Sandra Messenger Owner/Physiotherapist
Sandra graduated from Dalhousie University with her BScPT in 1997 and started working at the clinic immediately afterwards. In 1998, Sandra took over management of the clinic while continuing to work as a physiotherapist.
Since graduating, Sandra has taken many courses, some of which are auricular acupuncture, scalp acupuncture and Myofasical Release which she greatly enjoys. She is also certified by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute.
When not wearing a "physio" or "manager's" hat, she can be found outside hiking, kayaking, playing with her dogs or digging in her garden.
Michelle Kim Physiotherapist
Michelle started her career as a physiotherapist at Bedford-Sackville Physiotherapy Clinic immediately after graduating Dalhousie University in 2001 with her BSc in physiotherapy.
Since graduation Michelle has invested many hours in studying manual therapy, auricular acupuncture, myofascial release, Functional Dry Needling and muscle imbalances. She has also been certified by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute and is a Complete Concussion Management therapist.
When not in the clinic, Michelle enjoys being active with her three children and husband and can always be found laughing and smiling.
Paula Calnen Physiotherapist BScPT, ClMScPT, FCAMPT
Paula has been a part of the Bedford-Sackville Physiotherapy Clinic team since graduating from Queen's University with her BScPT in 2002. In 2008, she graduated from Western University with a Clinical Masters in Manual Therapy and Manipulation in Physiotherapy and completed the certification exams to become a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manual Therapists. Paula has expanded her knowledge into vestibular rehabilition and is a Complete Concussion Management therapist.
Paula has completed courses in auricular acupuncture, has successfully completed her Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute examinations and has integrated Functional Dry Needling into her practice with great results.
Outside of work, she enjoys running, horseback riding, and spending time with her family.
Emma Watson Physiotherapist
After graduating from Dalhousie in 2016 with her MScPT, Emma worked in private practice and participated in several post graduate studies focusing on manual therapy and orthopedics before joining us. She uses Functional Dry Needling and is a certified Complete Concussion Management Therapist.
Emma has enjoyed competitive speed skating and has given back to the community as a coach for both speed skating and swimming, as well as volunteer work at the IWK, Kiwanis Circle K Society and a Haitian orphanage.
Annelies Diepevenn Physiotherapist (Resident)
Annelies is a 2020 graduate from the School of Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University. She also completed her BA in International Development Studies giving her a unique background in global health, communication and respect for peoples' cultures. Annelies has an extensive background in ballet, both as a dancer herself as well as teaching; even before beginning her career in physiotherapy she recognized the importance of healthy training.
Heather Boudreau Occupational Therapist
Heather graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1997 with her BSc in Occupational Therapy after graduating from Dalhousie University in 1995 with a BSc in Kinesiology.
She has taken many courses since graduating, one of which she has completed is the Progressive Goal Attainment Program, the certification program for Matheson Functional Capacity Evaluation as well as becoming a part of the Complete Concussion Management team of therapists.
After working all day, Heather enjoys relaxing with a good book and spending time with her family.
Rhonda Flemming RMT
Rhonda joined our team in 2004 after graduating from the Canadian College of Natural Medicine in 2002 and working in Lower Sackville for two years.
Since graduating, Rhonda has taken many courses such as auricular acupuncture, Kinesio taping, pregnancy massage, Treatment of TMJ, and cupping using both fire and suction.
When she isn't working, you can always find her baking fondant cakes, sweets and cooking. She enjoys reading, relaxing in the warm weather, and spending time with family.
Roy Angel RMT
Roy is a local fellow who graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2016 and now assists teaching the new students going through the program. He is passionate about continual learning, volunteers his time to his community and is a song writer and musician.
Julia Hudson Registered Dietition
As a contracted Registered Dietition, Julia focuses on empowering people to make healthy diest and lifestyle change through small daily goals. Conquer the mountain by focusing on the trail! She also loves to help people see how fun and enjoyable healthy cooking can be!
Julia has been a dietition for over 5 years now and still loves to share delicious, healthy recipes and talk about the power of vitamins and nutrients to improve overall wellbeing. She has experience working with physiotherapy clients and provides counseling and education on topics like protein and injury repair, inflammation, weight loss and pain management. The rehabilitation process can be enhanced with the right nutrition!
Tina Clarke Office Manager
Tina became a part of the Bedford-Sackville Physiotherapy Clinic team in 1998. She is responsible for office duties such as billing, booking appointments and can answer any questions you may have.
When not working, Tina enjoys being outdoors with her two children and husband and gardening on warm days.
Tarina Pittman Reception
Although Tarina Pittman is our newest member of our support team, she brings with her many years of experience in providing excellent customer care and office management. She is always eager to assist our clients with a smile and is the perfect match for Tina.
When Tarina is not working hard she is planning her next trip to her trailor or supporting her son's hockey team.
Hollyann Beazley Physiotherapy Assistant
Hollyann began her journey with us as a High School Coop student in 2012 and stayed on as a Physiotherapy Aid for the next 7 years. After a one year hiatus we are happy that she has rejoined our team as our day time Physiotherapy Assistant. She adores her Great Dane puppy, enjoys the outdoors and after completing two degrees at university is still trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up..