Anne Desneiges
Dr. Anne Desneiges, DC

Doctor of Chiropractic
Certified Network Spinal Practitioner
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Certified Heartmath Practitioner, trained in Cranio-Sacral therapy
Owner of Inner Ocean Healing Centre

“Dr. Anne is a compassionate listener and intuitive healer.”

My vision is to support individuals in seeing the best in themselves. Help them become aware of their own healing capabilities, the gifts they have to share and the life they have the potential to live. I use gentle therapies that allow me to support individuals in a very subtle yet profound manner which is suitable for people of all ages. I’m an educator, personally and in groups, and my passion is to teach people how amazing...

Dr. Anne has been a licensed chiropractor since 1997. She is a member of the Nova Scotia Chiropractic Association, the Canadian Chiropractic Association, and the Somatic Experiencing Association. Dr. Anne is a certified Network Spinal Analysis Practitioner and incorporates non-force chiropractic techniques that are very gentle yet profound. She also uses somatic body therapy to help release traumas from the body.

Dr. Anne offers services in English and French.

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself” ~ Rumi

“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle”. ~ Albert Einstein

Ailsa Keppie
Ailsa Keppie, BSc, RMT, MFR therapist

Registered Massage Therapist
Myofascial Release Advanced Practitioner

“Ailsa is a wise and compassionate practitioner. She is intuitive and listens to my body in ways that I cannot. We have unwounded so many hidden things, it’s been amazing working with her.” DD

I prefer to be a partner in your ongoing health program. I see clients who are looking for that extra insight into their relationship with their body and how that can catalyze their feeling of wellbeing. Along with therapeutic massage techniques, I use a myofascial approach to understanding and working with the soft tissue of the body in a trauma- informed manner.

A lifelong interest in the body mind connection has been the guiding force in my journey. Experience and training in many fields, including the performing arts, healing, spiritual traditions, and sports have been woven together to create a varied tapestry of wisdom that I enjoy sharing. I currently work as an intuitive massage therapist, although my clients often describe me as more of a life coach. I also enjoy facilitating workshops and talks both on my own and in union with other inspiring people. My aim is to help empower others to become “who they are meant to be” and develop the strength to overcome the obstacles that get in their way of that”.

Ailsa has combined her years of experience as a massage therapist with her personal studies of energy work and spirituality. This results in her treatments being relaxing and transformative. She is a member of the Massage Therapists and Wholistic Practitioners Association of the Maritimes.

Sessions may include any or all of the following modalities: Therapeutic massage  • Myofascial release  • Craniosacral massage  • Guasha therapy  • Theta healing  • The way of the Heart geometrics 

“The body leads the way” is her favourite mantra. 

Christine Ouellette, B.Sc., M.Sc., D.Ac., R.Ac.,

Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncturist
Certified in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

“Christine has such a sunny disposition, I feel relaxed as soon as I’m in her presence. She takes the time to listen to what I need, and always makes me feel cared for. She’s so gentle with the needles, I feel safe and in good professional hands.” AD

TCM acupuncture complements conventional and alternative medicines very well. I’m a strong believer in working with colleagues of different health care disciplines to provide patients with the best supportive network in order to help them achieve their health goals. Acupuncture is a very elegant medicine because of its ability to encompass the patient’s uniqueness and needs.

Christine received her training at Eastern College in Halifax, N.S. in a curriculum of over 2300hrs of courses and clinical internships based on the Grant MacEwan University program in Alberta. She is a member of the Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Association of Nova Scotia. She is also certified in facial rejuvenation acupuncture. In addition to her TCM training, Christine holds a Bachelor and a Master degree of Science. It is this background in scientific research and her training in TCM that allows her to provide holistic care to her patients.

Christine offers services in English and French.

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible” ~ Audrey Hepburn

Denise Lynn, RCRT

Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist
Reiki Master

"Denise is a natural healer. Her quiet, gentle spirit combined with her empathy and compassion allows even a novice of these treatments to open themselves to an optimal healing experience” ~ O.H.

In 2001, I was inspired to become my own advocate in a personal healing journey, which ignited my passion to seek further knowledge and education in the power of energy healing modalities.

Denise’s goal is to help others heal in a mental, physical and spiritual way and to be of assistance in their healing process. Applying her empathetic listening skills in combination with her extensive knowledge and experience, Denise is able to provide her clients with a customized holistic treatment plan. This enables clients to reach their highest level of personal healing while ensuring that each client remains fully engaged and in control of their own healing journey. Denise has successfully formulated treatment plans for clients dealing with: chronic pain, anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, low self esteem, grief and end of life transitioning.

Denise believes completely in the innate power that resides in each of us to heal our own mind, body and spirit. It is that belief that inspired Denise to pursue her Reiki certification in 2004, and then obtain her certification as a Reiki master and teacher in order to educate others in how to heal themselves. After witnessing the positive impact energy healing treatments were having on clients, Denise completed her studies In Quantum-Touch and Intuitive Healing. Most recently, she has become a member of the Reflexology Association of Canada as a Certified Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist, RCRT.

“The natural healing force in each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” ~ Hippocrates

Donna Jones, RCRT, LCRT

Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist
Reiki Master/Teacher
Licensed Canadian Reflexology Teacher
Certified Practitioner of Indian Head Massage & Rejuvenating Face Massage
Ayurvedic Foot Massage Practitioner

“Donna is an exceptionally knowledgeable, well-educated Therapist with an aura of calmness and tranquility.  She is a very kind, gentle, compassionate person who listens to you in a non-judgemental way.” SW

I specialize in Reflexology and in particular Thai Foot Reflexology and Reflexology for the Management of Plantar Fasciitis. Reflexology has a calming effect on the nervous system, therefore, it is very beneficial in helping to reduce stress, release tension and lessen anxiety. Depending on clients’ needs, I intuitively blend components of other modalities (ie, Reiki) to customize a treatment that works best for them.

Donna has been a Reflexology Therapist since 2009 and a Reflexology Teacher since 2015. She is a member of the Reflexology Association of Canada (RAC) and is President of RAC Nova Scotia Chapter. She is continually upgrading her education so that she has more to offer her clients. Donna’s passion is to build a strong, vibrant community of highly qualified Reflexology Therapists in Nova Scotia, and her dream would be to see Reflexology become an integrative part of our health care system.

“The foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.” Leonardo da Vinci

Heather Macmillan, RCT-c, CC

Somatic Experiencing Practitioner in training

“Heather has a calm, confident presence that puts me at ease right away. I feel safe and supported no matter what issue comes up during our sessions. She has been instrumental in supporting me change my life.” DA

I am a Registered Counselling Therapist – Candidate (RCT-C). Like other licensed mental health professionals in Nova Scotia (such as counselling psychologists and clinical social workers), my profession is regulated provincially by a legislated, professional body. I came to this profession after exploring a number of other creative arenas. I have worked as a federal civil servant, as a graphic designer and illustrator, a tree planter, a potter’s apprentice, and a high school teacher. I have worked as a Canadian volunteer in both the West Indies and Sri Lanka. I am also a parent, and consider myself to be still climbing the learning curve daily in this ever challenging, ever tender profession. I share this about myself as we are not all one thing, ever.

I offer Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) approved by the American Psychological & Psychiatric Associations for treating PTSD. I am a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner in training - a body-oriented approach to trauma developed by Dr. Peter Levine.

I work with all individuals 18 and older, who wish to explore a different way of thinking and behaving. 

I have worked with individuals with diagnoses including: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; Major Depressive Disorder; Generalized Anxiety Disorder; Dependent Personality Disorder; Trichillomania; Dermatillomania; Bi-polar Disorder; Borderline Personality Disorder; Substance Use Disorder.

Heather has completed a Master of Education (Counselling) at Acadia University which required the completion of 48-credit hours, and a 500-hour counselling practicum. As a candidate for registry as a Counselling Therapist, Heather worked with a supervisor who mentors my work for 4000 post-graduate hours. She also holds a Nova Scotia teacher’s licence, and is a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor.

The Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists (NSCCT) regulates the practice of Counselling Therapists through established and comprehensive standards of practice, ethical decision making, on-going professional development and licensing. There are three provinces which currently regulate the work of counselling professionals: Québec (Ordre des psychologues du Québec/Ordre des conseillers et conseillères d’orientation du Québec); Ontario (College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario); and Nova Scotia (NSCCT). Nationally, Heather is certified with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and holds the designation of Canadian Certified Counsellor.

Treatment Approach

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Clinical Hypnosis (in March 2019)

Somatic Experiencing (SE)

Compassion-Focussed Therapy

Heather is bilingual - English and French

“We are complex beings. Each is unique, and that in and of itself, gives each of us inherent value”.

"Until you stop breathing, there's more right with you than wrong with you." Jon Kabat-Zinn

Amanda Henry, M.A., RCT-C

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. I use empirically backed modalities and techniques to help my clients make a plan to start moving towards becoming the person they want to be and building the life they want to live.

My approach is honest, supportive and genuine. My goal is to help you feel comfortable taking off your social mask and speaking openly enough to feel truly heard. My theoretic orientation is strength-based, human-centered and holistic. This means that I will always treat you as the expert and authority on your own life. It also means that I will explore your strengths to gain insight and direction in helping you overcome your struggles, and, I will try to gain an understanding of you that respects your social, cultural, biological, and psychological history and experiences rather than simply focusing on your symptoms. I specialize in anxiety, depression, trauma, chronic pain/ medical diagnosis, interpersonal issues, and issues concerning self-worth. 

Amanda is a Registered Counselling Therapist Candidate (RCT-C) with a Masters in Counselling Psychology. She completed her undergraduate degree at Laurentian University in Sudbury Ontario where she received a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Psychology and graduated Cum Laude. 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. Amanda is deeply passionate about psychotherapy and mental health, as a result, she is constantly reading, learning, and seeking new training opportunities.

Maria DeNicola
Maria DeNicola, M.A., RCT-C, CCC

Counselling Therapist

Maria completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Saint Mary’s University, and her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. She is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), and a Registered Counselling Therapist – Candidate (RCT-C) with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists (NSCCT).

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 she uses various therapeutic frameworks, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Play Therapy, as well as Mindfulness and Harm Reduction strategies.

Maria brings warmth, empathy, and compassion to her practice, and aspires to guide clients towards emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical wellness. She will adapt her approach to the client that she is working with, and feels honoured to be a part of an individual's journey of healing.

Dr. Spomenka Bizic
Dr. Spomenka Bizic, ND

Doctor of Naturoapthy

As a Naturopathic Doctor I work from a holistic perspective to better your health. We treat common ailments and more complex health problems: anything from headaches to fibromyalgia.

I always had a strong desire to help, empower, and listen to people. When I came across the tenets of Naturopathic Medicine I was won over: treat the root cause, doctor as teacher, an individualized approach to medicine…

Here is a bit about my approach:

I really start and work with the foundations of health for anyone I see: how you sleep, eat, feel, and move your body.

I love to emphasize what is already healthy and working for you, and see what is out of alignment as your body's way of trying to communicate that something needs to change. I believe strongly in empowering and educating you.

I mostly use:

  • - nutrition/diet
  • - plant medicines (herbs)
  • - acupuncture
  • - nutrients (vitamins/minerals)

I also believe that our mental/emotional health is just as important as the body! Some unique things I bring to practice include: dreamwork, homeopathy, tapping (EFT), meditation/mindfulness, and expressive arts (I studied expressive arts therapy for two years at The Create Institute in Toronto).

While I do see and treat a wide range of health concerns, I have a special interest in:

  • - mental health (anxiety/depression/etc)
  • - women's health conditions (periods, fertility, menopause, hormone balancing, breast health, conditions such as PCOS, etc)
  • - fertility
  • - digestion and nutrition (including weight management, fatigue, bloating, conditions such as IBS, etc)

We'll probably be a good fit if you're someone who:

  • - has tried different things in the conventional medical approach but is not seeing changes
  • - is curious to learn about your body
  • - is in need of someone to help take all the medical information out there and make sense of what is most important for you -believes in a holistic approach to health (not a one size fits all, or one pill fixes all approach)
  • - is looking for a caring, empathic Naturopathic doctor!

Dr. Bizic completed her education of over 10 years in Toronto, Ontario (Canadian Naturopathic College +) and moved to Nova Scotia in 2017.

Kelsey McCallum, BACS

Office Manager

“Kelsey is efficient and always so ready to help me with whatever I need.” SB

Kelsey grew up in Cape Breton until moving to Halifax upon graduating from Cape Breton University, where she earned a degree in Community Studies. She has been interested in a holistic and preventative lifestyle for years and is always excited to learn more about health and the human body.

When not working in the inspiring healing environment of Inner Ocean, she can be found cooking plant based food, hiking, reading, or practicing Yoga. Kelsey is excited to be learning from the team at Inner Ocean while continuing her studies. 


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