At Belchers we offer a holistic approach to your health and wellbeing with our Osteopathic and Naturopathic practitioners.


About Us

Max and Shirley Belcher have been an integral part of the Osteopathic and Naturopathic industry in Whangarei for over 30 years.

With over 60 years of combined hands on experience, we are passionate about helping you and your body to perform at your best - whatever challenges you may be facing.

We are confident in our ability to help relieve  your pain and discomfort, speed up your recovery, and create a long-term strategy for your optimal health and wellbeing. 

Our Services



As an Osteopath Max Belcher uses structural manipulation, cranial techniques and other appropriate methods of treatment to effectively treat everyone from young babies through to the elderly.


Daily stresses, lifestyle, poor diet, or environmental pollution are all part of today’s complicated life and all these things have an effect on your health. How your body copes with these conditions determines your health.

Shirley Belcher’s experience and expertise can assist you in developing an individual health programme, utilising diet, homoeopathy and herbal medicine to improve your body’s ability to cope with these stresses of modern life and to provide a framework to allow the persons health to be optimised. 


Homeopathy is a system of medicine that has been in use since the mid 1800’s and is widely used in Europe and Asia. It works by correcting imbalances within the body’s system to restore equilibrium, as far as can be achieved.  

Homeopathic remedies are made from almost any substance and delivered in a manner that will not cause stress to the person. Homeopathic remedies are inherently very safe and anybody can take them. You can visit us for a consultation and personalized remedy or purchase ready-made remedies at our clinic.





Max Belcher

Diploma in Osteopathy (Syd.), 
Reg. Osteopath

Max began his career by graduating from South Pacific College of Natural Therapies (N.Z.) with a Diploma in Naturopathy before moving to Sydney in 1980 where he continued his education at the Pacific College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating with a Diploma in Osteopathy in 1983. 

Returning to New Zealand, Max established the Whangarei Osteopathic Clinic in Whangarei in 1984 before working at the Whangarei Treatment Providers from 2004 until 2017 when he moved to 69 Bank street to work with his wife Shirley in the current Practice ‘Belchers’, providing both Osteopathic and Naturopathic treatments.

In his spare time Max enjoys vintage car activities and has travelled extensively, especially throughout New Zealand.

Shirley Belcher

B.HSc (Complementary Medicine), Reg. Naturopath Reg. Medical Herbalist (N.Z.A.M.H.)

Shirley studied Homoeopathy, Nutrition and Massage in Sydney from 1980 until 1983, moving from Australia to New Zealand with Max to open Whangarei Osteopathic & Natural Therapies Clinic in 1984.

Continuing her studies, Shirley became a Registered Naturopath and Medical Herbalist in 1987 going on to complete a Bachelor of Science (Complementary Medicine) from Charles Sturt Uni (Aust) in 2004.

Shirley worked at Whangarei Treatment Providers until 2015 when Shirley moved with Max to 69 Bank Street to open ‘Belchers’, a practice specilizing in Osteopathy and Naturopathy .

Shirley’s hobbies include reading, travel and cooking.