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Chiropractor Dr. John Funnell and children Kiara and Jonah

Chiropractor, Dr. John Funnell and children Kiara and Jonah

Dr. John Funnell (Chiropractor)

My classmates thought I was crazy going to the Chiropractor when I was at school! They couldn’t understand how Chiropractic helped children. How wrong they were, and how lucky I was to have parents who knew about the benefits of Chiropractic care for kids. You see, I wasn’t sick. I just felt better after seeing the Chiropractor.

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Our family has always been fortunate to receive great Chiropractic care from some excellent Chiropractors. My older brother became a Chiropractor and he, along with some other Chiropractors I knew and respected encouraged me to look at Chiropractic as a career choice.

I travelled to South Carolina, USA to study at Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic. Here, I studied under some world leaders in Chiropractic and learnt that everyone could benefit from receiving Chiropractic care – regardless of age, occupation or whether they were experiencing symptoms or not. Now that inspired me!!! I graduated as a Doctor of Chiropractic in 1986 and moved back to NZ to set up practice in Rotorua.

Since 1987, Funnell Family Chiropractic has helped many thousands of people gain better health and have better lives. We really do aim to provide lifetime wellness Chiropractic care to families. I see many families where 3 or 4 generations of the same family get regular Chiropractic care. These families have become some of the healthiest families in our practice. I love being a family Chiropractor and especially enjoy providing gentle Chiropractic care to babies as young as a day old! It helps them so much.

Family is important to me. Happily married to Margi, we have two wonderful children, Kiara and Jonah. Both children had their first Chiropractic check-up when only a few minutes old. Since then they’ve had regular check-ups to help them stay well and function at their potential. As a family we love spending quality time together and with friends. We love fishing, boating, the beach, and roast dinners!!

Enough about us. Thanks for visiting our website. How can we help you with Chiropractic care? I invite you to try Chiropractic care and experience the difference between a healthy spine and nervous system can make for your wellbeing.

I look forward to meeting you in person and learning how we may be of service to you. Call our friendly team today or email me with the link below.


Chiropractor, Dr. Margi Bishop-Funnell and daughter Kiara

Chiropractor, Dr. Margi Bishop-Funnell and daughter Kiara

Dr. Margi Bishop-Funnell (Chiropractor)

My Mum can’t believe how healthy I am now! As a child, I was always sick. I remember being on medications all the time and seemed to always be at the doctor. It was at a very young age that I had a goal to not be held back by my health and if possible to help others to be healthy.

When I started Chiropractic care at age 18 I was probably at my worst health, but I can now say that in my 40’s, thanks to Chiropractic I feel like I am getting healthier every day.

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I gained my Chiropractic degree in Melbourne and graduated in 1990. It was five years of full-time study and was very challenging.

After a couple of years in practice in Ballarat in an office that specialised in Chiropractic care for babies and children, I headed off for my “Big OE” where I ended up in Santa Barbara, California. Whilst here I concentrated on training in a specialist Chiropractic technique called “NSA” (Network spinal analysis) which is a profound technique that uses mostly gentle contacts on the spine.

As a chiropractor, I really hope to help people (especially families) be living healthy, happy, relaxed lives. Chiropractic really delivers on this promise – it helps people be healthier and feel more relaxed and energised on a daily basis. I am just blown away at its effectiveness. I can’t imagine my own life nor those of my family without regular Chiropractic care. The families that I get to see on a regular basis really inspire me as they tell me how much healthier they are and how much more energy they have – even children who do better at their schoolwork!

I am married to John (who I met whilst doing my “big OE”) and we have two children, Kiara (10) and Jonah (5). Both our children have been receiving Chiropractic care since birth.

I can’t believe that it has been 20 years since I graduated as a Chiropractor. I cannot imagine my life without regular Chiropractic adjustments and wish the same health and joy for you.

Give our office a call so we can help you take your first step towards better health and enjoyable life.


Dr. Nicola Phillips (Chiropractor)

Dr. Nicola Phillips (Chiropractor)

Dr. Nicola Phillips (Chiropractor)

My sister’s teacher told her it was all in her head, but luckily our parents knew my sporty 8-year-old sister slightly better than this. Every time Kylie ran she would get a pounding headache. For many years my father and grandparents had been regular patients at this very practice, and gentle Chiropractic care enabled my sister to run again without bringing on a pounding headache.

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Regular wellness Chiropractic is where I personally saw the biggest difference. As a representative netball and volleyball player, I was either training or playing every day of the week, sometimes twice a day. Chiropractic helped maximize my performance and aid in a speedy recovery. Not only this, as a regular sufferer of tonsillitis, sinus infections, and hayfever, the frequency of these occurring dramatically decreased.

Whilst studying Law and Commerce at the University of Auckland I went to lyceum (an annual Chiropractic Conference) with the Funnell’s and my sister in her first year of study at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic (NZCC). I was completely inspired and the very next day I enrolled to study at NZCC. For years my family and I had experienced the benefit of Chiropractic and I was excited at the possibility of helping people naturally improve their overall health and well-being.

After 5 intense years of study, I began my practicing career in Palmerston North, before moving closer to home and joining the fantastic team here at Funnell Family Chiropractic. You can’t have a healthy body without a healthy spine, and I am lucky to see this on a daily basis. Every day in practice reminds me that Chiropractic was, and continues to be, the perfect career choice for me.

I enjoy living in Rotorua with all that it has to offer, enjoy spending time outdoors, and I continue to play netball and exercise on a regular basis. Another benefit of living in Rotorua is its close proximity to my family farm just on the other side of the Mamakus. My family, including my grandparents now in their 80s, continue to receive Chiropractic care regularly and see it as a vital part of their overall well-being.

Enough about me! How can we help you with today’s safe and natural Chiropractic care? You can’t be your best if your spine is not working properly. Regardless of your age, young or old, you can’t reach the level of health you deserve if your spine is not functioning at its best. As a Chiropractor, I have the privilege of being able to help people achieve the level of overall health and well-being they deserve every day.


Dr. Melanie Bell (Chiropractor)

Dr. Melanie Bell (Chiropractor)

Dr. Melanie Bell (Chiropractor)

I just love being a Chiropractor! Helping people of all ages live happier healthier lives is my passion. It continuously blows me away to see the positive changes in peoples quality of life when their spines and nervous systems are free from stress and tension.

I feel extremely lucky to have had chiropractic care since I was a child. In fact, I received my first Chiropractic adjustment here in Rotorua from Dr John Funnell to now be working alongside him and his wife Margi in this wonderful practice is just amazing.
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I graduated in 2008 after 5 years of study at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic. I then worked in a paediatric based practice in Mount Maunganui for 5 years specialising in chiropractic care for Pregnant women and babies.
Not long after having my first child I moved back to Rotorua to be closer to family and have loved being here ever since!

My other loves are spending time with my husband and two daughters, cooking wholesome meals to share with friends and family, yoga, art and being out in nature!

It is always a privilege to care for someone’s spine, I look forward to meeting you and seeing how Chiropractic care can help improve your quality of life.


Dr. Brad Sickler, Chiropractor

Dr. Brad Sickler, Chiropractor

Dr. Brad Sickler (Chiropractor)

My Chiropractic journey started with my father Stan, a farmer in Ngakuru and Waikite Valley, he ended up in severe pain lying on the floor unable to get up. Being a candidate for spinal surgery, he thought there had to be an alternative. Through Chiropractic care he could return to work and continued to see improvements in health even after his pain had long gone. He realised that our whole family could benefit from chiropractic care.

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Growing up in rural New Zealand we would regularly travel to our appointments. John and Margi, who we became to know and respect, encouraged me to look at Chiropractic as a career choice. Here I am now, providing Chiropractic care back where it first started.

I love family, it is important to me. With growing up on a farm, you spent most of your time with them. We love the beach, boating, fishing, travelling, and food!! My fiancé is Samoan where we share the love of family (and food). It has been a humbling experience learning her culture, language, and Fa’a Samoa.

As a health professional, I have a passion to provide lifetime Chiropractic care to families, and the challenge of providing specific care for every individual. It always amazes me how much the body adapts and the positive changes that are made to someone’s health. I feel very privileged to be able to help people through natural Chiropractic care.

I invite you to experience Chiropractic care and the difference it can make for your health and wellbeing.


Dr. Simon Street (Chiropractor)

Dr. Simon Street (Chiropractor)

Dr Simon Street (Chiropractor)

Simon graduated from Murdoch University, Australia, in 2009. He brings a wide range of life experience to his wellness practice. From caring for rock breakers in India to working with Tibetan refugees; promoting wholesome lifestyle habits at schools in Darwin, to facilitating opportunities for kids with disabilities in Indonesia – Simon always works towards health and wholeness with a base of ‘heart’, caring for others with compassion.

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Simon rediscovered the power of conscious chiropractic care after a prolonged period of suboptimal health following a knee injury. Just when he had reached a breaking point, a hands-on practitioner changed the direction of his life. A dedicated meditator, Simon daily practices the experiential insight into the inseparable link between the body and the mind. Coming from this background, choosing to learn and share Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) was natural.
NSA is a technique that utilises gentle and highly specific contacts to profoundly release tension stored in the central nervous system – effectively benefitting both the body and the mind. Simon is confident that working with the wisdom of your ‘bodymind’, NSA will bring positive changes to your sense of health and wellbeing.

Simon is very excited to begin new adventures in service with the people of Rotorua!


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