Located in the beautiful Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, the Clinic overlooks the ocean at the edge of the Minas Basin, which boasts the highest tides in the world. Driving to and from the Clinic serves to prepare and integrate each patient for the transformative experience provided by their osteopathic treatment.

Most insurance plans cover our services however a medical referral may be required in specific cases. Be sure to check with your insurance company prior to booking your appointment to determine your coverage.

As thoughtful and dedicated health providers we are proud of the warm environment we have created to welcome our patients. Please get in touch to discuss how we may be able to help you.

Meet our Practitioners

Sarah Hayes

BA/BPHE, RMT, DOMP, Osteopath

Clinic Owner and Supervisor

The wide range of patients who come to the clinic continues to amaze me. From pregnant mothers to newborns, athletes, construction workers, police officers and secretaries, we meet people from all walks of life.  I still learn from each person by observing the self-healing process which takes place during and after each treatment.

Sarah has a background in dance, physical and health education, massage therapy, osteopathy, dynamic neuromuscular stabilization and yoga.  She has studied and taught with many osteopaths around the world, gleaning insight from a multitude of perspectives over many years.

Sarah continues to participate annually in human dissection studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, her alma mater. She incorporates principles of dynamic neuromuscular stabilization and somatic re-patterning as well as the developmental patterns which underlie human growth and tissue repair from embryological studies. She brings all this to her clinical work and to her colleagues within the Clinic, striving to cultivate an environment for enriched learning.

Sarah makes herself available to all patients for a quick consultation (upon request) while they’re being treated by any of her colleagues at the Clinic. This collaborative expertise may be beneficial in providing clarity or insight for assessment and treatment in certain conditions.

Anne-Laure Blot

DOMP, Osteopath

I want all my patients to be happy and feel better. Osteopathy allows me time to listen, advise, support and encourage the self-healing process.

Born in France, Anne-Laure studied osteopathy for five years in Paris where she held various internships and completed two full years of clinical practice.  When the opportunity arose to work as part of an international team in Nova Scotia she jumped at the opportunity. She began working at the Clinic in 2011 and has become a strong and integral part of the osteopathic team. Anne-Laure has been extremely successful in liberating pain. Patients often express relief following her treatments as she provides expert care, coupled with a sensitive touch and warm demeanour. She says that the seaside town of Kingsport reminds her of her native Normandy, and she is happy to now call Canada her home.

Serena Lupini

M.Sc., DOMP, Osteopath

It is important for me to be a good listener, to both the patient and their body. Focusing on the specific needs of the patient each time, facilitates the best treatment. Everyone is different and it’s important to keep that in mind.

Serena is an Italian Osteopath, who studied in Italy for five years, including three years of clinical practice. She then went on to complete a master’s program in the Science of Osteopathy, in England. The osteopathic concept which states; “the parts cannot be separated from the whole,” piqued her curiosity and ultimately became her passion.  She has been with the Clinic since 2019.  She desires to learn more about the interconnectivity that is the human body and continues to develop her sense of palpation to better serve her patients.

Natalie Alexander

M.Ost., Osteopath

I offer support to people through my hands, and by sharing my knowledge. I aim to have patients be an active participant in their own health and learn self-care. It is important that they don’t become victims of their symptoms.

Natalie studied in the United Kingdom full-time for four years, including two years of clinical experience. She received the European School of Osteopathy research prize for her master’s dissertation on the importance of the palpation skills of the osteopath. The osteopathic philosophy which recognizes each person as a functioning whole and that its goal is to get at the root of a problem, is what fascinated her and prompted her entry into the professional field of osteopathy.

Natalie harkens originally from Calgary but loves the great outdoors and the natural beauty of Nova Scotia.  She has been with the osteopathic team in Kingsport since 2017.  Her patients love the intensity of her work and the precision of her palpation.  She has been extremely effective as an osteopathic practitioner working with everything from chronic conditions to concerns of young athletes or new moms, to dealing effectively with headaches and somatic dysfunctions of many types.

She always welcomes a new challenging patient.

Dr. Scott Woodworth

ND

If we focus on identifying the root cause of each condition, we should not have to treat the symptoms.

Dr. Scott Woodworth is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Since his graduation in 2000, Dr. Woodworth has worked in private practice in Nova Scotia. He believes in an integrated approach to patient care, working together with other health care practitioners to achieve optimal health for his patients. He worked for two years in Chicago as part of an oncology team treating patients suffering with late stage cancer. This experience consolidated his belief in the team approach.

Naturopathic Medicine dovetails beautifully with Osteopathy in that it also strives to find the cause of disease. Naturopathy uses symptomatology as a guide for diagnosis and Dr. Woodworth investigates to find the connections within the symptom picture to distill the cause of each problem. This enables him to refine the treatment protocols. He relies on an in-depth nutritional assessment to develop treatment plans using minimal supplementation and dietary modification to achieve realistic goals for each patient. He has a passion for and specializes in the treatment and management of immune system disorders and related health concerns.

Joel Hayes

BBA, R.M.T. Registered Massage Therapist,

Osteopathic Manual Practice (Current Study)

I am excited to be a part of this extraordinary team.

Joel Hayes is a graduate of the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy (CCMH) in Halifax, 2020. He has a post-secondary degree in Business Administration Management from Mount Saint Vincent University and a Tourism Management diploma from NSCC.

Growing up in the tiny hamlet of Kingsport has given Joel an appreciation for the great outdoors and promoted his active lifestyle choices. He has always enjoyed playing sports such as soccer, hockey and golf.  These pursuits led to his keen interest in body work and his experiential knowledge of proper body mechanics in helping prevent physical injuries as well as providing assistance with recovery.

From a very young age Joel was given insight into the benefits of the manual therapies of osteopathy and massage therapy which sparked his interest in pursuing a career in the manual therapeutic arts. He looks forward to utilizing the skills and knowledge he has learned. Working in collaboration with other therapists within this multidisciplinary clinic will help him to grow as a therapist.

As a massage therapist Joel wishes to specialize in soft tissue manipulation and working with the body as a whole to help people address their primary concerns. He aims to decrease restrictions which cause tension in the muscles & fascia, improve range of motion within the joints, focus on relaxation of the patient and develop remedial exercise programs for each patient to enhance treatment outcomes. He looks forward to a challenging career.

Clinic support staff

Chrissie Lynk

Office Manager

I enjoy working at the clinic and watching the patients get better. Our clinic is often a last resort for people who are in pain and I can see the changes before and after they’ve had their treatment. This makes my job satisfying.

Chrissie has been with the Kingsport Clinic from very early on. She supports the operations, and has helped to facilitate the successful, organic growth of the clinic.

Dara Ward

Administrative Assistant

The clinic is such a serene place. We want to put people at ease and we want them to know that their health is a priority for all of us. We do our best to be accommodating for everyone.

Dara has been with the clinic since 2005. As the initial point of contact she listens carefully to each person’s concerns in order to assist them in getting the care they need.   She believes in the quality of work offered by the clinicians at the Clinic and knows that treatment can help improve their quality of life.

Our Policies

• Please enter the clinic no more than 5 minutes prior to your appointment.

• As we have recently changed to a paperless system, we require all patients to complete an on-line intake form.  This will provide us with up to date information on each person.

Make sure to include a list of all current medications and supplements that you take on a regular basis.

• Payment is due at the end of every session. We accept cash, Visa, debit and MasterCard.

• If you are unable to make your scheduled appointment you must give 24 hours notice. This is a courtesy to the clinic and others who are waiting for appointments.

• If you miss your scheduled appointment and do not provide adequate notice you will be charged for your appointment.

• We have a NO SCENT policy. This includes fabric softeners, scented laundry soap, scented deodorant and scented lotions, shampoos, conditioners, and hair spray/creams. Please respect others.

• In order for us to fully examine your body, you may be asked to undress to your underwear. If this is not suitable for you, any type of stretchy, form fitted clothing which allows you to move and the practitioner to see your structure will be fine.

• A lovely addition to our clinic is our therapy dog named Padi who is extremely friendly and hypoallergenic. She especially loves children and enjoys being part of the healing process.  You may request that she is not present during the treatment if you prefer.

16 Water Street.

Kingsport, NS B0P 1H0

(902) 582-7607

16 Water Street.

Kingsport, NS B0P 1H0

(902) 582-7607