WARREN HEFFORD, Sports Specialist Chiropractor
RYAN TRUEMAN, Chiropractor
NICK BAGNALL, Physiotherapist
DREW STRATTON, Physiotherapist
NIKOLE MACLELLAN, Naturopathic Doctor
TERESA NOYE, Massage Therapist
Meet Warren Hefford, @warrenheff
Dr. Hefford holds a BSc from the University of Prince Edward Island, as well as a Masters of Science Kinesiology from Dalhousie University. Originally from Newfoundland, he competed in competitive hockey most of his life where he developed a keen interest in sports medicine. This interest in sports medicine led him to the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, where he graduated in 2010 with cum laude and clinic honors.
During his tenure at the college, Dr. Hefford was the recipient of several awards including the Excellence in Biomechanics Award, the Newfoundland and Labrador Chiropractic Association Award, and the John M Wallace Memorial Award for clinical proficiency. Following the completion of his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree, he entered a 5-year intensive Fellowship program with a focus on the diagnosis and management of sport-related injuries. Currently, he is one of only a select few of Sport Specialist Fellows in Atlantic Canada as designated by the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (FRCCSS) Canada.
Dr. Hefford’s treatment cornerstone is the optimization of performance through movement-based protocols that he has developed over the past decade working with a wide range of athletes from various athletic backgrounds. He uses a multimodal therapeutic approach that is constantly evolving with the addition of evidence-based therapeutic and rehabilitative advancements. He takes pride in empowering his patients to drive their own recovery through prescription of drills and movements specific to the athlete and their sport.
Dr. Hefford is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and an Active Release Techniques, Contemporary Medical Acupuncture, Integrated therapeutics/patterning, Functional Range Conditioning, and Graston Techniques provider. He is a member of the Chiropractic College of Sport Sciences, the Canadian Chiropractic Association, and the Nova Scotia College of Chiropractors. Dr. Hefford enjoys being active during his time off as well as spending time with friends and family, including his wife Amy and their 3 young children Cameron, Emily, and Owen.
Meet Ryan Trueman, @the.trueman.show
Dr. Trueman holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University and is a Cole Harbour, NS native. He competed in competitive hockey, sprint canoe/kayak, soccer and badminton growing up and eventually became a coach in all four. His major coaching focus was in sprint canoe/kayak where he was a national champion both as a coach and as an athlete. Dr. Trueman worked as a personal trainer in the Cole Harbour area and was driven to provide evidence-based information regarding workouts and nutrition.
Following his undergraduate degree Dr. Trueman went on to study chiropractic at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. While at CMCC he was the president of the Advancing Science Club and worked on Students’ Council.
Dr. Trueman is certified in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture, Functional Range Conditioning, Active Release Therapy, Athletic Movement Assessment and Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (SMART tools certified). He has further training in concussion management through CCMI (Complete Concussion Management) as well as Evidence Based Nutrition.
Dr. Trueman’s approach to care is to not only treat tissue injuries but to also address movement dysfunction and biomechanical/muscular imbalances. This allows him to treat your condition entirely and play a role in prevention of future reinjury.
He is a member of the Canadian Chiropractic Association and the Nova Scotia College of Chiropractors. When Dr. Trueman is not working he enjoys playing/watching sports, being active outdoors, traveling and spending time with his friends, family and dogs.
Meet Nick Bagnall, @itsnickbagnall
Nick holds both a Master of Science in Physiotherapy and an honours undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University. His thesis investigating the effectiveness of glutamine as a sports nutrition supplement was published in 2015 in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. During his graduate Physiotherapy training he received the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s Orthopaedic Division award for recognition of a consistently high skill level in the academic and clinical components of musculoskeletal Physiotherapy.
In addition to his academic achievements, Nick is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and certified in functional dry needling.
Nick’s experience as an athlete helped foster his love for sport. He played both provincial and varsity soccer, and represented Nova Scotia for freestyle skiing at the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse, Yukon.
He now stays active through CrossFit, Olympic weightlifting and playing hockey. He is also an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting, fishing, and backcountry camping.
Nick’s treatment philosophy combines modern pain science principles, knowledge of sport related injuries, and evidence based strength and conditioning programming.
Whether an acute injury has you sidelined, an old injury is resurfacing, or you’d like to take a proactive approach to your health and discuss injury prevention, Nick can design a treatment program that’s right for you.
Meet Drew Stratton, @drewphysio
Drew is a Physiotherapist and Strength and Conditioning Coach who uses a human movement based approach to health and performance. With advanced courses in motion screening and assessment, Drew looks at whole movement patterns to help people improve strength, balance, and agility, and to recover from injury.
For over a decade, Drew has worked as an Exercise Physiologist/Strength and Conditioning Coach with youth, varsity and elite athletes, weekend warriors, and people just becoming active for the first time. Drew has a passion for helping individuals reach their optimal health, and believes physiotherapy is not only a tool for rehabilitation and recovery, but also an important regular practice for injury prevention and overall health. He is certified in functional dry needling and other soft tissue techniques used to help people move, feel, and perform better.
As a former university (Dalhousie) and professional basketball player (Australia/Canada), and current basketball coach, Drew knows first hand the dedication it takes to perform at a high level and the hardships of overcoming an injury to return to play. Whether you’ve been active for years, just getting back into it, don’t know where to start, recovering from an injury, experiencing pain, or trying to make a leap in your sport: Drew can help you meet and exceed your health and performance goals.
Drew graduated with his Honours degree in Kinesiology and a Masters Degree in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University, and holds two gold standard exercise certifications: Certified Exercise Physiologist from the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
When Drew is not coaching youth or Special Olympics basketball in his spare time, he enjoys being with his new born son Kai, his wife Brianna, and spending time with his family and friends. Drew has a passion for travelling, enjoying the outdoors and staying active through resistance training, sports, hiking and camping.
Meet Dr. Kokes, @sportsdockokes
Dr. Nikole MacLellan a.k.a Dr. Kokes (nicknames always stick) was fortunate enough to have the opportunity at a young age to play many sports. She found herself leading national ringette teams to gold medals, playing provincial soccer for New Brunswick, and her amazing hockey career lead her to play for the Dalhousie University women’s varsity team. She has been extremely fortunate to take invaluable leadership and teamwork skills from sport but has always had a strong passion for education.
Dr. Kokes completed her Bachelors of Commerce at Dalhousie University with a major in Marketing Management. She always had a keen interest in nutrition and health so she pivoted and obtained her Bachelors of Applied Human Nutrition with Dietetics from Mount Saint Vincent University. Through this degree she was able to experience so many amazing opportunities from working at the Halifax Rehabilitation centre, working with at risk youth, to working with QMJHL athletes, and in hospitals all across Nova Scotia.
She built a solid foundation in nutrition but was looking for more ways to evoke change in patients so she attended the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine where she completed her Doctorate in 2017.
Through her training Dr. Kokes primarily focuses in sports medicine and pain management. She has completed her certification in sports nutrition through the International Society of Sports Nutrition and has taken Sport Medicine training at Harvard University. She has a strong passion for regenerative medicine and has seen first hand its ability to improve recovery outcomes.
All of these skills have culminated into total performance optimization. When we speak of performance most minds go direct to athletics but we perform tasks all day every day. Performance encompasses optimizing your total daily experience from wake to sleep.
Meet Teresa Noye
Teresa has been practicing massage therapy since she graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy with honours in 2010. Her studies centered on neurological dysfunction, and the application of deep tissue treatment. More recently, she completed her training as a manual osteopath, graduating from the National Academy of Osteopathy in 2015. There, she expanded her practice by adding a focus on nutrition and joint health. She has also taken training in fascial release work and gua sha therapy.
Teresa’s approach involves specific, targeted tissue manipulation to address restriction and dysfunction in individual muscles and their kinetic chains. Merging osteopathic and massage based techniques and theory results in efficient and effective treatments that confront dysfunction, then work to re-establish and maintain healthy movement patterns.
From May 2013 until August 2015, Teresa served as a member on the board of directors for the Massage Therapists’ and Wholistic Practitioners’ Association of the Maritimes, starting out as a Member at Large and eventually rising to President. Her focus was on the pursuit of legislation, as well as educating the public about massage and alternative healthcare.
Outside of work, Teresa spends her time with her husband Jeremy, camping, hiking, and exploring the Nova Scotia landscape. She is also an active volunteer with the SPCA, and spends much of her time caring for her house full of foster animals.