My life has been the most wonderful journey.
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 retails, then to Marietta, Georgia, in the USA where i completely 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 is the cornerstone of my practice in the very beginning. The power of the chiropractic adjustment has never ceased to amaze me, even after 37 years and over 35,000 patients!
In addition, my insatiable curiosity around human function led me into the study of Functional Medicine and the completion of my Diploma in Applied Clinical Nutrition from the Academy of Nutrition in Sydney, Australia. Therefore, 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 patients a holistic approach to 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 for 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, shape or form.
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 from Durban 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 to me.
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 37 years I’ve 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 structural, nutritional, and psycho-emotional health. 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 look forward to the opportunity of having you become a part of my practice and to assist you as best I can.
WHAT I OFFER:
Patients are usually needing chiropractic care due to pain. I have found through years of experience that to adequately and effectively manage ‘pain syndromes’ there are three phases of care that provide the best results.
Functional Wellness Patients
Many patients come to see me to assist them with being more proactive about their health.
Weight Management Patients
Obesity is one of the fastest growing diseases worldwide and is linked to virtually every form of chronic degenerative disease. Weight management should be the no. 1 protocol that every health care practitioner focuses on as a starting point in the management of any and all presenting conditions.
Get in Touch
Feel free to contact me to discuss any one of my areas of expertise. I would love to hear from you.
(Pls note access is at the rear of the property – from Gabriel Rd, into Bardia Rd and it’s the lilac coloured house)