Michael is a Dalhousie University graduate and has been actively practicing physiotherapy since 1988. Prior to opening emPOWER Physical Rehabilitation, Michael managed physiotherapy clinics in Dartmouth and Lower Sackville. He started his career in Saint John, New Brunswick where he practiced for nine years.
Michael’s background lies in orthopaedic/sports physiotherapy and industrial rehabilitation. He worked as a chief physiotherapist at Skate Canada and as a consultant with the former AHL Saint John Flames hockey club. He has extensive training in functional capacity assessments, ergonomic evaluations, work conditioning, golf injury rehab, rehabilitative exercise and numerous courses in manual therapy. He believes in an active approach to rehabilitation and empowering his clients with the knowledge to help them maximize their recovery. Michael enjoys hockey, skiing, golf and sailing. He has coached minor hockey and soccer since 2000. Michael lives in the HRM with his wife Karen and two children Mallory and Daniel.
Karen has practiced as an Occupational Therapist since 1985 after graduating with a BScOT in the first occupational therapy class from Dalhousie University. She also received her MSc (Rehabilitation Research -Physiotherapy) in 2010, researching the area of “hand injuries and return to work”. Several areas of practice have shaped her practice experience including Geriatrics, acute Rehabilitation, Rheumatology and Disability Case Management. Her preferred area of practice is along the spectrum of hand and upper extremity rehabilitation which she continues to offer now exclusively at Empower Physical Rehabilitation. Advocating for and promoting one’s profession has been a strong priority for her professional life and Karen has recently completed a 3-year term as President of the Canadian Society of Hand Therapists, and continues to be an active member of the Continuing Competency Committee for the College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia. Karen has also held numerous contract positions with the School of Occupational Therapy since 1998 in both teaching and administrative capacities. She currently divides her work time between her Hand Therapy practice, and the School of Occupational Therapy as a Lecturer for the MSc(OT) program.
Tyler Ravlo graduated from Dalhousie University in 2010 with his MScPT. Prior to attending Physiotherapy School, Tyler attended The University of Southern Maine where he received his BSc in Exercise Physiology while playing varsity hockey. He has an interest in sports/orthopaedic physiotherapy and is working his way through the orthopaedic manual therapy levels. Originally from Yarmouth, Tyler now resides in Halifax and enjoys coaching, golfing, playing hockey and soccer.
Tyler is pleased to have joined the emPOWER team and looks forward to helping his clients achieve their rehabilitation goals.
Lorraine graduated from Dalhousie University in 1991 with a Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy. She went on to complete her Intermediate Exams in Orthopaedic and Manipulative Therapy in 1996. Since that time, Lorraine has continued her professional development in manual therapy, examination and treatment of muscle imbalances and various other orthopaedic and sports related courses.
Lorraine enjoys her chosen profession as she likes helping people of all ages return to their maximum function. She also likes running and spending time with her family. Lorraine is fluent in French and English.
Tracie has worked exclusively in the Rehabilitation setting since her graduation from the Northumberland College of Massage Therapy in 1999. Her interests include Swedish and Sport massage. She has extensive experience in treating injuries related to motor vehicle accidents, work related injuries and elite atheletes, many of whom compete on an international level. She prides herself in helping her clients resume their regular work and leisure activities with improved mobility and function.
Her interests are playing soccer and volleyball. She now resides in the Springfield Lake area with her husband Ryan and their two boys, William and Benjamin.
Jenn graduated from a 2200 hour massage therapy program offered by the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2010. She also received a certificate for completing fifty hours of service in the Neurological Outreach Clinic. Jenn has been working in the Sackville area since her graduation, and joined the EmPower team in May 2012.
Jenn has experience in chronic pain, neurological conditions as well as injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents and sports injuries. She is also interested in helping pregnant women make a comfortable and safe transition to motherhood.
Besides massage therapy, Jenn’s interests include cooking and baking, hiking and camping, running and dancing ballet.
Deanne started her career in the rehabilitation profession in 1987. Since that time she has gained valuable experience in reception, physiotherapy assistant, book keeping, and insurance/WCB case management. She has post secondary training in physiotherapy assisting, and office administration. She is literate in Microsoft Office, Simply Physio and QuickBooks. Deanne brings a wealth of knowledge to her position as Office Manager and draws on her experience to run all aspects of emPOWER’s front office. In her spare time, Deanne enjoys spending time with her family.