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ARC, Active Rehabilitation & Chiropractic, while being a new name, was started over 40 years ago, as Nambour Chiropractic Centre by Peter Vanderwerff.

Our vision for Rehabilitation came about after Richard sustained a fall which saw him in a halo due to fractured neck and 18 other bones.

Frustrated by the slower pace of other modalities he turned to Pilates/Yoga and his training in the nervous system to help get him back on his feet and working again.

We believe that every person is unique. That is why we endeavour to bring about a wholistic approach to your musculoskeletal concerns. By integrating, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Massage, Physical Rehabilitation, Pilates, Yoga and supplementation to help you at where you are at.

We believe we have to be actively engaged in our health matters and we are here to help you with these matters. To show you what we know can work and has worked for ourselves and for others.

We also believe that when we invest in our health today we are investing in our future. Movement is the key. Perfect practice makes perfect.

Our Clinicians and therapists are highly motivated by movement with each of them including our reception all actively engaged in movement, from Pilates, Karate, Swimming, Walking, Yoga, Gym and Chiropractic care. We are more than happy to help you along your way to better living.


Richard Arkins
Richard ArkinsChiropractor/Acupuncturist/Functional Movement
Richard has been working in the health industry for over 15 years. He combines his knowledge of traditional chinese medicine (TCM) with the art of Chiropractic to help bring a holistic approach to his treatment.
Fabian Mendoza
Fabian MendozaChiropractor
Fabian’s experience base is within sports chiropractic and biomechanics, with a focus on correcting movement patterns and the restoration of proper function.
He has also worked directly with sporting teams, both on and off the field in NSW.

Fabian incorporates Dry needling, soft tissue work, tapping/strapping and exercises into his treatments.Fabian keeps himself sharp through his martial arts training, which he has kept up for over 20 years.

Hayley Elmsly
Hayley Elmsly Chiropractor
Hayley is from New Zealand and like most other kiwis, she and her partner made the move across the ditch for the warmer weather early September 2023.

Hayley is a graduate from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic and found a love for helping people express their full potential of health. She began working in a practice alongside her older sister, where she started to learn the holistic technique of TBM, total body modification.

Hayley loves working with families and ages of all kinds from birth to elderly and has recently finished further, post graduate study in my international certificate of sports and chiropractic, where she can further work with athletes. She has a huge passion for holistic health, and understands the importance of chiropractic care, not only for general wellbeing but also for injuries/trauma, recovery and enhancing overall performance and endurance as athletes.

In her spare time, Hayley enjoys going to the beach and surfing, swimming, or reading a book in the sun. Hayley is a creature of habit and loves to keep fit and strong. She loves to move her body daily by going to the gym, a run, or a walk along the beach. Hayley is dedicated to learning, spending time with friends and family, and being outdoors.

Natalie Bowie
Natalie BowiePilates/body movement/Functional training/Personal Trainer
Nat joined ARC last year and has been teaching our functional movement classes. With 22 years of classical ballet, 15 years Jazz ballet training and dancing for Royal New Zealand ballet she knows all so well, the importance of perfect practice makes perfect. Nat works along side our chiropractors helping them to retrain and restore function to the joints. She pulls it right back and helps build foundational strength. She is a mother of five! but is always busy. Her latest study is seeing her get her certification in kinesiological stretching.
Clarissa (Lou Lou) Arkins
Clarissa (Lou Lou) ArkinsPractice manager/Pilates
Clarissa has been working at ARC for over 9 years now. She was brought up with chiropractic care from a young age. She knows the ins and outs of chiropractic care and the benefits of movement. She is a keen Pilates/Yoga goer and teaches Pilates at ARC Nambour on the days she isn’t managing the clinics. She also is studying full time Occupational Therapy.
Madison Brown
Madison BrownPhysiotherapist
Madi B is a physiotherapist that has worked in multiple areas of physiotherapy across sports, paediatrics and with older populations in aged care facilities. Madi is a firm believer in providing holistic care and treatment plans that facilitate each client to reach their own unique goal, whether on the sporting field or in the ‘sport of life’ – no personal goal is too small to be important! Madi has completed further studies in dry needling, paediatrics and dynamic neuromuscular stabilisation techniques. When not at our clinic she specialises in equine physiotherapy, having done post graduate study to become a qualified animal physiotherapist.

In her spare time Madi can be found patrolling her local beach as the Boat Captain of Metropolitan Caloundra SLSC (if she’s not in a boat rowing) or spending time with her dog Pippa. She loves what she does and is excited to help get you on your way to your goals!

Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson Pilates instructor
Kate is a local girl growing up right here on the Sunshine Coast. Kate is a Reformer Pilates instructor who loves to practice movement for wellness.

Her love for Pilates started over 20 years ago, as she realised what value there was in body movement through pilates and now has a passion in helping others do the same.

“It is a privilege to assist individuals in moving their bodies and see them get stronger through the transformative power of pilates.” Kate is a mother of two children and is often seen running them around in her spare time to their activities.

Renata Kuper
Renata KuperRemedial Masseuse
Renata Renata has been a masseuse for over 10 years, working with people from all different cultures and backgrounds. She enjoys increasing her knowledge in the anatomy of the human body and how it funcitons. Working alongside all of the practitioners at ARC allows Renata to tailor her treatment specifically to your needs and preferences. Renata is trained in remedial massage, deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, lymphatic drainage, firm tension-releasing massage, and relaxation massage. Renata is also trained in hot stone massage and cupping technique, to allow full relaxation and the easing of tension in your body.
Rhada Atkinson
Rhada AtkinsonReceptionist
Rhada grew up under chiropractic care and often brings her two little girls in for their treatment. Rhada takes over the reins from her Mother Lyn. Rhada lived in the UK where she was a receptionist to a Chiropractor as well. Rhada works Mondays, Thursdays and relief.
Brooke Kither
Brooke KitherReceptionist
Brooke has been under ARC care since she was just a few weeks old. She was first adjusted by Peter and continues to get regular adjustments from the team at ARC. Her passion for gymnastics, acrobatics and aerial lead to a few injuries over the years. She has always counted on the team at ARC to keep her at her peak. This is where her interest grew to want to understand the body more and become a chiropractor herself. Brooke has also worked at a health food store for many years, alongside other health professionals learning first hand about natural remedies. Brooke is now in her third year of uni for chiropractic and can’t wait to take a holistic approach to help make a difference in people’s wellbeing.



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