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Justin Bieber and the Hamburg connection

Dr. Darren Bell
HAMBURG — Chiropractor Darren Bell has seen many things, during the 23 years he has been in practice. But when the Western New York native was called to step out of his Hamburg office to tend to the A-listers, he said that he experienced a world he had never seen before.

While clientele such as Martina McBride, George Strait and Carrie Underwood are not on every doctor’s short list, Bell took the request to be the Buffalo celebrity chiropractor in stride. A New York City friend looking to schedule a chiropractor for performers coming to WNY called Bell, who immediately stepped up to the plate.

He said that, while he did not actually treat McBride and Underwood, during their respective tours in the area, earlier this year, he was behind the scenes with both performers and on hand to adjust their crew and band members.

But even after being initiated into the celebrity world, when Justin Bieber’s “Believe” tour brought the young singer to Buffalo and Bell was called, at the last minute, to adjust the performer at First Niagara Center, Bell said that he was not prepared for the atmosphere that awaited.

“It was a zoo,” he said. “I have never seen anything like it.”

When the chiropractor arrived at the FNC, in his normal parking spot behind the tour buses teemed hundreds of female Bieber fans, anxious to catch a glimpse of the performer. “It was unbelievable,” Bell said.

While Bell was originally asked to adjust Bieber, upon the singer’s request, before the show, he said that logistics forced him to wait through the performance and adjust Bieber afterward. “I looked out into the audience and saw mothers and daughters,” he said. “There probably weren’t 10 guys in the place.”

Meanwhile, Bell set up his portable table in a dressing room between opening acts Mike Posner’s and Hot Chelle Rae’s. He said that it was surreal for him to be interacting with these performers and watching Bieber’s show. “They are really great guys,” he said, adding, about Bieber’s crew, with whom Bell also spent some time, “He has a very nice group of people around him. His tour manager was as nice as any I’d dealt with before.”

While Bell did end up adjusting Bieber after the show, he described the interaction as “limited,” saying that the performer was “very distracted” by the various goings-on around him.

“He really acted like a 19-year-old kid when his grandparents came backstage,” Bell said. “Like a grandkid. When he hugged them, you could see the kid side of him come out.”

While Bell now has interactions with megastars under his belt, he said that time spent with A-listers still “takes a little bit of getting used to.”

He said that his daughter Lexi, whom he said has “Bieber fever,” was both thrilled and jealous, when she found out her father was going to be treating the 19-year-old singer. “I tease her about it,” Bell said. “When I told her I would be seeing him, she screamed. She was texting me while I was back there and asking me what he was doing.”

Since that first phone call from his contact in New York City, Bell has seen many different performances by a variety of musicians, but said that his personal favorite groups include the Dave Matthews Band and Bruce Springsteen.

While he said that he had never wanted to treat sports teams, due to the time-consuming nature of that field, he had previously provided care for some athletes, including the Buffalo Destroyers (formerly of the Arena Football League) and the NFL Buffalo Jills cheerleaders.

A day in the life of this health care professional may now include a call to adjust a celebrity or the request to schedule a massage therapist for Lil Wayne (which happened recently), in addition to his day job as a chiropractor in his Hamburg office.

Bell said that he enjoys his job and is excited about the opportunities that await, be they treating families in Hamburg or A-listers preparing to take the stage. “I hope to continue doing this,” he said. “I’m just taking it as it comes.”

He is currently accepting new patients at Bell Chiropractic, located inside the main entrance of World Gym. He and his brother also operate a chiropractor’s office in South Dayton. Patients do not need to be members of World Gym to be treated by Bell.

Bell Chiropractic is located at 5110 Camp Road in Hamburg. The business is open Mondays and Wednesdays, from 6 – 11 a.m. and 3 – 6 p.m.; Fridays, from 6 – 11 a.m. and 3 – 5 p.m. and Saturdays, from 9 – 11:30 a.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 649-9200.
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