About Our Team
David Owen BSc, MSc(chiro), DC
Registered ChiropractorIn the early 2000’s my wife Daryl, our two young children and I with returned to NZ from an OE that lasted 12 years. We pretty quickly decided that Auckland was not where we wanted to be and drove around the country looking for the ideal place to settle down. Naturally when we reached Whakatane there was no need to go any further!
A former medical laboratory scientist, I re-evaluated my life during a six month overland trip in Africa and, with the amazing support of Daryl, decided to change careers. I undertook a five year Master’s degree in chiropractic at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in Bournemouth, England and worked in the UK for several years before returning home.
My primary interest is in chronic recurring problems, sports related injuries and human posture and movement. Being a chiropractor spine and nervous system function is key, but these need to be supported by correct movement and muscle balance.
Not a great believer in “passive care” I spend a lot of time educating people in how their movement and posture effects or often causes their problems, and providing strategies to address this.
I am fully ACC registered and have treated a vast number of patients over the last nearly 20 years for the full range of musculoskeletal complaints. Although very “hands on”, due to a hand injury I now do very little of the “cracking” traditionally associated with chiropractic. My technique of choice in an Impulse IQ (link)
Daryl is our office manager and if her smiling face is not behind the reception desk you can almost guarantee she will be on a horse somewhere. She is very involved both as a volunteer and competitor in her sport. She is President of Waikato/BOP Endurance Riding Club and is also on the Board for ESNZ Endurance. She also teaches Pilates and is a member of the local Rock and Roll Club.
Chiropractic AssistantCarolyn is the friendly Scottish voice on the phone. She has been part of our Koru family for over 10 years and she makes sure everything runs smoothly on the front desk where things can get pretty busy. Carolyn is a mother to two grown up sons and loves walking her dog and riding her bike. She is very much a people person and can explain what we do, what to expect, and will endeavour to answer all your questions while making you feel welcome to the clinic.
Helen Inglis, BSc Hons Physiotherapy
Activate Physiotherapy, PAANZ Reg, Acupuncturist
I have been working as a Physiotherapist in Whakatane since 1998. Firstly at Whakatane Hospital and then in Private Practice since 2011.
My area of interest is in musculoskeletal health, particularly rehabilitation after sprains or strains, assisting with mobility, strength and function post operatively and treating all kinds of sports and work injuries.
I enjoy using manual therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture and dry needling techniques as well as exercise prescription, taping and Bioptron light therapy to help reduce pain, inflammation, assist in the body’s healing process and rehabilitate the body back to optimal strength and fitness.
Body and Foot Massage Therapist
My name is Wiwan Rueangsuwech, I am a qualified body and foot massage therapist from The Wat Po Traditional Medical School, Bangkok, Thailand. I qualified in 2010, and I specialise in massage for muscle tension and relaxation.
I practiced part-time massage therapy in Sydney, Australia while I was studying another degree of Accounting. After meeting my Kiwi husband I worked in Sydney for two years before we returned to his homeland in New Zealand in 2017. As my life changes I have become more focused on health and wellbeing.
I have added to my previous experience and added more knowledge around this, until now I am ready to resume my massage practice.
In April ‘Pure Massage’ began in the Whakatane Sunday markets. Many market goers and stall owners have been enthusiastic at having this service offered and have asked for it to be available during the week as well. I am excited at being able to now offer massage from Koru Clinic.