Meet the Chiropractor

Dr. Robert Ballantyne is a second-generation Chiropractor and was introduced to Chiropractic from an early age by his father who was a Chiropractor. Dr. Rob’s father Dr. Robert (Bob) Brodie (D.C) was a Canadian Chiropractor who graduated from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in 1963 and migrated to Australia in the early 1970’s. Bob was instrumental in helping set-up the Chiropractic program at RMIT University, formerly the ‘Phillip Institute’ throughout the 1980’s. Since Dr. Rob’s family utilised Chiropractic and other alternative Eastern modalities in conjunction with conventional Western Medicine, Dr. Rob saw the benefits firsthand of appropriately using the former for lifestyle related ailments and modern medicine for crisis and trauma care.

Dr. Rob has always had a passion for the science of the human body and decided that a natural and conservative approach to a healthy body is one that made sense, and so decided to study Chiropractic. Dr. Rob has an interest in the treatment of a wide range of neuromusculoskeletal conditions especially involving acute spinal injuries like disc bulge and herniated discs, as well as extremity sprains and strains to the ankle, knee, elbow, wrist and TMJ.

Although being exposed to Chiropractic from a young age Dr. Rob and his family found a distinct difference and points of benefit of the Gonstead System of Chiropractic. Since this time, it has been his passion to not only utilize this method for his patients but to help grow Gonstead Chiropractic in Australia by mentoring students. 

Dr. Rob has been involved in a variety of different sports and hobbies throughout his life, but more recently enjoys: 

  • Hiking and bush walks
  • Golf, tennis, snow skiing and ice hockey
  • Weight training and running
  • Gardening and DIY house projects
  • Spending time with his family, particularly his nephews and niece 
  • Supporting the Geelong Cats in the AFL! 

Dr. Rob’s chiropractic story

Rob graduated from RMIT University in 2012. Rob began his studies at RMIT University in 2006 where he initially studied Biomedical Science, he then transferred into the Chiropractic program in 2007. Rob completed his Bachelor of Health Science (Chiropractic) degree in 2009. He then worked and travelled throughout 2010 and spent some time in Europe and North America. It was during this time while he was in the United States, he was able to visit the renowned Gonstead Clinic in Mt Horeb Wisconsin and attend the ‘Homecoming’ seminar there. Rob also visited the Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport Iowa which was established in 1897 by Daniel David Palmer and was the first school of Chiropractic in the world. After returning from his trip in 2011 Rob began his post-graduate studies in the Master of Clinical Chiropractic program at RMIT University. During his final year in 2012 Rob completed his placement and internship with Dr. Ian Rossborough (D.C) at Chiropractic Excellence in Parkdale, Victoria. Following graduation Rob continued to practice at Chiropractic Excellence for the following seven years.

Rob has now attended over twenty domestic and international Gonstead seminars. As a result of this pursuit to learn and develop as a Chiropractor, Rob has been fortunate enough to gain invaluable clinical knowledge from numerous locally and internationally recognised Chiropractors and academics, particularly those trained in the Gonstead method. Rob now exclusively practices this hands-on and specific system at Chiropractic Care Australasia in Glen Iris, Melbourne Australia.

Kate McDougall

Chiropractic Assistant/Office Manager

Hi I’m Kate. I’ve been involved in the chiropractic industry in varying forms since I was 17 years old, first as a receptionist, and then, after seeing the amazing results other people had, I decided to try it out for myself and it was  life changing for me.

I’ve since gone on to develop a keen interest in health and wellbeing. I have studied Allied Health Services and Kinesiology, a field in which I now practice, and I intend on continuing learning forever.  I’m passionate about helping people be able to live life and work towards their optimum potential, and it never ceases to impress me what amazing things the human body is capable of if we just remove any interference and let it get on with things!

Lexi Economou

Chiropractic Assistant/Office Manager

Hi, my name is Lexi. I was first introduced to the benefits of Chiropractic care in my teenage years after sustaining an injury to my lower back, whilst playing sport. Since this time, I have developed an interest in alternative health therapies, particularly chiropractic.

When not supporting the practice, I work within the social welfare sector as a HR/recruitment specialist primarily within mental health and child/family services.  

When not in the office, I enjoy getting away to the country to visit our family farm, hiking, horse riding and spending time at the beach during summer. Just being outdoors!