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Meet Our Chiropractors

Our chiropractors in our Christchurch clinic offer the finest chiropractic care around. Read their bios below to get a better sense and feel of who they are and how they can help!

Dr. Valerie Tan

BHSc (Community Health Development), PGDipHSc (Health Behaviour Change), BChiro

It’s strange to think back to life before chiropractic. I had no idea I needed chiropractic care and definitely did not think it would make such a difference to my health. I had my fair share of bumps and bruises, coughs and colds as a kid. Nothing out of the ordinary and nothing that a quick antibiotic or painkiller couldn’t fix. I got all my immunisations on time and although I didn’t eat well, I was very physically active. Had you asked me, I would have said I had a perfect bill of health! Looking back now, I understand how warped my perception was.

As a teenager I began to experience severe abdominal pain. I tried various different medications that either wore off, or had no effect at all. I had diagnostic scans and surgeries, with no answer as to what was wrong with me. The symptoms worsened as the years went by and although I coped most days, there were also days that I would lie in bed and wonder how I would manage to see another.

I spent years studying health and doing various placements and internships, but struggled to find something that really inspired me. When I eventually stumbled across the Bachelor of Chiropractic, I began to learn about an approach to health, far from the one I knew. The recognition of the innate power of the body to heal itself and its desire to adapt and evolve made sense to me – far more than the idea that I was faulty and in need of fixing.

After a few months under regular care, I came across my old go-to box of pills and meds. It was then that I realised how long it had been since I had sought relief for anything. The pain and discomfort I had experienced for all those years, seemed like such a distant memory. For the first time, I felt truly healthy in my body and had a remarkable sense of clarity. I was willing to look at the choices I was making in my life and gained the strength to leave an emotionally and physically abusive relationship. I made healthier choices for ME. I suddenly had control over my life again.

That was nine years ago, and I have never looked back. All those years of being in pain, I had been searching for ways to stop feeling it all. What I should have acknowledged, was that my body was merely striving for more health. With chiropractic, I have been able to experience for myself and witness in others, how chiropractic changes lives by simply assisting the body to function as it was intended to. Not just physically, but mentally, emotionally AND spiritually. I have seen chiropractic help me raise my own happy and healthy babies. I know there are some of you out there that feel like you’re just getting by. I know there are some of you that also feel fine. Many of you have no idea that either way, you could function and feel so much better in yourself. I believe everyone deserves to experience true health and I hope to provide you with regular chiropractic care to assist in unleashing that potential.

Dr. Chris Dobson


Unlike many, I have grown up with chiropractic all my life. I have not known life without it. With two parents for chiropractors, and then eventually pursuing chiropractic myself, I have had my spine and nervous system checked and adjusted regularly from the day I was born. To be honest, I envied my fellow students who had miracle chiropractic stories that changed their lives, inspiring them to follow chiropractic as a life-long career. I felt like I missed out on that. I guess you could say, I took it for granted.

When I was younger and in school, I would question how healthy I really was. My body didn’t seem to tolerate the many things that my peers dabbled with. Coffee. Cigarettes. Alcohol. I would get a sore throat or start to feel sick in other ways. I tested my body’s limits and wound up with glandular fever. Chronic fatigue syndrome. I had migraines and headaches. Yes, chiropractic may have helped me through all those things, BUT if I was truly healthy, I thought – why would I suffer ill health at all? It hasn’t been until recent times that I feel like I understand health and my body better.

I look back and now I see how intelligent my body was. A medication free, nutritious and active upbringing, as well as a fully functioning nervous system, though chiropractic, seemed to have helped me maintain a clear awareness of my body – one that communicated freely and letting me know when I was harming it. It would fight back when I overloaded it with toxins and stress. Telling me when to stop. Telling me if it was too much. Telling me if I was pushing it too hard.

Now that I am well into my adult years, I realise how grateful I can be for growing up with an understanding for the natural power and health of the body. It seems to have paid off and I feel like I’m doing pretty well health-wise for my age. It excites me to offer chiropractic to all of you. To have it benefit you, the way it has benefited me. It’s not a quick fix approach to health. In my 18 years in practice, I have learnt that although there are short term benefits – the real benefits are seen over time.

I look forward to providing you with the very best of chiropractic care.

Contact Info

Evolve Chiropractic

140 Grimseys Road
Redwood, Christchurch, New Zealand 8051

03 352 7500


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