Our Team

Our Team Is Dedicated To Expanding Our Knowledge To Best Serve You In Your Health Initiatives 

Our team

Daniela Rubinger, BScPT

Owner - Physiotherapist

Daniela Rubinger is a 1988 graduate of Dalhousie School of Physiotherapy. Following several years at Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Center, she began a private practice at Halifax’s Physioclinic Dalplex in 1991.

From 1991 to 2005, Daniela managed the clinic and was highly involved in the treatment of athletes on the professional and varsity levels. She has provided services to many sporting events and was the chief therapist for the 1998 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships and 2004’s Women’s World Hockey Championships.

Throughout her career, Daniela has taken on many post-secondary courses in acupuncture, manual therapy, sports therapy, taping, and muscular imbalances.

In 2005, she opened Citadel Physiotherapy. Daniela has worked closely with Dr. Mark Glazebrook developing non-operable Achilles protocol and has been involved in research with his team. She has also studied the effects of exercise in patients with early signs of dementia alongside Dr. Ken Rockwood.

Daniela lives in Halifax with her husband and has two grown children. While not in the office, Daniela enjoys watching soccer with her husband, mountain biking, hiking and spending time with family and friends.

Véronique Trottier, BscPT, Dip. Manip., FCAMPT

Physiotherapist - Bilingual (Fr)

Service disponible en français.

Véronique earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Ottawa in 2002. Originally from rural Ontario, she briefly worked in Ottawa before venturing out to discover the East Coast, where she worked in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Later, Véronique worked in rural Australia for a year before returning to Nova Scotia, the place she now calls “home.” She has trained extensively in manual therapy and received her diploma in Intermediate Manual and Manipulative therapy in 2010 and the Advanced Diploma in 2013. She is registered as a Fellow with the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists (FCAMPT). CAMPT-Certified ™ physiotherapists offer clinical expertise from advanced training to help our patients get better, recover faster and stay healthier.

She has also completed post-graduate courses in muscle imbalances, acupuncture, core stabilization, and functional dry needling. Working mainly in private practice, Véronique has gained knowledge in treating various orthopedic conditions of all age groups at various fitness levels. Her treatment approach is hands-on with a focus on exercise and education to help everyone she treats be involved in their rehabilitation.

Outside of work, Véronique loves spending time outdoors with her husband and twin boys and stays active with biking, hiking, cross country skiing and yoga.

 

Leigh Hepditch, BScKin, MScPT, Dip Manip,. FCAMPT

PhysiotherapisT

Leigh graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 1999 from Dalhousie University. She then worked and travelled abroad in Australia and the United States before returning to school at the University of Alberta to complete a Master of Science in Physiotherapy. Once completing her degree in 2005, she returned to the East Coast to begin her career and has been working in a private practice setting since that time. 

Leigh has taken numerous courses in manual therapy and completed an Intermediate Diploma in Manual and Manipulative Therapy in 2010 and an Advanced Diploma in 2012. She is registered as a Fellow with the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists (FCAMPT). CAMPT-Certified ™ physiotherapists offer clinical expertise from advanced training to help our patients get better, recover faster and stay healthier. 

In addition, Leigh has completed post-graduate courses in acupuncture, muscle imbalance, taping, and functional dry needling. She uses a hands-on approach to her treatment but also takes the time to ensure her patients are educated and provided with appropriate therapeutic exercises. She has treated a wide population of patients ranging in age and activity level.

In her time away from the clinic, Leigh enjoys travelling, running and pilates.

Matthew Ward, MScPT, BScKin

Physiotherapist

Matt completed a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2013 at Dalhousie University. During that time, he also worked with both Women’s Rugby and Men’s Hockey Varsity programs at Saint Mary’s University as a student trainer. As well he was as a research assistant at Dalhousie University. The focus of the research was on the effects of osteoarthritis on the hips and knees, and how osteoarthritis affects an individuals’ mobility and gait.  These experiences led him back to Dalhousie University to complete his Master of Science in Physiotherapy in 2016.  

He has continued his training with post-grad courses in Manual and Manipulation Therapy, Functional Dry Needling, Shockwave Therapy, and Osteoarthritis Management and Rehabilitation. He uses these skills to help people recover after joint surgery, workplace injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and in managing osteoarthritis.  

During a patient’s assessment and treatments, their goals are discussed and addressed step by step. Treatment progress is based on the individual’s needs, and will include a mix of rehabilitation exercises, hands-on therapy, and other methods as needed.  

When away from the clinic, Matt spends his time playing with his dog Maggie, camping, or gardening.

Jessica Crook, MScPT, BScKin

Currently on Maternity LEave

Jessica is a graduate from Dalhousie University with a BSc in Kinesiology and MSc in Physiotherapy with a certificate in Disability Management. Prior to completing her studies, Jessica worked with the Canadian Armed Forces as a fitness instructor where she discovered her passion for working with individuals to achieve optimal performance at work, sport and recreational activity.

Jessica has completed further training in manual and manipulative therapy, functional dry needling, functional movement screening and the prevention of running injuries. She has experience working with a variety of sports teams and is currently the team therapist for Halifax West Hockey and Dunbrack senior men’s soccer.

Jessica’s hobbies include running, biking, swimming, yoga and hiking. She has completed half-marathons and triathlons, and in her spare time, enjoys teaching yoga. With a special interest in treating sport and running injuries and a strong background in fitness, she believes in an active approach to rehabilitation.

Giselle MacLeod, BSc Bio, BSc PT

Physiotherapist

Giselle graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from St F.X. in 1997 followed by a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University School of Physiotherapy in 2001.

She has spent the last 20 years working in private practice in Dartmouth managing a varied caseload including pre and post operative rehab, acute and chronic sports injuries, repetitive strain injuries, concussion management, work place and motor vehicle accident injuries.

Throughout her career, Giselle has continued to source out post graduate education in areas of interest to her, and pertaining to her clients. This has include courses in Manual Therapy, Acupuncture, Dry Needling, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Pain Science, Concussion Management, Exercise Prescription and Sport First Responder Certification.

Giselle spends her time away from work managing a busy family and can often be found at a rink, baseball field, basketball court or lake with her husband and 3 daughters.

Jennifer MacKinnon, BScPT, BSc Chem

Physiotherapist

Jenn graduated with a BSc in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University in 2004 after completing her BSc in Chemistry from Saint Mary’s University. She spent 13 years in private practice before working with the military.

Jenn’s treatment approach involves compassionately listening to her clients concerns and developing a treatment plan to provide fast relief of pain and improved function while addressing the cause of the issue to prevent recurrences. Jenn has completed extensive postgraduate courses in manual therapy, taping, exercise prescription, acupuncture, dry needling, instrumented assisted soft tissue release, concussion rehab, vestibular treatment, personal training, bracing and golf related injuries. She has provided physiotherapy for various sporting events including CBU basketball games and the Cape Breton
Celtic Classic, a PGA Tour event. 

In her spare time Jenn enjoys hiking, mountain biking, golfing, down hill skiing and live music.

Katie Rubinger, BScBio, MPT

Physiotherapist

Katie graduated with from Mount Allison University in 2019 with an Honours BSc in Biology. She then went on to complete her MPT from Western University and graduated in 2021. Since graduating, she has worked in acute care where she gained experience working with a geriatric population. Katie has also taken post-graduate courses on how to use a fitness-forward, patient-centered approach to rehabilitation of the older adult.  

Katie understands that doing PT within the home is immensely meaningful to many patients and is essential to assisting people age in place. She is passionate about using an active approach with people of all ages and abilities to increase independence and function so that patients can reach their goals and live a full life.  

In her free time, Katie does CrossFit and loves to get outside with friends and family hiking or biking.

Marianne Greene, MPT, BMusPerf

Physiotherapist

After growing up in New Glasgow, NS, Marianne moved to Ontario to complete a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto. With a focus on orchestral trumpet, she
had the privilege of performing with many organizations such as the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific, and Symphony Nova Scotia.

Following her time at UofT, Marianne completed a Master of Physical Therapy from the University of British Columbia. During this time, she travelled across British Columbia to gain a wide range of clinical experience such as high intensity stroke rehabilitation, post-operative and high acuity patient populations, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and athletic and workplace injuries. Since graduating, Marianne has completed her Level 1 certification in manual therapy and looks forward to pursuing further education in this area of practice. 

In her spare time, Marianne enjoys rock climbing, cycling, weight lifting, and attempting tofinish library books before their expiry date.

Kristin Peters, BScKin, MScPT

Physiotherapy Resident

Kristin completed her Master of Science in Physiotherapy in 2023, and Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology
in 2021, both at Dalhousie University. Her clinical placements focussed on orthopaedics and sport injuries, paediatrics, as well as some time in cardiac rehab and geriatrics.


During school, Kristin was involved in sport coverage with the Dalhousie Tigers Rugby and Basketball
teams, where she combined her knowledge of injury care with her background in first aid and emergency management.

Since then, she’s had opportunities to work with more than a dozen different sports at various levels, including local, provincial and international competitions.

She is currently involved in U15 Major Hockey and U18 Volleyball. Kristin has had additional training in manual therapy, Neuro-Proprioceptive Taping and Medical First
Responder. She enjoys working one-on-one with patients to develop individualized and active treatment
plans to reach their goals.


Outside of the clinic, rink and court, Kristin can be found teaching first aid, training lifeguards, finding new hiking trails and taking way too many photos!

Jack Bignell, BScKin

Kinesiologist

Jack is a recent Kinesiology graduate of Acadia University, as well as previously receiving a Kinesiology Diploma from Holland College. The combined academia has allowed him to further understand and close the gap between hands-on learning, and theoretical application. 

Outside of the workplace, Jack coach’s and competes in powerlifting. Within the coaching realm, Jack specializes in the technical breakdown of lifters, Squat, Bench, and Deadlift. With the right adjustments, and proper programming, he feels lifters can drastically improve, surpassing
expectations.

Prior to powerlifting, Jack was a competitive Laser sailor. During his last year on the water, Jack was diagnosed with a degenerative joint condition in his left knee, that required surgery
(osteochondritis dissecans). During and after the recovery process, Jack began to develop a passion for educating and assisting others in trying to fight back against injuries, work around them and/or recover. One of the many reasons why he pursued this field and why is here with us
today!

Ryan Matthews, MSc, BScKin

Kinesiologist

Ryan grew up in Ancaster, Ontario, where he eventually followed his interests in musculoskeletal health to pursue an Honours BSc. in Kinesiology at Western University. 

Following his graduation, Ryan moved to Halifax to continue his education through a MSc. in physiology and biophysics at Dalhousie University, graduating in October 2023. Ryan’s MSc. research was focused on tracking longitudinal changes in mouse retinal perfusion using optical coherence tomography angiography imaging, following varying degrees of high IOP induced retinal ischemia. Ryan’s research interests for the future include utilizing novel applications of imaging techniques to explore topics in musculoskeletal health. 

Outside of work, Ryan enjoys playing chess, watching sports and is a huge Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Penguins fan.

Dr. Alex Webster, BSc Kin, Doctor of Chiropractor

Chiropractor

Born in Halifax and Raised in Fall River, Dr. Alex attended Acadia University where he graduated in 2017 with a Bsc. Kinesiology. This is where he found his passion for helping others move better, perform better and get the most out of their life! This led Dr. Alex to take his studies south of the border where he attended the New York Chiropractic College, of which he graduated in December of 2021

Dr. Alex is a certified strength & conditioning specialist and during his time at Acadia worked alongside multiple varsity teams and local athletes in the Annapolis Valley. Through his education and clinical experience Dr. Alex has been able to work with patients of all ages, abilities, limitations, and underlying health conditions. Dr. Alex has extensive knowledge in anatomy, neurology, nutrition, biomechanics, movement assessment, exercise programming and rehabilitation. Combining his knowledge and experience Dr. Alex will make an individualized care plan for each patient depending on their needs to help them achieve their goals!

Mathieu Boulanger

Registered Massage Therapist

Graduated from ICT Northumberland college of massage therapy in 2016. The focus of my practice is helping active lifestyle people get back to what they love doing. I work with a vairty of patients with different conditions. I can always promise to help you, to make it easier on you, and will give you results from our sessions together. If you want a treatment thats going get you better, focus on the anatomy of the body and how your body moves.

My background as a massage therapist is deep tissue massage, myofasical release, trigger point release, neuromuscular, sports massage, and muscle energy techniques etc… Other then massage therapy I offer IASTM, gua sha, and vaccum cupping to help patients reach goals that are farther away within a quicker time frame.

A little more about me: I swam competitively for 14 years, surfed for 5 years, did track and cross country for 6 years, weight lifted for 12 years, as well as with a variety of other sports played throughout the years, all of which helped me get to where I am today with knowledge I learned from it.

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