MEET OUR TEAM
Dr Sandie Cavanagh (Chiropractor)
Dr Sandie had her first adjustment at Kennedy Chiropractic Centre when she was 3 years old. Twenty years later, after studying half a business degree, working in a variety of jobs and travelling to the UK, Sandie decided she wanted to expand on her passion for Chiropractic by becoming one.
When she first started working at Kennedy Chiropractic Centre in 2006 (during her pre-chiropractic year of study), she joined her mum Issy and sister Emma as a Chiropractic Assistant. After completing her Chiropractic studies at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic, she came back to Kennedy Chiropractic Centre in 2011. Sandie did a small stint living in Brisbane and working in North Lakes at "Embrace Life" but continued to work at Kennedy Chiropractic Centre. Sandie and her husband Tim purchased the practice in 2017.
Sandie has two boys, Hamish and Fletcher, a sausage dog called Jessie, and enjoys gardening, cooking and spending time with her family.
Dr Hart Kennedy (Chiropractor)
Dr Hart was born into a Chiropractic family. His father, grandfather, grandmother and uncle all became Chiropractors. This wonderful Chiropractic history began in 1915, when the grandparents enrolled for the then 3-year course.
Dr Hart graduated in 1959 from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and practiced in the Kennedy Clinic in Toronto until emigrating to Australia in 1962. After a year of practice in Victoria, he and Helen and soon to be family (Dr Tracy) moved to Toowoomba.
Dr Hart has played a significant role in the expansion of the Chiropractic profession. Chiropractic care was relatively unknown in the 1960’s, with only a couple of University-trained Chiropractors in all of Queensland. Today, thanks to his contribution, Chiropractic care is now well and truly established, with over 50 in the local area and 4500 Australia wide.
In his spare time Dr Hart likes tinkering with his multitude of motorbikes, taking them on rides and travelling.
Dr Tracy Kennedy-Shanks (Chiropractor)
Dr Tracy started working as a Chiropractic Assistant at age 12, before eventually graduating as a Chiropractor from Parker University in Dallas Texas in 1995.
Tracy returned to Australia shortly after with husband Glen and has continued to share her passionate approach to practice ever since. Tracy has been involved with the Chiropractic Association for many years including past President of the Qld Branch and National Board member.
She is involved with the CQ University Mackay and Brisbane courses and sponsors a prize for ‘Clinical Excellence’. When not working she might be found with a paint brush in hand.
Dr Tara Gilhooley (Chiropractor)
Dr Tara started her journey as a Chiropractor in Melbourne. In 2013, she graduated as a Chiropractor from RMIT. In 2014, Tara moved to Queensland to join the team at Elevate Chiropractic and Wellness Centre (then named Kennedy Chiropractic Centre).
Tara is forever fascinated by people; why we are who we are, how our bodies interact with our lives/circumstances and how our nervous systems mediate stressors. She enjoys working with people to help them greater connect to the wisdom of the body and to live with greater vitality and ease.
Tara enjoys living an active, healthy lifestyle with the odd almond croissant thrown in. She loves animals and is prone to a bit of dog/cat chat. In her spare time, you’ll find her reading, running with her dog Lucca, playing tennis or seeking out other adventures.
Dr Luke Broughton (Chiropractor)
Dr Luke is originally from Brisbane and, after trying a couple of other career paths, undertook his Chiropractic studies at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic. Once qualified, Luke worked in Brisbane, as well as taking over from Sandie at “Embrace Life” in North Lakes. He then moved to Toowoomba in 2017. Luke has now settled in Toowoomba, enjoying the small town feel and leafy backdrop. Luke uses a mixture of Chiropractic techniques, including low force and manual, to achieve the greatest result for his clients
Dr Chantal Henderson (Chiropractor)
Dr. Chantal comes from a family of 5 Chiropractors, and has grown up with strong health and wellness principals.
She graduated from RMIT University in 1999 with a double degree in Chiropractic, and has since competed further studies in Clinical Nutrition. She is passionate about helping both adults and children reach better health and function to live happier healthier lives through Chiropractic care and healthy lifestyle choices.
Having competed triathlon and off-road marathons, (including representing Australia in the World Triathlon Championships), Chantal is passionate about regular exercise, core strength/yoga practices for optimal posture, balance & movement, and in helping to maintain a healthy nervous system and lifestyle. Chantal’s other interests include landscape and wildlife photography. She spends 5-6 months a year in Patagonia, Chile with her photography.
"I believe our daily lifestyle choices have a huge impact on our current and future health. To be truly healthy requires proper nutrition, regular exercise & movement, good stress management skills and an optimally functioning nervous system.”
Sue Kelman (Chiropractic Assistant)
Sue has worked at Kennedy Chiropractic for over ten years, after being a patient for many years. Sue’s father was a patient and she brought her three daughters here throughout their school years. One of Sue’s daughters is now a Chiropractor in Perth.
Sue loves the positive environment and the wonderful patients at the practice. She loves the outdoors, the beach, interior design and renovating. Sue keeps fit walking and doing Pilates classes, would love to be a better gardener and is always planning her next trip. With a daughter living in Belgium Sue is also learning French, although not nearly as fast as she would like to!
Zarettha Stedman (Chiropractic Assistant)
Zarettha (pronounced Za-reeta) is studying Animal Science majoring in Livestock production at the University of New England. She joined the Elevate Chiropractic team in June 2018 and first started Chiropractic care as a child. Zarettha has enjoyed broadening her horizons and meeting the patients. After all the work and study is done, Zarettha enjoys long walks with her dogs, getting caught in the garden, and painting on a rainy day.
Issy McIntyre (Chiropractic Assistant)
Issy first brought her family into Kennedy Chiropractic Centre (driving all the way from Longreach) in about 1980 at the insistence of her father, who was also a patient. She then joined the team as a Chiropractic Assistant in 2000.
Issy continued in this role for 7 years then went off to do other things for 11 years and returned in 2018. She couldn’t stay away as she has such a passion for chiropractic and has been enjoying catching up with all the familiar faces and meeting newer ones. In her spare time Issy enjoys Nia, a form of dance movement, and is about to start Yin (stretching) yoga. She also has fun looking after her grandchildren whilst Sandie is working. It truly is a family affair - Issy is Sandie’s mum and Sue’s sister.
Anthea Rowe (Chiropractic Assistant)
Since 1996 and 2001 Anthea and her husband Dan have been patients of Kennedy Chiropractic Centre. Now with two girls who have seen “Aunty Tracy” since they were 4 hours old, Chiropractic is entrenched in their family.
Their girls, now 15 and 11 years of age, still love coming into the office for their adjustments. Lily is aiming for her first Australian national time in swimming and chooses chiropractic care as part of her overall support in this endeavor.
Anthea joined Sandie and the team as a CA (Chiropractic Assistant) in October 2018. Anthea loves working at Elevate, greeting patients, seeing how chiropractic benefits their daily lives and working with a wonderful group of people.
Carolyn Franey (Administrator)
Carolyn joined the Elevate team in December 2017. Originally a Goondiwindi girl, Carolyn helps with our back of house operations and has worked in Business Administration for as long as she can remember. She also works for Sandie’s husband Tim in his valuation business.
When Carolyn is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 adult children, having a cup of tea and reading a good book or baking something decadent and delicious!
Amanda Ford (Nutritional Therapy Practitioner)
Amanda Ford is an Access Bars Practitioner as well as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. She has a special interest in general health concerns, autoimmune disease, complex illness recovery, as well as supporting people and families with disability.
Amanda’s business, Casscade Wellness, helps to give you the lifelong skills to understand your body's own unique conversation style & 'bio-individuality' to achieve functional nutrition and wellness. The unique framework of noticing, recognising and responding, gives you the confidence to explore meaningful dietary and lifestyle changes that fit comfortably into your life, helping you to do-Well.
If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment, please contact Amanda via the details below:
Mobile: 0427 549 335
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Elevate Chiropractic and Wellness Centre.
Other days via appointment only.