I came to my professional work as a biomechanist and Doctor of Chiropractic through my feet! As a young college volleyball athlete, I was suffering with chronic recurring foot arch, heel, shin and low back pain, which I associated with being in a ‘jumping’ sport. I spent many hours in the training room with ice, heat, ultrasound, massage, taping, etc. with minimal success. This went on for 2 years while I was in college. When I moved up to the University level, I finally got higher quality sports medicine care. The physiotherapist introduced me to the podiatrist, who gave me orthotics. This resolved the foot and leg pain in just 4 weeks. The low back pain was a bit better, but still there. So, the podiatrist introduced me to the Chiropractor. They consulted together, modified my orthotics, and I received 8 treatments with the Chiropractor. My back pain was gone, and my foot and leg also completely resolved. I played intercollegiate volleyball for 2 more years before graduating with a degree in kinesiology (the study of human movement).
While studying kinesiology and exercise physiology at the University of Washington (USA), I earned a bachelor’s degree, plus certification as an athletic trainer (A.T.C.). I also served as an intern at the U.S. Olympic Training Centre in Colorado Springs (USA). I then worked as an exercise physiologist in the fitness industry before going on to Chiropractic College. I graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon (USA) before going on to work in private practice for 11 years in the Seattle Washington. During this time, I worked as a Chiropractor and athletic trainer at the Goodwill Games, as well as serving as a team Chiropractor for a variety of athletes and teams of both professional and amateur status. My private practice focuses on spinal health, sports injury care, the resolution of chronic complaints, functional biomechanics, custom orthotic therapy and nutritional support for optimal health.
During my practice years I was invited to join Bastyr University of Natural Medicine in Seattle Washington as an adjunct faculty member. I loved teaching so much that I then took a full time post as an assistant professor at The University of Western States – Chiropractic Department in Portland Oregon. In 2001 I immigrated to the UK where I worked as a senior lecturer at the University of Surrey – European Institute of Health and Medical Science, and then at the University Glamorgan-Welsh Institute of Chiropractic training programme. I then immigrated to New Zealand in 2009. From 2010 to 2013 I was on the faculty and clinical supervision staff at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic. I have lectured on a variety of topics, supervised research projects, and tutored Chiropractic interns. My areas of expertise are; spinal and extremity adjusting, functional rehabilitation, functional orthotic therapy, and nutritional support for musculoskeletal conditions, and general wellness.
Having started a multidisciplinary clinic in Albany with a great clinical and admin team providing a range of health services that included functional orthotic therapy, we now focus on the provision of custom functional orthotics, sports injury care, and rehab for the patients needing orthotic therapy.
As a practitioner, I combine a variety of Chiropractic spinal and extremity adjustive techniques with soft tissue massage, functional biomechanics, exercise/rehabilitation advice, orthotic therapy, and nutritional advice to offer each patient a unique care plan that will help to resolve their complaint quickly and effectively to get them back to being as fit and healthy as possible.
“As a Doctor of Chiropractic my goal is to identifying the underlying biomechanical, neurological or physiologic causes of a patients’ condition, so as to help them resolve their condition, restore their normal function, enhance their performance, and help their body to express its optimal potential.” Dr Cherye Roche