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The staff at Young Kempt Physiotherapy - Halifax

Physiotherapists

Mike Connors, Owner/PT

I graduated from the Dalhousie University School of Physiotherapy. I worked in the Annapolis Valley before joining the team at Young Kempt Physiotherapy in 2006. In addition to my physiotherapy degree, I received a Bachelor of Kinesiology from Acadia University in 2000 with a specialization in Athletic Therapy.

Following physiotherapy school I began the long path of postgraduate courses in Manual Therapy. I completed my Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy from the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) in 2011. Since that time I have continued to mentor other Physiotherapists completing this fellowship program. Outside of my regular clinic hours, I also work part time at Dalhousie University in the Orthopaedics department of the School of Physiotherapy.

Over the past 4 years my postgraduate studies have brought me to Washington University in St. Louis where I have been able to work under Shirley Sahrmann and her amazing group studying human movement and how movement patterns and biomechanics relate to injuries.

Currently I treat a diverse group of clients ranging from young athletes, to the weekend warriors, to the armchair athlete. I am able to use my knowledge of manual and manipulative therapy and functional movement to allow me to get to the source of the problem rather than the resulting pain.

I am one of the founding members of the RE201 (Running Economy 201) group that is designed to improve running performance by making runners more efficient and injury free. This program is designed to assess and treat faulty mechanics to prevent injury and an individualized training program to allow runners to achieve their personal goals.

I am a strong believer in living a healthy lifestyle. My recreational activities are broad but include Crossfit, ice hockey, golf, mountain biking, and running. I spend much of my downtime training at RockyLake Crossfit where I am able to use my physiotherapy knowledge combined with the knowledge I receive from my coaches to maximize my training and minimize risk of injury. This has transferred very well to my patients.

My treatment philosophy involves providing patients with a comprehensive treatment plan, which involves manual therapy, exercise prescription, movement education and motor control retraining. Finally, I am a strong believer that a warm and friendly environment goes a long way in treating individuals. I try my best to provide a light atmosphere while giving my patients the best possible care based on years of treating, learning and teaching others.


Anita Connors, Owner/PT

I graduated from the Dalhousie University Physiotherapy program in 2004 and have worked at Beaverbank Physiotherapy since 2006. I have been the owner since 2010. I currently work full time here, but also manage our 2 sister clinics, Platinum Physiotherapy and Young Kempt Physiotherapy. Outside of clinical time I also work part-time at Dalhousie University in the Orthopaedic department of the School of Physiotherapy. I am an instructor for the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and a mentor for physiotherapists who are training for their Diploma in Manipulative Physiotherapy. I am the Chair of the Nova Scotia Orthopaedic Division, my duties are to oversee post-graduate Canadian Physiotherapy Courses in the province of Nova Scotia.

I completed my Fellowship in Manipulative Physiotherapy through the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy and received my Diploma of Manipulative Physiotherapy in 2011 (FCAMPT). I use these specialized skills daily in my practice and base my treatment approach largely around manual therapy, specific and individualized exercise prescription, I also spend a lot of time educating patients on specific details of their injury and how to self manage. I now mentor other Physiotherapists in this program. My current studies involve Movement Impairment. I travel to St. Louis Missouri twice a year to study Movement System Impairment with Shirley Sahrmann at the Washington University School of Physical Therapy.

Recently I was named the NS College of Physiotherapy “Physiotherapist of the Year”. An award voted on by Physiotherapists in the Province of Nova Scotia.

My caseload is always quite varied. I treat many conditions in people of all ages and activity levels. My goal is always to keep people as active as possible, and to work with them on their specific activity goals no matter the level. A large portion of my caseload consists of runners of all skill levels and people active in weight lifting and crossfit. I perform specific movement analysis to help with technique and to find the source of what might be causing pain. I regularly perform video assisted running analysis for both injured and non-injured runners, to help identify deficits and develop a plan to improve performance and limit injuries.

I grew up in Central Newfoundland but came to Nova Scotia for Physiotherapy school. I fell in love with this province and never returned home once I graduated. I love to explore the woodsy parts of our province with my husband, Mike and our dog, Max. In my spare time I love running, crossfit, travel, cooking and eating.


Alison BuckleyAlison Buckley, PT

I graduated from Dalhousie University School of Physiotherapy in 1998, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy. Since graduation, I worked in New Brunswick before moving back to Halifax to join the team at Young Kempt Physiotherapy in early 2008. After completing my physiotherapy degree, I went back to finish my Bachelor of Physical Education in Sport Science. I continue to take advanced postgraduate courses to remain current with the most up to date, evidence-based assessment and treatment techniques in physiotherapy. Some of the many areas of continuing education include running injuries and forefoot running training, muscle imbalances, and low back pain management.

Growing up in a small town in New Brunswick gave me the opportunity to play many different sports at different competitive levels. I have many years of experience in coaching athletes and being an athletic trainer for sports teams both at the provincial and university levels. I enjoy working with all athletes and look forward to helping them with their specific sport injuries.

I enjoy trying new activities and have a passion for learning. I believe this is why I maintain a fit and healthy life. Through the years, my sporting activities have included figure skating, university field hockey, swimming, soccer, university rugby, running, golf, curling and downhill skiing. As an athlete myself, I realize how grueling training and competing can be on the body. I feel this has made me a better physiotherapist as I can relate to the athlete at their level.

My treatment philosophy involves providing the patients with an understanding of their injury and an honest approach to rehabilitation. My treatments often include manual therapy, exercise prescription, postural education and core strengthening. The treatment should be designed around the individual’s needs. I value my patients' time and try my best to run on schedule. I believe the treatment sessions should be fun, friendly and an enjoyable experience


ScottScott Symonds, PT

I am a graduate of Dalhousie University School of Physiotherapy, with a Master of Science in Physiotherapy. In addition to my physiotherapy degree, I received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University. It was in my role as an athletic therapist with the Dalhousie Tigers Varsity Men’s hockey team during my undergraduate degree that I took a keen interest in the treatment of injury and disease, which led me to the Physiotherapy profession. Currently, I am completing a Fellowship of Manipulative Physical Therapy through the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. I recently successfully completed my intermediate exam and am ready to embark on the next challenge of completing my advanced levels. This fellowship is an international designation recognized by the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physiotherapists (IFOMPT) in advanced clinical expertise and specialized training in Manual and Manipulative Therapy.

I am a strong believer in a proactive approach to solving many of the health issues facing our population. As a physiotherapist, I believe each client’s rehabilitation must be personalized based on their injury, goals, and lifestyle. I encourage my clients to take an active approach to their own rehabilitation. My approach to treatment includes a combination of manual therapy, personalized exercise prescription, and patient education. I look forward to working with clients toward meeting their rehabilitation goals, and welcome clients of all ages and physical abilities.

I enjoy living a healthy, well balanced lifestyle which includes leisure time with my dog, Hudson; training at CrossFit Ironstone; mid distance running and team sports such as hockey and baseball. CrossFit is a natural fit for me as the core values and philosophy of the program blend naturally with my personal and professional beliefs regarding fitness and wellbeing. I have completed the CrossFit Level 1 Trainer course, and I enjoy combining  my Physiotherapy expertise and CrossFit knowledge to rehabilitate both athletes and the general population.”


Drew Bourret, PT

I am a graduate of the University of Toronto, obtaining a Masters of Science in Physical therapy, and am currently completing my Doctorate of Science in Physical Therapy from Andrews University in Michigan, USA. In addition, I am also completing a fellowship of Manipulative Physical Therapy through the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Prior to these designations, I received an Honours Bachelor Degree in Medical Sciences, majoring in Physiology at the University of Western Ontario. Currently I am involved with Dalhousie University Physiotherapy Department as a Clinical Instructor.

 

I am originally born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, but have lived and worked in Toronto and Saskatoon, as well as internationally in New Zealand. My love in life includes gaining new experiences, especially through travelling and the martial arts, which I have been able to combine to train overseas. I am also one for art, comics and movies

My experience as a physiotherapist includes a multitude of conditions, anywhere from strains/sprains, surgical rehabilitation, chronic pain, or even on field rugby physiotherapy, allowing my knowledge to be well diversified. 

With my diverse education and international experiences, my philosophy to patient treatment involves finding the right solution to each individual's needs. Amalgamating manual therapy, exercise, medical considerations, and patient education, I strive to create the best treatment approach possible. I believe in the complete picture of health, and therefore try to make the patient experience as fun as possible, even cracking some amazing jokes from time to time.


Joline Boudreau, PT

I am originally from a small Acadian region located at the south-western tip of Nova Scotia. I knew from an early age through my own personal sports injuries the importance of rehabilitation and exercise. In 2011 I graduated from Dalhousie University with a Master of Science in Physiotherapy (MSc PT). Prior to that, I received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Saint Francis Xavier University. Since university, I have continued to further my education by taking numerous courses in manual therapy, neurodynamics and pain rehab. I have completed my Level 1-3 in manual therapy and have successfully completed the Intermediate Practical Exam. Currently I am working toward my Advanced Manual Therapy fellowship through the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy. Other courses include functional dry needling (FDN), AFCI AA1 Acupuncture, and movement impairment syndromes.

 

My work experience ranges and included athletes, chronic pain conditions, work- and motor vehicle related injuries, and working with members of our Canadian Armed Forces. Regardless if the injury is acute or chronic, I work with each individual by setting goals that are attainable so that you can enjoy a healthier lifestyle.

My interests include orthopaedics, neuropathic conditions, and persistent pain conditions. I focus my treatments to include manual therapy, strengthening and somatic exercises. Because I believe knowledge is empowering, I will educate you in a way that you will understand and so that you will be able to pick up those subtle cues that your body is trying to communicate with you.


LaurenLauren Pyke, PT

I graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and later with a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy. She received her Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy from the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 2016 and has achieved the designation of Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy.

 

My postgraduate education has been in advanced manual therapy, acupuncture, and vestibular rehabilitation. I work passionately with patients who have various orthopaedic conditions, vestibular dysfunction, and generalized deconditioning to help restore joint mobility, motor control, balance and optimal function. I believe knowledge is empowering and is the cornerstone of a successful rehabilitation. My aim is to create enjoyable and versatile treatment plans for individual needs and have patients leave with the understanding and confidence of staying healthy.


Adria Quigley, PT

Originally from Saskatchewan, I moved to Halifax to pursue my Ph.D in Health at Dalhousie University. I am now in my second year of my doctoral studies; my research is looking at the impact of exercise (specifically yoga) on cognitive function in people living with HIV. I obtained my Master’s in physical therapy from the University of Toronto in 2011, and a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology from the University of Saskatchewan in 2009.

I have worked in many different clinical settings, including acute care, long term care, pediatrics, geriatrics, surgery, medicine, rehabilitation, the intensive care unit, an outpatient clinic, with sports teams, and on a contract basis for a speech-language program for people with aphasia called InteRACT. I try to use my sense of humour and creativity to help my patients live more independently and to improve their function.

Since I graduated from my Master’s of physical therapy, I have sought many opportunities for continuing education in the area of neurology, which is my area of focus. My main clinical interest is in helping people recover from stroke and brain injury, as well as other neurological conditions. I have taken three neuro-developmental treatment (NDT) courses to help manage some of the physical consequences of neurological conditions. Chronic pain management using mindfulness is another area of interest for me.

Since graduation, I have also obtained two yoga teacher training certificates in 2012 and 2013, respectively, and have taught beginner and movement disorder yoga classes. I often incorporate yoga and mindfulness into my clinical practice with neurological conditions. In my spare time, I am an avid traveler and ultimate-frisbee player.


Jill Robertson, PT

I have been treating patients since 1987 when I graduated from Dalhousie University with a BSc(PT). I returned to Dalhousie University to research manual therapy treatment of the hip joint and received my MSc(PT) in 2001.

I also teach part time at Dalhousie University in the Orthopaedics department of the School of Physiotherapy. I am an instructor and examiner for the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. I am a mentor for physiotherapists who are training for their Diploma in Manipulative Therapy or Clinical Masters at the University of Western Ontario. In 2009, I received the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Mentorship award. In 2012, I was named the NS College of Physiotherapy “Physiotherapist of the Year”. In 2012 I received the designation Clinical Specialist Musculoskeletal from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

I am married and have two active children. I love most sports. I enjoy playing ice hockey, tennis, water and snow skiing.

I believe manual therapy is an important component in the rehabilitation of many patients. I understand that the manual therapy treatment techniques help to restore joint motion, muscle flexibility and nerve mobility but that full function requires the integration of joint motion, muscular activation and endurance, overall proper posture and movement patterns. My treatment philosophy involves empowering the patient with knowledge. Patients who understand their condition will be able to avoid aggravating stresses and perform exercises to maintain the improvements gained from physiotherapy.


Massage Therapists

Michelle Geldart, RMT

I am a graduate of ICT Northumberland College in 2006 in Halifax. I am a registered, professional member of the Massage Therapy Association of Nova Scotia. I was one of five award recipients in my class having been bestowed the award of Personal Professional Achievement. I am versatile in my practice and specialize in several modalities of massage including acumassage, acupressure, pregnancy, sports injuries, and myofascial release. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of anatomy and helping my clients achieve their personal health goals. I encourage clients to consider how their lifestyle contributes to their posture, holding habits, stress levels and injuries. By encouraging clients to pay attention to how their body feels, we can determine how often to get a massage hoping that self-care will become a way of life.

Amanda Murphy, RMT

I am a 2006 graduate of ICT Northumberland Collage and am currently faculty. I am a member in good standing with the Massage Therapy Association of Nova Scotia as well as a certified Yoga Instructor. I am trained in Myofascial release, deep tissue massage and pregnancy massage. I enjoy helping my patients take a holistic approach to their health care goals; by determining how their habitual lifestyles are contributing to increased pain, stress and potential injury. With massage therapy treatment, I have been better able to help my patients with body awareness and how to achieve optimum health care goals.

Jessica Dent, RMT

I am from Victoria, B.C. where I graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy.  I have been practicing in Nova Scotia for several years now and I thoroughly enjoy the province and working with clients towards achieving their goals.  I believe massage therapy can improve quality of life through decreasing pain and stress and that it can be very beneficial for treating injuries.  I work with a wide variety of people including athletes, people recovering from car accidents, and those with muscle tension built up in their daily lives. I enjoy spending time with my dog, hiking, reading, theatre and trying new things such as drawing classes, tap dancing, muay thai kick boxing, and cross fit.

JudyJudy Bell, RMT

Judy is an honours graduate from the 2200 hour Massage Therapy program at ICT Northumberland College in Halifax. Elected valedictorian by her graduating classmates, Judy also won an award for 'Outstanding Contribution to the College Community'. Her treatment approach has a wellness focus, incorporating both therapeutic massage and remedial exercise techniques. She is trained in Swedish massage, deep tissue massage and myofascial release. Judy is committed to continuous education and has advanced her knowledge in massage therapy with post-graduate courses in neck and spinal injuries. She is presently completing courses toward her International Sports Massage Diploma with the Canadian Sport Massage Therapists Association.

Prior to becoming a Massage Therapist, Judy was employed for 18 years as a Social Worker primarily in the mental health field and believes in the power of the mind-body connection. With a strong background in supporting and empowering individuals to achieve their optimum wellness goals, she is experienced in assisting clients with healing from various conditions including trauma, chronic pain, illness, and injury. Whether the wellness goal is rehabilitation or relaxation, Judy’s supportive, accepting and nurturing energy creates a safe and healing environment for her clients.

As an avid lover of all things outdoors, Judy spends her leisure time running, backpacking and ocean kayaking. She is a strong believer in giving back to the community and has volunteered with the Saturday Free Clinic and with Capital Health's Sunshine Room where she provided massage therapy for those undergoing cancer treatments. She is also a dedicated volunteer Advanced Medical First Responder with St. John Ambulance providing first aid coverage at a variety of events in the local community.


Office Manager

Peggy Conrad


PT Assistant

Gail Purves


Reception

Deirdre Gracie

Patty MacIsaac

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