Brendan McCann

UNH alum Brendan McCann '11

What are you currently doing?
I'm currently working clinically as the first certified Primary Spine Practitioner in the state of Maine. I also serve as President of the NH Chiropractic Association.

What is your background, and how did you become interested in your field?
Leading up to my current work, I completed my Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Northeast College of Health Sciences, and my postgraduate spine studies through the University of Pittsburgh. An opportunity to rotate through the Rhode Island Spine Center and see a well-organized spine care pathway fueled my interest in the specialty.

How did your time at UNH prepare you for life after college?
My experiences in UNH Exercise Science showed me the impact I wanted to make in the world. From departmental research experience, to the on-campus Cardiac Rehabilitation program, to an internship in geriatrics, I learned the incredible reward of helping real people better accomplish their everyday lives.

What advice do you have for students interested in your field?
There are a lot of paths into spine care, because it inherently demands skills from multiple disciplines. Nearly everyone gets spine pain at some point, so understanding what's happening beyond the limits of a single office or department quickly becomes very important.

What do you miss most about UNH?
Nothing beats life on a beautiful campus with easy access to friends and colleagues, things to do, and someone looking to teach whatever you'd like to learn.