Hillary Nette - RMT, D.O.M.P, is a graduate of the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy and the Canadian College of Osteopathy (College d'Etudes Osteopathique). Her graduating thesis was titled The Effects of Osteopathic Treatment on Quality of Life in Palliative Care Patients.
Hillary's treatment approach draws from her osteopathy training as well as her background in massage therapy and decades of yoga studies and teaching. She takes an osteopathic approach viewing the individual as an interconnected unit. She has a deep belief in the body's innate wellness and healing potential, and focuses her work on encouraging and supporting this process. With gentle, listening hands, she approaches each patient as an individual with unique needs. Hillary has worked for years as a birth doula and is a mother herself. She loves treating all ages and all stages of life: pregnancy, babies, children, adults, and the elderly.
Hillary grew up in the Annapolis Valley and is excited to have returned with her partner and children after living and working in Halifax since 2003. She spent her last five years in Halifax mentoring under osteopaths Shawn Selfridge and Angie Singer. She feels much gratitude for this time of rich learning, and is pleased to continue growing her skills with her practice in the beautiful Annapolis Valley.
Special interests include helping women prepare their bodies for the birth process and postpartum healing; concussion syndrome; elderly patients and the multiple challenges of aging; and she is enjoying pursuing further studies in paediatric treatment. Hillary is working alongside her sister Alison Nette of Seaport Dental, and welcomes dental patients who are struggling with TMJ issues to come try osteopathy as an adjunct treatment.
Hillary is a member in good standing with the Nova Scotia Association of Osteopaths (NSAO) and an affiliate member of the Ontario Association of Osteopaths. As well she is a member in good standing with the Massage Therapist's Association of NS (MTANS) and can bill directly for massage therapy with most insurance plans. She has current first aid training in the Canadian Red Cross, CPR certified.
Carrie Abresch - RMT, Craniosacral Therapy, Osteopathy student – year 5, Somatics, Yoga, Pilates
Carrie’s professional career spans over 25 years of certified training and practice in biodynamic craniosacral therapy, manual osteopathy (in study), massage therapy, pilates, yoga, and Embodied Developmental Movement and Yoga™. Carrie’s treatments focus on wellness outcomes based on addressing route causes of pain and/or fatigue; helping her clients to rebuild resilience and vitality.
Carrie’s love for movement and wellness sprouted from a career in contemporary dance. She received a B.A in Movement Studies and Performance from Naropa University. She danced for several companies and produced her own work in San Francisco in the 90’s. After having sustained several injuries, she began her training in wellness and rehabilitation starting with her own, providing her with much insight into the healing process.
Carrie’s philosophy considers the body as a whole; functionally, emotionally, and energetically. Carrie has a trauma-informed approach and has experience working with clients suffering from PTSD, anxiety, and chronic and terminal illness. In addition to individual sessions, Carrie is a trained meditation instructor, teaches somatic yoga classes and workshops, and is the embodied anatomy teacher for Atlantic Yoga Teacher Training.
Carrie is a registered massage therapist in good standing therefore her sessions are covered by most extended healthcare providers