who we are
Dr. Anne Desneiges,Chiropractor
Certified Network Spinal Analysis Practitioner, Doctor of Chiropractic, President of Inner Waves Healing Centre.
Dr. Anne has been a licensed chiropractor since 1997. She is a member of the Nova Scotia Chiropractic Association, the Canadian Chiropractic Association, and of the Association for Reorganizational Healing Practice.
Dr. Anne is a certified Network Spinal Analysis Practitioner and incorporates non-force chiropractic techniques that are very gentle yet profound (see more under what we do).
"My professional vision and mission is simple. To support individuals in seeing the best in themselves. Help them become aware of their own healing capabilities, the gifts they have to share and the life they have the potential to live. I do this with honour, while respecting their values, beliefs and expectations and by applying the best of my knowledge and abilities. Network Spinal Analysis allows me support individuals in a very gentle manner which is suitable for people of all ages. I whole heartedly uphold the statements of the Chiropractic Oath I took many years ago; and I look forward to helping those who have the courage to help themselves."
Dr. Anne offers services in English and French.
Christine Ouellette, B.Sc., M.Sc., D.Ac., R.Ac.,
Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncturist, Certified in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture.
Christine received her training at Eastern College in Halifax, N.S., a curriculum of over 2300hrs of courses and clinical internships based on the Grant MacEwan University program in Alberta. She is a member of the Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Association of Nova Scotia. She is also certified in facial rejuvenation acupuncture. In addition to her TCM training, Christine holds a Bachelor and a Master degree of Science. It is this background in scientific research and her training in TCM that allows her to provide holistic care to her patients.
“TCM acupuncture complements very well conventional and alternative medicines. I’m a strong believer of working with colleagues of different health care disciplines to provide patients with the best supportive network in order to help them achieve their health goals. Acupuncture is a very elegant medicine because of its ability to encompass the patient’s uniqueness and needs.” Christine offers services in English and French.
Ailsa Keppie BSc., RMT, MFRRegistered Massage Therapist specializing in myofascial release
Ailsa has combined her years of experience as a massage therapist with her personal studies of energy work and spirituality. This results in her treatments being relaxing and transformative. She is a member of the Massage Therapists and Wholistic Practitioners Association of the Maritimes.
Connection is an important part of healing. If we are aware and connected to our physical bodies through our emotional and energetic bodies, we open to the possibility of transformation. Healing often requires a fundamental change in who we think we are and a letting go of obstacles that are keeping us in “dis – ease”. Bodywork can help to shed light on what is in the way of living our highest ideal.
Sessions may include any or all of the following modalities:
- • Therapeutic massage • Myofascial release • Craniosacral massage • Guasha therapy • Theta healing • The way of the Heart geometric transformation
Massage appointments are typically 1 hour to allow time to work and integrate the symptoms that are present.
“A lifelong interest in the body mind connection has been the guiding force in my journey. Experience and training in many fields, including the performing arts, healing, spiritual traditions, and sports have been woven together to create a varied tapestry of wisdom that I enjoy sharing. I currently work as an intuitive massage therapist, although my clients often describe me as more of a life coach. I also enjoy facilitating workshops and talks both on my own and in union with other inspiring people. My aim is to help empower others to become “who they are meant to be” and develop the strength to overcome the obstacles that get in their way of that”. ~ Ailsa Keppie
Dr. Erin Edmonds, BSc., NDNaturopathic Doctor
Dr. Erin Edmonds, ND is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, receiving her Doctor of Naturopathy degree in 2016. She is also a graduate of Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology & Immunology. She is a licensed member of the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA) and holds memberships with the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) and the Nova Scotia Association of Naturopathic Doctors (NSAND).
Erin believes that modern medicine should be integrative and blend together leading medical research and traditional medical practices. She uses a combination of clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, physical medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, and lifestyle counselling to treat the root cause of disease and to enhance disease prevention. She is passionate about family practice and strives to optimize wellness through individualized treatment that focuses on the whole person, addressing both physical and mental health.
Heather Macmillan, RCT-c, CCPsychotherapist
I am a Registered Counselling Therapist – Candidate (RCT-C). Like other licensed mental health professionals in Nova Scotia (such as counselling psychologists and clinical social workers), my profession is regulated provincially by a legislated, professional body. The Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists (NSCCT) regulates the practise of Counselling Therapists through established and comprehensive standards of practice, ethical decision making, on-going professional development and licensing. There are three provinces which currently regulate the work of counselling professionals: Québec (Ordre des psychologues du Québec/Ordre des conseillers et conseillères d’orientation du Québec); Ontario (College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario); and Nova Scotia (NSCCT). Nationally, I am certified with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and hold the designation of Canadian Certified Counsellor.
I completed a Master of Education (Counselling) at Acadia University which requires the completion of 48-credit hours, and a 500-hour counselling practicum. As a candidate for registry as a Counselling Therapist, I work with a supervisor who mentors my work for 4000 post-graduate hours. I also hold a Nova Scotia teacher’s licence, and am a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor.
I came to this profession after exploring a number of other creative arenas. I have worked as a federal civil servant, as a graphic designer and illustrator, a tree planter, a potter’s apprentice, and a high school teacher. I have worked as a Canadian volunteer in both the West Indies and Sri Lanka. I am also a parent, and consider myself to be still climbing the learning curve daily in this ever challenging, ever tender profession.
I share this about myself as we are not all one thing, ever. We are complex beings. Each is unique, and that in and of itself, gives each of us inherent value.
Jolene d’Entremont, E-RYT 1000Breath Therapy & Restorative Yoga
“A healthy mind has an easy breath” - Anonymous
Breathing deeply and intentionally reminds us to be in rythm with life. Unforced and even. Steady, easy and full.
Pranayama, or regulation of breath, is defined in yoga as extending our life force energy or Prana.
Breath awareness and regulation are keys to a healthy nervous system. Yoga helps to restore our deep, natural breathing; like that of a child.
Stress and daily life activities can interfere and create imbalance in our inner environment (our life force energy) Simply taking the time to breathe intentionally and deliberately can interrupt
the symptoms of stress on our nervous system. Most of us live in a state of fight or flight (sympathetic nervous system - stress hormones being released). Yoga and breath therapy triggers a very different and healing response (the parasympathetic nervous system - oxytocin ‘the Love’ hormone is released).
When you learn healing breath practices you will soon see a shift in all areas of your life. You can experience stillness and less physical/emotional tension. Learning proper breath techniques will help you slow down and become less reactive and more present.
Jolene will help assess her clients needs and based on this information will help guide them through an appropriate practice; whether simply breathing techniques, restorative, nidra (yogic sleep) or coordinated breath and movement.
Jolene has over 12 years of teaching experience (E-RYT 1000) and each of her classes is an experience of personal meditation which brings much fulfillment and joy into her life.
She continues to teach privately throughout the city and province. Her clients include many athletes like The Halifax Mooseheads, and other athletes/teams (pro and amateur alike).
Jolene also teaches the Yoga curriculum at Armbrae Academy and is a part of several Halifax YTT faculty; specializing in prenatal, postnatal, yin and athlete specific.She also has experience teaching somatic respiratory integration (SRI), developed by Dr. Donald Epstein.
Donna Jones, RCRTReflexologist and Energy Body Work
Born into a military family, Donna spent her childhood living in various locations such as Nova Scotia, Germany and Ontario. In her adult career spanning 20 years, Donna worked first as a Legal Secretary in Halifax and then as an Administrative Assistant to a Commanding Officer of a Maritime Patrol Squadron at CFB Greenwood, NS.
Following a life-long dream of working as a professional in the health-care field, Donna studied Reflexology and began her career in 2009 as a Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist at a massage therapy clinic in Middleton. While steadily building her practice, she is continually upgrading her education, and currently specializes in Thai Foot Reflexology and Reflexology for the Management of Plantar Fasciitis. In February 2015, Donna certified as a Foot Reflexology Teacher with Reflexology Association of Canada, and is one of only three RAC teachers in Atlantic Canada.
In her first year of teaching, she taught 20 students and realized that there was a need for a community for RAC Reflexology Therapists and students to unite for their professional growth and development. In July 2016, Donna initiated the start-up of RAC Nova Scotia Chapter, and the Chapter grew to 35 members by the end of 2016.
Donna’s passion is to build a strong, vibrant community of highly qualified Reflexology Therapists in Nova Scotia, and her dream would be to see Reflexology become an integrative part of our health care system.
Kelsey McCallumOffice Manager
Kelsey grew up in Cape Breton until moving to Halifax upon graduating from Cape Breton University, where she earned a degree in Community Studies majoring in Psychology. She has been interested in a holistic and preventative lifestyle for years and is always excited to learn more about health and the human body. When not working in the inspiring healing environment of Inner Waves, she can be found cooking, reading, hiking, or practicing Yoga. In the future Kelsey plans to pursue a career in Holistic Nutrition while furthering her knowledge in Psychology, and is excited to be learning from the team at Inner Waves.