I grew up and was educated in Toowoomba. During my childhood, I was often seen in and around my father's (Nev Parkinson) clinic as he treated patients. Some of our older clients tell me that they still remember me riding my bike about the hallways of the clinic.
It’s safe to say that I've always been around the clinic, observing people coming to its doors for help. As a teenager, I also learnt to give a pretty good massage (being a chiropractic assistant in the Kjellberg method) and experienced first hand the simple joy of helping people in pain.
I can recall quite clearly being 15 years old and deciding that I wanted to follow my father into the same profession that he derived such happiness from.
I graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science (Anatomy) from the University of Queensland, and in 1996 with a Masters degree in Chiropractic from Macquarie University. I established and ran a successful practice in Gatton for a number of years following graduation, but moved back to Toowoomba to take over daily operations of the family clinic in 2003 when my father retired.
I am a member of Chiropractic Australia, a professional organisation established to promote safe, ethical and effective chiropractic care. Chiropractic Australia seeks to promote evidence based chiropractic care and inter-professional co-operation in order to improve community health through high quality, patient-focused care. As a member of Chiropractic Australia I am committed to continuing my professional development.