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At PROTx Services our
professional team offers a combined
40+ years experience, serving the residents of East
Hants. This experience, along with a caring and compassionate
approach, allows our clients to successfully meet and exceed their treatment goals.

About Us

Why choose PROTx? We provide the Professional Therapy services you deserve! Our FOCUS is on providing a positive and professional client experience. We will empower our clients to maximize their personal contribution and achieve success.

At PROTx Services we are thrilled to be able to serve the residents of East Hants and beyond. Our professional team offers a combined 40+ years of experience. This experience, along with a caring and compassionate approach, allows you to successfully meet and exceed your treatment goals.

Our MISSION is COMMUNITY FIRST. We will be an active, valued and respected member of the community. We will provide a welcoming environment that offers professional therapy services which encourage and support our clients to achieve health and wellness.

Our Team

Dan Purcell

Physiotherapist

Prior to graduating from Dalhousie School of Physiotherapy in 1996, Dan attended Saint Mary’s University where he obtained a Business Degree. During his 20 year career as a Physiotherapist, Dan has remained passionate about the clinical aspect of practice with special interest in assessing and treating functional movement. He has also published and lectured internationally on the topic of ‘The Client Experience’ which is an aspect of his own practice that he is very committed to. Dan previously spent over 10 years working in the Elmsdale area as a clinic owner and physiotherapist and is excited to re-establish connections in the community.

Dan is a registered Physiotherapist with the Nova Scotia College of Physiotherapists and a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. He is past chair of the Nova Scotia Private Practice Division as well as past executive member of the National Private Practice Division. Outside of work Dan enjoys spending time with his family as well as maintaining an active lifestyle including mountain biking and snowboarding.

Sally Rowter Manley

Physiotherapist

Originally from Kejimkujik, Nova Scotia, Sally graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy in 2006. Prior to completing her degree in Physiotherapy, she graduated with honours from ICT Northumberland College with a diploma in Massage Therapy in 2002. Sally has been a practicing Physiotherapist in the Elmsdale community for the past nine years. Post-graduate courses that Sally has completed include: Level 1 Upper Quadrant Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy, Acupuncture Level 1, Level I Vestibular Training (focus in BPPV), MAT Level 1 Pilates for Core Rehabilitation, Sacroiliac Joint and Pelvis Complex (Part I and II), Custom knee bracing with Bledsoe, Gait Analysis & Custom Orthotic Therapy: TOG System, and Temporomandibular joint training for diagnosis of conditions and treatment (specialized in lock jaw). Sally is a certified Independent Medical Consultant (IMC) by the Nova Scotia Physiotherapy Association for continued treatment and diagnosis of conditions post motor vehicle collision. In her spare time, Sally enjoys spending time with her young son and husband and can be found enjoying the outdoors by running, hiking and skiing with her family.

Robert Russell

Physiotherapist

Robert is proud to call Nova Scotia home, although he is originally from Oromocto, New Brunswick. Robert graduated from Dalhousie University with a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy in 2014 and is excited to now be joining the PROTx team. Robert completed a degree in Kinesiology in 2001 and attained many years of experience in a busy integrated health clinic as a Kinesiologist, and then as a Fitness & Sports Instructor for the Canadian Forces.

Robert believes in incorporating an active treatment approach alongside manual therapy techniques and acupuncture to help clients reach their treatment goals and return to a healthy, active lifestyle. His post graduate courses in Manipulative Therapy, Acupuncture and Pain Syndromes reflect his areas of interest and his commitment to continuous learning.

Outside the clinic, Robert enjoys leading an active lifestyle, participating in a variety of fitness activities including running, hiking, yoga, and hockey.

Dr. Brad Ferguson

Chiropractor

Dr. Brad Ferguson completed his Bachelor of Science degree at Saint Francis Xavier University in 2008. Following this he graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto, Ontario with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2012, achieving cum laude and clinic honours designations. Dr. Ferguson has furthered his education completing the Sports Sciences Residency Program at CMCC earning specialty in sports medicine. He is one of only three Fellows of the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada) in the Maritimes. Dr. Ferguson is also a certified medical acupuncture provider, certified strength and conditioning specialist and a Red Cross emergency first responder.

He enjoys keeping involved in academics, teaching at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy. Dr. Ferguson has completed over 1500 on-field hours with various sports and has held head medical positions for the Canadian Touring Car Racing Series, Aurora Barbarians Rugby Club, Bedford Barons Major Bantam Hockey and Austrian World Cup Lacrosse. He has also held positions at several hospitals in the Toronto area including St. Michael’s, Mt. Sinai, Toronto Western, Humber River and St. Joseph’s hospitals.

In his spare time he enjoys being active playing hockey, golf and exploring hiking trails across the Maritimes and beyond.

Stephanie Powers

Massage Therapist

Stephanie Powers graduated from ICT Northumberland College in 2002 with honours in Massage Therapy. Prior to receiving her Massage Therapy diploma, she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree from the University of New Brunswick.

Stephanie continues to build upon her knowledge and skills by completing her Level 1 Dr. Vodder Manual Lymph Drainage course, as well as completing courses in neurological inhibition techniques of the pelvis, thoracic and cervical spine.

She has been practicing massage therapy in the Enfield/Elmsdale area for the last 13 years. Stephanie enjoys the multidisciplinary approach and is excited to be part of the PROTx team.

Being very passionate about her career, Stephanie is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of her present and future clients. Outside of work, Stephanie partakes in an active lifestyle which includes walking her dogs, running and weight training.

Jessica Isenor

Massage Therapist

Jessica attended the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy from 2006 to 2008, where she obtained her diploma in Massage Therapy. During her time as a student Jessica volunteered in many different events including the Scott FireFit Competition in 2007, The Scotia Bank Bike to End Juvenile Diabetes and worked on a weekly basis with patients in addictions services at the Nova Scotia Hospital for Addictions.

For the past seven years she has worked in an integrated clinical setting alongside Chiropractic, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy.

Jessica grew up in Dutch Settlement, a small community in rural Nova Scotia.

When Jessica is not working she enjoys walking and hiking with her dog and friends, going on four wheeling adventures and spending time with her family.

Rachel Thibeau

Massage Therapist

Rachel is from Yarmouth NS, but has lived in Halifax for the past 12 years settling in the Oakfield area. Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts degree from St Mary’s University then went on to complete a 2200 hour Massage Therapy program from CCMH in 2014. In school she specialized in pregnancy massage however, she continues her practice in other areas.

Her main focus is helping her patients feel better and giving them the proper education to prevent further injuries. She enjoys meeting new patients and working with them to encourage and maintain a healthy active lifestyle. Rachel’s hobbies include yoga, running and weight training.

Cheryl Verhaeghe

Massage Therapist

Cheryl graduated from ICT Northumberland college in 2002. She continues to build on her skills and knowledge completing courses in neurological inhibition techniques of the cervical and the thoracic  spine, the pelvis and upper limb. As well as courses in sport massage, TMJ,and Jadestone massage therapy.

Cheryl has practiced massage therapy The Enfield/Elmsdale area for the past six years. Cheryl’s previous career as an optician gave her a great deal of experience with patients and she has always enjoyed helping people with their medical needs. Her goal is to provide an effective healing treatment to her clients.

Cheryl enjoys spending time with her family, and draws on her experience as a mother as well when she uses her massage skills for younger patients. Young or more mature, Cheryl can help all of her clients achieve an improvement in their daily well-being.

Our Services

PhysioPhysiotherapy
ChiroChiropractic
MassageMassage Therapy

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is an effective and evidence-based regulated health care profession. Physiotherapists assess client needs and can assist to restore and maintain an ideal level of physical function and health. Physiotherapists are specifically educated to deal with the musculoskeletal components of the human body.

The main goals of physiotherapy are to reduce pain, improve mobility, restore functional abilities and to prevent the onset of further dysfunction or disability. Through a series of therapy programs and prescription exercises, physiotherapists are able to help achieve long term results and ultimately a healthy lifestyle!

It is important to seek physiotherapy quickly after an injury or a disorder as results improve with early intervention.

Physiotherapist treat a wide range of conditions including those related to sports injuries, work related juries, motor vehicle collision injuries, repetitive use injuries, chronic pain. Physiotherapist can also assist in the prevention of injuries.

Chiropractic

Chiropractic is a scientifically based field of health care which restores and maintains health and wellness of the entire body by focusing on the spine and nervous system.

Chiropractors provide diagnosis, treatment and preventive care. After taking a complete history and performing an assessment, a chiropractor will develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment/management plan. They will recommend therapeutic exercise and other therapies.

Chiropractic treatment is a hands-on health care discipline that focuses on the neuro-musculoskeletal system. Chiropractors practice a manual approach and while joint manipulation is a common technique not all chiropractic treatment involves treatment approach. Chiropractors use a combination of treatments, all of which are based on the specific needs of the individual.

Chiropractors treat a wide range of conditions including those related to sports injuries, work related juries, motor vehicle collision injuries, repetitive use injuries, chronic pain. Chiropractors can also assist in the prevention of pain and injuries.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy involves the hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of your body. Therapeutic focus includes your muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. Massage Therapists gently treat your muscles and other soft tissues of the body with varying degrees of pressure and movement to soothe aches and restore function.

There are many reasons to consider massage therapy as a component of your holistic wellness plan. Massage can have both immediate and long term benefits for many individuals including: athletes, office workers, pregnant women and those suffering from stress. Massage therapy is also shown to have notable benefits in patients who just had surgery, who are recovering from burns, or who are suffering from musculoskeletal conditions.

Massage therapy has been proven in a number of research studies to; decrease heart rate, reduce blood pressure, enhance circulation, relax muscles, improve flexibility, promote better movement of joints, and produce beneficial endorphins.

FAQFrequently Asked Questions

Do I need a doctor's referral?

You do not require a doctor’s referral to attend physiotherapy, chiropractic or massage therapy. However, if you intend to use your health insurance to cover the cost you should confirm your insurers policy as some may ask you for a doctor’s referral.

How can I be sure that I am choosing the right service provider?

The advantage of choosing a service provider that works in a collaborative practice environment like PROTx is that regardless of who you see initially, you will always be directed to the most appropriate therapist. This team environment gives you, the client, the best possible options.

What can I expect on my first appointment?

Your therapist will perform an assessment. You will be asked a series of questions that will help better describe all of your symptoms in detail. This will be followed by an examination of the areas causing concern and associated areas. Following the assessment, the findings, your goals and available treatment options will be discussed.

How long does each session last?

The first appointment can take up to an hour. Subsequent treatments can be shorter or longer depending upon the condition and the treatment required.

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