Our Staff

Darren Booth

BScPT, Certificate Sport Physiotherapy

Director, Clinic Co-Owner

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 Booth

M.Sc., C.A.T. (C)

Clinic Co-Owner

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 Henderson

BScPT, Registered Physiotherapist

Staff Physiotherapist

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.

Leanne Carruthers

MScPT

Physiotherapy Resident

Leanne attended the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and took the first steps towards accomplishing her goal of becoming a physiotherapist. During her time at UNB she worked at a local rehabilitation clinic as a physiotherapist’s assistant and as a kinesiologist. She also volunteered at the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation, with the Football New Brunswick Association, and with the Fredericton High School football and hockey teams as their on-field therapist. In 2015, Leanne moved to Halifax, N.S. and started her Master of Science in Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University. She continued to volunteer her time with local high school sports teams and worked in clinical settings with multiple physiotherapy clinics. During her studies at Dalhousie, Leanne immersed herself in her passion for orthopedics and sport injury rehabilitation. Leanne recently graduated from Dalhousie University and is very excited to be starting her career at the Acadia Sports Therapy Clinic. She takes pride in her evidence-based approach to treatment, and ensures her clients undergo both thorough subjective and objective assessments. She believes that education and therapeutic exercise are an integral part of recovery and rehabilitation. Whatever the concern, Leanne's top priority is getting her clients back to doing the activities they love. Since moving to Wolfville, she has started working with the Major Midget Valley Wildcats as their team therapist.

Bernard Irvin

Registered Massage Therapist

Staff Massage Therapist

Bernard has been a practising registered massage therapist since graduating from Northumberland College (class valedictorian) in 2000.  He has also worked as a computer programmer, accountant and high school mathematics teacher after receiving Bachelor Degrees in Commerce/Computer Science (magna cum laude) from Saint Mary's University, and Education from Dalhousie University. Bernard is co-owner of Wolfville Massage Therapy Clinic and is pleased to be (once again) providing treatment at the Acadia Sports Therapy Clinic.  Bernard was raised in Dartmouth, NS, and is a canoeing enthusiast.  He was member of the National Flatwater Canoeing Team from 1984-90 and also worked as the Team's Massage Therapist from 2002-2016.  During these years, he enjoyed the privilege of traveling the (canoeing) world to provide treatment and support for athletes competing at training camps, selection trials, Junior & Senior World Championships, Pan-American Games and four Olympic Games culminating with the 2016 Rio Olympics. Following this Bernard became able to better pursue his own 'low-level' canoeing interests, several of which happen on the waterways of the Black River Hydro System.   Prior to moving to the Annapolis Valley 1997, Bernard and family lived in Prince Rupert, BC, Grand Bay East, NL and Kaseda City, Japan. Highlights of these sojourns include fishing and crab trapping from an ocean kayak; scuba diving for this and that; sumo wrestling; and becoming the first Gaijin (foreigner) to compete in the Kagoshima Prefectural Ekiden (an annual five day road running team relay race).  These days Bernard enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, swimming and boxing lessons.

Krystal Stevens

Clinic Manager

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 Kendrick

Administrative Assistant

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.