Dr. Rick L. Belling, D.C.

Dr. Belling brings a unique personal experience into his chiropractic practice. He grew up in Wisconsin playing sports, hunting, fishing, etc. One of his favorite pastimes was motorcycle riding. During high school he hurt his back playing football and a chiropractor got him back out on the field in a week.

Unfortunately, after graduating, he sustained a serious injury while riding his motorcycle. He fractured his spine in 5 places and his facial bones around the eye. The injuries were serious enough to land him in the hospital for a week and a back brace for 6 weeks after that. He experienced the worst imaginable back and neck pain. Headaches persisted for weeks after the accident. Worse still, he noticed an overall decline in his health. Allergies intensified. He began to have digestive problems. His energy level dropped.

Back Bay Wellness - The Good Doctor

This was all too overwhelming for the 18 year old future doctor. The problem was that the pain pills and medications only covered his symptoms. They never seemed to HEAL anything. This realization was a major turning point in his life and marked the beginning of his journey towards health.

Dr. Belling attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and received his undergraduate degree in 1987. He studied biology, chemistry, human physiology - he wanted to learn how to heal himself and to help others do the same. He excelled in academics, earning positions on multiple honor societies and Dean’s Lists. Still, he suffered daily with pain and illness. Diet and exercise were crucial, but not enough. Even his perennial positive mental attitude was not enough. He was accepted into 3 post-graduate schools and decided to take a year off to travel to California before taking on the grind of medical school.

While working as a personal trainer in a gym, Dr. Belling met a chiropractor that changed his life. He was told how chiropractic affects the nervous system and that the nervous system controls and coordinates everything in the body. He eagerly agreed to have the Doctor adjust him (what did he have to lose?) and the pain went away!

Before long, the allergies went away too. And his energy levels returned to normal. That was all he needed and shortly thereafter decided on attending chiropractic college instead of medical school. Dr. Belling graduated from Life Chiropractic College-West in 1991 and has been serving the Newport-Costa Mesa area for over 19 years. He’s also a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician but doesn’t limit his practice to sports injuries. In fact, he truly believes chiropractic can heal anyone regardless of age and his patients include everyone from babies to geriatrics - anyone with a spine!

Dr. Belling specializes in many Chiropractic techniques and Sports Rehabilitation procedures including Diversified, Gonstead, Sports Medicine, Spinal Corrective Therapy, Myofascial Release Techniques, Wellness Care, as well as Spinal Decompression.



  • Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society 1984
  • Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society 1985
  • National Dean’s List 1985,1986
  • University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, WI 1987
  • B.S. Biology/Chemistry
  • Life Chiropractic College West San Lorenzo, CA 1991
  • Doctor of Chiropractic degree 1991
  • Pi Tau Delta International Chiropractic Honor Society 1991
  • California State Board of Chiropractic License 1992
  • Certification in Chiropractic Sports Physician 1999
  • Certification in Strength and Conditioning Specialist 1999


  • Doctor of Chiropractic 1991

Work Experience

  • Chiropractic Center, Oakland, CA 1992
  • Back to Basics, Newport Beach, CA 1992-1993
  • Trac Sports Medicine Center, Costa Mesa, CA 1993-1994
  • Bally Fitness, Huntington Beach, CA 1999-2000
  • Back Bay Wellness (Chiropractic), CA 1994-present

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