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Skeptic to Chiropractor

Our Newcastle chiropractor David had grown up in a family with a skeptical view to chiropractic.

It was during his final year of schooling that his mother hurt her back so seriously it left her bed ridden. After a long frustrating path consulting many professionals with no results, she turned to the chiropractor as a last resort.

It was the local chiropractor that provided relief and improvements so life could return to normal. This experience inspired David to pursue a career in helping people through chiropractic.

Our Approach

We passionately believe every individual deserves a healthy well aligned spine and nervous system. At Family Life Chiropractic, listening, understanding and helping you achieve great spine health is our priority. We think differently about health and promise to simplify, educate and support you through your chiropractic experience with us.

We know spines and everything about them!

Our team has a strong desire to help people and educate our community about spine health. We believe healthy families can create a healthy community. With 14 years supporting people of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and surrounds we are experienced, trusted and professional.

We are Newcastle’s experts at providing care for;

Pregnant spines
New spines
Growing spines
Sporty spines
Working spines
Curvy spines
Ageing spines

If you are new to chiropractic or just not sure what it is that we do, check out our what to expect page. It would be our pleasure to meet you and discuss your health to determine if we would be able to help. If you don’t feel ready to visit us but have some questions, please send us through an email or give our friendly team a call to discuss your concerns.

Yours in Health
The Family Life Team

Meet Our Newcastle Chiropractic Team


Dr David Diehm


I’m a father of three little girls and a husband to a strong and beautiful wife. Like many parents, I have an inbuilt instinct to protect and raise a healthy family. I feel chiropractic has been able to offer my own family so much over the years and I am passionate about sharing it with your family. After studying for 5 years at Macquarie University in Sydney and completing my Master of Chiropractic, I discovered beautiful Newcastle. As a kid from the country, I appreciate Newcastle’s authentic and relaxed atmosphere. I can’t think of a better place to live, work, play and raise a family.

In our down time we are a family that loves the outdoors and exploring what nature has to offer us. My hobbies include running, hiking, woodworking and photography. Capturing the beauty of mother nature and our iconic region with my camera has become somewhat of a serious hobby. David’s photography can be viewed at daviddiehmphotography.com.au/


Patricia McDonald

Remedial Massage Therapist

After working in pharmacy for many years I decided to study Remedial Massage as a way to provide personalised health care for my husband who was unwell and to work within the community.

I completed my studies in 2010 after studying at Tafe New England and then studied my Diploma in Remedial Massage at the Australian College of Massage. I have been working as a therapist for the past
ten years. I began my massage career at Tamworth Remedial Massage Centre and also had my own home business.

I am very passionate about my work as a massage therapist and I love being able to help people manage their pain. I see massage as a great alternative treatment for injuries, stress and pain management. Offering clients relief from stress and tension in a friendly and relaxation environment is very important to me.

I offer my clients Remedial and Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Hot Stone, Cupping, Children’s Massage, Relaxation Massage. I am a member of Australian Association of Massage.


Peta Peters

Remedial Massage Therapist
(Currently on maternity leave)

As a mother of two wonderful children and wife to my amazing husband living a healthy active life is important to our family and our values. I bring these values to every aspect of my life and my career in Remedial Massage.

Working with people to support their health has been a passion all my life. Being able to provide relief and understanding along with kindness and education is hugely important to me as a Remedial Massage Therapist.

Since 2012 I have had the privilege of working in Newcastle and Hunter regions helping people understand and manage their pain with the goal of providing relief and a better quality of life through Remedial Massage.

I am happy to provide clients with Remedial and Deep tissue massage, Pregnancy Massage, Relaxation Massage, Dry Needling, Sports Massage, Modern Cupping, Hot Stone Therapy Massage and children’s massage treatments. I am a member of Massage and Myotherapy Australia.

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Lauren Cullen

Practitioner Assistant

I live locally with my husband, two adult sons and our cat. In our down time we enjoy exploring the walking tracks, going to the beach, camping, working in the yard and catching up with friends.

Having worked as an early childhood teacher for thirty years, I decided to make a change last year. While I will always be a teacher, I am currently studying for my second career in the health and wellbeing sector.

The environment and being connected to the natural world has always been an important part of my teaching philosophy and will be a major part of my future role.

I am thrilled to be a part of the team here and look forward to helping our clients.

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Sheree Urquhart

Practitioner Assistant

After ten years in the hospitality sector, I decided it was time for a change. I have always had an interest in health and wellbeing and am excited to be working with the wonderful team at Family Life Chiropractic. I enjoy seeing the positive impacts that chiro and massage have on our clients lives.

On weekends I volunteer at the Riding for the Disabled where I get to see the physical, emotional and social benefits of equine programs.

I grew up in Newcastle and love what this city has to offer. In my downtime I enjoy travelling, hiking and being outdoors.

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Mr Bone Jangles

Chiropractic Mascot

Affectionally known as Bonesy, he has been with us from the start. As a full-grown male skeleton, he stands at 180cm tall. What he lacks in heart he makes up for in character. Often spotted on outings enjoying the Newcastle lifestyle. Bonsey makes it to most of our community events and considers his jokes quite humerus!

Mr Bone Jangles shares our passion for connecting with people and educating them about spine health. He will often use himself as an example. His favorite time of the year is Halloween. He does gets extremely anxious around dogs. Most importantly he is our constant reminder that you can never take life too seriously. Laughter is the best medicine.

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