Why I became a Chiropractor
I decided to become a chiropractor after experiencing great results as a teenager following injuries sustained in a road accident. After the accident I had constant, often debilitating neck pain and headaches. I couldn’t concentrate, I was irritable and had problems sleeping. My mother eventually took me to her chiropractor and with ongoing treatment my pain gradually reduced, my flexibility increased and my ability to function returned to normal.
Chiropractic helped me to get on with my life. Now I enjoy helping my patients to get out of pain and get back to doing the things they like doing.
I studied for 5 years full time to obtain my qualifications and became a registered chiropractor in 1990. Before opening my own practice in Sydney in 2001, I practised in England, country NSW and Queensland. Since 2008 I have been teaching at the Department of Chiropractic at Macquarie University. This involves tutoring, lectures and clinic supervision. I also supervise students from the university during field work when they provide chiropractic treatment for school students taking part in sporting events such as rugby and football matches and for participants at wider public events such as Surf Life Saving carnivals, Relay for Life and City to Surf.
My current qualifications and memberships include:
A Bachelor of Science majoring in Anatomy from The University of NSW
Post graduate studies in Chiropractic from The Sydney College of Chiropractic
Registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Agency (APHRA)
Membership of the Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA)
Certification from the Academy of Family Practice and Council on Chiropractic Paediatrics (CACCP)
Level 2 Sports Trainer (Sports Medicine Australia)
Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety (TAFE)
I am also committed to undertaking ongoing professional education to upgrade my knowledge and expertise and to ensure I stay up to date with chiropractic research.
Outside work I like to spend my time with my wife, son, extended family and friends. We go to rugby and basketball games and enjoy many other outdoor activities including bushwalking, camping, swimming and going to the beach. I am also a surf lifesaver and I take a keen interest in my son’s sporting activities including being an age manager with my son’s Nippers group.
I go to the gym (Anytime Fitness) at least 2 times a week. Many of the exercises I pursue there are in line with the preventative/prehab exercises I recommend to my patients.
I also like travelling and have been to Europe, Asia, Africa and many parts of Australia.