BPE, BScPT, Dip. Manip, FCAMPT
Andrew graduated in 2004 with his Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University, and has been working in private practice since. His post graduate education includes completion of the Advanced Diploma in Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy in 2011, achieving the designation of Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy. He has also completed courses in: Concussion Management, Mulligan Concepts, Running Injury Management, Explain Pain, Kinesiotaping, and Acupuncture.
Prior to physiotherapy, Andrew had completed a Bachelor of Physical Education with a major in Sport Science from the University of New Brunswick and had taken extensive coursework in Sport Psychology. He has volunteered his services at several local, national, and international sporting events.
In addition to his work in the clinic, Andrew is a lab instructor in the Master's of Physiotherapy program at Dalhousie University, is an instructor and mentor for the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and has been involved as a research assistant on a study in the School of Biomedical Engineering at Dalhousie University, which is related to Total Knee Arthroplasties. He has published a book review in Momentum (the newsletter of Sport Physiotherapy Canada) and has co-published a guideline for using outcome measures in the Orthopedic Division Review (the official journal of the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association). Andrew is the Communications Chair of the Education Committee for the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and is a board member of the St. Margaret's Bay Chamber of Commerce.
Andrew works with his patients to identify the cause of their pain or dysfunction and to come up with a patient specific plan to reach their individual goals. He feels that a combination of manual therapy (hands on treatment), education, and specific exercises are necessary to achieve these goals. He is also a strong believer in evidence based practice.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University in 2005, Chad began working in his hometown of Yarmouth, NS. For approximately 3 years, he worked for the Yarmouth Hospital, caring for both in-patients and out-patients in the physiotherapy department.
After relocating to Halifax in 2009, Chad began working at our affiliate clinic, Beaverbank Physiotherapy. During this time, he concentrated on further development of hands-on manual therapy and exercise prescription for a variety of conditions. Over the past 10 years of practice, he has taken courses in: Advanced Manual Therapy, Movement System Impairments, and Acupuncture. He has also done coursework in the diagnosis and management of vestibular issues such as: dizziness and vertigo.
Chad feels that patient empowerment through education and proper guidance is critical to a successful rehab process. Like his colleagues, he has made this a focus of his treatment planning for all conditions.
Chad is excited to be a part of Platinum Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation group and looks forward to working with members of the community in which he and his wife live.
BScPT, Dip. Manip., FCAMPT
Anita completed her Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University in 2004. In 2011, she completed an Advanced Diploma in Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy from the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and achieving the designation of Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy. Anita was also named Physiotherapist of the Year in 2016 by the Nova Scotia Physiotherapy Association. She travels regularly to Washington University in St. Louis for advanced study in Movement System Impairment and Treatment with Dr. Shirley Sahrmann.
Anita has spent the last 11 years working in private practice and teaching in various capacities. She is an instructor with the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and is a lab instructor in the Master's of Physiotherapy program at Dalhousie University. She regularly speaks to various running groups and provides educational sessions for personal trainers.
Her caseload is very diverse. She has special interest in movement impairment, fitness, running, health and manual therapy. She enjoys working closely with runners of all fitness levels to help them achieve their goals in the sports. Anita also works privately with patients to help treat urinary incontinence and pelvic dysfunction.
Anita's approach to physiotherapy tends to be hands-on, with emphasis on patient education, and exercise prescription. She spends a lot of time educating patients on ways they can be an active participant in the rehabilitation process. She strives to make her patients independent with personal management at home to augment the in-clinic physiotherapy treatment.
BScPT, BKin, Dip. Manip., FCAMPT
Mike graduated from Dalhousie University with his Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy in 2005. After graduation, he worked in the Annapolis Valley before joining the team at our affiliate clinic, Young Kempt Physiotherapy, where he is now a co-owner. In addition to his physiotherapy degree, he completed a Bachelor of Kinesiology from Acadia University with a specialization in Athletic Therapy. He completed the Advanced Diploma in Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy in 2011, and has achieved the designation of Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists. He now serves as a mentor for other physiotherapists enrolled in this program.
Since 2011, he has immersed himself in the Movement Impairment Physiotherapy program at Washington University in St. Louis. This program focuses on recognizing movement patterns in order to answer the question, why an injury happens. By looking at these faulty patterns, we can move towards preventative and corrective treatment plans.
Mike is also a founding member of the RE201 (Running Economy 201) group that is designed to improve running performance by making runners more efficient and injury free. This program is designed to assess and treat faulty mechanics to prevent injury and to individualize training programs to help runners achieve their personal goals.
Mike's treatment philosophy involves providing patients with a comprehensive treatment plan, involving manual therapy, exercise prescription, postural education, and motor control retraining. He is a strong believer that a warm and friendly environment goes a long way in treating individuals. He tries to provide a light atmosphere while giving patients the best possible care. He also feels that educating patients is crucial for long term success.
BSc Hons. Chem, MScPT
Ben is a new addition to our team, recently graduating from the Master of Science in Physiotherapy program at Dalhousie University. Ben has gained valuable experience from various private physiotherapy practices, including one of our affiliate clinics, Beaverbank Orthopaedic and Sport Physiotherapy. He has also spent time helping patients undergoing cardiac and neurological rehabilitation achieve their specific goals and return to the activities that they enjoy.
Prior to beginning the physiotherapy program at Dal, Ben completed his Bachelor of Science with a major in chemistry, and was awarded the prize for being the top student in the honours program. Ben grew up in Lake Echo, NS and began paddling at the Orenda Canoe Club as a child. He continued to pursue his passion for paddling and was able to compete at the national and international level, and has won several national medals. His interest in sports and human physiology, combined with his passion for helping people led him to pursue a career in physiotherapy. Ben has since hung up the paddle and has taken up long distance running.
As a member of the Halifax Road Hammers running club, Ben is an avid runner and competes in various local road races.
Ben enjoys helping patients of all ages and backgrounds recover from their injury and achieve their rehabilitation goals. He loves connecting and establishing relationships with patients and aims to make their physiotherapy experience as fun and enjoyable as possible. Ben takes pride in educating patients about their specific injury/condition and why it happened in the first place, and what exercises and other activities the patient can do to recover. The goal of this is to empower patients so that they can take their health into their own hands by being proactive and helping to prevent future injury. In addition to exercise and education, Ben utilizes manual (hands on) therapy to help facilitate the healing process. He has a special interest in manual therapy, pain science, exercise prescription, running as well as other sports, and movement impairments. Ben is very excited to be part of the team at Platinum Physiotherapy and would love to help you achieve your goals!
Upon completing her Masters of Science in Physiotherapy degree at Dalhousie University in 2014, Sam took on a sole-charge physiotherapist position at a rural hospital in Northern BC. She gained valuable experience in diverse areas of practice and very much enjoyed this clinical challenge. Then, in 2016, Sam joined an early intervention team which gave her the opportunity to work solely with children under the age of 5 and their families.
Sam takes great delight in working closely with babies and kids, along with their caregivers, to achieve their functional and developmental goals mainly through targeted play. Sam has experience treating premature babies through to preschoolers with a wide variety of conditions including torticollis and plagiocephaly, difficulties with balance and coordination, developmental delays, as well as more complex diagnoses such as cerebral palsy and Down Syndrome, among others. She appreciates that each child is unique and loves the contagious energy they bring to each visit.
In addition to Sam’s experience with children, she has had the opportunity to work with adult and senior populations with a wide variety of conditions. She has treated individuals with neurological disorders such as Parkinson Disease, who have suffered strokes, who have had joint replacements or injuries, as well as individuals looking to improve general strength, flexibility, or level of physical activity. She has worked closely with seniors in establishing exercise programs to maintain independence and to help with preventing falls. She especially enjoys home visits in which she can work with people from the comfort of their own homes to offer fully customized treatment plans.
Sam is thrilled to be back in the Maritimes! She enjoys an active lifestyle with her family and they look forward to exploring their new backyard for years to come.
MD, MSc, FRCS(C)
Dr. Allison Tucker is an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in trauma and the arthroscopic reconstruction of the knee and shoulder. She attended medical school at Memorial University of Newfoundland before completing an orthopaedic residency and MSc in Anatomical Science at Queen's University. Dr. Tucker received advanced fellowship training in arthroscopy and sports medicine at Banff Sport Medicine and in trauma at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Tucker lives in the HRM with her husband and daughter and looks forward to providing care and service to the local community. Dr. Tucker will hold some of her clinics out of Platinum Physiotherapy.
**Please note that all appointments with Dr. Tucker are booked through her assistant with a referral from your doctor.
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