What people are saying about us
When I first came in I could not even walk I was in so much pain. After three Podiatry treatments I feel like a new person!
I would like to take this time to say thank you very much for all that you have done for me physically and mentally. When I first walked into your establishment I was to say at the least a little apprehensive on what to expect. I must say however I was truly put at ease during our first consultation. You made feel relaxed by making a few jokes (...) and you made me feel great. You explained everything in a down to earth version that I could understand, you explained the benefits of the custom brace that you were going to measure up and order for me.
(...) When it came in you took the time to show all the features of the brace and how to strap it on properly and you were genuinely concerned for my well being. Which, honestly, I haven’t received that kind of care for a long time.
So for all of this I would like to say thank you for everything. In this day and age it’s nice to see people who still care and still have the values of their clients at heart instead of being just another number.
The client customer service is the best I have ever experienced!Brooks Kine
I’ve been wearing compression stockings for over a year for many things including work, working out, and running in and out of the kitchen. I notice a huge difference in leg fatigue and recovery. Highly recommended!
Thank you Arthritis & Injury Care - You are #1. Soccer is my life, without this brace I would not be able to play. I have also been using a Kneehab and Kodiak Ice Machine after every practice and every game, with all this it keeps me playing! For all you athletes out there, don’t give up on your sport because of an injury, Arthritis & Injury Care can keep you in the game!! Arthritis & Injury Care IS THE BEST!!!!
When the alarm sounds I have to be ready. I injured my back in late spring of this year, a work place injury, as a result I have bulging disc in my lower spine. I can’t say enough about Arthritis & Injury Care, their outstanding care, and the devices this company has to keep me going. With the ongoing use of the Neurotech Recovery Back System and Breg Polar Care Kodiak Cold Therapy device I can continue on with my day both at work and play. Arthritis & Injury Care you are my life saver, definitely the #1 company. I recommend anyone who suffers with any type of back pain to check this company out, as they can help you get back to being mobile!
My braces allow me to stay active , providing me support and stability. Without these braces, I wouldn't be able to participate in sports which are a major part of my life!
Thank you very much. The BREG brace has changed the quality of my life. Without my brace, pain in my knee limits me from what I enjoy doing; like biking, gardening, walking, etc. With the brace, I am able to manage my pain with less medication and enjoy life to the fullest.Beverly Eastwood
The BREG knee brace is very easy to put on and it has made a huge difference in my knee pain. I am now able to stand for longer periods of time, climb stairs, and walk with no knee pain! I only wish I had known about the product sooner.Karen Malone
Last year I was at the point of having a complicated knee surgery, but at the last moment I was given a choice, operation or try the BREG Knee Brace so I opted for the brace. The help was almost instantaneous, and the relief was unbelievable. I can even play a round of golf; go walking, all with little discomfort. All around pain free living is amazing.Patrick Riley
I would just like to say thank you for everything that you have done for me! I wish I could do more than this note but know that I’m thankful. Because of the brace I can do everything that I could do again well in 6 months. But once again THANK YOU!Taylyne Merrick
I have been wearing my brace constantly for two years and it has been a “gift” for me. The service has been excellent and the maintenance on the brace has been fantastic. Thank you.Arlene Poirier
Team - Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada
Dr. Christopher Johnston
M.D., C.C.F.P., M.Sc., Dip. Sport Med. Musculoskeletal Consultant
Dr. Christopher Johnston is a C.C.F.P. certified family physician and has completed a two year Sport Medicine Fellowship and M.Sc. degree in Human Kinetics from the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre at the University of British Columbia. He has a Diploma in Sport Medicine from the Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine and has been published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Johnston was involved in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics as a venue supervisor at the Cypress site, where Canada won six medals (six Gold and two Silver) in 12 events.
In a literature review and survey of family physicians, 14-28% of North American patients presenting to a family physician have a “chief symptom directly related to the musculoskeletal system”. In a UK based study, patients with a musculoskeletal problem referred by their family physician to an orthopedic surgeon waited on average six months and were treated surgically in 20% of cases.
In these times of long waiting lists and shortages of specialists, patients with musculoskeletal conditions can be seen quickly by a specialist like Dr. Johnston. Dr. Johnston is able to treat musculoskeletal conditions in patients of all ages including children, adults, workers, and older individuals with aches and pains, as well as athletes and non-athletes.
He is able to:
- Make an accurate diagnosis using further investigations, including MRI, as needed.
- Review all the treatment options with a patient, including the need for surgical referral and to coordinate their comprehensive treatment plan.
- Provide close follow-up on the outcome of a patient’s selected treatment options and review all investigations.
His close follow-up of patients will contribute to their speedy recovery. Patients are referred by their family physician and a consult letter following the initial visit is sent to the referring physician. The referring physician will also receive a copy of all test results from the radiology and laboratory departments.
Located in the same space as Arthritis & Injury Care Centre and Citadel Physiotherapy, patients have a “one-stop” option for management of all their musculoskeletal conditions (using physiotherapy, massage therapy, bracing, compression, orthotics, and oral or injectable medications).
Referrals from a family physician can be faxed to (902) 442-5625. If there are any questions regarding our services, please call (902) 407-8927 or email [email protected] We welcome your comments and feedback as we strive to provide high-quality care for patients.
Dr. Edward Abraham
B.Sc., M.D., F.R.C.S.(c), Orthopedic Consultant
Dr. Edward Abraham began accepting referrals to his orthopedic practice at Arthritis and Injury Care Centre where he will primarily seeing patients for conditions of the shoulder, knee, hip, extremities, and spine. His specialty is for conditions of the spine.
Dr. Abraham is a Dalhousie Graduate, and Spine Fellowship trained Orthopedic Surgeon who has been practicing in Saint John, New Brunswick since 1988. He is an active member of the Canadian Spine Society (2000) and a past president. He is also a member of the North American Spine Society (1991), Canadian Orthopaedic Association (1988), AAOS, APOS, AO Spine, to name a few organizations. He has chaired a Motion Sparing Technology Canadian Spine focus group for 11 years. He has an extensive spine surgery practice encompassing adults and children with degenerative, traumatic, neoplastic, infectious, congenital and deformity conditions for the spine. He has been involved with spinal implant design teams and evaluations.
As an orthopedic surgeon working at Arthritis & Injury Care Centre he is able to diagnose patients and create an individualized treatment plan using a collaborative approach including bracing, orthotics, injection therapy, physiotherapy, massage therapy, and podiatry. He will optimize non-surgical management and refer to a specialist if indicated.
He is working at the Downtown Halifax location. Once a referral is received all patients will be contacted directly and offered an appointment time.
Please fax any referrals to (902) 442-5625. If you have any questions, please contact the clinic at (902) 407-8927.
Dr. Samir Ouizi
(Hons) Pod; Certified Podiatrist & Certified Canadian Wound Care Specialist
Dr. Samir Ouizi is from Brussels, Belgium. Originally from Casablanca, Morocco. He obtained his degree in Podiatric Medicine at Institution Superieure De Podiatrie, Hopital Universitaire de Bruggman in Brussels. In 2006, he obtained his International Inter-professional Wound Care Certificate from Toronto; Ontario.
Dr. Samir Ouizi has close to 25 years of lower limb Podiatry care experience. He appreciates team work and innovation in health care and has expertise in teaching and treating diabetic lower limb wounds, biomechanics, skin care, nail care and nail surgery, always with patient centered and tailored care. He continues to be involved in many scientific international Podiatric research studies. Samir has a keen interest in lower limbs wound and injury prevention, care and rehabilitation.
Samir is pronounced “Sameer” and Ouizi as “Weezy”. In his free time he enjoys hiking and teaching soccer to his kids.
He is fluent in Arabic, English, French with some knowledge of the Holland language.
Dr. Samir Ouizi is accepting new patients at the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre locations in Downtown Halifax, Clayton Park, and Dartmouth.
Treatment Services Offered:
- Comprehensive individual assessment, treatment & management plans for all ages
- Biomechanical Assessment and Gait Analysis
- Orthopedic and Custom Made Footwear recommendations and guidances
- Custom Foot Orthotics & Ankle Foot Orthotic
- Footwear Recommendations
- Foot Joint Mobilization and Manipulation Technique
- Musculoskeletal Conditions: Flat Feet, Heel Pain, Heel Spurs, Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis, Shin Splints, Arch Pain, Metatarsalgia, Morton’s Neuroma, Strains, Sprains, and Stress Fractures.
- Non invasive management of Bony Deformities: Bunions, Hammertoes, Haglund’s Deformity, Club Foot, Metatarsus Adductus, Charcot Foot, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Leg Length Discrepancies, & Drop Foot
- Nail Care: Thick, Hard to Cut, Fungal, and Ingrown Nails
- Skin Conditions: Painful Callous & Corns, Heel Fissures, Cracked Heels, Eczema, Psoriasis, Hyperhidrosis (Sweaty Feet), and Cysts
- Verrucae Pedis (Plantar Warts) Treatment
- Fungal Infections: Athlete’s Foot, Tinea Pedis,& Onychomycosis (Fungal Nails)
- Diabetic Assessment, Routine Nail & Skin Care
- Diabetic Wound Care Management
- Cardiovascular Conditions: Venous Insufficiency, Vericose Veins, Lymphedema, Foot & Ankle Swelling
- Pediatric foot care, insoles and footwear assessment, evaluation and treatment
- Soft Tissue Surgery: Ingrown Nail Surgery, Wart Excision
- Lower limb Injection Therapy: Cortisone Injection, Local Anesthetic.
- Sports Medicine: Reflexology
- Custom-made toe wedges, props, bracing, splints, and padding materials
- Custom made fiberglass lower limb cast for diabetic foot wounds management
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Samir Ouizi, please contact our offices and our team will be happy to help!
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1554 Dresden Row, Suite 3070, Halifax, NS B3J 2K2
Phone: (902) 442-5199
Fax: (902) 442-5625
278 Lacewood Drive, Halifax, NS B3M 3N8
Phone: (902) 404-8419
Fax: (902) 442-5625
250 Baker Drive, Suite 124, Dartmouth, NS B2W 6L4
Phone: (902) 404-8352
Fax: (902) 442-5625
Andy Hoar is a sixth generation custom shoe maker and is now offering his services from the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre. His family has been providing custom made footwear and foot appliances in Halifax since 1842. After graduating from George Brown College in Toronto in 1983 with a diploma in Orthotic and Prosthetic Technology. Andy then went on to complete his training as a Prosthetic Technician in 1985.
He then began his internship under his father in Pedorthics culminating in his receiving his certification as a Pedorthist in 1988 through the American Board for Certification (New York). Andy then received his Canadian Certification as a Pedorthist in 2006.
As the senior Pedorthist at the NS Rehabilitation Centre Andy spent many years assisting in the training of Physicians as well as many other clinicians affiliated with Dalhousie University (Physio, OT, Orthotists, Prosthetists). In 2001 Andy joined the Multidisciplinary Leg Ulcer Clinic at the Halifax Infirmary specializing in neuropathic foot conditions. Working with Infectious Disease, Orthopedic, Vascular and Plastic surgeons.
As a faculty member of the Canadian Wound Care Association Andy spent 5 years as an instructor for The Institute of Wound Management and Prevention lecturing on wound prevention and treatment of neuropathic feet.
Andy Co-Authored the Best Practice Recommendations for the Prevention and Treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcers: Update (2010) Wound Care Canada; Volume 8 (4): 6-40
Doug Iwasaki joined the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre Team in 2018 as a Certified Orthotist, having already been practicing as a Certified Orthotist since 2010.
Doug Iwasaki was born and raised in British Columbia and began his career as a Certified Orthotist at a clinic that primarily served British Columbia Children’s Hospital. There Doug saw and treated cases ranging from infant cranial deformities all the way down to foot/ankle conditions. In 2015 Doug and his family made the move to Nova Scotia where Doug worked at the Nova Scotia Rehab Centre. While at the Nova Scotia Rehab Centre Doug worked closely with the entire rehabilitation team treating patients of all ages and conditions.
Doug believes in taking a holistic and patient centered approach to patient care. With a thorough understanding of the condition and patient lifestyle through physical and biomechanics assessment as well as gait analysis, Doug carefully designs and manufactures the most appropriate supports and/or braces for each individual patient.
Prior to moving into the field of healthcare, Doug was a school teacher and taught both locally and internationally before moving back to Canada to go back to school to become a Certified Orthotist. Much of his free time is dedicated to chasing his three boys around the house and trying to keep up with them!
Certified Pedorthist & Orthopedic Bracing Specialist | Senior Product Specialist
Russell Cattoor joined the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre team in 2012 as a Certified Orthopedic Bracing Specialist with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology (BSc.Kin) from Dalhousie University.
Since joining the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre Russell has gained his Canadian Pedorthic Credentials and is now the companies lead Pedorthist in Nova Scotia. Russell has also become an expert in Orthopaedic Bracing, specializing in acute and chronic injuries, athletic injuries, and pre- and post-operative protocols.
Russell is a driven and passionate individual with proven experience developing rehabilitation, strength, and performance programs. He possesses a unique educational background across high performance strength and conditioning, care and prevention of injuries, psychology, functional anatomy, and exercise physiology.
Russell’s other interests include surfing, rowing, hiking, and life guarding. When not at the clinic, you can find him with a smile on his face, and with his big St. Bernard dog, somewhere in or around the ocean.
No one chooses the circumstances that require a custom brace; an injury that necessitates one is never pleasant. The process of being fitted for one can be. Russell helped my daughter find the brace that is right for her, that allows her to return to all the activities that make her who she is and he did it with a professionalism that immediatlty engendered trust and a kindness that let us both know she was in great hands. I was thrilled with the support we received.
- M.K. – Satisfied Customer
Dr. Kevin Orrell
Dr. Kevin Orrell is originally from North Sydney, Cape Breton. He is a graduate of Dalhousie Medical School and completed his fellowship training at the University of Toronto. He received his fellowship in Orthopaedics from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1988. For more than 30 years he has had a busy orthopaedic practice and has been the Chief, Division of Orthopaedics Surgery at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital.
As Past President of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association and the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation. He has served as a member of the Examination Board (orthopaedics) of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is a past chair of Orthopaedic training for the Family Medicine Residency, Dalhousie University (Sydney site). He has been a Board Member, Board of Governors, Cape Breton University. In 2019, Dr. Orrell joined the Cape Breton Regional Municipality Health Care Redevelopment Team as Senior Medical Director.
Dr. Orrell has been the Team Physician/Orthopaedic Consultant for the Cape Breton Oilers, American Hockey League and the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and has served as Medical co-chair World Junior Hockey Tournament.
As an Orthopedic Consultant working at the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre, Dr. Kevin Orrell can diagnose patients and create an individual treatment plan using a collaborative approach including bracing, orthotics, podiatry foot care, injection therapy, physiotherapy, chiropractic, and massage therapy. He will optimize non-surgical management and make referrals to local specialists if indicated.
Rihab Ouni is from Sousse, Tunisia. She obtained her degree in Podiatry at the higher School of Health Sciences and Techniques in Sousse, Tunisia in 2018. In 2019, she received her post-graduate certificate in Diabetic Foot Care at the Faculty of Medicine Ibn Al Jazzar in Sousse, Tunisia. She has three years’ experience as a Podiatrist and diabetic foot specialist in Général Paramédical Company and PROMED centre based in Tunisia. Rihab shares a strong passion for the work she does. She has a special interest in Sports Podiatry and biomechanics.
In addition, she is passionate about Volunteering; she was presented in events with the Red Crescent and Tunisian foot health association. She was trained as a volunteer podiatrist in the Emergency, Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology, and Dermatology and Venereology departments at both the University Hospital Farhat Hached and University Hospital Sahloul in Sousse. She is interested in podiatry innovations and research, she was nominated for best dissertation two times and she won 2nd award of ‘’ mémoire étudiant PodoFair 2020’’ , Enghien, Belgium..
Rihab Ouni is fluent in Arabic, English, and French.
In her free time, she likes to practice meditation, taking online courses or reading about self development. She also enjoys cooking and volunteering.
Biomechanical, Musculoskeletal and Neurovascular Assessments
Diabetic Assessment, Nail & Skin Care
Diabetic Wound Care Management
Baropodometric Assessment to study static & dynamic plantar pressures
Comprehensive individual assessment,treatment & management plans for all ages, Diabetic & non-Diabetic patients included
Skin Conditions: Painful Callous & Corns, Heel Fissures, Cracked Heels, Eczema, Psoriasis, Hyperhidrosis (sweaty feet), and Cysts
Nail Care: Thick, Hard to Cut, Fungal, and Ingrown Nails
Pediatric foot care, insoles and footwear assessment, evaluation and treatment
Soft Tissue Surgery: Ingrown Nail Surgery, Wart Excision
Custom Foot Orthotics & Ankle Foot Orthotic
Custom-made toe wedges, props, bracing, splints,and padding materials
Nate graduated from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Health Science in Kinesiology (Honours). While he was at university, he spent a semester as the athletic therapist for the varsity men’s baseball team. His educational background has given him knowledge of injury rehabilitation and prevention, as well as athletic performance, human physiology and anatomy. Nate also has a long background of playing high level basketball, track and volleyball and with that knowledge understands the importance of timely injury recovery and thus helps build his patient focused approach to bracing.
His other hobbies and interests include snowboarding, spending time with his cousins, listening to music and anything basketball and football related.
Adeline Adams (Addie) joined the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre in 2014 as an Administrative Assistant at our Downtown Halifax location in Nova Scotia after graduating from the New Brunswick Community College in 2013 with her Office Administration Certificate.
Adeline is always there with a ready smile, a kind word, and an infectious laugh. She prides herself on her excellent customer service skills and strives to assist all patients from the time they arrive to the time they leave!
In Adeline’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, being outdoors, and photography.
Practice Manager; Sports Medicine Clinic
Olivia Northrup is the Practice Manager for our Sports Medicine Clinic.
Olivia began her career with the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre in 2011 and has been an integral part of the operations of our clinics in Atlantic Canada. Olivia has extensive knowledge and experience with all aspects of Arthritis & Injury Care Centre, having been heavily involved in administration, management, product procurement and logistics. She is also trained and experienced as a Certified Orthopaedic Bracing Specialist.
She is organized and dedicated to working with our team and patients, each step of the way, to ensure a smooth journey to recovery.
Personally, she has one funny, athletic daughter with a passion for basketball, so she spends a lot of her time outside of work at the gym for games and practices. In her spare time, she enjoys going for walks along the water with her family, shooting film, growing and caring for her many house plants, and reading.
Excellent service and support from Olivia. She went out of her way to accommodate me on short notice!
- J.P. Satisfied Patient/Customer
Director of Operations
Ashley Fleiger joined the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre in August 2009 and has since then proven to be a very valuable asset to the team. In her current role as Director of Operations Ashley is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company and its team members.
Before becoming Director of Operations Ashley worked on the front lines as an Administrative Assistant with the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre where she showed a true passion for helping people. Ashley continues to show this quality in work and in life.
Ashley is a confident individual who prides herself on her interpersonal skills with team members and patients. She is experienced and knowledgeable in all aspects of the company and is always there with a helping hand.
In Ashley’s spare time she enjoys spending time outside with her family, traveling, and the occasional bowling tournament.
Team - New Brunswick, Atlantic Canada
Certified Orthopedic Bracing Specialist
Abbi Finnan joined the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre team in August 2020 as a Certified Orthopedic Bracing Specialist in New Brunswick at our Fredericton clinic location.
Abbi grew up in Burton, New Brunswick and Kingston, Ontario before moving to Nova Scotia in 2013. She graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics and a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition. Her passion for health and wellness and the desire to help others led Abbi to completing both degrees in five school years. Her goal was to gain as much knowledge as she could to kick start her career in healthcare. Abbi worked in private healthcare multidisciplinary teams in Halifax as a Kinesiologist and Physiotherapy Assistant. After that she worked at Canadian Forces Base Halifax in the physical rehabilitation section fitting orthopedic bracing, compression stockings, and applying exercise education.
Abbi is very excited to be back in New Brunswick helping people with their health and wellness while learning and growing in a fulfilling career with Arthritis & Injury Care Centre.
When Abbi is not at work you can find her hiking and exploring the outdoors, exercising, trying new foods and recipes and spending lots of quality time with her friends and family!