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Hillary Carr - Owner

Hillary is an experienced Pediatric Occupational Therapist with a special interest in helping children with emotional regulation and sensory processing difficulties, developmental trauma, and developmental delays to increase their confidence and independence in play, learning, and self-care activities (including toileting, feeding, and dressing).

Hillary is not currently accepting new clients. Please see the below therapists availability! 

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About Hillary 

Hillary graduated from Dalhousie University in 2016 with her Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. Prior to this, she attended Acadia University where she attained a double Bachelors of Science (BSc) degree in Biology and Psychology.

 

Hillary worked within the field of pediatrics in both Prince Edward Island and British Columbia before moving to London, England, in 2019, where she split her time working between a private clinic and a special school. Hillary has provided services for learners between the ages of 3 and 19 years that have severe/profound and multiple learning difficulties and/or disabilities, as well as learners who are additionally on the Autistic Spectrum (ASD) with complex needs. She has experience working with both children and adults in a community setting. 

Hillary's special interest lies in helping children with emotional regulation difficulties, Autism, Sensory Processing Disorders, and developmental delays to increase their confidence and independence in play, learning and self-care activities. She believes that therapy must be targeted towards the child’s developmental level and building on their strengths to achieve their maximum potential. Hillary follows a sensory motor framework as well as uses play and emotional connections to support the development of motor, behavioural, cognitive, and social skills. She is registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia. 

Hillary has the following professional development trainings/certifications:

  • DIR Floortime 202 - “DIR Floortime Proficient Certificate"

  • DIR Floortime 201 - "DIR Floortime Basic Certification" 

  • DIR Floortime 101 - Introduction to Floortime

  • 3 Steps to Improving INTEROCEPTION, led by Kelly Mahler with additional webinars for Toileting, Interoception, & Nutrition and Theory of OWN mind. 

  • Lego®-based Therapy 

  • Zones of Regulation led by Leah Kuypers

  • Autism Level Up - Supporting emotional and sensory regulation

  • Developmental Trauma in Children & Families - Beacon House 

  • The Body Keeps the Score - A Deep understanding of the effects of trauma on brain development and attachment systems

  • The SCERTS Model for Autism, Two day course led by Emily Ruben 

  • Therapeutic Listening : Listening with the Whole Body - Vital Links 

  • Therapeutic Listening: Quickshift: Revolutionising the use of sound in Sensorimotor integrative treatment - Vital Links 

  • Transitioning to Adult Care for Youth with Chronic Health Conditions and Disabilities

  • Basics of Paediatric Feeding and Swallowing 

  • Wheelchair Seating and Positioning in Community

  • Power Mobility Client Assessment

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Nick Lauder - Owner

Nick is an experienced Occupational Therapist with a passion for assisting adults to reach their functional goals, facilitate independence, prevent injuries, and promote healthy living. 

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About Nick 

After receiving his Bachelor of Kinesiology from Acadia University, Nick graduated with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Dalhousie University in 2016.
 
Nick started his career working in the areas of in-patient general medicine, palliative care, and outpatient stroke rehabilitation. However, Nick soon branched out into other areas of interest and spent several years working as a case-manager and medical-legal assessment provider within British Columba. During this time, Nick became a Certified Work/Functional Capacity Evaluator through both Matheson and Metrics certification programs. 
 
Nick then moved to London, England, where he worked in a Wheelchair Service to provide postural assessments for adults and children experiencing postural complexities. Nick also worked in the community setting to assist adults with complex disability needs to maximize functional independence in activities of daily living within their homes. This included the prescription of specialist disability equipment, as well as minor and major home adaptations to the person's home.
 
Nick assists clients with in-home assessments to determine needs for equipment and/or adaptations, seating and postural management (including wheelchairs and static seating), and functional rehabilitation. Nick completes ergonomic assessments and provides complex case management services for return-to-work planning. 

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Allie MacEachern

Allie is an occupational therapist with a passion for helping individuals reach their occupational goals through evidence based practice and patient-centred care. She is eager to bring this passion to the pediatric population. She will focus on treatment for sensory processing differences, emotional-regulation needs, handwriting skills, as well as adolescent mental health needs, all of which improve confidence with self-care, learning/development, and play/socialization.

About Allie

Allie received her Bachelor of Kinesiology degree from Acadia University in 2018. Through various volunteering opportunities with children and adults, she found a passion for using a functional approach to helping individuals reach their goals. This led her to pursuing a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Dalhousie University, where she graduated in 2020. She was fortunate enough to gain clinical experience with the IWK Children’s Hospital during her degree, which sparked her interest for pursuing a career with the pediatric population.

 

Allie has been working for a multi-disciplinary clinic since graduation, where she has been providing occupational therapy services for individuals who are returning to work, or life, while experiencing a physical or mental health injury. She works with individuals in their home, workplace, and clinic setting to best meet their needs. 

 

Allie’s interests lie in helping individuals overcome the barriers which prevent them from regular participation in everyday life. She will be working with children who have different sensory, motor, and emotional needs to help ensure they are able to reach their goals. This includes independent play and playing with others, learning and development in the school and home setting, and self-care needs such as dressing, feeding, and toileting. Allie is certified in several mental health treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (best practice for treatment of anxiety and depression), and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. Allie plans to use these treatment modalities to provide mental health services to adolescents (age 10-19), who are experiencing depression, and anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, and social anxiety. Her personal OT goals include furthering her education in sensory processing for children, and certifying in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. 

Chantelle Capone

Chantelle is an Occupational Therapist who enjoys helping and working with both children and adults. She has a special interest in supporting individuals with sensory processing differences and emotional regulation challenges that have an impact on a person's ability to participate in meaningful activities.

She is passionate about health promotion, prevention, education, and therapy provided to a wide variety of populations through client and family-centered care, evidence- based practice, with a focus on occupation.

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About Chantelle

Chantelle graduated from Dalhousie University in 2020 with her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Prior to this, she attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from University of Ontario Institute of Technology in 2018. 

 

Chantelle has worked with both pediatric and adult populations, with a focus on individuals with severe to profound intellectual disabilities, including Autism Spectrum (ASD) oftentimes in combination with mental health diagnosis and challenges. She also has experience in assisting individuals with physical injuries, chronic pain and traumatic brain injuries, including concussions. Her previous roles included return-to-work and return-to-school programming, ergonomic assessments, work hardening and conditioning planning, home assessment and modification, and mobility aid prescription. 

Chantelle is passionate about evidence-based practice and has future goals to contribute to occupational therapy literature, or aid organizations to ensure they are maintaining current evidence-based occupational therapy practice/are exploring new therapies through empirical process.

She is registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia. 

Alana Murphy

Alana is an occupational therapist with a special interest supporting children and adolescents experiencing emotional regulation and mental health challenges. She uses evidence-based modalities such as the Zones of Regulation and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy within her practice. She is passionate about enabling participation in self-identified areas of meaningful occupation.

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About Alana

Alana is a graduate of Acadia University (2012) and obtained her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta (2015). She began her career as an occupational therapist in Alberta before returning to the Maritimes in 2018. 

 

Alana has experience working with children both in group and one-on-one settings.  She has supported individuals with a range of diagnoses including Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Williams Syndrome and various developmental disabilities/delays. Her previous work varied from supporting motor task development, building independence, emotional regulation, community skill building for older students, completing sensory profiles, working on playground skills as well as communication skills. Additionally, she has experience facilitating workshops for teachers and consulting with other members of the child's team. 

Alana is registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia. 

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Megan Spears

Megan has worked in the field of pediatrics for the past 9 years supporting families, schools and communities. Prior to working in the field of pediatrics, Megan also spent a portion of her occupational therapy career working in acute mental health settings.

 

Megan’s professional learning has concentrated on evidence-based programs and practical training to inform her approach to intervention such as Zones of Regulation, The SCERTS Model, Handwriting Without Tears, SOS Approach to Feeding and Social Thinking.

About Megan

Megan received her Bachelor of Science with a major in Psychology from Dalhousie University in 2011 followed by the completion of her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Dalhousie University in 2013.

 

Megan has previous experience providing services to children in schools with various developmental, learning and medical needs.  Megan has consulted to school-based teams and families with an emphasis on routine-based intervention with strategies focusing on learning and success through everyday activities and routines. Areas of need addressed have included (but not limited to): sensory and emotional regulation, motor learning, feeding and picky eating, executive functioning as well as social and play skills. Intervention has been provided using direct intervention, targeted groups, virtually, parent and school team coaching as well as information sessions, universal whole class sessions, and through resource development and distribution.

She is registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia. 

Heather MacNeil

Heather is an experienced Occupational Therapist who has joined our team to service the South Shore of Nova Scotia. Heather enjoys seeing children flourish, no matter what they are faced with. She understands the importance of working within each child's abilities and pulling and maximizing on their strengths when working with them. She is skilled in identifying barriers to activity participation and supporting individuals to increase their independence. Her focus is client and family centric.  

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About Heather

Heather received her Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) from the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in 2005. She has been working since then in New Zealand and Canada helping people work towards their personal goals, particularly in community settings.  

 

During her occupational therapy training, she enjoyed her time supporting children with their learning and personal care goals in a school setting, as well, supporting adolescents and adults with additional needs in community settings. She started her career supporting individuals with their return to work goals, and then branched out to working in an inpatient brain injury rehabilitation unit. When she moved to Canada in 2008, she found a love for concussion management when working with adolescents and assisting them towards their return to school, sports and learning goals. She has worked extensively with individuals with traumatic brain injury, mental health difficulties and chronic pain. 

 

Heather is registered and a member in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia.

Heather is based in the South Shore of Nova Scotia and will be seeing clients in surrounding communities such as Bear River, Yarmouth, Digby and Annapolis Royal. 

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Faith Wiley

Faith is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist who enjoys working closely with families as well as other professionals to meet the therapeutic needs of her clients. She has worked with children with a wide array of strengths and challenges, including Autism, ADHD, motor challenges, sensory differences and sensitivities, and emotional regulation challenges.

 

Faith enjoys working with children who face both physical and emotional barriers, finding accommodations and changing the environment as well as working on skill development to allow for success and greater independence.

About Faith

Faith graduated from Dalhousie University with a Master’s in Occupational Therapy in 2019. She began her career as an occupational therapist at a children’s rehabilitation clinic in Alberta, where she developed skills in pediatric assessment and treatment before returning to the Maritimes. Since 2019, Faith has had the opportunity to work in public and private settings with adults and children. Most recently, she has been working in community mental health with adults and brings knowledge of trauma and attachment and mental health conditions to her work with children.

 

When working with emotional regulation and behavioural difficulties, Faith takes into account the dynamics within family and school settings, providing strategies to parents and caregivers about how to respond to difficult situations while prioritizing connection and positive interaction between the child and their important adults.

 

Faith is committed to continuing education in order to provide better services to families. Since she obtained her Master’s, Faith has undertaken a range of professional development activities, including an Autism workshop with Kim Barthel, a postgraduate CBT certificate at Wilfred Laurier University, and ADHD training with Peg Dawson. She continues to build skills in pediatric feeding and infant milestone acquisition through self-directed coursework.

 

Faith is registered in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia.

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