Dr Kristy Sherwen
Kristy Sherwen, a graduate of the New Zealand College of Chiropractic, developed a passion for chiropractic later on in life following a back injury whilst playing squash at the age of 16. Kristy was a child who experienced ongoing lower back pain and daily headaches for upwards of 5 years. It wasn’t until she saw a chiropractor for the first time that she received any relief from these ongoing problems. After just two visits she was not only headache free, but a new person!
Kristy will help you to achieve your health goals using a range of different techniques, focusing not only on the physical, but also the chemical and emotional components of health. Kristy specialises in the Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT) and uses Bach Flower remedies, nutritional supplements and dietary recommendations in her care package.
Kristy has recently moved from Queensland to be closer to her home town of Whangamata. Kristy has a great passion for children and family chiropractic and believes everyone can benefit from gentle specific chiropractic care. Kristy is hugely passionate about chiropractic, and believes through chiropractic care, individuals can reach their full potential.
Dr Alison Parkes (Allie)
BBioMedSci., BChiro., I.C.A.K.A., M.N.Z.C.A
Allie has recently joined our team from Cronulla (Sydney) where she had been practicing for over two years in an holistic Chiropractic & Applied Kinesiology practice.
Her life has presented many obstacles in health; from asthma, eczema & allergies starting from birth throughout childhood, to concussions in sport, and an autoimmune reaction to nearly every food upon moving to Australia. She has appreciated these hurdles as they have created greater understanding of the body’s relationship to food, nature, sleep, stress and the environment we surround ourselves with daily.
Allie’s younger years were spent on the family horticulture farm (growing native trees, plants and shrubs). With nature so close to her on a daily basis she developed a love for the outdoors and competitive sports, starting with horse riding then moving on to represent Auckland in Netball, Cricket and Athletics. Her sporting endeavors continued in Sydney with paddle boarding & playing top premier women’s grade Aussie Rules (AFL) with a dabble in fifteens rugby. Now she is back on NZ soil she has been introduced to Women’s Rugby Sevens and training with the BOP Women’s side.
Her background in health started in childhood making weird, wild and wonderful concoctions from the plants and flowers in the forest. It wasn’t until completing her premedical degree in Functional Biology at Otago University that her appreciation for using functional ancient forms of medicine (herbs, plants, flowers & wholefoods) to heal the body became her major focus. This led her to the New Zealand College of Chiropractic, with continual studies in Applied Kinesiology & Nutrition.
Presently she is completing a post graduate diploma in Microbiology with focus in fermented beverages & foods. She is passionate in helping all ages engage in optimal self- care through food, mind & body practices as well as helping individuals/athletes achieve peak performance and longevity in their chosen sport.
She is excited to join the team here in Tauranga and embrace all the abundant outdoor activities from surfing, paddle boarding to native forest walks. Allie looks forward to being a part of your journey in health, fitness, longevity and happiness.
Dr Lisa Parkin
BChiro., I.C.A.K.A., M.N.Z.C.A.
Lisa began her chiropractic journey even before she officially arrived on this earth! Her mother was under care throughout her pregnancy, in an office very similar to The Healing Room. Lisa's first hands-on check was at a few days old. I guess it was only natural that she would eventually become a chiropractor, especially with a family so interested in health and performance.
Lisa's father was a multisport athlete before transitioning to an ultra-distance runner. Her mother is a competitive netball umpire, while her brother rides trick BMX. With all this activity, Lisa has seen first hand just how much of an impact chiropractic care can have on performance and overall body function, often in ways most people wouldn’t expect.
Lisa enjoys using her knowledge of the body to help people understand their own body; how it functions, why it may be sending you messages (or symptoms) and how to best support great health. She would love to help anyone who wants to be the best version of themselves, to excel at whatever their discipline is, be that knitting or running marathons.
Outside the office, her interests lie in gardening - especially things you can eat and be nourished by.
Ultimately Lisa's goal is to help people have the very best experience in life with the highest quality of health possible.
meet our practice manager
I am absolutely thrilled to be a member of the amazing team at The Healing Room. I have a long history of enjoying a natural approach to my health and well being. I grew up in Canada in a farming community and started having chiropractic care at the age of fourteen. Later I met the man of my dreams who just happens to be a chiropractor and together we took over a long standing practice in Victoria, British Columbia, had two boys, and enjoyed the west coast life of sailing and the great outdoors.
In 2000 we sailed away from Canada on the adventure of a lifetime. We spent time sailing around Mexico, crossed the Pacific Ocean, and then cruised around French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga. Cyclone season brought us to New Zealand but lifestyle and a desire for new opportunities saw us settle here at the end of 2001. The boys are now men and firmly settled into the New Zealand lifestyle. My husband and I have continued our paths in the chiropractic community and we love being here.
I have been a great fan of The Healing Room and started care with Jolanta many years ago. I believe the multi-dimensional approach of The Healing Room team is so important to unlocking your true potential as we are all unique in who we are and what it takes to make and keep us vibrant and well. It is wonderful to be part of an environment that promotes true wellness and I hope that I can help you on your journey to a better YOU!
Meet Our Practice Assistant
I am delighted to be a member of The Healing Room team!
My passion and drive for health began in my sporty teenage years growing up in East Auckland. Combined with my passion for food, this led me to undergo and complete a degree in Human Nutrition at Otago University.
Once my husband graduated from Chiropractic College in 2003 we moved south to the Bay of Plenty. After finding our piece of paradise in Papamoa we were happy to settle here and put down our roots. While his focus was on growing a successful chiropractic practice I was concentrating full-time on growing our three active children. I found this role both challenging and rewarding and it has given me great empathy for the demands of family life. We have both thoroughly enjoyed nurturing our young family in this beautiful, natural environment.
Over time I have broadened my view of health. I am especially drawn to the power of yoga and meditation to support emotional and mental health and the ability for chiropractic care to enable our physical bodies to operate optimally. I have been experiencing the wonder of chiropractic for nearly two decades.
As the Practice Assistant here at The Healing Room, I am looking forward to contributing to your personal journey towards optimal well-being. I am passionate about holistic health, and believe the variety of care we offer here can help each individual achieve their True Potential.
Meet Our Team Leader
Dr Jolanta Williams (Jo)
BChiro., I.C.A.K.A., M.N.Z.C.A.
Chiropractic has always been a big part of Jolanta's life. Since she was nine years old she has been getting checked by a chiropractor who specialises in Applied Kinesiology.
With a rough and fast introduction to this world, Jolanta was a colicky baby, progressing into burst eardrums and night terrors. She then became a child with headaches, abdominal cramps, low back pain, recurrent illnesses ... all problems a young child shouldn't have to experience.
After one session at her local chiropractor, she never experienced her daily, debilitating abdominal cramps again. Her head was clear, her spine felt free, and she knew she was different. It is no surprise that this nine year old, who had been in and out of medical specialists offices the past few years, walked out of her chiropractor's office knowing that chiropractic was going to be her future.
Jolanta graduated from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic in 2005 and has not stopped learning since. She has since become certified in Applied Kinesiology through the Australasian College of Applied Kinesiology. She has also completed seminars and courses in neuro emotive technique (NET), nutrition (Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine), clinical nutrition, Dr Bach's flower remedies and various chiropractic techniques including cranial release techniques.
Jolanta is passionate about what she does. She lives the lessons she teaches and is always her own first guinea pig to prove that something really works! She believes that life is about balance. A balance of stress, fun, relaxation and love. A balance of body, mind, spirit and nutrition. Our job at The Healing Room is to direct the body in removing any interference to this balance. Our bodies are complex but fascinating. It is always a pleasure and an honour to work alongside each and every one of them.