Over the years, Rebound has been lucky enough to employ some pretty special people; often, this time at Rebound is only the beginning of their journey. Jeff Bulkley is one such person. Once upon a time, Jeff was an aide at Rebound’s Westside clinic.
Always having a passion for helping others, Jeff made the decision to pursue a dream of becoming a doctor. That dream has now become a reality and Rebound could not be prouder of Jeff and all that he has accomplished.
We took some time to chat with our old friend and learn a little more about what he’s been up to since his time at Rebound and what life looks like these days. We hope you enjoy this dialogue as much as we did.
Rebound: When did you work at Rebound, which clinic were you at?
Jeff: 2009 – 2011. At the Westside clinic, now the liquor store.
R: Any memories or crazy stories from your Rebound days?
J: Had some great memories working with some great folks. Some of the after work shenanigans were always memorable. My first Christmas party was one of my best memories. Seeing my co-workers and their families cut loose was a blast and really added to the camaraderie that makes Rebound a great place to work.
R: Did you head straight from there to medical school?
J: Yep, with a couple weeks for some last minute adventures before classes started.
R: How did you decide that was the rout you wanted to go?
J: I knew I wanted to be a doctor since I was 10, but after working at Rebound and learning more about physical therapy, I pursued DO school to learn more hands on medicine.
R: Now, big picture – what’s next?
J: Just signed with Mosaic Medical in Bend! Will be starting August 2018 at their east side clinic as an outpatient internal medicine provider.
R: What has been the most surprising while in school?
J: It’s been an amazing journey and I’ve learned a lot to say the least. Not too many major surprises, per se, but constantly learning new things both about medicine and myself.
R: What has been the most difficult?
J:Being away from my amazing and supportive wife as well as family and friends along this journey has been the hardest, but wouldn’t be where I am today without them.
R: Any motivational quotes you use when the going gets tough?
J: “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone”. ~Pablo Picasso
Another one I like when it comes to medicine is: “You treat a disease and you may win or lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.” ~Hunter Patch Adams
R: Family dinner with two celebrities who would you choose?
J: Alive – Jim Carrey and Johnny Depp
Not Alive – Sir William Osler and Walt Disney
R: March Madness picks (if you are ‘playing’)
J: Michigan State to win it.
R: Favorite book?
J: The House of God by Samuel Shem.
R: Most inspirational/beautiful spot in Central Oregon?
J: The mouth of the Metolius River at Lake Billy Chinook.