Care and experience
Our Physiotherapists have undergone extensive postgraduate training, have the highest ethical standards, and many years of treatment experience.
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, 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.
Mark grew up in Arborg, a small town in Manitoba. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation Division Physical Therapy in 2005. After graduation he moved to Vancouver BC where he worked at the Vancouver General Hospital in various departments throughout the hospital. It was there that he saw the importance and the opportunity for physiotherapists to be the front-runners to promote healthy living. This is when he moved from public to private practice, with his goals to promote healthy living through pain management and proper exercise. Mark has a particular interest in working with individuals who live with persistent pain.
On his time off Mark enjoys traveling, hiking, biking, and kayaking. Since moving to Nova Scotia he has been taking advantage of the outdoor activities this beautiful province has to offer.
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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