Our People



photo Benjamin Parker, MD
Sports Medicine Faculty
Phone: 828-386-2663 Fax: 828-386-2664

Dr. Benjamin Parker is a ABOS Board Certified orthopedic surgeon at AppOrtho. He is the director of Orthopedic Sports Medicine Surgery. The North Carolina native completed his undergraduate degree at Duke University and earned his medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine. From there, he completed his orthopedic residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his sports medicine fellowship at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Dr. Parker is a specialist in all areas of sports medicine, including complex injuries of the knee, pediatric sports injuries, cartilage restoration, elbow surgery, complex arthroscopic and reconstructive shoulder surgery, and joint replacements. As a team doctor, he covers Appalachian State University, Lees McRae, Appalachian FC and many surrounding high school sports teams. When not at work, Dr. Parker enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. He is also an avid fitness enthusiast and accomplished musician.

photo Chris Bullers, MD
Boone Sports Medicine Fellowship Program Director
Phone: 828-386-2663 Fax: 828-386-2664
Appalachian Regional Healthcare System
148 Hwy 105 Extension, Suite 104
Boone, NC 28607

Dr. Chris Bullers grew up in Hickory, North Carolina. He attended Catawba College as an undergraduate, and after working for several years in the pharmaceutical industry, completed medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. After finishing his family medicine residency at Wake Forest University, he capped his medical training with a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

He then returned to Wake Forest University to become part of the family medicine clinical faculty and Winston Salem State team physician. During this time, he was also the principal investigator of the Winston Salem State arm of the NCAA-Department of Defense Concussion, Assessment, Research, and Education (CARE) Consortium nationwide project to further define the clinical and neurobiological natural history of concussive injury and recovery.  He has been included in several publications stemming from this ongoing research.

In 2017, Dr. Bullers climbed the mountain to join the AppOrtho team of the Appalachian Regional Medical System (ARHS) in Boone, NC. At that time, he was part of the vision to build a new academic center to educate future primary care and sports medicine physicians. After helping to start the family medicine residency at ARHS, he continues regular didactics with the residents as well as directing their orthopedic clinical experience.   He currently serves as medical director and team physician for Appalachian State University athletics and helps to provide for the sports medicine needs of Watauga and Avery counties.  This includes varied youth activities ranging from all sanctioned school sports to skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, dance and the many other unique opportunities that the mountains provide.  Several mass events are overseen yearly including 2 large (80+ team) weekend soccer tournaments hosted by High Country Soccer, and Heart of a Pioneer, a mass preparticipation physical event including EKG and concussion screening for the county middle and high school athletes. 

Professionally, Dr. Bullers’ interests include nonsurgical musculoskeletal care, injury prevention,  concussion management, nonsurgical procedures including biologics and tenotomy, diagnostic and interventional ultrasound, and overuse injuries. 

Dr. Bullers enjoys all outdoor activities especially when they involve his wife and two boys. They are constantly exploring all the high country has to offer and finding new fun every weekend they can.  He tries to “practice what he preaches” when it comes to exercise and leading a healthy lifestyle.