Dr. Chet Carlson brings a wealth of knowledge, a strong sense of urgency and a compassionate, gentle manner to caring for his patients at Renaissance Health and Wellness. An osteopathic physician, he is skilled in the practice of osteopathic manipulative therapy, as well as being board certified in emergency medicine, and an active practitioner of emergency medicine. His twenty year military career shaped his genuine desire to be of service to his community. Dr. Carlson's military career began in the Air National Guard as an F-16 mechanic before his acceptance into active duty pilot training; later, he was hand picked for a special assignment working with NASA, providing joint aerial defense for several space shuttle launches at Kennedy Space Center, FL— all prior to attending medical school at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and graduating from the emergency medicine residency program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, AR. He retired in 2010 as a U.S. Air Force Flight Surgeon and the Chief of Aerospace Medicine for the 188th Fighter Wing, Arkansas Air National Guard. During his last seven years as a practicing physician in the busiest emergency departments and trauma centers in Arkansas, Dr. Carlson recognized a particular patient population that seemed desperate for help, with few treatment options available: those suffering with the chronic, often excruciating pain of peripheral neuropathy and other musculoskeletal chronic pain syndromes. He felt that there had to be a better way to treat these patients than just prescribing addictive pain medications. His osteopathic medical training and philosophy is based on the belief in treating the whole patient, head to toe, mind, body, and spirit, instead of just temporarily alleviating symptoms of any one particular ailment. Dr. Carlson recognized the need to create a practice that would allow him to attend to a patient's total well being, while restoring his patients to their optimum functionality, overall health, and quality of life. In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Carlson is a Designated F.A.A. Senior Aviation Medical Examiner, part-time corporate pilot and flight instructor in helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, as well as a volunteer mission pilot with the Civil Air Patrol. He is also a certified rescue SCUBA diver and co-owns Ocean Impact Diving Services in Ft. Smith, AR. His wife and three children are proud of his continued service to his community through the practice of medicine and feel blessed to have him practicing close to home.
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Dr. Carlson believes in working closely with his patients to guide them through the treatment and decision making process in an educational and compassionate manner. Dr. Carlson cares for each patient with kindness and gentleness - treating them like family members - to build trust and foster an atmosphere of hope and healing.
Dr. Carlson's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Pain Medicine
Board certified in Emergency Medicine
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Acute Pain Medicine
Interventional Pain Medicine
Interventional Spine Medicine
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Pain Medicine
Sports Medicine Pain Management
Accredited by: American Board of Emergency Medicine*
Why It Matters: Dr. Carlson's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Acute Postoperative Pain
All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
Ankle Sprains and Strains
Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Chronic Neck Pain
Chronic Pelvic Pain
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
Degenerative Disc Disease
Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
Facet Joint Pain
Intervertebral Disc Disease
Low Back Pain
Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
Osteoarthritis of Hip
Osteoarthritis of Knee
Osteoarthritis of Spine
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
Peripheral Nerve Disorders
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
Spine Fractures, Traumatic
Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
Upper Back Pain
Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
Cervical Facet Joint Injection
Cervical Medial Branch Block
Chronic Pain Management
Epidural Steroid Injections
Facet Joint Injection
Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
Lumbar Facet Joint Injection
Lumbar Selective Nerve Root Block
Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
Nerve Block, Somatic
Nerve Block, Sympathetic
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT)
Peripheral Nerve Block
Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation
Sacroiliac Joint Injection
Trigger Point Injection
Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
Malpractice Claims not available
Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Arkansas.
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
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If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Arkansas State University-Fort Smith
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1993
Ok State Univ Coll Of Osteo Med
Medical School | Graduated 2006
Arkansas Childrens Hospital
Internship Hospital | Completed 2009
University Of Arkansas For Medical Sciences
Internship Hospital | Completed 2009
Us Air Force Sch Aerospace Med
Other Education | Completed 2004
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Carlson has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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