Monterey Chiropractor in Monterey

Dr. Richard L. Bend

Dr. Richard L. Bend

 Dr. Bend was born in Iowa before spending his childhood in St. Clair, Michigan. As a young adult, he enlisted in the United States Navy. During his 6 years serving the country, he was aboard a nuclear submarine and also attended hospital corpsman school to work as a medical corpsman. 

It was during his time working as a medic that he discovered his passion for chiropractic. Inspired by witnessing malpractice, he set out to create a career in chiropractic where he could truly provide comprehensive, competent care to his patients. He attended Life University Chiropractic College in Georgia after serving in the Navy, where he received his certification to practice chiropractic. He has now been in practice almost 20 years. Additionally he comes from a family of chiropractors, including his father, aunts and uncles, grandfather, and grandmother. Dr. Bend notes that he has learned a lot from his family members, and that he also is constantly learning from his patients and adapting his techniques. 


Qualified in Submarine Warfare, Navy Corpsman
(United States Navy)
Doctor of Chiropractic
(Life University, Marietta, GA)
Board Certified Chiropractor, National Board of Chiropractic Examiners
Doctor of Chiropractic, California State Board of Chiropractic Examiners
Board Certified X-ray Supervisor & Operator, California State Board of Health
Board Certified Chiropractic Extremity Adjuster, California State Board of Health
Professional Affiliations and Achievements:
Member, Monterey Peninsula Chiropractic Society

What My Patients Say

Emily came to our office suffering from migraine headaches:

Emily was just 7 years old when her mom, Melinda, brought her to see Dr. Bend. Emily had been suffering with migraines since age 2. The headaches were occasional at first but progressed to at least 2 and up to 4 migraines a week. Emily's pediatrician had them treat the migraines with Advil and suggested seeing a neurologist.

If Emily's migraine wasn't treated right away, the pain would cause her to vomit. She also had sensitivity to light and sound. These symptoms made her miss many days of school.

Emily began chiropractic care on June 28, 2013. Melinda had been given a recommendation from a classmate's mother who told her that Dr. Bend had helped with her migraines and her sons also see him for treatment. After reading the patient testimonials on Dr. Bend's website, Melinda scheduled an appointment for her daughter.

Emily's condition improved immediately after her first adjustment, her headache simply disappeared. By September, her headaches had decreased to 1 every 2 weeks. Now, she receives an adjustment from Dr. Bend about once month (mostly because she likes Dr. Bend!) She hasn't had a migraine for a few months.

I highly recommend Dr. Bend and tell all our friends about him!

Melinda Nakagawa (Emily's mom)

Caitlin came to our office suffering from major head & neck pain:

I had constant head and neck pain for over a year and the pain would increase with activity. As a mom to a one-year-old, I would have to fight through the pain to play with her. It was even a challenge for me to get up every morning.

I had gone to two neurologists who both sent me to Stanford Pain Clinic. I've had two lumbar punctures, multiple CT scans, one cervical nerve block, drug therapy, and countless ER visits due to the pain. My husband had heard of people in similar situations as mine who felt better after an adjustment so I decided to give chiropractic a shot!

Once Dr. Bend adjusted my neck, I noticed improvement INSTANTLY! I was, for the first time in a year, relieved of my head pain! The rest of the day, I cried on and off in joy. I felt young again! I am only 22 but had been living feeling as if I was 65+. I had my life back!

Aside from feeling great, I could finally sleep! I can work out, chase my daughter around and look forward to a life with no limitations. I would definitely recommend chiropractic care to everyone.

Thank you Dr. Bend for giving me my life back!

Caitlin Martis

Brad came to our office hoping that chiropractic could help his lethargy & body pain:

Before I began seeing Dr. Bend I was suffering from depression, lack of energy and a lack of desire to function well. I had an overall feeling of negative well-being including body pains. This discomfort conflicted with my daily routine as I couldn't function without feeling angry and volatile all the time. I didn't want to do anything! My girlfriend had been getting adjusted by Dr. Bend and eventually convinced me to do the same. She felt I would benefit greatly.

I noticed a definite improvement in my life in less than two weeks after beginning care. Not only had my mental attitude improved but I experienced a tremendous amount of energy - physically and emotionally. I also noticed that I haven't been getting sick (flu, cold, virus, etc.) as often since I've been seeing Dr. Bend which was unusual for me.

When I started seeing Dr. Bend I had gone through some pretty rough years both emotionally and certainly physically. I was feeling worn out and without any reserve of energy. This man has changed my life and I am forever grateful to have been guided into his practice. I have returned to making music and have put out a CD of my songs that I am so proud of! Dr. Bend treats his patients with a deep respect towards them and himself - a rare thing these days. I have told my friends about chiropractic and in particular about Dr. Bend. I have no doubt that chiropractic can help everyone to some degree. Thank you Dr. Bend!

Brad Dubin

Cammie wanted to ease her neck, shoulder and back pain:

I had been dealing with neck and shoulder pain that made it difficult to work, read and ride my bicycle. The lower back pain made it especially painful to ride my bike. I had seen a chiropractor in the past and knew that it helped alleviate my problems.

After relocating to the Peninsula last year, I searched for a chiropractor. Fortunately, I found Dr. Bend's services at an event I attended through the Professional Women's Network of Monterey. I made an appointment to see him soon after.

I started noticing an improvement in the severity of my pain after seeing Dr. Bend weekly for about 1 month. My neck and shoulder pain went from intolerable to liveable... not having pain constantly. My back improved and my bike riding was much more pleasant.

As well as my pain decreasing, I noticed other changes in my health after starting care. When the "cold & flu" season came through, I did catch a cold. To my delight, my cold came and went much quicker than my husband's and my symptoms were quite a bit less severe than his.

I have had several auto accidents and multiple sports injuries throughout the years. I really notice how much better I feel and function when I am under regular chiropractic care...without it, I limp and am in constant pain.

I always tell people how much chiropractic care helps keep me functioning and I suggest that they should give it a try if they haven't already.

Cammie Jones

Phil came to our office wanting pain relief:

I was a Navy pilot in 1965, flying combat, when my airplane exploded and I had to eject over North Vietnam. That incident and my experiences as a prisoner of war for the next 8 years caused multiple issues with my back. My first chiropractor failed to give me pain relief or improved range of motion. But I have been getting excellent, palliative chiropractic care from Dr. Richard Bend for 10 years now. I see him weekly and highly recommend his chiropractic expertise.

Phillip Butler, PhD CDR, USN (ret.)

Cristina came to our office suffering from migraine headaches:

My daily routine was constantly impacted with migraines. When I had migraines, I didn't like to watch t.v., listen to music or be in bright light. I would try to sleep through the pain but sometimes even sleeping wouldn't help. I used to get migraines 2 or 3 times a week.

I found Dr. Bend because he is a provider through my insurance. I had been seeing another chiropractor but had to stop because he did not accept my insurance. Under chiropractic care, my migraines stopped but when I stopped getting regular adjustments, the migraines returned.

After getting regular adjustments for about a month or two, I began to notice improvement, my migraines became less frequent and less painful. I may get an occasional headache but not as frequently as before I started getting adjusted. And, the pain is definitely less severe. I noticed a few additional changes in my body including my energy level going up and my posture improved!

I will recommend chiropractic care to others because it gets rid of the pain in your neck/back, it increases your energy level and improves your overall health. Thank you Dr. Bend.

Cristina Torres

Shalesh came to our office suffering from migraine headaches:

A friend had suggested that maybe chiropractic could help my headaches. I made an appointment to see Dr. Bend after finding a coupon in the newspaper advertising his chiropractic office.

I had been suffering from excruciating migraine headaches for years. It affected my daily life in a negative way. Many times I would call in sick to work because I was in such pain. I couldn't concentrate. It angered me! I couldn't sleep and most of the time I was very unhappy.

After my first adjustment, I noticed an improvement in my condition... on the first day of chiropractic care! I noticed other health changes too. I feel like I have been re-born. I am glad to say that I don't have to depend on medication any more.

I would recommend chiropractic to others and I think that everyone should try chiropractic care first. I am glad to be free of taking medications to ease my migraine pain. I have found a more natural approach to migraine relief with Dr. Bend.

Shalesh Chandra

Kent came to our office with severe back pain that nearly disabled him:

I didn't know if chiropractic could put an end to my pain but I was willing to give Dr. Bend a try since a co-worker referred me and told me how chiropractic had helped him. I had to have a friend bring me to my appointment because I was incapacitated and could barely move. I felt relief immediately after my first adjustment. And, I have noticed continued improvement throughout my care.

Since I began chiropractic care I have noticed that I am able to stand in one place for a longer length of time. I am walking straighter and with better posture. I am an avid golfer and you should see the improvement in my golf game!

Kent Nuki


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