About Us

Pelvic Health Physiotherapists

Erika Burger

Trained in Pelvic Health Physiotherapy
BScPT, DOMP, MA, PhD (ABD)
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Erika has been a physiotherapist since 1995, having worked in many different countries and within many different specializations. She found her niche of pelvic physiotherapy, after having a particularly pesky pelvis during her first pregnancy in 2006. Since that time, she has devoted herself to understanding the biomechanics of the pelvic region and how physiotherapy approaches can bring relief for bladder, bowel and sexual function disorders and pelvic, hip and low back pain syndromes.

Erika holds a Masters degree and has completed all but her dissertation of her PhD. She received the Governor General’s Gold Medal as top graduate student and was awarded the prestigious Killam Scholar award. To advance her manual skills, Erika completed training as a manual osteopath. Erika has received advanced level certification in the treatment of incontinence, urgency and voiding problems, pelvic organ prolapse, bladder pain syndromes, sexual pain syndromes, ano-rectal disorders, pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy, pediatric urinary and bowel dysfunctions and most recently, treatment of lactation difficulties in both mother and baby. She treats people of all genders. Her clinic is an inclusive, supportive and trauma-informed space which focuses exclusively in the treatment of pelvic conditions.

Sonya Malcolm

Trained in Pelvic Health Physiotherapy
BScPT
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Sonya holds a BScPT from McGill University, graduating in 1995. She also holds a diploma in Health Care Management from the Ontario Health Care Association (2010). With more than twenty years’ experience in a variety of clinical settings, Sonya is very passionate about providing clear and meaningful patient education which empowers her clients. As a lifelong learner, Sonya is constantly pursuing knowledge opportunities related to pelvic health and rehabilitation. She holds advanced level certification in pelvic health physiotherapy, treating all genders.

Andrea Marcantonio

Trained in Pelvic Health Physiotherapy
BScPT

Andrea has been a physiotherapist for over twenty years. She takes a very thorough and caring approach in her assessments and treatments, in order to connect with her clients. She takes the time to listen to them and understand how their function has been affected by their symptoms. She enjoys working together with the client to help them achieve their rehabilitation goals.

Andrea graduated in 2003 with her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Following graduation, she worked in private practice with a focus on orthopaedics. Through the years, she developed an interest in pelvic health and began expanding her knowledge in this area of physiotherapy.

Andrea has taken post-graduate pelvic health courses in pelvic pain and dysfunction, female urinary incontinence, dyspareunia, perinatal care, along with c-section considerations. In addition to pelvic health courses, she has also taken courses in acupuncture, movement dysfunction, Manual Therapy, and those focusing on exercise therapy.

In her spare time, Andrea enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends. She enjoys walking in nature, baking, and talking about recipes and food in general

Amy Earle

Trained in Pelvic Health Physiotherapy
BScHK, MScPT

Amy completed her Master’s of Science in Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University in 2019. Prior to pursuing a career in physiotherapy, Amy worked as a kinesiologist after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics and Biology from St. Francis University in 2016.

After a wide variety of work experience in areas including acute care rehabilitation, geriatrics, orthopedics, and cardiopulmonary rehab, Amy has developed a growing interest in pelvic health. She has completed her post-graduate training certification to become a pelvic health physiotherapist and follow her passion to treat pelvic health dysfunction.

Recently, Amy has completed her teacher training in Clinical Pilates with a focus in pelvic health. Amy thoroughly enjoys teaching classes incorporating breathing techniques for pelvic floor mobility and promoting function.

Amy’s interest in pelvic health lies in her personal relationship with pelvic floor physiotherapy, after working through pelvic health issues of her own. Her goal is help others gain knowledge and support around their health issues, and to build a trusting and comfortable rapport with her patients. Amy’s specific interest lies in gastrointestinal and rectal disorders, and she plans to continue to complete advanced certifications in these areas.

Outside of work hours, Amy enjoys being active on her bike outdoors, nature and portrait photography and exploring different beaches within the province.

Kendra Penney

Trained in Pelvic Health Physiotherapy
BScKIN, MScPT

Kendra completed her Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from Queen’s University in 2014, after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of New Brunswick in 2012.

Kendra believes in an individual, comprehensive approach to her treatment plans, and she is a big advocate for preventative care when it comes to overall health and wellness. In 2019, she completed her post-graduate training in women’s pelvic health. She has had the opportunity to work with diverse conditions and age groups within her clinical experience, and has a special interest in helping those early postpartum return to the activities they love.

Since beginning her career, she has continued to deepen her knowledge and understanding through education including manual therapy, functional dry needling, functional movement assessment, yoga and clinical pilates. Specific to pelvic health, she has completed courses in female urinary incontinence, ano-rectal disorders, dyspareunia, pre and post-natal fitness, perinatal care, caesarean birth, and the treatment of breastfeeding related conditions.

Outside of work, you can find Kendra enjoying her free time with her friends and family, getting outdoors as much as possible to take in all the scenery that Nova Scotia has to offer, or planning her next travel adventure.

Orthopedic Physiotherapists

Julia Mitchell

Orthopedic Physiotherapist
BAHKin, MScPT
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Julia Mitchell is a Physiotherapist and RockTape Instructor, with a passion for supporting women during pregnancy and postpartum. She completed her Master of Science in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Kinetics with Honours from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada. She has worked in the private practice physiotherapy industry in Nova Scotia for many years, and is proud to provide focused, movement based, one on one care to all of her clients.

Julia has completed continuing education in multiple areas, including evaluating and treating the female athlete, running injury prevention, addressing core mechanics and diastasis recti in postpartum women, acupuncture, dry needling, kinesiology taping and IASTM.

Julia is the founder of Mom on the Run Productions, Inc., a company focused on providing running and movement solutions for busy Moms. Along with a Physiotherapy colleague, she has created an education course for healthcare and fitness providers on external pelvic health care during pregnancy and postpartum. Julia is an avid runner, and Mom to a funny and busy toddler. She loves spending time outside being active with her family. You can find more information on her website, www.juliamitchellphysio.com, and on Instagram @momontherun.can

Amy Yorke

Orthopedic Physiotherapist (Resident)
MSc, MScPT

Amy is a recent graduate, completing her Master of Science in Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University in the Fall of 2021. At commencement, she was awarded the Cardiorespiratory Special Interest Award and the prestigious Jan Elizabeth Leonard Prize for high academic standing, outstanding clinical performance, and excellent bedside manner. Amy prides herself on delivering empathetic, evidence-based care and strives to empower her patients through education, shared decision-making, and behaviour change.

Amy was inspired to pursue a career in pelvic health physiotherapy while learning how to navigate her own health issues. She is a certified pregnancy and postpartum corrective exercise specialist and has completed post-graduate training in the treatment of female urinary incontinence and pregnancy-related pelvic pain. Amy has a particular interest in the treatment of persistent pain and looks forward to obtaining more advanced pelvic health physiotherapy certifications in this area.

Amy also holds a Master of Science in Physiology and Biophysics. She has worked as an educator with the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Dalhousie University in various roles for 5 years, most recently instructing Exercise Physiology and Introduction to Human Physiology.

Amy is thrilled to be joining the team at The Pelvic Health Clinic. In her spare time, you’ll often find her at the beach or on a hike with her family.

Pediatric Physiotherapists

Jenny Roy

Trained in Pelvic Health Physiotherapy
Pediatric Physiotherapist
BKin, MScPT

Jenny Roy graduated with a Master's of Science in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University in 2017 after completing her undergrad in Kinesiology at Acadia University. Following graduation, she worked at Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville, before relocating to Ottawa to pursue her dream of being a pediatric physiotherapist. She has worked in pediatrics for the last 3 years, both in a school-based and private practice setting. She is thrilled to be back in her home province of Nova Scotia!

Jenny's passion for pediatric physiotherapy started at a young age with her first job as a dance teacher. It was heightened during her volunteer experience with the Acadia S.M.I.L.E. program in her role as a student director. Jenny is passionate about helping people of all ages and all ability levels gain confidence and independence.

Jenny loves to make her physio sessions fun! She uses a play-based approach and tailors her sessions to the interests of her clients, incorporating their physio goals into games and activities. Jenny has taken numerous pediatric post-grad courses, and is now licensed to provide pelvic floor physiotherapy for children and teens!

Jenny has completed post-graduate training to become a pelvic health physiotherapist and is now treating women at The Pelvic Health Clinic.

In her spare time, Jenny loves to be at the beach or on her SUP board. She also loves cooking, baking and traveling (pre-pandemic of course)!

Massage Therapists

Joanne Morrison

Massage Therapist
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Joanne is a Registered Massage Therapist, having graduated with honours from The Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in Halifax.

Joanne has lived in Canada since 2006, and is originally from South Yorkshire, England. Joanne began her career as a nurse practitioner specializing in the care of critically ill children. She was introduced to the benefits of massage during this time when she was trained in principles of massage to the benefit of her young patients. After moving to Canada and raising a family, Joanne was inspired to explore her long-term interest in massage as a career.

She prides herself in her holistic approach to treatment when helping her clients to heal, utilizing techniques such as hydrotherapy, myofascial release, deep tissue therapy, lymphatic drainage, sports massage, Swedish massage, effective patient education and home care. She encourages her clients to be engaged in their wellness journey and enjoys working with them to formulate a personal treatment plan that works.

To compliment her MT skills, Joanne has obtained additional training in Pelvic Health (Stage 1 and 2), Sports massage, pre/postpartum and infant massage, Cupping, Visceral manipulation, Nerve flossing, Hot stone massage, Indian head massage and Kinesiology Tape techniques.

Denise Pelkey

Massage Therapist

A graduate of the 2200 hour, ICT program in St John's, NL, Denise has been practicing Massage Therapy since 2007. While Denise appreciates the relaxing component of her practice, she is most inspired by the therapeutic benefits massage offers. Denise has spent years honing her skills and expanding her professional interests by completing courses including the RMT Approaches for Pelvic Pain and Dysfunction. Most recently, Denise completed training in breast/chest surgeries.

In what felt like a natural expansion to her massage practice, she completed yoga teacher training at the Chopra Center in California in 2013. Additionally, she completed postpartum yoga training along with restorative and rehabilitative yoga workshops.

With a deep appreciation for learning and teaching others about the benefits of movement and massage, Denise is excited to offer her services at The Pelvic Health Clinic!

Emma Smiley

Massage Therapist
Certified Yoga Instructor

Emma completed her massage therapy education at the Atlantic College of Therapeutic Massage in Fredericton in 2007 and has spent the majority of her career working with multidisciplinary clinics assisting individuals with rehabilitation after injury. Her lifelong love of movement has led to adding to her skills with training in Sports Massage, Myofascial Release and Pelvic Pain and Dysfunction. She has recently completed her 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training with Therapeutic Approach Yoga Studio in Halifax.

Emma strongly believes that the foundation of any massage treatment is to assist the body and mind to rest and relax. Treatments are centered around client goals and call on the use of a combination of general Swedish massage techniques, deep tissue work and myofascial release. She works intuitively with her pressure and choice of techniques. Time on her massage table is grounded in creating a compassionate and healing environment to enable her clients to rejuvenate and leave the treatment feeling lighter, calmer and less tense in mind and body.

Drawing from her experience in the athletic field as well as on the yoga mat, Emma offers clients a holistic approach to pain management and injury rehabilitation. She is thrilled to be joining the team at The Pelvic Health Clinic as RMT and Yoga Instructor.

Administrative Support

Jessie Meisner

Health Promoter
BScHP

Jessie holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion from Dalhousie University as well as a certificate in Photography from Nova Scotia Community College. Jessie obtained interprofessional education certificates in Exploring Disabled Sexuality and Practicing Patient-Centred Care with Individuals with Disabilities.

With a passion for community-health, Jessie has experience working with a variety of populations including people living with mental illness and intellectual/physical disabilities. Living with chronic pain for most of her life, Jessie is especially interested in health disparities experienced by women and 2SLGBTQ+ populations.

For three years, Jessie has worked as a community support worker for Regional Residential Services Society. Recently, she has worked with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development on Health Education initiatives. Jessie has volunteered with organizations including Adsum House for Women & Children, Nova Scotia Health Mental Health & Addictions, and The Veteran Farm Project.

In her spare time, Jessie enjoys playing music, cooking, and enjoying walks in nature.