Cheryl Gilfoy, MScPT
A South Shore native, Cheryl (Nauss) Gilfoy grew up in Mahone Bay. Cheryl graduated from Dalhousie university with a BSc in Kinesiology in 2007, before continuing on to complete her MSc in Physiotherapy in 2009. After graduation, Cheryl moved to Ontario where she worked in private practice as well as long term care. In 2012, Cheryl returned to the South Shore and continued to work in private practice before becoming co-owner of South Shore Physiotherapy in 2014, where she continues to work full time.
Cheryl has continued her education through various post graduate courses in manual therapy techniques including: Mulligan concept mobilizations with movement, Butler mobilizations of the nervous system and the Advanced Lumbo-Pelvic certification program, and has successfully completed her Level 3 certification towards achieving her Diploma in Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Therapy. In 2019 she completed training to become a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. Cheryl has also completed training in vestibular rehabilitation and acupuncture/dry needling. Cheryl is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
Kenny Gilfoy, MScPT, FCAMPT
Originally from Antigonish, Kenny graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 2006 with a BSc in Human Kinetics. Kenny then went on to Dalhousie University where he completed his MSc in Physiotherapy in 2009. Following graduation, Kenny moved to Ontario for three years where he gained clinical experience in a variety of settings. From private practice, to cardiac rehab, to long-term care, Kenny has a varied background which allows him to successfully treat a large variety of patients. In the fall of 2012, Kenny made the move back home to Nova Scotia.
Kenny has done extensive continuing education in Acupuncture/dry needling, vestibular rehabilitation, musculoskeletal rehab and concussion management. In 2016, Kenny successfully completed his Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy Exam and received his Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy. Kenny has a passion for sports, and has been part of the medical staff for Hockey Nova Scotia, South Shore Mustangs Midget AAA Hockey Club and South Shore Lumberjacks. Kenny is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT).
Brendon Samson, MScPT
Brendon grew up in Oromocto NB, but has spent a fair few years in Nova Scotia, and most recently the United Kingdom. Brendon attended St. Francis Xavier University where he completed his BSc in Human Kinetics with honours in 2011. While attending St.FX, Brendon worked two years as a student athletic therapist with the CIS national champion X-Women Rugby team. Brendon then went on to Dalhousie University where he completed his MSc in Physiotherapy in 2013. After qualifying Brendon worked in a busy private practice based in Greenwood NS, before moving internationally to Cardiff in the United Kingdom where he practiced for two years in a growing multidisciplinary clinic specializing in sport and performance.
Brendon has done post graduate training in acupuncture, sports trauma and management/ rehabilitation, bike fitting, persistent pain, and the Mulligan concept. Brendon has also done several blogs and guest posts for various magazines in hopes of keeping the public up to date on the latest research. Brendon is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
Allison Godard, MPT
Allison grew up in small town south-west Manitoba and has recently moved to the east coast. She completed all of her schooling at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, MB where she graduated with her Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2017 and took a couple years off to travel and work before she returned to school to complete her Masters of Physical Therapy in the spring of 2021. Allison’s ongoing love for physical activity and passion for helping people drew her towards a career in Physiotherapy. She continues to stay active by playing a variety of sports and enjoying several outdoor activities.
Allison likes to incorporate manual therapy, education, and exercise in her approach to provide a holistic treatment plan for all of her patients. She plans to further her education and continue learning through post-graduate courses and certifications. Allison hopes to complete her orthopedic levels in the future to further develop her manual therapy skills. Allison is a member of Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
Chris grew up in Shelburne and after some time away he has just moved back to the South Shore. He attended St. FX and completed a BSc in Human Kinetics in 2005. After that he spent 3 years in Omaha, Nebraska and was awarded a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2009. He then settled in Abbotsford, British Columbia where he was practicing in multidisciplinary clinics with some very accomplished mentors over the last 12 years. Being an avid sports fan, Chris felt fortunate to have the opportunity to work with many professional, Olympic, collegiate and high school athletes during his time in BC.
As far as continued learning is concerned Chris completed the coursework and examination process to receive his Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy. With that he became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy. He also took part in further training at the University of British Columbia in GunnIMS (intramuscular stimulation), a form of dry needling. Chris has taken many other courses, attended and delivered in-services in various physiotherapy related topics over his years of practice.
He and his family are excited to be back in Nova Scotia and serve the South Shore for years to come!
Chris Zwicker, DPT, FCAMPT
Hayley Gates, MScPT
Hayley grew up in Bridgewater and went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of New Brunswick. During her time at UNB she played for the Varsity Women’s Soccer team while completing her studies. Hayley continued her education at Dalhousie University where she completed a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy. She is certified in Biomedical Dry Needling and has completed the Pelvic Health Solutions course in Male and Female Urinary Incontinence.
As a practitioner, Hayley has experience working with athletes in various sports including hockey, basketball, and soccer. She is a member of the medical staff for the South Shore Junior A Lumberjacks and volunteers with local basketball teams. She believes in an active approach to rehabilitation involving education, exercises, and hands-on treatment to ensure that her patients are reaching their maximum potential.