At Archstone Physiotherapy and Wellness Centre our goal is simple: to improve the quality of life of those that we treat with professional, confidential and compassionate care. We will schedule ample time so we can understand your story and we can work together to determine the right treatment for you. Our main focus is to help you move and function better. As such we focus on active treatment strategies that will teach you the movement skills that will get you feeling better and staying better!
The purpose of Archstone Physiotherapy and Wellness Centre is to develop a centre of excellence for the provision of physiotherapy and other allied health services. We will provide a high quality, evidence based practice, while striving to establish respectful partnerships with clients.
We are extremely proud to have staff members who have demonstrated leadership and exceptional skill in their chosen areas of practice.
Archstone is the first clinic in the Saint John region to focus on the comprehensive treatment of abdominal and pelvic health problems for women, men, and children. The pelvis is the foundation of support for your body and we believe that it should get the attention it deserves. Through education, training, and experience we are able to develop customized treatment approaches that fit each individual. Research has consistently demonstrated that using physiotherapy treatments such as biofeedback, joint mobilizations, stretching, strengthening and trigger point release can significantly reduce or eliminate pelvic floor disorders.
We feel that knowledge is the first step on your journey to wellness. Frances has been a guest lecturer at UNBSJ and frequently speaks to a variety of groups, including gyms, places of employment, community groups etc. If you would be interested in having our team speak to your group on women’s health issues, please contact the clinic and we will be thrilled to arrange a convenient time.
Frances graduated from Dalhousie University School of Physiotherapy in 1992 and has been working mainly in the field of orthopedics and sports medicine since then. Frances continues to enjoy working with people with a variety of musculoskeletal disorders. However, over the past several years, she has focused her post graduate training in the area of pelvic and abdominal rehabilitation for both women and men. She believes in an active approach, looking at the whole body to get to the root of the problem, using a combination of therapeutic exercise, education, and manual therapy.
Outside the clinic, Frances leads an active lifestyle with her husband and four children. Together they enjoy hiking, camping, skiing, and lots of time in the basketball gym!
For the past 25 years, Sue has developed her practice in the area of Hand Therapy in both hospital and private settings. In 2002 she achieved her goal of becoming a Certified Hand Therapist. Certified Hand Therapists demonstrate exceptional dedication to their profession, and a desire for advanced competency. Certification is voluntary and difficult to attain and involves meeting rigorous standards - such as 4000 hours of practice, and advanced study and training - to pass the certification exam.
Since then, her post-graduate training has focused on advancing her knowledge of managing conditions and injuries affecting the upper extremity. Her client-centered treatment approach helps provide her patients with the tools to return to daily activities whether that is at work, home or play.
Do you wonder how you will age? Me too!
This wonder has led me to go back to school as I approached 50 to look at how strength and balance affect our ability to be physically active as we age. To my great relief, the evidence shows that all of us can get stronger, more mobile and improve balance at any age.
Whether you are a new Mom trying to figure out where your core muscles went or someone who is noticing joint and muscle aches and pains that were not there last year, strength, mobility and balance training will help you regain movement comfort.
One issue I hear from my patients is that bladder control can be a deterrent to remaining active at any age and can be confusing to understand.
The good news is that bladder control can be improved with focused exercise which allow you to build a stronger pelvic floor, as well as stronger core and hip muscles.
I look forward to working with you to assess your movement challenges and to support you to develop the mobility, strength and balance to allow you to remain physically active on your terms.
Patty is from Quispamsis. She Studied Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University graduating in 1992 and has practiced primarily in the field of paediatrics for the past 25 years. Patty made her way to Australia where she completed a coursework masters of Paediatric Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland followed by a Specialist Certificate in Paediatric Orthopaedic Physiotherapy from the University of Melbourne. Patty has most recently completed additional training in the area of pelvic health for children.
Patty has worked in hospitals and in the community delivering care for government and non profit organizations as well as in private practice. She has experience working with children with a number of conditions and concerns including delayed development, cerebral palsy, prematurity, Down syndrome, orthopaedic conditions, alignment issues, foot problems, chronic pain and coordination concerns.
Sharon is a registered massage therapist and acupuncturist with over 17 years of experience. Sharon provides treatment for a variety of conditions and her training in both massage therapy and acupuncture allows her to provide the most effective care for each individual patient, at every visit. Sharon has used acupuncture to treat a variety of women’s health conditions including IVF support, endometriosis and pelvic pain.
Well respected by her peers, Sharon has served on the boards of the NBMA and is currently the bylaws director for the Maritime Association of Registered Acupuncturist.
Darlene has been a Registered Massage Therapist since graduating at the top of her class in 2000. She has worked in many areas from motor vehicle, sport, overuse and work related injuries to providing pregnancy treatments and infant massage instruction. She works with all ages from the very young to the young at heart. In 2004, she began working with breast cancer patients treating them post-surgical for compromised shoulder range of motion as well as scar healing and management. Darlene is also a certified yoga teacher offering a variety of classes, one of them being specifically designed for women with any cancer diagnosis. Collaborating with the Breast Health Program through St. Joseph’s Hospital, together the goal is to provide best practice treatment approaches for optimal outcomes. In 2002, she received her masters certification in myofascial release. She has held a number of positions with the College of Massage Therapists of New Brunswick with the most recent being the Chair of the Complaints Committee. She is also a member of the Grants Committee for the Saint John Community Foundation and has recently been nominated to sit on the Board. Darlene has a genuine passion for giving back to the community through her volunteerism.
Outside of work, Darlene is a fitness enthusiast and can be found at the gym most days of the week. When she is not working out, both she and her husband are chauffeuring, watching and cheering on their 4 kids in soccer, football, as well as in their academic and life endeavours.
Janet has a passion for organization and attention to detail. This led her to obtain a BScCE from UNBF where she spent several years inspecting highway and overpass construction in NB. She also raised her three children while volunteering in many capacities in their schools and she continues to serve on a local high school Parent School Support Committee. She is a people person and loves working with children to make a difference in their education.
In her spare time, Janet is a violinist and co-ordinator for Alto Mare String Orchestra; an active member of the Kennebecasis Valley and Marco Polo Quilt Guilds; a member of Thistle St. Andrew’s Curling League; and a Therapeutic Paws of Canada volunteer in nursing homes, schools and UNBSJ with her golden retriever. She enjoys gardening as well as camping, hiking, and skiing with her family.
Mindy joined the Archstone team as a part time administrative assistant in August of 2018 bringing a wealth of administrative experience along with her. Mindy and her husband Mike reside in Quispamsis with their 3 children and 2 dogs and 2 cats.
In her free time Mindy loves to spend time with her family and friends. She loves to read and to spend time doing outside activities.
We look forward to working together with you, to help you discover your optimal function.