Our Team

Alison Beaton PT, MClSc, FCAMPT, Diploma Sports Physiotherapy

Alison Beaton works with general orthopaedic clients and athletes of all levels to optimize their movements in sport and in life. Alison combines her specialized training in manual and manipulative therapy with movement pattern and muscle imbalance retraining to promote rapid, safe, and effective recovery from injuries and chronic stress. Her extensive experience with elite athletes includes current Olympians, Canadian National Teams, and Cirque du Soleil. She owns Scotia Physiotherapy, is a member of the Integrated Health Services team for Athletics Canada, the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association, and the IST lead for Surf Canada. She works locally with Dance NS and Neptune theatre in Halifax.

Alison graduated from Dalhousie University in 2003, completed an Advanced Diploma of Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Therapy in 2009, a Masters of Clinical Science in Manipulative Therapy (Western) in 2012 and a Diploma of Sport Physiotherapy in 2014 . Alison teaches within the Canadian Physiotherapy Association post-graduate Orthopaedic course system, as well as in the School of Physiotherapy and Department of Anatomy at Dalhousie University. She is the past chair of the Nova Scotia Orthopaedic Section and past chair of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Orthopaedic Division. She is a member of the Nova Scotia Physiotherapy Advisory Group.

Alison's passion for physical fitness and optimizing movement patterning is not limited to the clinic. She is active in running, surfing, functional fitness and travels extensively as a therapist and for recreation.

Part of the Nova Scotia Government's Register of Injury Management Consultants.

A Complete Concussion Care (https://completeconcussions.com) provider.

Alison sees clients from the Lawrencetown location on Mondays.

Please feel free to contact her @ alison.beaton@scotiaphysiotherapy.ca with general questions or for Lawrencetown details.

Cynthia Murphy PT, FCAMPT, BScPT, MCPA

Cynthia Murphy joined the Scotia Physiotherapy team in 2012, when she moved to Halifax.

She studied physiotherapy at McGill graduating in 2000 and has since completed several continuing education courses as well as completing her FCAMPT certification in 2017, an internationally recognized certification in manual and manipulative therapy. She enjoys the variety of treating injuries and sports injuries through the whole body, including jaw pain (TMD) and voice issues such as Muscle Tension Dysphonia (MTD), which she treats in concert with a local voice coach, speech language pathologist and ENT.

Cynthia is passionate about getting people back to activity, encouraging them to stay active and helping them start being active if they are new to working out. She has particular interest in treating knee and lower back pain.

She is active in the community, volunteering as a hockey coach for her boys, and professionally, chairing the Nova Scotia Branch of the Orthopaedic Divsion of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

If you would like to book an appointment with Cynthia, please contact reception through the web site or at scotiaphysio@eastlink.ca. You can contact Cynthia with any questions at cynthia.murphy@scotiaphysiotherapy.ca.

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Jennifer Wade PT, BScKin, MScPT

I’ve been a physiotherapist since 2012 and truly enjoy what I do. I love getting to know my patients so I can help them in the many facets of their life where their pain or body function is limiting them. I have a special interest in temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) and have been working with this patient population since the beginning of my time at Scotia Physiotherapy in 2013. Of course, I continue to treat those young and old for all manner of neuromusculoskeletal complaints.

I am passionate in my pursuit of continuing education and opportunities to better my practice in a holistic way. I’ve managed to do this by seeking out mentorship with highly skilled physiotherapists and spend time with other health care practitioners, specialists, and surgeons in both clinical settings and in operating rooms. I have completed numerous courses in manual therapy, pain science, acupuncture and dry needling, concussion, movement impairments, and TMD. I have worked at Dalhousie University in the Gross Anatomy Lab and School of Physiotherapy Musculoskeletal Lab as a teaching assistant, and delivered presentations regarding TMD to dental and periodontic students at Dalhousie.

Working one on one with a patient is important to me. It allows me to consider the whole person and how their life overall might have implications on the presentation. I relish the simple techniques that physiotherapy applies to complex anatomy which results in complex physiology in the human body, much like the act of going for walk yields countless mental and physical benefits. I look forward to working with you.

A Complete Concussion Care (https://completeconcussions.com) provider.

Service également offert en français.

Please feel free contact her @ Jennifer.wade@scotiaphysiotherapy.ca with questions.

Dawn Hanifen BScPT

Upon graduation from St. Francis Xavier University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology Dawn moved to Edinburgh, Scotland where she completed a BScPT in 2005. In Scotland, Dawn gained valuable experience in all disciplines of Physiotherapy including Orthopaedics, Neurology and Cardiorespiratory. After returning to Nova Scotia, Dawn focused her career path in the direction of Orthopaedics.

Dawn has extensive post-graduate training in gait analysis, pain management of spinal syndromes, acupuncture, manual therapy and movement systems disorders. She continues to prioritize continuing education, and actively expands her knowledge base, skill set and clinical reasoning to help clients achieve their goals.

Dawn is passionate about helping people struggling with neck pain and headache following motor vehicle collisions, workplace and sporting injuries. Dawn employs manual therapy, individualised exercise prescription, modalities and education to ensure each client achieves their goals and optimizes their function, enabling each individual client to live a happy, healthy and active lifestyle.

Please feel free contact her @ dawn.hanifen@scotiaphysiotherapy.ca with questions.

Michael Monks PT, MScKin, CSEP

Michael obtained his Master of Science in Physiotherapy degree from Dalhousie University; his Bachelor of Kinesiology (co-op) Honours degree and his Master of Science in Kinesiology degree from Memorial University in Newfoundland.

Michael is a registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP) with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) and has pursued post-graduate training in manual therapy, movement impairment syndromes, chronic pain management, concussion rehabilitation, euro-developmental techniques, and dry needling. Michael is currently completing his fellowship in manual therapy through the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Michael has experience and a passion for working with the paediatric population. His paediatric physiotherapy practice includes working with children with neurological, developmental, and musculoskeletal concerns.

On a daily basis, Michael works with individuals of all ages to help with general orthopaedic concerns in order to get them back to doing the things they love. Michael is passionate about empowering individuals in order to achieve their goals, through providing education, exercise, manual techniques, and other evidence based interventions.

Carolynn MacLennan R.M.T., BScHK

Carolynn MacLennan graduated from the massage therapy program at Northumberland College in 2003 and has received additional training in advanced sports massage and pregnancy massage. She also has a BScHK from St FX University.

Carolynn has experience treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions including back and neck pain, sports related injuries, repetitive strain injuries, postural imbalances and the aches and pains that accompany pregnancy. She provides a deep tissue, specific massage, but believes a relaxing approach is an important element to any massage therapy treatment.

Whether it’s part of a treatment plan for a specific injury, a preventative measure or a stress relief treatment, Carolynn is dedicated to helping you maintain a healthy, happy and active lifestyle.

Carolynn's hours: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10-4pm Tuesday & Thursday 5:45-8pm. Call 902 425 3065 or book online @ https://scotiaphysio.janeapp.com/

Lyndsay Oakes RMT, BScKin

Lyndsay graduated from UPEI with a BScKinesiology, and from massage therapy at ICT Northumberland College. Lyndsay has advanced certification in sport massage, temporomanidular joint dysfcuntion (TMD) massage, dynamic cupping and is a Certified Graston Provider. She is currently a member of the Canadian Sport Massage Therapy Association as a Sport Massage Therapist Certified Candidate and a member in good standing with MTANS.

While at UPEI Lyndsay played varsity hockey and rugby. She continues to be active in sport and fitness. As a RMT she has experience working with the Halifax Hurricanes (NBL), the Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) and the Calgary Wolfpack.

Lyndsay is offering evening appointments at Scotia Physiotherapy. Call 902 425 3065 or book online @ https://scotiaphysio.janeapp.com/

Sheena Boucher RMT

Sheena graduated from ICT Northumberland College and in 2004.
Through Sheena’s career she has worked at various locations across Canada. Working alongside Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Physicians and other practitioners has allowed her to collaborate in providing a multidisciplinary approach to treatment and has fuelled passion for health care.
Her focus is a combination of athletic massage, myofascial release, deep Swedish massage, and myofascial trigger point release. Sheena treats clients with the intention that Massage Therapy can benefit everyone on many levels. Her treatments aim at reducing stress and soft tissue tension. She focuses on easing muscular and joint pain, to assist the healing of sports injuries, over-use syndromes and postural dysfunction.
Sheena has advanced training in TMJ dysfunction (TMD) and uses a variety of techniques to treat TMD. She also has advanced training in Cyriax friction technique, pre- and post-natal massage, stretching techniques and home care exercise prescription. Her skill set enables her to treat a variety of acute and chronic conditions
After years away from NS, Sheena is extremely excited to be back in her home province. In her free time, she enjoys teaching and performing Cape Breton step dance, playing traditional fiddle, spending time outdoors, relaxing with her family and friends, and Porter - her Beagle.

Sheena looks forward to giving back to the community with her skills as a Massage Therapist.

Michelle Best Administrative Assistant

Emily Driscoll Administrative Assistant

Michael Ritchie Scotia Physiotherapy Emeritus

Michael has retired from direct patient care. Jennifer Wade has taken over his TMD practice.