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Daphne Calhoun

Daphne Calhoun

Registered Massage Therapist

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Since 1998 I have practiced and taught the art, science and philosophy of massage therapy.

Originally interested in physiotherapy, my heart and future took a turn when introduced to a course on massage therapy.

I am proud to offer Manual Lymph Drainage as part of my therapy.  This unique treatment has given me an opportunity to expand my patient base to include those whom suffer from such conditions or injuries as lymphedema, post-surgical interventions and acute injuries.

Having trust in your healthcare provider is essential – without it you will not reap the benefits that massage therapy can offer.  I am pleased to say the vast majority of my patients have been with me for over 10 years.  Their loyalty and support is overwhelming.

I am in good standing with the Massage Therapists Association of NS and continue to gain knowledge by attending courses every year. My latest course was in Bioflex Laser Therapy and I am now one of the first massage therapists in Halifax to offer this treatment.

Lynette MacKinnon

Lynette MacKinnon

Registered Massage Therapist

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Lynette graduated from Mt Alllison University in 1998 with her Bachelor of Science in Biology & Psychology. Upon graduation, she moved to Halifax where she eventually enrolled at ICT Northumberland College, graduating with honours in 2003. After attaining her Massage Therapy Diploma, Lynette passed her Ontario Certification exams and moved to Kingston, where she worked for 10 years, originally in a chiropractic clinic and a spa, and eventually having her own home based clinic for her last 5 years there.

For over 5 years, Lynette was also an Instructor and Clinic Supervisor in the Massage Therapy program at Trillium College in Kingston. She loves to teach and hopes to eventually do so again.

While living in Kingston, Lynette realized there was a lack of treatment options for those living with lymphedema and certain other issues and so she completed additional training in the Dr Vodder Method of Manual Lymph Drainage and Combined Decongestive Therapy in 2012. She finds this treatment method to be very beneficial for a wide range of clients.

In 2013, while pregnant with her second child, Lynette and her husband decided to move back to the East Coast, landing in Charlottetown, PEI for a few years and recently moving to Halifax. Lynette is quite happy to be back in Nova Scotia, having previously lived in Halifax and hailing from Cape Breton originally. She looks forward to meeting the community and addressing their health care needs. Comfortable with both therapeutic and relaxation approaches to treatment, she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge with her.

Cathy Donald

Cathy Donald

Physiotherapist

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Cathy Donald is a Physiotherapist with over 20 years of experience.  After graduating from McMaster University in 1994, she worked in the USA for 3 years before returning to Canada. She has worked in various settings:  Intensive Care Units to long-term care, private and public, management and as a Research and Design Consultant regarding home health care products.

Cathy has extensive training in acupuncture and dry needling.  She trained with Cynthia Gokavi, MD (India) and became certified (2017) in the Gokavi Transfer Technique which Cynthia pioneered.

Cathy believes contribution and engagement are necessary for a healthy culture.  Professionally, she demonstrates this by volunteering as an Executive Member of Acupuncture Canada (formerly Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute) and has had held positions provincially and nationally with this organization (2006-current). Previously, she was a member of the Standards of Practice Committee for the Nova Scotia College of Physiotherapists (2007-2011) and the Newsletter Editor for the Acupuncture Division of Canadian Physiotherapy Association (2009-2012). Her non-professional volunteer contributions currently include, ElderDog, and events for the community via her church. She also travelled to Haiti in 2012 with Helping Hands for Haiti.

Veronica Martinez

Veronica Martinez

Registered Massage Therapist

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Veronica graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Psychology (’01), and then completed her diploma in Massage Therapy at the Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy (’07). Veronica has completed post-graduate work in Sport Massage, Cupping Massage, and Craniosacral Therapy.

She has been both a teaching assistant and clinic supervisor at the Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy, and now works in Disability Management with Manulife Financial. Veronica specializes in treating clients with chronic pain, sports injuries and pregnancy massage.

Sandra MacDonald

Sandra MacDonald

Registered Massage Therapist

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Sandra has been practicing in Halifax since 1994 after visiting from BC and falling for the East Coast. Having worked with MLD therapists in BC, she knew its value and yet there was nobody practicing MLD in Nova Scotia. Travelling to the Dr Vodder Schule in Walchsee, Austria, she obtained her CDT certification in 1996, and continues to use MLD extensively in her practice.

In 2009 wanting to inspire others to take up the practice of MLD and improve access to Complete Decongestive Therapy for patients in the Maritimes, she became a Basic Instructor with the Dr Vodder School International and has taught across the country.

In her spare time she enjoys travel, spending time with family and friends, and is an avid Underwater Hockey player and enthusiast. Blending work and pleasure, she has attended numerous World Championships as the team therapist.

Sandra is Registered with the College of Massage Therapists of BC, the Massage Therapists Association of NS and continues to improve her knowledge attending conferences internationally.