ADAM MAYO, Kinesiologist
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 Chiropractic Sports Specialists 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.
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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 Chad Anderson, @dr.anderson.chiro
Dr. Anderson grew up in Cole Harbour, NS playing competitive hockey before leaving to finish high school at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox, Saskatchewan. He played out his Junior ‘A’ career with the Notre Dame Hounds and Weyburn Red Wings of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Dr. Anderson continued his hockey career at Norwich University in Vermont, where he won a NCAA Div. III National Championship in 2010 and then finished his playing career in Germany, after two seasons of professional hockey.
After his playing career, Dr. Anderson worked at Newbridge Academy as a Strength & Conditioning Coach and coached Newbridge Senators Major Bantam team for two years. He also ran the off-season hockey training program at Blended Athletics.
Dr. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Norwich University. He went on to study chiropractic at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto. While attending CMCC, he worked as a Sports Medical Trainer for the Toronto Titans hockey organization and was involved in biomechanical research. During this time he also played on a competitive golf amateur circuit in Toronto.
Dr. Anderson is certified in Functional Integrated Acupuncture, Titleist Professional Institute, Athletic Movement Assessment, Dynamic Neuromuscular Stability and RockTape (Basic, Performance and Blades Advanced).
Dr. Anderson uses an evidence-based approach to treating injuries while integrating rehabilitative techniques. Specifically, Dr. Anderson looks at physical limitations, biomechanical disadvantages or imbalances, that may cause injury or affect an athlete’s sport performance and help clear those limitations or create ways to work around them to continue to excel in their sport.
He is a member of the Canadian Chiropractic Association and the Nova Scotia College of Chiropractors. He will be entering the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences Specialty Residency Program. Dr. Anderson, when away from the clinic, enjoys all sports, camping and outdoor activities, and spending time with friends and family, including his wife and their dog.
Meet Brandon Kelvey, @brandon.kelvey
Brandon is a Physiotherapist from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. A graduate of Dalhousie University, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and a Masters of Science degree in Physiotherapy. He is also certified in Biomedical Dry needling. During his training to become a physiotherapist, Brandon completed his senior clinical placement at PROactive Health & Performance Centre.
Upon graduating, Brandon gained further professional experience in a private orthopedic setting. As Brandon developed his own treatment approach, his learning was guided by regularly attending the teams bi-weekly education sessions held by the clinicians at PROactive.
Brandon has devoted over 10 years to studying and teaching the martial arts. He practices wrestling, muay thai kickboxing, and holds the rank of black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. To balance and supplement the physicality associated with these activities, Brandon incorporates several daily mindfulness practices, including yoga, meditation and breathwork.
Growing up, Brandon has competitive sport experience playing hockey and soccer at the provincial level, and has intermittently explored other activities including rugby, kayaking, ultimate frisbee, crossfit and bouldering. He has also performed many different forms of resistance training over the last 15 years and is continuously seeking different methods of exercise.
Combining experience in sport with his evidence-based training, Brandon’s treatment philosophy involves empowering his clients to take control of their physical health through education, muscle strengthening, soft tissue release, and the improvement of movement patterns.
Officially back on the PROteam, Brandon looks forward to working with you to address your limitations, prevent re-injury, and optimize your performance in the activities you believe to be most meaningful.
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 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, RMT
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.
Meet Mikayla Pittman, RMT
Mikayla has always turned to massage therapy for her own healing throughout the years and she understands the importance of feeling well and performing your best.
Mikayla holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Psychology from St. Francis Xavier University. After completing her degree, she decided to turn to a more hands on approach to healing and started her Massage Therapy journey.
Mikayla graduated from Eastern College in 2020 and has enjoyed her time growing and learning in this modality. Mikayla focuses on deep tissue treatments and trigger point therapy which are effective in relieving pain and muscle tension.
Meet Adam Mayo
Growing up in Dartmouth Nova Scotia, Adam gained a keen interest in coaching and personal development through his athletic background in hockey, sprint canoe kayak and snowboarding. His passion for motivating others to achieve their highest potential lead to the completion of his Honours degree in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University, in addition to becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Adam has a broad range of athletic experience working in various sport settings as a coach, athletic trainer, strength and conditioning specialist, as well as a Kinesiologist in rehab facilities. These experiences have allowed him to learn from a number of successful mentors in many areas of health, wellness and sport while successfully developing and evaluating evidence based training programs for athletes in a wide range of sporting backgrounds. In his most recent role as a club Head Coach in sprint canoe kayak, Adam was able to gain experience as a leader, mentor, educator and teammate to his staff, co-co-workers, athletes and community members while developing a number world class athletes to 12 international medals (8 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze) at the Junior and U23 World Championships.
As someone who is passionate about personal development, Adam continues to stay active in his own education. He is a recent graduate of the Advanced Coaching Diploma program, targeted toward the highest qualified coaches and leaders in Canadian Sport, as well as currently participating in the Targeted Coaching Enhancement program put on by the Canadian Sports Centre Atlantic. Both of these educational opportunities have allowed Adam to network with some of the top coaches across the country in all sports.
Adam likes to take a co-creative approach to strength and conditioning and program prescription which puts high value on the individual athlete’s goals and needs with the inclusion of their support team. He believes that two of the most important characteristics of a successful athlete are mindset and self-accountability and by creating a training environment and program that is motivating to the athlete, they will see ongoing success through their athletic career and beyond.
Outside of the work environment, Adam enjoys spending his time with his family and friends being adventurous outdoors. Whether it be hiking, camping, snowboarding, learning to surf or traveling, Adam is always looking for any new adventure explore.