The Platinum Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Group is very proud of the highly qualified group of professionals that we have assembled. Each member of the team brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, as well as a caring and friendly personality.
Dr. Tahmir (Tim) El-Tahan, MD, FRCSC
Dr. El-Tahan is a proud Newfoundlander, where he was born and raised. He completed his Medical Degree and Residency at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Following his residency, he continued his sub-specialization with a fellowship in orthopedic sports medicine at the Cincinnati Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center in Ohio. There, he gained a lot of valuable clinical and arthroscopic surgical experience in all areas of sports medicine, particularly the shoulder and knee. He was personally responsible for the care of two high school football teams and was part of a group that covered the Cincinnati Bengals NFL football team.
He followed up on his experience in Cincinnati with a fellowship in Christchurch, New Zealand. There, he spent half of his time as a trauma fellow in the public hospital dealing with all manner of orthopedic trauma. The other half was spent honing his experience in knee and shoulder sports surgery as well as arthroplasty in the private system.
Since 2012, he has been in Pictou County working mainly out of the Aberdeen Hospital. He has been fortunate to have access to plenty of OR time which has allowed him to keep his wait times quite reasonable. For this reason, he has been receiving referrals from all over the province and from other orthopedic surgeons, especially for joint replacement surgery. He is also one of the surgeons involved in the WCB Centralized Surgical Services Program, which has him operating in Antigonish, Bridgewater, as well as New Glasgow.
Dr. El-Tahan's common procedures include: ACL Reconstruction, Shoulder Stabilizations, Meniscal Surgery, Sub-acromial Decompression, Chondral Surgery, Rotator Cuff Repair, Patella Stabilization, AC Joint Pathology, Total Knee Arthroplasty, and Total Hip Arthroplasty.
Sarah Gaudry PT
Neurological / Paediatric Physiotherapist
Sarah completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University in 2001. She then worked as an Air Traffic Controller with the Canadian Armed Forces until she was sponsored to complete her Masters of Science in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie from 2008-2010. Following graduation, she was posted to Greenwood, Halifax and Shearwater, NS where she both managed the clinics and treated a wide range of conditions from orthopaedic and sport injuries to work site injury, complex neurological conditions and trauma.
Having retired from the Canadian Forces Health Services branch, she has had the honour of working as part of an interdisciplinary team in partnership with Nova Scotia Health and the NS Rehab Center treating patients suffering from complex neurological insults including, but not limited to, MS, Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury, Acquired Brain Injury, Cancer, multi-trauma, complex pain and amputations.
She thrives on learning and has completed post graduate training, volunteering and mentorship in many of these areas as well as LSVT BIG Physical Rehabilitation for Parkinsons, Graded Motor Imagery, mirror therapy, evaluation and treatment of pediatric idiopathic equinus gait (toe walking), neuro developmental treatment for babies and children and the management of plagiocephaly and torticollis in infants.
Her special interest lies in empowering and encouraging patients of all ages. She works with patients and families to achieve their physical functional goals at the clinic, at home or at the field. She strives to help identify individual areas for improvement to allow for participation in activities that are most meaningful to her patients whether that is recovery following a catastrophic injury, a baby or child learning the physical skills they need to participate in activity or little athletes who want to return to sport following injuries.
As a mom of 2 busy active girls, she is involved in volunteering as a physio with many teams including basketball, track, volleyball, soccer, highland dance and Special Olympics. She is also a clinical instructor and lecturer in the Neurotherapeutics and Integrated Practice modules of the Master's of Physiotherapy program at Dalhousie University and works casually with the Bone and Joint Inpatient Program at Nova Scotia Health.
Andrew White PT
BScPT, BPE, Dip. Manip., FCAMPT
Andrew graduated in 2004 with his Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University, and has been working in private practice since. His post graduate education includes completion of the Advanced Diploma in Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy in 2011, achieving the designation of Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy. He has also completed courses in: Mulligan Concepts, Running Injury Management, Explain Pain, Kinesiotaping, and Acupuncture. Prior to physiotherapy, Andrew had completed a Bachelor of Physical Education with a major in Sport Science from the University of New Brunswick and had taken extensive coursework in Sport Psychology. He has volunteered his services at several local, national, and international sporting events.
In addition to his work in the clinic, Andrew is a lab instructor in the Master's of Physiotherapy program at Dalhousie University, is an instructor and mentor for the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and is currently involved as a research assistant on a study in the School of Biomedical Engineering at Dalhousie University, which is related to Total Knee Arthroplasties. He has published a book review in Momentum (the newsletter of Sport Physiotherapy Canada) and has co-published a guideline for using outcome measures in the Orthopedic Division Review (the official journal of the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association). Andrew has recently been elected as Vice Chair of the Education Committee for the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and is a board member of the St. Margaret's Bay Chamber of Commerce.
Andrew works with his patients to identify the cause of their pain or dysfunction and to come up with a patient specific plan to reach their individual goals. He feels that a combination of manual therapy (hands on treatment), education, and specific exercises are necessary to achieve these goals. He is also a strong believer in evidence based practice.
Chad Greene PT
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University in 2005, Chad began working in his hometown of Yarmouth, NS. For approximately 3 years, he worked for the Yarmouth Hospital, caring for both in-patients and out-patients in the physiotherapy department.
After relocating to Halifax in 2009, Chad began working at our affiliate clinic, Beaverbank Physiotherapy. During this time, he concentrated on further development of hands-on manual therapy and exercise prescription for a variety of conditions. Over the past 10 years of practice, he has taken courses in: Advanced Manual Therapy, Movement System Impairments, and Acupuncture. He has also done coursework in the diagnosis and management of vestibular issues such as: dizziness and vertigo.
Chad feels that patient empowerment through education and proper guidance is critical to a successful rehab process. Like his colleagues, he has made this a focus of his treatment planning for all conditions.
Chad is excited to be a part of Platinum Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation group and looks forward to working with members of the community in which he and his wife now live.
Anita Connors PT
BScPT, Dip. Manip., FCAMPT
Anita completed her Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University in 2004. In 2011, she completed an Advanced Diploma in Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy from the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and achieving the designation of Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy. Anita was also named Physiotherapist of the Year in 2016 by the Nova Scotia Physiotherapy Association. She travels regularly to Washington University in St. Louis for advanced study in Movement System Impairment and Treatment with Dr. Shirley Sahrmann.
Anita has spent the last 11 years working in private practice and teaching in various capacities. She is an instructor with the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and is a lab instructor in the Master's of Physiotherapy program at Dalhousie University. She regularly speaks to various running groups and provides educational sessions for personal trainers.
Her caseload is very diverse. She has special interest in movement impairment, fitness, running, health and manual therapy. She enjoys working closely with runners of all fitness levels to help them achieve their goals in the sports. Anita also works privately with patients to help treat urinary incontinence and pelvic dysfunction.
Anita's approach to physiotherapy tends to be hands-on, with emphasis on patient education, and exercise prescription. She spends a lot of time educating patients on ways they can be an active participant in the rehabilitation process. She strives to make her patients independent with personal management at home to augment the in-clinic physiotherapy treatment.
Mike Connors PT
BScPT, BKIN, Dip. Manip., FCAMPT
Mike graduated from Dalhousie University with his Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy in 2005. After graduation, he worked in the Annapolis Valley before joining the team at our affiliate clinic, Young Kempt Physiotherapy, where he is now a co-owner. In addition to his physiotherapy degree, he completed a Bachelor of Kinesiology from Acadia University with a specialization in Athletic Therapy.
He completed the Advanced Diploma in Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy in 2011, and has achieved the designation of Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists. He now serves as a mentor for other physiotherapists enrolled in this program.
Since 2011, he has immersed himself in the Movement Impairment Physiotherapy program at Washington University in St. Louis. This program focuses on recognizing movement patterns in order to answer the question, why an injury happens. By looking at these faulty patterns, we can move towards preventative and corrective treatment plans.
Mike is also a founding member of the RE201 (Running Economy 201) group that is designed to improve running performance by making runners more efficient and injury free. This program is designed to assess and treat faulty mechanics to prevent injury and to individualize training programs to help runners achieve their personal goals.
Mike's treatment philosophy involves providing patients with a comprehensive treatment plan, involving manual therapy, exercise prescription, postural education, and motor control retraining. He is a strong believer that a warm and friendly environment goes a long way in treating individuals. He tries to provide a light atmosphere while giving patients the best possible care. He also feels that educating patients is crucial for long term success.
Lana Crocker PT
Lana graduated with a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University. Prior to this, she completed an Honours degree in Kinesiology with a Minor in Psychology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Since graduation she has worked in private practice clinics in both Truro and downtown Halifax before joining the team at Platinum Physiotherapy.
Lana is a strong believer in continuing education and remaining as current as possible in her field of physiotherapy. She continues to take post-graduate courses on a regular basis with a primary focus on orthopaedic diagnoses and treatment, manual therapy and exercise prescription.
She believes a person’s physiotherapy experience should be an enjoyable one and does her best to make her patients comfortable in the clinic and encourage an active approach to their rehabilitation program. Lana incorporates a lot of patient education, manual therapy, and individualized exercise programs throughout the rehab process and enjoys doing this with patients of all ages and physical abilities.
Lana up in Newfoundland and spent much of her childhood either outside or playing sports. She has played hockey, golf and tennis growing up and recently developed a passion for hiking.
Heather Isenor PT
Heather graduated from Dalhousie University earning her Master of Science in Physiotherapy. She also graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in her hometown Antigonish with a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics. Heather has worked in private practices in Charlottetown and downtown Halifax before joining Platinum. She also spends her time with the NS health authority working with inpatients recovering from orthopaedic injuries ranging from joint replacements to traumatic impairments.
Heather continues to further her knowledge and learn new skills. She is pursuing post-graduate courses in Advanced Manual Therapy and currently practices as a level II manual therapist. Heather is a strong believer of a hands-on approach to treatment. Her philosophy is one that promotes a comprehensive treatment program including patient education, manual therapy, and personalized exercise prescription. Heather believes working together with her patients to develop an individualized, unique program is the key to a successful recovery.
Heather’s varsity volleyball career and love for being active is what sparked her interest in pursuing physiotherapy. She has worked with many patients suffering acute injuries, including post surgical, but also has extensive experience with chronic conditions.
While not in the clinic, Heather enjoys spending time with her golden retriever, exploring and hiking across Nova Scotia, and staying active. Heather has recently moved to the Tantallon area and is looking forward working with those in her community.
Carolyn King PT
BscPT, MSc (Rehabilitation Sciences)
Following graduation from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy, she worked for 20 years in Newfoundland at the Dr. Charles Janeway Hospital for Children and the Children's Rehabilitation Centre. She then took a two year leave to complete a Master's of Science (Rehabilitation Sciences) before returning to Newfoundland until 1999. At that time, she was recruited by the director of the Dalhousie School of Physiotherapy to return home to Halifax to teach the Paediatric Physiotherapy curriculum for the school. While teaching at Dalhousie, she continued to work part-time in clinical practice, initially at the IWK Health Centre and more recently as a private paediatric physiotherapy consultant.
During her 35+ years of experience, Carolyn has had the opportunity and privilege to work with children of all ages, and their families, in all areas of paediatric practice. Most of her work over the past two decades has been with children with neurological and/or developmental disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Down Syndrome, and global developmental delay. She has participated in numerous post-graduate courses and received her Neurodevelopmental Treatment Certification as well as advanced training in orthotic and adapted seating prescription. She is also highly involved in the profession as a Co-Chair of the Paediatric Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
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