Dr. Richard Thompson, BA Kin (Hon), DC

Chiropractor, Clinic Director

Originally from Markham, Ontario, Dr. Richard Thompson obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology (Hon) from the University of Western Ontario in London, with particular academic focus in biomechanics and human physiology. He earned his Doctor of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto, where he maintains an ongoing relationship as a member of the college.

Dr. Thompson has been actively involved in competitive sports since early childhood. Having played competitive volleyball, hockey, and soccer, his interest in Chiropractic was formed early thanks to the various sports injuries that came with the territory. As such, his current day practice involves a special area of interest in sport related injury and performance.

Dr. Thompson’s clinical practice has been based on first determining a clear and concise diagnosis before an evidence based treatment plan is implemented and thoroughly discussed with the patient. By looking at the overall cause for pain and injury, rather than the symptoms the injury evokes, his various treatment modalities and techniques can be applied very specifically and effectively for a quick resolution of the problem(s). Dr. Thompson attributes much of his clinical success to being a certified practitioner in Active Release Techniques® for over 10 years, which has taken his palpation, diagnostic, and treatment skills to the next level. He maintains his ART® credentials annually at seminars throughout North America where he works with elite athletes from all over the world. He also became an Ironman® Network Provider after completing onsite training and treatment at the Ford Ironman in Phoenix, Arizona in 2011.

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Dr. Jessica Fitzpatrick, DC, DAc

Chiropractor, Acupuncturist, Certified Provider of Low Level Laser Therapy, Custom Orthotic Therapy, Webster Technique®

Originally from Three Rock Cove, NL, Dr. Fitzpatrick first came to Halifax to work towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at Dalhousie University as a Loran Scholar. During her studies at Dalhousie, she had a particular focus in human anatomy, physiology, and ergonomics. This keen interest of how the body functions, combined with an athletic upbringing led Dr. Fitzpatrick to pursue a career in Chiropractic. She then received her Doctor of Chiropractic upon graduating Cum Laude and Clinic Honours from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto. Dr. Fitzpatrick then received her Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Diploma from McMaster University in Hamilton and has also completed postgraduate training in soft tissue therapy and foot biomechanics.

Upon graduating from CMCC, Dr. Fitzpatrick returned to Halifax where she and Dr. Richard Thompson founded Active Approach Health & Wellness Centre in 2006. Dr. Fitzpatrick has a particular interest in pre and post natal care and treating infants and children. She is currently completing her full pediatric certification through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). Dr. Fitzpatrick applies an evidenced based approach and focuses on patient centered care to provide the most effective treatment for her patients.

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Dr. Ryan Trueman, BSc Kin, DC

Chiropractor, Certified Provider of Contemporary Medical Acupuncture, Functional Range Conditioning, Active Release Techniques®, Athletic Movement Assessment

Dr. Ryan Trueman received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University and is a native of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. He competed in competitive hockey, sprint canoe/kayak, soccer and badminton growing up and went on to be a coach in all four. His major coaching focus was in 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 strived 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. Dr. Trueman has further training in concussion management and evidence based nutrition. He is a member of the Canadian Chiropractic Association and the Nova Scotia College of Chiropractors. When Dr. Trueman is not working, he enjoys being active outdoors and spending time with his friends, family and dogs.

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Dr. Jennifer Forgeron, ND

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

Dr. Jennifer Forgeron earned her Bachelor of Science (Hon) majoring in pre veterinary medicine at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. In her final year of study at UBC, she had an “a-ha” moment after noticing an advertisement in the school newspaper for a career in Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Forgeron knew this was what she was meant to do, and in 2001 she graduated at the top of her class from The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. As a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, she operated a successful referral based practice in Toronto for 14 years before moving back home to Halifax in 2015.

Dr. Forgeron’s treatment plans blend science with nature and aim to bring balance back to the body using a combination of diet, natural medicines and lifestyle modifications. In Naturopathic medical school, there is extensive training in Clinical Nutrition, Botanical Medicine, Homeopathic Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine including Acupuncture, Counselling and certain forms of bodywork. Dr. Forgeron has additional training in Intravenous Nutritional Therapy, Bowen Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy and Epigenetics & Gene Mutations. She is particularly passionate about using Biotherapeutic Drainage, which is a process that removes toxic accumulations that interfere with cellular balance, functioning and nourishment.

As a primary care Doctor, Dr. Forgeron treats all ages and health issues but has a special interest in digestive disorders, hormone imbalances, stress related health issues, depression, chronic fatigue, heavy metal toxicity, autoimmune and degenerative diseases, cancer co-treatment, and other challenging cases. When Dr. Forgeron is not treating patients, she finds her balance by spending time in nature with her family, playing competitive sports, experimenting in the kitchen, and reading all that she can about helping the body to heal.

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Gillian Scott, Dipl.ST, RMT, RRT

Registered Massage Therapist, LaStone Therapy®, Reflexology Therapist, Shiatsu Therapist

Gillian Scott graduated in Toronto, Ontario in 1993 with a Diploma in Professional Shiatsu Therapy (2200 hrs) from The Shiatsu School of Canada (SSC) Inc. After graduating, she joined The Toronto Pain and Headache Clinic where she practiced for 8 years in a multidisciplinary environment along with Doctors of Chiropractic and Acupuncture. Gillian was asked to train as a teacher upon graduation from SSC and became an instructor for the Shiatsu practice/theory certificate program for 7 years. She has taken advanced professional development courses and workshops in Chinese & Japanese acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping and holistic nutrition as well as tai chi, qi gong, and Iyengar yoga and meditation.

In 2003, she decided to reside in Halifax where she attended the Massage Therapy Diploma Program (2200hrs) at International Complementary Therapies (ICT) Northumberland, with a special interest in Swedish massage techniques, orthopedic testing, and sports massage. In the past 7 years, her continuing education certification has focused on hand and foot treatments, reflexology, LaStone Therapy®, neuromuscular integration and structural alignment (NISA), full body myofascial techniques, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction techniques.

Bringing 20 years of clinical experience to Active Approach Health & Wellness Centre, Gillian continues to practice as a non judgmental, effective Shiatsu and Massage Therapist within the healthcare community of Nova Scotia. She is an active member of the Massage Therapy Association of Nova Scotia (MTANS) and The Nova Scotia Association of Reflexology Practitioners (NSARP), and past board member of The Shiatsu Therapy Association of Ontario (STAO).

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Jill MacLaren, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist

Jill MacLaren graduated from the Massage Therapy program at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2014. Prior to studying massage therapy, Jill attended St. Francis Xavier University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Kinetics with a major in Kinesiology.

Jill's love of sports was what attracted her to massage therapy. Through years of playing high level rugby, she has had first hand experience with injury rehabilitation and prevention. Ultimately, this is what led to her career in massage therapy. Jill enjoys using a wide range of techniques, including deep tissue massage and myofascial release. She has worked in various clinical settings and has experience treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions including sports related injuries, repetitive strain injuries, postural imbalances and the aches and pains that accompany pregnancy. Whether it's part of a treatment plan for a specific injury, a preventative measure or a stress relief treatment, Jill believes that massage therapy is important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Jill is an enthusiastic member of the Active Approach team and enjoys helping her clients achieve their goals.

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