Both Drs. John and Judy Hinwood grew up in families that instilled a strong work ethic and where community involvement was important.
John had a very challenging childhood as he had a major orthopaedic problem with his legs in his early years, and a specialist told his parents he would be disabled and never be able to play sport. He was also a bad stutterer and very dyslexic and was prevented from going to a regular high school as the educational experts said he couldn't be taught.
On becoming School Captain and Head Prefect at 15, he eventually stopped stuttering, was Dux of the School and also that year became Australian Open Junior Judo Champion. If your expectation is rock solid and you listen to your own positive self talk then you can create your own miracles.
As Henry Ford said, "If you think you can; if you think you can't, you're probably right."
Judy comes from a small rural town in the heart of Australia's dairy farming country, Bega, in New South Wales. John grew up in Australia's largest and best-known city, Sydney.
They met while studying physical education in 1964 at Sydney Teachers' College and married in 1967.
It was on their honeymoon in 1967 that they were introduced to chiropractic when Judy became paralysed from the waist down while they were camping at the beach. Several medical specialists had told her that she would be in a wheelchair soon, and others said her problems were all ‘in her head'.
John carried Judy into her first chiropractor and she gingerly hobbled out on her own two feet. Chiropractic was an absolute MIRACLE for Judy!
They spent the next two years teaching in rural Australia then went to Singapore in 1969 on an old cargo boat. From there they travelled overland throughout Asia and the Middle East before arriving in Europe in 1970.
Here they spent the next eighteen months teaching and travelling and camping in some very unusual places. A VW Beetle initially and then by Land Rover in the U.K., Ireland, Western and Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union in the days of the ‘Cold War'. Two working spells, the first in Denmark and the second in England gave them enough money to move on. John was also the National Captain-Coach of the Danish Rugby team in 1970. In late 1971 they set out from England and drove through Africa from north to south in their Land Rover. After being lost in the Sahara Desert (a compass and maps finally helped out), being hijacked and held up at gun point in the Congo, climbing and being lost near the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro in a blizzard, enjoying weeks of remote game parks, and just avoiding being caught by one of Idi Amin's Ugandan genocide squads on the Albert Nile, they made it as emigrants to South Africa in 1972 at the height of apartheid. This whole experience was all a truly fabulous life changing experience for them first hand. They were in need of a number of times a ‘miracle’, and on each occasion a miracle arrived to support them.
After some more teaching, and travelling in South Africa and across the Kalahari Desert in Botswana to Namibia and up to Angola, it was time to move on to South America. As John had been accepted as a freshman student at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC), they had seven months to backpack throughout South America, to arrive in Toronto in the fall of 1973. They left Cape Town, South Africa by ship in early February 1973 and arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil two weeks later.
Travelling by bus, train, truck, barge, foot and two very scary, short and very cheap aircraft flights in the Amazon and over the Andies, they finally made it to Port of Spain, Trinidad, where they emigrated to Canada.
En route in Latin America, John developed what appeared to be a good dose of malaria after travel down a stretch of the Amazon River. The American Hospital in Rio Bamba, Equator diagnosed the condition as advanced tuberculosis and said they would need to stay there indefinitely, in fact, till he died. Fortunately for him (not for the poor fellow told to return to his remote village), his x-rays had been incorrectly labelled, and after a week's recuperation, they headed for Colombia.
Judy moved to teaching Special Education in a Junior High School in Toronto in 1977, Canada to support John through Chiropractic College. However, with the enthusiasm that chiropractic college instantly generated for John, Judy decided that the fall of 1974 would see the start of her journey as a chiropractor also.
Life as chiropractic students was fun, hectic, impoverished, difficult and provided some wonderful opportunities in the Toronto area to meet and learn from some committed and outstanding chiropractors.
John became President of the Students' Administrative Council at CMCC and received the Award of Merit for School Civic Service, a Sports Award and was Valedictorian and the President's Graduate of the Year in his Graduating Class of 1977. Graduating, holding those red roses and degree was a pivotal memory for Judy in 1978.
During 1977-1978 while Judy completed her final year at CMCC, John set up a very busy practice from scratch in Toronto. Three nights a week he worked from 8pm until 1am when local chiropractors said nobody would come at that time. The Jewish business community in Toronto enjoyed those special extended hours and John was rewarded with a busy practice. Every month during 1977 and 1978, John and Judy would travel across the border to attend seminars on many areas of chiropractic technique, management, relationships, communication, business and philosophy. A fabulous year of learning, fun and expansion for them both as well as making many life-long friendships in the U.S.
From June to September 1978, they travelled down through middle America on their way from Toronto to Key West in Florida, up the eastern seaboard of the U.S., to the Maritimes of Canada and then zig-zagged their way across the U.S. and Canada before heading down the West Coast from Vancouver to Los Angeles. They were treated to overwhelming doses of North American chiropractic hospitality as they visited many clinics and some of the busiest practices on the continent. What gems they collected on their chiropractic treasure hunt! They loved their VW campervan and camped in many pristine locations in North America.
In October 1978, they arrived back in Australia after being away for ten years. They bought a car, were given a Labrador dog and Siamese cat, and travelled 3,500kms throughout three States before they found Forster, an idyllic town of 7,000 people, 350kms north of Sydney on a spectacular lake and surfing beaches on the east coast.
They opened their first Australian practice there and soon opened a second practice in the small rural cattle town of Gloucester, 110kms west of Forster. It was during this time that they were invited to join the Post-Graduate Faculty of the Phillip Institute of Technology, School of Chiropractic in Melbourne to teach Pierce-Stillwagon Technique (PST) throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Many weekends away meant they needed to move to a large city with good airline connections as they had a five hour drive between Forster and Sydney Airport. In December 1980 they moved to Brisbane, Queensland, the Sunshine Capital in Australia's sub-tropical north and they quickly developed a high volume suburban practice in an area that was crying out for chiropractic care.
Judy became the Editor of the Journal of the Australian Chiropractors' Association from 1980-1982 and she, together with John, were the authors of a number of research papers on the spine and related spinal bio-mechanics. John has written extensively on a large variety of practice management topics over the past thirty years also.
In 1983 Judy developed uterine cancer and had to leave practice. She set about finding out why she had let her health reach such a low ebb, and then went on a self-healing path. With only natural non-medical intervention, she returned to normal health, another healing MIRACLE for Judy. It was a very useful learning experience for her and has enabled Judy to reach many people since who have been searching for a natural route to reclaiming health and well-being, both one-on-one, and in groups.
In the late 1980s, they moved into a beautiful purpose built clinic in suburban Brisbane, which won numerous community awards for its outstanding lush tropical gardens.
John has been very active in the Chiropractic profession and was Vice President of both Federal and Queensland State Associations 1983/84, and between 1988 and 1996, he was President of the Australian Spinal Research Foundation (ASRF), and in 1988, with Judy, founded the highly successful Dynamic Growth Congress and Workshops to raise funds for the ASRF. This Congress twenty six years later has raised millions of dollars for spinal research.
In 1996 they were named as the Founding Patrons of the Dynamic Growth Congress, which is the largest annual Chiropractic seminar held in the Southern Hemisphere. John now acts as the Honorary Consultant to the ASRF.
Also in 1988, John launched the Bridge to the Future Campaign for the ASRF and raised $1.25 million in an eight month campaign for spinal research in Australia. In February 2000, he was Launch Chairman for the Bright Future Campaign to raise a further $800,000 for the ASRF.
1992, Springwood Chiropractic Centre, under John's direction, was awarded the Business Achiever of the Year Award in the highly competitive small business section of Queensland's second largest Chamber of Commerce, Logan City.
In August 1994, John and Judy left clinical practice to become full-time coaches, mentors and consultants with Powerful Practices, the international company they founded in 1991.In 1991 and 1992 they ran seminars all around Australia and in 1992 they commenced a coaching and mentoring program also that saw many practices enjoy amazing growth.
John and Judy have been speakers at Chiropractic Conventions in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and North America over the past thirty years.
The chiropractic profession in Australia has been kind to us over the last 30 years in bestowing service awards, especially on John.
In 1985, after being married for 18 years, they adopted three marvellous and challenging totally illiterate older children – Maria Isabel (Shavela) 10½, Ignacio (Nat) 8½ and Rodrigo (Rod) 7, whom they found in orphanages in Chile. In 1998 as a family they all returned to Chile and found the children's biological parents and another 120 plus aunts, uncles and cousins. What a fulfilling and completing five week Latin experience that was for them all. Backpacking in Chile, Argentina and Brazil was an added bonus to the trip.
After the families trip to Chile in 1998 the travel bug set Shavela, Nat and Rod saving again to ‘hit the road' as their parents had done thirty years earlier.
Shavela went to Europe first, and was then married in India in 2004. She has three beautiful sons, Flynn, Liam and Leon.
Nat moved to the UK with his finance Sandra and brother Rod in 2003 and worked and travelled in Europe before he and Sandra returned to Australia to settle down a year later in Brisbane. They now have a wonderful boy Hugo.
After five years living in London and travelling to many distant lands, Rod and his partner Beth returned to Australia and live close by to Nat and Shavela. They now have a full on red head son Alexander and a baby due in October.
In October 2000 John received an Outstanding Service Award from the National President of the Chiropractors' Association of Australia, Dr Lawrence Tassell. The award was in acknowledgement and appreciation of his service to the association and the chiropractic community in facilitating chiropractic research as chairman of the 'Bridge to the Future' campaign for the Australian Spinal Research Foundation, and for his work as Founding Convenor and Patron of the Dynamic Growth Congress.
In July 2001, Dr John Hinwood was inducted as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM).
On September 21, 2001, Drs John and Judy Hinwood were given a Silver Jubilee Award by the Australian Spinal Research Foundation for their generous support of Chiropractic research in a myriad of ways.
On October 11, 2001 Dr John Hinwood received the Medal of Recognition from the Australian Institute of Management for his work in Volunteer Management. This was a special medal struck by the Institute to recognise outstanding management performance in the International Year of the Volunteer.
In September, 2002, John Hinwood was named as a Fellow of the International College of Chiropractors (FICC) for his work toward the advancement of the profession worldwide.
On January 16, 2004 Dr Judy Hinwood was the first non-North American to receive the prestigious award of 'Woman Chiropractor of the Year' at the Parker Seminar in Las Vegas for 'outstanding contributions and in recognition of the special attributes as a woman Doctor of Chiropractic. As well as her ongoing contributions to the chiropractic profession'.
In July 2005, the Australian Spinal Research Foundation awarded Drs John and Judy Hinwood Chiropractic Visionary Awards for Selfless Commitment to the Advancement of Chiropractic.
In November 2005, Judy was inducted as an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (AFAIM).
In October 2006, John was inducted as a Fellow (FACC) and Judy as a Member (MACC) of the Australasian College of Chiropractors.
August 2008,Chiropractors’ Association of Australia Qld Branch, Recognition of Service Award, in recognition of services provided to the Chiropractic profession.
February 2008, The Parker Seminars, Dallas, Texas. International Humanitarian Award for 2008. For Unselfishly Helping Others. Every year at Parker Seminars, Performance Health Inc. commits to recognizing someone who stands out from the crowd through consistent support of humanity by awarding the Hygienic Humanitarian Award. This year at the 2008 Las Vegas Parker Seminars, two people received this recognition—Drs. John and Judy Hinwood.
“We were amazed and for a short time speechless, and accepted with pleasure,” said Dr. Judy Hinwood.
Dr. Gilles Lamarche, Director of Parker Seminars, introduced the couple as people who leave a mark not only on their community, but also on our entire planet. “You will know their names because they are associated with so many miracles that have occurred around us and wherever they travel,” he said. Drs. John and Judy Hinwood hail from Australia but have travelled extensively throughout the world.
“One thing we’ve learned in our lives up to now is when we follow our intuition and passion onto a path, the path can be rocky, but it is always illuminated and we’re never alone on the journey,” said Dr. Judy Hinwood. “For us, best to just get on with it, one small pebble at a time and enjoy the journey, the great company and the outcomes.”
August 2009,Humanitarian Award 2009, in recognition of commitment and dedication to empower the chiropractic community in Australia and New Zealand. The Parker Seminars, Melbourne, Australia.
Drs John and Judy Hinwood have been coaching and mentoring chiropractors and other health practitioners since 1991 and are also Certified Life Coaches. They are the authors of fourteen books and many video and audio teaching programs for the Chiropractic profession and the public at large worldwide.
John and Judy sold The Centre for Powerful Practices to seven of their coaches in 2010 and now mentor the coach team at Powerful Practices several hours a month.
They have spent the past two years feverishly writing and at the end of April 2013 John will publish six new books in his You Can Expect A Miracle series and Judy will publish Stress to Strength...Mind Tools to Calm, Connect and Create.
Enjoy your reading, viewing and the successes and the joy that you will create in your life.
EXPECT A MIRACLE!