results to his patients is something he’s proud and humbled by. He enjoys working on complicated spine pain cases and disc injuries, herniated or bulging discs and sciatica. Dr. Matt Brown-Ruegg has had the privilege to work on professional and semi-professional athletes and specializes in sports injuries, auto injuries, carpel tunnel, spinal degeneration, disc conditions, scoliosis, headaches, neck pain, and back pain. He provides full range of chiropractic services, including chiropractic, orthopedic, and neurological physicals and applies a variety of techniques including but not limited to Diversified; Manual Therapy; Sacral Occipital Technique; Flexion Distraction; Pain Neutralization Technique; Chiropractic Biophysics; Pettibon Technique; Activator; Thompson Drop Table; Extremity Adjusting and Gonstead.
Dr. Matt Brown-Ruegg regularly attends continuing education workshops, seminars and courses in an effort to continue to provide patients with the best care possible.
Kaitlyn Burnette DC
Kaitlyn Burnette, DC
Palmer College of Chiropractic – 2017
Dr. Burnette’s passion for chiropractic started at an early age of 14 when she was swimming competitively for her local club team in North Carolina and injured her shoulder. Hesitant at first, her teammates convinced her to go see a Sports and Family Chiropractor after several unsuccessful attempts at physical therapy and pain medications; surgery was not an option she wanted to pursue at such a young age. Her chiropractor kept her competitive in the pool all throughout high school and at Campbell University, a Division I college where she obtained an athletic and academic scholarship. That same chiropractor was her source of inspiration to become a chiropractor herself to help show people that conservative care can have monumental impacts.
She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and focused many of her classes around athletic training and rehabilitation, and then went on to Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange, Florida where she focused on sports chiropractic and rehabilitation, earning a certification in IASTM with SmartTools and knowledge in KT taping and myofascial release techniques as well. During her time at Palmer, she worked with many local college athletes, triathletes, and swimmers of all ages as she was an Age Group Coach for a local club team there. She knew she wanted to continue working with a health conscious and active community, and the Pacific Northwest seemed like the perfect place to continue her journey. Maintenance chiropractic care, soft tissue, and laser treatments have allowed Dr. Burnette to be an athlete her entire life, continuing to enjoy recreational swimming and CrossFit, as well as adventuring through the Washington outdoors with her Great Dane, Moose.
Holly Sternod MA CNA
Holly started BPI within an administrative role, as an operations manager however, after a few years with the company she realized her passion lie elsewhere. By witnessing countless patient’s make their way successfully past their pain, through means of physical medicine and the guidance of their providers, sparked a new desire. She wanted to have a more direct relationship with the patient’s journey. Starting in 2019 she decided to dive back into her education, but this time in healthcare with the goal of becoming an RN. Currently, she’s completed her CNA, MA-P certification, and is working through the remainder of her nursing pre-requisites to be ready for the application process in 2022. In becoming an RN, she hopes to empower patients through education and encouragement so they may return to enjoying all aspects of their lives.
Enjoying an active and healthy lifestyle is of the utmost importance to Holly. When she isn’t at work or studying, you’ll probably find her on solo runs around the area, or teamed up with someone on a local hiking adventure.