Elmsdale Integrated Health Services - pt Health
- 32 Park Rd, Unit 4
Elmsdale, Nova Scotia B2S 2L2
Canada (902) 883-7708
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- Monday : 10:00 AM-8:30 PM
- Tuesday : 7:00 AM-8:30 PM
- Wednesday : 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
- Thursday : 8:00 AM-8:30 PM
- Friday : 7:00 AM-3:00 PM
- Saturday : Closed
- Sunday : Closed
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Welcome to Elmsdale Integrated Health Services
Helping Elmsdale residents feel their best for over 5 years
At Elmsdale Integrated Health Services 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 Elmsdale Integrated Health Services you will find experienced staff who work together to ensure optimal care for your painful injury.
Located on Park Rd, Elmsdale Integrated Health Services 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.*
Elmsdale Integrated Health Services 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 Elmsdale Integrated Health Services 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 Elmsdale Integrated Health Services, 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.
Elmsdale Integrated Health Services 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 Elmsdale Integrated Health Services
Healthcare Solutions To Get Well And Stay Well
Elmsdale Integrated Health Services 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:
- Chiropractic Care
- Massage Therapy
- Arthritis Management
- Compression Garments
- Custom Bracing
- Ergonomic/Work Station Assessments
- Occupational Therapy
- Pediatric TX (3 yrs +)
- Sport Injury Rehabilitation
- TMJ/ TMD
- Work Conditioning / Hardening
- Concussion Management
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 Elmsdale Integrated Health Services, we accept a variety of insurance plans and payment types. We currently accept:
- Motor Vehicle Accident Insurance
- Health Benefit Plan
- Work Injury Insurance
- Self Pay (Cash/Debit/Credit/Cheque)
- No Obligation
Payment Methods Accepted
- VISA / Mastercard
- Direct Deposit
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.
Elmsdale Integrated Health Services Team Members
Our trusted clinic team members
Laura Nickelo - Physiotherapist
MScPT, BA HKin
Laura returns to ptHealth Elmsdale after living in Glasgow, Scotland where she completed her Masters of Science in Physiotherapy at Glasgow Caledonian University. After graduating from St. Francis Xavier University with her Bachelor of Arts in Human Kinetics, Laura was a kinesiologist at our clinic. During her time at St.FX she was a member of the CIS champion X-Women rugby program as a student athletic therapist and completed her CPTN personal training certification. As a NCCP level 1 coach she also enjoyed coaching in learn to skate programs. Laura has completed her AA1 and AA2 courses in acupuncture and is CAFCI certified. She has also completed the upper and lower extremity courses from the Advanced Physical Therapy Institute.
Laura’s passion for health and wellness stemmed from years of competitive figure skating, as a member of team Nova Scotia. She shares her enthusiasm for exercise and fitness by leading exercise classes at Strides
Danielle Bourgeau - Physiotherapy Support Personnel
Danielle Bourgeau graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 2015 with Bachelors in Arts with a major in Human Kinetics and minor in Psychology. She grew up and now resides in Middle Musquodoboit, NS and has been working with the company since 2015.
Danielle believes that physical activity is key in the rehabilitation process and adding a creative spin on normal therapeutic exercises can make for a more fun and enjoyable healing process.
Danielle is passionate about working with children and working in the health care field and hopes to continue her education to one day have a career which includes both.
In her spare time, Danielle likes to work with children and youth in the community. After being involved in competitive dance for 12 years, she now teaches children various styles of dance and also is very involved in the youth programs in the community.
Ashley Smith - Massage Therapist
Registered Massage Therapist
Ashley Smith is a Registered Massage Therapist from Bathurst, New Brunswick. She graduated from Academy Canada in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 2012 with a diploma in Health and Human Sciences: Massage Therapy. She graduated with Honours and Distinction, was Valedictorian for her graduating class and was also awarded the Massage Therapy Program Award.
Over the last 4 years, Ashley has focused on therapeutic massage, Tempromandibular joint dysfunction, shoulder pain, and Myofascial Release.
In her spare time, Ashley enjoys horseback riding, and plays on soccer and softball teams. She also serves in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Supply Technician.
Dr. Shawn Toner - Chiropractor
Dr. Shawn Toner is a chiropractor with over 16 years’ experience in private practice. Originally from Grand Falls, NB, Dr. Toner is a graduate of Dalhousie University and the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, ON. He and his family have recently relocated back to Halifax after spending 14 years living and practicing in Galway, Ireland.
Dr. Toner uses a variety of natural manual techniques to help patients recover from back, neck and joint problems as quickly as possible. He enjoys working with a wide variety of people and conditions, and treatments typically involve a combination of chiropractic adjustments, muscular release therapies, ergonomic advice and simple home exercises. Beyond pain relief, Dr. Toner also strives to help patients understand the root cause of the problem, and provides strategies to help prevent future issues.
Aurora Paul - Massage Therapist
Aurora Paul graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2015. She went on to Massage Therapy at Eastern College and graduated April 2017 and is certified to practice Craniosacral Therapy level 1. Her love for sport inspired her to pursue a life-long involvement with various athletic activity. She played rugby for 8 years: 3 of those being at Dalhousie University and Enfield’s rugby teams, and sailed competitively for 5 years. She has experience in coaching sailing, as well as athletic training for varsity rugby teams for 2 seasons. She also worked as a Kinesiologist for 2 years in a Halifax clinic.
Aurora believes in patient-centered care, and will always tailor treatments to patient’s specific primary complaints as well as any compensating areas looking for additional care. She is looking forward to learning about more ways she can help everyone who walks through the doors.
Nathan Giroux - Physiotherapist
MSc PT, BSc HKin
Nathan graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with a BSc (Human Kinetics) in 2012. He graduated with his MSc (Physiotherapy) in 2015, from Glasgow Caledonian University (Scotland). Since graduation Nathan has lived in the East Hants area and has worked at clinics in and around the HRM, including here at pt Health Elmsdale.
Nathan believes in continually learning and developing his skills as a practitioner, to allow for the best outcome for his patients. He has completed Level I and Level II of his acupuncture training and is certified by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada. As well he has his Advanced Upper and Lower Extremity Certificates through the Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute.
He believes in the correction of biomechanical dysfunctions and identifying risk factors for future injuries. His motto is ‘fix it now before it breaks’.
In his spare time Nathan enjoys spending time with his dog, playing hockey, teaching fitness classes and enjoying the outdoors.
Meghan MacLeod - Occupational Therapist
Meghan MacLeod graduated with a Bachelor of Kinesiology from Acadia University in 2011. After graduation she worked as a research assistant and retail in Halifax. Her interest in human wellness and overall health drew her to Occupational Therapy and she returned to school and graduated with a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2016. She is now a practising Occupational Therapist with pt Health at Russell Lake, Forest Hills, and Eastern Passage locations. Meghan’s primary focuses are Functional Scans and Return to Work Planning, Job Site Visits, Home Assessments, and Ergonomic Assessments. In addition, Meghan has experience working in Pediatrics and can provide gross and fine motor assessments, as well as handwriting assessments. Meghan is passionate about engaging in daily occupation as a means to live your best life. Her hobbies include running, yoga, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.