About Dean Roods

A student came to visit me at my clinic to chat about Chiropractic and one of the questions they asked me was, “What made you want to be a Chiropractor?”

Honestly, I never really knew what I wanted to be. I thought about being many different things: a Marine Biologist, an Architect, a Structural Engineer, a Physiotherapist, a Neurologist, or a Dietician. However, overall, I kept following my curious (but cautious) footsteps and then before too long, I found myself studying a Bachelor of Chiropractic Science at Macquarie University (Sydney), NSW.

I’ve always been a deep and lateral thinker which (I believe) is an essential trait to have when you’re a clinician. Everyone’s case is different (and unique) and sometimes, you need to think ‘outside the box’ to get people advanced Chiropractic results. I’ll never forget what was once said to me by my university Pathophysiology lecturer: “It’s never rare to the patient who has it” and now that I’m an experienced Chiropractor, I can’t agree with her comment more.

I’ve worked alongside many Chiropractors, and they’ve all helped me to discover the type of Chiropractor who I am not.

However, there’s one person who’s had a profound impact on my career (and personal life) and I’ll always be thankful for his supportive and constructive mentorship. He’s my old boss and friend and I don’t believe that I’d still be a Chiropractor if it weren’t for his timely and intuitive guidance and selfless generosity. I recall him giving me the best and shortest job interview of my life: he said to me, “Don’t kill anyone, don’t over service, show empathy, get results, enjoy your work, and if you can’t help a patient, refer them on.” He’s got a fun sense of humour. One day, I jokingly asked him if he’d be my life coach and he said to me, “You’ll be dead before you’re 40!” He was a talented Chiropractor and Clinician. He was a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Neurology Board (DACNB) and because of his advanced (clinical) training, he was able to help a lot of grateful people manage their tricky cases. Now, he’s (sadly) retired, and you’ll most likely find him either: reading a war history novel, tending to his beloved garden, waiting to speak to a Telstra phone-line operator about how they keep incorrectly spelling his business’ email address, sharing a sickening shot of limoncello with his friends, or learning how to play Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ on the piano. Unlike my other Chiropractic bosses, he stepped out of my way and encouraged me to stand on my own two feet which nurtured my desire to become an innovative Chiropractor. He means a lot to me and every now and then, when I’m caring for a person’s tricky case, I ask myself, “What would, Bob do?

I’m a bit of a nerd and I enjoy learning new things; so, in my spare time, I don’t mind studying because it helps to give me advanced ideas about how I can, well, be an even better Chiropractor. Once, I had the honour of attending a seminar by one of Chiropractic’s leading international advocates, Professor Frederick Carrick, and he offered his audience some encouraging advice about being a good Chiropractor: he said, “Get old quick.”

I’ve completed many courses to improve my Chiropractic skills, such as (but certainly not limited to):

  • Module 328: Neurology Primer: Tonotopic Maps by the Carrick Institute.
  • Module 813: Pain by the Carrick Institute.
  • Chronic Fatigue and Pain Syndromes Clinical Strategies and Treatment Applications by the Kharrazian Institute.
  • Clinical Neurology for the Chiropractor by Professor Frederick Carrick.
  • Dysautonomia by Dr. Brandon Brock.
  • Functional Neurology Seminars (Module 4): Peripheral vestibular disorders and cerebellum disorders with applications.
  • Functional Neurology Seminars (Module 1): Functional Neurology Anatomy and Central Neurological Pathways.
  • Module 906: Autonomic Nervous System by the Carrick Institute.
  • Module 905: Reflexogenic Systems by the Carrick Institute.
  • Waking up the Brain by Paul Noone.
  • Advanced Protocols for the Dizziness and Cervical Pain Patient by Dr. Carlo Rinaudo.
  • I have attended numerous Gonstead Chiropractic seminars and workshops.

When I’m not working (or studying), I love spending time with my beautiful wife and our two gorgeous border collie dogs – Billie, and Lyla. Otherwise, I’m obsessed with soccer and my favourite team is Manchester City. Yes, I’m a true ‘Cityzen’. Consequently, I coach a soccer team and I love it. It’s a great outlet and I like that it’s totally different to what I do, professionally. They’re such a great bunch of people and I feel privileged to be a part of their team. Also, ‘Ted Lasso’ is one of my favourite television series to (binge) watch. “Football is life!

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