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Russell Lake Physiotherapy Dartmouth - pt Health

240 Baker Dr, Suite 212
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2W 6L4

Hours of Operation

Monday8:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday8:00am - 8:00pm
Wednesday8:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday8:00am - 8:00pm
Friday8:00am - 4:00pm
SaturdayClosed - Closed
SundayClosed - Closed

Welcome!

Our clinic is open and offering in-person treatment in addition to virtual care. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Our Clinic Team

  • Rebecca Shaw
    Social Worker

    Speaks: English

    Rebecca began working with pt Health after completing her Master of Social Work degree in 2021 through Waterloo University, with a focus on the connection between physical and mental health. Rebecca previously completed her Bachelor of Arts, then her Bachelor of Social Work through St. Thomas University.

    Prior to joining the pt Health team, Rebecca worked with Department of Community Services (Nova Scotia) and completed practicums with Prison Fellowship Canada, SchoolsPlus, and Community Services (PEI). She has also completed training in self-regulation, trauma-informed care, and conflict management. Her focuses for counselling include loss and grief, anxiety, trauma, and change adaptation through a strengths-based and solution focused approach.



  • Amber Giesbrecht
    Massage Therapist

    Speaks: English

    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.



  • Fola Akpan
    Physiotherapist Resident

    Speaks: English

    Born and raised in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Fola is a dedicated healthcare provider with a commitment to advancing healthcare through evidence-based practice. Fola's educational journey began with a degree in Kinesiology, laying the foundation for her healthcare journey.

    Fola earned her Master’s in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University, where she further distinguished herself by completing a concurrent Master’s in Rehabilitation Research with a specialized focus on stroke rehabilitation. This dual expertise highlights Fola's unwavering dedication to incorporating the latest advancements in evidence-based healthcare into her practice.

    Her passion for client-centered care is evident in her approach to helping individuals with orthopedic and neurological conditions. Fola believes in tailoring treatment plans to meet the unique needs and goals of each client, fostering a supportive and collaborative therapeutic relationship.

    Beyond her professional pursuits, Fola leads a dynamic life outside of work. Whether exploring local coffee shops, experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, tackling hidden hiking trails, or picking up a new musical instrument, Fola thrives on a diverse range of interests that contribute to her well-rounded approach to life.

    Fola's multifaceted background, from academic achievements to a genuine enthusiasm for a variety of activities, embodies her holistic approach to healthcare. She looks forward to bringing this passion and expertise to her practice, contributing to the well-being of her clients and the community at large.



  • Hollie MacDonald
    Occupational Therapist

    Speaks: English

    Hollie graduated from Dalhousie University where she received a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy after completing a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Hollie is a member of the College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia, Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and the Canadian Society of Hand Therapists.

    She has a passion for supporting others who are experiencing physical, cognitive or mental health challenges within their daily activities through the means of occupation. She enjoys the creativity occupational therapy has within its field. Hollie has previous experience in mental health, hand therapy, and long term care.

    When not at Lifemark, Hollie can be found spending time with family and friends, and with her dog, Waylon.



  • Holly Snow
    Chiropractor

    Speaks: English

    Dr. Holly Snow was born and raised in Wellington, Nova Scotia. She grew up within the competitive gymnastics community where she learned the importance of health and wellness. This influenced her choice to attend Memorial University of Newfoundland graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, and eventually the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto graduating in 2018.

    Throughout her time at CMCC and in practice, Dr. Holly honed her skills in diagnosing musculoskeletal complaints and manual chiropractic techniques. Dr. Holly includes manual and instrument assisted chiropractic manipulations and mobilizations, soft tissue therapy techniques, functional integrated needling, therapeutic exercises, and lifestyle modifications in treating a person’s complaint. If you have any questions regarding chiropractic treatment and how it can help you, don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Holly.



  • Kelly Walters
    Massage Therapist

    Speaks: English

    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.



  • Christina Connolly
    Physiotherapist

    Speaks: English

    Christina Connolly is a Physiotherapist from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Christina graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2004, and a Master of Physiotherapy in 2008. Christina’s focus is on Orthopaedics, Workplace Injury, and Motor Vehicle Accident rehab.

    She has taken many courses over the years such as level 2 Upper and Lower Quadrant Manual Therapy, Baraham Jam, Thorasic Spine Part I, and II, Shirley Sahrmann Level 1, 2 Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Syndromes, Post Concussion Management, and Mobilization of the Nervous System. Christina has most recently completed both the Arthritis Society's Getting a Grip on Arthritis® osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis education program. Christina believes in health promotion through living an active healthy lifestyle.

    In her spare time, you can often find Christina being active through weight lifting, running, hiking, and gardening.



  • Sarah Fox
    Social Worker

    Speaks: English

    Sarah (she/her) has worked in the field of education and social work since 2012 and completed her Master of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2020. She’s worked in a range of settings including community services, public health, non-profits, and interdisciplinary clinics similar to Lifemark.

    Sarah has worked with adults across the lifespan, and has experience working with trauma, anxiety, depression, and grief. Sarah strives to create a safe space for clients to explore their experiences and emotions, using strength based and healing-centred approaches. Sarah has additional trainings in trauma-informed care, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Cognitive Processing Therapy.

    Sarah is very excited to be joining the team at Lifemark, and will be offering services at Russel Lake, Halifax North, and Purdy’s Landing. When she’s not working, she can be found spending time in nature, cooking elaborate meals, and cheering on the Jays. 



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Services & Treated Conditions

Acupuncture
Acupuncture
Post-graduate training completed in acupuncture. Acupuncture involves inserting thin, disposable needles into specific acupuncture points throughout the body.
Chiropractic
Chiropractic
Chiropractic services provided by a registered chiropractor.
Cancer Rehab
Cancer Rehab
Specialty program designed to help address issues that typically develop as a result of cancer or cancer treatments.
Concussion care
Concussion Care
Specialty program designed to help address issues that typically develop as a result of a concussion injury. Therapist providing care have post-graduate training in concussion care within their scope of practice.
Exercise Prescription
Exercise Prescription
General exercise and conditioning program offered in clinic or offsite at a gym or home.
Manual & Manipulative Therapy
Manual & Manipulative Therapy
Hands-on treatment approach consisting of graded joint or tissue mobilization and/or manipulation techniques. Foundational manual therapy skills are part of entry to practice training for PTs, DCs and RMTs. Advanced training and credentialing is available in post-graduate areas.
Massage Therapy
Massage Therapy
Massage therapy services provided by a registered massage therapist.
Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy services provided by a registered occupational therapist.
Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy treatment provided by a registered physiotherapist.
Bracing
Bracing
Provision and fitting of pre-fabricated and/or custom fitted braces of all types.
Kinesiology
Kinesiology
Kinesiology treatment services provided by Kinesiologist registered with an association and/or College.
Temporomandibular Joint Rehabilitation
Temporomandibular Joint Rehabilitation
Assessment and treatment of issues arising from the Temporomandibular Joint. Typically clinicians will have taken post-graduate training in this area.
Guillain-Barré Syndrome Rehabilitation
Guillain-Barré Syndrome Rehabilitation
Clinician has the specialized skills and/or experience to assess & treat a client with Guillain-Barre syndrome.
Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation
Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation
Clinician has the specialized skills and/or experience to assess & treat a client with Multiple Sclerosis.
Myofascial Release Therapy
Myofascial Release Therapy
Therapist with advanced training in myofascial release manual therapy techniques.
Proprioceptive Neurofacilitation Therapy
Proprioceptive Neurofacilitation Therapy
A range of manual techniques or approaches used to treat a variety of neurological and neuromusculoskeletal conditions using proprioceptive maneuvers (positioning, compression/distraction, use of reflexes) as well as exteroceptive techniques such as stroking, tapping, brushing, pressure or vibration.
Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
Clinician has the specialized skills and/or experience to assess & treat a client with spinal cord injuries.
Stroke Rehabilitation
Stroke Rehabilitation
Clinician has the specialized skills and/or experience to assess & treat a client who has suffered a stroke.
Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy treatment may be provided by any one of the following disciplines; psychologist, psychotherapist, clinical counsellor or social worker.
Pain Management
Pain Management
Multi-disciplinary team of professionals with advanced knowledge, understanding and experience working with patients living with persistent pain. Team consists most often of OT, PT, Kinesiologist/ET and Psychological care provider.
Functional Testing
Functional Testing
Evaluation of an individual's level of function. More customized than an FAE, certification in a standardized protocol preferred but not required.
Functional Restoration
Functional Restoration
Function program aimed at improving an individual's physical capabilities to return to work and/or normal daily activities.
Work Conditioning/Hardening
Work Conditioning/Hardening
Structured functional program aimed at improving an individual's capabilities to return to work and/or normal daily activities.
Cupping Therapy
Cupping Therapy
Post-graduate training with plastic- or silicone suction cups to treat fascial, myofascial trigger points/restrictions combined with massage techniques and movements.
Comprehensive Cognitive Assessment (CBS)
Comprehensive Cognitive Assessment (CBS)
A comprehensive Cognitive Assessment includes objective clinical evaluation including Cambridge Brain Science (CBS) online cognitive assessment featuring scientifically-validated cognitive tasks in addition to traditional subjective and other objective evaluations of the patient and their function.
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Clinic Information

Our Philosophy

When you choose Russell Lake Physiotherapy Dartmouth - pt Health, a rehabilitation clinic located in Dartmouth, you will find an experienced and dedicated team of physiotherapists, massage therapists, and chiropractors who work collaboratively to ensure their patients receive optimal care for a variety of conditions. Personalized treatment plans and a variety of therapy options are provided to assist their patients attain their health and wellness goals.

The Clinic

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Coverage Options

Your treatment may be partially or fully covered if you have extended health benefits, a worker’s compensation claim, or were injured in a motor vehicle accident.

Coverage options available to you may include:

  • Extended health benefits
  • Worker’s compensation
  • Motor vehicle accident insurance

Please check your coverage in your company’s extended health plan. Please note that for payment, Visa, Mastercard, debit, cash and personal cheque are accepted.

Direct Billing

  • Russell Lake Physiotherapy Dartmouth – pt Health directly bills insurance companies for you when possible.
    Call for details.
  • Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Parking

    • Our large parking lot offers free parking.

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    Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2W 6L4

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