Melissa has completed a Bachelor of Science in Applied Human Nutrition Dietetics from Mount Saint Vincent University.
Melissa’s love for food and nutrition leads her desire to work towards better health for every individual, along with a special interest in sports and nutrition. Her approach focuses on establishing a complete understanding of a patient’s dietary history and needs, goal setting, meal planning and motivation. Together, her and the patients work to create a path to eating for energy and optimal mental and physical health.
Melissa’s passion is guided by her belief that the food we eat helps to make us stronger in all aspects of our lives.
As a lifelong athlete, Melissa has performed at an elite level in endurance sports including road cycling, trail running, adventure racing, and cyclocross. This wealth of personal experience helps Melissa to understand the balancing act that athletes face between training, nutrition and normal life.
Melissa has completed a Bachelor of Science in Applied Human Nutrition Dietetics from Mount Saint...
Sarah has practiced in the Metro area since graduating from Northumberland College in 1999. Sarah studied at MSVU graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in 1997.
She has 18 years of experience in a rehabilitative setting working with clients of all ages and backgrounds. One of Sarah’s areas of interest is working with pregnant women who are dealing with orthopaedic issues during their pregnancies. She is also a Doula and offers a workshop bi-monthly at Cole Harbour Place for couples interested in managing the pain of childbirth without the use of medication. She is able to help moms post-pregnancy with any aches and pains that they may have and also teaches Infant Massage. Sarah also works with athletes of varying levels. She has massaged at local to national level training camps and competitions in various sports including sprint canoe/kayak, swimming and hockey. Several of Sarah’s clients have run marathons all over the world.
She has taken training in Pregnancy massage, Palliative Care, Myofascial work and Exercise Therapy and has recently completed her training in Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) in Austria. Sarah is also active in the community of Massage Therapy volunteering on several committees with MTANS (Massage Therapists Association of Nova Scotia) over the years.
Sarah has lived the bulk of her life in the Dartmouth area and feels a strong commitment to her community. She is also been involved in her own community through coaching various sports, helping out with charitable events and local committees as well. She prides herself on making her clients feel welcome and comfortable in the clinical setting. Sarah is proud to live in Dartmouth with her husband and daughter.
Sarah has practiced in the Metro area since graduating from Northumberland College in 1999. Sarah...
Jessica recently moved to Nova Scotia from Alberta where she spent 6 years learning and treating with Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Originally from New Brunswick, Jessica attended the university of New Brunswick to complete her Bachelor of Science in Biology. After completing her Bachelor degree, she moved to Alberta in 2015 to continue my education and attend the Acupuncture program at MacEwan University. Jessica completed the Pan Canadian registration exams to become a Registered Acupuncturist with the College and Associations of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAAA) and now with Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Association of Nova Scotia (ATCMANS).
Jessica has always had a passion to help and care for others, and aiming to treat and prevent an endless list of conditions with TCM and acupuncture is allowing her to do that. Jessica strives to intertwine her knowledge of TCM and biomedicine to create individualized treatment plans to benefit many different types of clients and conditions. On top of acupuncture needling, Jessica is also trained in intramuscular stimulation (IMS), electro-stimulation, fire cupping, gua sha, tui na, and moxabustion therapy.
Jessica has experience treating many different types of ailments and injuries with the use of acupuncture and added modalities, but has had a main focus on sport and musculoskeletal injury, neck and back pain, generalized or chronic pain, gynaecological concerns, stress, anxiety, headaches and concussions.
JessicaI loves exploring the underlying cause for an illness or concern and combining many different types of therapies to ensure the best-suited treatment plan per individual.
Jessica recently moved to Nova Scotia from Alberta where she spent 6 years learning and treating ...
Jalisa was born in New Brunswick and moved with her family to Qatar and Oman when she was young. While living in the Middle East she competed internationally for swimming. Jalisa moved back to the Maritimes to complete her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Dalhousie University. While attending Dalhousie she volunteered as an athletic trainer providing on site first aid and preventative care for various sports teams. Following her degree, she worked for 2 years as a research assistant and coordinator in the department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at the QE II Hospital.
She then returned to school and attended McGill University to follow her passion as a Physiotherapist. At McGill, she gained an interest in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy and obtained her Level 1 through Uro-Santé. Jalisa joined the McGill University Masters Swim team for one year while attending McGill. She continues to work closely with McGill faculty in research pertaining to Pelvic Health.
In her spare time Jalisa continues to swim, she loves going to the gym, and spending time exploring the outdoors going on hikes. She is excited to learn more about pelvic health and Pilates and to integrate this into her future treatments. Jalisa is able to treat patients in both French and English.
Degrees, Certifications, Memberships:
• MSc Applied Physical Therapy, McGill University (2020)
• BSc Kinesiology, Dalhousie (2016)
• Pelvic Floor Certification: Level 1 Uro-Santé
• Certification pour l’examen de la langue officielle du Québec
• Member of Canadian Physiotherapy Association
• Registered at NS College of Physiotherapy
Jalisa was born in New Brunswick and moved with her family to Qatar and Oman when she was young. ...
Laura Furneaux has been a practising physiotherapist since 2015.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University and a Master’s of
Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland, Australia.
Since graduation in 2014, Laura has continued her education by taking courses in manual therapy,
dry needling and pain science.
Her main goal is to help patients get back to what’s important in their lives.
Laura grew up in Waverley, Nova Scotia, in a sport-loving family. She competed nationally in
artistic gymnastics and internationally on the national sprint canoe kayak team from 2003-05.
After seeing the impact physiotherapy had on her athletic career and personal life, she decided to
change gears to study physiotherapy in Brisbane, Australia. Her fondest memories of her time in
Australia are snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, travelling and meeting new friends.
She came back to her roots in Nova Scotia to be closer to family and friends.
Outside of the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her family, travel, rock climbing, trail
running, kayaking, biking and even the occasional handstand!
In the clinic, Laura enjoys getting people back to what matters most to them.
Laura Furneaux has been a practising physiotherapist since 2015.
She holds a Bachelor of Science...
Catherine is originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Growing up she was very involved in a variety of sports including competitive swimming, running, rugby and badminton. Inspired by this active lifestyle she knew from a young age that she wanted to be involved in a hands-on healthcare field.
Catherine holds a bachelors degree in Human Kinetics, minoring in Psychology from St. Francis Xavier University with particular focus on care and prevention of athletic injuries. During the last two years of her program she was accepted as a student athletic therapist, working and travelling with the men’s and women’s varsity track and field teams. After graduating and moving back to Halifax, she continued to be involved athletics, working as a student trainer with the Dalhousie varsity women’s hockey team.
Catherine graduated from ICT Northumberland College with a diploma in Massage Therapy (2200hrs), receiving honours and the school’s Award for Clinical Excellence and Professionalism. Her particular interest in sports treatment continued in massage therapy school, where she had the opportunity to complete a field placement with the Halifax Hurricane’s professional basketball team. She also became a member of the Canadian Sport Massage Therapy Association and is currently working towards her sport massage therapist designation, which has opened many doors and allowed her to work as a Massage Therapist for the Halifax Wanderers FC, Halifax Thunderbirds, MSVU Men’s Basketball team and many other local athletes. In addition to her course work, Catherine has taken courses in Fascial Stretch Therapy – Level 1, cupping massage, and become a Sport First Responder.
Through Catherine’s various educational, working, and personal experiences she has learned the value of physical activity and its major contribution to overall wellness. She thoroughly enjoys helping others set and reach their health and fitness goals, whether it be by facilitating injury rehabilitation or helping to reduce chronic pain.
When she isn’t in the clinic, Catherine can be found running, hiking, stand up paddle boarding, or adventuring with her Duck Toller puppy Rue.
Catherine is originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Growing up she was very involved in a variety ...
Dave is a Registered Massage Therapist with a special interest in Sports as Therapist and Coach. He graduated from Northumberland College in 2007 and has completed several Sports Massage Courses.
Dave works with several Canadian National Team Athletes which include Canoe/Kayak, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey and Sailing teams. Locally he can be found at Scotibank Place with the Mooseheads and Hurricanes. Dave also travels to Montreal to be a part-time Therapist for the Canadiens.
Dave is originally from Newfoundland and moved to Halifax to pursue and Degree in Recreation Management from Dalhousie. His Recreation Management experience includes marketing with Pittsburgh Penguins. Currently Dave is implementing a Community Development program for Tennis Canada.
In his free time Dave coaches Caiden and Jaiden’s baseball, hockey tennis and enjoys playing golf with his wife Quinta.
Dave looks forward to helping you out and keeping you in the game!
Dave is a Registered Massage Therapist with a special interest in Sports as Therapist and Coach. ...
Shelly is an active Mom to 3 awesome children- Dylan Mae (5), Canon (7), and Marley Drew (22). Shelly’s hands on practice is shaped by 20 years of experience with an active population as well as continuing education courses in Orthopedics, Muscular Imbalances, Intramuscular acupuncture, and soft tissue techniques.
Shelly has been a very active member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, holding such roles as National Division Chair of Sport Physiotherapy Canada. Shelly has been an invited speaker and presented at provincial, national, and international physiotherapy conferences on numerous topics relating to physiotherapy.
In 2007, Shelly was the recipient of the Nova Scotia Physiotherapy Association’s ‘Silver Award’ for demonstrating outstanding contributions to the physiotherapy profession through clinical practice, education, and professional contribution.
Participation in sports and coaching have always been a very big part of Shelly’s life. In her own sporting career she won numerous National Championships, and medal finishes in women’s canoe events. In her coaching career, Shelly coached young athletes in Basketball, Baseball, Hockey, and Volleyball. In Canoe Kayak Shelly achieved a Level 3 Certification through the National Coaching Certification Program and had the opportunity to coach many elite Canoe Kayak athletes in the developmental stages of their careers.
Shelly has worked with many teams at the regional, provincial, and national level, and lead medical coverage at numerous major sporting events including positions of Chief Therapist for CIAU Men’s Basketball Championships from 1998-2004 and Skate Canada in 2004 and 2007. Shelly also received a World Championship Gold Medal in 1999, when she travelled to Three Nations Cup, and World Hockey Championships in Sweden and Finland as Team Physiotherapist for the Canadian Women’s Hockey Team.
As part of the Integrated Support Team for Canadian Sport Center Atlantic , Shelly is happy to be an approved service provider helping to support the achievement of high performance sport excellence by Canadian Athletes.
Shelly is currently a Team Physiotherapist with the Canadian National Canoe Kayak Team which keeps her busy locally and travelling- she has joined the team for yearly Florida Spring Training Camps, as well as many International competitions.
Shelly is an active Mom to 3 awesome children- Dylan Mae (5), Canon (7), and Marley Drew (22). Sh...
Julie graduated from the Canadian College of Osteopathy’s 5 year program in 2022 . Her final research project explored the havoc that post-operative scars can play on the body and how manual osteopathic treatment can help. Julie is also an alumni of StFX (Bachelors of Arts in Human Kinetics) and of the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy.
Julie has a holistic approach to treatment, aiming to find the cause of an issue rather than treating the symptoms.
Native of Dartmouth, Julie grew up in a very active family and has competed in various sports throughout her life. She competed at the varsity level with the St. FX Women’s Soccer team, and was a member of the St. FX rowing team.
Julie is happy to still call Dartmouth home, where she lives with her husband, daughter and golden retriever, Dougie.
Julie is a member of the Nova Scotia Association of Osteopaths (NSAO), the Ontario Association of Osteopathy (OAO) and the Massage Therapist Association of Nova Scotia (MTANS) and is dedicated to providing effective and safe treatments for her patients.
Julie graduated from the Canadian College of Osteopathy’s 5 year program in 2022 . Her final rese...
Natalie is an Osteopath and Certified Athletic Therapist, and completed the Canadian Osteopathic program (CCO/CEO) in 2009 with her research thesis on sports concussions.
Natalie has been working with athletes and active individuals since 1999, and has been the team therapist with over 25 teams in a variety of sports, including five National champions. She is a recognized therapist with the Atlantic Sport Centre for treatment of National athletes and has assisted with the National Rowing team in Europe, World Jr. Hockey, World BMX, CIS National championships (Basketball, Hockey, Soccer, Field Hockey, Rugby) and Canada Games.
Natalie enjoyed helping as Therapist with her son’s High School rugby and football teams and now coaches the Riverlake Senior Women’s rugby team.
Her specialties include:
Osteopathic Manual Therapy for Athletes
Elite level Athlete injury assess & management
Concussion/migraine management and treatment
Prevention and rehabilitation of Athletic injuries
Running or gait biomechanics & injury retraining
Education and Certification:
Graduate of the Canadian College of Osteopathy/ College d’Etude des Osteopathique Halifax 2009 - Diploma of Osteopathic Manual Therapy D.O.(MP)
Certified Athletic Therapist – Canadian Athletic Therapists Association #2-2486
Concordia University – Athletic Therapy – 1999
Dalhousie University – Bachelor of Science – 1996
Member of the Nova Scotia Association of Osteopaths (NSAO) & Ontario Associations of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (OAO)
Natalie is an Osteopath and Certified Athletic Therapist, and completed the Canadian Osteopathic ...
Nick is a Physiotherpist from Fall River N.S and is excited to be a part of the Cove Sport Therapy team. Nick is a graduate from the Dalhousie MSc Physiotherapy program (2018) and has a BSc in Kinesiology from Dalhousie (2016) as well. Nick was able to work with the University King’s College women’s rugby team was the lead trainer for the past three years. Is currently the lead trainor with the Nova Scotia Keltic senior men’s rugby team. In addition, Nick covered numerous sporting events ranging from the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association women’s soccer national championship to local ultimate frisbee tournaments.
Nick is a Physiotherpist from Fall River N.S and is excited to be a part of the Cove Sport Therap...
Colin Wiseman is a Dartmouth native and resident. He holds a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy (Dalhousie, 2013) and a Bachelor of Kinesiology, Honours (Memorial, 2011).
Colin also holds a Masters of Clinical Science (Advanced Healthcare - Manipulative Therapy) (Western, 2019), where he completed research with the Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic involving Return to Sport guidelines post-ACL Reconstruction.
Colin is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT) – an accreditation for the completion of extensive post-graduate education in orthopaedics and achievement of internationally-recognized qualifications in hands-on manual and manipulative therapy.
Colin has a specific interest in rehabilitation of running injuries and training.
Colin has advanced training in Concussion screening, assessment, and rehabilitation; an area of specific interest within his caseload.
Colin’s clinical approach optimizes recovery and performance through manual therapy, patient education, training/conditioning development, and movement analysis.
Away from the clinic, Colin can be found around Dartmouth chasing his 2 year old Noah wit his wife Catherine.
Colin is good-standing member of NS College of Physiotherapists and Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s Orthopedic Division.
For additional info or FAQ’s regarding the FCAMPT accreditation, please visit: www.manippt.org
Colin Wiseman is a Dartmouth native and resident. H...