Health and Performance Clinic is proud of its talented, professional staff and the work they do on a daily basis. See below for information on our greatest asset – our people.
Ashley Buckle - Physiotherapist
Mr. Buckle graduated from Dalhousie University School of Physiotherapy in 2000. Mr. Buckle is trained in orthotic assessment, acupuncture, myofascial pain management, Mulligan manual therapy, McKenzie protocol for disc management, core stability for the lumbar spine, advanced lumbo-pelvic stability and various manipulations of the ankle, pelvis, lumbar spine, thoracic spine, elbow and wrist. Mr. Buckle’s special interest is in treatment of orthopedic conditions using the most up to date clinical rationale and clinical prediction rules.
Outside of work, Ashley enjoys spending time with his two children, Alexandra and Joshua. He has been known to seek fresh powder in backcountry snowmobiling, play rec league hockey and downhill mountain bike.
Heather Buckle - Physiotherapist
Heather Buckle graduated in 2003 from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy (Honours). She has since worked at Kingston General Hospital in Kingston, Ontario and at Western Health in Newfoundland. She has also worked in private practice settings in both Ontario and Newfoundland. Not long after returning home to Newfoundland, Heather and her husband, Ashley, both Physiotherapists, opened Health and Performance Centre. Their vision was to create a multi-disciplinary clinic that provided high quality care and offered a variety of new and unique specialty programs and services to the greater Corner Brook area.
Heather is trained and experienced in all areas of physiotherapy practice, but has also completed many courses at the post-graduate level. These include orthopedics/Manual Therapy, Acupuncture, Swelling and Lymphedema Management (secondary to injury or cancer treatment), Lumbopelvic Management, PGAP (Progressive Goal Attainment Program), and others. Heather is the Physiotherapist on the BodyFIT team. BodyFIT is a cutting edge, research- based program developed by the Health and Performance Centre professional team. The Fitness-Inspired-Therapy (FIT) program is a Professional Weight Loss and Lifestyle Modification Program geared towards guiding and motivating people towards a healthier body both inside and outside. Heather is currently studying to become a Certified Diabetes Educator (exam 2012). Although Heather enjoys treating all injuries, she has a keen interest in women’s health, athletic injuries, core stabilization, health and fitness, and exercise with diabetes. Heather enjoys her clinical work immensely. Her treatment is focused on manual therapy, education, exercise management, and encouraging self-management techniques for chronic conditions.
Outside of work, Heather loves spending time with her family and friends and volunteering with her church. She enjoys hiking, running, cycling, kayaking, snowboarding, snowshoeing, pilates, and is new to the sport of cross-country skiing. She is a mother of two young children, and is a level 1 Pilates Instructor. Heather aspires to return to the sport of Triathlon one day.
Rob Ryan - Physiotherapist
Rob has been practicing physiotherapy for eight years in the Corner Brook area. He has extensive experience in dealing with orthopedic, neurological and cardiac/respiratory populations. He is a member of the orthopedic division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and has a manual therapy background for treating spinal and other orthopedic conditions. Rob has had vast experience and interest in dealing with sports-related injuries.
Brittany Murphy - Physiotherapist
Brittany graduated from Memorial University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Kinesiology (Hons). She then continued on to complete her Masters in Physiotherapy at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON. Brittany has gained experience through her numerous work placements over the last 6 years in both private clinics and in the hospital setting.
Brittany’s professional interests include biomechanics/gait analysis, community health/prevention, and optimizing performance for active living. She has a passion for physiotherapy and is looking forward to completing additional courses in the upcoming years.
Brittany loves to stay active through running, hiking, biking, and playing volleyball. She is from Glovertown, NL and has chosen to move to Corner Brook to experience the many opportunities for an outdoor, active lifestyle. In her spare time Brittany enjoys volunteering for such organizations as the Red Cross and looks forward to getting involved with various community activities throughout Corner Brook.
Natasha Buckle - Physiotherapist
Natasha graduated from Dalhousie University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Kinesiology before continuing at Dalhousie to complete a Masters of Physiotherapy in 2015. In addition to standard physiotherapy care, Natasha has gained a broad clinical experience over the past 6 years that encompasses athletic, amputee and developmental paedatric rehabilitation.
Natasha is committed to providing a multisystem, holistic approach to care and is passionate about the promotion of overall health through activity. Additional professional interests include manual therapy, neuroproprioceptive taping and women’s health. She is looking forward to completing additional courses to further her education and experience.
Originally from Labrador, Natasha enjoys snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, boating and staying active through team sports such as volleyball and floor hockey. Natasha enjoys volunteering for local organizations and has a special enthusiasm for Threads for Life, an organization that provides support to families of workplace tragedy. Natasha is excited to be back home in NL and is looking forward to all that the Corner Brook area has to offer!
Sarah McGuire - Physiotherapist
Sarah graduated from Dalhousie University with a Masters degree in Physiotherapy in 2010. Prior to attending Dalhousie, she received her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Memorial University in 2008. After working for four years in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Sarah and her husband have returned to her hometown, Stephenville. Sarah has completed additional training in acupuncture, McKenzie protocol for treatment of the lumbar spine, chronic pain, and movement impairment syndromes. She has a special interest in the research and management of Multiple Sclerosis, and also has fundraised for the annual Walk for Multiple Sclerosis event for several years.
In Sarah’s spare time, she enjoys being active in sports such as golf, soccer, curling and long distance running. She also practices yoga, hikes and just recently started mountain biking. Sarah is thrilled to be back home in Newfoundland and looks forward to enjoying all that it has to offer!
Duane Snow - Physiotherapist
Duane graduated from Dalhousie University in 1991 with honours in Physiotherapy and is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and the Newfoundland and Labrador Physiotherapy Association. He has been in private practice in both Corner Brook and Deer Lake region for the past 23 years. He has been treating orthopedic pain syndromes from a variety of origins and has gained a wealth of experience during this time. Duane has completed multiple musculoskeletal post secondary training in a variety of areas such as manual therapy, acupuncture, stability training, exercise therapy, etc. He has a special interest in spinal related pain and sport related injuries. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and spending time with his family.
Dr. Kayla Wells - Chiropractor
Dr. Kayla Wells was born and raised in Corner Brook. She obtained an Honours degree in Kinesiology from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2009 before moving to Toronto where she completed a four year program at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC). She also received a certificate in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University in 2013.
She is an evidence-based therapeutic practitioner and keeps up to date with current research to ensure her patients receive optimal care. She has experience treating a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders, including Motor Vehicle Accident and Worker’s Compensation. She is very interested in treating athletic injuries, as well as pre and post natal care. She and four of her colleagues recently published a manuscript in the June edition of the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association (JCCA) that focused on Chiropractic treatment for pregnant patients.
Dr. Wells welcomes patients of all ages and realms of life. She offers treatments that consist of manipulations and/or mobilizations of the spine or extremities, Myofascial Release Therapy (MRT), Acupuncture, nutritional advice, and an active rehabilitation program.
Dr. Wells strongly believes in practicing an active, healthy lifestyle. She enjoys spending recreational time outdoors, running, hiking and downhill skiing.
Matthew Caravan - Massage Therapist
Matthew graduated from ICT (International Complementary Therapy) Schools in July 2009 with a diploma in Massage Therapy. Though he is originally from Corner Brook, he has been working in physiotherapy and chiropractic clinics in St. John’s for the past several years, where he has had the opportunity to work with, treat, and help clients with a wide variety of ailments.
Matthew uses a variety of techniques when treating his clients including deep tissue massage, myofascial trigger point release, Chinese cupping therapy, and most importantly educating his clients in the ways they can improve their quality of health and maintain progress achieved through massage therapy as well as other modalities.
Matthew’s professional interests include working with clients who suffer from chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, low back pain and conditions associated with motor vehicle accidents, as well as pain/bio-mechanical conditions associated with pregnancy.
After spending nearly 12 years in St. John’s, Matthew and his partner have decided to move back to the West coast to raise their son, and be closer to family. He looks forward to spending time hiking, snow shoeing, fishing, and spending weekends at the cabin.
Shelly Wells - Massage Therapist
Shelly is a recent graduate from the Massage Therapy program at Academy Canada with a diploma in Health and Human Sciences. She was born and raised on the beautiful west coast of Newfoundland where Deer Lake is her home.
Her main reason for entering the Massage Therapy program was to help people with chronic pain, stress, anxiety and to improve their way of life through client education and self care. While in school the clinic hours allowed her to treat a number of conditions and disorders in a safe and effective way. Some which include deep tissue, myofascial trigger point release, relaxation, prenatal, TMJ and overuse injuries.
She has an extensive background in customer service and she feels that a client/therapist relationship is extremely important; every client is different and each treatment should be modified for that client.
Massage therapy involves continued learning and she looks forward to furthering her education in this field so that she can provide the highest level of care to her clients. She is hoping to further her education by taking a Chinese cupping course in the near future. Her personal interests are hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking, camping and exploring this amazing province we live in.
Shelly is now working part-time at Deer Lake Physiotherapy Clinic, call today and book your appointment.
Adrienne Oliver - Occupational Therapist
Adrienne received a Bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics from St. Francis Xavier University before going on to pursue a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy at Dalhousie University (2011). Adrienne’s fieldwork placements gave her the opportunity to work with individuals with a range of different disabilities, focusing on optimizing their engagement in meaningful daily activities and occupations. Adrienne worked in the areas of disability case management and orthopaedic bracing in Nova Scotia before returning home to Newfoundland to work with Western Health.
After completing Matheson training in functional capacity evaluation, Adrienne has returned to the private sector to work in the area of occupational rehabilitation, including workplace/clinic-based occupational rehabilitation and functional assessment. In her spare time, Adrienne enjoys spending time with family and friends in her hometown of Stephenville and strives to lead a healthy lifestyle
Sharon Lahey - Dietition
Sharon graduated from Acadia University in 1992 with a bachelor of science in dietetics. She completed her dietetic internship at Vancouver Hospital in 1994. Since then she has worked in various aspects of nutrition. Presently, she is staff dietitian at Western Memorial Hospital in diabetes education and out patience. Sharon’s special interests include diabetes education, sports nutrition, and heart disease.