Shortly after graduating from Dalhousie\’s School of Physiotherapy in 1996, I moved the the United States to practice. While in the US, I was introduced to the teachings of Dr. Shirley Sahrmann in regards to Movement Impairment Syndromes. This approach quickly became my area of special interest and I continued to take courses when I returned to Canada. I have had the pleasure of attending several courses with Dr. Sahrmann herself, including several trips to Washington University in St. Louis, the school from which she has just recently retired from. While preparing for my Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy exam I began to better appreciate the philosophies of both approaches and have come to the realization that they are not mutually exclusive and that combining the two approaches is often better than the sum of its parts. I hope to continue to find ways to unify these approaches and eventually become active in teaching this philosophy.
Liz believes in living an active lifestyle and always strives to encourage others likewise. She is an athletic person who enjoys basketball, running, swimming, yoga, snowboarding and weight training. As an athlete, she realizes that often times there is a finite balance between maintaining an active lifestyle and injury. Liz enjoys working as a physiotherapist and thrives at assisting her clients achieve their goals.rnrnHer experience includes working with the Canadian Military and in private physiotherapy clinics. Liz spends many hours advocating for the profession of physiotherapy through her volunteer work with the Nova Scotia Physiotherapy Association. rnLiz is the owner of Balance Physiotherapy. She started the clinic in 2004 and since this time has worked with patients, physiotherapists and massage therapists helping them to achieve their personal and professional goals. Liz is a graduate of Acadia and Dalhousie Universities. Most recently she received her Masters of Clinical Science in Spinal Manipulation from Western University. She is licensed by the Nova Scotia College of Physiotherapists and is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
Mary Ellen is a graduate of McMaster University where she earned a Master of Science degree in Physiotherapy in 2012. Prior to this, she attended York University, graduating in 2010 with a BFA honours double major in Dance and Kinesiology. Her background in dance instilled in her a lifelong love of movement. Physiotherapy has allowed her to continue to discover how movement and exercise can decrease pain, restore function after injury, and increase quality of life at any age or activity level. She believes in empowering clients with the information and tools that they need to optimize their own health.
Mary Ellen has a keen interest in pursuing continuing education. She completed all her manual therapy levels through the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, becoming a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT) in 2017. She is a certified Integrated Dry Needling practitioner and has her AA1 acupuncture certification through Acupuncture Canada. She has completed training in advanced management of post-concussion syndrome through the R2P Concussion Management program, and she has taken courses in, among other areas, vestibular rehabilitation and persistent pain management. Mary Ellen has practiced Pilates herself for many years and is a certified Pilates instructor in both mat and reformer through the Balanced Body instructor training program.