Dr Iain Lea

Dr Iain Lea, registered Chiropractor and Mckenzie Spinal Physiotherapy practitioner trained at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in the UK, the worlds leading Chiropractic training faculty.  He has attained a B.Sc. in Musculoskeletal Science an M.Sc in Musculoskeletal Science and is now a Doctor of Chiropractic.  Previous to this he undertook and completed a B.Sc. in Psychology and Neurology at the University of Wales, Bangor.  This training equipped him with the skills to appreciate both Physiological and Psychological issues when helping patients. As a registered member of the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic Iain is also trained in the use of acupuncture. This multitude of skills enable him to diagnose and manage musculoskeletal complaints such as sports injuries or back pain in a far more comprehensive and effective way than traditional approaches yield.


Dr Lea recently re-located back to his home in North Wales from New Zealand where, alongside Edmund Hilary, he was a member of the world famous New Zealand Alpine Club. In New Zealand he worked in a multi-disciplinary medical team including the All Blacks team Doctors based at the home of Kiwi Olympic Squad – The Millennium Institute of Sport in Auckland.  Here Iain gained significant experience with Olympic level Athletes and top-level rugby players. Whilst in New Zealand he also completed an advanced postgraduate course in spinal assessment and management allowing him to assess and treat patients with more complex disorders such as dizziness and headaches.

‘I underwent treatment at the North Wales Spine Clinic. I found Dr Lea to have extensive medical knowledge of spinal conditions and the impact they have on one’s life. His clinical manner, empathy and approachability are superlative. His diagnostic skill is excellent. He is extremely skilled at the manipulative techniques. I would recommend the North Wales Spine Clinic to anyone.  Since attending I have found less pain, and improved sporting ability.  I can train without pain again!” 

Dr Sara Smith MB ChB, FRCA NHS Pain Clinic Consultant.

Previous to moving to New Zealand Iain set up a thriving practice in Manchester’s City centre working closely with Lance Armstrong’s Ex-Physiotherapist and consulting for The Royal Bank of Scotland, The Royal and Sun Alliance, Deloitte, Datamonitor, O2 International Mobile Phones, Bannatynes Health Clubs, Virgin Health Clubs, Buttress, Fuller, Alsop and Williams Architects and The Manchester Chamber of Commerce. Dr Lea was also associated with the Sale Sharks Premiership Rugby Club and worked extensively with the The Sale Harriers Athletics Squad. 

His own interest in sports developed in childhood through swimming for England as a youth and becoming a member of the North Wales Rugby Youth Squad. In time Dr Lea’s interest moved to boxing where he became the Royal Marines Commando and Royal Navy Welterweight boxing Champion.

Iain joined the Royal Marine Commandos at 18 years of age.  On completion of the arduous 8-month Commando selection course he was awarded the Kings Badge for best all round Commando, an award that dates back to 1668. Iain saw action in South America, Northern Ireland and Africa and after 3 years in the Royal Marine Commando’s he completed the gruelling elite selection course and was drafted to work with Special Forces.

Dr Lea is a keen cyclist having worked with members of the New Zealand Track Squad and offers an advanced biomechanical Bike Fit service at the clinic. Iain also lectures at Bangor University where his extensive skills and knowledge have led to working with Dr. Ross Roberts of Bangor Universities Grade 5 Sports Science Department where Iain provides academic support for the Masters Degree schemes in Physiology, Biomechanics, Health and Fitness.