The Bend Chiropractic and Yoga Whitefish 59937


Dr. Erika Putnam,
Advocate for Health & Healing
"People are physical, chemical, and emotional, and we are only
as strong as we proactively keep those systems healthy.”

Hands on Care with Experience

Dr. Erika Putnam Woman Chiropractor Whitefish

Meet Dr. Erika Putnam

Dr. Erika Putnam is a holistic chiropractic physician and owner of The Bend in Whitefish, Montana.

She uses a broad and holistic approach to treat spinal and extremity conditions and other health problems with a variety of chiropractic techniques, rehabilitation, yoga, nutrition, lifestyle and functional medicine. She has over 25 years of experience in the chiropractic field and holds an E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, YACEP®E-RYT instructor certification.

Dr. Putnam advocates for healing in a pro-active environment that includes physical, emotional and energetic wellbeing.

She is an author, road biker, and avid outdoor enthusiast. She holds a board position with the Montana Wild Sheep Foundation and is a member of the Idaho Wild Sheep Foundation, and the Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance. Backcountry fitness and nutrition are of particular interest to her.


Meet Zen & Hartty

Zen and Hartty live in the woods with Dr. Putnam and they are her constant companions. These beautiful dogs are Wire-haired Vizslas. They are bird dogs which require extensive exercise and enormous amounts of attention.

To stay in tip top shape they get adjusted regularly and are big fans of animal chiropractic.

Dr. Putnam is certified in animal chiropractic and has treated horses and dogs in conjunction with veterinarians. She started early in her career working with her fathers race-horses. A horse woman herself, Dr. Putnam was a natural fit for animal chiropractic. Early in her career she experienced the power of adjusting animals with chiropractic manipulation. The adjustments helped improve their overall function, performance and attitudes. By removing interference from their nervous systems with adjustments they experienced  wonderful and unpredictable benefits. 

Dr. Putnam loves sharing the animal chiropractic miracle stories. Ask her and you will be entertained and amazed. 

Dr. Putnam is a 1995 graduate of Western States Chiropractic College.

Dr. Putnam uses a variety of chiropractic techniques, soft tissue work and functional rehabilitation to treat pain. Treatment is approached on an individual preferences and clinical assessment.

A comprehensive and holistic evaluation directs treatment for spinal and extremity conditions. Care may include manual manipulation, diversified adjustments, activator, trigger point therapy, massage, extremity manipulation, ultrasound, electrical therapy, taping, bracing, postural rehabilitation, yoga, orthotics or other techniques dependent on age, weight, occupation, health history, and individual tolerance .

The Bend has a private yoga space within Eartha Collective where Dr. Putnam directs patients privately or in small groups. She finds that improving strength and flexibly improve longterm outcomes to chiropractic care.  

Dr. Putnam advocates for healing and wellbeing with a pro-active approach to one’s physical, emotional and energetic environment. 

Dr. Putnam moved to Whitefish in the fall of 2016. Originally from a small town outside of Boise, Idaho, she was drawn to Whitefish after coming here for many years. She brings with her over 25 years of experience in the chiropractic field, and is a RYT 500, E-RYT 200, YACEP Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor certification. Her clinic experience combined with her yoga teaching experience brings a unique perspective to physical evaluation and longterm wellness practices. 

Writing and health education is particular passion of Dr. Putnam’s. For thoughts on chiropractic care, yoga and life in Montana, follow her blog, Bones & Breath. You can also find her other published articles and links to her books. She leads a public writing group with Brave Healer Publications.

Outside of work Dr. Putnam enjoys writing, hiking, hunting,  snowshoeing, road biking, cooking, yoga, flowers and her dogs Zen and Hartty. She is an active volunteer and Board Members of the Montana Wild Sheep Foundation.


The Ultimate Guide to Self-Healing Techniques

25 Home Practices & Tools for Peak Holistic Health & Wellness

Dr. Erika Putnam is a Contributing Author

“Chiropractor authors chapter
in a self-healing book”

Editor | July 22, 2020 1:00 AM

Erika Putnam thinks of health in terms of a broader picture.

As a chiropractor and yoga instructor, she enjoys working with people who are seeking to achieve a higher level of health alongside medical professionals, but also take a personal interest in focusing on their own physical health and wellbeing.

Putnam opened The Bend, a chiropractic clinic and yoga studio, in Whitefish about three years ago. She has more than 20 years of experience in the chiropractic field and has a 500-hour yoga instructor certification.

Putnam has contributed a chapter in recently published book, “The Ultimate Guide to Self-Healing Techniques.” The book compiled by Laura Di Franco, brings together advise from 25 holistic health experts to share their personal stories and then provide self-treatment tools and practices.

Pain relief secrets doctors don't share. 

What if there’s something you haven’t learned yet that could change everything?

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You’ll learn from 25 holistic health experts who specialize in unique modalities for peak mind, body, soul health and wellness.

Most self-treatment books concentrate on only one modality. What you have in your hands is a powerful toolkit and a rare find; the collaborative energy, effort, intention, and love from over two dozen practitioners and healers who’ve made their lives about helping people like you thrive! You’ll experience healing when you practice the tools with their patient guidance, but don’t be surprised when you feel that even more as you read and deeply resonate with their stories.