About Dr. William Barrett

Dr. Bill Barrett’s first encounter with chiropractic care came at the age of 19 when he injured his lower back.

I hurt my back while working for a cement contractor in the summer months to earn tuition money for college. Unable to work due to pain, I went to my family practice M.D. He prescribed pain medication and “muscle relaxant” medication. The pain in the lower back continued and actually worsened after a few days.

So, as many young men living away from home would do when faced with a similar dilemma, I called my mother. She suggested that I see a chiropractor. I asked, ‘What do they do?’ She said, ‘They fix backs.’ I knew that’s where I needed to go. After nearly crawling into his office, the chiropractor diagnosed my problem, provided the needed treatment and I was back to work one week later. Throughout the next few years I attended college and worked – both intermittently. In the back of my mind was always my chiropractic experience as a patient.

After talking with my chiropractor about the profession, I accompanied him to visit Northwestern Chiropractic University. I knew then that that was the career I wanted to pursue. I returned to college to earn my degree and entered Chiropractic school. I opened the Hugo Chiropractic Clinic in 1978 and I still thoroughly enjoy what I do. And I still have my back adjusted when needed.

In his spare time he pursues mostly outdoor physical activities to keep himself in shape and “allow him to eat some of the foods he enjoys.” Over the years those activities have included fishing, hunting, winter skiing, cutting wood, raising cattle, farming and gardening. He still enjoys cutting grass with a walk-behind mower.

Techniques and Treatments

  • Diversified adjustments
  • Activator
  • Post-graduate certificate in nutrition
  • CPost-graduate certificate in therapeutic exercise


Dr. Barrett has been recognized for several years by health plans including Medica, Health Partners, U Care, Patient Choice, and United Health Care as a “top tier” chiropractor. The criteria used by the health plans to make that determination include:

  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Successful Outcome
  • Cost Effectiveness

Professional affiliations include:

  • Member of Minnesota Chiropractic Association
  • Member of American Chiropractic Association
  • President and Chief Clinical Officer (2005-2012) of Chiropractic Care of Minnesota, a preferred provider organization of more than 1,000 chiropractors in Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Dakotas, providing and managing chiropractic services for major health plans.
  • Dr. Barrett is a member of the American Chiropractic Association Council on Nutrition, whose “mission is to encourage and promote a more advanced knowledge and use of nutrition in the practice of chiropractic for the maintenance of health and the prevention of disease.”