pillars of health

Our Practitioners

Dr. Denise Wright
Chiropractor
Dr. Denise Wright is originally from Cape Breton. She attended Acadia University for her B.Sc. in Biology and went to Toronto to study at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College for four years to become a chiropractor. Dr. Wright enjoys being part of a health care team. “The patient really benefits when I have such great people to refer to- whether it is down the hall or up the street, “ explains Dr. Wright. Dr. Wright lives in Dartmouth with her family.
Meghan Munro
Registered Massage Therapist

Meghan has been a practicing Registered Massage Therapist since graduating with honors from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2008. Over the last 10 years in practice Meghan has taken courses to further benefit her clientele and increase her knowledge of her profession. Her practice offers Swedish, deep tissue and a variety of myofascial release techniques including Graston Technique® and cupping therapy. Each treatment is chosen based on the client’s individual needs at the time of treatment. She loves working in collaboration with the other like-minded members of the Pillars of Health team, to help treat clients needs. Meghan works with clients of all ages as she feels that massage therapy is a manual therapy that truly benefits everyone. She feels passionately about teaching her client’s how to help heal their bodies and become more mindful of preventative care. In her spare time, Meghan enjoys quality time with her two daughters and husband. When not with her family, Meghan can be found reading a book, enjoying multiple physical activities, with friends or staying grounded.

Carolyn Roosen
Physiotherapist

"Helping people to feel better everyday is my ultimate goal"
- Carolyn Roosen

Carolyn Roosen is on a mission to improve community health one patient at a time. A physiotherapist with over 20 years experience, Carolyn works daily to improve the health and well- being of her patients.

A graduate of Acadia University and McMaster University, she has degrees in Physical Education and Health Science in Physiotherapy. Over the course of her career, she has obtained post- graduate training in Functional Dry Needling, Manual Therapy, Muscle Imbalance Correction, Kinesio taping and Cancer and Exercise. She is also a Scott Pilates trained instructor. She continues specialized education each year for the benefit of her patients.

Carolyn is an active member of the Nova Scotia College of Physical Therapists, the Canadian Association of Physiotherapists and the Exercise is Medicine Council of Canada.

When not working, Carolyn enjoys pilates, running, being outside and joining her family for their fun activities such as cross fit, paddling and hockey. She lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia with her husband and two children.

Emily Burnie
Registered Acupuncturist

Emily received her Diploma of Acupuncture in 2016 from the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. After graduation she began working in Cole Harbour while furthering her studies by preparing for and writing the Pan-Canadian National Licensing Exam for Acupuncturists.
Before this she earned a Bachelor of Science and a Diploma of Animal Health Technology from Dalhousie University Campus of Agriculture in 2005. Since then she has been working as a Registered Veterinary Technician, which she still does part-time.
As an acupuncturist Emily enjoys treating a variety of conditions, including digestive disorders, women's health concerns, anxiety & depression. She has a special interest in treating chronic pain, especially arthritis and fibromyalgia.
Emily is an active member of the Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Association of Nova Scotia and is the current association Administrative Assistant.
When not at work, Emily enjoys knitting, reading, gardening, working on her home and fostering kittens. She lives in Eastern Passage with her long-term boyfriend, their dog Callie and their cat Conan.

Tracey Desmond
Registered Massage Therapist

Biography coming soon!

Alex Mader
Osteopath

Alex is a graduate of the Collège d'Etudes Ostéopathiques (CEO), where he received his Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practitioner (DOMP) in 2022. He is a member in good standing with the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (OAO) and the Nova Scotia Association of Osteopaths (NSAO). The initial visit will involve posture screening, evaluating joint range of motion, discussing health history, and a treatment. Treatment may include myofascial release, joint manipulations, cranio-sacral techniques, and home care exercises. Osteopathy is a gentle, hands-on approach, suitable for all ages. The goal is to facilitate health and optimize systemic function using the various hands-on techniques for the musculoskeletal system and other associated conditions that arise due to dysfunction through the body.

In addition to his Osteopathic training, Alex graduated with Honours from York University in Toronto, ON with a Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology and Health Science in 2012. He utilizes the Functional Movement Systems screening assessment tool to highlight discrepancies in movement patterns with his clients. He has extensive experience working as a Registered Kinesiologist prescribing and progressing clients' rehabilitation exercise programs to improve muscular imbalances and building functional strength.