Our Team

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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 both his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Master of Science in Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University. While completing his undergraduate degree Matt developed his interest in orthopedic rehabilitation while volunteering with the athletic therapy department at Saint Mary’s University. Here, he worked primarily with the men’s varsity hockey and women’s varsity rugby teams. Following this, Matt worked at the Dalhousie Physiotherapy Department as a Research Assistant in the clinical study of the management of degenerative disease, with a focus on the effects of knee osteoarthritis on gait patterns. 

From his experiences in clinical and research settings, it is his belief that a combination of manual therapy, appropriate exercise, and patient education can put patients in control of their symptoms and on the path to reaching their health goals.

Jessica Crook, MScPT, BScKin

Physiotherapist

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.

Karim Hilali, MSc PT, BSc Bio, BSc ExSci

Physiotherapist - Bilingual (Fr)

Service disponible en français.

Karim earned his Masters in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University after graduating with degrees in Exercise Science and Biology at Concordia University. 

Having a strong scientific background that is rooted in clinical exercise physiology and biology, he is an advocate for exercise as medicine. Karim’s treatment approach includes collaborative goal-setting and tailored interventions to meet the specific needs of each patient. His treatment style focuses on using functional exercise programs while integrating manual therapy in order to achieve prior level of function and to prevent re-injury. 

Outside of work Karim enjoys playing basketball, travelling and cooking up new recipes.

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.

 

Denis Ankrah, B. Kin, MSc PT

physiotherapist

 

Denis is a Kinesiology graduate from the University of Toronto and Physiotherapy graduate from Dalhousie University.

While completing his undergraduate degree, Denis competed on the varsity basketball team and spent a season working with the men’s volleyball team as a student therapist. Through these experiences he learned about the importance of preventative rehab and now makes patient education a large focus of his treatment approach. He is a strong believer in multi-modal care and has taken continuing education courses in manual therapy and functional dry needling to build on his patient-centred approach to therapy. Additionally, Denis is certified as a strength and conditioning specialist and integrates his sport, personal training, and physiotherapy knowledge to help individuals of all levels optimize their function through exercise.

To optimize his own health and wellness, Denis enjoys travelling, strength training, playing sports, and biking around the city.

Dr. Andrew Martin, BSc Kin, Doctor of Chiropractor

Chiropractor

Titleist Performance Institute Level 1
Acupuncture Provider

Born and raised in Quispamsis, New Brunswick, Dr. Martin graduated from UNB with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology before moving onto the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto to complete his Doctorate of Chiropractic.

Throughout his athletic and academic careers, a strong foundation of functional rehabilitation, strength and conditioning and manual therapy was built. This paved the way for his evidence and movement-based treatment philosophy which integrates manual therapy, rehabilitation, strength training, nutrition, stress management, sleep hygiene and goal setting to optimize patients’ health, well-being and quality of life.

Outside of the clinic, you can find Dr. Andrew enjoying the great outdoors while being heavily involved in athletics and community events around the HRM.

Josh Hebert-Chesley

Kinesiologist, BscKin

Josh is a recent graduate of St. Francis Xavier University with a Bachelor of Science Honours in Kinesiology. Originally form Saint John, New Brunswick, Josh made the move to Nova Scotia to play football with the X-Men. In his free time, Josh enjoys spending time outdoors, watching movies and working as a part of a team.

Shannon McNabb

Registered Massage Therapist

Shannon is a graduate of ICT Northumberland 2007 with a 2200 hour accreditation; is fully licenced,
registered and insured and is a member in good standing of Natural Health Practitioners of Canada. She
has been practising for 15 years and is ever expanding her education yearly.

She provides therapeutic massage treatments, providing alternative healthcare with a holistic approach
including: Therapeutic Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Relaxation Massage, Sports Massage, Myofascial
Release, Motor vehicle Collision Accident patients, Muscle Energy Techniques, Active Release, Manual
Lymph Drainage, Hot Stone Massage, Pre & Post Natal Massage & More…
Shannon is available for Monday afternoons and evenings for booking. We are looking forward to having
you for a massage in the near future.

Justin Gaudet

Registered Massage Therapist

Justin graduated from ICT Northumberland College of Massage Therapy in June of 2019 and has been honing his craft as a deep tissue therapist since. Justin is committed to providing quality therapeutic treatments in a safe and compassionate environment while taking into account the highest professional standards, where your individual needs are a priority.

His tailored therapeutic treatments are crafted holistically, and in collaboration with our health care team at Citadel Physiotherapy. With an emphasis on injury prevention and client education Justin will be an advocate for your wellbeing, putting your health back into your own hands. His treatment style is very patient-specific, with a focus on deep tissue, and neck and shoulder injury. Working together, we will bring harmony to your body, mind and spirit.

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.

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.

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