Our staff works together to create a warm, professional setting where you’ll be greeted with an open ear and a friendly smile.
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Chiropractor, Owner • At SouthCare since 2007
David is a Nanaimo-based chiropractor who serves children and families, with an emphasis on assisting individuals reach their full health potential. He is passionate about helping bring vitality and wellbeing to people’s lives through chiropractic care and a healthy lifestyle.
After completing a biology degree at the University of Victoria, David’s interest in health and the human body led him to study chiropractic at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. While completing his 5 year degree with honours, Dave became fascinated with the role of the nervous system in child development, health, and longevity.
David underwent advanced training in Chiropractic Paediatrics through an Australian fellowship program and the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) of which he is a member. Furthermore, he has extensive continuing education and experience in the fields of rehabilitation, exercise, nutrition, maternal health, and wellness.
Of particular note, Dr. Dave is certified by the ICPA in the Webster Technique, a chiropractic adjustment often (but not exclusively) used with pregnant women.
Upon returning home to Nanaimo, David joined Dr. Ken Pepperdine at SouthCare Chiropractic in 2007, eventually purchasing the clinic in 2009. Together they run a community practice that welcomes a wide variety of clients who range from only days old to 90+ years young.
David and his family live a “wellness lifestyle” that includes a healthy diet, exercise, living life with purpose, and – of course – chiropractic care.
Chiropractor, Owner • At SouthCare since 2016
Dr. Betts is a movement-based chiropractor, certified in Active Release Technique with experience treating athletes at the amateur, collegiate, professional, and Olympic levels. He encourages healthy, pro-active, and patient-centred care to try and empower patients and inspire confidence and self-awareness.
A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Alex earned his Bachelor of Arts degree while playing football. After his playing career, Alex was a coach for the UBC Football program and continues to be involved with football today, including the V.I. Raiders.
Alex’s experiences with his own injuries led to him to pursue a career in chiropractic. This lead to studies at the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon, earning a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology. Alex graduated with honours with his Doctorate of Chiropractic.
Alex continues his interest in a healthy and active lifestyle with his family, which is evident through his practice and day-to-day activities.
Chiropractor • At SouthCare since 2023
Carson Turner is an evidence-based Chiropractor who prides himself on a patient-centred approach. His goal is to tailor every treatment specifically to you and your unique needs.
In practice, Carson employs a combination of Chiropractic manipulation, soft tissue techniques, and exercise rehabilitation to treat a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions.
Having grown up on the beautiful southern shores of Victoria BC, Carson attended the University of Victoria where he attained a B.Sc in Biology with a minor in Psychology. His passion for science, athletics, and the capacity of the human body drove Carson to shift his focus towards the field of healthcare.
In order to realize this transition, Carson moved “south of the border” to Portland, Oregon, where he enrolled in the Chiropractic program offered at the University of Western States. After completing the 3 year professional degree with distinction (Magna Cum Laude) – and developing a hankering for food trucks, donuts, and tattoos along the way – Carson returned to Vancouver Island in order to best serve his community and improve their quality of life through his acquired skill set.
Active listening and an empathetic approach to care allow Carson to connect with his patients, while his application of the most up-to-date scientific literature on musculoskeletal conditions, as well as his clinical experience, ensures an appropriate treatment plan to help you recover as quickly as possible.
When Carson is not in office, he can often be found at the local bouldering gym (most likely falling off of the wall), hiking a nearby trail with his partner Jasmine, or playing Dungeons & Dragons with his mates.
As a self-professed “lifelong nerd with a passion for helping others”, Carson looks forward to meeting you and helping you on your own journey towards living your life to the fullest.
Chiropractor • At SouthCare since 2023
Dr. Fairweather is a Doctor of Chiropractor who specializes in delivering customized chiropractic care. His approach focuses on the health of the spine and nervous system while incorporating functional movement and manual therapy techniques to restore function and vitality to the whole body.
Connor’s experience with functional assessment and movement analysis, as well as his training in chiropractic, give him a unique ability to see the human body and help patients on their journey to living pain free and feeling their best.
Connor Graduated from the University of Victoria where he earned a combined bachelor’s degree majoring in Mathematics and Economics. From and early age, Dr. Fairweather has been intrigued by the intricacies of the human body, movement, and health, and so upon graduating, Connor forwent his “Wolf of Wall Street” dreams and shifted towards a career he was truly passionate about.
As a lifelong patient himself, Connor has always been fascinated by, and experienced the life-changing benefits of chiropractic care. Connor grew up playing many sports, from competitive hockey and soccer to swimming and golf. Chiropractic care was always a big part of his athletic life to keep him injury free and feeling his best.
After leaving Victoria and a short stint in Nanaimo where he met Dr. Dave and Dr. Alex, Connor enrolled at University of Western States. Connor concluded his time in Portland by earning his second bachelor’s degree in Human Biology along with his Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine, graduating with honours. During his time at UWS, Connor acted as president of his school’s chapter for Rehab2Performance, a national organization dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of movement and assessment and integrating those into high quality patient-centred care.
Connor went on to serve on the national student board for R2P, and organized a seminar hosting outfit where he helped run and attended dozens of seminars while in school. Continuing education has been a large part of Connor’s journey as a chiropractor, giving him well over 300 hours of outside education from some of the brightest minds in the profession.
Dr. Fairweather is Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) Exercise certified and is also trained in:
Chiropractor, Founder, Retired • At SouthCare since 2001
The photo says it all.
It’s with saddened hearts we announce the retirement of the legend himself – Dr.Ken Pepperdine.
Dr. Pepperdine spent a fabulous 45 year career as a chiropractic doctor. Over his nearly half-century long career, Ken was able to help so many amazing clients, with well over 100,000 total adjustments made.
Ken started SouthCare Chiropractic in 2001. Dr. Helmkay, Dr. Betts, Dr. Hiney, and all of our amazing RMTs and front-end staff will strive to keep his legacy and his commitment to CARING going strong for another 45+ years.
Enjoy your sailing Ken.
Registered Massage Therapist • At SouthCare since 2020
Prior to moving to Victoria to complete her 2200-hour Massage Therapy diploma at West Coast College of Massage Therapy, Sarah obtained over 500 hours of formal training and teaching as a yoga instructor, and has been a practicing 12-year master hair stylist.
With years of experience of one-on-one client interaction, Sarah developed her understanding and capacity for empathy as she observed body language and listened to stories of lives unique to each individual. She recognized her deep-seated desire to help support people in feeling better from the inside-out.
With her formal training, professional experience, and a passion for educating, Sarah provides an environment that helps support the nervous system in decreasing defences to perceived threat and disrupting chronic pain cycles. She treats conditions from sports injuries to low back pain, headaches, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Sarah utilizes a variety of techniques and movement modalities that help in reaching individualized therapeutic goals.
In her time away from practice and studies, Sarah explores the outdoors mountain biking, trail running, swimming, and backcountry camping.
Registered Massage Therapist • At SouthCare since 2022
Drawing from over 9 years of experience as a Registered Massage Therapist, Leigh creates a personalized treatment plan for you using a combination of techniques that include deep tissue therapy, myofascial release, and relaxing Swedish massage techniques.
An initial assessment and follow-up home care plan is included in your treatment.
Breath, decompress, renew.
Receptionist • At SouthCare since 2013
Jo-Elle grew up in Nanaimo and after graduation moved to Victoria. There she started a Business Administration Degree at Camosun College, and transferred to Capilano University a few years later to complete the program. Her husband and children moved to Okotoks, Alberta for five years where she worked at a wellness clinic.
Eventually Jo-Elle moved back to Nanaimo while she was pregnant with her second child so she could be close to family and friends. She later joined us at SouthCare Chiropractic in 2013. Jo-Elle enjoys spending time outdoors, and spends most of the summer months fishing and camping with her family.
Receptionist • At SouthCare since 2021
Adia grew up in Nanaimo and moved to Alberta when she was just about five. After spending most of her childhood years growing up in Edmonton, returning to the Island every summer, she finally made the decision to return home in 2017.
Vancouver Island was the perfect place for her to settle down. From paddle boarding on the ocean to hiking in the woods, Adia is a lover of all things outdoors. Adia is now happily settled in her home here on the Island with her fiancé and makes regular trips back to Edmonton to visit her family there.
After spending many years in the customer service industry, Adia decided to pursue a career in education and is currently in the Bachelor of Education program at Vancouver Island University. Adia hopes to one day teach French immersion at the elementary level.
Adia joined the team at SouthCare Chiropractic in the fall of 2021 and enjoys getting to know all the new and familiar faces that come through our doors!
When Adia is not up at the front booking appointments and answering calls, she is usually spending time with her family, binge watching television shows, or outdoors with the family pups Sadie and Clio.
Receptionist • At SouthCare since 2022
Hi, I’m Chandra, an “Island Girl” who was born and raised on Vancouver Island. After getting married in 1994, my husband and I relocated to Nanaimo to buy our first home, where we still live today!
In November 2022 I left my position as a Pharmacy Assistant and joined SouthCare Chiropractic to help out the team with reception and other tasks. Prior to this, I worked in customer service as an Office Assistant/Client Service Representative for over 22 years. Over the years I have taken numerous courses in subjects that interested me, such as Medical Terminology, Medical Transcription, and Animal Care Aide.
I love the outdoors where I enjoy hiking, bird watching, kayaking, and going RV’ing with my hubby. I also adore my fur baby, Marty, who has me well trained!
I have really enjoyed getting to know all of our clients and assisting them in getting well. It’s nice to see clients walk out with a smile on their face and a skip in their walk!