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. Jacquelyn Corkum
M.D., C.C.F.P. (S.E.M.), Dip. Sport Med. Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician
Dr. Jacquelyn Corkum is a family physician who completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Toronto. She also holds a Diploma in Sports Medicine awarded by the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine.
Dr. Corkum specializes in the assessment and treatment of acute and overuse injuries (e.g. sprains, strains, fractures, tendinopathies) of the extremities, as well as chronic musculoskeletal conditions (e.g. osteoarthritis). She will see athletes and non-athletes, patients with work related ailments and individuals of all ages, including children.
As a primary care musculoskeletal consultant, she will diagnose patients and create an individualized treatment plan, monitoring their progress and referring to a specialist if indicated. She will optimize non-surgical management as approximately 90% of sports injuries can be treated non-operatively.
Dr. Corkum works with a wide range of professional, elite and amateur athletes. She travels internationally as a team physician with Canada Basketball and is the team doctor for the Halifax Hurricanes (of the National Basketball League of Canada). She was the Chief Medical Officer for the U Sports Final 8 men’s national basketball championships in 2018 and 2019. She provided coverage for the 2019 Memorial Cup that the Halifax Mooseheads hosted. She is also the lead physician with Halifax Road Hammers running group, Basketball Nova Scotia, Mount St Vincent University and University of Kings College Varsity Athletics. She was also on the 2018 Arctic Winter Games medial team in the Northwest Territories. In her fellowship training she provided coverage for organizations such as Toronto Football Club (professional soccer team), Toronto Rock (professional lacrosse team), Roger’s Cup Toronto (professional tennis tournament), National Ballet of Canada, Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships, and Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Beach World Tour Finals.
Jacquelyn is from Halifax. She played Varsity Basketball while completing her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree at St. Francis Xavier University. She then attended Dalhousie University for both medical school and her family medicine residency.
Dr. Corkum is an avid triathlete. She will be representing Team Canada in the Olympic distance tri event at the 2019 ITU World Triathlon Final in Lausanne, Switzerland. She has also completed two Ironman 70.3 races and is currently training for her first Ironman 140.6. She also plays in a local women’s basketball league.
She loves coming to work every day in her collaborative practice at Arthritis & Injury Care with physiotherapy, massage therapy, bracing, pedorthic care and orthopedic specialists. Referrals from a family physician can be faxed to (902) 442-5625. There will be appointments available for acute injuries so please indicate on the referral or call the clinic if you would like your patient seen on an urgent basis.
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. David Amirault
M.D. F.R.C.S.(c), Orthopedic Consultant
Dr. David Amirault retired from surgical practice in July of 2017 and began a part-time practice as an Orthopedic Consultant at the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre in Halifax as of September 2017. The scope of his practice at Arthritis & Injury Care Centre will involve assessments of all general orthopedic problems except spinal issues. Evaluation and non-surgical management as well as joint injections will be the thrust of the clinic with referrals to a surgeon when appropriate.
Dr. David Amirault completed his medical training at Dalhousie University School of Medicine in 1976 and completed specialty training in Orthopedic Surgery in 1984. He completed a fellowship at the University of Toronto in Adult Knee Reconstruction Surgery and became a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1986. Dr. Amirault is a Professor of Surgery and was the previous Chief of Surgery Camp Medical Centre as well as the Chief of Surgery at the Halifax Infirmary from 1997-2003. He was appointed Chief of the Division of Orthopedic Surgery at Dalhousie University and Capital District Health Authority at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in 2005.
His areas of interest include osteotomy and joint replacement about the hip and knee as well as arthroscopy of the hip. His research interests include collaborative research utilizing RSA technology for hip and knee replacement as well as joint replacement in the foot. He is a member of the Canadian Orthopedic Association as well as the International Society of Arthroscopy and Knee Surgery.
Please fax all referrals to (902) 442-5625. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the office at (902) 407-8927.
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.
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
Certified Pedorthist & Orthopedic Bracing Specialist
Robin Cairns joined the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre team in January 2018. At that time she was participating in her Pedorthics program job placement by shadowing in Pedorthics, at our Downtown Halifax location. In December 2018, after completing all requirements for her placement, as a result Robin gained her Certified Pedorthist Credentials from The College of Pedorthics of Canada.
In addition to this Pedorthic certification, Robin is fully trained and knowledgeable as an Orthopedic Bracing Specialist. Robin is offering her Bracing and Pedorthic services at our Downtown Halifax, Clayton Park, and Dartmouth locations.
Robin Cairns is originally from Ottawa, Ontario. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick in 2012. She continued on to complete the Orthotics and Prosthetics Technician program at George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario in 2015. Robin also completed the Post-Degree Diploma in Pedorthics program at the University of Western in August 2018.
She enjoys hearing patients’ stories and doing whatever she can to provide the best patient care possible. In Robin’s spare time she enjoys yoga, knitting, hiking and camping.
Certified Orthopedic Bracing Specialist & Sales Consultant
Emilie Sullivan joined the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre Team in early 2018 as an Orthopedic Bracing Specialist and Sales Consultant in Nova Scotia. Emilie graduated from the University of PEI with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology where she was also a member and captain of the Women’s Volleyball Team.
After taking a year off from school, she decided to continue her education and varsity athletic career at Holland College, completing the Human Resource Management Program.
Emilie has always been passionate about client care and customer service. With the Biotechnology field in constant growth, she is eager to learn and grow as a team, as well as an individual. Outside of the clinic you will find her on a Volleyball court, Golf course and/or challenging herself with new experiences.
Certified Orthopedic Bracing Specialist & Sales Consultant
Emily Ingraham has been a part of the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre team for over five years. She began as an administrator while studying at Dalhousie University and grew to serve as Clinic Supervisor and an Orthopedic Bracing Specialist after completion of her studies.
As an Orthopedic Bracing Specialist, her diverse training and education lays the foundation for her primary focus; patient care. She is passionate about meeting the needs of each client by listening to their story and ensuring they are provided with a unique experience that meets their individual needs. She has a wealth of knowledge in both bracing and administration and can guide you through the process from start to finish.
In August 2017, Emily took on a new role as an Orthopedic Sales Consultant. This exciting opportunity enables her to combine her knowledge of our products and services with her love of community and education. She is looking forward to growing in this role and continuing to assist members of her community discover all that Arthritis & Injury Care has to offer in treating and managing their musculoskeletal conditions.
Emily is a NCCP certified coach and has been coaching youth basketball in Nova Scotia for over 10 years. She has worked with athletes of all ages and levels of development, from introduction to sport up to competitive high school play. When not in the gym, she can be found taking pictures, baking cakes and spending every minute with her sweet little girl.
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.
Business Administration Manager
Olivia Northrup began her career as Business Administration Manager with the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre in 2011. She is responsible for the day to day operations for all our locations throughout Atlantic Canada. Olivia has extensive knowledgeable and experience in working with our team and customers, each step of the way, to ensure a smooth journey to recovery.
In 2013, while working with the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre, Olivia graduated from the Nova Scotia Community College with her Office Administration Certificate. Since then she has taken courses in Graphic Design in order to develop marketing material including customer brochures and literature as well as manage our online presence.
In Olivia’s spare time she loves to stay creative by spending time outdoors with her family, capturing moments with film photography, and reading.
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.
Shawna joined the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre Team in late 2017 as an Administrative Assistant at the Lacewood Drive location in Clayton Park.
Shawna brings with her over 10 years of customer service and administrative experience. Shawna has shown how much she enjoys working closely with people and works hard to ensure everyone has a positive experience with her and at Arthritis & Injury Care Centre.
In Shawna’s spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as with her two dogs!
Melissa joined the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre team in 2018 as an Administrative Assistant after finishing her internship placement at our Downtown Halifax location. She attended Eastern College and received her diploma from the Medical Administrative Specialist program.
Melissa brings with her over five years of previous customer service experience, and is sure to go out of her way to provide the best experience to anyone that steps foot into our clinic.
Outside the clinic Melissa likes to spend time with friends, family, and her dog Luna!
Team - New Brunswick, Atlantic Canada
Certifed Orthopedic Bracing Specialist | Clinic Coordinator
Elyse Ferguson joined the Arthritis & Injury Care Centre team in May 2019 at the Fredericton, New Brunswick location as a Certified Orthopedic Bracing Specialist. Elyse graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from the University of New Brunswick in 2017, then furthered her knowledge by becoming an Affiliated Kinesiologist in New Brunswick and a Certified Personal Trainer from the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology.
Elyse grew up living a healthy lifestyle, playing every sport possible in her small hometown of Amherst, NS. It was this lifestyle and educational pursuits that really heightened Elyse’s appreciation for helping others adopt a healthier lifestyle, and impact peoples’ lives for the better.
When not in the clinic, Elyse can be found in a rink playing hockey, on a field playing softball, or even on a court playing Pickleball!
We are so lucky to have Elyse as part of our specialist team of bracing fitters. Welcome to the team!