Meet the Staff of Citadel Physiotherapy

Daniela Rubinger, BScPT, Registered Physiotherapist

Daniela Rubinger is a 1988 graduate of Dalhousie School of Physiotherapy. Following several years at Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre, she began private practice at Halifax’s Physioclinic Dalplex in 1991. From 1991 to 2005, Daniela managed the clinic and was highly involved in the treatment of athletes on the professional and varsity levels. She has provided services to many sporting events and was the chief therapist for the 1998 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, as well as 2004’s Women’s World Hockey Championships.

Throughout her career, Daniela has taken on many post-secondary courses in acupuncture, manual therapy, sports therapy, taping, and muscular imbalances. In 2005, she opened Citadel Physiotherapy. Working closely with Dr. Mark Glazebrook, Daniela treats inoperable Achilles ruptures. She has also studied the effects of exercise in patients with early signs of dementia alongside Dr. Ken Rockwood.

Daniela currently lives in Halifax with her husband and two children. While not in the office, she enjoys soccer, skiing, mountain biking, and rooting for her children’s sports teams.

Véronique Trottier, BScPT, Registered Physiotherapist

Véronique earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Ottawa in 2002. Originally from rural Ontario, she briefly worked in Ottawa before venturing out to discover the East Coast, where she worked in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Later, Véronique worked in rural Australia for a year before returning to Nova Scotia, the place she now calls “home.” She has trained extensively in manual therapy and received her diploma in Intermediate Manual and Manipulative therapy in 2010 and the Advanced Diploma in 2013. CAMPT-Certified ™ physiotherapists offer clinical expertise from advanced training to help our patients get better, recover faster and stay healthier.

She has also completed post-graduate courses in muscle imbalances, acupuncture, core stabilization, and functional dry needling. Working mainly in private practice, Véronique has gained the knowledge in treating various orthopaedic conditions of all age groups at various fitness levels. Her treatment approach is hands-on with a focus on exercise and education to help everyone she treats be involved in their rehabilitation.

Outside of work, Véronique loves spending time outdoors with her husband and twin boys and stays active with biking, hiking, cross country skiing and yoga.

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Leigh Hepditch, MScPT, BScK, Registered Physiotherapist

Leigh graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 1999 from Dalhousie University. She then worked and travelled abroad in Australia and the United States before returning to school at the University of Alberta to complete a Master of Science in Physiotherapy. Once completing her degree in 2005, she returned to the East Coast to begin her career and has been working in a private practice setting since that time. She has taken numerous courses in manual therapy and completed an Intermediate Diploma in Manual and Manipulative Therapy in 2010 and an Advanced Diploma in 2012. She is registered as a Fellow with the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists (FCAMPT). CAMPT-Certified ™ physiotherapists offer clinical expertise from advanced training to help our patients get better, recover faster and stay healthier.

In addition, Leigh has completed post-graduate courses in acupuncture, muscle imbalance, taping, and functional dry needling. She uses a hands-on approach to her treatment but also takes the time to ensure her patients are educated and provided with appropriate therapeutic exercise. She has treated a wide population of patients ranging in age and activity level.

In her time away from the clinic, Leigh enjoys travelling, running and Pilates.

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David Evans, MScPT, BSc, Registered Physiotherapist

David is a graduate of McMaster University where he received a Masters of Science degree in Physiotherapy. Prior to studying physiotherapy, he received a Specialized Bachelor of Science with Honours degree in Kinesiology and Health Science from York University. David has a special interest in orthopedic rehabilitation, including various extremity, spine, and sports-related conditions. After graduating from McMaster University, David has continued his education in manual therapy through the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and he is working towards the Intermediate Diploma in Manual and Manipulative Therapy. Additionally, David has completed certifications in Functional Dry Needling, acupuncture, vestibular rehabilitation, and is soon to be trained in the Selective Functional Movement Assessment. 

David comes from a gymnastics background. Years of training as an athlete and coach bring a technical eye to his assessment and treatment of clients he sees in his clinical practice. Outside of the clinic he trains in Crossfit and enjoys strength training and yoga.

Sushu Parab, BScBio, B.Ed., BScKin, BScPT, MScKin, Registered Physiotherapist

Sushu Parab started her career in her hometown of St. John's, Newfoundland. There she completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Education Degree. She then continued her education at Dalhousie University, where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, her Masters of Science in Kinesiology and her Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy, graduating as a Physiotherapist in 1997.

Since graduating, she has worked in hospitals, sports facilities and private practice. She has completed post-secondary courses in upper and lower extremity, disability management and Acupuncture along with numerous other courses.

Throughout her career, Sushu has focused on the importance of posture and improvements regarding function, both at work and home. She has worked with all populations especially the elderly.

Sushu's dedication to her clients leads her to continue her education through constant research of articles, treatment techniques and training to advance her skills as a Clinician.

Matthew Ward, MScPT, BScK, Registered Physiotherapist

Matt completed both his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Master of Science in Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University. While completing his undergraduate degree Matt developed his interest in orthopedic rehabilitation while volunteering with the athletic therapy department at Saint Mary’s University. Here, he worked primarily with the men’s varsity hockey and women’s varsity rugby teams. Following this, Matt worked at the Dalhousie Physiotherapy Department as a Research Assistant in the clinical study of the management of degenerative disease, with a focus on the effects of knee osteoarthritis on gait patterns. 

From his experiences in clinical and research settings, it is his belief that a combination of manual therapy, appropriate exercise, and patient education can put patients in control of their symptoms and on the path to reaching their health goals.

Melissa Downing, MScPT, BScKin (Co-op), Registered Physiotherapist

Melissa is a Dalhousie University graduate of the class of 2014 Masters of Science Physiotherapy. She earned a Bachelor of Science Kinesiology (co-op) from Memorial University Newfoundland in 2012, where she is originally from. Since graduating she has practiced in the Annapolis Valley in both public and private practice, focusing on outpatient orthopedics. She has completed additional courses in muscular imbalances, acupuncture, taping and pain management. 

She has developed a special interest in Women’s Health Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy, completing courses in physiotherapy for female urinary incontinence (PR1), dyspareunia or pelvic pain (PR2) and ano-rectal disorders (PR3). She has a passion for helping patients gain confidence and return to their previous function through lifestyle education, exercise and manual techniques. 

In her spare time, she enjoys exploring NS and being outdoors. She is an advocate for fitness enjoying running, hiking, barre, Pilates and yoga.

Ani Delice, Registered Massage Therapist

Ani Delice graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in June 2010. She received a certificate for the Student Sports Outreach Clinic as well as an award for the Highest Achievement of Student Clinic Hours.

Ani has been a Certification Candidate with the Canadian Sports Massage Therapy Association since 2012 and will soon qualify to become fully certified as a Sports Massage Therapist. Ani’s focus is deep tissue and sports massage along with MVA and post op treatments. "I believe in a multidisciplinary and focused approach to give each patient the best quality of care and best possible outcome."

In her spare time Ani is focused on personal fitness that includes weight training, rollerblading, CrossFit and conditioning. Other interests are anatomy, nutrition, travel and expanding knowledge through continuing education.

Georgia Schurman, BA, Registered Massage Therapist

Georgia Schurman, BA/RMT is a graduate of the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy. She is the recipient of the Highest Academic Achievement Award from CCMH and the ‘Wholistic Therapist Award’ from the Massage Therapists and Wholistic Practitioners’ Association of the Maritimes. She also holds a BA with honours from Saint-Mary’s University. Through her studies, Georgia developed a passion for learning about the body and how it functions, and she is constantly learning new tools to better treat her clients. She believes that the body is always attempting to intuitively move towards health, and it is her role to aid in facilitating this process.

Outside of treating people, she is happiest being by the ocean, reading, biking around town and spending time with people she loves.

Lindsay E. Smith, BHSc, Registered Massage Therapist

Lindsay is thrilled to be part of the healthcare team at Citadel Physiotherapy, offering services as a Registered Massage Therapist. Through a blending of Swedish and Thai massage techniques, Lindsay offers an integrative approach to her treatments that can be adapted to suit any body and any condition. With previous experience in collaborative health care settings, Lindsay is committed to working together with the Citadel team to develop treatment plans tailored to every client.

A graduate of the Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy in 2013, Lindsay has since gone on to complete her Bachelor of Health Science degree from Thompson Rivers University in 2015. She furthered her massage education by completing the NavinaTM Thai Yoga Therapy certification, giving her the experience to integrate Thai massage techniques into her practice. She is a member of the massage therapy faculty at Eastern College, and is member of the NavinaTM Thai Yoga Therapy educator team.

Lindsay completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2017. During her spare time, she enjoys doing dancing, running, playing video games, and continuing her massage therapy education.

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