About Us

About Us

At Advanced Pain Centres, we are dedicated to helping patients get out of pain and back to their active lives - be it the ability to go marketing again, traveling with family, or even just walking around like they used to years ago. We aim to offer excellent service and effective treatments at affordable prices for all in need.

People are recognising the benefits of not taking potentially harmful medications, and they are thrilled to avoid costly surgical procedures. We are honoured to be given the opportunity to help these people make a difference in their lives. Oftentimes, we are seen as a last ray of hope after trying so many other means of treatment. What is our secret? We work on all areas of the problem, including the cause!

Meet the Doctors

With the combined experience of over 30 years, our doctors are passionate in what they do and committed to staying up-to-date on all the latest in healing technologies and protocols. Sharing a heart for those in need of pain relief, our doctors will be perfect for you.

Dr. Brett Van Norman, Chiropractic (USA)

Dr. Brett is from Canada and has practiced in various countries all over the world in the bid to help people achieve optimum health. His interests include treating children and families with health concerns that range from ear infections and ADD, to headaches and back pain but he specialises in treatment of spinal disc related injuries, spinal stenosis and peripheral neuropathy.

Dr. Brett was nominated for awards for three years in a row, from 2005 to 2007, for business excellence and community contribution. During which, he partnered with Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation to head Kids Day International, a children’s health and safety event held on the same day all over the world.

Not only was Dr. Brett the first Chiropractor in the Southern region of Malaysia, he also set up a Charity dedicated to offering free chiropractic services to abandoned, mentally handicapped and seriously injured children.

In Singapore since 2007, Dr. Brett is a cigar aficionado and has been an avid fan of ice hockey and golf.  He and his wife have three beautiful kids and enjoy living a healthy lifestyle including training with F45 5 times a week!

Dr. Joanna Wilson (NZ)

Dr Joanna (Jo) is originally off a farm in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. The country life allowed her to pursue her passion with horses where she went on to represent New Zealand many times in the sport of Eventing. She flew with her horses to compete abroad enjoying numerous successes in both Australia and the U.K. While perfecting her equestrian skills she suffered many falls and as a teenager she was introduced to the wonderful benefits of chiropractic.

In later life Dr Jo confesses she became quite the study geek! She attained a B.Sc majoring in Psychology from the University of Auckland, a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic and latterly a Post Graduate certificate in Sports Medicine, also from the University of Auckland. Apparently she is not finished with studying yet!

For the past 5 years, Dr Jo has been working in a busy family oriented practice in Jakarta, Indonesia and this was where her love affair with Asia began. “My time in Indonesia saw me treating tens-of-thousands of patients of all ages, from new-borns through to the very elderly. It’s an extremely rewarding experience to be able to help another human-being improve their quality of life. I’m very excited to be part of the talented team at Advanced Pain Centres and I look forward to sharing my expertise with the people of Singapore”.

Dr. Derek Slingsby (USA)

Dr. Slingsby grew up in California where he pursued a number of sports. He excelled in volleyball before focusing on skiing and surfing. These sports encompassed extensive international travel and a number of injuries. This lead to a world class team of a Doctors who worked together to treat his injuries. The unity between the Doctor of Chiropractic and the Medical Doctor is ultimately what lead him to his profession.

During his undergraduate years at the University of Oregon, Dr. Slingsby ventured to New Zealand where he attended the Wellington School of Healing Arts. The passion and skillset to care for patients was developed in this climate. He completed his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in the San Francisco bay area. While attending the program, he pursued further education in the fields of Functional Medicine, Sacral Occipital Technique and Active Release Technique. These specialties allow Dr. Slingsby to provide comprehensive care to his patients and manage an array of conditions.

Dr. Slingsby has cared for patients in Peru, California, Hawaii and now Singapore. He has treated a wide spectrum of conditions and has experienced many different cultures. He is looking forward to caring for the people of Singapore and exploring Asia.

Dr. Jacob Parsons (USA)

Dr Jake was born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota USA. Chronic low back pain in his teenage years led him to seek chiropractic treatment. He became fascinated with the non-invasive approach of healing that the doctor of chiropractic delivered with their hands. With his interest piqued, he decided to dedicate his life to helping others through the art of chiropractic. The American mid-West has instilled in Dr Jake the value of hard work and a deep respect for community.

Earning his Doctorate in Chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences in Minnesota, USA, Dr Jake also recieved a degree in Human Biology. He holds a license to practice chiropractic in the state of North Dakota, USA. He has completed additional training in Activator technique, Sacral Occipital techinique, Webster technique, sports physicals, and holds many other certifications. Dr Jake has eagerly worked with a diverse patient base with internships in the USA, Sri Lanka, and Singapore.

Dr. Jake loves giving back to the community and proudly used his training as a chiropractor to volunteer at organizations caring for the homeless and underserved communities in the USA. This is a practice he is excited to continue here in Singapore. In his free time, he enjoys traveling SE Asia, American football, ice hockey, cooking, and downhill skiing. Dr. Jake has become enamored with Singapore and its people, he is proud to now call this home!

Dr. Adelina Ivancuic

Dr. Adelina was born in Eastern Europe, Romania. Her parents moved to New Zealand to provide better education and lifestyle for her and her younger sister. During her high school years, Adelina suffered from chronic low back pain and was introduced to New Zealand College of Chiropractic where she received chiropractic care by one of the enthusiastic students there at the time. Amazed by the benefits of chiropractic treatment, Adelina decided that it’s exactly what she wanted to study.
During her studies at New Zealand College of Chiropractic, Adelina became extremely passionate about health and fitness and realised that she wanted to understand musculoskeletal conditions in more depth. She attended Myofascial Release courses which allowed her to apply these new skills to her patients as an intern, treating many different types of conditions.
Dr. Adelina has cared for numerous patients as an intern at New Zealand College of Chiropractic and is now is extremely thrilled to start her new life chapter in beautiful Singapore.

Aw Boon Wei (Exercise Physiologist)

Aw Boon Wei, Bsc, CSCS(NSCA)
BSc Degree (Exercise and Sports Science), ECU
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, NSCA
ACSM EIMS Certified

Boon Wei has always been very active and interested in sports. This inspired Boon Wei to further his studies with Edith Cowan University, Australia, in Exercise and Sports Science. In addition to his bachelor degree in Exercise and Sports Science, Boon Wei is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). This benefits himself and more importantly, his clients will stand to gain.

He has trained at one of Singapore’s most recommended private sports medicine clinic, where he coached patients in rehabilitation and strength training. He also worked with one of the largest Physiotherapy chains as a Functional Exercise Rehabilitationist. His role included implementing strength and conditioning programs for patients returning back to sports to optimise their sporting performance. He also assisted in exercise and metabolic testing for athletes and patients who aspire to better their performance in sports. Boon Wei is also a qualified football coach who has worked with children of age 5-16. He understands the needs and demand for different age group. Boon Wei is a certified fitness professional through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Exercise Is Medicine Singapore (EIMS) program by Changi General Hospital to help patients with chronic diseases work out safely.

Boon Wei also loves to travel and explore delicacies around the world!

Meet the Staff

Advanced Pain Centres is more than just a clinic of chiropractic doctors and therapists. Together, we are a family of highly dedicated and passionate professionals with a resolved purpose of helping others recuperate and rejuvenate.  Many of our staff have been with us for 10+years!


Success Stories

We value our patients’ experience at Advanced Pain Centres. If you are currently a patient, please feel free to complete the following Client Experience Questionnaire. The Questionnaire is in Adobe Acrobat format, and requires the free Acrobat Reader to view.

I started with Advanced Pain Centres to treat a slipped disc involving right leg numbness. I felt 60% better after one month and recovered almost completely after treatment for a year. There is no problem carrying on life as normal. I will continue the stretching exercises taught by the centre. The doctors are very experienced and the staff are friendly and well trained.

October 2017

* Results shown are not guaranteed, and may vary on a case-by-case basis.

K.Y. Lau

These are few words to describe how team APC – Tampines took care of me.

My vacation unfortunately turned into a medical vacation due to pinched nerve in lower back & hence the excruciating pain making me unable to stand & walk.
I was, however, skeptical about chiropractor treatment (first ever in my life) but the treatment by Dr Brett toppled my skepticism into confidence of being in the right hand & right place. He has a way of putting patients at ease, listen & understand the problem very well & treat accordingly.
In a matter of just 10 days, he not only made my pain go away & gain the strength to stand straight but also went way beyond by suggesting the exercises that will make my back strong (through out the life).

Dr John & the supporting staff Giffi, Mildred, Rachel are equally responsible for my well being and they have been courteous in their support.

APC, I’m glad I came to you people to get cured for this problem.
You’ve an excellent team!!

Much thanks,

September 2017

* Results shown are not guaranteed, and may vary on a case-by-case basis.


For many years, I suffered from sharp and severe pain in my knees, calves and ankles, especially if I walk too much or stand too long. Eventually normal activities such as walking, standing and getting up after sitting down become painful and unbearable. It got so bad that I can hardly walk for more than 5 minutes without taking a rest.

However things started to improve after I sought treatment at Advanced Pain Centre. The results were amazing, almost miraculous! Nowadays I can walk 10 minutes to 15 minutes without taking a break. I can even do the dishes and other chores without feeling extreme discomfort.

Prior to this, a specialist whom I consulted had told me my case was beyond all hope. I felt helpless and depressed. But now I feel good, being able to walk and stand longer than 5 minutes. Thanks to Dr Brett and his staffs who are ever helpful and attentive. All praise and glory to Almighty God!

* Results shown are not guaranteed, and may vary on a case-by-case basis.

Annie Yeo

I’ve had 2 slip disc relapses. There was pain on both of my legs up to the soles. I have Seen a few doctors but the pain was always there, and I couldn’t find a solution until my colleague send me the web page. After a few visits to Advanced Pain Center, I’m feeling much better now. Most of the pain on my leg is gone or lesser. The explanation from the doctor is very clear and the decompression table really helps a lot.

* Results shown are not guaranteed, and may vary on a case-by-case basis.

Irisa Tham

I had a very bad ache in my back for years and visited many specialists for the problem. The pain goes but comes back again. Finally, I found Advanced Pain Centres, which requires no medication, no surgery and no injections. I started to feel better and stronger after 10 sessions, and now, I feel great and I am able to go about my daily routine as per normal. For those who have sustained a back injury, Advanced Pain Centres is the place for you!

* Results shown are not guaranteed, and may vary on a case-by-case basis.

Sam Thian

I had back and leg pain before coming to see the Chiropractors at Advanced Pain Centres. After a few sessions, I felt much better, more alert and more energetic. I am now able to walk a longer distance and the pain has reduced significantly. Sometimes, there is even no pain at all! I would like to thank Dr Mike and the staff for their care and concern. I am very happy with the results!

* Results shown are not guaranteed, and may vary on a case-by-case basis.

Reena Poo

I used to have frequent stiffness on the left side of my neck. Initially, I had doubts about fitting regular chiropractic care into my busy schedule. But ever since I started, I’ve never had a stiff neck again. I have better quality sleep and more flexibility in my upper body. Now, it has become part and parcel of my life and for my personal well-being. – Han Yih Kwang

* Results shown are not guaranteed, and may vary on a case-by-case basis.

Han Yih Kwang

I used to suffer from soreness and pain in my lower back and weakness in my leg. This made it difficult for me to walk; It affected my social life and I couldn’t go shopping. But with the treatments here, I have no more soreness and pain in my lower back and the weakness in my leg is almost gone. Now, I can go shopping and even travelling! I feel so much better now and I’m happy.

* Results shown are not guaranteed, and may vary on a case-by-case basis.

Lim Hui Eng

I was suffering for neck pain and numbness in my shoulder and upper arm. With the treatments here, I noticed that my neck and shoulders feel more relaxed, and even after a long day’s work, I do not feel any numbness or stiffness. I do not get tired easily and my headaches are less frequent now. I highly recommend seeking treatment from Advanced Pain Centres to friends or relatives who are suffering from similar symptoms.

* Results shown are not guaranteed, and may vary on a case-by-case basis.

Khoo Chung Wei

Walking and standing caused pain to my leg, and I was unable to sleep because of the pain. Sometimes, my legs would get swollen and stiff. Now, the feeling is much better – it is less painful and I am able to walk a distance. After a month and a half of treatment, I am satisfied with the results and I hope to get well soon. I feel very comfortable with doing my treatments at Advanced Pain Centres because the doctors and assistants are very friendly, which allows me to have confidence despite my condition. I would like to thank them.

* Results shown are not guaranteed, and may vary on a case-by-case basis.

Peh Wee Sian

In the past, there were a few times I sprained my back but did not seek treatment. As age catches up, the pain has become more intense. When I try to stand up straight, I feel that my lower body is tilting towards the right. The spine is the more important support system in the body. If there is a problem, we need to get it checked and treated to prevent further problems. There are no jabs, medication or surgery at Advanced Pain Centres, which was why I choose to get treatment here. After 15 sessions, the pain has reduced, I feel more relaxed and my body has become straighter. Many of my friends who have seen me have also commented that my condition has improved alot. I believe that if I continue the treatment, I will be able to recover almost completely.

* Results shown are not guaranteed, and may vary on a case-by-case basis.

Chua Ah Chang

“I had low back pain and numbness in legs everyday. I had on and off shoulder and neck pain as well. All of this was really affecting my mood. After treatment my lower back pain and numbness is totally gone. I feel more motivated, willing to interact with family and have slowly adopted my usual routine. Thanks APC for giving the kind advice and direction towards my condition. My family feels more happy about my condition now.” – Ong Mee Yoon

* Results shown are not guaranteed, and may vary on a case-by-case basis.

Ong Mee Yoon

“Initially I had both hands constant painful, numb and cramping. Pain was getting worse and unbearable at times. I couldn’t even lift my left arm. I was referred by a friend to APC and decided to try. I am now over 60% better and although the numbness and cramping occurs on and off at night time, when it does come on the intensity is much less” – Mdm Lui Chin Choo

* Results shown are not guaranteed, and may vary on a case-by-case basis.

Lui Chin Choo

” I had Left outside leg pulling and I couldn’t stand longer than 5 minutes. I can now walk longer distances and don’t need a wheelchair. I can also do my cooking like before.” – Chen Wanli

* Results shown are not guaranteed, and may vary on a case-by-case basis.

Chen Wanli

“I had a slipped disc at L4 and L5 which caused extreme pain(L10) in the glutes area. Waking up in the morning and walking more than 5 steps was impossible as the pain would be excruciating. I consulted an orthopaedic surgeon who prescribed physiotherapy which did not help and a host of other pain killing drugs.
I was not able to walk without crippling pain for several hours in the morning.
How do you feel now and what changes have you noticed?
I am feeling a world of difference now. In fact, after 7 sessions at Advanced Pain Centre, I could feel that I was going to get well and after weeks of suffering extreme pain and immobility; I felt I could have my life back.
After 15 sessions, the pain level dropped from Level 10 to Level 2 and was able to regain walking without pain 95% of the time.
At this point, I am working towards achieving 100% recovery and feel completely confident that Dr Mike will be able to help me achieve my goal.
Any additional comments.
I am extremely thankful to Dr Mike and his team at Advanced Pain Centre for their devoted care and committed professionalism.
If only the treatments that the clinic offers for patients with the same condition that I had were made known earlier to me; I would not have suffer the unnecessary pain for 3 weeks.
I have been telling everyone I know about the highly effective treatments and the extremely dedicated and reassuring chiropractic doctor, Dr Mike Bryant. After my first treatment on the decompression machine, I felt more symptoms and pain. He took extra effort to reassure me that it was normal and explained the mechanics of the treatment in detail in order to achieve positive results in the longer term.”
-Carole Lum

* Results shown are not guaranteed, and may vary on a case-by-case basis.

Carole Lum

“I was having severe lower back that even prevented me from turing when I slept. I had numbness in both legs and could not walk properly. After 12 treatments I am 70% better and can walk comfortably without numbness. The services are really good and the staff gives ample attention to me.” – Richard Wang 66 y.o.

* Results shown are not guaranteed, and may vary on a case-by-case basis.

Richard Wang

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