Heidi Haavik

Founder of Haavik Research and Director of Research at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic


Dr. Heidi Haavik, DC, PhD is a chiropractor who also has gained a Ph.D. in human neurophysiology. Dr. Haavik graduated from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic in 1999 and has practiced for over 15 years. She was awarded her Ph.D. degree by the University of Auckland in 2008. She is the Director of Research at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic where she is the Director of the Centre for Chiropractic Research. She is the author of the book ‘The Reality Check: A quest to Understand Chiropractic from the inside out’ (www.heidihaavik.com). This book describes in easy to understand language what happens in the brain when a chiropractor adjusts dysfunctional segments in the spine. Dr. Haavik has used her neurophysiology expertise to study the effects of adjusting subluxations on the function of the central nervous system. Dr. Haavik is the director of Haavik Research Ltd, a company that enlightens the world about the science of chiropractic (www.therealitycheck.com). Dr. Haavik is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ontario, Institute of Technology in Oshawa, Canada and is a member of the World Federation of Chiropractic’s Research Council. Dr. Haavik has received numerous research awards and has published a number of papers in chiropractic and neurophysiology journals. She has presented her work to both chiropractic and neuroscience communities around Australasia, Africa, North America and Europe. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics and Journal of Chiropractic Education and is a Review Editor in Movement Science and Sport Psychology for Frontiers in Psychology and Sports Science. She was named Chiropractor of the year in 2007 by both the New Zealand Chiropractic Association and the New Zealand College of Chiropractic Alumni Association.


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