The Australian Spinal Research Foundation’s Board of Governors are committed to better outcomes for the chiropractic community through the pursuit of our Vision and delivering on our Mission to facilitate research and disseminate knowledge that furthers the understanding, development and effectiveness of chiropractic care. All Board members act in an honorary capacity providing service to the profession.


Dr. Craig Foote graduated from RMIT in 1998. He is one of the founding Directors of Nervana Chiropractic, which is a synergistic group of 6 chiropractic clinics in Perth, who’s chief purpose is to change the public’s current perception of chiropractic.

Craig has been the Wiggles “Perth-based” chiropractor since 2003.

He and his team have won several awards including, Best Service Business 2011, and Best Small Business 2011, with the Stirling Small Business Association. Recently they won best new business for 2013 for their Warwick practice.

In 2012 Craig was awarded a coveted “40 under 40” award for service to the WA community and highlighting him as an up and coming talent in the business sector.

When he isn’t tending to patients needs he loves helping chiropractors develop skills in communication and team leadership, having done this successfully as a coach with Carter Universal and on his own. He is also a sought after and entertaining speaker in the corporate sector in WA.

Craig brings to the board immense passion for the chiropractic profession to become the leaders in health that they need to be. He also brings skills in media and new technology that will allow Spinal Research to continue on its quest to get more research faster.

Deputy President

Dr Malcolm Rudd is a Western Australian based Family Chiropractor who completed his 5 years of University study at RMIT, graduating in 1993. He has 5 associate chiropractors over 3 practice locations and is always looking to find ways to better improve the quality of service and experience that the patients in his practices experience.

He has served the Chiropractic Profession on the CAA(WA) Executive, as treasure, Vice president and two terms as State President, and has received the award for WA Chiropractor of the Year in 2008.

Malcolm is inspired about mentoring others in Chiropractic to develop themselves in all areas of practice, especially to have Chiropractors maximise the impact they have in their community. This had him move to part time practice in 2008 so he could mentor others as a Practice Coach with Powerful Practices International who have a vision to create a world of powerful visionary leaders.

Malcolm has a huge interest in continuing education and strives to have Chiropractors armed with the Research required to give them the Certainty, Conviction and Clarity they need to bring Chiropractic to the world community that deserves quality Chiropractic as the keystone to better health and wellbeing.


Dr. Billy Chow graduated from RMIT Chiropractic in 1998. Since graduating he has had a varied and enriching career in private practice, on boards and in business. Dr. Chow has served as a board director on the Chiropractors Association of Australia (VIC Branch) and also as Vice President of Chiropractors Association of Australia (SA Branch). For seven years Dr. Billy served as a National Board Director at Chiropractors Association of Australia (National), where he was the Head of the Public Education Committee and a National Spokesperson. Under the leadership of Dr. Chow, the Public Education Committee has developed and launched many successful public education campaigns.

Dr. Billy is passionate about educating and inspiring people to make better choices and to live happier and healthier lives. Dr. Chow believes that being on the Spinal Research Board is an honour and allows him to give back to his profession through service and provides him an avenue to promote more great research faster for the chiropractic profession. He brings to his current position as Treasurer of the Australian Spinal Research Foundation a wealth of experience as an Executive Director with a demonstrated history of leadership roles in the healthcare industry and NFP organisations. Strong business acumen, development, and mentorship.


Dr Ryan Seaman is a Murdoch University graduate who now own’s his own family based practice in Loxton South Australia. Having previously worked as a Civil Engineer, sat on the Board of Agriventure WA and currently holding the position of Vice President of his local Chamber of Commerce, Dr Seaman enjoys serving the profession by applying his skills and knowledge to further the Foundations impact. He believes Chiropractic to be the greatest profession in the world, and that good science is the best way to move the profession forward.

Dr Ryan is proud of the Foundation’s in depth grant approval process and feels this process is adding some of the most clinically relevant and best quality science to the pool for our profession.

Dr Sinan Ali completed a Bachelor of Science at Macquarie University in 1987 and shortly thereafter commenced part time post graduate studies in the University’s School of Biological Sciences. While completing his PhD, Sinan joined the department as a full time academic teaching in a variety of Biology subjects before moving to coordinate and teach human physiology subjects until his retirement from Macquarie University at the end of 2011. Sinan gained his doctorate in 1996 in stress physiology.

At Macquarie University Sinan lectured in all human physiology units and supervised a large number of Honours, Masters and PhD students in his laboratory. His primary area of research is in stress physiology and has published and presented at international conferences in this area as leader of his research group and in collaboration with national and international researchers.

Sinan has extensive University administrative experience and has served as Director of Biomedical Studies, Chair of the University Biosafety Committee, member of the University Workplace Safety Committee, Library and Bookstore committee member, as well as a host of departmental academic and service based committee’s.

Sinan is currently Associate Dean at the Australasian College of Health and Wellness responsible for delivery of their inaugural degree in Clinical Aesthetics. He has established his research laboratory at the College and is actively involved in research projects initiated at the College as well as collaborative projects with researchers at other institutions. Sinan also has industry links in an advisory capacity, and through his company, Salpath, provides hormone analysis services to University researchers and integrative medicine practitioners.

Dr Jennifer Luu graduated with a Master of Chiropractic from RMIT in 2012. Since graduating, Dr Luu has immersed herself in the chiropractic profession, as well as being a member of several chiropractic bodies, including the Australian Chiropractic Association, the Australian Spinal Research Foundation, and Sports Chiropractic Australia. Dr Luu is passionate about helping others, and as such aims to be a positive influence on as many lives possible, so they too, can be a positive influence on as many lives as possible. She is involved with To Love & Serve & Restore One Charity, where she coordinates teams of overseas volunteers, raises funds and create products for the chiropractic profession.

Dr Luu is the current Vice-Chair of the Rotary Club of Scoresby-Caribbean-Gardens. Since recently taking on a position of Board Governor with the ASRF, Dr Luu now heads up the Fundraising portfolio, where she aims to use her extensive fundraising experience to assist the Foundation to raise important funds for research.

Dr. David Fletcher is a graduate of Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. He has also attained his Fellowship in Chiropractic Sport Sciences. He has a passion for investigating the impact of chiropractic care on human performance that has led him to his current position as owner and President of the Chiropractic Leadership Alliance Inc. CLA is highly regarded within the profession for creating and providing neurofunctional scanning technologies for chiropractors to examine and report the progressive effects of vertebral subluxations and the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.

Dr. Fletcher regularly teaches post graduate, continuing education programs and participates in lecturing to chiropractic students and interns at colleges throughout USA and in New Zealand. He collaborates with research and clinical education teams at Life University, Life West, Sherman College and New Zealand Chiropractic College (NZCC). Currently, Dr. Fletcher supports the introduction and expansion of the Canadian National Association of Chiropractors (CNAC), a new national chiropractic organization in Canada dedicated to sustaining the right to provide evidence-informed, subluxation centred care to all ages of family members. His extensive teaching and training schedule, places Dr. Fletcher in front of chiropractic audiences around the world, providing him with a contemporary perspective on the profession and its need for unifying research into the power and impact of adjustments of the subluxation on human health and performance. Dr. Fletcher is proud to be included in the Spinal Research Board of Governors and honored to support the vision and mission of this influential organisation.

Dr Roelien graduated from Murdoch University in 2014 with distinction. She has a passion for research and a special interest in chiropractic care for the whole family. Dr Roelien recently attained her post graduate diploma in paediatric chiropractic from the Australian College of Chiropractic Paediatrics.

Roelien has been passionate about helping people from all walks of life, not only through Chiropractic but also though Sports Chiropractic Australia and sharing the Chiropractic message to the community through business networking and community events.

Roelien is really humbled to be invited on the board of Governors for the Australian spinal research foundation and to promote subluxation-based research to the broader community.

Dr. Brad Deakin was first introduced to chiropractic through New Beginnings Chiropractic Philosophy Weekends. Through this amazing group of chiropracTORS he truly learned what Chiropractic was meant to be. At New Beginnings he was ‘chiro-adopted’ by Dr. Reggie Gold. His tutelage and mentoring helped Dr Deakin learn what Chiropractic was and its unique position in the health care spectrum. Prior to the Undergraduate Program at Life University in Marietta, GA. he had completed 26 chiropractic seminars. By the time he graduated on the Dean’s List at Life West Chiropractic College in Hayward, California he had already attended 104 Chiropractic Events.

Dr Brad’s love for Chiropractic and serving people has drawn him towards serving the ASRF, and helping the profession continually move forward and learn more about the amazing benefits of chiropractic on the human body. Prior to joining the Board of Directors of the ASRF, he has served as a Board Member on the Chiropractic Awareness Council (now Alliance for Chiropractic – Canada), President of the Halton Doctors Association and Board Member of the Chiropractors On Purpose Organization. Dr. Deakin lives and practices in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.

Richard (Rick) Pares is a graduate of Curtin University completing a Masters of Accounting Qualification before moving on to become a CPA. Rick has subsequently completed an Advanced Management course through the University of Melbourne and also completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) program.

Rick brings experience through public practice in Tax and Advisory roles through public practice work. In addition to this Rick has spent many years as Chief Financial Officer in the corporate sector, looking after a group of companies in the construction sector working through Consolidation Reporting, Risk Management, Banking and Legal Affairs of multiple group entities. Rick currently owns and operates WHS Australia & Growinbag Inc. which are involved in Wholesale Manufacturing and Sales in Innovative Horticultural Supplies, sold worldwide. Rick spends far too much time on airplanes, but is happy to be building up his businesses and relationships and upskilling/empowering staff along the way as part of the journey.

My motivation for joining the Australian Spinal Research Foundation is to help the Foundation in boosting financial capacity to ensure it can continue to provide sustainable research funding to all of the important research programs that it can. I hope to leverage many strong business contacts to the benefit of the ASRF and look to execute strategies that will provide ongoing benefits to the Foundation which are well designed and effective.

Rick is happily married to Renae with two happy & healthy children Jarvis and Neve. I enjoy swimming in the ocean as often as possible and camping with the family – time permitting.