Chiropractic Central Coast…


5 Sonia Allum

Chiropractic Explained…

The nervous system – the brain and spinal cord – are the first cells laid down in utero to begin the life of a new and unique individual – YOU!

Without this system you will not exist; without the full and optimal functioning of this system the body ceases to be healthy – it is always in a state of disease.

When a joint ceases to move properly (a deficiency of movement) due to trauma, poor posture, chemical, emotional or chemical stressors, negative (or nociceptive) feedback will enter either the subconscious or the conscious brain. This will also hamper correct communication between the brain and a particular body part, leading to impaired function.

So when gentle and safe chiropractic adjustments are applied to the body to make the joints work better, we also re-establish better “talk” between the brain and body. This is actually where the real magic happens! Your body heals the lines of communication and you experience something you seek daily – better health; a priceless commodity!

Dr Sonia Allum

Sonia Allum

Previously committed to a life of a general practitioner, three days with a chiropractor changed the path of a young student at university.

Graduating from New South Wales University with a Bachelor of Science (Anatomy) and then from Macquarie University in 1996, with a Masters Degree in Chiropractic, Sonia began practice in Umina on the Central Coast, with her mentor, Dr Peter Grieve.

After working alongside Peter, she began her own practice, called balancepoint, in Erina in 2003.

Her new Central Coast centre, HealTHY Self, is the cumulation of dreams begun many years ago: to have a health centre where whoever walks through the door can have many modalities and much wisdom working synergistically to help them return to good health, to inspire, to empower, to make a difference in people’s health and therefore, in their lives.

Her faith and two wonderful boys, Zane and Ji, inspire her to greater loving and learning each day.

Her interests, besides chiropractic, health and wellness include; growing her own produce, cooking it (definitely eating it!), reading, volunteer projects, hot yoga, travel, camping and coastal lifestyle.

Dr Dean R Innis

DR DEAN INNIS (Principal and Owner)

  • Diploma OH&S, Cert IV RMT (Paramedicine), Certified in Dry (Acupuncture) Needling

Dean additionally consults with Healius Medical Group at the Wyoming Medical & Dental Centre.


I have been practicing since 1997 (approaching 25 years). During this time I have not only owned and operated my own chiropractic clinics. I have additionally Lectured, Tutored and researched as a University Academic since 2001 at Macquarie University, Sydney University, Newcastle University and CQUniversity.

Since 2001 and at these various universities, I have been teaching Biomedical and Clinical Sciences to students of Medicine, Physiotherapy, Chiropractic, Podiatry, Radiography, Exercise & Sport, Nursing and Oral Hygiene, and in late 2020 I joined the Australian College of Chiropractic as an Associate Professor.

In 2021 amidst the turmoil of COVID-19 and where-in the University sector was hit hard, I returned to Academia in Sydney sessionally, and I am enjoying more practice locally here in Erina on the Central Coast.

I offer contemporary, current health care.

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My Story...

As a young boy, I suffered terribly with asthma! And despite desperate hopes … never grew out of it.

Asthma resulted in my missing of many many months of schooling over the years. Periodic asthma attacks and ongoing chronically laboured breathing created stress in my mid-back, chest and spine. Asthma and pain kept me from actively participating in various sports I loved. Asthma kept me from scout camps and doing so many things I saw my older brothers and friends do.

At 15 years of age I developed serious pain in the mid-back and was taken to the local Chiropractor. The Chiropractor gently manipulated and rehabilitated my spine and absolutely resolved the pain I was struggling with for so long . However, what was even more impressive, along with the Chiropractic treatment for my pain …. was that my Asthma dramatically improved.

You see, a properly functioning spine is not only important for the control of PAIN! A properly functioning spine results in a healthy, vibrant and functioning Nervous System. A properly functioning Spine means minimal interference to Nerves. And it’s these Nerves that can not only be the source of debilitating pain …. These Nerves control the function of every cell, tissue and organ of the body.

After this miraculous personal experience, I did year 10 High School work experience with the same Chiropractor and the rest … as they say … is History!

I have enjoyed caring for thousands of patients, young and old. From new born babies, to the elderly and everything in between.

I’ve had the privilege of working with Olympic level athletes including work at the Sydney 2000 Olympic games. Over a x10 year period (2000 – 2010) (before x2 more children came along) I have worked as a team Chiropractor for NBL Basketball Teams.

I have cared for members of the Sydney Kings NBL professional basketball team. I have travelled extensively with the ASP International professional surfing tour (now WSL) providing Chiropractic to numerous world champions around the globe, including Chiropractic care of my childhood sporting hero – Kelly Slater.

Dean Innis

Dr Nigel Rowe

Nigel Rowe

Nigel began studying Chiropractic in Adelaide in 1987.

Nigel has been in the practice since 1993.

Nigel has used many techniques over the years and has developed a gentle approach.

Treatment with Nigel will ensure a good amount of muscle therapy to prepare the joints for mobilisation or gentle manipulation.

Nigel prides himself on explaining what is causing pain in very simple terms that anyone can understand.

Outside work, Nigel loves staying fit by swimming laps and frequenting the gym.