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Meet the Team at Life Chiropractic Centre

Dr. Matthew Watkinson

Dr Matthew Watkinson (Chiropractor)

Dr Matthew Watkinson leads a dedicated team of three practitioners at Life Chiropractic Centre. With a passion for holistic wellbeing, he brings a wealth of knowledge and compassion to chiropractic care – ultimately ensuring a comprehensive individualised care plan for each patient.

Learn more about Dr Matthew and how he might be able to help you heal and live your life to the fullest.

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Di Bacic

Di Bacic, Head Chiropractic Assistant

For Di, the most rewarding aspect of being a CA is being part of an incredible industry that empowers people to take charge of their own health. “I love seeing patients happy and healthy!”

Her Introduction to Chiropractic

“I was introduced to chiropractic as a patient in 1993, then my first job as a CA in 1995. I have worked on and off in the industry ever since, taking breaks to have two children (both adults now) and to study. I became so inspired in those early years, experiencing my own improvement in health and witnessing the multitude of benefits enjoyed by patients of all ages and lifestyles.”

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Di always had a passion for chiropractic studies but back in the day, you had to be in Melbourne to study it, which wasn’t an option for her. So, she took the path of nutrition studies. As time went by, during her venture into photography in Brisbane, chiropractic courses became accessible, however, Di felt it was too late to commit to a 5-year degree and she continued to explore photography instead.

Despite this, Di’s passion for chiropractic kept pulling her back and she often found herself working alongside chiropractors. Finally, she mustered up the courage to return to academics and pursue her lifelong dream.

Education and Qualifications

  • Masters in Chiropractic (currently undertaking)
  • Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic)
  • Bachelor of Photography
  • Diploma in Nutrition

In Her Spare Time

When she’s not at the practice, you can usually find Di studying. She also loves the beach, and camping, especially in winter. Above all, she loves to travel and discover out-of-the-way places, away from the normal tourist hot spots. “I muddle my way through the Italian language but it’s fun learning.”

Mikayla Watkinson

Mikayla Watkinson, Chiropractic Assistant

Mikayla grew up in a family that emphasised leading a healthy life and modelled the values of chiropractic philosophy from the very start. “Chiropractic has been a part of my life since I was born. From a very young age, I have grown up with the understanding that good health results from strengthening the body and giving it the best chance at meeting the challenges we might face in everyday life.”

In 2023, Mikayla attended Mount St. Mary’s University, Maryland (USA), and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics from the University of Queensland.

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In Her Spare Time

Outside the practice, Mikayla plays in the NBL1 (a semi-professional basketball league). She also loves adventure, particularly travel, meeting new cultures and learning languages. Hiking, camping, exploring places, and discovering the world are some of the activities she enjoys most. Mikayla is also passionate about learning; studying, reading, researching, and writing are among her favourite pastimes.

Emerald Micallef

Emerald Micallef, Chiropractic Assistant

Emerald’s professional journey was ignited by her extensive tenure as a Medical Receptionist for Specialists and General Practitioners. Seeking to merge her wealth of experience with a new avenue of positive impact, she found her calling as a Chiropractic Assistant.

Her unwavering dedication to enhancing people’s health and well-being reflects her innate passion for holistic care.

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Beyond Life Chiropractic Centre

Outside the practice, Emerald finds solace in the cherished moments spent with her family. Engaging in invigorating activities with their two Dobermanns and German Shepherd dogs, she embraces the vitality of outdoor pursuits, nurturing an active and fulfilling lifestyle.

Emerald invites you to witness her commitment to compassionate care and start your journey of holistic well-being-get to know more about her when you book a visit with our practice.

Stephanie Weeks

Steph, Chiropractic Assistant

Driven by an innate curiosity and a yearning for diverse experiences, Steph’s unconventional path led her to the captivating world of chiropractic care. Her academic pursuits culminated in bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Justice from QUT in 2019, showcasing her multidimensional approach to understanding human well-being.

Steph’s commitment to enriching her understanding of holistic wellness resonates through her dedicated service as a Chiropractic Assistant. She can’t wait to help you achieve your goals in natural health.

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Beyond the Practice

Outside of Life Chiropractic Centre, Steph finds solace in travelling the globe, embracing the richness of diverse cultures and landscapes, and nurturing her adventurous spirit.

Get to know more about Steph when you book your next visit with our team.


Pattaraporn Charuphong, Remedial Massage Therapist

Pat was inspired to become an RMT as she is passionate about health and wellness for body and mind, which she believes is the best investment anyone can make. She also loves to get a massage to relax and relieve pain.

Possessing extensive experience working in the field, Pat earned a Diploma of Remedial Massage from Mastery Institute Association in 2023. She provides the following techniques:

  • Thai
  • Deep Tissue
  • Swedish
  • Relaxation
  • Sport
  • Pregnancy
  • Reflexology

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Pat also completed a remedial massage course and continues to learn different techniques, including lymphatic, to address clients’ various conditions.

For her, the most rewarding aspect of being a massage therapist is to help other people stay healthy and in top condition.

Outside the clinic, Pat likes to travel, relax, spend time in nature and practise wellness.


Meet the Team at Life Chiropractic Centre | 07 3843 4300