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KELLY WADDEN is a Registered Massage Therapist, Yoga Instructor, founder of Yogassage and owner of East Coast Wellness Clinic. Kelly is a graduate of Northumberland College’s Massage Therapy program. As a varsity athlete and marathoner, Kelly learned the importance of taking care of your body. Her interest in massage and yoga was piqued while living in Thailand. Holding a degree in Kinesiology, Kelly focuses her treatments on deep tissue manipulation, myofascial release, therapeutic massage and athletic massage.  


When she’s not working someone’s kinks out, she loves being active in the community –  The theme of for Kelly this year: local supporting local! She hosts an event once a year to raise funds for a local charity.  

Kelly has been voted by the city of Halifax as the BEST Massage Therapist (2)Bronze and (2) Silver in the entire city, for the last 4 years in a row, by popular vote in The Coast Weeklys, Best of Halifax poll.


BRITTANIE FIRTH’S approach to Osteopathy is a blend of biomechanics, visceral, cranial, and mobilizing. Her passion for this work lies in the desire to empower each patient to discover the underlying cause of their symptoms and to get excited about how simple being healthy can truly be. She is Trauma Sensitive as well, and would love to hold safe space for you. Member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Osteopathic Association NSOA. CPR Trained, Yoga Teacher 500hr, Cupping and Dry Needling certified, Registered Holistic Nutrition Practitioner. 

** Brit is currently on Maternity Leave






JENN KING is a Registered Massage Therapist and yoga teacher with a deep passion and wonder for the complexities of the human body. After graduating from the massage therapy program at ICT Northumberland College in 2005, she completed her 500 YTT with Modo International in 2014 followed by additional training in Yin and Vinyasa. 


Jenn has developed a treatment approach that includes deep tissue technique, myofascial release and craniosacral balancing. She has experience in a broad spectrum of tissue manifestations ranging from athletic injuries to postural and repetitive strain. One of the most rewarding elements of her career has been achieved through her work with clients who are facing unique challenges associated with PTSD. When Jenn is not working as an RMT, she loves to practice yoga, prepare and share food, run and read. She is delighted to be a part of the ECWC team.


MARIA NORTH is a recent massage therapy graduate, completing her studies at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy here in Halifax. Her treatment approach combines deep tissue and myofascial techniques with deep relaxation to increase benefits of treatment and aid in release throughout the body. As an osteopathic student as well as a fitness instructor, Maria uses this knowledge to approach her massage practice from an all-encompassing standpoint. 


Maria was born and raised in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, and loves spending time outside enjoying everything the province has to offer. You can find her cycling, hiking, camping, and trail running when not at work, and shes always happy to share her favourite trail recommendation! Maria is very excited to be a part of the wonderful team at ECWC!

RACHEL LEBLANC  is a Registered Acupuncturist who grew up in New Brunswick; she has made Halifax her home for the better part of 8 years and has chosen to make her roots as a health care practitioner here. She approaches the practice gently and with an open heart, making her best effort to celebrate the intuitive and poetic nature of the energetic work. She works hard to hold appropriate space for any individual wherever they may be in their healing journey. Rachel believes the body is constantly sending us clues and messages to let us know what it needs; using acupuncture she tries her best to help clients decipher that language. 

Outside of her practice Rachel has a deep appreciation and interest in nature, nutrition, yoga and literature and hopes these things enrich how she can show up as a practitioner. She is thrilled to join the East Coast Wellness community!


ELLIE EMBERLEY  is a Registered Massage Therapist who graduated with honors from the Canadian Collage of Massage and Hydrotherapy in June 2014. She started her career in healthcare when she trained as a paramedic in 2006 before switching to the field of massage therapy in 2014.

Ellie has a special focus in deep tissue work, chronic neck and shoulder pain, realigning posture, pre and post natal massage, as well and infant and paediatric massage. 

She also works as a teacher in four different yoga training schools after having gained experience teaching at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in Toronto. 


HEIDI WAMBOLT graduated in the summer of 2021 from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy with honors distinction. During her studies, she spent valuable time in the specialty clinics of neurology, sports injury and invisible illness.

In combination with her massage diploma, Heidi also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and her 200hour Yoga Teacher Training. Heidi approaches treatment from a clinical perspective, while honoring the importance of taking the time to slow down and connect to each body through hands-on treatment. Heidi believes that our bodies inherently want to be in a state of balance, and when symptoms arise they are gently trying to communicate with us.

In her spare time, Heidi loves taking the time to connect with nature through identifying the local flora and fauna, hiking, backcountry camping, and cycling. She is incredibly excited to learn from the team at ECWC!

PETER XU Peter joins us as a registered massage therapist after graduating with distinction from Eastern College in Halifax. His experience in the healthcare realm extends back more than 20 years through his work in China as a paediatric surgeon, in addition to his training in Traditional Chinese Medicine and meridian massage. 


Peter’s approach to treatment includes a focus on deep tissue techniques that are further enhanced by his broad anatomical training and dedication to client care. Peter’s knowledge base in TCM adds to his holistic approach. It is important to Peter that his clients receive the therapeutic value of treatment while maintaining a level of comfort throughout. He is familiar with treating long term client concerns, including chronic pain, and has seen great success with his approach to treating headaches, tingling, numbness, nerve pain and conditions of the hands and feet. If you are seeking deep tissue massage, Peter has an amazing hands-on skill set to meet your treatment needs!


In his spare time, Peter loves cooking delicious Chinese dishes that are described by many as “lifesavers”.

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