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Dr Ian Niven


Dr Ian Niven graduated from RMIT University in 1984 with a B App Sci (Chiro) before beginning practice in Melbourne. From the outset he was unsatisfied with both the common practice model and  clinical skill set of graduate chiropractic. With a desire to further his skills, he returned to study both Sacro – Occipital Technique and Applied Kinesiology, with the latter providing a greater range of diagnostic insight and treatment options.

In taking his AK studies further, Ian became a part of the inaugural Applied Kinesiology Chapter in Australia, serving on the executive committee for a number of years. His natural curiosity seeking new insight, Ian once again returned to study and in 2009 became the oldest (at that time) DACNB graduate in Australia.

 In 2011 at the request of the AAFN board, Ian began developing a strategy to help Doctors develop their clinical skills in Functional Neurology in a faster and more structured way. This strategy has since developed into the Clinical Fellowship Program and supporting this is something that he remains passionate about to this day.  


Eric Hansen


A twist of fate compelled Eric into the chiropractic world as he walked into the wrong lecture hall at the university open day, and after completing his Chiropractic Masters degree in 2006, he pursued further studies in Sports Chiropractic and Functional Neurology. 

Eric passed his ACNB exams in 2012 and holds a Diplomate of Functional Neurology qualification. His journey has since taken him into the realms of vestibular rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury and more recently functional neuro-orthopaedic rehabilitation. Having access in his clinic to sophisticated diagnostic equipment has been a huge aid when treating complex cases such as vertigo and concussions. 

Eric feels passionate about increasing practitioner understanding of functional neurology, and encouraging practitioners to be open to changing their practice models to reflect the latest scientific research.

 Outside of work Eric usually spends his time playing dinosaurs with his little boy. 


Dr Amy Norman


Dr Amy Norman graduated from Macquarie University, where she completed both her Bachelor of Chiropractic Science and her Masters of Chiropractic. She also obtained her certificate in Musculoskeletal Acupuncture through the Australian College of Education. She is currently a DACNB candidate and has completed over 300 hours of learning through the Carrick Institute of Graduate Studies.

Amy currently works at a clinic in Bexley and is a casual academic staff member of Macquarie University where she has marked the Neurology Practical Exams for over two years.

She has co-hosted the last two AAFN symposiums, has been part of the events committee for the last few years and is currently the Compliance Secretary, an Organisational Fellow and one of the Executive Board Members of AAFN.


Mr Richard King-Seim

Richard has over 8 years’ experience in application R&D, developing advanced fuels for the next decade and beyond. Prior to this he was a Mining Engineer with expertise in large open cut coal mining. Involved in numerous operations, often as an agent of change management. This has given him a broad understanding of industries and processes outside the normal scope of mining engineering.
Richard has also been involved in numerous contractual disputes and resolutions, involving issues such as non-conformance, failure to supply, variations, and performance shortfalls. Having experience from both sides gives him an understanding of the common failures in contracts, and the desire for amicable dispute resolution. Career highlights include the implementation of a large open cut nickel mine in Indonesia, and walking 4 draglines out of Norwich Park mine in central QLD (the first time anyone has attempted such an undertaking).
 More recently the position as CEO with Queensland International Airshow Ltd (a not for profit organisation) resulted in highly developed negotiation and people management skills, and significant experience dealing with government and commercial organisations at the highest levels.


Dr Cassie Atkinson-Quinton


Cassie has been working with AAFN for over eight years, joining the Board of Directors in 2016. She is also the Director and Co-Founder of Body and Brain Centre, a holistic health clinic in Moonee Ponds, Melbourne where she practices as a Chiropractor with an interest in neuro-rehabilitation. 

As a teenager, Cassie developed a love of neuroscience and neuro-rehabilitation after seeing the vast impact it had, and continues to have, on her family’s lives. Cassie studied her post-graduate neuro-rehabilitation course through the Carrick Institute and shortly afterwards received Diplomate status of the American Chiropractic Neurology Board (DACNB). She has since gone on to study QEEG functional brain scans, obtaining technician status. 


Practitioners listed on AAFNs website, and lecturers that present at AAFN events, are not medically trained or medically registered within Australia (unless clearly indicated).

All content presented (clinical, research or theoretical) relating to functional neurology/neuroscience, though sourced from current scientific literature as much as possible, is not meant to convey a medically trained opinion, or specifically a medical neurologist expert opinion on topics presented.

Patients who attend for functional neurology services should seek a second opinion from a registered specialist neurologist or medical practitioner, if they wish to do so, prior to commencing treatment.




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