Who we are

Hi, welcome to Southwest Brain Performance Centers, where our purpose is to help you achieve your optimal neurological health.

Our company's founder, Dr. Michael Pendleton, has a unique backstory that inspired him to study chiropractic functional neurology and launch his practice in 1993.

Dr. Pendleton's journey into chiropractic care was actually sparked by his mother's struggles with chronic back pain and recurrent migraines. After four treatments, her issues were resolved, and she told young Michael Pendleton, “You are going to be a chiropractor.” On the other hand, Dr. Pendleton's father had hoped that his son would jump into the realm of producing plastic goods.

Dr. Pendleton, however, had a different calling.

He started looking into the benefits of chiropractic care from a holistic standpoint. Dr. Pendleton decided to enter the chiropractic field as a career and became a Doctor of Chiropractic in 1991.

Originally known as "Complete Healthcare," Dr. Pendleton's practice was founded in 1993. It didn't take long for the clinic to establish a reputation for offering patients in the community individualized, high-quality care.

In 2014, the practice adopted the name Southwest Brain Performance Centers, reflecting our dedication to finding and addressing all the hidden pieces in a patient's neurological health puzzle.

Dr. Pendleton and his Southwest Brain Performance Centers staff are dedicated to providing each patient with individualized care.


We are aware that every patient's journey is unique because no two bodies or brains are alike. We work closely with each patient to pinpoint and resolve the underlying problems affecting their health. We create specialized treatment plans tailored to each patient's needs by using our knowledge and clinical experience.

We are passionate about helping patients accomplish their health goals because we know how frustrating it can be to deal with persistent health problems that get in life's way.

Numerous patients have made (and continue to make) significant recovery progress thanks to our personalized approach to care.

To begin your path to perfect health, call us at (505) 888-6800 today!


Southwest Brain Performance Centers can help if you're searching for a comprehensive health approach that addresses the underlying issues affecting your health.


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I was a non-believer of chiropractic care, but with just one visit with Dr. Pendleton, after months of helpful Physical Therapy, I am a true convert. I physically and mentally perform better after an adjustment. It has relieved pain from stress and from minor sports injuries. I appreciated the sharing of alternative health remedies that address the heart of an on-going health issue, instead of going to a medical doctor to receive a drug prescription that addresses only the symptoms, and which always has adverse side effects, but I also appreciate when Dr. Pendleton recognizes the need for Western medical care.

Phyllis - Albuquerque, NM

I have been treated by this staff for over 20 years which should say something in itself. They are very professional and knowledgeable and have been able to correct my problem. I recommend them very highly.

Paul - Albuquerque, NM

Don’t let your symptoms hold you back