We are Chiropractors and Researchers

We always ask, “Why do you, the practicing or future chiropractor, need to know this?”

Our Team

We are a team of chiropractors, researchers, scientists, led by an award-winning chiropractor and Neurophysiologist Dr. Heidi Haavik.

Dr. Heidi Haavik
PhD, BSc (Chiro)

Chiropractor, Scientist, Founder

Dr. Heidi Haavik is the Vice President Research and Dean of Research at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic. She is a chiropractor and has a Ph.D. in human neurophysiology from the University of Auckland.

Dr Jenna Duehr
BHSc, BChiro, MHSc

Scientific Editor / Lecturer

Dr. Jenna Duehr graduated from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic (NZCC) in 2018 with a Bachelor of Chiropractic. Together with her husband, Dr. Jens Duehr, she has two young children and practices in their private chiropractic practice in Auckland.

Alice Cade
Dr. Alice Cade
BSc (Chiro), MHSc (Hons)

Neuroscience Lecturer

Dr. Alice Cade is a practicing chiropractor, current Ph.D. student, and lecturer in clinical neuroscience. Alice has worked closely with the New Zealand College of Chiropractic over the last 17 years to develop its neuroscience program, diagnosis, and critical thinking teaching.

Dr. Nitika Kumari
Dr. Nitika Kumari

Research / Lecturer

Nitika’s background is in physiotherapy, having gained a Ph.D. from the school of clinical sciences, Auckland University of Technology in 2020. Her Ph.D.research investigated the use of cerebellar transcranial direct current stimulation to enhance the learning of split-belt treadmill tasks in healthy individuals and people with chronic stroke.

Dr. Usman Ghani
Dr. Usman Ghani
Ph.D., MSc, BSc


Usman achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical (Computer) Engineering from the COMSATS Institute of information and technology in 2013. He graduated from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in 2016 with a master’s degree in computer engineering focused on brain signal processing.

Dr. Imran Amjad
Dr. Imran Amjad

Research / Lecturer

Dr. Imran has completed a Master of Physiotherapy and a Master of Human Physiology. He did his Ph.D. in Neuroscience and also has passed the physical therapy board license of the USA. He is currently working as a Senior Research Fellow at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic and before this was working as an Associate Professor in Pakistan.