Our Team

Our chiropractors have many years of experience. Anneli Hulkkonen and her Chiropractic colleagues are all members of the British or Scottish Chiropractic Associations.

British Chiropractic Association

Anneli Hulkkonen DC, MRCC, GCC

Principal Chiropractor and Practice Owner

Anneli Hulkonnen

Anneli graduated in 1979 from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic.

She worked in Sweden for a year then returned to England and has run a Chiropractic Clinic in Wimborne since 1980.

Her unique approach to her Chiropractic and Cranial work combines her knowledge, compassion and care with a genuine passion for her work.

From the beginning Anneli has had an interest in cranial techniques, studying with cranial osteopaths from around the world. She has been teaching these techniques for a number of years.

For the last 15 years Anneli has been studying and practising functional neurology, in order to understand the benefits of her work on neurological manifestation of ‘Dis- ease’, particularly in infants and children. She has been assessing the retention of Primitive Reflexes and corresponding treatments for 30 years, incorporating this knowledge into her work with patients.

Anneli has been practicing as a Chiropractor now for over 40 years! She continues to enjoy her work and is now also taking time to write her books and takes extended leave in Finland (her family home) during the summer months.

This means she is usually unavailable on Wednesdays and will often be away from the clinic during June, July, and August.

In order to give her existing patients an opportunity to book in with her, she will not take on any new patients, unless the patient is a child with disabilities, a baby (up to 2yrs old) and adults who are pregnant or post-partum.

Jon Melhuish, BSc, DC, MCC (Orth), CCEP

Doctor of Chiropractic & Certified Extremity Practitioner

Jon Melhuish, Chiropracter

Jonathan Melhuish graduated from AECC in 1991. He has worked at Back in Balance since 2005 and is currently available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays all day, and Tuesday mornings.

He has a keen interest in techniques which systematically treat the spine and peripheral joints.

  • He is one of the UK’s few Certified Extremities Practitioners
  • He uses a number of chiropractic techniques including Diversified, Drop, Gonstead and Advanced BioStructural Correction (ABC)
  • His new interest is in the NeuroImpulse Protocol (NIP): A very specific, low force adjusting method initially developed for babies and children but now used for all ages. NIP adjustments have a profound effect on the nerve supply and the patient does not feel or hear any ‘cracking sounds’
  • Completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Chiropractic Paediatrics from the AECC in 2005
  • Completed an M level course in spinal rehabilitation through 1998/9
  • Member of the Royal College of Chiropractors (MCC) and The British Chiropractic Association (BCA)

He draws on all of these techniques to provide holistic care to get you Back in Balance and Fit for Life.

Ruben Karmali, DC


Ruben Karmali

Ruben was adjusted from birth by his mum (Anneli) and noticed the immense benefits of Chiropractic growing up, so naturally fell into the profession.

He studied Chiropractic and then graduated from Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in 2014.

He has worked around the world providing Chiropractic care in Peru, Spain, Holland including voluntary work in Haiti, Dominican Republic and India with Karmalife Chiropractic.

“My passion is to help people live a life more connected with themselves, returning them back to the activities that they love to do, the passions that bring meaning to their life, because that is what living is!”

Ruben applies a unique approach of combining structural and tonal chiropractic techniques with yoga.

  • Gonstead – a structural technique focused of aligning the spine to remove interference from the
    nervous system thereby restoring proper communication between the brain and body.
  • BGI Bio Geometric Integration – a softer and subtler approach that focuses on bringing awareness and breath into areas of the body that have not fully processed past experiences.
  • Cranial Sacral Technique – since graduating he has learnt from his mother how to correct cranial dysfunctions and release meningeal/dural tension in adults and in babies.

He will be available Mondays 11am – 6pm, Tuesdays 9am – 4.30pm and Thursdays 9am – 5pm.

Laurence Karmali, BSc, MSc


Please note: Laurence Karmali will not be running any clinics at Back in Balance, as he is now working full time at his own clinic. Formally called Alchemy on Leigh Road Wimborne. Please contact them for appointments with Laurence.

Thomas Farrell, BSc, MSc


Thomas will be available Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays all day.

Thomas graduated from the AECC in 2017. He has recently left his hometown of Edinburgh to join us at Back in Balance.
 Thomas initially worked in Scotland at a well-established Spinal Wellness Centre with clinics in Edinburgh city centre and the Scottish Borders.

He went on to work alongside Laurence Karmali under the Karmalife banner in India where they travelled, educating and delivering Chiropractic care to underprivileged communities. This was also the first time working alongside Anneli which was extremely impactful. So much so that he followed her all the way down to the south coast of England!

Thomas’s approach to Chiropractic is simplistic but profound:

“If there is pressure on the brainstem (upper Cx) and or the additional spinal segments, the messages from brain to body will be reduced! Over time this will result in a diverse array of health issues. By clearing the interference on the nervous system through the Chiropractic adjustment, the nervous  system will return to its normal cycle state, unleashing our NATURAL potential for healing as well as physical, mental, and emotional growth! 

Combine this with the best exercise known to man: BREATHEWORK whilst establishing optimal functional movement patterns for everyday life to strengthen and stabilise your “new” and improved spine. It’s a winning formula and guess what! It doesn’t have to be complicated to be profound! It’s Chiropractic.”

Emma Keating, BSc (Hons) DC


Emma Keating, Chiropracter

Emma graduated from the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic in 2001.

She then worked in busy practices in South Wales and London, before returning home to work in Verwood Dorset, following the birth of her son. This sparked an interest in paediatric chiropractic. Emma attended the Williams paediatric seminars, Anneli’s invitational workshops and several other related courses. As a result she has enjoyed treating many babies over the last 12 years and welcomes any new babies to Back in Balance.

Emma will be available Wednesdays & Fridays.

Lucinda Holman

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

Lucinda Holman of Back in Balance Chiropractic Clinic Wimborne

Even though breast feeding is a natural process, many mums experience difficulties especially in the early weeks after birth.

Specialist lactation support can make all the difference to establishing a successful breastfeeding relationship between you and your baby.

Lucinda has been supporting mums for over a decade, her aim is to identify and help resolve core feeding issues as quickly as possible, in a way that suits you.

Charlotte Barclay, DipHE, BSc, MSc, DC Doctor of Chiropractic

Charlie started her Higher Education studies at Portsmouth University, graduating with a DipHE 2:1 in Sport and Exercise Science. She went on to achieve a BSc 2:1 with Honours in 2015 from the Anglo European College of Chiropractic (AECC). In June 2017 Charlie graduated from the AECC with a Masters in Chiropractic with Merit.

The AECC provided Charlie with the opportunity to develop her passion for paediatric chiropractic, and during her time there she became a well-respected member of its breast feeding clinic.

Charlie is passionate about the musculoskeletal care of the new born, and believes it is a privilege to help mothers develop a strong bond with their baby whilst also influencing the growth, nutrition and overall wellbeing of their loved one.

Charlie holds additional qualifications in dry needling. She is qualified to treat patients of all ages with a wide range of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions.

Outside work Charlie is a keen sportswoman and holds coaching qualifications in many sports. She played Basketball at National league level and was captain of Bournemouth University Women’s Basketball team.

Jane Ludick, tbc

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