At Spine of Life Chiropractic, you will experience excellent customer service from our welcoming staff & tailored expert care with Dr. Shelley Axford, Dr. Stefan Jovanovski & Dr. Michael Richardson.
B. App. Sci. (Chiropractic)
Level 3 Certified Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) Chiropractor
Somato-Respiratory Integration (SRI) Wellness Educator / Facilitator
Trauma Release Experience (TRE) – Level 2 Instructor
Dr Shelley Axford graduated from Phillip Institute of Technology, Melbourne (now RMIT) with a Bachelor degree in Applied Sciences (Chiropractic) in 1991. After her first year in practice a life-threatening illness saw her bed-ridden for 6 months with chronic eczema complicated by episodes of septicaemia and chronic fatigue syndrome. During this period she nearly died twice; once due to severe septicaemia and once due to an adverse drug reaction….. Thus began her healing journey.
Dr Shelley was introduced to Network Spinal Analysis in Paris in 1992. Though attending as a Chiropractor to learn this new methodology, she saw it as an opportunity to heal herself and spent the rest of 1992 attending workshops and receiving care in dozens of Network offices across the globe. Network care literally saved her life.
In early 1993 she introduced and pioneered Network Chiropractic in Australia by opening up two clinics, one in country Victoria and one in Melbourne. She has spoken at several Dynamic Growth conferences (Australia’s version of D.E. in the USA), Chiropractic Colleges and various other organisations along with frequent information and demonstration nights that she created in Melbourne to help educate Australian Chiropractors and the general public alike.
Shelley introduced The 12 Stages of Healing and SRI to Australia in late 1994. She was on SRI international teaching staff from 1995, working countless Transformational Gates and teaching programs throughout USA, Europe and Australia. She inspired Dr Donny Epstein (founder of Network Chiropractic) to begin his twice yearly teaching visits to Australia in 1996 and was in charge of running registrations and functioning as auxiliary teaching staff through to 2000, when she took time off to begin her family with her partner, Dr Vinnie Monaco (also former NSA staff teacher).
The births of her 3 children were monumental to her growth and healing process, both personally and as a practitioner, each successive birth bringing a level of depth and presence to her work that she would not have thought possible!
After developing a further two NSA practices on the Gold Coast in the past 10 years, Shelley has now set up her 5th Network practice, on the Sunshine Coast, QLD.
Shelley has a unique way of bringing together her profoundly encompassing healing journey and her extensive clinical experience when she works with you, whether in teaching, or in putting her hands on your body. She is passionate about the healing process, and is constantly in awe of the ability of the human Body-Mind to regenerate and re-organise itself, from the mildest stresses that are recurrent everyday through to the most horrific traumas one could possibly imagine. She has seen discs regenerate on XRAY, the Innate Wisdom of the body bend 1cm thick Harrington rods in order to straighten a scoliosis, a child unable to cry for more than 15 years of her childhood, cry her first tear.... She is passionate about facilitating pregnancy and natural childbirth as a rite of passage for women and babies receiving care immediately following birth.
With more than 30 years’ experience, she has assisted thousands of people to transform their bodies and their lives.
She looks forward to assisting you too!
B. Health. Sci / B. App. Sci (Chiropractic)
After having received wellness chiropractic care in Melbourne since age seven with his entire family, Dr. Stefan felt an inspired calling to pursue this natural modality to help others heal.
He graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in 2017 and has been serving the communities of regional Northern Territory (Katherine) and tropical North Queensland (Townsville) since then.
Dr. Stefan developed a particular interest in understanding the complexity of the upper cervical spine (upper neck) and was one of the first two people in Australia to have completed the entire Blair Upper Cervical technique course.
During Stefan's years in Townsville he had begun to see and feel just how much more there was to healing and wellness than many of us are taught to understand. His passion led him to explore the connection between stress, emotional experiences we encounter throughout our lives and how the nervous system expresses this through our physical bodies. Realising how our bodies express either wellness or illness through a dynamic state of intelligent and deliberate signs based on lifestyle choices and environmental exposure, his interest pushed him to pursue more tonal / energetic chiropractic techniques. By doing so, deeper and longer lasting changes were witnessed in his clients both physically and emotionally.
Furthermore, as Stefan watched profound changes take place in his own partner’s health through Network care, the pathway became crystal clear.
Dr. Stefan is both excited and grateful to be part of the community at Spine of Life, and to work with people who genuinely wish to take their health and understanding to new heights.
Honesty and integrity are aspects he holds strongly in his work. When interested in a craft, mastery is the only option for him.
He is also a self-taught pianist and singer (when nobody’s looking!) and spends a majority of his spare time engaged in creative leisures and complaining about never getting time to read any of his books.
He looks forward to helping you express who you’re meant to be.
B. Health. Sci / B. App. Sci (Chiropractic)
My Network journey began in 1995 ( so long ago!) whilst I was still a student at RMIT University in Melbourne, and it was Shelley and her associate Steve Katz who were my first carers and mentors on my journey in this amazing work.
I had seen a dramatic effect on my 3 month old daughter Genevieve who was suffering torticollis, (frozen neck movement) that no one else could help, we tried everything! At the suggestion of a colleague at Uni we tried NSA, within three visits her problem, after a strong emotional release, was resolved. I was so grateful and inspired that I immediately began to get care for myself. Within weeks, although I had not yet felt any large changes my peers were asking what I was doing differently as I had changed to them. Less stressed, easier to be around and looking healthier. Little did I realise this was only the beginning of the incredible changes I would experience. I so wanted to be able to share this with others.
I was very fortunate to be able to attend some of the first NSA seminars in Australia and within the first few hours of my first seminar I knew that this was going to be my Chiropractic passion.
My first position out of college in 1998 was in Cottesloe WA with Lucy Le’breque, it was a wonderful place to form a strong foundation in the work. I have since lost count of the number of NSA learning, 12 stages of healing and experiential seminars I have attended over the years. I feel so blessed to have experienced the amazing changes this work has brought to my family, myself personally and the many patients that I have had the privilege to work with.
My career has spanned until the current day, mostly working in my own practices in Mt Lawley and Fremantle in WA. The last seven years I have lived in Yaroomba, doing animal Chiropractic and NSA from home.
I look forward to the next chapter of this wonderful NSA and 12 stages journey and I promise to bring all that I can to your care.
Hope to meet you soon.