Harbourside Rehabilitation Inc. is a Nova Scotia-based Occupational Therapy and Vocational Rehabilitation company which has provided Occupational Therapy and vocational rehabilitation services since 2003. We have spent years working with diverse client populations developing the skills and knowledge in the areas of complex case management, return to work planning, workstation assessments, ergonomics, attendance management programs for employers, mental health counselling and cognitive rehabilitation including cognitive screens.
Sherry has worked in both the public and private sectors since becoming a registered occupational therapist in 1990. She has experience in a variety of clinical areas including, spinal cord injury rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, cognitive assessment and rehabilitation, mental health and seating. Sherry uses her creativity and fitness background to assist clients to improve function. Sherry is certified to offer the Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP), BrainFX 360 assessment and Metriks FCE (Functional Capacity Evaluation) View Sherry's curriculum vitae (PDF).
Linda Kay, B.A. (Office Manager)
Linda graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and obtained a Business Administration certificate from the Nova Scotia Community College at which time she received the award for Top of her class, the Queen Elizabeth Medal for the school and a certificate of recognition from the Certified General Accountants Association of Nova Scotia for highest mark. She worked full time for 14 years with Maritime Life and then 2 years with Manulife Financial, first as a mortgage administrator and then as a fund accountant. Upon her position being outsourced, Linda decided to work part time to be able to balance her home and work life, and be at home with her two boys. She came to Harbourside Rehabilitation in October 2007 and works as office manager, maintaining the accounting system and general office administration.
Jennifer Finlayson, B.Sc. O.T. Reg. (N.S.) (Occupational Therapy Consultant)
Jennifer graduated from Dalhousie University School of Occupational Therapy in 1999. Since then she has worked in hospital and community based settings, both in public and private sectors. She has extensive experience in complex case management, ergonomics, and return to work planning. Workplace wellness, returning to work and remaining healthy and productive in the workplaces has been a focus of her career. She has worked with clients in the development of activity reintegration programs, pain, stress and time management programs, as well as medical and vocational rehabilitiation programs. In addition to direct client care, Jennifer offers a repertoire of supervisory, program development, promotion and evaluation skills from her previous employment. She is committed to the betterment of her clients, her profession and has shown leadership within the community of occupational therapists. Jennifer is a PGAP and BrainFX 360 provider.
Kim Hardy, B.Sc. M. Sc. O.T. Reg. (N.S.) (Occupational Therapy Consultant)
Kim is a graduate of Dalhousie University with a B.Sc. in Science (Biology) and M.Sc. in Occupational Therapy. She has clinical experience in community mental health, vision rehabilitation, and inpatient hospital (including traumatic brain injury, stroke, orthopedics, and falls risk management). Her work with clients includes completing physical and/or cognitive assessments, developing and implementing rehabilitation programs, recommending adaptive equipment and home modifications, and education plus training in strategies to promote success in activiites of daily living. Kim is committed to supporting her clients as they work towards achieving their optimal level of performance in areas of life important to them, and she believes strongly in an evidence-based, client-centered approach to goal formation, treatment strategies and therapy.
Emilie Johnston M. Sc. O.T. Reg. (N.S.) (Occupational Therapy Consultant)
Emilie joined Harbourside Rehab as an Occupational Therapy Consultant in 2015. Since graduating from McGill University in 2012 with a Masters in Occupational Therapy, Emilie has been working in the private health care sector in the areas of case management, return-to-work planning, physical demands analyses, ergonomics, and (PGAP) provider. She is an active member on the executive committee of the Nova Scotia Society of Occupational Therapists and loves working in the communities of Nova Scotia to assist individuals in returning to their activities of daily life. Her career goals involve improving community health care services, advocating for the OT profession, and contributing further to the scientific literature in support of OT services.
Emily Nickerson B. Sc. M. Sc. O.T. Reg. (N.S.) (Occupational Therapy Consultant)
Emily graduated from Saint Mary's University in 2012 with her Bachelor of Sciences. In 2013, she graduated with her Master's in Occupational Therapy from Dalhousie University. Since that time, she has worked in long-term care and in an administrative OT role. She has experience in seating and was granted a wide variety of experiences when on placement for her degrees. She enjoys working with clients and their caregivers to reach their maximum potential.
Lynn has been a registered occupational therapist since 1992. She has worked in both the public and private sectors in Nova Socotia and Ontario in a wide variety of practice settings including acute care, rehabilitation and communty-based practice. Her experience includes traumatic brain injury, stroke, orthopaedics, mental health, seniors health, ergonomics, and soft-tissue injury recovery. She has developed assessment and intervention skills in the areas of home accessibility, seating, activity reactivation and goal-setting, as well as the use of remediation and compensatory strategies for cognitive-perceptual deficits. She provides activity reaction/behavioural therapy programs to individuals with mental and/or physical issues for pre-vocational purposes.
Alyssa graduated from Western University in 2012 with her Bachelor of Health Sciences, specializing in Health Promotion. In 2015, she graduated from Dalhousie University with her Masters of Science in OccupationalTherapy. Since then, Alyssa has worked in the private sector providing services such as return-to-work planning, ergonomic assessments and job site analyses. She has also worked in the public sector with individuals living with acquired brain injuries along their continuum of care from the acute stage, to rehabilitation, to community re-integration. Alyssa is a PGAP provider, is certified to administer the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills, and has completed training in Matheson's Essential Function Job Site Analysis, Motivational Interviewing, Non Violent Crisis Intervention and Mental Health First Aid. Alyssa is committed to delivering evidence-based practice and to continuing her education in order to best support her clients in achieving their functional goals.
Paulette graduated the Dalhousie University School of Occupational Therapy in 1994. She has worked in a variety of positions and industries including hospitals, rehabilitation clinics and disability and auto insurance. More recently, she has worked as an Occupational Therapist in the Employee Wellness, Health & Safety Dept. in Newfoundland, Health Management Consultant with Sun Life Financial in Halifax and Registrar at the College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia. Paulette completed her Certificate in Integrated Disability Management Program with the University of Fredericton and received the NIDMAR CDMP certification in 2015.At present, she is pursuing her MBA with a speciality in Health & Safety Leadership through the University of Fredericton.She brings extensive experience in disability case management, ergonomics, return to work planning, workplace wellness, activity reintegration, medical and vocational rehabilitation as well as home safety and accessibility.
Deb Vantriet, B.A. Pysch, BCR (Rehabilitation Consultant)
Deb graduated from the University of Calgary with two degrees; Bachelor of Arts in Psychology as well as in Community Rehabilitation. Deb's second degree (BCR) provided her with practical experience which she utilized to focus on gaining a greater understanding of brain injury rehabilitation. She gained extensive experience in this field in Calgary, AB, providing in-home support, cognitive rehabilitation, on-site job coaching, and case coordination to survivors of brain injury and their families. Deb has worked in both public and private rehabilitation. A member of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada, Deb also has her RRP (Registered Rehabilitation Professional) certification, and is on the board of VRA Atlantic. Additionally, she has received training in QuickNOC Pro for use in completion of Transferable Skills Analyses. Since 2005, Deb has worked as a Rehabilitation Consultant, providing coordination services, as well as vocational support and counseling to individuals with a variety of injuries and disabilities; with greatest interest in one-to-one support, such as job search and independent living skills utilizing appropriate and creative leadership techniques.
Providing Occupational Therapy Services to Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and parts of New Brunswick (902) 446-4442