Care and experience
Our Physiotherapists have undergone extensive postgraduate training, have the highest ethical standards, and many years of treatment experience.
Clinical Specialist (Pain Science)
Mike is a Physiotherapist and the owner of Health Skills Physiotherapy. Mike is a graduate of the Dalhousie University School of Physiotherapy in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His primary clinical interests are Pain Management, Cancer Rehabilitation and Global Health. Mike has broad clinical experience and is the former Chief of Physiotherapy for a large Nova Scotia hospital. Mike has trained with the world’s most notable clinicians in Pain Management and is currently an assessor for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Clinical Specialization Program for Pain Management.
In addition to his clinical work, Mike is an author, researcher, and teacher. He has provided post-professional training for Physicians, Nurses, Psychologists, Physiotherapists, and other allied health professionals throughout North America, in Europe, Asia, and South America. He is currently an Adjunct Faculty member at the Dalhousie University School of Physiotherapy, the Vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the Nova Scotia College of Physiotherapists, and a founding member and the former Vice-chair of the Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
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, and most recently Level 1 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.
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