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Meet Our Team

We believe that quality healthcare that drives results is delivered by a team of experienced and compassionate practitioners who create a personalized treatment plan that’s right for you. That’s why we’ve assembled a team of passionate and skilled healthcare professionals, each with a unique set of training and expertise, who listen to your concerns and provide the care you deserve.

Chiropractors

Our chiropractors specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. They use a variety of techniques, including spinal adjustments, soft tissue therapy, and exercise prescription, to help patients relieve pain, improve range of motion, and restore function.

Dr. Richard Thompson

Dr. Richard Thompson

Chiropractor
Halifax

Dr. Richard Thompson obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology (Hon) from the Universit…

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Dr. Richard Thompson obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology (Hon) from the University of Western Ontario in London, with particular academic focus in biomechanics and human physiology. He earned his Doctor of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto, where he maintains an ongoing relationship as a member of the college.

Dr. Thompson has been actively involved in competitive sports since early childhood. Having played competitive volleyball, hockey, and soccer, his interest in Chiropractic was formed early thanks to the various sports injuries that came with the territory. As such, his current day practice involves a special area of interest in sport related injury and performance.

Dr. Thompson’s clinical practice has been based on first determining a clear and concise diagnosis before an evidence based treatment plan is implemented and thoroughly discussed with the patient. By looking at the overall cause for pain and injury, rather than the symptoms the injury evokes, his various treatment modalities and techniques can be applied very specifically and effectively for a quick resolution of the problem(s). Dr. Thompson attributes much of his clinical success to being a certified practitioner in Active Release Techniques® for over 10 years, which has taken his palpation, diagnostic, and treatment skills to the next level. He maintains his ART® credentials annually at seminars throughout North America where he works with elite athletes from all over the world. He also became an Ironman® Network Provider after completing onsite training and treatment at the Ford Ironman in Phoenix, Arizona in 2011.

Dr. Liam Johnston

Dr. Liam Johnston

Chiropractor
Halifax

Dr. Johnston graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology wi…

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Dr. Johnston graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with honours. He continued his education at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) where he obtained his Doctorate of Chiropractic degree and graduated cum laude. During his clinical internship, Dr. Johnston spent both rotations at the CMCC Campus Clinic learning from two well established Chiropractic Doctors, while treating a variety of acute and chronic injuries in the North York Community.

Dr. Johnston was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he was heavily involved in the athletic community, his main passion being basketball. He competed at a high level throughout his youth, being named team captain on all four successive Basketball Nova Scotia provincial teams, including the 2013 Canada Games Team. Throughout his athletic endeavors, he used Chiropractic Care to overcome sport related injuries, and also as a preventative measure to encourage and maintain optimal health. The combination of the success of his personal Chiropractic care, his passion for human anatomy, biomechanics, and his drive to help others caused him to pursue a career in Chiropractic.

Dr. Johnston believes in and is committed to evidence based medicine and taking the time to provide patients with the education and knowledge required to have a better understanding of the source of their pain and/or injury. His desire to further his education in manual care techniques led him to receive his certificate in Functional Integrated Acupuncture from Dr. Scappaticci and Kazemizer Shark® Full Body Hands-On Workshop from Dr. Kazemi.

Dr. Johnston adopts a patient-centred approach to treatment while using an array of manual techniques such as manipulation and mobilization, soft tissue therapy and acupuncture, as well as patient-specific active rehabilitation exercises and education.

 

Dr. Jessica Fitzpatrick

Dr. Jessica Fitzpatrick

Chiropractor
Halifax

Originally from Three Rock Cove, NL, Dr. Fitzpatrick first came to Halifax to work towards a Bach…

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Originally from Three Rock Cove, NL, Dr. Fitzpatrick first came to Halifax to work towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at Dalhousie University as a Loran Scholar. During her studies at Dalhousie, she had a particular focus in human anatomy, physiology, and ergonomics. This keen interest of how the body functions, combined with an athletic upbringing led Dr. Fitzpatrick to pursue a career in Chiropractic. She then received her Doctor of Chiropractic upon graduating Cum Laude and Clinic Honours from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto. Dr. Fitzpatrick then received her Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Diploma from McMaster University in Hamilton and has also completed postgraduate training in soft tissue therapy and foot biomechanics.

Upon graduating from CMCC, Dr. Fitzpatrick returned to Halifax where she and Dr. Richard Thompson founded Active Approach Health & Wellness Centre in 2006. Dr. Fitzpatrick has a particular interest in pre and post natal care and treating infants and children. She is currently completing her full pediatric certification through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). Dr. Fitzpatrick applies an evidenced based approach and focuses on patient centered care to provide the most effective treatment for her patients.

Dr. Lauren Quattrocchi

Dr. Lauren Quattrocchi

Chiropractor
Halifax

Dr. Quattrocchi graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiol…

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Dr. Quattrocchi graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with Honours. She then continued her education at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College where she obtained her Doctorate of Chiropractic degree and graduated with magna cum laude.

Dr. Quattrocchi was born and raised in Smiths Falls, Ontario where she was heavily involved in the community, mainly through athletics with a large focus on competitive dance. Chiropractic care helped her immensely throughout her athletic journey, which she hopes to do for her patients. Growing up, Dr. Quattrocchi watched her family benefit from chiropractic care and quickly began to realize the value that manual care can have on a person. It was a combination of the help that she received from chiropractic care combined with her love of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and her passion for helping others that drove her to pursue a career in chiropractic.

Dr. Quattrocchi currently holds a certification in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University. Her passion for knowledge and patient care fuels her drive for furthering her knowledge through continuing education. She is a member of the Canadian Chiropractic Association and the Nova Scotia College of Chiropractors.

Physiotherapists

Our physiotherapists assess and treat a wide range of conditions, including injuries, chronic pain, and neurological disorders. They use a variety of techniques, including manual therapy, exercise therapy, and electrotherapy, to help patients regain mobility, strength, and function.

Paul Travis

Paul Travis

Physiotherapist
Cape Breton

Paul Travis received his degree in Human Kinetics at St. Francis Xavier University. In the follow…

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Paul Travis received his degree in Human Kinetics at St. Francis Xavier University. In the following years, after graduating from St FX, Paul worked as a kinesiologist within a multidisciplinary team, which led him to study physiotherapy at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Paul’s interest in biomechanics and injury led him to a seasonal lecture position at Cape Breton University, where he teaches 1st and 3rd-year students about injury, rehabilitation, and biomechanics. Paul’s knowledge of the biomechanics of musculoskeletal injuries expanded his treatment interests in manual therapy, segmental dry needling and functional assessment. Using a goal-oriented approach to treatment, he focuses on the client’s outcome and success definition.

With interest in healthcare and rehabilitation innovation, Paul co-founded Talem AI, an AI company that automates insurance claim processing. He is passionate about using technology to improve health outcomes in clinical practice and actively works with tech startups sharing the same vision. Paul enjoys spending time with his family and his dog, a Rhodesian ridgeback and lifting weights. In the summertime, Paul can be found on the Bras’dor lakes on the weekends.

Massage Therapists

Our massage therapists use a variety of techniques to massage muscles and soft tissues, which can help to reduce pain, improve circulation, and promote relaxation.

Gillian Scott

Gillian Scott

Massage Therapist
Halifax

Gillian Scott graduated in Toronto, Ontario in 1993 with a Diploma in Professional Shiatsu Therap…

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Gillian Scott graduated in Toronto, Ontario in 1993 with a Diploma in Professional Shiatsu Therapy (2200 hrs) from The Shiatsu School of Canada (SSC) Inc. After graduating, she joined The Toronto Pain and Headache Clinic where she practiced for 8 years in a multidisciplinary environment along with Doctors of Chiropractic and Acupuncture. Gillian was asked to train as a teacher upon graduation from SSC and became an instructor for the Shiatsu practice/theory certificate program for 7 years. She has taken advanced professional development courses and workshops in Chinese & Japanese acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping and holistic nutrition as well as tai chi, qi gong, and Iyengar yoga and meditation.

In 2003, she decided to reside in Halifax where she attended the Massage Therapy Diploma Program (2200hrs) at International Complementary Therapies (ICT) Northumberland, with a special interest in Swedish massage techniques, orthopedic testing, and sports massage. In the past 7 years, her continuing education certification has focused on hand and foot treatments, reflexology, LaStone Therapy®, neuromuscular integration and structural alignment (NISA), full body myofascial techniques, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction techniques.

Bringing 20 years of clinical experience to Active Approach Health & Wellness Centre, Gillian continues to practice as a non judgmental, effective Shiatsu and Massage Therapist within the healthcare community of Nova Scotia. She is an active member of the Massage Therapy Association of Nova Scotia (MTANS) and The Nova Scotia Association of Reflexology Practitioners (NSARP), and past board member of The Shiatsu Therapy Association of Ontario (STAO).

Alex MacPhee

Alexandra MacPhee

Massage Therapist
Halifax

Alex is a graduate from Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario with an advanced diploma in Massage T…

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Alex is a graduate from Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario with an advanced diploma in Massage Therapy. She has a keen interest in therapeutic massage therapy. With a strong hand, Alex treats with medium to deeper pressure, based on preference and as needed for effective relief of tight and tense tissues. She primarily treats chronic pain and athletic injuries while working to improve function and mobility.

Alex grew up in Riverview, New Brunswick. She played soccer and rugby until the end of high school when she was forced to retire due to injury from a car accident. While receiving care from a Massage Therapist, Chiropractor and Physiotherapist after the accident, she became very interested in massage and decided to pursue it shortly after. Seeing her own personal results has inspired her to help her own clients receive the level of care they deserve.

Alex has continued to learn new techniques and modalities to improve her treatments and assist in figuring out the root cause of client muscle symptoms. Alex is also a member of the massage therapy association of Nova Scotia, and has certification in cupping massage.

Megan White

Megan White

Massage Therapist
Cape Breton

Megan graduated from Island Career Academy with honours in the Massage Therapy Program. After rea…

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Megan graduated from Island Career Academy with honours in the Massage Therapy Program. After realizing a career in communications would not be fulfilling, a change was needed.

It was important to Megan to integrate her love of health, fitness and wellness with the desire to help people. Combining these attributes just seemed to flow directly towards massage therapy. Being able to use her hands to therapeutically influence a person’s own health journey is something that Megan really devotes to her practice. She will continue to pursue more techniques and modalities to aid not only herself, but all patients that come through her practice.

Megan grew up in Ontario and visited family in Nova Scotia during the summer months. This led her to fall in love with the area and lifestyle that so many adore about Cape Breton. Running and hiking on the numerous trails throughout Cape Breton is one her favourite pastimes. Megan believes that stepping into nature, whether in the trees or by the sea will heal your soul. Together nature and massage therapy can encourage harmony in a person’s mind, body, and soul.

Megan is a professional member of the Massage Therapy Association of Nova Scotia and recipient of the MTANS award for her graduating class.

Megan White

Melissa McIntosh

Massage Therapist
Halifax

Melissa completed the 2200-hour massage therapy program from The Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy…
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Melissa completed the 2200-hour massage therapy program from The Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2018 and is a member of The Massage Therapy Association Of Nova Scotia.

To further enhance her skill, Melissa pursued specialized TMJ training, enabling her to address jaw pain and related issues effectively.

Additionally, Melissa obtained extensive training and successfully completed her certification as a Manual Lymphatic and Complex Decongestive Therapist with the Dr.Vodder School International. This training equips her with advanced techniques to support lymphatic system health, which can be especially beneficial for treatment of lymphedema, lipedema and other pathologies of the lymphatic system, including but not limited to persistent headaches, migraines, sinusitis, post surgical swelling, and preparatory treatments aimed at enhancing postoperative recovery.

She has experience treating patients during cancer treatments (chemotherapy & radiation), post cancer surgeries (mastectomy, lumpectomy and laryingectomy), whiplash, concussions, jaw (TMJ) pain, TMJ muscular restrictions and pre/post orthopedic surgeries.

Melissa is committed to delivering the highest level of care and ensuring that your wellness is her top priority.

When not in the clinic, you can find Melissa outdoors hiking or spending time with family and friends.

What Sets Our Team Apart?

Our team is unique in a number of ways.

First, we are a truly multidisciplinary team. This means that our practitioners work together to provide comprehensive care that addresses all aspects of your health and well-being. For example, if you are coming to see us for a back injury, our chiropractor may work with our physiotherapist to develop a treatment plan that includes both chiropractic adjustments and physiotherapy exercises.

Second, our practitioners are highly skilled and experienced. They have all completed advanced training in their respective fields and are committed to providing their patients with the highest quality care.

Third, our team is passionate about helping our patients achieve their health goals. We take the time to get to know each patient individually and to develop a personalized treatment plan that’s right for them. We also provide our patients with the education and support they need to succeed.

If you’re looking for a team of healthcare professionals who can help you achieve your health and well-being goals, then Active Approach is the right choice for you. We offer a wide range of services to meet your individual needs, and we are committed to providing you with the highest quality care.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you!