Care and experience

Our Physiotherapists have undergone extensive postgraduate training, have the highest ethical standards, and many years of treatment experience.


Sara Wheeler

Sara is a Physiotherapist and the owner of Health Skills Physiotherapy. A native of Halifax, Sara earned her B.Sc. From Saint Mary's University, and her Masters of Physical Therapy degree from The University of Western Ontario. An athlete from a young age, Sara has been involved in competitive gymnastics, soccer, swimming, has competed in track and field at both the university and national levels, and was a member of the N.S. Canada Games Athletics team. Sara has worked several years in a busy orthopedic clinic as well as in the IWK Children's hospital orthopedic department. As a result, she has had the opportunity to treat a wide range of acute and chronic conditions, including various musculoskeletal injuries and neurological impairments in all ages.

Sara has completed several post-graduate courses in manual therapy, running related injuries, acupuncture, movement impairment syndromes, chronic pain, Level 1 and most recently Level 2 intramuscular: Trigger point Dry Needling. Sara is a strong advocate of a hands-on approach to physiotherapy and believes that manual therapy, coupled with exercise and education is the most effective strategy for recovery. She is passionate about her work and looks forward to not only helping you recover from your current injury but also assisting you in achieving future health related goals.


Michelle O'Brien

Raised in Newfoundland, Michelle earned her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at Dalhousie University and her Master of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. She is also a registered Yoga Teacher. After spending 8 years living and working in Thunder Bay, ON, she has moved back to Halifax to be closer to her family and the ocean.

Michelle has worked in a variety of settings over the past several years. She has a strong interest in paediatrics, women’s health, and posture to reduce pain. In her spare time Michelle enjoys hiking, running, cross country skiing, crossfitting, and yoga.

Michelle has completed postgraduate training in baby treatment, dynamic core, pelvic floor retraining, manual therapy, movement impairment syndromes, yoga therapy, and dry needling. She believes strongly that improving your posture can improve your life. Her hands on approach will assist in your recovery. She is passionate about physiotherapy and looks forward to helping you achieve your goals.


Allison Reid

Raised in Newfoundland, Allison earned her Bachelor of Science from Dalhousie University and her Master of Physical Therapy from The University of Western Ontario. She also holds a Certificate of Japanese Studies from Saint Mary’s University. After graduating with her degree in physiotherapy, she moved back to Halifax and started her career working in private orthopedic clinics around the city. She quickly became interested in pediatrics and women’s health and has worked at the IWK Health Centre as women’s health physiotherapist.

Allison is a strong believer of life-long learning and has completed a number of post-graduate courses and certifications in a variety of areas. She uses a hands-on, one-on-one approach to physiotherapy and uses her post-graduate training in manual therapy, acupuncture, and dry needling to provide care. For women, she has training in pelvic floor therapy to treat incontinence, as well as training in exercise prescription and pain management before, during, and after pregnancy, including being certified as a Pelvic Floor Pilates (Pfilates) instructor. She is also trained by Osteoporosis Canada in their Bone Fit exercise program for osteoporosis and bone health. Allison is passionate about physiotherapy, and looks forward to helping people of all ages and genders with their health related concerns.

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