We are Michele and Tristan McDonald, parents of four amazing children, proud Kāpiti people and founders of Rimu Chiropractic Studio. We have a goal to help our community understand they are capable of extraordinary things.
We are surrounded by a like-minded team who strive to provide individualised
care for anyone who comes through our doors. Our patient experience is unique and is of most importance to us. We hope you will find everything you need at Rimu, and remember
Chiropractors specialise in maximising the function of your nervous system, which is protected by your spinal column. Your nervous system is the most important part of your body–it can be likened to a computer being able to process information quickly, and then relay that information back and forth between your brain and body.
Chiropractors are committed to naturally enhancing the flow of information by ensuring that the joints of the spine are moving optimally, which removes pressure off the nervous system and increases your body’s ability to heal naturally.
Our chiropractors are passionate about helping people who seek better functionality to do the things they love.
“Chiropractic embodies my childhood dream of having the world well. Growing up under chiropractic care was my first step in helping give people the power to function at their best so they can make more informed decisions about health, wellness and life.”
As well as setting up her practice in Kāpiti, Dr Michele has used her skills in other parts of the world such as Siliguri, India, helping people in underprivileged communities regain their wellness and potential.
“I grew up in the South West of France. At 18 years old, I was stressed over my upcoming high school final exams and my mother advised me to see a chiropractor. I felt so much relief after the first visit that I decided to become a chiropractor straight away. Once graduated, I completed a month long mission trip in Nepal.
For me, health is not only the absence of symptoms, it is the complete physical and emotional wellbeing, and that is why chiropractic suits me to help people in our community. I love working with pregnant women and babies with the amazing changes theirs bodies go through for growth and development.
In my personal life, I love sustainable and healthy living, playing boardgames and going for walks in the beautiful scenery of New Zealand.”
"Growing up I was lucky enough to be under regular chiropractic care from birth. I received my first chiropractic adjustment on the way home from the hospital after I was born. In my teenage years I spent a lot of time playing sports at various levels, including internationally. This was when I realized the true value of chiropractic and how it kept my body functioning exceptionally, despite all the stress from the numerous trainings, games, high school work and everyday life commitments. Chiropractic is my way of helping other people to achieve their goals, whatever they may be.“
Twenty-five years ago I was introduced to holistic healing, as a tool to help me grow and overcome personal challenges I was facing at that time. The combination of mind, body and emotional work instantly resonated with me and inspired me to start my own business in Invercargill, Essential Holistic Living.
For almost two decades I supported the people of Southland with a mixture of energy work (Reiki), counselling and life planning, mindfulness meditation and therapeutic massage. In 2016 I moved to Raumati Beach, and was captivated by the energy and beauty of the Kāpiti Coast. It’s given me fresh inspiration to take my practice to a new level. I love helping people and I’ve been privileged to support clients from every walk of life. Those seeking to enhance their relationships, develop motivation, find a path and purpose beyond the “work treadmill" or seeking relief from body pain.“
“I have spent the last 20 years practising many different styles of yoga, and I bring these influences into my own teachings. I trained at the renowned Byron Yoga Centre in Australia, a facility specialising in ‘Purna’–meaning integrated or complete. This has evolved into my own Hatha-fusion style which I teach with a focus on alignment and breath. Based on the Kāpiti Coast, I am a mother of two small children as well as a student of nutrition and naturopathy. I know all too well that amongst the hustle and bustle of a busy life we all need to carve out a little space for ourselves. It is important to me to be inclusive in my classes because really, yoga is for everybody.”
“I believe that nutrition is a foundational aspect to wellness. Being able to guide people in nourishing their bodies from a cellular level using food as medicine is an absolute passion of mine. I like to look at nutrition through the lens of bio-individuality as one size doesn't fit all, and I throw body love, joy and intuition into the mix, too.”
Susie enjoys seeing a broad range of clients at Rimu Chiropractic Studio including, but not limited to, women (including pregnancy), children, autoimmune clients, gut health clients; and providing general nutritional guidance.
Chiropractic assistants play a vital role at Rimu. They are not only the first person you see or speak to when you interact with our studio but they are the ones that make sure as many people in our community can be accommodated with appointments as needed. They organise external services such as x-ray, educate about health and wellness, are our support product gurus and the hub of the studio functionality.
Your initial visit to see a chiropractor will take approximately 30-45 minutes, and will cover the following areas:
Health historyDuring your initial visit, your chiropractor will spend some time discussing your health goals and concerns and relate these to your potential chiropractic care options.
This is a time for the chiropractor to learn more about you and your expectations and determine whether chiropractic care will help you to meet these goals.
Chiropractic examWhen everything has been discussed, your chiropractor will perform a complete chiropractic examination. The major purpose of this exam is to analyse your spine and nervous system and how it is functioning; to locate any area of subluxation (spinal misalignment) and rule out any contraindications to care.
Some key information to know is:Chiropractic care is performed through light clothing. Bulky clothing, such as a heavy winter jacket or thick jersey may be asked to be removed.
Testing concentrates on the neuromuscular system (nerves, muscles and bones). Tests vary depending on what is discovered during the initial consultation and evaluation of your health history/ consult.
If clinically indicated, referral will be made for an x-ray. X-rays help us rule out more serious conditions and assist us in developing the most effective care plan for you. Diagnostic imaging aids the chiropractor to see what is going on in the body, helping to locate any fractures, bone abnormalities, abnormal curvatures, and reveal any phase of spinal degeneration/ osteoarthritis.
Nothing will be done at Rimu Chiropractic Studio without your consent.
During a regular/ follow-up visit to your chiropractor, there are three important areas covered:
Pre-checkThis is the time at the start of your visit where we observe your progress and changes. It is also a great time to cover any queries or questions regarding your current status.
AdjustmentThe process of correcting subluxations/ nerve interference is a gentle force introduced to the body. This can range from a dynamic thrust
through to very light forces and contacts, along with instrument and table-assisted delivery.
Post-checkThis is where the chiropractor evaluates the changes in your body from the adjustment, to ensure optimal spinal function is had. If concurrent care, rehabilitation, home stretches/ exercises or lifestyle changes are to be made these will be discussed here.
Your chiropractor will ask you a variety of questions to get a clear case history. This involves information about your current health status, your past health history (injuries, accidents, surgeries, etc.) as well as your health goals.
It is very important for your chiropractor to gain information to assess the need and appropriateness of chiropractic care.
This can only be answered after a thorough consult and exam has been performed. Your health today is the result of the events and stressors throughout your entire life that your body may not have recovered from.
Recommendations will be based on:
Your chiropractor will detail a course of care tailored to your needs. Each visit/ adjustment builds on the one before. Your ability to listen to your body and your commitment to keeping the recommended schedule of care will determine how well you benefit from chiropractic care.
No, you do not require a referral from anyone before starting chiropractic care.
Adjustments should only be performed by a qualified chiropractor. Under normal circumstances, chiropractic adjustments are painless, and many patients report relief after their adjustments.
In the case of recent trauma, such as whiplash, mild discomfort may be experienced due to inflammation; this usually goes away within 24 hours.
The specific techniques chosen will depend on your age, condition and comfort levels. Chiropractors are highly trained professionals and have a range of techniques to suit individuals from newborns to the elderly.
Would you like to know more about what we do, or have a question about booking? Send us an email or give us a call, we’re happy to help.