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Anita Connors, Owner/PT

I graduated from the Dalhousie University Physiotherapy program in 2004 and have worked at Beaverbank Physiotherapy since 2006. I have been the owner since 2010. I currently work full time here, but also manage our 2 sister clinics, Platinum Physiotherapy and Young Kempt Physiotherapy. Outside of clinical time I also work part-time at Dalhousie University in the Orthopaedic department of the School of Physiotherapy. I am an instructor for the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and a mentor for physiotherapists who are training for their Diploma in Manipulative Physiotherapy. I am the Chair of the Nova Scotia Orthopaedic Division, my duties are to oversee post-graduate Canadian Physiotherapy Courses in the province of Nova Scotia.

I completed my Fellowship in Manipulative Physiotherapy through the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy and received my Diploma of Manipulative Physiotherapy in 2011 (FCAMPT). I use these specialized skills daily in my practice and base my treatment approach largely around manual therapy, specific and individualized exercise prescription, I also spend a lot of time educating patients on specific details of their injury and how to self manage. I now mentor other Physiotherapists in this program. My current studies involve Movement Impairment. I travel to St. Louis Missouri twice a year to study Movement System Impairment with Shirley Sahrmann at the Washington University School of Physical Therapy.

Recently I was named the NS College of Physiotherapy “Physiotherapist of the Year”. An award voted on by Physiotherapists in the Province of Nova Scotia.

My caseload is always quite varied. I treat many conditions in people of all ages and activity levels. My goal is always to keep people as active as possible, and to work with them on their specific activity goals no matter the level. A large portion of my caseload consists of runners of all skill levels and people active in weight lifting and crossfit. I perform specific movement analysis to help with technique and to find the source of what might be causing pain. I regularly perform video assisted running analysis for both injured and non-injured runners, to help identify deficits and develop a plan to improve performance and limit injuries.

I grew up in Central Newfoundland but came to Nova Scotia for Physiotherapy school. I fell in love with this province and never returned home once I graduated. I love to explore the woodsy parts of our province with my husband, Mike and our dog, Max. In my spare time I love running, crossfit, travel, cooking and eating.


Mike Connors, Owner/PT

I graduated from the Dalhousie University School of Physiotherapy. I worked in the Annapolis Valley before joining the team at Young Kempt Physiotherapy in 2006. In addition to my physiotherapy degree, I received a Bachelor of Kinesiology from Acadia University in 2000 with a specialization in Athletic Therapy.

Following physiotherapy school I began the long path of postgraduate courses in Manual Therapy. I completed my Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy from the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) in 2011. Since that time I have continued to mentor other Physiotherapists completing this fellowship program. Outside of my regular clinic hours, I also work part time at Dalhousie University in the Orthopaedics department of the School of Physiotherapy.

Over the past 4 years my postgraduate studies have brought me to Washington University in St. Louis where I have been able to work under Shirley Sahrmann and her amazing group studying human movement and how movement patterns and biomechanics relate to injuries.

Currently I treat a diverse group of clients ranging from young athletes, to the weekend warriors, to the armchair athlete. I am able to use my knowledge of manual and manipulative therapy and functional movement to allow me to get to the source of the problem rather than the resulting pain.

I am one of the founding members of the RE201 (Running Economy 201) group that is designed to improve running performance by making runners more efficient and injury free. This program is designed to assess and treat faulty mechanics to prevent injury and an individualized training program to allow runners to achieve their personal goals.

I am a strong believer in living a healthy lifestyle. My recreational activities are broad but include Crossfit, ice hockey, golf, mountain biking, and running. I spend much of my downtime training at RockyLake Crossfit where I am able to use my physiotherapy knowledge combined with the knowledge I receive from my coaches to maximize my training and minimize risk of injury. This has transferred very well to my patients.

My treatment philosophy involves providing patients with a comprehensive treatment plan, which involves manual therapy, exercise prescription, movement education and motor control retraining. Finally, I am a strong believer that a warm and friendly environment goes a long way in treating individuals. I try my best to provide a light atmosphere while giving my patients the best possible care based on years of treating, learning and teaching others.


Chad Greene, PT

After graduating from Dalhousie University in 2005 my career initially brought me back to my home in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. For approximately 3 years I worked for the Yarmouth hospital caring for both patients in-hospital and those in the traditional walk-in physiotherapy department.

After relocating to Halifax I began enjoying work at Beaverbank Physiotherapy in 2009. While working at this location I have been fortunate to be able to concentrate on my interest in practicing hands-on, manual therapy and exercise prescription for a variety of conditions. I also have training in diagnosis and treatment for patients having problems with dizziness and vertigo, which is a very common and often curable problem for many people. I have recently completed course work in movement impairment patterns concentrating on muscle imbalances and faulty movement patterns which often lead to injury.

Away from work my interests include mountain biking, playing the guitar, fishing, resistance training, and running my dog. Along with other staff members at Beaverbank Orthopaedic and Sport Physiotherapy, I volunteer with the local Sackville High football team during the season.


Chris Bergman, PT

I was born and raised in Moncton, New Brunswick. I graduated from Dalhousie University, School of Physiotherapy with a Bachelors of Science in physiotherapy in 1993. I have trained extensively in acupuncture and orthopaedics. I received my Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy in 2004. I have taught at the Dalhousie University School of Physiotherapy in the areas of cardio respiratory, orthopaedic assessment and orthopaedic treatment. My special interests are in Orthopaedics and sports injuries. To keep active I have a young daughter, play soccer and enjoy all outdoor activities.


Pat Young, PT

I graduated with my Master of Science in Physiotherapy (MScPT) from Dalhousie University. Prior to attending Dalhousie I went to Memorial University and completed my Bachelor of Science in Biology (BScBio). I am constantly continuing my education through post-graduate courses in a variety of physiotherapy orthopaedic areas, specifically manual therapy.

Growing up in Bridgetown, N.S., I participated competitively and recreationally in a variety of sports including ice and ball hockey, canoeing, swimming, tennis, basketball, and soccer. I carried on my passion for sports in St. John's, NL for 9 years and bounced between the West Coast of Canada and Edinburgh, Scotland before deciding to relocate permanently to the HRM.

I love working with patients of all ages and try to tailor each patient's exercise program to the requirements of their job, hobbies, and lifestyle. I strongly believe in the power of patient education and exercise prescription as therapeutic tools and hold a strong interest in manual therapy as a supplement to promote the healing progression. My treatment philosophy integrates balance and motor control into a holistic treatment plan incorporating therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, postural and ailment education. I love the social component of my job and try to make physiotherapy enjoyable and interesting for all my patients.


Lana Crocker, PT

I graduated with a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University. Prior to this, I completed an Honours degree in Kinesiology with a Minor in Psychology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Since graduation I have worked in private practice clinics in both Truro and downtown Halifax before joining the team at Beaverbank Physiotherapy.

I am a strong believer in continuing education and remaining as current as possible in my field of physiotherapy. Therefore, I continue to take post-graduate courses on a regular basis with a primary focus on orthopaedic diagnoses and treatment, manual therapy and exercise prescription.

I believe a person’s physiotherapy experience should be an enjoyable one. I do my best to make my patients comfortable in the clinic and encourage an active approach to their rehabilitation program. I tend to incorporate a lot of patient education, manual therapy, and individualized exercise programs throughout the rehab process and I enjoy doing this with patients of all ages and physical abilities.

I grew up in Newfoundland and spent much of my childhood either outside or playing sports. I played hockey, golf and tennis growing up and recently developed a passion for hiking as well.


Jill Robertson, PT

I have been treating patients since 1987 when I graduated from Dalhousie University with a BSc(PT). I returned to Dalhousie University to research manual therapy treatment of the hip joint and received my MSc(PT) in 2001.

I also teach part time at Dalhousie University in the Orthopaedics department of the School of Physiotherapy. I am an instructor and examiner for the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. I am a mentor for physiotherapists who are training for their Diploma in Manipulative Therapy or Clinical Masters at the University of Western Ontario. In 2009, I received the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Mentorship award. In 2012, I was named the NS College of Physiotherapy “Physiotherapist of the Year”. In 2012 I received the designation Clinical Specialist Musculoskeletal from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

I am married and have two active children. I love most sports. I enjoy playing ice hockey, tennis, water and snow skiing.

I believe manual therapy is an important component in the rehabilitation of many patients. I understand that the manual therapy treatment techniques help to restore joint motion, muscle flexibility and nerve mobility but that full function requires the integration of joint motion, muscular activation and endurance, overall proper posture and movement patterns. My treatment philosophy involves empowering the patient with knowledge. Patients who understand their condition will be able to avoid aggravating stresses and perform exercises to maintain the improvements gained from physiotherapy.


Massage Therapists

Tracy Stewart-McInnis, RMT

I have been a registered massage therapist since graduating from Northumberland college in Halifax in 1999. Upon graduating, I opened Aurora Massage Therapy within Beaverbank Physiotherapy. I work with many conditions from whiplash to sports injuries and I enjoy techniques focussed on trigger point and myofascial release. I also enjoy pregnancy massage and frequently help women in various stages of pregnancy with the use of a specific pregnancy bed. Outside of work I have a wide variety of interests which include sea kayaking, Latin and ballroom dancing, and camping I spend my free time with my daughter, husband, two border Collies and cats.


Shalaine Dennis, RMT

I graduated from The Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in Halifax in 2009. This is a 2 year program. I began working at Aurora Massage Therapy in November 2009. As a registered massage therapist I treat a variety of different conditions and injuries. These include motor vehicle accidents, work related injuries, and postural conditions, etc. As a member of the Massage Therapy Association of Nova Scotia it is my responsibility and my own personal desire to obtain further education. Some of the courses I have taken thus far include: Assessment and treatment of the pelvis, Advanced upper body treatment, and Evaluation and treatment of temporal mandibular disorders. I was born and raised in Tantallon. In my spare time I enjoy doing yoga and Pilates. I'm a big hockey fan and I love to read.


Jessica Dent, RMT

I am from Victoria, B.C. where I graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy.  I have been practicing in Nova Scotia for several years now and I thoroughly enjoy the province and working with clients towards achieving their goals.  I believe massage therapy can improve quality of life through decreasing pain and stress and that it can be very beneficial for treating injuries.  I work with a wide variety of people including athletes, people recovering from car accidents, and those with muscle tension built up in their daily lives. I enjoy spending time with my dog, hiking, reading, theatre and trying new things such as drawing classes, tap dancing, muay thai kick boxing, and cross fit.


Stefanie Blair BA, BScN, RMT

I graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2005 and have been practicing as a massage therapist in the province of NS between Eastern Passage and Cape Breton Island. Over the past 12 years I’ve taken a variety of continuing education courses that allow me to diversify my treatment approach. I’m fluent in Swedish massage, Deep Tissue Therapy and Active/Passive Positional Myofascial Release. I use a global approach when treating, and believe in empowering clients to take active roles in their health to achieve the best level of health and physical activity attainable. I personally keep active by spending time in the gym and hiking with my 2 year old goldendoodle Murphy, around the Atlantic coastline.


Kinesio Sport Lab

Jeffery Zahavich

Jeff is Kinesio Sport Lab's director and lead physiologist. He uses innovative blood lactate threshold testing to determine effective heart rate training zones for clients with athletic and health-related goals.

Jeff began his academic journey in Dalhousie University's Health and Human Performance program, receiving Bachelor's degrees in both Kinesiology and Health Promotion, along with the Certified Exercise Physiology designation. After graduation, Jeff decided to further his interest in exercise sciences, completing a Master's degree in Health and Exercise Physiology from the University of Calgary. Upon returning to Nova Scotia, Jeff combined his entrepreneurial drive, with his passion for endurance sport and Kinesio Sport Lab was born.

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