About Me

I have had the privilege of being exposed to amazing ‘teachers’ that have all, in their own, way, shaped my life from many different perspectives.

My journey has taken me from my place of birth in Kitwe, Zambia, to Balla Balla in Zimbabwe, where I completed my senior schooling, to Durban, where I completed my B. Soc. Sc. degree majoring in Psychology,  then to Cape Town, where my working career began in the world of retail, then to Marietta, Georgia, in the USA where I completed my Chiropractic training, and finally back to Cape Town to open my chiropractic practice in 1985. I have special memories and experiences from all these special places and consider myself so fortunate to have had such a varied and interesting life..

The science, art, and philosophy of chiropractic have been the cornerstone of my practice from the very beginning.  The power of the ‘chiropractic adjustment’ has never ceased to amaze me, even after 38 years and over 35,000 patients!

In addition, my insatiable curiosity about human function led me to study Functional Medicine and the completion of my Diploma in Applied Clinical Nutrition from the Academy of Nutrition in Sydney, Australia. Together with my undergraduate degree in psychology, my chiropractic degree, and my training in Functional Medicine my practice has always been focused on a more integrated approach to health and wellness, incorporating my skills in the neuro – musculo – skeletal, functional wellness, and psycho-emotional realms to offer my patients a holistic approach to their health care.

 

Why did I choose to become a Chiropractor?

 

Patients have so often asked me why I chose to become a chiropractor, so thought I would share my story with you here.

 

When I was 8 years old a dear friend of mine passed away as a result of falling into a diabetic coma. I clearly remember saying to my Dad, “when I grow up I want to be a doctor so that I can save people like Arthur from dying”. I guess that was when my mind was made up; my working career would always revolve around health and wellness in some way or another

I completed my schooling in Zimbabwe (too long ago to remember when!) and in those days career guidance was not something that one’s parents really considered or had access to. As a result, my subject choices for ‘A’ level didn’t include the physics and chemistry that were then required for entrance into medical school.

 To be honest, by the time I finished school I really wasn’t relishing the thought of another 7 years at university anyway, so I wasn’t that disappointed!

 

My Dad, however, was adamant. I had to go to university. I therefore enrolled for a Bachelor of Social Science degree, to major in psychology.

 During my university days at Natal University in Durban, I realized that my desire to be involved in medicine in some way was still very high on my priority list. I joined the Red Cross Society and worked at King Edward Hospital in Durban doing paramedic and trauma work and thoroughly enjoyed it.

 

On graduating from Natal University, the company I joined after completing my degree transferred me to Cape Town.

 

Before starting my Social Science degree, I had met Dr Roy McCallum, a chiropractor in Cape Town, and I had a few chiropractic adjustments from him. Now, on returning to Cape Town I became a regular patient of Dr Roy’s, more because I really felt great after my adjustments, than because I had a particular problem.

Dr Roy would spend time explaining the difference between wellness (the chiropractic philosophy) and sickness (the medical philosophy) to me, and it really made so much sense. The idea of keeping people healthy rather than waiting for the symptoms to appear and then suppressing them seemed way more logical.

 

So, after 6 years of working in the ‘retail world’, it was time for a career change! I made the decision to become a chiropractor, and to move to Marietta, Georgia, USA, to study chiropractic at Life Chiropractic College, and what a great decision that was!

 

For the past 38 years, I’ve therefore had the best of all worlds. I get to make such a difference in people’s lives by helping them stay healthy and empowering them with information about their structural, nutritional, and psycho-emotional health, and well-being. The chiropractic training is very medical for the first few years so my desire to ‘understand the body’ was more than fulfilled.

 

What a privilege it’s been over all these years to have literally treated, and worked with, tens of thousands of patients.

 

I now look forward to the opportunity of having you become a part of my practice and assisting you as best I can.

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