Office News

Services offered during May Covid restrictions 

The latest NS Health update is allowing all of our therapists to continue to offer all of their services as per usual.  

However, some of our therapists have modified working hours (Dr. Desneiges, Christine Ouellette). 

Please refer to our online booking system (book-online-now) to see which therapist is available on which days. 

The reception desk hours for the week of May 3 - 7th are as follows:  Mon 9:30-4:30  Tue 12:00- 6:00  Wed: no reception  Thu: no reception  Fri: 9:30-1:00

Please stay healthy during this time.

 

 

Past News

Easter Hours + Dr. Desneiges holidays

Our reception desk will be closed from Good Friday to Easter Monday.

All therapists are out of the office for Good Friday and Easter Monday - with the exception of Denise Lynn, who is available Easter Monday for Reflexology +.

Dr. Desneiges will also be off for the week following Easter (Friday April 2 to Friday April 9). 

We wish you a wonderful Spring, New beginnings and Easter week-end!! 

 

 

Storm Day Protocols - Monday, February 8, 2021

On predicted storm days, each therapist will choose wether to see clients or not. 

If a therapist chooses to cancel their day - they will contact you directly to reschedule your appointment. 

 

If Dr. Desneiges cancels her day:

  1. and you have an appointment, you will be contacted by one of our admin staff via phone or email. The call may come from an Unknown Caller as the staff will be working from home and calling from their personal phone. 
  2. the front desk will be closed. 
  3. the voice mail message will be updated as soon as the forecast is confirmed and we have made a decision. 

Voicemail messages and emails (info@innerocean.ca) will be checked intermittently throughout the day, but will be replied to on the next business day (unless it's an emergency).

There is NO cancellation fee for anyone who chooses to cancel their appointment EXCEPT if your appointment is with one of the counsellors/psychotherapists. They require 24hrs minimum. 

 If you'd like to reschedule your appointment, you can leave a message at 902-423-1935,  info@innerocean.ca or book online on this website. 

Stay safe and warm :)

 

Inner Ocean Healing Centre Therapists and Staff would like to wish all of our wonderful patrons a very merry holiday and Christmas season.

Stay healthy and safe. …And here’s to a better, easier 2021!!

 

2020-2021 Holiday Hours Closed on the following dates:

Reception desk: closed from Dec 19 to Jan 3

Dr. Desneiges: Dec 19 to Jan 3

Heather Macmillan, counsellor: Closed Dec 25 to Dec 28 and Dec 31 to Jan 5

Amanda Henry, counsellor: Dec 24 to Jan 3

Christine Ouellette, acupuncture: Dec 24 to Jan 7

Maria DeNicola, counsellor: Dec 19 to Jan 3

Denise Lynn, reflexology: Dec 23 to Jan 3

Donna Jones, reflexology: Dec 20 to Jan 13

Ailsa Keppie, RMT: Dec 18 to Jan 6  

 

 

November 2020 

 

Dr. Desneiges will NOT be offering the Advanced Qigong class.

She has replaced it with the Introduction to Qigong class instead. See details below.

 

Change of staff: You'll be seeing new faces at the front desk. We are grateful for your patience as everyone settles in. Please introduce yourself and who you are seeing that day to expedite the process. 

 

Introduction to Qi Gong 

Saturday, November 14th 

Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm

Cost: $100

Register at 902-423-1935 or info@innerocean.ca

For more information: www.innerocean.ca/courses

 

Past News

Fall Courses 
with 
Dr. Anne Desneiges


Email us for a more detailed handout on any of the courses at info@innerocean.ca

 

Thriving in the World with a Sensitive System

1st class is: Tuesday, October 20th

Time: 6:30 - 8:00pm Cost: $20

** Register with Susan at 902-423-1935 or info@innerocean.ca

2nd, 3rd and 4th classes: alternating Saturdays starting October 24th, at 10:00am - 11:30am Cost: $250

www.innerocean.ca/courses

 
  

Women Warriors for Mother Earth 

Saturday, October 24th

Introduction to Boxing at Queensbury Rules Boxing Club 

Dartmouth, NS

Time: 1:15pm - 2:30pm   Cost: $15+tax (to the club)

Registration is mandatory atwww.womenwarriorsformotherearth.com

Club info: www.qrulesboxing.com

 

Qi Gong - Advanced

November 14th & 15th - Saturday & Sunday 

Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm each day 
(6 hours class time) Cost: $200

Register at 902-423-1935 or info@innerocean.ca

www.innerocean.ca/courses

 

Email us for a more detailed handout on any of the courses at info@innerocean.ca or check the course page: www.innerocean.ca/courses

 

Plus...

1. Kelsey has gone back to school!!   We wish her well and loads of success. If you would like to send her "well wishes", you can email them to info@innerocean.ca and we will forward them to her.  

2. We'd like to welcome Susan as our new receptionist. Susan is in training and is doing very well so far considering the fast pace and high demand of our office.  Please introduce yourself if you have not met her yet. As well, please be patient and considerate as she learns the ins and outs of our systems. 

3. Dr. Spomenka Bizic is leaving us and moving to Ontario to support her family during a health crisis. We will miss her, and she asked me to share with her clients: "I will miss all the great people I've had an opportunity to work with". We send her off with prayers for her family.

4. New Parking Meters in downtown Halifax. They are installing pay towers for street parking instead of meters. Apparently, you put in your license plate so you don't have to walk back to your car to leave the paid ticket. For more info: https://www.halifax.ca/transportation/parking/street-parking

While they switch over, if there isn't a parking meter, it's free :)

5. Thumper Canada has their thumpers on sale. Yes, like Dr. Anne uses. The Sport model is for home use. Go have a look https://www.thumpermassager.ca

6. Dr. Desneiges will be offering her Chi Gong course and her Thriving in the World with a Sensitive System this fall.  Look for a newsletter with the dates coming in the near future. 

Ailsa Keppie, RMT is offering courses to other health professionals this fall. Please visit her website for more information; especially if you're needing CEUs.   https://ailsakeppie.lpages.co/ceu-courses-for-health-professionals/

7. The office is closed on September 7, 2020 for Labour Day. Have a wonderful long weekend!  

 

We're Back to Work !! :)

 

All of our therapists are back to work except for the psychotherapists - who are still providing their services online. 

Our office protocols are below in bold. Please review before coming in for your appointment.

New office policies:

Dr. Desneiges is no longer doing direct billing. However, most patients have the ability to submit to their insurance company online or via an app, and everyone seems to be reimbursed within a day or two. Other therapists are still direct billing. 

Christine Ouellette, acupuncturist, is now working on weekends as well. Please contact Christine directly to book with her: tcmchristine@hotmail.com

Dr. Spomenka Bizic is refocussing her practice to acupuncture and homeopathic drainage. She will be focussing on: women's issues, fertility, PMS, menopause as well as digestion, mood, stress and sleep...

If your children are getting too anxious and stressed with these tough times, remember, Maria DeNicola, is specialized in child psychotherapy and is offering online sessions. 

 

We have protocols in place for everyone's comfort. Please read to make your appointment time as successful as possible: 

  • Appointments will be scheduled in a way to allow: disinfection time; allow patients/clients the ability to be in and out without touching much of anything, and keep you from running into anyone.
  • Please bring your tap cards (debit/credit) for easy payment. 
  • All our books and 'touchables' are put away for now - including the water jug, so please bring your own water. 
  • Our waiting room is big enough to accommodate 2 people sitting separated. So if you do have to wait, please pick a chair away from anyone else.
  • Our waiting room will be disinfected a minimum of twice per day (the recommended amount suggested by the health department). 
  • We ask that clients use the hand sanitizer on the way in, and on the way out.
  • We are asking for patients/clients to come only at their time of appointment - to avoid anyone sitting in the waiting area.

As well, the usual COVID questions apply: if you have been ill, or experiencing any COVID symptoms, please let us know and stay home. If you have been out of the province, please quarantine for 14 days before coming to our office. As well as if you have come in contact with someone suspected of or is experiencing COVID, please self quarantine for 14 days and refrain from coming to our office. 

The building is also following similar protocol of disinfection and flow of people. They've removed the seats in the main lobby and are asking people to go straight to their appointments.  

Therapists are following their own protocols dictated by their professional associations and approved by Dr. Strang. 

Our goal is always to make you, and keep you, as healthy as possible. 

See you soon!!!

 

Coronavirus latest update - May 15, 2020

I can't believe that it has been 6 weeks since we closed the office!!! The reception desk is still closed, and as a result, all communication is through our email info@innerocean.ca 

What have we been up to??

Dr. Desneiges is available for in office emergencies. Her schedule is open one week at a time. You can contact her at info@innerocean.ca if you have questions about your condition. 

For stress and anxiety or to fight off depression

Our psychotherapists are all offering online therapy sessions through a secure platform.  If you've never seen one of our therapist, Maria DeNicola is accepting new clients. Go to the Book Online Now page to make an appointment https://innerocean.ca/make-an-appointment/book-online-now

For your health and immune system

Dr. Spomenka Bizic ND is offering phone/online naturopath appointments for nutrition/vitamin counselling, immune boosting support and more.  Go to our online booking to make an appointment https://innerocean.ca/make-an-appointment/book-online-now

To boost your spirits

Reflexologists Denise Lynn and Donna Jones are offering remote Reiki Healing sessions. Email them directly at: Denise: nsserv6@gmail.com.  Donna: djones.rflx@hotmail.com   Massage therapist Ailsa Keppie is offering remote Theta healing, The Way of the Heart Integrations, at home stretching advice and more.  Email her directly for more information:  ailsakeppie@gmail.com  or visit her personal Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Personal-Blog/Ailsa-Keppie-2140598482870889/

 

 

Maria DeNicola - our newest Psychotherapist 

Maria has experience providing psychotherapy to children, youth, adults, seniors, couples and families on issues related to anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, self-esteem, parenting, communication, school challenges, grief and loss, addiction, behavioural difficulties, anger management, interpersonal difficulties, separation and divorce, domestic abuse, and family conflicts. 

Maria’s holistic approach is collaborative, trauma-informed and client-centered, and uses the best therapeutic approach for each individual. 

Maria is in the office on Mondays and Fridays; and is available for 15min free consultations.

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!  The office will be closed on holiday Monday. 

The reception desk will re-open on Tuesday at noon. 

Also, check out our Facebook account Inner Ocean Healing Centre for updates on courses coming up in the office.

 

 Hurricane Protocol

If there is property damage or loss of power, we may not be open on Monday. Please check our main voicemail to confirm that we are in the office. 902-423-1935

 

Welcome Amanda Henry!! 

~ psychotherapist and registered counselling therapist

"I believe that when we are able to see ourselves, our lives, and our patterns clearly we open ourselves up to growth, healing, and more meaningful relationships. I am committed to helping my clients move past just trying to get through the day, and toward growth, empowerment, and healing”.

Amanda is a Registered Counselling Therapist Candidate (RCT-C) with a Masters in Counselling Psychology.  Amanda has a particular interest in mindfulness-based strategies. Specifically, she is passionate about Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Solution-focused therapy. She works with adults and couples. 

Amanda is in the office Monday to Thursday. 

 

Office Closed Labour Day Monday 

 

Dr. Desneiges on holiday...

Dr. Anne will be away  from Monday July 15 to Friday July 19.    Kelsey will be in intermittently Monday to Thursday, but will be checking voicemail and emails daily. 

If you have an appointment with one of our therapist and need to reach them during the week - and the front desk is not responding - please contact them directly at:

Ailsa Keppie: 902-489-5320 (cell)

Christine Ouellette: 902-266-3852 (cell)

Donna Jones: 902-825-7073 (cell)

Heather Macmillan: 902-220-0146 (cell)

Denise Lynn: nsserv6@gmail.com

 

Summer hours changes...

Christine Ouellette will be working from 3:30 to 8pm Monday to Thursday during July and August.

Heather Macmillan will now be available on Fridays. 

 

Welcome Lucy!!

Lucy van den Brink has been a registered massage therapist for 12 years and has currently added Somatic Experiencing (SE) to her practice.

Lucy uses therapeutic touch and somatic listening to explore what shows up in the body such as tension, pain, injury, or trauma patterns.

Lucy brings a healthy sense of curiosity and attentiveness to help guide her clients in their own healing. She is available for Somatic Experiencing (SE) sessions on Fridays.

 

Victoria Day closure!!

The front desk will be closed on Monday, May 20th. Most therapists are on holiday, except for:

Ailsa Keppie, massage therapist is seeing clients. If you have an appointment and need to get hold of her on that day, please text or call 902-489-5320. 

Denise Lynn, reflexologist, is also in the office and has some availability. To connect with her, please email Denise at Nsserv6@gmail.com. Or you can book an appointment with her online from our home page. 

Have a wonderful long weekend!!!