TLC Airlie Beach has been providing Whitsunday families with quality Chiropractic care for the past 10 years. We pride ourselves on giving thorough and compassionate care to everyone that visits our practice. Our skilled practitioners specialise in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of all musculoskeletal conditions, aches and discomfort. We have a strong emphasis on maintenance, prevention and nutrition, making sure you and your family not only get well, but stay well.

Our practice is located in the heart of Airlie Beach, you will be welcomed by our friendly team who are passionate about helping you achieve your optimal health goals.

Our Chiropractors offer several different techniques including Diversified, Gonstead, low force Activator, Drop Tables and more.

Please notify us when making an appointment if you have a preference for adjustment type.

We accept EPC and DVA referrals.


Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that our body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism controlled by the brain, spinal cord and nerves. Our spine consists of 24 vertebrae that surround the spinal cord and nerves and when misaligned or moving incorrectly, can cause interference with the nervous system, causing dysfunction and discomfort. Our qualified Chiropractors are specifically trained to analyse the spine, locate and correct misalignments, therefore removing interference to the nervous system.

Here is a short video explaining Chiropractic:


Upon arrival at our practice you will be warmly greeted by our team. We will do whatever it takes to ensure your visit with us is a pleasant experience. You will be asked to complete our New Patient Case forms regarding your health history. (Alternatively to save time, you can download these forms from our downloads page, complete at home and bring them along to your first visit). Your first time at our practice is broken down into 3 parts:

1. Consultation

You will be taken through to our consultation room where you will meet your Chiropractor. They will take the time to get the complete picture of your current situation and your history, including family, occupational, past medical history, dietary and exercise habits. They will also consider your health goals and what you wish to achieve. Should this indicate you are a candidate for Chiropractic care, they will proceed to a physical examination.

2. Chiropractic Exam

You will undergo a full Chiropractic examination including postural assessment, spinal motion assessment, and neurological assessment. At completion, your Chiropractor will be able to determine whether Chiropractic care is appropriate for you. If this is the case, a decision will be made whether a set of specific postural spinal x-rays are required. Should the Chiropractor determine for any reason that Chiropractic care is not appropriate for you, a referral will be made to an appropriate professional.

3. Specific Spinal X-rays

If necessary, we will carry out specialised spinal x-rays onsite with our digital x-ray equipment. This will allow us to provide an accurate diagnosis, develop a thorough clinical picture, and guide your Chiropractor to be as specific as possible. Our x-rays are also sent to Professional Radiology Outcomes, a team of Chiropractic and Medical radiologists who will produce a written report.

Please allow one hour for this visit.

Having performed all the required tests, your Chiropractor will take time before your next appointment to compile the results and develop a specific care plan of treatment in order to help you achieve your desired outcome.


At this visit you will be given a personalised report of findings, your Chiropractor will explain the results of all the examination findings and how we can help you. Your care plan will be explained in detail along with any recommendations to achieve your desired outcome. Any questions you may have will be answered by your Chiropractor at this visit. Your care will then begin and you will receive your first Chiropractic adjustment.

Please allow 30 minutes for this appointment.


Our Chiropractors have extensive clinical experience and use state of the art techniques that get consistent results. More serious health issues may require a referral to additional specialists. Your health is always our primary goal. We work with like-minded professionals in the community, and if necessary, will advise and refer your appropriately.

These visits can take from as little as 5 to 15 minutess.


To give you the best care possible, we regularly review your care to ensure we are on track with desired outcomes. At this visit you will need to complete a short questionnaire regarding your care and results so far. To save time, this form is available on our downloads page for you to complete at home and bring with you to this appointment.

The Chiropractor may run through a range of postural and spinal motion tests that were performed on your initial visit. This allows us to determine if we are on schedule with your care plan or if modifications need to be made. Your Chiropractor will put all this information together and at your next appointment go through the results with you (progress report).

Please allow 15-20 minutes for progress appointment and the following visit (progress report).

download forms

We have a range of forms that you can download in advance and fill out prior to visiting us. Simply choose the form that you need from the display below, then click on the download button and save it to your computer. Once you print out for the form, you can fill it out in advance & bring it with you to your first appointment.

meet our team

Meet our team

Our passionate, dedicated team look forward to welcoming you! With more than 30 years of experience between them, our close-knit team's diversity works well together to provide the best possible care for you and your family.

Meet Dr Brett

Dr Brett Smith

Chiropractic Practitioner

Dr Brett Smith completed his Doctorate of Chiropractic degree at Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, Texas in 2006.

His passion for health and exercise science started long before then, however, as he served as an athletic trainer and a personal trainer during University. Dr Brett's interest in athletics and wellness is evident in his practice as he frequently utilises specialised myofascial release techniques, customized nutrition and supplementation, as well as therapeutic rehabilitation exercises for both his competitive athletes and non-athletic patients alike. With two young children of his own, he has grown to love caring for the multitude of children, from newborns to teenagers, who see him for Chiropractic assessments and wellness advice.

Dr. Brett strives to promote contemporary wellness lifestyles by educating patients about how they can unlock their body's full health potential. He is also committed to staying on top of the latest clinical research concerning health and chiropractic in order to continuously provide the best and most up to date care for the Whitsunday community.

Dr Brett continues to receive chiropractic care on a regular basis as it helps maintain a level of vitality that complements his active lifestyle and keeps his nervous system functioning at optimal performance. He works in the Proserpine, Airlie Beach, and Hamilton Island branches.

Meet Dr Justin

Dr Justin Portelli


Born into a second generation of Chiropractors, I understand the importance of a healthy spine and nervous system.

Graduating as a Massage Therapist in 2000 and working in my Fathers Practice, I quickly realised that massage was not helping people in the same way as Patients under Chiropractic care.

I decided to enrol into the 5 year Chiropractic Degree at RMIT Melbourne. In 2006 I completed my board exams and became a Doctor of Chiropractic. With the study bug still in my system I went on to complete the postgraduate studies in; Visceral Biomechanics, Applied Kinesiology, Dry Needling, Level 1 Sports Trainer, Advanced Extremity Adjusting, Footlevelers Orthotic systems, and Also went to the USA and studied Paediatrics.

2009 decided to branch off from the families Practice and venture out on my own. With the love and support from my partner Rebecca and two daughters, we ran a successful multidisciplinary Practice in Melbourne, Working with Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Chinese Medicine, Acupuncturists and Massage Therapists.

Having visited Airlie Beach many times we decided to make a dramatic life change and leave everything behind in Melbourne and move to a place that people dream of holidaying. I look forward to meeting everyone at TLC and listening to all your stories.

Meet Hannah

Hannah Van Poelgeest

Practice Manager

Hannah has called The Whitsundays home since 2012 when her husband and 2 children relocated from their hometown of Mackay. She feels privileged to have worked for TLC for the last 3 years and has been the Practice Manager for 12 months.

Hannah is a firm believer that a body has the innate intelligence to heal itself -- it just needs no interference -- which is exactly what Chiropractic is about. Since the age of 12, Hannah has been under Chiropractic care... Having suffered migraines as a child and after countless medical doctors not having a solution, her mother found Chiropractic works and the rest is history. Her family are also under chiropractic care to ensure their bodies are consistently running at optimal health. Hannah is proud to be part of the TLC Airlie team where all are focused on helping the local community become healthier and happier through Chiropractic.

Meet Marion

Marion Hope

Chiropractic Assistant

Meet Cynthia


Chiropractic Assistant


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To enquire about our services or to book an appointment, please feel free to contact us using the form below.

We have 2 locations throughout the Whitsundays:

  • airlie beach                                              hamilton Island
  • Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday:            Hours: Every other Tuesday
  • 8.30am to 12pm & 3.30pm to 6pm                10am to 1pm by appt. only
  • Thursday:                                                    Address: Allied Health Centre,
  • 2pm to 6pm                                                  Resort Dr, Hamilton Island
  • Tuesday:                      
  • 10am-1pm & 3.30pm-6pm                           
  • Every other Saturday: 8am to 12pm                                  
  • By appointment only                          
  • Address: Cnr Begley St & Waterson Way,
  • Airlie Beach, Qld, 4802