DR B.Chiro Sc, M.Chiro, M.Res
Practitioner and Owner - Trident Movement, Dee Why, Sydney &
Lecturer of Chiropractic students at Macquarie University
Chiropractic Australia member since 2017
Stephen has been in clinical practice for five years whilst undertaking his Masters of Research at Macquarie University. Running a practice with a colleague in Dee Why, Stephen juggles lecturing a few afternoons a week with his chiropractic patients. With a clinical interest in low back pain, neck pain and lower limb injuries, Stephen also helps people with pain in the shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle. Stephen is focused on ongoing education and is actively involved as a tutor/lecturer of Chiropractic students at Macquarie University for both 2nd-year students and final year students. When he’s not practising or teaching, Stephen keeps active and maintains his fitness as a keen runner, bike rider and surfer.
If you weren’t a chiropractor, what would you have been?
Should I not have chosen my career as a chiropractor, I would have loved to explore a career as a snow skiing instructor. I have always loved the snow, and teaching people to ski while chasing winter all around the world sounded like an amazing lifestyle. I experienced skiing in Italy which was fun, and I would love to ski in Japan and Canada one day. To be honest, I love what I do now, and being involved in the teaching side of things these days is really rewarding. My focus as a practitioner and teacher is to help the next generation of chiropractors by exposing them to new ways of thinking and evidence-based practice.
What made you get into chiropractic care?
I was born with congenital hip dysplasia, so I had surgery when I was a baby to correct that. During my teenage years, I started to develop a bit of back pain as I was playing a lot of cricket at the time and ended up finding out I had quite a bit of discrepancy in my leg length – 2.5cm between both sides. I had surgery on one leg to destroy my growth plate and try and correct the discrepancy, and the theory was that my other leg would catch up. It was during this time that I started seeing a chiropractor, and this really helped the pain I was experiencing and opened my eyes to the profession. My chiropractic treatment as a teenager really sparked my interest in the practice, and I became more interested in how the body works and how I might be able to help people move better and move more and enjoy life.
What does CA mean to you?
I have been a member of Chiropractic Australia for four years and have seen the organisation provide representation for us as chiropractors in evidence-based management. The organisation provides a strong voice for us as chiropractors in the evidence-based management of muscular-skeletal conditions. Chiropractic Australia empowers chiropractors to provide good quality care through advocacy, education, research and ethical practice, and these values align with mine.
If you could go back, what advice would you give your old self?
Some advice I give students as they are coming through is to enjoy the journey and ask lots of questions and be curious in their research.Don’t just accept what people tell you; be open but be sceptical at the same time. Stay humble and be willing to step outside your own clinical experience and see how other clinicians and professionals might explore a situation.
An interesting place Chiropractic has taken me …
I was fortunate in 2019 to Berlin for the World Chiropractic Conference to present a paper and had an amazing experience.I was able to meet lots of international chiropractors and talk to them about patient management and new directions that the profession was heading. It was interesting to get a global view of chiropractic care and see what other countries were doing and which countries were pushing boundaries in the industry.
Finish this sentence,
“Community is important to me because..”
Community is the people we serve and aim to help – the group that our practice can help to allow patients to live a healthier and happier life. We have a responsibility to our community to provide evidence-based messages which enable them to recover from pain or injury or to get people back to something they will enjoy. I really like being involved in the university side of things and continuing to educate and teach the next generation of practitioners about evidence-based care.