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.

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 of specialists offer 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 - Owner/Physiotherapist

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.

Dr. Andrew Martin - Chiropractor

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.

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 ) - Physiotherapy Resident

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.

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.

Caitlin Roberts - Physiotherapy Resident

Caitlin graduated from Dalhousie University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Sciences and further went on to complete her Master of Science of Physiotherapy in 2021. She is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and is registered with the Nova Scotia College of Physiotherapists as a Physiotherapy Resident.

Caitlin is passionate about treating various musculoskeletal conditions while using a multimodal approach including manual therapy, exercise, education, and modalities. She values being collaborative with her clients to create treatment plans that are individualized to each of their unique needs. Caitlin plans to take courses in acupuncture and dry needling to broaden her skill set.

Caitlin grew up in the community of East Hants and is a former competitive dancer of 15 years. Committed to continued learning, she is eager to further her education in dance injury prevention and rehabilitation.

In addition to her love of dance, she enjoys keeping an active lifestyle by hiking, biking, and camping. Caitlin is community focused, and her goal is to give back to and support the health and wellness of the people of East Hants.

Kelly Tarso - Massage Therapist

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.

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.

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.

Chelsey Scott - Massage Therapist 

Chelsey is from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and graduated as an Registered Massage Therapist from Eastern College in 2021. Chelsey has had the opportunity to run her own massage clinic in Tatamgouche, NS where she specialized in deep tissue, chronic pain and injury recovery. Chelsey is extremely passionate about her career and has furthered her knowledge by completing her cupping course. Chelsey enjoys spending her time traveling and exploring new places.

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.

Brenda Bond - Leadership Team

Brenda is Nova Scotia born and raised and lives in Kennetcook with her significant other of 35 years, Gord. No kiddos, but a couple of nieces who fill the gap just perfectly! Brenda has a BSc. Psychology, MEd. in Educational Psychology, and a Diploma in HR Management. She enjoys volunteering for community fundraisers, traveling with her hubby to warm destinations, girlfriend adventures, spending time with family and friends, and cooking. Brenda's life advice- practice gratitude and kindness daily.

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167 NS-214 #101, Elmsdale, NS B2S 1G7
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842 Portland Street, suite 102, Dartmouth, B2W 0N2
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