Phil McMaster, D.C.

Standing Strong for ‘TIC

Serving as a Beacon in the Southern Hemisphere

Of all our select chiropractic college president honorees, Dr. McMaster may be one of the strongest purveyors of a global approach to chiropractic in the world. As a lifelong resident of a remote island nation, he may have to think of connecting chiropractic internationally because his nearest neighbors are nearly a thousand miles away. Yet, because of the natural beauty of the country and the hospitality of its citizens, New Zealand is a dream destination for travelers and chiropractic students alike, making Dr. McMaster’s position there a powerful connection point for all of Australasia.

As for his ability to effectively spread ‘TIC around the world, it may be Dr. McMaster’s time served as chair of its board that has prepared New Zealand College of Chiropractic (NZCC) as a stronghold of principled chiropractic. Dr. McMaster may be one of the few world leaders in chiropractic today with such extensive experience in governance.

It also doesn’t hurt that he is one of the most personable and hospitable people on the planet. Additionally, since New Zealand is home to what is arguably the consistently best rugby team in world, Dr. McMaster also serves to continue the historic connection between chiropractic and rugby – not to mention connecting through a son, Aaron, who graduated from LIFE after being one of its star rugby players.

For his role as the guiding light for chiropractic in the Southern hemisphere, TCL is pleased to honor Dr. McMaster.


TCL: For which professional achievements will you most want to be acknowledged?

McMaster: For driving and maintaining the focus and direction of the New Zealand College of Chiropractic.

TCL: What projects are you working on now (or have worked on recently) that you are most excited about and would like more people to know about?

McMaster: For “lifting our game” at NZCC and becoming “More Excellenter ” (a poor use of English intended for effect and irony) as well as raising our enrollment to a waiting list situation in order to be more selective in our mission to “educate great people to become the world\’s best chiropractors.”

TCL: Is there anything else you’d like to share?

McMaster: I suppose a feature of my contributions has been my resilience and perseverance in terms of my service to the College since its creative thought through to its maturity into one of the leading lights of Vitalistic chiropractic education providers on the planet. Having been one of the founding visionaries, inaugural lecturer in philosophy until present, interim president guiding the College through a during a difficult time, chairman of the board of Trustees for 10 years, all whilst maintaining one of the busiest practices in New Zealand, and now as full time President for the last 2.5 years.



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