About Our Team
David Owen BSc, MSc(chiro), DC
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 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 active as a volunteer for her sport. She is also a Pilates instructor and has been a volunteer coach at the Whakatane Gymnastics club for over 12 years
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.
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.
The Massage Therapist
I often work on people who are at their wits end!
I have been practicing massage since 2012 after graduating from a basic massage course with Tauranga Polytechnical Centre. I have worked alongside Chiropractors and Physios for the past 5 years. I also teach THE BARS which is a form of dynamic energy work.
I became a member of Massage NZ, and as a member I continued my professional development choosing to specialize in Myofascial Release techniques as well as attending Tom Myers Anatomy Trains courses.
I have developed a release technique called Microfascial Segmental Release which is applied to smaller areas of tension with very effective results in releasing tension and breaking up scar tissue within the fascial structure.
The people who come to me are often surprised when their treatment requires that they lie on their backs without having to remove any clothing. I have lots of fun with people and I enjoy working with people who are after change within their bodies.
Being the mother of three and working as an educator in homebased child care for over ten years, I was often shocked at the lunches provided for pre-schoolers. With some issues in my own health and after gaining it back with help in the natural health sector, I discovered I had a special interest in nutrition, eating well and educating others about the benefits.
I embarked on studying at the tender age of 44, showing that it is never too late to change your career and learn something new. After five years of part time study I earned the qualification of Clinical Nutritionist with a Certificate in Anatomy & Physiology and Diploma in Nutritional Science in 2017 through the Naturopathic College of NZ. This enables me to teach others that it is possible for your body to learn how to heal itself and that food can be your medicine.
I became a member of the Clinical Nutritionists Association, in 2018 and began my practice here at Koru Chiropractic Clinic.
My services include nutrition, public health, sports nutrition, iridology and hair testing.
If you are unsure of how my services can help you, feel free to make a FREE consult appointment to have your questions answered.