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.

The PROTx Team

Our team of specialists offer therapy services which encourage and support our clients to achieve health & wellness.

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. Jenny Connolly - Chiropractor

Dr. Jenny Connolly was born and raised in Newfoundland,where she graduated with a bachelor of physical education from Memorial
University. She continued her education in Toronto where she received her doctorate
at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. Dr. Connolly is currently a member of the Nova Scotia College of Chiropractors and Canadian Chiropractic Association.

Dr. Connolly is experienced in treating acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions. She utilizes an evidence-based and individualized approach to patient care. Her treatment methods include manual and soft tissue therapy, joint mobilizations, exercise prescription and patient education. Dr.Connolly is continuously building her clinical skills and is certified in Functional Range Conditioning, Functional Range Release and instrument assisted soft tissue therapy.

In her spare time Dr. Connolly enjoys running, playing sports, and spending time with her fiancé and their puppy Ollie. Dr. Connolly is dedicated to providing patients with the tools they need to enhance their day-to-day function while becoming actively involved in their own health journey. She is very excited to become a part of your health care team.

Dr. Brandon Kehoe - Chiropractor

Born and raised in West Hants, Dr. Brandon Kehoe first graduated from Mount Allison University with a Bachelor of Science before moving to Toronto, ON to complete his Doctor of Chiropractic at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.

Dr. Kehoe takes an integrated approach to treatment using patient education, therapeutic exercise, percussive therapy, and manual therapy. He enjoys working with each patient to create a treatment plan that is unique to their individual needs. Dr. Kehoe has taken continuing education courses on the topics of lumbar disc injuries, dermal traction method, and chronic pain diagnosis and management. In his free time he enjoys hiking with his dog and fiancée, playing disc golf, and kayaking.

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.

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.

Andrea Smith - Massage Therapist

Andrea returned to hometown of Kennetcook after living many years in downtown Toronto. She is currently studying Health Promotion at Dalhousie University’s School of Health and Human Performance. Massage Therapy Diploma 2200 Hours CCMH, Nursing Diploma, Victoria General Hospital School of Nursing, Bachelor of Arts, Dalhousie University. Fully Certified STOTT PILATES Instructor (Mat and Equipment), Certified Yoga and Cycle instructor. Continuing education includes Cupping Therapy and Manual Lymph Drainage.

Andrea's main interests include posture improvement education, therapeutic exercise, fascial release, neck pain treatment, and especially core strengthening. She enjoys working with our many school age children and teenage patients.

Andrea is also a Yoga and Pilates instructor, interested in preparing online stretching and strengthening content to assist our patients with their self care
exercises in order to improve treatment results. She also enjoys painting, interior design, photography and, most recently, taking on the challenges of rural property maintenance at her family home. Mostly, she enjoys time with her family and her Scottish Terrier, Piper.

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."

Talana Dunderdale - Massage Therapist

Talana graduated from St Thomas University, BA in 2004. She went on to graduate from ICT Northumberland College Registered Massage Therapy in 2011. Talana is an active member of the Canadian Sports Massage Therapy Association, SMF. She is also a Reservist in the Canadian Armed Forces and a recipient of the Canadian Forces Decoration, CD. Her hometown is Dutch Settlement, NS.

Talana's continuing education includes Sports Massage Therapy, Pregnancy and Postnatal Massage, Dynamic Cupping, Temporal Mandibular Joint Massage, Sport Taping, Myofascial Release, Reiki level 2, Cranial Sacral, Concussion Massage, and Cancer C.A.R.E. courses. Her professional interests include treating athletes, deep tissue massage, clients with migranes, veterans also clients with chronic muscular pain.

Jessica Isenor - Massage Therapist

Jessica grew up in Dutch Settlement and currently residing in Carroll's Corner. She graduated Musquodoboit Rural High in 2006, then completed Massage therapy diploma at Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2008. Jessica has taken courses continuing eduication courses in myofascial release and cupping. Outside of work you can find Jessica spending time with her family, in particular her husband and two young boys.

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.

Michelle McPhee- Massage Therapist

As a lifelong athlete, Michelle developed an interest in health and fitness early on. In 2010, she graduated from the Atlantic College of Therapeutic Massage. Her interest in sport science and athletics led her to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick which she completed in the spring of 2021.

Michelle’s treatments are tailored to each individual client, depending on their needs and comfort level. She combines deep tissue Swedish techniques with fascial release and incorporates dynamic movements and stretching as well as recommending appropriate home care to facilitate maintenance between treatments. Her focus is to educate clients on body awareness and help them have an active role in their own health and well-being. She
is certified in Cupping Massage and has studied the Anatomy Trains Myofascial Release method.

Originally from Prince Edward Island, Michelle spent most of her life in New Brunswick and is excited to be a new part of the Dartmouth community.
She enjoys strength training, snowboarding, and other various athletic pursuits as well as reading, watching movies, and exploring with her dog Duke.

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.

Chris Hall - Massage Therapist

Chris has been a massage therapist for the past 5 years and he specializes in the treatment of sciatica ,tendinitis, motor vehicle accident/workplace related strains and injuries and many other areas. Chris has been involved in health and wellness for over 10+ years and is a former personal trainer and strength and conditioning coach. He is a highly
motivated and energetic person. Being able to help reduce pain and increase overall mobility and function are Chris's ultimate goals for all his clients.

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.

Daniel Van der Poel - Physiotherapy Resident

Daniel grew up near Cologne, Germany, moved to Truro with his family at the age of 17 and he currently resides in Halifax. Daniel is a recent graduate from the MSc Physiotherapy program at Dalhousie University. As a new graduate, Daniel is excited to apply his acquired knowledge from school and placements, while working with a well-rounded interprofessional team to provide holistic and comprehensive care. Over the last 10 years, he has gained experience at various Physiotherapy clinics and following his graduation from the BSc Kinesiology program in 2017, worked as a personal trainer with a focus on high-intensity resistance training. Professional Interests: He believes that being a life-long learner is the most valuable asset in our profession. In the near future, Daniel plans on furthering his education by completing courses about chronic pain, athletic injuries as well as other courses that will complement his practice. Daniel looks forward to taking on this role as a Physiotherapy Resident and showcase his great interpersonal communication and work ethic. Personal interests: During his free time, he enjoys staying as active as possible. He is an avid runner, soccer player and enjoys occasionally helping his parents with their pastry business in Truro.

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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Elmsdale

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

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Portland Hills

842 Portland Street, suite 102, Dartmouth, B2W 0N2
Tel: +1 (902) 334 2300
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