Our Physiotherapists

Brian Howley, Physiotherapist, Clinic owner

Brian grew up in Bras d’Or, Cape Breton and graduated from Memorial High School in 1998.  He then went on to graduate with a Kinesiology Degree concentrated in Sports Rehabilitation at Acadia University in 2003, before completing a Physiotherapy Degree at Dalhousie University in 2006.  Brian returned home to Cape Breton in 2007 and has worked in a variety of different settings including: primary physiotherapist for Cape Breton University Athletics, hospital inpatients & outpatients, as well as private practice.

Over the past 10 years Brian has taken many post graduate courses including: Advanced Manual Therapy, Shirley Sahrmann Movement Impairment Disorders, Biomechanical Dry-needling, Acupuncture, Concussion Management, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD),  Chronic Pain Management, Running Injuries, Athletic Taping and Kinesiotaping.

Brian is the co-owner of Cabot Physiotherapy and is passionate about providing excellent service and care to the community he grew up in – Cape Breton!

In his spare time, Brian enjoys time with friends playing recreational hockey, golf, and squash.  However, most of his time is dedicated to raising his two young children – Evan & Kate with his wife Melissa.

Melissa McDonough-Howley, Physiotherapist, Clinic owner

Melissa is a Cape Bretoner, growing up in Glace Bay. Following high school in 2000, she attended Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS where she obtained her Bsc Kinesiology and BSc Physiotherapy degrees. Graduating from Dalhousie in 2006, Melissa began her career as a Physiotherapist in Yarmouth, NS.

Melissa returned to Cape Breton in 2007 where she has worked as a Physiotherapist in a variety of settings including private practice, hospital and rehabilitation facilities.

In order to provide optimal patient care, Melissa has taken many post-graduate courses including: Acupuncture (Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute), Neuro-developmental Therapy (NDT), Advanced Manual Therapy, Shirley Sahrmann Movement Impairment Disorders, Advanced Treatment of Runners, and Kinesiotaping.

Melissa has a keen interest in the field of Neuro-Physiotherapy and focuses her practice working with clients with neurological disorders.

Melissa is co-owner of Cabot Physiotherapy in Sydney River, NS. Together, with her husband Brian, they are proud to provide optimal Physiotherapy care to their home community.

In addition to her professional life, Melissa’s priority is spending time with her family- husband, Brian, and their two beautiful children, Evan and Kate. Melissa is an avid runner, passionate about health and wellness, and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.

Jennifer MacKinnon, Physiotherapist

Jenn grew up in North Sydney, Cape Breton and graduated from Memorial High School. She moved to Halifax where she received her BSc in Chemistry from St Mary’s University and her BSc in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University. She worked in private practice for Lacewood Physiotherapy Ltd.in Halifax for 10 years, before returning home to work for CBI in Sydney. Jenn spent three years at CBI and then joined Cabot Physiotherapy in 2017 where she is excited to be working with team Cabot.

Over her 13 years as a physiotherapist, Jenn has taken extensive continuing education courses. She is certified in acupuncture, from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute. She is qualified to assess and treat concussion and vestibular conditions, including vertigo.

Jenn has advanced manual and manipulative training in addition to training in instrument assisted soft tissue release, cupping, and myofascial release. She is certified in Mulligan Mobilization with Movement.

Jenn has specialized exercise prescription training designed to treat postural muscle imbalances, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, disc herniations and golf related injuries.

Jenn has post graduate training in the treatment of TMJ dysfunction, women’s heath, chronic pain and functional capacity evaluations.

She is also certified in foot and gait analysis and orthotic prescription as well as brace fitting. She has post graduated taping courses, including postural taping, Kineso-taping and Leuko-taping.

Jenn has worked with motor vehicle injuries and workers compensation injuries since 2004.

In her spare time she loves spending time with her family and friends as well as her dog Augie.

Liam McCormick, Physiotherapist

Liam grew up in Glace Bay, Cape Breton and graduated from Glace Bay High School in 2004.  After high school, he attended St. Francis Xavier University and completed a degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Health Science in 2008. Liam then travelled to Scotland and completed his Master’s degree in Physiotherapy from Robert Gordon University in 2012.  He then worked throughout the United Kingdom and completed a post-graduate diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine from Middlesex University. Liam returned home to Cape Breton in 2014 and has worked in a variety of different settings including: critical care physiotherapist in an intensive care unit, neuro-physiotherapist, outpatient physiotherapy as well as private practice.

Over the past 6 years Liam has continued his education through ongoing post graduate courses including: Advanced Manual Therapy, Biomechanical Dry-needling, Orthotics, Pharmacology, Athletic Taping and Kinesio-taping. Having travelled and work in a number of regions across the world Liam has come to appreciate his hometown and island. In his spare time, Liam enjoys time with friends, competing in the occasional Crossfit event, playing recreational golf, and squash.

Our Massage Therapists

Crystal Hiscock, Registered Massage Therapist

Crystal is a Registered Massage Therapist from Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. She graduated with honors from Island Career Academy in 2015, also receiving the MTANS student award of distinction. Crystal is trained in general swedish massage, myofascial release, trigger point release, rapid release technique, hot stone therapy and cupping therapy.

Crystal has a great passion for animals, loves to read & enjoys spending quality time with her family.

Laura Moore, Registered Massage Therapist

Laura is a Registered Massage Therapist from Sydney, Nova Scotia. She graduated from ICT Northumberland College with her diploma in Massage Therapy in 2010 and has been practising full-time at Cabot Physiotherapy since that time. Laura has taken courses in deep tissue massage and hot stone massage. For the last few years she has been sharing her experience by mentoring new massage therapy graduates through a work placement program. Laura lives in Sydney River and enjoys reading, hiking, animals, and the great outdoors.

Cecilia Williamson, Registered Massage Therapist

Cecilia is a Registered Massage Therapist from Baddeck, Nova Scotia. She graduated with honours from Island Career Academy in 2017, also receiving the MTANS student award. Cecilia is trained in general swedish massage and has taken courses in IASTM (Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization) and Kineso taping. Cecilia is an avid reader, and enjoys spending time with friends and her dog Wiley. 

Dietician Staff

Lorraine Teasdale, Registered Dietician

With a background in kinesiology and athletic therapy, nutrition seemed like the perfect compliment. Finishing my degree and dietetic internship from St. Francis Xavier University I became a Registered Dietitian in Nova Scotia and went on to work in long-term care and private practice. I made the move to Sydney in the winter of 2017 and have fallen in love with its people and charm. I enjoy showing my clients the simplicity in healthy eating and helping them reach their personal goals in attainable ways that foster long-term results. I deeply understand the connection between nutrition, physical activity, and rehabilitation, and implement this post-injury, awaiting orthopedic surgery, and/or with chronic disease.  I also am passionate about the way our food choices can impact sport performance for athletes and love tailoring nutritional strategies to individual needs to support this. Whether you are looking for counselling on achieving a healthy weight, chronic disease management, wanting to build strength, or improve athletic performance, I am here to help! I look forward to working with you and being a part of the team at Cabot Physiotherapy.

Office Staff

Arlene Dyer, Admin

Arlene is our office administrator who joined the team at Cabot Physiotherapy in May 2015. Arlene has worked in the secretarial field for several years gaining lots of experience and meeting wonderful people. Arlene enjoys spending time with her family, good movies and traveling.