Here for you: the Dalhousie Physiotherapy Clinic (DPC) – Faculty of Health

Treating patients, guiding students, volunteering their services to various community organizations, the Dalhousie Physiotherapy Clinic (DPC) works hard for everyone.

The clinic has six fully licensed physical therapists (PTs), each holding additional certifications in areas covering concussion rehabilitation, acupuncture, advanced integrated musculoskeletal physiotherapy, disability management, occupational therapy, dry needling, etc. Physiotherapists and staff ensure a welcoming and comfortable environment for all who visit.

All of the clinic’s physiotherapists offer Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) treatments – these relieve dysfunction of the two joints that connect the skull and lower jaw. One in three people experience symptoms of TMJ dysfunction, including eating disorders, numbness along the tongue or face, dizziness, ringing in the ears, and more.

“As far as patient care is concerned, our certifications are increasing,” explains the PT Joseph Ghosn clinic.

Physiotherapists recognize that individualized care is essential in guiding patients through their rehabilitation journey, ensuring equitable service to people of varying abilities. In his treatment of the visually impaired, Ghosn works with patients to turn physical rehabilitation demonstrations into verbal demonstrations.

“DPC staff have tough benchmarks, which really drives the high standards of care I experienced throughout the clinic. In addition to the high standards of the physiotherapists, I find that the facility can meet all my needs,” says Alistair, a patient at the clinic.

Team additions

Samantha Horner and Hailey West are the clinic’s new physiotherapists. Horner arrived in September 2021; West in November 2021. In addition to regularly providing physiotherapy to patients, West will begin offering pelvic health treatments this fall.

Before starting their master’s degrees at Dal, both women worked at the clinic as therapy assistants. They are delighted to be back as fully licensed physiotherapists – their return is a testament to the strength of the clinic’s team.

“The team here is really collaborative. It makes care easier because there is good communication between team members,” says Rhonda Reardon, physiotherapist and clinic director.

Reardon poses with the clinic’s physiotherapists and the clinic’s mascot. Photo: provided.

Mentoring

The clinic hosts student placements each year, offering guidance to those looking to develop their skills. They mentor volunteers and job watchers from high school to post-secondary – if you’re ready to learn, the team is eager to pass on their knowledge. Although the clinic accommodates student placements, all CPD treatments are provided by physiotherapists with master’s degrees, each registered with the Nova Scotia College of Physiotherapists.

While completing their Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Kinesiology, Horner and West volunteered through Dalhousie’s athletic training program. This program is coordinated by Declan O’Brien, the clinic’s full-time therapy assistant. Program participants benefit from training sessions in athletic therapy and injury prevention, professional collaboration with the clinic’s physiotherapists, and coaching/assistant coaching internships on Dal’s sports teams. Participants are often supervised at the clinic, but they do not treat patients.

“Many students say this was one of the main highlights of their undergraduate degree. As a former Dalhousie trainer, I couldn’t imagine where I would be today without the experiences and connections I gained through this program,” says O’Brien.

Sensitization

As evidenced by their extensive treatment and mentoring offerings, the clinic is dedicated to the welfare of the local community. The team volunteers with cultural organizations like Diman Association Canada and youth sports initiatives like the Easter Seals/HRM Learn to Sledge program. Beyond HRM, the clinic is keen to invest in the success of Canadian physiotherapy. This fall, the clinic is hosting Acupuncture Canada’s Dry Needling Level 1 course — their second time this year.

“Because the staff works with student-athletes and the general public, they approach the healing process as equals,” says clinic patient Andrea.

Move

The clinic team is “super excited” to have moved into the thriving Dalhousie Event Centre. Scheduled to open winter 2023/spring 2024, their new location will offer better accessibility, new patient services, an increased number of physiotherapists and double the floor space of their current site in the Dalplex.

current space

The current clinic space has access to Dalplex’s high performance and community gymnasiums, personal training area, field, track and pool. The clinic offers several treatment rooms for patients, private and semi-private, which allow easy access to the main physical rehabilitation area of ​​the clinic.

Reservation

In-person or video appointments at Dal Physiotherapy Clinic can be booked by phone at 902-494-1502 or online. In addition to providing updates on the clinic’s dog, Spot, their Facebook page shares physical therapy tips and regimens, as well as rehab orientation videos. The clinic’s fall hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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