Before settling down in Wolfville, Darren graduated with a physiotherapy degree from Dalhousie University in 1985 and achieved his Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy in 1992. Since then he has been fortunate to have worked with many individuals with sports and orthopaedic disorders, and has been involved in sports event coverage at all levels including the Paralympic Games, World Figure Skating Championships, & the Canada Games. Locally, he has enjoyed working with the Valley Wildcats Major Midget Hockey Club and the Horton High School Football Team. He enjoys working with Acadia University varsity athletes, students, faculty and staff, as well as many members of the surrounding communities. He believes strongly in a positive, progressive and proactive approach to health care while emphasizing education and an active lifestyle. Darren is married to his wonderful wife Ann and is the proud father of Wesley & Daniel. He tries to keep fit with running and weight training and in his spare time he enjoys playing hockey, golf, tennis & learning to play the guitar. However, he won’t be leaving his day job anytime soon!
Ann received her Bachelor’s Degree from Queen’s University in Physical Education (1980) and her Masters Degree from the University of Alberta in Athletic Therapy (1984). During her earlier professional career, she was fortunate to travel as part of the Canadian medical team to the 1981 Universiade Games in Edmonton, the 1983 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. In the mid-80’s, she was the team therapist with the Canadian Women’s basketball team. From 1987-1991, she held the Head Athletic Therapist position at Saint Mary’s University. Presently, she is the Acadia Sport Therapy Clinic’s ‘Jack-of-all-trades’ performing a variety of tasks which include: teaching taping courses, researching, maintaining, and restocking of clinic equipment/supplies, doing small repairs/modifications in the clinic, covering for the front desk staff, and seeing the occasional client that drop-ins for advice. Outside of work, she enjoys curling and walking with friends. Recently, she has taken up the challenging sport of golf which she can now do with the rest of the family.
Ann also volunteers for a variety of community causes. Originally from Halifax, Darren and Ann decided to move to Wolfville before starting their family of two boys, Wesley and Daniel. They are very pleased with their decision to live in such a lovely part of Nova Scotia!
Chris graduated from Acadia University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and then went on to McGill University to study Exercise Physiology at the graduate level. Subsequently he attained a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University in 1998. Chris began working in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, for Jill Robertson (Chief Clinical Instructor with the Orthopaedic Division of Physiotherapy Canada and Instructor at the Dalhousie University School of Physiotherapy) who acted as his post-graduate mentor in orthopaedic manual physiotherapy. Chris has spent the last 15 years working as an orthopaedic physiotherapist at the Acadia Sports Therapy Clinic at Acadia University. He volunteers his time to serve the community and to mentor kinesiology students in a clinical environment. Chris received an Intermediate Certificate in Orthopaedic Manual Physiotherapy from the Orthopaedic Division of Physiotherapy Canada in 2001 and continues to be an active member of this group. On a personal note, Chris enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He is a strong supporter of a physically active lifestyle having been involved with and having played a number of sports. He has also been dedicated to cycling, trail running, hiking (with his dog “Lola”), snow shoeing and he also loves to play in the waves with his body board in the Atlantic Ocean. Chris's treatment philosophy has always included a very proactive approach to patient care.
He uses the “best-evidence within our profession” to help his patients recover from their injuries, to restore their functional ability and to ultimately help them return to what they love to do. His interaction with his patients begins with a very comprehensive assessment subsequently developing an individualized treatment plan. Chris takes a very manual/hands-on approach to patient care with exercise prescription and patient education playing an essential role. He takes great pride in empowering his patients with knowledge and an understanding of their injury. He is very passionate about his work and loves working in our positive environment. He was always taught to treat others as he would want to be treated.
Erik graduated from Acadia University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. He was a member of the varsity soccer team and in his final year led the Axemen to the playoffs for the first time in almost a decade. Erik graduated with a Master of Science in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University in 2016. He excelled in musculoskeletal physiotherapy during his course of study and has a specific interest in sport related injuries. With his calm demeanor, he puts the client at ease and begins each assessment with a detailed history followed by a thorough objective assessment and analysis of the client’s concerns. Outside of work Erik continues to play soccer and also enjoys playing guitar and country music.
Jennie graduated from Sheridan College in the spring of 2014 and became a Certified Athletic Therapist a few months later. With a degree in Kinesiology from Memorial University as well, Jennie is very happy to be back to her home town. She has been fortunate to work with many collegiate and elite level athletes in the early stages of her career, with the highlight being a part of the medical staff for the Canadian Men’s National Basketball Program during the summer of 2013, training and travelling internationally with the Senior Men’s Team. Since becoming an Athletic Therapist, Jennie has also received her Functional Movement Screening Certification allowing her to appreciate the role of movement patterns and how the body functions as a unit. She uses this approach to assess and create individualized treatment programs with a focus on manual therapy and therapeutic exercise techniques to get her clients back to where they want to be as quickly and safely as possible. In her personal time, Jennie enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially her nieces and nephews, reading, and being physically active in the gym and spin class.
Gabi has been a part of the Acadia Sports Therapy Clinic team and loving it since 2007. As Clinic Manager, she enjoys being on the frontline assisting patients and staff will all of their administrative needs while ensuring everything is done behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly. Exceptional customer service is her top priority along with contributing to a professional, yet warm and inviting atmosphere. Interacting with patients and getting to be a part of the Acadia Sports Therapy Clinic family are some of her favourite job perks. In addition, Gabi has a successful home-based business which has equipped her with additional expertise in business management, development, customer relations, networking, accounting, and multitasking. She is happy to apply these skills with her work at the clinic. Outside of work, Gabi loves spending time with her husband Brandon and their dog son Alfie. Other hobbies include: traveling, anything beauty related, shopping, friends and family, and enjoying the beautiful Annapolis Valley.
The Acadia Sports Therapy Clinic is excited to have Krystal as the newest member to join our team. Krystal graduated from the NSCC Kingstec Campus in 2008 with a certification in Office Administration. She has extensive experience working in customer service and very much enjoys that aspect of this position. Her past work as an administrative assistant with Muttart’s Law Firm has equipped her with valuable experience that she is eager to use in her current position. Krystal likes helping others, making the Acadia Sports Therapy Clinic a great fit for her. You can experience her upbeat and bubbly personality as soon as you walk through the door. Krystal is also a licensed Aesthetician as well as a Certified Bra Specialist at The Swimwear Hut. She enjoys living in Wolfville with her boyfriend, spending time with her family and friends, as well as travelling and camping.
Melissa graduated from Horton High School (the old one) in 1989. She then came to Acadia and never left. Graduating with a BA in German in 1993, she spent a summer in Germany in an insurance company as a file clerk, before returning home to the Annapolis Valley. She works seasonally at the Calendar Club and enjoys the interaction with customers and the retail therapy. She also currently works at the library (behind the scenes) in Acquisitions, processing payments and filing. She started working at the Acadia Sports Therapy Clinic in late August 2017. She enjoys living in New Minas, close to the retail therapy it offers and the karaoke.