Our Team

Alison Beaton PT, MClSc, FCAMPT, Diploma Sports Physiotherapy

Alison Beaton works with general orthopaedic clients and athletes of all levels to optimize their movements in sport and in life. Alison combines her specialized training in manual and manipulative therapy with movement pattern and muscle imbalance retraining to promote rapid, safe, and effective recovery from injuries and chronic stress. Her extensive experience with elite athletes includes current Olympians, Canadian National Teams, and Cirque du Soleil. She owns Scotia Physiotherapy, is a member of the Integrated Health Services team for Athletics Canada, the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association, and the IST lead for Surf Canada as they prepare for Tokyo 2020. She works locally with Dance NS and Neptune theatre in Halifax.

Alison graduated from Dalhousie University in 2003, completed an Advanced Diploma of Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Therapy in 2009, a Masters of Clinical Science in Manipulative Therapy (Western) in 2012 and a Diploma of Sport Physiotherapy in 2014 . Alison teaches within the Canadian Physiotherapy Association post-graduate Orthopaedic course system, as well as in the School of Physiotherapy and Department of Anatomy at Dalhousie University. She is the past chair of the Nova Scotia Orthopaedic Section and past chair of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Orthopaedic Division. She is a member of the Nova Scotia Physiotherapy Advisory Group.

Alison's passion for physical fitness and optimizing movement patterning is not limited to the clinic. She is active in running, surfing, functional fitness and travels extensively as a therapist and for recreation.

Part of the Nova Scotia Government's Register of Injury Management Consultants.

A Complete Concussion Care (https://completeconcussions.com) provider.

Please feel free to contact her @ alison.beaton@scotiaphysiotherapy.ca with questions.

Cynthia Murphy PT, FCAMPT, BScPT, MCPA

Cynthia Murphy joined the Scotia Physiotherapy team in 2012, when she moved to Halifax.

She studied physiotherapy at McGill graduating in 2000 and has since completed several continuing education courses as well as completing her FCAMPT certification in 2017, an internationally recognized certification in manual and manipulative therapy. She enjoys the variety of treating injuries and sports injuries through the whole body, including jaw pain (TMD) and voice issues such as Muscle Tension Dysphonia (MTD), which she treats in concert with a local voice coach, speech language pathologist and ENT.

Cynthia is passionate about getting people back to activity, encouraging them to stay active and helping them start being active if they are new to working out. She has particular interest in treating knee and lower back pain.

She is active in the community, volunteering as a hockey coach for her boys, and professionally, chairing the Nova Scotia Branch of the Orthopaedic Divsion of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

If you would like to book an appointment with Cynthia, please contact reception through the web site or at scotiaphysio@eastlink.ca. You can contact Cynthia with any questions at cynthia.murphy@scotiaphysiotherapy.ca.

Service également offert en français.

Dawn Hanifen BScPT

Upon graduation from St. Francis Xavier University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology Dawn moved to Edinburgh, Scotland where she completed a BScPT in 2005. In Scotland, Dawn gained valuable experience in all disciplines of Physiotherapy including Orthopaedics, Neurology and Cardiorespiratory. After returning to Nova Scotia, Dawn focused her career path in the direction of Orthopaedics.

Dawn has extensive post-graduate training in gait analysis, pain management of spinal syndromes, acupuncture, manual therapy and movement systems disorders. She continues to prioritize continuing education, and actively expands her knowledge base, skill set and clinical reasoning to help clients achieve their goals.

Dawn is passionate about helping people struggling with neck pain and headache following motor vehicle collisions, workplace and sporting injuries. Dawn employs manual therapy, individualised exercise prescription, modalities and education to ensure each client achieves their goals and optimizes their function, enabling each individual client to live a happy, healthy and active lifestyle.

Please feel free contact her @ dawn.hanifen@scotiaphysiotherapy.ca with questions.

Jennifer Wade PT, BScKin, MScPT

Jennifer Wade has extensive postgraduate training in manual therapy, chronic pain management, movement impairment syndromes, trigger point dry needling (TPDN), and acupuncture. She uses hands on techniques, education, therapeutic modalities such as acupuncture/TPDN, and individualised exercise programs to tailor treatment plans for her patients. Jennifer is equipped with treatment strategies for all ages, sedentary and active patients alike. She is happy to take the time with patients to help them attain their goals.

Jennifer Wade has studied extensively in the management of TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders) nationally and internationally, she also annually lectures for Dalhousie University School of Dentistry and has participated in continuing education sessions for practicing dental professionals. She has collaborates with oral surgeons and TMD dental specialists. She is passionate about helping clients with TMJ (jaw) and facial pain manage their pain and restore their function to enjoy a healthy and happy life.

Originally from Moncton, NB, Jennifer moved to Halifax with acceptance to Dalhousie University. In 2010 she graduated with Distinction from her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. During her undergraduate degree she worked with Dalhousie Varsity teams, with a particular interest in soccer. Jennifer remained a student of Dalhousie, graduating in 2012 with a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy.

A Complete Concussion Care (https://completeconcussions.com) provider.

Service également offert en français.

Please feel free contact her @ Jennifer.wade@scotiaphysiotherapy.ca with questions.

Erika Turner PT

Hailing from Sussex, NB, Erika graduated with her Master's in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University in 2011 and has called herself a Haligonian ever since. While she is not chasing down frisbees in a field near you, she is running the streets of Halifax to get her kilometers in to train for a full marathon in the spring. To which she said "I might be slow, but I can still sprint after a frisbee because I respect my body's abilities".

She has extensive post graduate training in acupuncture, dry needling, manual therapy and is a firm believer in putting the power of healing in the client's hands with education, self care strategies, and exercise.

Carolynn MacLennan R.M.T., BScHK

Carolynn MacLennan graduated from the massage therapy program at Northumberland College in 2003 and has received additional training in advanced sports massage and pregnancy massage. She also has a BScHK from St FX University.

Carolynn has experience treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions including back and neck pain, sports related injuries, repetitive strain injuries, postural imbalances and the aches and pains that accompany pregnancy. She provides a deep tissue, specific massage, but believes a relaxing approach is an important element to any massage therapy treatment.

Whether it’s part of a treatment plan for a specific injury, a preventative measure or a stress relief treatment, Carolynn is dedicated to helping you maintain a healthy, happy and active lifestyle.

Carolynn's hours: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10-4pm Tuesday & Thursday 5:45-8pm. Call 902 425 3065 or book online @ https://scotiaphysio.janeapp.com/

Sheena Commandeur R.M.T.

Sheena has a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy (CCMH) in March 2013. She is registered with MTANS and is trained in General Swedish massage, deep tissue, myofascial release, intraoral massage for TMD, lymphatic drainage, Trigger Point Release Therapy, cupping, pregnancy and infant massage and therapeutic exercise. She is also an instructor at CCMH. Sheena believes passionately in facilitating the healing process for her patients and in helping them achieve their wellness goals.

Book online @ https://scotiaphysio.janeapp.com/

Lyndsay Oakes RMT, BScKin

Lyndsay graduated from UPEI with a BScKinesiology, and from massage therapy at ICT Northumberland College. Lyndsay has advanced certification in sport massage, temporomanidular joint dysfcuntion (TMD) massage, dynamic cupping and is a Certified Graston Provider. She is currently a member of the Canadian Sport Massage Therapy Association as a Sport Massage Therapist Certified Candidate and a member in good standing with MTANS.

While at UPEI Lyndsay played varsity hockey and rugby. She continues to be active in sport and fitness. As a RMT she has experience working with the Halifax Hurricanes (NBL), the Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) and the Calgary Wolfpack.

Lyndsay is offering evening appointments at Scotia Physiotherapy. Call 902 425 3065 or book online @ https://scotiaphysio.janeapp.com/

Penny Petrovici Administrative Assistant







Michelle Best Administrative Assistant

Michael Ritchie Retired

Michael has retired from direct patient care. Jennifer Wade has taken over his TMD practice, Cynthia, Dawn & Alison have taken over the rest of his practice. You may still see Michael in the clinic as a consultant :)