What people are saying about us
When I first came in I could not even walk I was in so much pain. After three Podiatry treatments I feel like a new person!
I would like to take this time to say thank you very much for all that you have done for me physically and mentally. When I first walked into your establishment I was to say at the least a little apprehensive on what to expect. I must say however I was truly put at ease during our first consultation. You made feel relaxed by making a few jokes (...) and you made me feel great. You explained everything in a down to earth version that I could understand, you explained the benefits of the custom brace that you were going to measure up and order for me.
(...) When it came in you took the time to show all the features of the brace and how to strap it on properly and you were genuinely concerned for my well being. Which, honestly, I haven’t received that kind of care for a long time.
So for all of this I would like to say thank you for everything. In this day and age it’s nice to see people who still care and still have the values of their clients at heart instead of being just another number.
The client customer service is the best I have ever experienced!Brooks Kine
I’ve been wearing compression stockings for over a year for many things including work, working out, and running in and out of the kitchen. I notice a huge difference in leg fatigue and recovery. Highly recommended!
Thank you Arthritis & Injury Care - You are #1. Soccer is my life, without this brace I would not be able to play. I have also been using a Kneehab and Kodiak Ice Machine after every practice and every game, with all this it keeps me playing! For all you athletes out there, don’t give up on your sport because of an injury, Arthritis & Injury Care can keep you in the game!! Arthritis & Injury Care IS THE BEST!!!!
When the alarm sounds I have to be ready. I injured my back in late spring of this year, a work place injury, as a result I have bulging disc in my lower spine. I can’t say enough about Arthritis & Injury Care, their outstanding care, and the devices this company has to keep me going. With the ongoing use of the Neurotech Recovery Back System and Breg Polar Care Kodiak Cold Therapy device I can continue on with my day both at work and play. Arthritis & Injury Care you are my life saver, definitely the #1 company. I recommend anyone who suffers with any type of back pain to check this company out, as they can help you get back to being mobile!
My braces allow me to stay active , providing me support and stability. Without these braces, I wouldn't be able to participate in sports which are a major part of my life!
Thank you very much. The BREG brace has changed the quality of my life. Without my brace, pain in my knee limits me from what I enjoy doing; like biking, gardening, walking, etc. With the brace, I am able to manage my pain with less medication and enjoy life to the fullest.Beverly Eastwood
The BREG knee brace is very easy to put on and it has made a huge difference in my knee pain. I am now able to stand for longer periods of time, climb stairs, and walk with no knee pain! I only wish I had known about the product sooner.Karen Malone
Last year I was at the point of having a complicated knee surgery, but at the last moment I was given a choice, operation or try the BREG Knee Brace so I opted for the brace. The help was almost instantaneous, and the relief was unbelievable. I can even play a round of golf; go walking, all with little discomfort. All around pain free living is amazing.Patrick Riley
I would just like to say thank you for everything that you have done for me! I wish I could do more than this note but know that I’m thankful. Because of the brace I can do everything that I could do again well in 6 months. But once again THANK YOU!Taylyne Merrick
I have been wearing my brace constantly for two years and it has been a “gift” for me. The service has been excellent and the maintenance on the brace has been fantastic. Thank you.Arlene Poirier
Team - Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada
Dr. Christopher Johnston
M.D., C.C.F.P., M.Sc., Dip. Sport Med. Musculoskeletal Consultant
Dr. Christopher Johnston is a C.C.F.P. certified family physician and has completed a two year Sport Medicine Fellowship and M.Sc. degree in Human Kinetics from the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre at the University of British Columbia. He has a Diploma in Sport Medicine from the Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine and has been published in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Johnston was involved in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics as a venue supervisor at the Cypress site, where Canada won six medals (six Gold and two Silver) in 12 events.
In a literature review and survey of family physicians, 14-28% of North American patients presenting to a family physician have a “chief symptom directly related to the musculoskeletal system”. In a UK based study, patients with a musculoskeletal problem referred by their family physician to an orthopaedic surgeon waited on average six months and were treated surgically in 20% of cases.
In these times of long waiting lists and shortages of specialists, patients with musculoskeletal conditions can be seen quickly by a specialist like Dr. Johnston. Dr. Johnston is able to treat musculoskeletal conditions in patients of all ages including children, adults, workers, and older individuals with aches and pains, as well as athletes and non-athletes.
He is able to:
- Make an accurate diagnosis using further investigations, including MRI, as needed.
- Review all the treatment options with a patient, including the need for surgical referral and to coordinate their comprehensive treatment plan.
- Provide close follow-up on the outcome of a patient’s selected treatment options and review all investigations.
His close follow-up of patients will contribute to their speedy recovery. Patients are referred by their family physician and a consult letter following the initial visit will be sent to the referring physician. The referring physician will also receive a copy of all test results from the radiology and laboratory departments.
Located in the same space as Arthritis and Injury Care Centre and Citadel Physiotherapy, patients have a “one stop” option for management of all their musculoskeletal conditions (using physiotherapy, massage therapy, bracing, compression, orthotics, and oral or injectable medications).
Referrals from a family physician can be faxed to (902) 442-5625. If there are any questions regarding our services, please call (902) 407-8927 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome your comments and feedback as we strive to provide high quality care for patients.
Dr. Jason Ju
BHSc., D.Ch, Licensed Podiatrist
Dr. Jason Ju, Licensed Podiatrist, moved to Nova Scotia from Toronto, Ontario to join the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre in 2013. Jason is a valued member of our Nova Scotia Team and provides Podiatry Services out of all three locations, Downtown Halifax, Clayton Park, and Dartmouth. Jason’s brings to the team a strong background in Advanced Diabetic Wound Care Management, as well as a full scope of practice relating to the foot and ankle.
Jason strives to use his extensive knowledge and experience to provide a friendly, professional, patient-centered care approach for all his patients, ranging from children to seniors. .
Jason graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in 2008 and in 2011 he graduated from the Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences for Podiatry. Jason is an active member of the College of Chiropodists of Ontario, the Nova Scotia Podiatry Association, and the Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine Association.
Outside of the clinic Jason is very active in sports, especially basketball and golf.
Certified Pedorthist | Certified Orthopedic Bracing Specialist | Senior Product Specialist
Russell Cattoor joined the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre team in 2012 as a Certified Orthopedic Bracing Specialist with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology (BSc.Kin) from Dalhousie University.
Since joining the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre Russell has gained his Canadian Pedorthic Credentials and is now the companies lead Pedorthist in Nova Scotia. Russell has also become an expert in Orthopaedic Bracing, specializing in acute and chronic injuries, athletic injuries, and pre- and post-operative protocols.
Russell is a driven and passionate individual with proven experience developing rehabilitation, strength, and performance programs. He possesses a unique educational background across high performance strength and conditioning, care and prevention of injuries, psychology, functional anatomy, and exercise physiology.
Russell’s other interests include surfing, rowing, hiking, and life guarding. When not at the clinic, you can find him with a smile on his face, and with his big St. Bernard dog, somewhere in or around the ocean.
No one chooses the circumstances that require a custom brace; an injury that necessitates one is never pleasant. The process of being fitted for one can be. Russell helped my daughter find the brace that is right for her, that allows her to return to all the activities that make her who she is and he did it with a professionalism that immediatlty engendered trust and a kindness that let us both know she was in great hands. I was thrilled with the support we received.
Certified Orthopedic Bracing Specialist
Meaghan Kadowaki joined the Arthritis and Injury Care Centre team at the Dartmouth location as a Certified Orthopedic Bracing Specialist, after moving to Nova Scotia from Ottawa, Ontario. It was in Ottawa, through sport and a physically active lifestyle that she found her passion for health and wellness. This led her to pursue her Masters of Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa.
Meaghan brings with her knowledge and experience in exercise therapy, specifically in injury prevention and rehabilitation. She strives to help people stay mobile and return to the activities that they enjoy as quickly and safely as possible by providing education and treatment solutions that involve the client in his or her recovery. Having worked in a clinic setting for many years, Meaghan recognizes the importance of quality customer service and works to ensure that each client experience is a positive one.
In her spare time, Meaghan enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exploring the outdoors, participating in recreational sports (most recently, curling) and travelling.
Certified Orthopedic Bracing Specialist
Michael Barrie joined the team at Arthritis & Injury Care Centre in 2017 and is excited to be working in the Clayton Park area from our Lacewood Drive location. Michael Barrie graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University in 2017. He has a passion to help people live healthy active lifestyles with interests in injury prevention, sport and exercise psychology, and functional anatomy.
Growing up in Cape Breton, Michael found his passion for the outdoors and sports. Michael has played basketball and baseball his entire life and is a Provincial Basketball Coach for Nova Scotia. He has coached at all levels of basketball, from elementary school to university as well as club basketball.
If he is not coaching or playing basketball, he can be found relaxing with family, playing board games, or watching a movie.
Registered Dietitian, MSc, RD
Specializing in chronic disease and weight management; offering One-on-One consultations and Group Programs at Arthritis and Injury Care Centre.
Monica Rodriguez is passionate about healthy eating and helping individuals achieve their health goals and a balanced lifestyle through a friendly, non-judgemental, evidenced-based approach. She offers individual counseling, and group programs. Monica uses the evidence-based Lifesteps Weight Management program to address chronic diseases (osteoarthritis, diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia) through weight management. She offers this lifestyle change program using various approaches, including behavior modification techniques, mindful eating, motivational interviewing and goal setting, journaling, and peer support.
Monica received her BSc in Applied Nutrition from Mount Saint Vincent University and completed her Masters degree at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University (Boston, MA). Over the past 12 years, she continued her training in weight management, sports nutrition, health coaching, culinary nutrition and plant-based nutrition. She has worked as a private practice dietitian for the past three years. She has also worked as a consultant for the Dairy Farmers of Canada and the Halifax Regional School Board. She collaborated with Doctors Nova Scotia in implementing a school-based health promotion program, “Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice”. She is also a founding member of Nourish Nova Scotia, and formerly a board member with Nourish. She also worked as the research coordinator with the Nova Scotia Food Security Projects (now FoodArc). Recently, she has returned from a volunteer healthcare mission in Rural Haiti with Team Broken Earth, where she provided nutrition education and support via mobile clinics to rural Haitians. Monica is currently a core member of the Dietitians Network of Nova Scotia, an executive of a Local Action Group with Dietitians of Canada, and is actively involved in her children’s school lunch programs. She is also very active and enjoys many outdoor activities, including marathon running.
Director of Sales & Marketing
Sue Conrad is the Director of Sales and Marketing for Arthritis and Injury Care Centre, and has over 15 years experience in Sales and Sales Management. Sue brings a wealth of knowledge from working with all clients from a rehabilitative to competitive perspective. Her focus is to make sure customers, staff and clients are satisfied and delighted!
Sue is also a current Registered Massage Therapist, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Pilates, Yoga and Spin Instructor with over 25 years experience and she continues to enhance her knowledge of Human Anatomy and Functionality. Sue has spent over 10 years as a Cytotechnologist, with her undergraduate at Dalhousie University.
Sue spends her spare time walking her dog, and spending quiet time at the lake. She also continues to massage, teach yoga and train. Life is all about Balance.
Certified Orthopedic Bracing Specialist | Clinic Supervisor
Emily Ingraham has been a part of the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre team for over four years. She began her journey as a front end administrator while studying at Dalhousie University. Through those three years, she grew to manage our sports medicine physician’s practice and became an Certified Orthopedic Bracing Specialist. In 2013, she returned to full-time studies.
In 2016, Emily returned to the team as an Certified Orthopedic Bracing Specialist and Clinic Supervisor for our three Nova Scotia locations. Her diverse training and education lays the foundation for her primary focus; patient care. She is passionate about meeting the needs of each client by listening to their story and ensuring they are provided with a unique experience that meets their individual needs. She has a wealth of knowledge in both bracing and administration and can guide you through the process from start to finish.
Emily is a NCCP certified coach and has been coaching youth basketball in Nova Scotia for over 10 years. She has worked with athletes of all ages and levels of development, from introduction to sport up to competitive high school play. When not in the gym, she can be found baking cakes and spending time with her daughter.
Director of Operations
Ashley Shannon joined the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre in August 2009 and has since then proven to be a very valuable asset to the team. In her current role as Director of Operations Ashley is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company and its team members.
Before becoming Director of Operations Ashley worked on the front lines as an Administrative Assistant with the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre where she showed a true passion for helping people. Ashley continues to show this quality in work and in life.
Ashley is a confident individual who prides herself on her interpersonal skills with team members and patients. She is experienced and knowledgeable in all aspects of the company and is always there with a helping hand.
In Ashley’s spare time she enjoys spending time outside with her family, traveling, and the occasional bowling tournament.
Business Administration Manager
Olivia Northrup began her career as Business Administration Manager with the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre in 2011. In this role, Olivia is responsible for the day to day administrative operations for all our locations throughout the Maritimes.
In 2013, while working with the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre, Olivia graduated from the Nova Scotia Community College with her Office Administration Certificate.
Olivia prides herself on her customer service, organization, and efficiency skills. She is very knowledgeable and experienced in guiding patients through their orthopedic episode by being with them each step of the way to make sure everyone is taken care of from the moment they walk through our doors.
In Olivia’s spare time she loves to stay creative by spending time outdoors with her family, capturing moments with photography, reading fantasy novels, and drawing.
Adeline McPhee (Addie)
Adeline McPhee (Addie) joined the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre in 2014 as an Administrative Assistant at our Downtown Halifax location in Nova Scotia after graduating from the New Brunswick Community College in 2013 with her Office Administration Certificate.
Adeline is always there with a ready smile, a kind word, and an infectious laugh. She prides herself on her excellent customer service skills and strives to assist all patients from the time they arrive to the time they leave!
In Adeline’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, being outdoors, and photography.
Donna Daley is an Administrative Assistant at Arthritis & Injury Care Centre located on Lacewood Drive in Clayton Park. Donna brings with her years of experience having spent the majority of her career at the Worker’s Compensation Board of Nova Scotia. Donna is enthusiastic, passionate, and always ready for anything!
In her spare time Donna enjoys spending time with her family, traveling to hot destinations, and reading.
Peter Moreau is a member of the Arthritis and Injury Care Centre at our Dartmouth location in Nova Scotia. He brings to our Dartmouth office a wealth of experience in the medical office administrative field having worked for a very busy Dermatology Clinic in Dartmouth and Dental Lab in Halifax for many years.
A graduate of the Medical Office Administrative program at Maritime Business College, as well as over 15 years of customer and managerial experience, Peter’s skills and professionalism offer our patients a welcoming and friendly atmosphere and he is here to answer your questions and concerns whether it be brace fittings, podiatry services, or to assist with our physiotherapy department.
An accomplished pianist, Peter enjoys playing the piano in his spare time, oil painting, walking, and spending time with his family and friends.
Brittany Saltzman-Sawler is a recent graduate from Maritime Business College with a Medical Office Administration Certificate. She is excited to begin her career at the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre in our Dartmouth location.
Brittany always provides our patients with a kind and welcoming smile. She prides herself on her excellent customer service skills and strives to assist all patients with any questions or concerns they might have.
In Brittany’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading books, and travelling.
Team - New Brunswick, Atlantic Canada
Leah (Bryden) Olsen
Certifed Orthopedic Bracing Specialist | Clinic Coordinator
Leah (Bryden) Olsen joined the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre team in 2013 as a Certified Orthopedic Bracing Specialist and Clinic Coordinator for our Fredericton location in New Brunswick. Leah loves working with the public and she strives to make every patients experience a positive one by using her knowledge to offer education and treatment solutions.
When Leah moved to Fredericton with her family in 2000 her parents began teaching her the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and being active from a very young age. As a result, she has been involved in many physical activities over the years, as a participant and a coach, including soccer, hockey, running, fitness competitions, and boot camps.
Leah always knew that she wanted to pursue a career in the Health and Wellness field. In 2011 she graduated from Atlantic College of Therapeutic Massage with her Massage Therapy Diploma before completely her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick in 2012. Throughout her studies Leah has had experience working as a Massage Therapist, Physiotherapist Assistant, and Personal Trainer.
In Leah’s personal time you can find her continuing to live that healthy lifestyle her parents taught her so well.
I would like to thank Leah for helping my with my Custom Breg Knee Brace. She was very professional, kind, and compassionate. She made me feel very much at ease. Thanks for making my experience with Arthritis & Injury Care, an awesome one. Thanks again!
- Darlene McLean
Certified Orthopedic Bracing Specialist
Samantha O’Keefe joined the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre team in 2016 as a Certified Orthopedic Bracing Specialist at our Fredericton location.
Samantha always knew that she wanted to pursue a career in the Health and Wellness field, as a result, she moved to Fredericton in 2009 to further her education. In 2011 she graduated from Atlantic College of Therapeutic Massage with a focus in Sports Therapy. While working as a Massage Therapist Samantha completed her Bachelor of Nursing at the University of New Brunswick. Her background includes working with clients in a chronic care setting, as well as medical and surgical settings. Samantha hopes to utilize her diverse background to educate and meet the needs of the individuals visiting Arthritis & Injury Care Centre.
When not at work you can find her soaking up heat in the yoga studio and spending quality time with her two dogs and family.
Certified Orthopedic Bracing Specialist
Adam Chubbs-Payne joined the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre team in 2017 shortly after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an honours in biomechanics from the University of New Brunswick. Originally from Newfoundland, Adam is pleased to join the team in the Fredericton location.
Adam brings to the team his experience in the healthcare field as both an employee and volunteer, a variety of work experience (everything from driving haulage trucks to planting trees), and a desire to establish strong client relationships. Adam values working in a welcoming clinic and enjoys assisting others. As a Certified Orthopedic Bracing Specialist, he is eager to improve individual’s daily lives and to get people back to doing the things they love.
Adam’s other interests include playing sports, watching Netflix, and hiking. Outside the clinic Adam can be found either spending time with his friends, at the gym, or planning for his next trip around the world.
Michael Harris (Mike)
Certified Orthopedic Bracing Specialist
Michael Harris (Mike) joined the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre Team in 2015 as a Certified Orthopedic Bracing Specialist at our Saint John location in New Brunswick, bringing with him 25 years of experience as a Health Care Professional.
Working as a Nursing Orderly and Paramedic both as a front line worker and in management, he is experienced working with patients in pain and in emotional and stressful situations. As a paramedic he taught, coached, and mentored students. Mike was an active member of the Paramedic Association of New Brunswick.
During his down time Mike can be found spending time with family and friends, working on the renovations to his home, or enjoying his summer place and travelling.
I was a little apprehensive at first, but Michael Harris (Mike) soon made me feel comfortable wearing and using the product. It’s nice to have it done with such care that it makes you feel safe and comfortable using the product.
- Barbara Hughes
Certified Orthopedic Surgical Consultant | Certified Orthopedic Bracing Specialist
Meaghan Noel joined the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre Team in early 2015 as a Certified Orthopedic Surgical Consultant and Certified Orthopedic Bracing Specialist for New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Meaghan graduated from the University of PEI with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and has worked in health care ever since.
Meaghan worked in Pharmaceutical Sales for two years before transition into the role of Certified Orthopedic Surgical & Bracing Specialist with Arthritis & Injury Care Centre. She is happy to have found her true calling with us as she strongly believes that being part of a team that helps patients live better is incredibly rewarding. Meaghan brings with her a positive outlook on patient care and an unmatched motivation to see her patients succeed. Meaghan is involved in all aspects of the orthopedic episode from prevention, through surgery and post-operative care.
Meaghan is a true Newfoundlander but loves living on beautiful Prince Edward Island. She has a knack for DIY projects and loves to spend time with her family and friends.