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
CARISSA FISHER is a Registered Massage Therapist who recently graduated with honors from Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario. As a therapist she applies a combination of massage therapy techniques to accurately assess, and provide individualized treatments plans and homecare for her clients.
When she is not treating clients she can be found out and about with her two dogs, or trying her hand at various sporting events, from olympic weightlifting to running. Carissa considers herself a lifelong learner, and having recently moved to the East Coast from Ontario, she could not be more thrilled to begin to put down roots in such a wonderful community.
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.