Russell Lake Physiotherapy Dartmouth - pt Health

  • Address
  • 240 Baker Dr, Suite 212
    Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2W 6L4
    (902) 466-7627
  • Parking
  • General Parking
  • Hours of Operation
  • Monday : 8:00 AM-8:00 PM
  • Tuesday : 8:00 AM-8:00 PM
  • Wednesday : 8:00 AM-4:00 PM
  • Thursday : 8:00 AM-8:00 PM
  • Friday : 8:00 AM-4:00 PM
  • Saturday : Closed
  • Sunday : Closed
  • Languages Spoken
  • English, French

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Welcome to Russell Lake Physiotherapy Dartmouth

Helping Dartmouth residents feel their best for over 5 years

At Russell Lake Physiotherapy Dartmouth 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
  • Efficient Recovery: We get you back to enjoying a pain-free life as quickly as possible
  • 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 Russell Lake Physiotherapy Dartmouth you will find experienced  staff who work together to ensure optimal care for your painful injury.

Located on Baker Dr, Russell Lake Physiotherapy Dartmouth 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.*

Russell Lake Physiotherapy Dartmouth 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 Russell Lake Physiotherapy Dartmouth full spectrum of advanced rehabilitation services to work for you.

*Study by the Department of Occupational Medicine at the Orebro Medical Centre.

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Conditions We Treat

At Russell Lake Physiotherapy Dartmouth, our team has extensive experience and training in treating a variety of different conditions.

If you are experiencing pain from an ankle injury it is important that you get the correct form of treatment. If your ankle injury is not given the proper attention and healed completely, you run the risk of it occurring again or developing a chronic condition.Our approach to physiotherapy starts first by helping you understand your ankle injury as well as implement the necessary rehabilitation steps and bracing (when applicable)that can help correct your ankle problem.To learn more about how we can help your specific ankle injury, consider scheduling a no obligation physio appointment today.
Unfortunately there is no cure for osteoarthritis. Arthritis is a chronic but very treatable disease. Our physiotherapist’s goals are to relieve your pain and to improve or maintain movement of affected joints. Our treatment for OA involves no prescriptions. Our rehab team will provide several options to help manage your symptoms effectively. To learn more about how we can help your specific OA pain, consider scheduling a no obligation physiotherapy appointment today.
Our physiotherapy team designs programs to address a particular back condition and to help you prevent future back pain problems from reoccurring. Physiotherapy treatments focus first on relieving pain, improving your back movement, and fostering healthy posture. There is a great deal of scientific evidence that physiotherapy is beneficial for back pain. pt Health physio clinics are evidence based and use the most current research when developing your treatment plan. We treat: piriformis syndrome, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, disc herniation among other conditions. To learn more about how we can help your specific back injury, consider scheduling a no obligation appointment today.
Non infected bursitis can be treated effectively. Our physio team will apply advanced therapy techniques to help reduce the inflammatory process of bursitis. Electrotherapy, such as ultrasound or shortwave diathermy can also help greatly. Your situation is unique, and so should your treatment be. To learn more about how we can help your bursitis pain, consider scheduling a no obligation physiotherapy appointment today.
Car accident rehabilitation is a specialized type of physiotherapy with a focus on collaboration between pt Health rehab professionals. Our ultimate goal is to fully return you to the physical state that you were in the minute before your car accident occurred. Car accident therapy often requires the care of more than one health care provider and may involve blending such treatments as physiotherapy and massage therapy, for example. Your situation is unique. To learn more about how we can help your specific injury, consider scheduling a no obligation appointment today. Learn more about our physio treatment approach to auto accident whiplash.
The main focus of our treatment is to reduce or eliminate the cause of pressure in the carpal tunnel. We may provide suggestions about the use of healthy body alignment and wrist positions, helpful exercises, and tips on how to prevent future problems. Our physiotherapist may also begin treatments to reduce inflammation and to encourage normal gliding of the tendons and median nerve within the carpal tunnel. Although time required for recovery is different for every patient, as a general rule, you may see improvement in as little as four weeks. Your situation is unique. To learn more about how we can help your specific carpal tunnel injury, consider booking a physiotherapy appointment at a clinic near you.
Acute injuries usually occur suddenly during activities. When you experience an acute injury there are things your pt Health physiotherapist can do to minimize tissue damage and protect from further injury. We help you to manage and recover from your injury sooner. Chronic pain is a broad category that includes many common conditions that affect the soft tissues of the body. At pt Health many nonsurgical treatment approaches are used by our rehabilitation team to reduce the symptoms of chronic pain. Our physiotherapy team gathers detailed information and will evaluate your condition closely. The answers you give along with the results of the examination will guide us in tailoring a unique treatment program that is right for you.
A concussion is known as a type of trauma, or injury, to the brain. In some cases it can result in additional symptoms, including neurological, physical, and emotional. At pt Health, we work with you to successfully recover from a concussion, through such techniques as vestibular rehabilitation, to help retrain the brain to recognize the signals from the vestibular system, proprioception, and vision to help with imbalance.
Balance problems affect over 50% of all adults at some time. A pt Health physiotherapist is trained to treat dizziness and balance issues including: BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo): an individual feels the environment is moving around them (i.e. spinning). This is related to a dysfunction in the vestibular system. A pt Health physiotherapist can help treat this with a series of maneuvers and exercises that restore normal function for the vestibular system and help the patient regain balance. Your situation is unique. To learn more about how we can help your balance issues, consider scheduling a physiotherapy appointment today.
The elbow is one of those areas that is easy to injure, whether it be from sitting at a desk all day or playing your favourite sport. Because elbow injury is most often linked to overuse, our physiotherapy team will work with you to reduce repeated strains during activity. When symptoms are from a particular sport or work activity, we will observe your style and motion with the activity. Our physiotherapist may suggest ways to protect the elbow during your activities. We also keep the collagen in your tendon from breaking down further. Our overall goal is to help your elbow injury heal as soon as possible. Call pt Health today to learn more about how we can help your specific injury.
Aerobic exercise can be helpful in reducing muscle pain and tenderness. Heat and massage therapy may also be beneficial in some patients. a pt Health physio therapist will assist with education about energy conservation techniques and specific strengthening exercises that may help effectively manage fibromyalgia symptoms.
The foot can be the home of many problems, all of them uncomfortable and tough to deal with. We help treat stress fractures, pulled muscles, torn ligaments and more. Each foot injury is unique. To learn more about how we can help your unique injury, call pt Health physiotherapy today.
A hip injury is one of the most serious injuries a person can suffer through and one that can lead to long-term health problems if not addressed correctly or inevitably prevented. Your pt Health physiotherapist will work with you to regain the stability needed in the hip for balance and walking. Find out how we can help your unique injury, consider booking a no-obligation appointment today.
The knee is a sensitive area of your body and one that is prone to injury doing almost any activity. When you begin a pt Health knee physiotherapy program, our initial treatments will focus on decreasing pain and swelling in your affected knee. Our rehab team may begin range-of-motion exercises, with the goal of helping you swiftly regain full movement in your knee. This may include the use of rotation movements, gentle stretching, and careful pressure applied to the knee. We may also give you exercises to improve the strength of your hamstring and quadriceps muscles. As your symptoms ease and strength improves, we may also provide specialized exercises to improve knee stability. Learn more about how we can help. Book your physio appointment today.
Nonsurgical therapy can optimize the health of your neck and in some cases, prolong the need for surgery. Our physiotherapy programs are often prescribed for 2 to 5 weeks for patients with neck pain, although your recovery time may vary. Our therapy sessions are designed to help ease pain and to improve your mobility, strength, posture, and function. To learn more about how we can help your specific neck injury, consider scheduling a no obligation physio appointment today.
Our treatment may help improve muscle strength, making every day activities important to you easier to achieve. Our approach to neurological rehab first assesses how your muscles are functioning and then we devise a structured rehabilitation program centred around you and your needs. Call or email us today to learn more.
pt Health physiotherapists are experts at assessing, planning, and implementing effective exercise programs for overweight and obese individuals. Your insurance may cover some or all program costs. Discover how we can help with your specific weight loss goals. schedule a no-obligation appointment today.
Patients with osteoporitic bones begin losing their minerals and support capabilities, leaving the skeleton brittle and prone to fractures. The primary goals of our treatment are to educate you on proper posture, introduce safe ways of moving and lifting, and provide you with helpful exercises you can do at home to help prevent a decline in bone mass and prevent fractures. Find out how we can help you by booking a no obligation physiotherapy appointment today.
CTD is a broad health category that includes many common diseases that affect the soft tissues of your body. CTD in itself is not a disease. pt Health helps you understand your condition as well as implement the necessary rehabilitation steps that should be taken for correcting your pain and preventing injury recurrence. Get more information on how we can help you by booking a no obligation appointment.
Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition affecting the bottom of the foot. Nonsurgical management of plantar fasciitis is successful in 90 per cent of all cases. When you begin therapy our physiotherapist will design exercises to improve flexibility in the calf muscles, achilles’ tendon, and the plantar fascia. To learn more about how we can help your plantar fasciitis, consider scheduling a no obligation appointment today.
Post operative treatment can help with recovery from numerous surgeries such as acl reconstruction, frozen shoulder, joint replacement, knee surgery, hip replacement among others. Your situation is unique. To learn more about how we can help with your post op physio, consider scheduling your no-obligation physical therapy appointment today.
Pain in the buttock that radiates down the leg is commonly called sciatica. The most common cause for sciatica is irritation of the spinal nerves in or near the lumbar spine. After evaluating your condition, our physiotherapy team will use various treatments to ease spasm and pain. Discover how we can help your sciatica pain, call or email for your no obligation appointment today.
At pt Health we provide information and tools needed to successfully recover from a shoulder injury and to prevent future injuries from occurring. There are many types of shoulder injuries. To learn more about how we can help with your specific shoulder pain, schedule a no obligation physiotherapy appointment today.
Our staff works with a variety of people with different athletic and sport backgrounds to improve their overall performance and skill, and assist them with successful recovery when sports-related injuries occur. There are many types of sport related injuries. Discover how our physiotherapists can help you.
Sprains and strains are injuries caused by overstretching or tearing of the ligaments and tendons. Strains and sprains have similar signs and symptoms, but differ anatomically. To learn more about how we can help your strain / sprain, consider scheduling a no obligation appointment today.
We look forward to helping you recover from your work related injury. Whether you spend your day at the computer, sitting at a desk, standing or lifting, we can work with you to design a program that will help you avoid or recover from work injuries. Find out how we can help by scheduling a no obligation physiotherapy appointment today.

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.

Prevention Strategies:

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.

Russell Lake Physiotherapy Dartmouth 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 Russell Lake Physiotherapy Dartmouth

Healthcare Solutions To Get Well And Stay Well

Russell Lake Physiotherapy Dartmouth 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:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic Care
  • Massage Therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Custom Bracing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Orthotics (gait scan equipped)
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Russell Lake Physiotherapy Dartmouth Team Members

Our trusted clinic team members


  • Aimee Cooke - Physiotherapist


    Aimee is originally from Cole Harbour and graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2002 and Bachelor Science in Physiotherapy in 2006. Aimee began working in private practice in 2006 and joined the Integrated Health Services and ptHealth team in 2007.
    She currently practices at Forest Hills and Russell Lake locations while managing EP Physio, ptHealth Russell Lake, Elmsdale Integrated Health Services and ptHealth Berwick.

    She has furthered her training in areas of Acupuncture, manual techniques, and exercise focused therapy to help her clients return their normal function and quality of life.

    Aimee believes in an active and healthy lifestyle. She enjoys skiing, running, biking, snowshoeing, swimming and weight training outside of work.

  • Andrew Macdonald - Physiotherapist

    Andrew graduated from Dalhousie University Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2006 and Masters of Science in Physiotherapy in 2009. He continued his education in Canadian Acupuncture. Foundation Level 1A Certification.

    Areas of Special Interest include Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Sports Injuries/Rehab.

    In his spare time, Andrew enjoys hobbies such as hockey and motorcycling

  • Amanda Chase - Physiotherapy Support Personnel

    Amanda Chase is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University, in Antigonish. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics degree, with an additional
    minor in Biology, back in 2015.

    Amanda is part of our Physio team and specializes in Exercise Prescription, Pain Modalities, Therapeutic and Athletic Taping, as well as Functional Rehabilitation.
    Amanda is also fluent in both English and French having received a French Immersion Diploma.

    She believes in pain management and exercise instructions that will both increase their endurance and lower their pain levels. She also believes that the integrative approach provides clients with the best service possible.

    Outside of the clinic, Amanda can be found coaching Figure Skating with the Halifax Skating Club, volunteering for several organizations, skiing, going to the gym, and traveling.

  • Brennan Curry - Physiotherapy Support Personnel

    Brennan Curry is a Kinesiologist from Dartmouth, NS. He graduated from Dalhousie University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.

    Brennan focuses on exercise prescription, therapeutic pain modalities, functional testing, and promoting physical fitness.

    He believes in tailoring exercise and pain management techniques to meet each individual’s unique needs. An individual plays an important role in their own treatment plan, and hard work and determination can make a significant impact. With this in mind, proper goal setting strategies should be used to maintain adherence to treatment.

    In his spare time, Brennan enjoys sports, playing guitar, volunteering with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, and drinking excellent coffee.

  • Kelly Walters - Massage Therapist

    Kelly Walters graduated from the Canadian College of Natural Medicine in 2002. She has worked extensively in a clinical setting. Kelly has taken courses in myofascial work level one, decompaction (osteopathic technique), cupping and MIPA (myofascial integrated postural alignment). She incorporates these new techniques into her practice with great results.

    When not working she is kept busy with her family usually enjoying the great outdoors.

  • Amber Giesbrecht - Massage Therapist

    Amber Geisbrecht is a Registered Massage Therapist at pt Health. She grew up in Winnipeg, and completed her 2200 hour course from The Massage Therapy College of Manitoba in January of 2009. Amber enjoys working with sports injuries, among many other things, but a special highlight in her career was working with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. She was able to gain significant experience working with sports-related injuries during this time and met some fabulous football players too! Amber has taken several continuing education classes, and treats all areas of the body for injury, maintenance, or to simply just feel great! On her spare time, she enjoys snowboarding, playing soccer, and traveling.

  • Katherine Nunn - Massage Therapist


    Katherine Nunn – RMT

    Katherine Nunn is an RMT from the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. She graduated from ICT Northumberland College in 2016 with her diploma in Massage Therapy.

    Katherine enjoys treating postural dysfunction and helping people with chronic pain management; using a variation of myofascial release techniques, Swedish massage and giving homecare exercises/stretches. Katherine is also trained in cupping massage therapy. She has experience working with geriatric patients and is comfortable working with young children and pre/postnatal patients. Her hopes are to someday specialize in prenatal massage therapy.
    She believes in getting to the root cause of a patient’s condition and working with other clinicians to create the best treatment plan possible for her patients.

    In her spare time, Katherine enjoys being outdoors; spending time at the beach, or hiking in the woods.

  • Megan Paish - Occupational Therapist

    BSc. HK (Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics), MSc. OT Candidate (July 2017)

    Megan Paish – Occupational Therapist

    Megan Paish graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with a BSc. in Human Kinetics with distinction in 2012 and started working for ptHealth as a Kinesiologist that year. As she continued to work with in a Kinesiology capacity she worked with many post-surgical patients and assisted with return-to-work planning, which ultimately lead her to her passion for occupational therapy. Megan then attended Dalhousie University in the fall of 2015 for her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. During her time there she volunteered for many extra-curricular programs such as For The Health of It, and the Dalhousie Occupational Therapy Student Society. Megan has a passion for helping people return to living their lives to the fullest and enjoys being active and spending time with friends and family. She is in good standing with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and COTNS

  • Dr. Emily Jang - Chiropractor

    Dr. Emily Jang graduated from Queens University with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Health Studies. She obtained her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. Dr. Jang has extensive clinical experience in a variety of musculoskeletal disorders with special interests in geriatrics, work-related injuries, and pre/post-pregnancy care. In addition to her gentle manual chiropractic treatments, Dr. Jang also incorporates individualized, tailored rehabilitation programs specific to each patient?s needs and requirements.

  • Meghan MacLeod - Occupational Therapist

    BKIN, MSc(OT)

    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.