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About Our Team

David Owen BSc, MSc(chiro), DC

David Owen BSc, MSc(chiro), DC

Registered Chiropractor

In 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 Owen

Daryl Owen

Practice Manager

Daryl is our Practice Manager and if her smiling face is not behind the reception desk she is highly likely to be either teaching a pilates class, keeping tabs on the office from home or out training for her sport.  She is an active and very competitive equestrian, involved as both a rider and a volunteer and has been President of Waikato/BOP Endurance Club for a number of years. Soon after arriving in Whakatane she became involved with the local gymnastics club and was a coach with the club for eleven years, also taking on the role of President for several years before stepping down to concentrate on her other sport.   In recent years she has joined the Whakatane Rock and Roll club which she says is great fun and great cardio. 

Helen Inglis, BSc Hons Physiotherapy

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.

Carolyn Henderson

Carolyn Henderson

Chiropractic Assistant

Carolyn 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.

Paul Mattocks

Paul Mattocks

Paul has over 13 years of massage experience, which started in Wellington after he completed his massage training at the NZ College of Massage. He worked in Wellington for five and a half years and then moved up to the Bay of Plenty and has built a new business doing what he loves.

Paul blends together traditional Chinese acupressure (which focuses on releasing and relaxing the spine and whole body) and modern Swedish Massage techniques, creating a truly unique and very effective treatment for the whole body. His work focuses on aligning the body’s bio-mechanics and releasing the muscles that are affecting its functionality and that are causing pain and discomfort. Each session is tailored to the individual needs of the client. Paul is genuine, caring and approachable. Whether you just want to relax, de-stress and re-balance or you have a deep-seated, chronic, long-term problem, he can help you.

Paul leads a busy, active lifestyle with a small farm near Matata, nearby fishing spots and the great outdoors of the Bay to explore. He is passionate about nature, the environment, personal growth and the never- ending experiences life has to offer.

Tracey Stapp

Tracey Stapp

Massage Practitioner (Certified 2004, NZCM)

Traey trained in massage in 2004 and initially worked part time from home in Kawerau.  This suited life while busy parenting.  Then life took a detour and while massaging, she trained to teach.  She taught for ten years, first in primary, then Early Childhood.

During the last year of teaching, she experienced a very strong “calling” back to massage.  She walked away from teaching and has spent the last year at Beauty & The Beach, relearning and redeveloping her massage skills.

Tracey prefers to take a holistic approach with massage and  became very curious about where your complaint began.  As Dr. Ida Rolf once stated, “Wherever you think the problem is, it ain’t.”  Through massage a new interest has blossomed….her curiosity about bone.  This led her into Zero Balancing and learning about interface touch, aimed at putting balance back in the body, through work with the bone. Tracey is very excited about this new modality and loves the change it has made to her massage work, as well as the results Zero Balancing is bringing to her clients.

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Koru Chiropractic

43 Domain Road

Whakatane 3120

New Zealand