Meet the Team of Maritime Physiotherapy in Halifax
Robert MacDonald - Physiotherapist
Rob graduated from Dalhousie University School of Physiotherapy in 1984 and has over 25 years of clinical experience. He has been part owner of Maritime Physiotherapy since 1987 and sole owner since 1990. His clinical practice has been augmented by numerous post-graduate courses and attendance at national and international conferences and symposia. He has also had clinical experience with local, national and international sporting events such as the World Wheelchair Basketball Games, Canada Summer Games, Canadian Sprint Canoe and Kayak Championships, as well as Chair of Physiotherapy services for the World Junior Hockey Championships 2002/2003 in Halifax. Rob is an avid recreational runner, having completed five full marathons and numerous half marathons, as well as running in local events such as the Rum Runners Run. Rob qualified for and successfully ran in the 2011 Boston Marathon. More recently Rob has begun to compete in triathlon events locally. Aside from his interest in running and triathlons, Rob has a strong interest in working with the senior population of our community. He is a certified Bone Fit™ therapist trained in the treatment and management of osteoporosis, bone health, fall prevention, etc.
Brent Thompson - Physiotherapist
Brent is a native of Dartmouth and graduated from Dalhousie University in 1991 with his Bachelor of Science degree in Physiotherapy. Since graduating, he has worked in orthopaedic private practice in New Brunswick, southern Ontario and Nova Scotia. In 1995 and 1996, he completed the Orthopaedic Advanced Clinically Supervised Manipulative Therapy Program in Toronto. He became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy in 1999. In addition to being a guest lecturer at Dalhousie University, and a co-founder of the Atlantic Manual Therapy Institute, he teaches post graduate courses throughout eastern Canada. Brent enjoys working with athletes ranging from the recreational level to the Olympic level. Personal sport interests include speed skating, cycling and recreational paddling.
Jason Wong - Physiotherapist
Jason graduated in 1997 with his physiotherapy degree from Dalhousie University located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has trained and worked in the field of physiotherapy across Canada and in the United States. He has an interest in orthopaedic physiotherapy and sports medicine. His clinical practice has included continuing care centres, hospitals, and private practice. He has been associated with Dalhousie University’s School of Physiotherapy clinical education program since 2000. He has treated a wide variety of clientele including, university level (NCAA, AUAA), national level, and international level athletes. He has been a medical team member for various recreational and professional level sporting events. Personal sport interests include tennis and basketball. Away from the clinic he enjoys travelling, music, and photography.
Leanne Piercey - Massage Therapist
Leanne graduated from ICT Northumberland College in Halifax in 2000. She joined the Maritime Physiotherapy team in October, 2000 and is a member of the Massage Therapy Association of Nova Scotia. She has enjoyed volunteering at local sporting events, treating athletes of all ages. She was trained in the use of therapeutic Swedish massage, specializing in deep tissue massage techniques and sports massage. Leanne is also a PADI open water scuba instructor and spends a lot of her spare time instructing scuba classes and exploring the local waters of Nova Scotia. She also enjoys other water activities such as swimming, waterskiing, and fishing.
Amanda Findlay - Massage Therapist
Amanda graduated in 2009 from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy. During her studies Amanda's primary focus was on Sports Massage, participating in and earning a certificate from the Sports Outreach Clinic at the Dalplex. She has also provided massage therapy services at the Bluenose Marathon and the Ride for Juvenile Diabetes. Amanda is a member in good standing of the Massage Therapists Association of Nova Scotia.
Before joining the Maritime Physiotherapy team in November 2010, Amanda focused on Spa Massage Therapy and is now enjoying the new challenges presented in the clinical setting. In her free time Amanda enjoys live music, reading, baking, and spending time at the cottage with friends and family.
Lindsay Carney - Exercise Therapist
Lindsay is from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She graduated in 2015 from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Throughout the years she has volunteered at numerous physiotherapy clinics, shadowing multiple clinicians and has completed her practicum with Dalhousie physiotherapy graduate Jo Ann Spillett. She is currently enrolled in the Canadian College of Osteopathy to become a DO. Lindsay has a passion for fitness and works at Goodlife Fitness when not at the clinic. In her free time she enjoys going to the gym, volunteering, and studying.
Michael Daigle – Pedorthist
Michael Daigle is a Canadian Certified Pedorthist with his company Maritime Foothold Orthotics. He began his Pedorthic career after many years working as a designer, fine furniture maker, vocational teacher, and leather craftsman. Mike received his Pedorthic training through Thera-Ped Foot and Ankle Clinic and the Pedorthic Association of Canada. He is a member of the College of Pedorthics of Canada and the Pedorthic Association of Canada.
He has a special interest in sports medicine as pertains to Pedorthic management of foot/ankle/knee pain, because he has particular experience in swimming, biking and running.
“A Certified Pedorthist is an individual who is trained in the manufacture, fitting, and modification of foot appliances and footwear to assist in alleviating pain in the lower limbs. Assessment through observation of surface anatomy and palpation of the joints, gait analysis, range of motion testing, footgear examination and review of potentially complicating health factors are our specialty.” (Pedorthic Association of Canada)
Maritime Foothold Orthotics Inc. provides custom molded foot orthotics, ready-made orthopedic shoes, all types of modifications (including heel lifts, Velcro conversions, rocker soles) and custom made shoes for the people of Nova Scotia.
Doreen MacLean – Registered Dietitian
Doreen MacLean is a Registered Dietitian with the Nova Scotia Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada. She was born and raised in Dartmouth, and took her Bachelor of Science in Applied Human Nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent University.
Doreen has been practicing as a Consulting Dietitian since 2013. She has worked with people from varied backgrounds to improve their diets and manage chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, as well as manage their weight, perform better in the gym, and gain more energy for all the exciting things in life. Doreen has worked hard to break down the science of nutrition into easy-to-understand terms so that her clients not only know what to eat, but how and why they should be eating it!
When Doreen isn’t working, she’s often found reading a great book, in the gym, or hanging out with her new daughter or her rabbit. She loves being in the outdoors, camping, hiking, or just hanging out at the beach.