Staff


The Atlantic Balance and Dizziness Centre was founded in 2008 by Susan Ehler and Steven MacNeil with the vision of creating a physiotherapy practice that treats every client with respect and expertise. The professionals and office staff at the Atlantic Balance and Dizziness Centre are highly trained and exceptionally friendly. 















































 

Susan Ehler, PT

Susan Ehler graduated with a BSc in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University in 1987. She worked at the NS Rehabilitation Centre for 4 years before moving to private practice in Dartmouth in the area of neurology for 2 years. She then spent 4 years working at a Community Health Centre in Barrie, Ontario specializing in the development of community-based programs for individuals with neurological disorders. She returned to Nova Scotia in 1997 to resume private practice in neurology. At this time, she pursued post-graduate training in Vestibular rehabilitation and began seeing clients on a regular basis. Susan passed her competency in vestibular rehabilitation through Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  She has continued with this combination of neurological and vestibular rehabilitation in a private practice setting, working in close collaboration with local hospitals, health care centres and community agencies.


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Steven MacNeil, PT

Steven began his education at St. Francis Xavier University, where he graduated in 2001 with a BSc in chemistry.  Steven later completed Dalhousie University’s BSc physiotherapy program in 2004.  He began to work in Halifax and Dartmouth after graduation, concentrating in private practice orthopedics.  In 2005, Steven began his training in vestibular rehabilitation and soon after started practice in this area.  Since this time, Steven has undergone post-graduate education in both vestibular rehabilitation and orthopedics.  He completed his competency in vestibular rehabilitation through Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. In June 2008, Steven completed his Intermediate Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Therapy and his Advanced Diploma in 2011. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (CAMPT).  Steven’s expertise is in the combination of vestibular rehabilitation and orthopedic manual physiotherapy.

Anita Hoelzel, PT

Anita graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 2003. She began work in Calgary, Alberta after graduation, concentrating on private practice orthopedics. In 2007, Anita began her training in vestibular rehabilitation and soon after started pracitce in this area of physiotherapy. Later she passed her competency in vestibular rehabilitation through Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Then in 2010 Anita relocated to Bridgewater, Nova Scotia where she has continued to practice orthopedics with a special interest in vestibular rehabilitation. She joined the team at Atlantic Balance and Dizziness Centre in 2013 and is the main therapist at our Bridgewater location.


Erinn Davidson, PT

​Erinn began her education at Acadia University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology with Honours (2004). She continued her education at Western University and graduated with a Masters of Physical Therapy in 2006. Erinn started her professional career in private practice with a focus in orthopaedics and maintained this focus when she entered the hospital setting in 2008 working in the outpatient orthopaedic units in the Annapolis Valley. In 2010 she took a year's leave and moved to New Zealand fulfilling a hospital rotational position involving the stroke, surgical and outpatient units. She has completed many post-graduate courses including Level III upper and lower quadrant Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy, acupuncture and multiple vestibular rehabilitation courses including paediatric vestibular rehabilitation and concussion management. Erinn developed a special interest in vestibular rehabilitation in 2009 and has been practicing in the area since then. In 2012 she attained her competency training in vestibular rehabilitation at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Erinn joined the team at Atlantic Balance and Dizziness Centre in 2015. 

Sarah Bradley, PT

Sarah began her educated at the University of Ottawa where she completed a Bachelor of Arts with Specialization in Kinesiology. She then returned to Nova Scotia where she graduated from Dalhousie University in 2014 with a Master of Science in Physiotherapy. After graduation, Sarah began working in private practice with a focus on orthopaedics. She continued to further her education, taking courses in acupuncture and completed Level II Lower Quadrant Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy. Sarah transitioned to community-based physiotherapy in 2016, primarily working with seniors and individuals with neurological disorders. She has gone on to complete additional post-graduate training in the area of vestibular rehabilitation and joined the team at Atlantic Balance and Dizziness Centre in 2017. 

Paula Calnen, PT

Paula graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Saint Mary’s University in 1999. She graduated from Queen’s University with her Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy in 2002. She began working in orthopedic private practice physiotherapy at that time. She graduated from Western University with her Clinical Masters in Manipulation and Manual therapy in 2008, and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (CAMPT).  Paula has completed coursed in auricular acupuncture and successfully completed her Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute examinations (CAFCI). She joined the team at Atlantic Balance and Dizziness Centre in 2014. Her post graduate education has been in vestibular rehabilitation and orthopedics.