Dr. Chester Carlson, DO

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Dr. Chester Carlson, DO
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.

Fort Smith Office

3401 Rogers Ave

Fort Smith, AR 72903

Contact Information

(479) 434-4887

Dr. Chester Carlson, DO

Dr. Chester Carlson, DO

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Assurant Health
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CoreSource
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Golden Rule
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • HAP Insurance
  • HealthSmart
  • Humana
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • MedHealthInsurance
  • Medico
  • 3 More

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Care Philosophy

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.
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Dr. Carlson's Experience

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


  • Pain Medicine
  • Acute Pain Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Headache Management
  • Interventional Pain Medicine
  • Interventional Spine Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Pain Medicine
  • Sports Medicine Pain Management

Board Certifications

  • Emergency Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Emergency Medicine*

Conditions Treated

  • Acute Postoperative Pain
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Arthritis
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hand Conditions
  • Headache
  • Heel Spur
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Disorders
  • Low Back Pain
  • Migraine
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Neck Pain
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Upper Back Pain


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  • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Cervical Facet Joint Injection
  • Cervical Medial Branch Block
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Epidural Injection
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Facet Block
  • Facet Joint Injection
  • Joint Drainage
  • 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
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT)
  • Pain Management
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injection
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Arkansas.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • 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.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Carlson's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Carlson to family and friends
based on 6 total reviews (2 with comments)
Dr. Carlson Says:

Communication is key to a successful physician-patient relationship.  Dr Carlson welcomes and values feedback in an effort to continually improve the patient experience.  

Dr. Carlson's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (2)
in Russellville ar |
Dr. Carlson is a great Doctor, I was bit in the face by a bull mastiff in December and thanks to Dr.Carlson you can't even tell I was ever bitten by a 150 lb dog. I thank god that this man was my doctor and he did such an amazing and has kept me from having to live my life with massive scars!!
in Salt Lake City, UT |
He is a caring, compassionate, professional. I would recommend him as a physician to anyone.
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Dr. Carlson accepts 17 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
  • Assurant Health
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CoreSource
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Golden Rule
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • HAP Insurance
    Health Alliance
  • HealthSmart
  • Humana
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • MedHealthInsurance
  • Medico
  • Tricare
    TriCare for Life
  • UnitedHealthCare
    United Healthcare
  • Universal American

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Hospitals where Dr. Carlson has admitting privileges

Sparks Regional Medical Center
1001 Towson Ave
Fort Smith, AR 72901
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