Cowie Hill Physiotherapy - pt Health
- 15 Shoreham Lane, Suite 213
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3P 2R3
Canada (902) 701-8393
- General Parking
- Hours of Operation
- Monday : 10:00 AM-7:00 PM
- Tuesday : 8:00 AM-8:00 PM
- Wednesday : 8:00 AM-4:00 PM
- Thursday : 8:00 AM-7:00 PM
- Friday : 8:00 AM-3:00 PM
- Saturday : Closed
- Sunday : Closed
- Languages Spoken
- English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Slovak
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Welcome to Cowie Hill Physiotherapy
Helping Halifax residents feel their best for over 5 years
At Cowie Hill Physiotherapy you can expect:
- Results: Proven, one-to-one, evidence-based therapy
- Coverage Options: Covered by WCB & most insurance plans with minimal out-of-pocket fees
- Custom Treatment Plans: Customized treatment plans will help you reach your rehabilitation goals.
- Short & Long Term Relief: We focus on the root cause of your pain, not just symptoms
- Flexible Scheduling: Convenient scheduling around work and home obligations
- Prevention Strategies: We show you how to keep pain from coming back – on your own
- Experienced Clinicians: Licensed clinicians who genuinely care about reaching your goals
- No Wait List: Access to therapy in under 48 hours – normally same day
We also offer a convenient no-obligation appointment option so you can learn more about how we can help with no commitment.
When you choose Cowie Hill Physiotherapy you will find experienced staff who work together to ensure optimal care for your painful injury.
Located on Shoreham Lane, Cowie Hill Physiotherapy recognizes the differences in shapes, sizes, strengths and degrees of injury amongst all of our patients and designs sensible rehabilitation programs that help our patients reach their personal rehabilitation goals. Whether it is pain relief or recovery from an injury, we will provide therapy options that can help you play an active role in achieving your goals. We are a multidisciplinary clinic, by working together as a team, all clinicians are in constant communication with each other in order to ensure that each patient receives the most effective treatment possible.
We successfully treat many conditions and injuries through a variety of effective therapy options. Click on the “condition” tab above to learn more about therapy options.
Early Intervention Can Help Prevent Lifelong Chronic Pain
Early intervention is critical to a speedy recovery. Research has proven that people who seek therapy early after an injury have shorter recovery periods and are 8 times less likely to develop chronic pain.*
Cowie Hill Physiotherapy can help you feel your best. Schedule your no-obligation appointment today using the form to the right, or give us a call and put Cowie Hill Physiotherapy full spectrum of advanced rehabilitation services to work for you.
*Study by the Department of Occupational Medicine at the Orebro Medical Centre.
Conditions We Treat
At Cowie Hill Physiotherapy, our team has extensive experience and training in treating a variety of different conditions.
Personalized Treatment Plan: The First Step to Your Recovery
Our first goal is to reduce the symptoms you’re feeling right now as quickly as possible. We assess and develop a personalized treatment program through means including, but not limited to, advanced exercise prescriptions, manual therapy, and various modalities.
Evaluating Your Condition
To come up with your treatment program, a therapist will gather key information about your condition. Your answers along with the results of an expert examination will guide us in creating a specific type of treatment program to effectively address your specific condition and eventually, to facilitate your healing.
Adjustments to the program are implemented based on your actual progress, or response, to the treatment until your goals are achieved. We pay close attention to your progress. You will receive verbal instruction and hands-on guidance to improve your condition.
Understanding Your Condition and Implementing Prevention Strategies
A clear understanding of your condition will not only alleviate your concerns, but can also help you understand your condition, to look for and change factors that may be causing your symptoms, and to help you learn how to avoid future problems.
Our therapists may provide tips, specific stretches, and exercises to do at work, or during activities. We recommend changes to help you do your job with less strain and less chance of injury.
As you recover, you will gradually advance in a series of strengthening exercises for the muscles surrounding the affected area which helps patients begin moving easier and lessens the chances of future pain and problems.
How Long It Takes:
Quick Treatments to Let You Work on Your Other Responsibilities
Our goal is to relieve pain and correct your injury as quickly as possible, without compromising the quality of treatments you will be receiving. We adjust our therapy programs to meet your goals.
We get you in for treatment quickly, usually within a few days, and work hard to get you back to enjoying life as quickly as possible. In fact, in some cases just a few 30-minute therapy sessions is all it takes.
Including Your Doctor:
Your Doctor Is Always Our Partner
It takes a team approach to high quality health care. That is why we never take your doctor out of the equation.
Cowie Hill Physiotherapy provides clear and consistent reporting to your doctor. Reporting may include areas such as results achieved, detailed assessment of problem, treatment by physiotherapist, and future treatment options.
We Help You Get Well & Stay Well.
But the treatment doesn’t stop in our office. We may provide you with exercises to do at home on a regular basis to help control your symptoms and protect reoccurrence of injury in the years ahead. Although we will continue to be a resource, you will be in charge of practicing the strategies and exercises you’ve learned as part of an ongoing home program and maintain a good quality of life.
Ready to feel your best again? Schedule Your No-Obligation Appointment Today.
You’re In Good Hands At Cowie Hill Physiotherapy
Healthcare Solutions To Get Well And Stay Well
Cowie Hill Physiotherapy uses many therapy options to ensure an optimal approach to your care. You will experience a variety of gentle therapy solutions that can help reduce pain, strengthen, add flexibility, improve joint range, and more. Some of our services include:
- Massage Therapy
- Custom Bracing
- Occupational Therapy
Accessible and Affordable Therapy
We take care of the paperwork so you don’t have to
Insured or not, we will work to help make your therapy accessible and affordable. Whether you require services or products as part of your treatment, we will assist you with direct billing or paperwork completion. At Cowie Hill Physiotherapy, we accept a variety of insurance plans and payment types. We currently accept:
- Motor Vehicle Accident Insurance
- Health Benefit Plan
- Government Insurance
- Work Injury Insurance
- Self Pay (Cash/Debit/Credit/Cheque)
- No Obligation
Payment Methods Accepted
- VISA / Mastercard
Important Coverage Information:
Employer Extended Health Plans / Benefits
We direct bill your extended health plan.
Many extended health benefits plans include physiotherapy coverage. Our team is happy to help you navigate your insurance plan coverage. While not necessary, we suggest contacting your plan provider to find out:
- If a doctor’s referral is required in order for treatment to be covered.
- How claims are handled, do they offer direct billing or will you have to complete and submit paperwork.
Not sure what your coverage is? Our team is happy to help. At your initial assessment, we can contact your insurance company to find the details of your coverage.
Motor Vehicle Coverage – Motor Vehicle Collision (MVC)
We direct bill your auto insurance plan.
If you have extended healthcare benefits that cover therapy, auto insurance companies in Nova Scotia require that your claim be placed through your extended health plan first. Any remaining balances for services are then covered by your auto accident insurance plan. On your first visit, you may be asked to provide information about your extend health plan.
If you do not have an extended healthcare benefits that covers therapy, your treatments may be billed directly through your auto accident insurance company.
Workers Compensation Board (WCB)
We bill directly to WCB for you.
WCB provides physiotherapy coverage for workers injured on the job. We bill WCB directly for treatments provided, complete necessary forms, progress reports, treatment extensions and communicate with adjudicators, your workplace and other healthcare professionals involved in your treatment. Our team can help you navigate through any WCB paperwork that you may be unsure about.
Blue Cross Billing
We will bill Medavie Blue Cross directly for physiotherapy and massage therapy treatments for members of:
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
- Department of National Defense (DND)
- Canadian Forces
- Veterans Affairs
For any treatments partially covered, you will be asked to pay the difference at each visit.
Schedule your no-obligation appointment today to get well and stay well.
Cowie Hill Physiotherapy Team Members
Our trusted clinic team members
Emily Mathisen - Patient Coordinator
Emily is from St. Paul, Minnesota, and has recently made Halifax her new home. Emily has an associate’s degree in science, and is currently furthering her studies at Dalhousie University, with plans of becoming a nurse. When not at work, Emily enjoys traveling, reading a good book, and exploring Nova Scotia. Emily also enjoys interacting and getting to know each client as they walk through the door.
Dr. Vanessa McColl - Psychologist
Vanessa is from Windsor, Ontario. In 2008, she graduated from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor’s in Psychology with Thesis, with Distinction. Upon completing this degree, she moved to Nova Scotia to complete her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Acadia University and graduated in 2010. She completed her practicum in clinical assessment and internship in psychotherapy at Annapolis Valley Health (AVH) Adult Community Mental Health Services in Kentville, NS. Vanessa provides psychotherapy for adults for a wide variety of issues (e.g., anxiety, mood disorders, assertiveness, personal growth, etc.). She specializes in treating clients who have been injured, have chronic pain, or have other significant health problems. She has also expanded her knowledge base to include training in trauma-based therapy such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Kimberley MacPherson - Patient Coordinator
Kim has spent many years working in customer service and health care. After returning to school in 2011, Kim obtained her Medical Office Administration Diploma, with honours. Since September 2012, Kim has enjoyed being a part of the ptHealth team/family. Working with informative providers, who care about others wellbeing, has motived her in living a healthier life style. Growing up on the out skirts of Halifax, fueled Kim’s love for the ocean and outdoors. Many of her interests include music, writing, camping and ATVing. When not at work you will see Kim with her children and family.
Nagi Mikhail - Physiotherapy Support Personnel
Nagi was born and raised in Egypt, moving to Canada in 2009, he did the international baccalaureate program in high school and graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology in 2016. Nagi is fluent in English, Arabic, French and Spanish, and he enjoys reading, travelling and sleeping. He also enjoys playing sports such as soccer, football, table tennis and working out. Nagi is a strong believer in the role of exercise in the rehabilitation of various injuries. He is also certified in levels 1 and 2 in kinesio-taping. Nagi plans on furthering his education in a field relevant to healthcare.
Rebecca Whynot - Occupational Therapist
Rebecca graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Dalhousie University in 2007. She took a few years off to work before returning to school to complete her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2012. After graduation, Rebecca moved to rural Newfoundland to work for a few months before joining the pt Health team in October 2012. Rebecca is excited to be back home completing Job Site Analysis, Job Site visits, Ergonomic Assessments, functional testing, return to work planning, and wheelchair assessments for pt Health. Although she enjoys all aspects of her job, Rebecca’s main area of interest is seniors’ health and wellness.
Amr Abdelaziz - Physiotherapy Support Personnel
Amr obtained his physiotherapy degree in 2011 from Cairo university. He has a 5 years experience in various clinical settings i.e NHS, private clinics, NGOs working with a variety of conditions such as developmental motor delays in children, muscloskeletal injuries, rehabilitation of ill-treatment survivors among refugee population. He moved to Halifax 2016 and he is working towards transferring his credentials and obtaining a Canadian physiotherapy license. Meanwhile, he is happy to work as a support staff, collaborating with physiotherapists and other team members to provide optimal care for our patients. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, watching movies, swimming, biking, playing badminton and table tennis.
Holly Muirhead - Registered Massage Therapist
Holly graduated with honours from ICT Northumberland College with a diploma in the field of Massage Therapy. During her schooling, she took courses on Myofascial Release, Suikodo, and Reflexology. In treatments, she integrates this knowledge with Swedish Massage, as well as using trigger-point release therapy, stretching & strengthening, joint mobilizations, and deep tissue massage to provide an effective treatment plan for each client. Holly enjoys inspiring her client’s self-care through education of how their body works, and providing helpful instruction for home care exercises.
Holly believes that everyone can benefit from massage, and is adaptable to be able to meet each client where they are, providing the opportunity for open communication to find the best route of wellness for every situation.
Lori-Lynn Hill - Registered Massage Therapist
Lori-Lynn Hill is a Registered Massage Therapist and is an honours graduate of the 2200-hour Massage Therapy program at The Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy. She is a member of the Massage Therapy Association of Nova Scotia and has been practicing massage therapy since 2004. She specializes in therapeutic massage therapy that includes techniques such as Swedish massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy,
muscle energy techniques, pregnancy massage and Remedial exercise. Additional courses have been taken to expand her scope of deep systemic tissue therapy. She is a passionate and devoted practitioner who will strive to see positivity gained both physically and mentally by her clients and in all aspects of her profession and as a result has an extensive following of clientele. Lori-Lynn Hill has worked and served this community in which she was raised since graduating and feels honored and proud to continue to be a part of it.
Sarah Bennett - Physiotherapist
MSc PT, BSc Kin (Honors)
Originally from Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Sarah completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology Co-operative (Honors) in 2015 in St. John’s, NL at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. Sarah then moved to Halifax to complete her Master of Science in Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University. As a new graduate of the 2017 Physiotherapy class Sarah is excited and eager to begin her career as a physiotherapist with the PT Health teams at both Cowie Hill Physiotherapy and Forest Hills Physiotherapy. Sarah is passionate about healthy aging and has a special interest in working and completing further courses in geriatrics, falls prevention, movement impairments and animal rehab. When not studying Sarah enjoys skiing, volleyball, hiking, and spending time with her fiancé and two dogs Mya and Molson.
George Cernan - Physiotherapist
George is a 2006 graduate from Dalhousie School of Physiotherapy. His treatment approach is a combination of manual therapy, exercise prescription and education, ensuring that his patients are involved in their own rehabilitation. George continues to enhance his clinical skills through post graduate courses in manual therapy, low back disorders, movement impairments, acupuncture, and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization. Outside of work he enjoys hiking, running and playing the piano.