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About Me

My Story

Growing up in a small town from New-Brunswick, I had an adventurous spirit and a love of learning.  It has led me to live in various cities across Canada, and receive a diverse education.

 

Over the years, my interest in the mind-body connection has evolved while working with clients and having personally experienced multiple rehabilitation related to a Motor Vehicle Injury (MVA), various sport injuries, nerve root irritation, including a severe head concussion from a fall while rollerblading with my dog.

 

I understand what it is like to live with pain and the challenges clients face while going through rehabilitation, along with the impact it can have on your mental wellbeing.  These are just some of the reasons why I include Pain Management and Rehabilitation as a focus in my practice, along with Mental Health.

In my spare time, I enjoy maintaining an active lifestyle and exploring Nova Scotia’s coastline.  I love discovering new waterfalls, with my partner and our dogs. Last summer, I was able to complete the Scuba Diving Open Water Dive Certification and this summer, I am looking forward on improving my surfing skills.  Today, I feel fortunate to call Canada’s Ocean Playground my home!

My Approach

Offering trauma-informed services using a modern medical approach combined with complementary medicine.

As a Health Practitioner and from personal experience, I now understand that everything is interconnected within our bodies.  More importantly, in order to heal our physical body, we must become aware of our mental state and integrate it as part of the treatment plan.  

 

The mind-body connection can sometimes be interrupted after an experience which has caused us to experience an intense emotional experience, such as trauma.  The approach of the assessment, and treatment plan must be adapted to include this dysregulation.  How our minds will perceive pain or discomfort in our body, is different and must be treated accordingly.  This is the reason why I include mindfulness and breathwork as part of Rehabilitation and Pain Management.

Trauma can permeate in all areas of life and sometimes make us feel like we are trapped in our own bodies. Your mind and body has had to adapt to keep you safe and I highly encourage all clients to work with a Mental Health Professional in order to gain additional tools and facilitate the healing process. 

 

My intention through the services I offer is to create a safe space where clients can come and allow the mind-body to communicate with one another in a way which supports long-term health and wellness.

Areas of Practise

Pain Management:  Living with pain, especially chronic pain, can be exhausting and have a direct impact on your physical, emotional and mental well-being.  This can easily impact your day-to-day quality of life, and your ability to have a restful sleep.

 

Services Offered for Pain Management are:.

Rehabilitation:  Adaptability and Patience are key to the rehabilitation process.  A proper rehabilitation focuses on the main area of injury but also includes the whole body as it will develop patterns to compensate for the injury.  Those must be address as you progress with your treatment otherwise you can develop other issues in the future.

Services Offered for Rehabilitation are:

Mental Health:  Mental health impacts all of us at one point or another in our lives.  How we are able to move through those experiences matter and we need to find support.  The goal of my treatments is to help regulate the nervous system so you are able to improve your state of calm and begin to move forward in life.

 

Acupuncture can help assist in calming the nervous system and getting your brain "back on board" to help improve clarity of thinking and decision making.  Not intended as a replacement for Mental Health therapy but as a tool to use in order to help support you, and your body through the healing process.  Acupuncture is a beautiful complementary therapy to helping support you and maintain your health and wellness through your journey.

Services Offered for Mental Health is: 

Diplomas

  • 2200-hour program in Remedial Massage Therapy Diploma from MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy (Edmonton, AB)

  • 2220-hour program in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) - Acupuncture from the Canadian College of Acupuncture and  TCM (Bedford, NS)

    • Passed the Pan-Canadian Exams developed by the Canadian Alliance of Regulatory Bodies of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists (CARB-TCMPA).​

Certifications

  • Reiki Usui Level I, II and III/Master (Cold Lake, AB)

  • Jade Stones:  Hot and/or Cold (Saskatoon, SK)

  • Contemporary Cupping Methods from the International Cupping Therapy Association (Edmonton, AB)

  • Functional Movement Techniques (FMT) Basic and Performance Kinesiology Taping Certification with RockTape (Halifax, NS)

  • RAPID NeuroFascial Reset (Lower Body) Certified (Halifax, NS)

Additional Education

  • Cancer & Massage:  Treating Cancer Patients

  • Craniosacral Therapy

  • Orthopedic Assessment

  • Myofascial Release

  • Lymphatic Massage for the Body

Professional Associations

  • ​Massage Therapist Association of Nova Scotia (MTANS)

  • Nova Scotia Association of Acupuncturists (NSAA)