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Meet the Chiropractors

With locations in both Napier and Hastings, our professional team is working towards building a healthier Hawke’s Bay. Through chiropractic care, we’ll work to help your body heal naturally, so you can experience optimal health.


Dr Emma Mead

Dr Emma Mead | Hastings Office

I’m really fortunate because my Dad is a chiropractor at home in Wellington so I’ve had chiropractic check-ups by him since I was born, and I have always enjoyed the benefits of good health.

People are amazed when I tell them I’ve never taken a Panadol before. To me, this is, and always has been normal.

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Dr Tamzin Drawe

Dr Tamzin Drawe | Hastings Office

Originally from South Africa, my partner Gary and I arrived in Hawkes Bay in January 2001. We loved the Hawkes Bay lifestyle and found New Zealand to be a friendly country to settle in.

Armed with a degree in natural science and teaching, I returned to university to become a chiropractor in 2003. I had been under the care of a chiropractor previously and enjoyed chiropractic’s simple approach to overall health and wellbeing.

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Dr Sonam Patel

Dr Sonam Patel | Hastings Office

Growing up Sonam always knew she wanted to work in the health profession and help people. Introduced to chiropractic in her late teens, chiropractic’s simple principles and natural approach resonated strongly with her personal views on health and she decided to be a part of this amazing profession and studied at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic.

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Dr Chris Anderson

Dr Chris Anderson | Napier Office

Our resident Aussie, Dr. Chris Anderson relocated to the Hawkes Bay in July 2015 from his hometown Melbourne.

He and his Kiwi wife ran their own practices in Melbourne, but after having their first child and desiring a healthier work/life balance they decided to move to across the ditch.

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Dr Denise Brown

Dr Denise Brown | Napier Office

After various office jobs I went to work for a chiropractor as an assistant.

I love the chiropractic philosophy and enjoyed seeing many people improve their health so much so that I decided to become one.

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Dr Jeremy Gilbert

Dr Jeremy Gilbert | Napier Office

My first exposure to Chiropractic was in Wellington when I could no longer practice martial arts due to a leg problem.

I went to a chiropractor who found out it was actually a back problem. I was able to resume training quickly and I also had more energy and better coordination.

This inspired me to head off to the New Zealand Chiropractic College and train to become a chiropractor.

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Dr Kate Anderson

Dr Kate Anderson | Napier Office

Dr. Kate Anderson has returned home to New Zealand with her husband Chris and their young daughter. Kate is practicing again after maternity leave and is our resident pediatric and pregnancy chiropractor. Kate has completed extensive post-graduate training in pediatric neuro-development and pregnancy chiropractic and is passionate about caring for children and ensuring they are meeting their developmental milestones.

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Dr. Laurence Gilmore

Dr Laurence Gilmore | Napier Office (On sabbatical until March 2018)

I first heard about chiropractic when I met a chiropractor in my teens.” remembers Dr Laurence Gilmore.

“I went to watch Dr. Brian O’Hagan adjusting patients and read the books he gave me and knew that I had found what I wanted to do with my life.

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Contact First Chiropractic today to get started on your journey to wellness!


First Chiropractic | Napier (06) 843 3384 | Hastings (06) 870 7100