Welcome to Dr Luke Schmidt

Coming up to our third anniversary for Chiropractic on Winston and we’re happy to share some super exciting news.

Dr. Luke Schmidt has joined us at Chiropractic on Winston!

As our clinic has grown, we felt it was time to add another chiropractor to our team. Luke was a stand out with his impressive experince and training. He brings with him 8 years of knowledge and practical experience that he gained while owning and operating his own Chiropractic clinic in South Africa.

We’re so excited to have him join our clinic.

Luke will be working Monday, Wednesday, Friday and every Second Saturday. Our Monday and Wednesday hours will also be extended to help with people that need times out of hours.

A quick Q&A with Luke

1. I understand you’re not from Australia, can you tell us a little bit more about where you are from?

I was born in Cape Town, South Africa but grew up and studied in Johannesburg. My mother is from Port Elizabeth and my father is from East London – both small coastal towns in the Eastern Cape. I was honored to have visited and seen many places in South Africa, and it is a truly beautiful country.

New Candid photo ofChiropractor having lunch
Dr Luke is enjoying the cafes of Melrose Park and Daw Park

2. What made you want to study and become a Chiropractor?

From a young age I had already made the decision that I wanted to be a healthcare professional. Through my older brother, I had found out about chiropractic and after my first adjustment I knew that this is exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. 

The reality is that I never enjoyed studying (and to a certain extent I still dont) but over the past few years since I have graduated, I have found myself enrolling in more and more chiropractic related courses and the more courses/seminars/exams I do, the more I realise how much there is to learn. Its an amazing feeling to know that there will always be something new for me to learn in this profession and that just when I think I know enough, I can push myself to learn more. As long as I am learning, I am growing.

3. Where did you study and for how long?

I studied at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. I started the chiropractic degree in 2008 and graduated in 2014.

3. What do you love most about being a Chiropractor?

This could be an extremely long list so I will narrow it down.

The results. 

The interaction with the patients. 

The hands on. 

The trust that patients have to see us and allow us to do the adjustments on them. 

The fact that every day I learn something new. 

And having spent the last 14 years around chiropractic students and chiropractors – they’re just genuinely in love with what they do and they are happy. Its positively infectious.

4. What are your special interests within Chiropractic?

Paediatrics, pregnancy and sports.

I currently have my International Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner certificate through the Federation Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport (ICCSP through FICS) but being in Australia will open a lot of doors for me and I am looking at furthering my education in paediatrics.

5. What is your proudest achievement as a Chiropractor?

I have two major achievements that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

In 2014 I was voted in as the African Regional Director of the World Congress of Chiropractic Students (an international chiropractic student organisation). I was then elected from the Board of Directors as the President of the organisation – the first and only President of the BOD of the WCCS from the African Region. That was an amazing honour to have.

Soon after serving my term on the WCCS, I was offered a position on the Chiropractic Association of South Africas National Council, as a committee member. So at the young age of 26, I was serving on the national council. A year and a half after that, I was voted in as the Vice President of the Chiropractic Association of South Africa and served my 3 year term before stepping down from the council in order to emigrate.

With all this being said, I had a solid support foundation with family and friends and amazing chiropractic mentors who helped mould me and guide me through those times. 

And now a little bit about you….

What’s your favourite sport and did you grow up playing any sports?

Favourite sport has to be rugby – as in rugby union. Its a South African thing. Much like the Australians with Footy. Although I am quite keen to get into the vibe of supporting “Aussie Rules” here. 

I grew up playing rugby and soccer. I tried my hand at cricket and waterpolo as well. 

If you had to cook a meal for your friends and family what would be your signature dish?

A wild mushroom and butternut risotto. I’m not a big fan of risotto but somehow I can just bring it all together. I much prefer eating a dish of Nachos that I can make!

What is your Karaoke signature song?

Kings of Leon – Use Somebody… those high notes that I can’t hit make it something special!