As a therapist and a business owner, I’m always up for a challenge!"
After graduating in 1996 from the School of Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University, I accepted a full-time physiotherapy position at Roseway Hospital in Shelburne. My choice of a position near friends and family in central Nova Scotia and the Annapolis Valley had an unexpected and happy bonus, for it was at Roseway that I met my future wife, and one year later I became a “local boy” by marriage.
To broaden and deepen my physiotherapy experience, I accepted professional opportunities at Yarmouth Regional Hospital and Dartmouth General Hospital. My wife and I then returned home to Shelburne with our young son to start Shelburne Physiotherapy in 2002. With hard work, long hours and faith in God, we set out to achieve our twofold goal: to restore our Shelburne neighbours to a healthy lifestyle and to build a viable business that would benefit the community.
Since graduation it has been one of my personal priorities to continually upgrade my knowledge in the practice of physiotherapy. I have a keen interest in treating spinal problems, particularly the neck and upper back, and foot/ankle injuries. Since 1996 I have completed three levels of manual therapy and in 2006 I was awarded a certificate in Spinal Manual Therapy from Manual Concepts, Perth Australia. I have completed three levels of acupuncture after studying with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada and an introductory course in muscle imbalances offered by Dr. Shirley Sahrmann.
To keep abreast of current trends in physiotherapy, I attended a Matheson industrial rehabilitation course in 2008, and followed this in 2010 with another course involving industrial rehabilitation, becoming certified as a Functional Capacity Evaluator by Workwell Systems, Inc. Subsequently, our clinic has applied for and been granted status as a Tier 2 clinic by Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia. This distinction allows more complicated workplace injuries to be treated locally, saving our clients a longer commute outside of their home community.
In the future I would like to expand my role in industrial rehabilitation by completing courses in Pre-work Screening, and Functional Job Analysis.
“Massage therapy is a natural complement to my longtime practice of martial arts. The essence of both disciplines is respect for others and each requires knowledge of anatomy, body mechanics, injury prevention and treatment.”
Following my graduation from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in Halifax in 2004, my wife and I moved to Shelburne. I worked in several massage therapy settings until I happily joined Shelburne Physiotherapy in 2006.
During the clinical portion of my training, I focused on the rehabilitation of neurological conditions and received a certificate in the treatment of chronic pain. Since graduation, I have continued my education, focusing on courses on myofascial release techniques taught by leaders in the field.
I have completed advanced courses in myofascial release with Barry Jenings, focusing on dysfunction of the lumbar spine, cervical spine and shoulder region, and courses with Peter Stuart based on the myofascial release techniques of John Barnes. I have also taken three courses in cervical spine, pelvic joint and costovertebral mobilization through muscle energy techniques, a natural supplement to myofascial treatments. In 2008, I became certified in hot stone massage and I hope to continue taking more advanced post graduate courses in visceral manipulation and myofascial release.
I was born and raised here in Shelburne and attended Hillcrest Academy Elementary and Shelburne Regional High school before heading to university. I am an avid recreational soccer player and have been so since childhood. In addition, I enjoy all sorts of cycling and outdoor recreational activities and see these as opportunities to employ what I have learned and to better understand the capacities of the human body.
I graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Human Kinetics in May 2012. I have always been fascinated with the human form and its ability to change based on individual demands. As a kinesiologist I study human movement focusing on the proper function of the musculoskeletal system, as well as the cardiorespiratory system and nervous system. I also maintain an interest in the impact that psychological, sociological, and philosophical factors can have on the human body. As such, I endeavour to draw a connection between these well established disciplines and our physical form in an attempt to demonstrate the necessity of a well rounded, balanced, and holistic lifestyle.
Shelburne Physiotherapy is my first employment within my field of study and I see it as an ideal opportunity to delve into the clinical setting. I am considering a career in Physiotherapy and I look forward to the insight and experience that working with Terry and my new colleagues will provide.
Most of my life has centered around sport, physical activity and recreation. For this reason my education and career choices have done the same.
I am a 2012 graduate of the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. I also have a diploma in Sport and Leisure Management from Holland College in my home province of PEI.
Since graduating I have had great opportunities to work with some of the best fitness professionals in the country. As a trainer, my first experience was on a volunteer basis with the athletic training staff of the PEI Rocket in the Canadian Hockey League. More recently I worked professionally as a trainer at a fitness club in the downtown core of Calgary. These experiences allowed me to learn new skills from some incredible people who have worked in the very top levels of our field.
I am excited to bring some of these skills and experiences to a clinical setting at Shelburne Physiotherapy. I look forward to continuing to learn and work with clients one on one in the fitness centre. I aim to improve as a Kinesiologist in all areas of the profession. Whether by postural analysis and correction, Rehabilitation exercise prescription, or simply improving overall fitness, I hope to have a positive impact on helping people move better, feel better, and lead a healthy and active lifestyle.
Kim earned a masters of science degree in occupational therapy and is a registered member of the College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia (COTNS, which regulates the practice of occupational therapy in the province.
Sarah Thorburne - Office Manager, Physiotherapy Aide
Alyssa Sutherland - Receptionist, Physiotherapy Aide
Charity Rennehan - Receptionist, Physiotherapy Aide.