Meet our Team

Dr Carita de Jong Kindred ChiropracticDR. CARITA DE JONG – CHIROPRACTOR

Dr Carita is the chiropractor and owner of Kindred Chiropractic.  She emigrated to New Zealand with her family from South Africa in 2006 and still lives on Auckland’s beautiful North Shore with her husband. She didn’t always know that she wanted to be a chiropractor. At school she loved being creative, playing saxophone and clarinet and dancing. She initially decided to pursue a career in the film and TV industry doing production and camera work. But for a seemingly healthy person, her health was deteriorating. The small niggles and complaints she thought were ‘normal’ and insignificant were compounding and like many others….chiropractic was the LAST thing she tried. She experienced what it was like to heal naturally and to make empowered decisions about her health. It was such a powerful experience, that the logical thing to do was to become a chiropractor in order to pass that experience on.

After graduating from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic in 2018, Dr. Carita opened Kindred Chiropractic in service to her community. She is passionate about helping the whole family ; newborns, kids, parents, pregnant mothers-to-be and grandparents…anyone who has a spine and nervous system. She doesn’t only work with people with acute or chronic pain. By using techniques like NET (Neuro Emotional Technique), TBM (Total Body Modification) Kindred Chiropractic offers a whole-person approach.

Her experience with the neurological symptoms of migraines drew her strongly to UPPER CERVICAL care, using Toggle Recoil and Blair Upper Cervical adjusting approaches. Dentists refer patients who experience TMJ difficulty and other healthcare professionals regularly refer clients with vertigo to have their upper cervical spine checked. UPPER CERVICAL care can be used by people of all ages, and it is common for new mothers who have been under care to have their newborns checked soon after birth.

Dr. Carita speaks English and Afrikaans and is known for being a great listener and making people feel comfortable and safe while having a specific and gentle adjusting style.  Her biggest goal is to make chiropractic care a normal part of every family’s lifestyle…it should be as common as having a family dentist.

DR CARITA IS A PASSIONATE HEALING PRACTITIONER WHO PROMOTES INFORMED AND EMPOWERED HEALTH CARE CHOICES.

 

DR. SOPHIE PEPPERELL– CHIROPRACTOR

Dr. Sophie is originally from Wellington, but after graduating from The New Zealand College of Chiropractic, she decided to stay in Auckland to explore everything our amazing city has to offer.

It was Dr. Sophie’s own experience of being under chiropractic care that ignited her desire to help others.  She started seeing a chiropractor for a running injury in her teens and now she feels honored to care for others.  Dr. Sophie still receives regular chiropractic care to support her stress levels and to move through life with greater ease and enjoyment. Chiropractic care is the foundation of Dr. Sophie’s health habits and a phenomenal way to support wellbeing.  She feels thrilled to play a part in elevating the health and wellbeing of our community.

Dr. Sophie loves caring for EVERYONE with a spine, but is passionate about caring for FAMILIES WITH TEENAGERS.  Her opinion is that teenagers’ complaints often get dismissed and she feels strongly about improving the quality of life for our community’s teenagers.

Dr. Sophie is very thorough, and she likes to dot the I’s and cross the T’s and that makes her driven to be the best chiropractor for you.  She can adapt a care plan to suit your body’s needs and also ensure that your voice is heard.  When not at Kindred Chiropractic, Dr. Sophie can be found walking on the beach or through the bush, experimenting in the kitchen or in the company of her friends!

DR SOPHIE IS KNOWN FOR HER ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND WILLINGNESS TO KEEP ON ASKING QUESTIONS TO FIND SOLUTIONS FOR YOU.

Grace Bell – Chiropractic Assistant

Grace is the glue that holds Kindred Chiropractic together !

She is the friendly voice who answers when you phone and the beautiful smile when you walk through our doors, all while running the day-to-day operations of the practice.   Her massive heart and caring nature contributes greatly to Kindred Chiropractic’s family – a community that values connection and empowerment in order to be truly healthy.

Grace was born in New Zealand, but grew up in Malaysia where at the age of 5 she discovered a love for dancing.   Arriving back to NZ soon after, she continued to explore dancing through to adulthood where through the love of movement, she unearthed the practice of yoga.  After graduating in 2014 from Wellpark College with a Diploma in Yoga and Natural Therapies, she  felt that although she went into this study for personal development,  she was ready to share her knowledge with a compassionate dedication to helping others on their own journeys. Throughout the last 5 years following her 200/500HR teacher training,  Grace has loved teaching at a number of different studios in Auckland, working one on one with clients in Yoga Therapy, teaching in schools, rest homes and workplaces. Seeing students progress on the mat and beyond the mat in their daily lives, brings her so much joy and constantly inspires the way she want to show up to the world.    And the most valuable title Grace holds, is the title of mother , to her beautiful daughter Ruby.