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Meet The Team

You have the choice of 4 Doctors of Chiropractic, who offer a unique blend of chiropractic techniques for your whole body.

The chiropractic team has combined experience of over 60 years in practice and all graduated from the prestigious Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC) in Bournemouth.

Dr Damien O’Dwyer BSc, PGDipSc, PhD, MChiro, DC
Dr Kermin Lawyer BSc, MSc, DC
Dr Christina Edwards,  MChiro DC
Dr Jonathan Melhuish BSc, DC, MCC, CCEP

Please call us on 01425 620222 to make an appointment or find out more information about our Chiropractic services in New Milton.

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Please get in touch to make an appointment or find out more about our Chiropractic services in New Milton

  • 01425 620222
  • 13 Whitefield Road, New Milton, BH25 6DE

Our Clinic is open Monday to Saturday

Dr Damien O’Dwyer, BSc, PGDipSc, PhD, MChiro, DC.

Doctor of Chiropractic (Activator Methods Advanced Proficiency)

Dr O’Dwyer joined our team as one of the most highly qualified chiropractors in the UK.

Dr O’Dwyer has 4 science and health-related university degrees, including a PhD in Medical Research and a Master of Chiropractic.

He graduated from the Bournemouth chiropractic college (AECC) with the award for the “Most Holistic Practitioner”. In 2007 he was invited to return to teach as a Clinical Tutor.

“I was introduced to chiropractic by my parents, after they experienced life changing benefits from chiropractic care. At 8 years old I had a stiff, painful neck (torticollis). My parents took me to a chiropractor, who was the first healthcare professional to explain how my body functions and talked about health in a holistic way. This planted the seed which kept growing.”

Damien believes Chiropractic is beneficial for all in the community. He has cared for babies (from days old) to people into their second century!

Damien has run popular chiropractic practices in Australia and the UK.

People seeking Dr O’Dwyer’s expertise are impressed by his extensive knowledge, and thorough and committed approach to their health and wellbeing.

Damien offers a combination of safe, gentle and effective chiropractic techniques, depending on your needs and preferences.

Damien’s highlights reel includes:

  • Award-winning Holistic Chiropractor and Medical Researcher
  • The only Advanced Proficiency Rated DC for Activator Methods in Dorset and Hampshire (see www.activator.com)
  • SD Protocol Provider – for people in a chronically stressed state
    (see https://thestateofme.com.au/practitioner-locator)
  • PhD in Immunology, Biochemistry and Endocrinology Research
  • Published Scientist (see www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=o%27dwyer+dt)
  • Clinical Tutor at the AECC 2007-2008
  • Certificate in Paediatric Chiropractic Practice from AECC
  • Hosts public education talks and lectures on Chiropractic for industry and community groups
  • Damien is a member of the United Chiropractic Association (UCA)
    (see www.united-chiropractic.org)


Damien’s motto is:

“From top-to-toe it has to be chiro – Chiropractic for Everybody.

Dr Kermin Lawyer, BSc, MSc, DC.

Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr Lawyer grew up in Bournemouth and trained at the AECC, graduating in 2003.

Dr Lawyer has post-graduate training in Extremity Adjusting (arms, hands, legs, feet), enhancing her skills in a CPD course with world-renowned educator and author, Dr Mark Charrette DC.

Explaining the importance of good posture and balance, staying active and the supporting role of appropriate rehabilitation exercises are part of Kermin’s holistic approach. This maximises the benefits you get from your chiropractic care and helps maintain your spinal health.

Dr Lawyer supports people wanting to maintain fitness for work, which is particularly crucial for the self-employed. Physical work can take its toll over the years, so a ‘preventative wellness’ strategy is essential. The world’s athletes also include chiropractic in their training regimes to maintain fitness and maximise performance. Kermin offers this to everyone!

Kermin is a popular member of our team, being highly professional, approachable and caring and is passionate about chiropractic care.

Dr Lawyer has excellent chiropractic adjusting skills, tailors care to your individual needs and uses a variety of techniques including:

  • Diversified
  • Activator
  • Blocking
  • Extremity Adjusting
  • Drop techniques
  • Soft tissue adjustments
  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Dry needling


Dr Lawyer is a member of the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) – https://chiropractic-uk.co.uk/find-a-chiropractor/?lat=50.7202158&lon=-1.8997587

Dr Christina Edwards, MChiro DC.

Dr Edwards’ first experience of chiropractic was as a patient.

“During my studies to become a midwife, I fell pregnant with my third child. Shortly after her birth, I sustained a back injury, doing something seemingly insignificant (turning around to pick up her clothes). The pain was worse than childbirth!

I sought the help of a chiropractor for the first time. She was amazing! She gave me hope that I would not be incapacitated forever and over a very short period, she helped reduce my pain and restore my motion. She inspired me to change direction. My family and I relocated to Bournemouth so that I could study at the Anglo European College of Chiropractic.”

Dr Edwards’ commitment to her studies resulted in a 1st class Master of Chiropractic (MChiro). By graduation, Dr Edwards also had 2 research papers published …. a rare achievement indeed!

“Passionate about people, I take great pleasure in helping all who need me. I understand how it feels to have life hampered by debilitating pain. I am grateful that in Chiropractic, I have acquired the understanding and hands-on skills to promote healing through maintaining function and not just reduce symptoms.”

Dr Edwards’ passion for babies and children has not diminished. At college Christina played an active part in the renowned Paediatrics department, including:

  • Lead Intern in the AECC ‘New-born Feeding Clinic’
  • A dissertation on the benefits and contribution of chiropractic care on infants struggling to breastfeed
  • Published 2 research articles in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics on chiropractic and breastfeeding difficulties.


Dr Edwards is also a trained birthing Doula and is working towards post-graduate studies with the International Chiropractic Paediatric Association (ICPA). (see https://icpa4kids.com).

Dr Edwards is a tremendous addition to the NMC team and a member of the UCA (www.united-chiropractic.org).

Dr Jonathan Melhuish, BSc, DC, MCC (Orth), CCEP.

Doctor of Chiropractic & Certified Extremity Practitioner

Dr Melhuish has worked at the New Milton Chiropractic Clinic since 1991. People recommend him for his thorough approach to assessing your problems and then expertly delivering gentle and effective chiropractic care.

Dr Melhuish draws on a variety of techniques to provide holistic care for your ‘whole body’ and your ‘whole family’. He encourages you to take an interest in your own health and rehabilitation – getting you fit for life.

Dr Melhuish has a unique skillset. He has a keen interest in techniques which systematically treat the spine and peripheral joints.

This includes:

  • One of the UK’s few Certified Extremities Practitioners (CCEP: Sports Treatment qualification)
  • Uses a number of chiropractic techniques including Diversified, Drop, Spinal Rehabilitation and Gonstead
  • Uses the NeuroImpulse Protocol (NIP): A very specific, low force adjusting method initially developed for babies and children but is now used for all ages. NIP adjustments have a profound effect on the nerve supply, without any ‘cracking’ sounds
  • Completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Chiropractic Paediatrics from the AECC in 2005
  • Member of the Royal College of Chiropractic (MCC) Faculty of Orthopaedics (Ortho). (www.rcc-uk.org)
  • Dr Melhuish is a member of The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) (www.chiropractic-uk.co.uk)

Massage

Massage is available to complement your chiropractic care. A close liaison is maintained between the Massage Therapist and the Doctors of Chiropractic.
This ensures that people’s progress goes according to plan and massage may be suggested as part of chiropractic management.
Some benefits of massage are the breaking down of muscle tightness, increasing blood flow and waste product elimination, improving flexibility and reducing aching and stiffness. The massage techniques used complement chiropractic care.

Please contact us to make an appointment - 01425 620222