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Dr. Frank Bello Returns to His Roots


by Martin Miron Dr. Frank Bello


Patient receiving spinal decompression therapy. C


hiropractor Frank Bello says, “I always wanted to help people,” and the North Bergen native is doing just that. After a 10-year career at Liz Claiborne’s shoe division, rising to the position of warehouse manager, he realized that it was not something he wanted to do for the rest of his life. “There was a limit to how far you could go with a big corporation and I wanted to be my own boss, and I wanted to help people while I was doing it,” he says.


After finishing undergraduate work at Jersey City State College, Bello attended Life Chiropractic College, outside Atlanta, graduating in January 1999. He says, “The average age of students in chiropractic school is about 30 years old, because they decide later in life what they want to do. I’m just a person that’s always giving and always


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trying to help people out.” The doctor went to high school in North Bergen with many present-day local teachers and administrators, and he sponsors and donates to their baseball teams, football teams, softball teams and wrestling teams. He also treats athletes in those same programs. After getting his chiropractic license, Bello had to raise the money to start a practice by working other chiropractic offices. He says, “I did a lot of house calls, a lot of driving around seeing 20 or 30 people a week in New Jersey, learning the business, honing my adjusting skills—all the stuff you don’t learn in school. There’s 100 different techniques you can choose from, and I was figuring out exactly how I wanted to practice.” In October 2003 Bello hung out his shingle, and now employs


an acupuncturist and two massage therapists and plans to add cold laser treatments over the next few months. His philosophy is, “The more treatment choices you offer, the better it is for the patients.”


He also found the key therapy he was looking for, saying, “In my experience, a lot of the time the adjusting and stretching of the hamstrings and muscle stimulation and ultrasound isn’t enough—you can do everything in the world and your patients don’t get better.” Once he researched spinal decompression and its long-term benefits, he said to himself, “I have to get that into my office.”


Spinal decompression is a different approach than general chiropractic methodology, which comprises different adjustments to specific


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