In truth I wish I had found Chiropractic sooner than I did.
I was born in South-Africa into an extremely active family. In school I played a lot of sports and struggled with chronic back pain most of my adolescent life. That is not normal or healthy, especially for a developing body. My family had always commented on how bad my posture was and had I seen a chiropractor sooner, I know I would have excelled a lot more and would have felt better in my body. I remember my first adjustment clearly, it changed the direction of my life going forward.
My background has developed my advocating for movement and its positive impact on our brain, physical and emotional health. It sparked my drive to fully embody and promote proactive health. It is why I am so passionate about educating and empowering my patients from all age groups about the potential their body has to adapt, to heal and to create healthy habits that support a balanced lifestyle and a thriving body.
I love caring for people at all stages of life, from athletes to whole families, enabling individuals to tap into their full potential through chiropractic care, and to support them to lead a fulfilling, healthy life.
I graduated in 2015 from the University of Johannesburg and then obtained my certification in International Sports Chiropractic in 2018, while in clinical practice. I was a chiropractor there for 5 years before deciding to take on a new challenge and practice in the Netherlands. I am fundamentally trained as a diversified chiropractor, evolving my knowledge and skills over the years to provide more personalized care. At the moment I’m studying with the Carrick Institute to specialize further in Functional Neurology care so I can assess more complex cases such as Concussions, Migraines, Dysauntonomia, Vertigo and movement disorders.
I believe “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Chiropractic care is a natural, drug-free approach to wellbeing, not only in relieving symptoms or life stressors but also maintaining a state of optimal health. I feel chiropractic is the most efficient way to affect the nervous system and create change in the body. I love the positive impact made through human connection and the privilege of traveling alongside my patients' health journey, while educating them and empowering them with their choices around their health.
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease” - Thomas Edison
I was born in Singapore from Indian heritage and moved to Melbourne, Australia with my family at the age of 10. From an early age, I had plans to become a medical doctor and was getting ready to enter university when I chose to do work experience in a hospital. It was during this time I realised that this environment was not for me. The smell of the place, the sterile environment just didn’t feel right and didn’t make me want to go there at all. In hindsight, I realised that hospitals were for sick people, for people that wanted something to take that sick feeling away, but still remained sick. Often, these people also had limited choices left. Health is not merely an absence of sickness, but an optimal functioning of your body, mind and spirit.
The first time that I found out about Chiropractic was at a University open day and the philosophy of Chiropractic resonated with me. I was more inspired to help people retain their health throughout their life. Studying Chiropractic in Australia is a full-time five-year degree consisting of a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. After graduation, I worked in Australia and Indonesia before moving to the Netherlands in 2010 to work in a family practice in Castricum. I have had my own private practice since November 2013.
There are many techniques in Chiropractic and I have specialised in Sacro-Occipital technique (SOT), which concentrates on the special relationship between the skull and pelvis. In 2019, I attained my Diplomate in Functional Neurology through the Carrick Institute. I strive to become more knowledgeable about the human brain and how to best protect and optimise its function.
"People that have their health in order have their lives in order."
- Sunitha Athisdam
I was born in and grew up from the land down under – Australia.
I was obese and depressed for most of my life and at 18 decided to turn my life around. I have learnt many valuable lessons about what being well truly is. This ignited my passion for fitness and whole health.
My journey led me to gain further knowledge in university for 5 years in Melbourne, Australia, achieving a Masters degree of Clinical Chiropractic. I had the unique opportunity to volunteer as a chiropractor in remote villages in India. I then went on to practice for 5 years in a rural town of Victoria, Australia, where I developed and further refined my skills.
I prefer to use a combination of techniques depending on specific individual needs, primarily manual adjustments and/or gentle work with Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT) and Sports Chiropractic. I made an exciting life choice to move to the Netherlands in 2019. I wanted to explore more of the world whilst developing my career further and by helping my community through chiropractic. I prefer to take a personal approach in helping each person cope best with their specific stressors in life and to achieve the best possible state of health.
Due to the demanding nature of the work, I enjoy working on my conditioning with regular CrossFit and yoga. To stay grounded I focus inward with daily meditation, mindfulness practices, playing various instruments and spending time in nature.
“The root of all health is in the brain. The trunk of it is in emotion. The branches and leaves are the body. The flower of health blooms when all parts work together.” Kurdish Saying
Growing up on a farm in the middle of nowhere in Australia, I developed a deep respect for and connection with nature, I will be forever thankful for this as this connection continues to shape my approach to health and well-being today.
I graduated in 2004 with a Masters of Chiropractic from Macquarie University, Sydney. Whilst this eduction gave me the fancy certificates that I needed, it also equipped me with something much more important, a genuine appreciation of the healing power that the human body possesses.
I am lucky enough to have a wife that is a chiropractor and shares the same health philosophy as I do. In 2019 this philosophy was tested when our daughter was born with a significant birth defect. After spending her first 3 months in hospital, we witnessed both the miracles and limitations of medicine with her condition. They gave her life-saving surgery, but knowing how to help her body heal and flourish after this event has reinforced to us the chiropractic philosophy, that our bodies heal from the inside, out. We are now blessed with two beautiful, healthy daughters.
It is this inherent healing power that motivates me as a chiropractor, and I want to share this empowering knowledge with as many people as I can. If people can better understand their own body and appreciate how truly special it is, this will help guide and serve them in many aspects of their life. With this is mind, it is my goal to help grow a community that is filled with energetic, less stressed and joyful individuals that wholeheartedly engage in activities that they love. Through chiropractic, which optimises the communication between the brain and the body, growing this community with vibrant and balanced lifestyles can and should be the norm.
I warmly welcome newcomers to the Noord practice, so we can grow this community.