Please send your positive prayers for Dr. John!

The Bluefish team would like to ask for your positive thoughts and prayers for Dr. John Frachella as he recovers from a very serious bicycle accident that occurred yesterday. While riding on a difficult mountain bike trail near the North Umpqua River, Dr. John fell down a cliff, breaking his neck in several places.

He underwent successful surgery today to fuse vertebrae, and is now entering a very important recovery phase. His physician states that Dr. John is expected to recover fully in approximately three months, providing that he remains immobilized and quiet. Those of you who know Dr. John understand that this will be an incredibly hard challenge for him, given his very active nature.

We understand that many of his friends and patients will want to visit him, but we ask that you please refrain from doing so at this critical phase in the recovery process. In the meantime, please feel free to share your thoughts and get-well-soon wishes with us (our email is:; mailing address: 2565 NE Butler Market Road, Bend, OR 97701) and we will be sure to pass any messages along to Dr. John and his wife, Carol.

Thank you in advance to our patients who may be asked to reschedule their appointments, we so appreciate your patience and understanding.

We believe that Dr. John is a remarkably strong and resilient person who will rise to meet this challenge, and we are so grateful that his prognosis is positive.

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