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Meet Our Team


Dr Simon Kelly

B.Sc, B.Sc (Chiro) DICCP

Dr. Simon Kelly has been a Chiropractor since 1998. He graduated from the NZ College of Chiropractic and was awarded the Clinical Excellence Award. After working in over 20 practices in New Zealand and around the world he established Mt Eden Chiropractic in 2003. As a father of two and as a Chiropractor, he strives to do what he can so people can reach their full potential. “We strengthen their bodies, nourish their minds so they can love their lives.” Simons first experience of Chiropractic care was as a three-year old when he was experiencing recurrent ear infections. His health improved dramatically and he has utilised chiropractic care regularly ever since and found tremendous benefits with his sport in his teens and even now in his forties!

Awards / Professional Recognition

2004   Chiropractor of the Year (NZCC Alumni Association)

2008   Diplomate In Pediatrics (International Chiropractors Association)

2015   Recruiter of the Year NZ Chiropractic College

2016   Practice of the Year Overall Supreme Winner NZ Chiropractors Association

2003-2005   President NZCC Alumni Association

2008-2010   Vice President NZ Chiropractors Association

2015-2018   Chairman Hamblin Chiropractic Research Fund Trust

2018-Current    Chair Auckland Central Regional Group NZ Chiropractors Association

2021-Current    New Zealand College of Chiropractic Board of Trustees


Dr Hayes Woodman

B.Chiro, MNZCA

Dr Hayes Woodman has been with Mt Eden Chiropractic since 2017. Born and bred in Auckland, he played First XV rugby at St Kentigern College and decided to pursue a career in Chiropractic with a passion for helping athletes get the edge on the sports field.

“I always thought healthcare should be an enjoyable experience for anyone at any point in their health journey. My grandparents struggled for decades with a broken healthcare  system that would get to the root cause of health issues far too late. Seeing this first hand for people in my family has led to an even deeper passion for finding a different way to help people get their health back aside from the traditional ‘outside-in approach’.”

“Not long into professional practice I noticed I had the opportunity to inspire families and future generations to look at their health from a more ‘inside-out’ approach which values  this amazing ability we have to self-heal without relying on medication. The issue is many have is they lack the skillset and knowledge to take health into their own hands. And this is my passion. Helping people put their body in a better environment so they can do the healing from the inside-out, naturally.”

“I have seen first-hand how effective chiropractic can be in unlocking one’s potential; whether you are wanting to get the edge in your chosen sport, improve your resiliency to the stress life throws at you, or just wanting to get back to the basics of daily living – I’m here to help.”

Dr Hayes enjoys working with people that are willing to invest the time to create a better, stronger, more resilient version of themselves, striving towards a sustainable change for the future rather than just symptomatic change in the short term. He has a specific interest in boosting recovery for high performance athletes and he also enjoys more complex cases ranging from low back pain, hip pain, all the way up to neck pain and headaches.


Dr Brian Kelly

Dr Brian Kelly has been a chiropractor for over 25 years and has worked in academia and private practice. He graduated from RMIT in Melbourne, and after building a successful multi doctor practice in Melbourne for over a decade was appointed the President of the NZ College of Chiropractic, a position he held for 8 years. In 2011 he was appointed the President of Life Chiropractic College-West in California; the first non-American to lead a U.S. Chiropractic College. Dr Kelly studied business at the University of Waikato, and is a past President of the Australian Spinal Research Foundation and Board member for over ten years. The last few years have seen him traveling extensively worldwide to promote and grow chiropractic, and he has inspired many people to pursue a chiropractic career. Dr. Kelly has led several chiropractic outreach trips to India taking care of some of the poorest people in the world. In India he has spoken to audiences of over a million people. He is committed to seeing people and the profession achieve its highest potential. His outstanding contribution has been recognized by his peers and community through his numerous professional awards. In 2006, he was voted the best guest speaker by the senior students at the Auckland Medical School. He is the CAA (Vic) 2001 Chiropractor of the Year, the 2007 International Chiropractor of the Year, awarded by Parker Seminars, the 2009 NZ Chiropractor of the Year, and recipient of the 2009 ADAPE Leadership Award for outstanding leadership in private education. In 2014, he was nominated by his peers to be a Fellow of the International Chiropractors’ Association. Brian has been a regular locum at Mt Eden Chiropractic over the years, and is excited to be part of the team at Mt Eden Chiropractic and to work with his brother Simon.

Awards / Professional Recognition

1992   Meritorious Service Award CAA Phillip Institute of Technology

1993   Outstanding Service Award, World Chiropractic Alliance.

2001   Outstanding Service Award.  Chiropractors’ Association of Australia.

2001   “Chiropractor of the Year”, CAA Victoria

2006   Nominated as a founding member of the Australasian College of Chiropractors

2006   Best Guest Lecturer 2006, MBCHB V.  Auckland University Medical Students Association

2007   Service to the Profession Award.  Sherman College of Chiropractic, USA

2007   International Chiropractor of the Year, Parker Seminars

2009   New Zealand Chiropractor of the Year, New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association

2009   Leadership Award, NZ Association of Private Education Providers

2013   Outstanding Service Award, Australian Spinal Research Foundation

2014   Distinguished Service Award, International Chiropractors Association

2014   Stuart Rynsburger Award for Outstanding Service to the Profession, United Chiropractors Association

2014   Distinguished Fellow, International Chiropractors Association

2015   NRI Institute.  Pride of India Award


Dr Sophie Laurie


Dr. Sophie Laurie is a New Zealand College of Chiropractic graduate and is the latest addition to the Mt Eden Chiropractic team. From a Chiropractic family, she received her first chiropractic adjustment just hours after birth. Her desire to become a Chiropractor stems from experiencing the positive effects of having been under lifelong chiropractic care.

Dr Sophie aspires to help people of all ages and stages feel and function at their very best. “I am incredibly passionate about helping people to see what they are capable of when their nervous systems are free of interference.” Dr Sophie seeks to empower people to take proactive steps to look after their bodies and to optimise their health and wellbeing.

Awards / Professional Recognition

2023   Pedeatric Practice Award, New Zealand College of Chiropractic


Dr Laurence Gilmore

Dr Laurence joins Mt Eden Chiropractic as a locum chiropractor from July 22nd – August 9th 2024 until Dr Hayes Woodman returns.

Dr Laurence Gilmore has been in practice for 37 years. He has practiced in Sydney, London, Wellington and over the past 28 years in Hawkes Bay owning and operating First Chiropractic which grew to two practices employing 8 chiropractors.

In 2022 he and his wife, Sarah, moved to Auckland and both work at NZCC (New Zealand College of Chiropractic) and Laurence enjoys doing locum work around Auckland too. He has held various leadership positions in the profession including being on the Board of Trustees at NZCC for 9 years and is currently the Chairman of the Stakeholders Advisory Committee of NZCC.

Laurence uses a range of chiropractic techniques, both manual and low-force.
As Laurence says “I love educating people about the role chiropractic can play in creating a healthy life. Basically we as a human species need 3 things to be healthy:

Good biomechanics (how well you move, stand, sit, sleep)

Good neurology (how well your brain and nerve system work to control every aspect of your life – physically, mentally and emotionally)

Good biochemistry (are you getting the essential nutrients that we as a species need to live well)

Chiropractic enhances the first 2 beautifully and we can teach you about number 3.”