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Benjamin D. Holmes, D.C., Ph.D.

  1. Chiropractor

Specialty Groups


  1. Rochester, Minnesota



Benjamin Holmes, D.C., Ph.D., is a Chiropractor and Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation with extensive training in outpatient spinal therapeutics. Dr. Holmes specializes in care for mechanical back and neck pain as well as for posture- and sports-related myofascial pain, synthesizing passive and active care techniques.

As the first Chiropractor at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Holmes pioneered the integration of chiropractic into the clinic's multispecialty spine program. He combines passion for patient care with enthusiasm for research and has received two grants since joining the program, aimed at improving spinal healthcare in low-resource settings both locally and abroad. He has also lectured nationally and internationally on:

  • Spine pathology and treatment
  • Integrating chiropractic and medical care
  • Refugee health and community-engaged research
  • Spinal health equity
  1. Back pain
  2. Cervical herniated disk
  3. Cervical spondylosis
  4. Facet joint syndrome
  5. Lumbar herniated disk
  6. Lumbar spondylosis
  7. Myofascial pain syndrome
  8. Neck pain
  9. Radiculopathy
  10. Sacroiliac pain syndromes
  11. Sciatica
  12. Strain
  13. Thoracic herniated disk
  14. Thoracic outlet syndrome
  15. Thoracic radiculopathy
  1. Chiropractic adjustment
  2. Exercise therapy
  3. Manual therapy
  4. Myofascial release
  5. Spine stabilization program

Clinical interests:

  • Spinal manipulation and mobilization
  • Myofascial release therapy
  • Exercise and body movement therapy
  • Yoga
  • Postural correction
  • Sports rehabilitation
  • Biomechanics assessment and optimization

Research interests:

  • Spinal care care in low-resource settings
  • Spine injury epidemiology
  • Global spine health
  • The effects of movement and manual therapies on gene expression
  • Phenomenology of spine health and pain
  1. 2019
    Ph.D. - Public and community healthMedical College of Wisconsin
  2. 2005
    Other - Chiropractic (Doctor of Chiropractic, DC, degree)University of Western States
  3. 2005
    Internship/Residency - Chiropractic Community Based InternshipPeaceHealth St. John Medical Center
  4. 2002
    BA - Philosophy, minor in physicsBrigham Young University

Awards and honors

  1. 2019
    Professional Achievement Recognition - 2019 UWS Alumni Recognition AwardUniversity of Western States

Professional memberships

  1. 2022 - present
    Accreditation Site Team VisitorCouncil on Chiropractic Education