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 to achieve success.

As a Nova Scotian company, we at PROTx Services are thrilled to be able to work with clients from many areas of this great province. Our professional team offers decades of experience. This experience, along with a caring and compassionate approach, allows you and your family to successfully meet and exceed your goals.

Our Values

We Believe In Client-Centred Care

We put the client’s needs first by providing the highest quality care that is compassionate, impactful, and fully accessible.

We Are Community-Focused

We support our communities through active participation and funding community initiatives.

We Are Team Committed

We recognize the strength that comes only through working as a team and supporting each member so everyone can maximize their personal contribution.

We Are PROFunErgetic

We have a fierce pride in that which makes us unique; fostering an atmosphere that is all at once professional, fun, and energetic!

The PROTx Team

Our team offers therapy services which encourage and support our clients to achieve health & wellness. We are proud to serve many Nova Scotian communities, including Elmsdale, East Hants, Dartmouth, Cole Harbour, Portland Hills, Sackville and Stewiacke.

Dan Purcell - Physiotherapist & EOS Visionary

Dan grew up in the Cole Harbour/ Lawrencetown area. He attended Saint Mary's University for his BComm degree and then went on to take his Bachelors of Science in Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University. Dan is passionate about working with clients who are active, self motivated and appreciate the value of living a healthy lifestyle. He enjoys helping individuals set physical health/wellness goals and supporting their achievement of those goals through the intervention he provides during their physical therapy sessions.

Dan's favorite sayings is "what you do outside of the clinic is more important than what you do when you are here". He firmly believes that Physiotherapy is a critical piece of the health/wellness puzzle but that without all of the other pieces it will never be complete.

Dan enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, travelling (#vanlife) and spending quality time with his family and friends. He thrives on focused time and committing to and achieving personal and professional goals. Dan has stepped away from clinical practice to focus on the growth of the business with the goal of becoming the 'go to' location for injury management and health/wellness services in greater Halifax.

Jeff Rooney- Physiotherapist & EOS Integrator

Jeff Rooney attended Western University and graduated from the Physiotherapy program in 1996. Jeff’s roots are in a small farming community in Southern Ontario and he has lived in Nova Scotia since 1999.

Jeff has always enjoyed his time helping clients recover from various injuries. Listening to the client and utilizing an integrated health approach have been the keys to Jeff’s success in helping people improve.

Jeff also has extensive knowledge and experience in the operations of the health care business. He has owned and/or managed over 20 clinics in Atlantic Canada. Jeff also spent 5 years as the President of the NS College of Physiotherapists and held the position of National Director of Operations for a group of over 100 physiotherapy clinics across Canada.

Away from work, you can find Jeff paddle boarding or perfecting his 'washers' game at the cottage. And every 25 years he goes hang-gliding!

Dr. Andrew Martin - Chiropractor & Chiropractic Division Lead

Born and raised in Quispamsis, New Brunswick, Dr. Martin first graduated from UNB with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology before moving onto the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto to complete his Doctorate of Chiropractic. Throughout his athletic and academic careers, a strong foundation of functional rehabilitation, strength and conditioning and manual therapy was built.

This paved the way for his evidence and movement-based treatment philosophy which integrates manual therapy, rehabilitation, strength training, nutrition, stress management, sleep hygiene and goal setting
to optimize patients’ health, well-being and quality of life.

Outside of the clinic, you can find Dr. Andrew enjoying the great outdoors and on the golf course while being heavily involved in athletics and community events around the HRM.

Dr. Rachel Martin - Chiropractor

Rachel is a graduate from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. She then continued her education at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, where she obtained her Doctorate of Chiropractic.

Rachel provides personalized manual care to clients of all ages, with an emphasis on biomechanics to optimize health and wellness. She believes in individualized client care incorporating a variety of techniques that include; manipulation, acupuncture, cupping, myofascial release, and gait analysis. She has a particular interest in treating pre and post natal clients, and is an Ambassador for GrowCo, which is a movement designed to raise the standard of postpartum care for mothers across Canada.

Rachel has translated her love for sports to overall health and wellness. Her hobbies include hockey, yoga, snowboarding and resistance training. Rachel remains very involved in the local gym communities and enjoys teaching various fitness and rehabilitation classes.

In her spare time, you’ll likely find her outside on an adventure with her puppy (Ziggy) exploring all that Nova Scotia has to offer. She is passionate about all things health and fitness related and enjoys incorporating an active lifestyle into her treatments.

Jennifer Appleby - Physiotherapist & Physiotherapy Division Lead

Jennifer graduated with a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University. During her career she spent time working with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ivan Wong in the treatment of pre and post-operative hip, knee, and shoulder patients.

Prior to her physiotherapy degree, Jennifer received a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree from Acadia University in 2004. She was the athletic trainer for the women's basketball team and played on the women's club hockey team.
Jennifer has taken many post-secondary courses in acupuncture, manual therapy, SI joint, pelvis, jaw, hip and lumbar spine.

Jennifer and her husband live in middle Sackville with their two beautiful boys. They can usually be found around a rink or ball field. Jennifer plays softball and has represented Nova Scotia at many international, national and provincial championships.

Adam Becker - Physiotherapist

Adam is originally from Bridgewater Nova Scotia. "He graduated from Dalhousie University in 2016 with a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy. Prior to that he graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2008 with Bachelors degree in Kinesiology and in 2011 with a Masters degree in Kinesiology.

Adam has extensive continuing education courses including; Level 1 Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy, Advanced Physiotherapy Lower Extremity Certification Program (APTEI), Sahrmann's Movement System Impairment Syndromes, Acupuncture Canada Dry Needling Level 1, Smart Seminars Biomedical Dry Needling: Course 1 and 2, Smart Seminars: Thoracic Manipulative Therapy. He has a particular interest in orthopaedics/musculoskeletal injuries. In Adam's free time he enjoys playing tennis, golfing and spending time with his wife Kaitlyn and daughter Chloe.

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 15 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/II Advanced 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, Temporomandibular joint training for diagnosis of conditions and treatment (specialized in lock jaw), earned certification in 2006 for Biomedical dry needling. 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. She can be found enjoying the outdoors by downhill skiing, hiking and playing golf with her family.

Julie Briand-Sleigh - Physiotherapist

Originally from Beaver Bank, Nova Scotia, Julie graduated from Dalhousie University in 2017 with a Master of Science Degree in Physiotherapy. Prior to completing her physiotherapy degree, she originally pursued a career in engineering and has her Bachelor of Science and Master of Applied Science degrees in Civil Engineering.

Julie has continued her education with the following postgraduate courses: Level 1 Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy, Smart Seminar’s Certification in Biomedical Dry Needling, Shirley Sahrmann’s Intro to Movement System Impairment Syndromes of the Lumbar Spine, Hip and Shoulder, and Smart Seminar’s Thoracic Manipulative Therapy. In 2020 she completed the School of Structural Therapy’s courses in Lumbosacral & Pelvic Soft Tissue Techniques, Cervical Soft Tissue Techniques, Upper & Lower Extremity Soft Tissue Techniques, and Scapulothoracic Soft Tissue Techniques. She also has further postgraduate training in treating concussion/post-concussion syndrome and has treated these clients regularly over the last 3.5 years.

Julie truly enjoys helping people suffering from persistent pain conditions, and has worked extensively with these clients for years. Focusing on the impact pain has on daily life, Julie assesses using a manual therapy hands-on approach combined with her knowledge of functional movement. She works with her clients to offer comprehensive treatment addressing biomechanical deficits, movement dysfunction, and other related barriers preventing a client’s physical recovery.

Julie’s goal is for each of her clients to return to their lives empowered with knowledge and with greater physical capability than before they were injured.

Gareth Lo ( Siu On ) - Physiotherapist

Gareth was born in Hong Kong and moved to Canada in 2019. He has completed his BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy and MSc (Hons) in Manipulative Physiotherapy. Gareth has a particular interest in musculoskeletal and orthopaedics injuries. He enjoys sports, especially soccer and basketball and typically plays every week.

During holidays, Gareth plans to travel with his family to other countries of the world.

Kim Goulden- Physiotherapist

Kim graduated from Dalhousie University with a BSc (Bio) and a BSc. (Physiotherapy). She is certified by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada (level I) and has broadened her skills by taking many manual therapy courses.

Kim has treated numerous conditions including muscle and joint pain, neurological dysfunction and general rehabilitation and conditioning. Her style of treatment focuses on manual therapy, supported by modalities and exercise prescription. Kim enjoys collaborating with various other health disciplines to give a diverse treatment experience to her clients. She has extensive experience with work-related injuries and motor vehicle collision injuries.

In her spare time, Kim enjoys spending time with her family (husband, children and pets); hiking, sailing or just relaxing watching a movie.

Madison Campbell- Physiotherapy Resident

Madison graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2015 followed by a Master of Science in Physiotherapy in 2021. She is certified in Biomedical Dry Needling and has passed her Advanced Integrated Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Program Level 1 Examination. Madison is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and licensed with the Nova Scotia College of Physiotherapists as a Physiotherapy Resident.

Madison is passionate about treating various musculoskeletal conditions. She primarily uses manual therapy in combination with exercise and modalities. Madison takes pride in getting to know her clients. She ensures that an individual’s goals are addressed and that the client plays an active part of their rehabilitation plan.

Madison participates
in various sports such as soccer, frisbee and running. Over the years, she has
been an active member in the Cole Harbour/Dartmouth area as a certified soccer
coach for females and powerchair athletes. Ultimately, being able to contribute
to the wellness of her community is Madison’s goal.

Kelly Tarso - Massage Therapist & Massage Therapy Division Lead

Kelly grew up in Stellarton Nova Scotia and graduated from Northumberland College as an RMT in 2002. Her career has allowed her to both work and continue her massage studies in Europe and the Caribbean. She excels at deep tissue and myofascial massage techniques as well she is passionate about natural health and wellness.

Kelly is proud to have managed luxury spas and wellness retreats for the past decade and recently moved back to Nova Scotia with her son Kingsley and her dog Chase.

Emma Miles - Massage Therapist

A proud resident of Hants County, Emma graduated in 2016 after completing a 2200 hour program at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy. During her studies, Emma specialized in the treatment of Arthritis, Chronic Pain and deep tissue massage, including the incorporation of ‘cupping’ with her patients.

Emma enjoys hiking and exploring around Nova Scotia in her spare time.

Rachel MacPhee- 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.

Brittini Sanford- Massage Therapist

Brittini graduated in 2009 from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy (CCMH) 2200 hour program. She has experience with general Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point (MtP) therapy, active release techniques, myofascial techniques, MVC and WCB clients, and postural imbalances.

Brittini is detail oriented which makes her assessment consistently thorough and specific to her client’s needs. She has a deep understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body due to her background in teaching anatomy and physiology as well as mentoring students. She also holds diplomas in health information management and adult education.

Brittini has certifications in infant massage (teaching infant massage to new parents), cupping, hot stone, athletic taping, reiki, craniosacral massage and TMJ dysfunction.
In her free time, Brittini enjoys spending time with family and friends, baking and traveling.

Greg Blackmore- Massage Therapist

Greg is an experienced, professional Registered Massage Therapist with a range of clinical experience. He graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2011, and received a sports massage certificate for over 50 hours experience at Dalhousie University. Greg has specialized training in fascial treatments of the pelvis, guasha, cupping and thai massage.

Through his work in this interdisciplinary setting, he has gained experience in injuries pertaining to sports, trauma, active lifestyles, postural and work-related strain. Greg grew up in Beaver Bank, Nova Scotia. He works with you to develop a personalized massage treatment that meets your health and healing goals.

Greg’s interest in sports massage fits well with his own passion for sports. He has a Personal Trainer Certificate through CANfit. Greg has a black belt in Taikwon-do and has competed at the provincial and national level. He has inspired and motivated students as a Taekwon-do instructor.

In his spare time, Greg enjoys fitness and volunteer activities at charitable and non-profit events.

Stephanie Locke- Massage Therapist

Stephanie graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2014. She has taken continuing education course in Cupping, Indian Head Massage, Jade Stone Therapy, and is currently completing a myofascial release course.

Stephanie's areas of interest include treating sports injuries, seniors, and veterans. She enjoys creating treatment plans to relieve injuries but also creating strategies to prevent them.

In her free time, you will find Stephanie reading while drinking coffee, hiking or spending time with her niece and family.

Katie Eaton - Massage Therapist

Katie graduated from ICT Northumberland College in 2004 and has been actively involved in massage therapy, health, and fitness since then.

She holds many certifications for massage therapy, including deep tissue, myofascial release, cupping, as well as special training to assist clients living with cancer. She is a member of the Nova Scotia Fitness Association as a group fitness leader and hopes to pursue certification in personal training. As a certified Bellyfit instructor Katie has taught women's fitness classes since 2013.

Katie lives in Middle Musquodoboit with her husband and son. When not working with clients she enjoys dancing, fitness, hiking and exploring the province with her family.

Tahnee Roach - Massage Therapist

Tahnee is from Toronto, Ontario where she graduated from CCMH in 2014 with honors. After living out west for a time, she moved to Halifax and began practicing Massage Therapy in Bedford and Fall River.

Tahnee is a Fascial Stretch Therapist which is the main focus of her practice. Lengthening muscle and mobilizing joints are the goal with every treatment. She encourages all people, from high level athletes to those with restricted mobility, to try a stretching session with her. Tahnee takes a slow and focused approach to each client to help them reach their goals.

In her free time, Tahnee is looking for where she can travel to next or exploring more of Nova Scotia.

Trini McDonald- Massage Therapist

Trini graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy (CCMH) in 2006,after successfully completing the 2200 hour Massage Therapy program. During her studies, Trini specialized in Sports Therapy, and continued her education to obtain additional certifications in Deep Tissue Therapy, Myofascial Release, Cupping, Stretch to win, and CanFit Pro personal training.

Trini works with her clients to offer treatment plans that are respectful of individual patient preferences, needs, and comfort levels. She strives to inspire trust, build confidence and provide a safe space while focusing on supportive healing.

Trini is originally from British Columbia, but has called Nova Scotia home for the last 19 years. She enjoys hiking, camping, and kayaking with her son, and has spent several years volunteering as a Scouts Canada Leader.

Zach Jones - Massage Therapist

Born and raised in the Halifax area, Zach has been involved in martial arts for 16 years, and is currently a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach. Following an unfulfilling stint as an accountant, Zach decided to follow his passion of learning about the human body. This resulted in him gaining a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University and a Massage Therapy Diploma from ICT Northumberland College. Skilled in deep tissue massage, Zach believes in using a balanced approach, finding the appropriate treatment for each client. With life experience as a desk worker and an athlete, Zach is passionate about helping people from all walks of life.

Ryan Lowe- Massage Therapist

Ryan was born and raised in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. As a former national level gymnast who has been in an environment where injuries happen on a regular basis, he gained an interest in learning how to prevent, treat, and manage injuries.

This led Ryan to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Dalhousie University which he completed in 2021 followed by a Massage Therapy Diploma from ICT Northumberland College which he completed in 2022. Skilled in deep tissue massage and myofascial release, Ryan ensures treatments fit the needs and wants of his clients.

In his spare time Ryan enjoys hiking, surfing, tennis, and camping.

Bernadette Matthews - Massage Therapist

Bernadette was born and raised in Sheet Harbour Nova Scotia. She graduated from ICT Northumberland with Honours in 2000 and has worked in a variety of clinical settings ever since. Currently, Bernadette lives in Stewiacke.

Over the years Bernadette has taken numerous courses, including Myofascial release, Cranial Unwinding, hot stone massage, Pregnancy and Infant massage. She specializes in deep tissue and chronic pain treatment.

In her free time, Bernadette likes to hike, swim, read and be outdoors exploring all Nova Scotia has to offer. She has been a leader with 4H Nova Scotia for many years and enjoys volunteering in the community.

Emma Van Every - Massage Therapist

Emma is a young professional getting back into her life long dream to help heal those around her and her community.
Emma realized at a young age she loved massage and helping others so, after graduating high school, she enrolled at Eastern College's Massage Therapy program. After 22 months, many hours of hands on practice and a lot of studying, she graduated with Honours and Distinction February 2022.

Emma grew up in Pictou county and has been living in HRM since 2018, where she quickly fell in love with the city and people in it. When not working she can often be found hiking or on an adventure with her friends and dog.

Natasha Pollock - Massage Therapist

Natasha graduated from MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy Calgary in 2019 after growing up in the city. Upon graduating, she started specializing in motor vehicle accident injuries and chronic neck and shoulder conditions. After dealing with long time whiplash symptoms due to accidents, Natasha believes in the possibilities of being able to relieve pain and create a better life balance for her clients.

After living in Banff for a time she decided to expand her horizons into the east and experience the sea lifestyle. In her off time you can catch her practicing yoga, climbing and hiking. On a nice slow evening she enjoys crocheting, reading a good book and playing fetch with her cat Pierre.

Chelsea Farrell - Massage Therapist

Chelsea graduated from the Eastern College Massage Therapy program. She also has her certificate in Pharmacy Technology from NSCC.

Chelsea enjoys being able to assist a wide range of clients from workplace injury and motor vehicle collision clients, to athletes and those looking to improve their general wellness.

Outside of work Chelsea enjoys playing softball and badminton, hiking and bouldering. Her love for travel grew after she had the opportunity to travel to Europe as part of her education program.

Meghan MacLeod  - Occupational Therapist

Meghan MacLeod graduated with a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2016 from Dalhousie University. Her primary focuses are Return to Work Planning, Job Site Visits, Home Assessments, Ergonomic Assessments, goal setting, pain management, and energy conservation techniques. She works with clients who have been injured at work, in a motor vehicle accident, pre- and post-surgery, Veteran's, and other adults who are not able to engage in activities they find meaningful and important. Additionally, Meghan is formally trained in completing Matheson Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs) and a large part of her job involves coordinating services with other team members, employers, insurance providers, community resources, and setting up clients with appropriate sources.

Occupational Therapists utilize their knowledge in the human body, community, and a whole person approach to assist with functioning in activities meaningful to each individual. Meghan is passionate about engaging in daily occupation as a means to live your best life. Prior to Occupational Therapy Meghan graduated with a Bachelor of Kinesiology from Acadia University in 2011. After graduation she worked as a research assistant and retail in Halifax. Her interest in human wellness and overall health drew her to Occupational Therapy.

When she isn’t working, you can find her teaching Spin classes, running, exploring local Nova Scotia culture and cuisine, and spending time with her family and friends.

Brianne Williams  - Occupational Therapist

Brianne graduated from Dalhousie University with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2021 and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2018.

A native of Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia, Brianne has lived and worked in the Halifax Regional Municipality her entire life. She now provides occupational therapy services to clients from every corner of Nova Scotia. Brianne’s primary areas of focus are: providing initial occupational therapy assessments including ADL (activities of daily living) assessments, return-to-work planning, job coaching, job demands analyses, ergonomic assessments, wheelchair seating assessments including skin integrity evaluations, and home assessments. Additionally, Brianne also assists her clients with a focus on energy management, pain management and goal setting.

Brianne currently splits her professional life between private practice and long-term care. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her family (including her golden retriever, Beau), hiking on trails both local and rural (including her golden retriever, Beau) and curling up with a good book (...including her golden retriever, Beau).

Vanessa McColl - Psychologist

Vanessa graduated from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor’s in Psychology with Distinction. Upon completing this degree, she moved to Nova Scotia to complete her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Acadia University and graduated in 2010. She completed her practicum in clinical assessment and internship in psychotherapy at Annapolis Valley Health (AVH) Adult Community Mental Health Services in Kentville.

Vanessa provides psychotherapy to adults for a wide variety of issues such as anxiety, mood disorders, assertiveness, and personal growth. She specializes in treating clients who have been injured, have chronic pain, or have other significant health problems.

Vanessa has also expanded her knowledge base to include training in trauma-based therapy such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Kate Elliott - Leadership Team

Kate has spent over 20 years working in the healthcare field as well as the non-profit sector. She enjoys the ever changing trends of marketing and the dynamic tools available to tell stories. In her spare time Kate enjoys walking, biking, spending time with her family and taking photos of her dog sleeping.

Karen Scott - Leadership Team

Karen is from Upper Rawdon, Nova Scotia. She enjoys spending time with her family (husband and 3 sons) especially camping and hiking.

Get In Touch

Our friendly and welcoming staff will be happy to answer your questions.

Elmsdale

167 NS-214 #101, Elmsdale, NS B2S 1G7
Tel: (902) 334 2300
info@protxservices.ca

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Portland Hills

842 Portland Street, suite 102, Dartmouth, B2W 0N2
Tel: (902) 334 2300
portlandhills@protxservices.ca

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Sackville

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Stewiacke

28 Gibson Rd, Stewiacke NS, BON 2J0
Tel: (902) 334 2300
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