Often neck issues come from motor vehicle accidents, both major and minor, involving whiplash. Likewise, sporting injuries are responsible for damage to the cervical spine affecting the joints, nerves, muscles, tendons and ligaments. It is important to consider how our lifestyle choices can impact our neck, and how susceptible it is to injury.
Poor or incorrect posture often occurs as a result of daily activities or performance of work duties. Poor posture is always related to spinal misalignment. The most common cause is improper sitting, especially for those who work in offices. Poor posture can also be linked to other factors such as job stress and strain.
While hip problems can be caused by injury, overuse, and trauma – pain in this area is always related to alignment issues. This can include: joint dysfunction, nerve interference in the spine, or nerve interference in the pelvis and lower limbs.
Nearly 80% of the population has experienced or will experience some sort of back pain in their lifetime. Back pain is always related to spinal misalignment. Back pain can range in intensity from mild to severe. Some of the causes of back pain include poor spinal alignment, and muscular or skeletal injuries. Some other causes of back pain include disc injuries, kidney infections, and kidney stones. Many of the issues relating to back pain are caused by lifestyle, and your chiropractor is able to help with a natural approach.
While leg problems can be caused by injury, overuse, and trauma – pain in this area is always related to alignment issues. This can include: joint dysfunction, nerve interference in the spine, or nerve interference in the pelvis and lower limbs.
While feet problems can be caused by injury, overuse, and trauma – pain in this area is always related to alignment issues. This can include: joint dysfunction, nerve interference in the spine, or nerve interference in the pelvis and lower limbs.
In 2014, after graduating from Macquarie University with a Masters of Chiropractic Peter moved to Queensland and for six years worked in private practice.
He achieves optimal outcomes for his patients by means of evidence-based practice utilising the diversified technique, dry needling, drop piece, and rehabilitation exercises.
Peter has tutored first and fourth chiropractic students at Central Queensland Universities’ Brisbane City Campus. He is a qualified Pilates Mat Instructor after completing Polestar’s Pilates Matwork Certificate IV in 2019.
Peter is a passionate and friendly chiropractor who works with integrity and enjoys interacting with a wide range of patients from paediatrics to adults.
Nick grew up here in Newcastle, attending Bel Air Primary School and Kotara High School, where he also completed his HSC. Along with his Diploma of Remedial Massage, Nick has a Certificate II in Retail and a First Aid Certificate. A soccer fan, Nick plays for local club Broadmeadow Magic and likes to keep up with the National Premier League. Nick also likes to stay fit by going regularly to the gym. Outside of work and fitness, he enjoys shopping and music.
Kirralee graduated in 2009 to begin her Diploma of Remedial Massage at Body-Lee Massage College. During her remedial massage course, Kirralee was given the opportunity to massage the Newcastle Knights; some invaluable experience for treating sports-specific injuries and muscular damage. Kirralee enjoys dancing and listening to music.
Simon’s background includes an Honours Degree in Economics & also Diploma in Remedial & Sports Massage as well as years of experience at a high level in athletics and basketball. Simon has worked closely with the Australian Netball Team, the Australian Rugby League team, the Wallabies and was the Newcastle Knights Injury & Rehabilitation Co-ordinator in 2001 when they won the NRL premiership.
She has worked her way up to be one of our practice managers. When she’s not in the clinic you will find her at the beach enjoying the sun. She is passionate about chiropractic and believes chiropractic is for everyone.
Maddy joined our team in late 2010 and has enjoyed being a part of the admin staff ever since. Maddy grew up in Newcastle and completed her HSC at Hunter Valley Grammar in 2008. Before joining the team at Chiropractic Plus, Maddy undertook a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Newcastle University. Maddy is now a proud mum and when she has time, enjoys keeping fit any way she can.
She then moved to Calgary, Alberta to complete her undergraduate degree in exercise physiology at the University of Calgary and has now ended up in Newcastle. Kate has a strong passion for sports and adventures, particularly surfing, touch footy and more recently mountain biking. She aims to continue to grow and be a positive influence within the health industry.
Alain completed his schooling in Peru, at Pukllasunchis School and went on to study a degree in Tourism at the University of Andina del Cusco. After moving to Australia, Alain completed his Diploma of Remedial Massage at the Australian College of Massage in Bondi Junction, Sydney. He also has qualifications in Dry Needling and Myofascial Cupping. When he isn’t busy working at Chiropractic Plus, Alain is interested in water sports such as white-water kayaking, wave-boarding and surfing, and also enjoys mixed martial arts and skateboarding.
Eliza completed her HSC at St Francis Xavier’s College and then went on to study Business Administration and Human Resources.
She loves travel and recently took some time off to travel extensively in Canada. She comes
from a large, tight-knit family in Newcastle and has a passion for travel.
During her Diploma of Remedial Massage studies at TAFE she worked with the Newcastle Knights and went on to be part of the massage team for Fiji in the Rugby League World Cup. With a background in gymnastics and yoga, Kara has always had an avid interest in human physiology and movement, which compelled her to study and complete certificate III & IV in Fitness. A Novocastrian through and through she loves her footy, the Knights and can often be found at the local league or soccer. Kara has a holistic approach to work and life – she surrounding herself with nature, the beach, music and her beautiful family and friends.
Utilising gentle Chiropractic systems including Applied Kinesiology and Neuro Emotional Technique, Dr. Pine brings a variety of techniques to our practice that address traditional Chiropractic, Nutritional and Metabolic needs and emotional stressors.
Dr. Pine’s background involves the unique combination of Chiropractic and Functional Medicine with martial arts and healing disciplines of the East.
While in Chiropractic school, he studied Ayurveda with the American Institute of Vedic Studies. Later, he interned at a centre for Chronic Degenerative Disease Reversal in Santa Rosa, California called TrueNorth Health. There he trained in Plant Based Nutrition and medical supervision of Water Fasting for addressing conditions including hypertension and heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid disorders, autoimmune conditions, obesity and more.
Dr. Pine works closely with other allied health professionals including GPs, Psychologists, Physiotherapists, Ballet and Gymnastics teachers, Strength and Condition coaches and more to ensure his patients all reach their health goals.
When not with patients, Dov is actively engaged in the martial arts, calisthenics and weight training. Otherwise, he is probably goofing around in the Chiro Plus kitchen, annoying his wife or enjoying a good history book.
Dov participates regularly in Chiropractic and Functional Medicine symposiums, training seminars and research presentations to maintain and improve cutting edge skills for his patients.
When in clinic she makes the most of any opportunity to learn more about Dov’s nutritional and NET care. In Tay’s very little spare time she loves getting outdoors with her dog Pluto.
She spends as time as possible hanging out with her dog Edith, cooking vegan treats or frolicking at the beach. Meg is very passionate about Dov’s Neuro Emotional Technique.
He studied Agriculture at Tocal then completed his Bachelor of Agribusiness at the University of New England before finally changing track completely – following his heart and entering the health sector with his Diploma in Remedial Massage. Ty grew up predominantly around Newcastle and enjoys keeping fit, travelling, history, agriculture, and a going to the movies.
Originally from the Central Coast, Gareth has worked in several locations before finding his home here at Chiropractic Plus. He enjoys the supportive team environment at our practice, where we encourage collaboration with patients’ treatment plans and rehabilitation programs.
Dru places a great emphasis on a structural integrated approach to treating chronic pain; correcting the underlying postural and biomechanical dysfunctions which contribute to long term problems through a combination of manual therapy, lifestyle modification and corrective exercises. Dru brings unique insight to his practice as a remedial massage therapist through his experience training and working with athletes in numerous sports and martial arts including Boxing, Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu. Dru is a strong advocate for the Health At Every Size approach and is one of only two currently registered HAES practitioners in Newcastle. Having completed diplomas in both Fitness and Remedial Massage, Dru is now studying a Bachelor of Exercise Science at the University of Newcastle.
With over 10 years experience treating patients. Pete really enjoys taking the time to get to know you and your issues to ensure you have the best outcome from your chiropractic treatment.
He enjoys working closely with the massage team at Chiropractic Plus and regularly hosts training sessions for our team, and maintains healthy working relationships with local exercise physiologists, physiotherapist’s, podiatrists, personal trainers and GP’s.
He uses a large variety of techniques and is often referred to as the ‘Master of Needling’ at Chiropractic plus. This includes musculoskeletal acupuncture, Dry needling, integrated needling, electro needling, myofascial needling and post operative/ injury recovery needling.
He also uses IASTM therapy and is trained in advanced core rehabilitation.
Pete is a very mindful that many needling practitioners are very aggressive in their approach and this can leave people uncomfortable or nervous about their treatment and prides himself on his ability to convert even the most needle phobic patients to see the benefits.
Pete is also a very movement based Chiropractor and will ensure you have all the tools you need to improve your health at home, leisure and at work. This can include ergonomic assessments of driving, sleep, exercise and hobby biomechanics and posture.
He regularly gets patients to take photos and videos performing their chosen sports/exercises to help them solve their problems.
Pete’s chiropractic journey started in his teens when he was diagnosed with an uncommon spinal condition that has led him down the painful road of multiple lumabr disc herniations and scoliosis. It was through the unique holistic approach of chiropractic that he was able to manage his condition and lead a fulfilling life. Chronic pain due to these issues combined with a serious ankle trauma is 2011 led him to his more exercise based approach as well as passion for dry needling. He is often frustrated with professional’s who have a poor understanding of what it’s like to go through chronic pain and how to treat it with realistic drug free solutions.
Outside of work Pete is married and a proud father to 3 boys. He enjoys a variety of ocean and nature activities as well as martial arts and tennis.
In his long career he has helped hundreds of people with back and neck related problems. John became interested in chiropractic at an early age, as his father was also a Chiropractor. John graduated with his Doctor of Chiropractic from the world’s most prestigious chiropractic university – Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davonport, Iowa. John joined Chiropractic Plus in 2007.
If Raylee isn’t in clinic you’ll most likely find her hanging out with her dog Ronald and her Cat Ollie, reading the Chiro Plus book clubs latest pick.
During the 19 years Andrew has been with Chiropractic Plus he has had the opportunity to work with some of Australia’s elite sportspeople, including the Australia Rugby League team, the Australia Netball team and the Newcastle Knights, but undoubtedly the highlight of his career was the two year period he toured with the Wallabies as their Massage Therapist – arguably the most sought after Massage Therapy position in the country.
During that time, Naomi has worked with both the Wallabies & Knights and was lucky enough to massage Lady Gaga on the Newcastle leg of her 2010 tour. As an avid sports fan, she’s always been interested in the treatment & rehabilitation of chronic and acute training injuries. However after experiencing the benefits of post and pre-natal massage and Chiropractic care herself Naomi has become extremely passionate about helping new and expectant mums feel as healthy & strong as she did both during her pregnancy and after having her beautiful baby girl in 2016.
Raised in Port Macquarie, she moved to Newcastle in 2011 when she commenced work as a Remedial Massage Therapist at Chiropractic Plus. Sharyn is a skilled sports massage therapist with a lot of experience in treating athletes of all kinds. Her clients have included local football teams, Iron Man competitors, the Wallabies and the Cirque Du Soleil performing troupe while they toured through Newcastle.Sharyn has qualifications in myofascial cupping, Manual Lymphatic Drainage and has a certificate 4 in Bowen Therapy (Bowtech). Away from massage, Sharyn enjoys Travelling, bushwalking and yoga.
She has always had an interest in fitness and completed her certificate III and IV in fitness after high school. She enjoyed studying anatomy so much that she decided to study remedial massage in 2015. Chelsea worked at a physiotherapist practice before coming to Chiropractic Plus where she learnt a lot about a variety of injuries. Chelsea’s passion is injury prevention and management. She enjoy writing, reading and lots of travelling!
She completed her diploma of Remedial Massage in 2016 and will be commencing her nursing degree in 2021. When not in clinic Nicola can usually be found on the beach or stand up paddle boarding with her dog.
She utilises a range of techniques including Thompson (drop piece), Activator and Diversified (manual adjustments), soft tissue techniques and dry needling making her treatments comfortable and suitable for all ages from pregnancy, babies to grandparents. She incorporates input from other health professionals in co-managing patient care to achieve her patient’s goals and the best results for her patient’s.
Her interest in chiropractic was ignited when she worked as an Athlete Care Nurse at the Sydney Olympic Games. Here, Clairemarie worked alongside Chiropractors treating the world’s best athletes ensuring peak performance and saw how much these elite athletes sought out and appreciated Chiropractic care.
She had previously thought that Chiropractic was for back pain and if you didn’t have any back pain, you didn’t need to see a Chiropractor – unfortunately quite a common misconception which we hear a lot!
Intrigued to learn more about Chiropractic, Clairemarie herself commenced care. Liking what she saw and how amazing she felt under care, Clairemarie went onto study Chiropractic at Murdoch University in WA.
Being a long-distance runner from a young age and going through some health issues, Clairemarie realised the importance of listening to the body and keeping healthy. She reversed Type II Diabetes with the help of a naturopath and is very passionate about lifestyle related conditions which can be improved with some changes in daily habits.
Clairemarie sees Chiropractic as part of the “bigger picture” of health and is just as important as healthy eating, exercise, plenty of sleep and having fun! Chiropractic allows you to reach your true potential naturally, just like the elite athletes competing at the highest levels.
Outside of work Clairemarie and husband Craig enjoy the outdoor lifestyle Australia has to offer, especially walking with their dog, camping and sailing. They are both passionate about rugby union, supporting The Western Force and international teams. Clairemarie still runs, although no longer competitively.
Natalie is passionate about chiropractic care for all life stages and works closely with our massage therapy team to ensure the best results for her patients.
Natalie began her chiropractic journey as a teenager. At the time, she was representing Australia in netball and trying to manage a low back injury. She found that chiropractic not only helped improve her symptoms but positively influenced other aspects of her daily life. In fact, it sparked her passion in what has so far been an amazing career in health and wellbeing. Natalie began her career in Sydney but has since settled with her family in beautiful Newcastle.
Since then, she has enjoyed treating bubs to grandparents and everything in between. Having had a child herself, Natalie understands and advocates the necessity for pregnancy and prenatal care, plus early intervention for children. The biggest joy Natalie receives is seeing the beautiful changes in the health and wellbeing of the individuals and families she is seeing.
Natalie loves working with other like-minded professionals, including podiatrists, exercise physiologists, personal trainers, pelvic floor physiotherapists and acupuncturists, to ensure her patients reach all their health goals.
Away from the clinic, Natalie enjoys staying active through Pilates and weight training, reading far too many books, and spending as much precious time as possible with her family.
When Ellie isn’t in clinic or studying she loves spending time with family and friends.