Dr Heidi Haavik – Director of Research




Dr Heidi Haavik is a chiropractor and a neurophysiologist who has worked in the area of human neurophysiology for the past ten years. She has utilised techniques such as somatosensory evoked electroencephalography and transcranial magnetic brain stimulation to investigate the effects of chiropractic adjustments of vertebral subluxations on somatosensory processing, sensorimotor integration and motor cortical output. Dr Haavik graduated from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic in 1999, and was awarded her PhD degree by the University of Auckland in 2008. She is the Director of Research at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic where she also runs the Centre for Chiropractic Research. Dr Haavik is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ontario, Institute of Technology in Oshawa, Canada and is a member of the World Federation of Chiropractic’s Research Council. Dr Haavik has received numerous research awards and has published a number of papers in chiropractic and neurophysiology journals. She has presented her work to both chiropractic and neuroscience communities around Australasia, North America and Europe. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics and Journal of Chiropractic Education. She was named Chiropractor of the year in 2007 by both the New Zealand Chiropractic Association and the New Zealand College of Chiropractic Alumni Association.

Contact Details for Dr Heidi Haavik:
Phone: +64-9-526-2104
Email Heidi here


Dr Kelly Holt




Dr Kelly Holt – Dean of Research




Dr Holt has a PHD in Health Sciences and manages the research content for the College’s evidence-based curriculum. He is a senior researcher at the Centre for Chiropractic Research and supports faculty and student research programmes. He graduated from the College in 1999 has held many positions including intern mentor, lecturer, and previously was the assistant director of research. He is a published author and has received a number of awards, including New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association Chiropractor of the Year in 2014, and New Zealand College of Chiropractic Alumni Association Chiropractor of the Year in 2012.





 Dr Imran Khan Niazi – Research Fellow




Dr Imran Khan Niazi was awarded his PhD by Aalborg University, Denmark in 2012, while working at the university. His PhD focused on brain computer interfaces (BCI’s) which involve direct communication pathways between the brain and an external device.

Dr Niazi developed an interest in chiropractic while working with Dr Haavik in Denmark where he witnessed some remarkable changes in brain function in subjects who had been adjusted. He is now a Research Fellow at NZCC and continues in an adjunct research position at Aalborg University, where he is also working in close collaboration with a Professor at Goettingen University, Germany.