|Dr. Alice Aiken
Vice President Research and Innovation
BSc (Ottawa), BScPT (Dal), MSc, PhD (Queen's), CD
A proud Dal alumna (BSc'94 in Physiotherapy), Professor Alice Aiken, PhD, MSc, BScPT, BSc is past President of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and spent 10 years as a faculty member in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queens University. A veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces (serving first as a ship's navigator in the Royal Canadian Navy, then as a physiotherapist), her research in health services and health policy has a unique focus on veterans and their families.
|Dr. Shaun Boe
Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Health
Faculty Coordinator, PhD in Health
Hon BPhEd (Kin) (Brock), PhD (UWO), MPT (UWO)
|Dr. Sandra Curwin
BSc (Dal), MSc (Dal), PhD (University of California)
Office: Room 409, Forrest Building
Phone: (902) 494-7735
Dr. Curwin is originally from Moncton, New Brunswick. After studying physiotherapy at Dalhousie, she started one of the first private physiotherapy practices in Atlantic Canada in 1979, before returning to graduate school at Dalhousie (MSc in Kinesiology, Biomechanics) and UCLA (PhD in Kinesiology, Connective Tissue Physiology).
Dr. Curwin's clinical experience and collaboration with colleague Dr. William Stanish led them to develop the "eccentric exercise program" for repetitive strain injuries that is now the accepted standard worldwide for treating chronic tendinopathies such as tennis elbow and Achilles tendinopathy.
Dr. Curwin has held academic positions in both the United States and Canada. She is a licensed physiotherapist in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and California and continues to be active in clinical practice.
|Dr. Gail Dechman
BScPT (Queens), PhD (McGill)
Office: Room 430, Forrest Building
Tel: (902) 494-2734
Dr. Gail Dechman joined the School of Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University in September 2006. She completed her BSc in Physiotherapy at Queen’s University and received her PhD in respiratory physiology from McGill University. Prior to joining the faculty at Dalhousie University she held faculty positions at McGill University and at Husson College in Bangor, Maine. Dr. Dechman also worked for three years as the Centre Director of the Kuwait-Dalhousie Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Project, the goal of which was to improve the standard of rehabilitation care in the state of Kuwait through education, service, and research.
Dr. Dechman has extensive clinical experience in cardio-respiratory physical therapy, with an emphasis in ICU care and cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. Currently she teaches courses in exercise physiology, cardiorespiratory care and research methods.
|Dr. Marie Earl
Graduate Coordinator, MSc-PT
BScPT (UWO), MSc, PhD (Waterloo)
Office: Room 303, Forrest Building
Tel: (902) 494-2633
Dr. Marie Earl (BSc Physiotherapy, University of Western Ontario) completed her doctoral work on the neuromuscular control of posture and movement at the University of Waterloo (PhD Kinesiology). At the School of Physiotherapy, Dalhousie University, her teaching and research activities focus on exercise techniques to reduce falling and improve function of seniors who have balance problems. Changes in muscle and sensory function can have major effects on a person’s mobility. By applying better knowledge of muscle and sensory systems to clinical assessment and treatment options, Dr. Earl is working to find better ways to protect or restore balance and mobility of people whose health is threatened by inactivity, illness, or injury.
Dr. Katherine Harman
|Dr. Scott Kehler
Affiliate Scientist, Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine
BPE , BKin, MSc, PhD (UofM)
Office: Room 402, Forrest Building
Tel: (902) 494-2822
Scott joined the School of Physiotherapy team at Dalhousie University in September 2019. He completed his graduate training at the University of Manitoba in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management Master’s degree program in 2012 and the Applied Health Sciences PhD program in 2017. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Dalhousie University in the Division of Geriatric Medicine before starting his appointment in Physiotherapy.
Scott’s research focuses on the clinical and epidemiological aspects of frailty and aging, with a special interest in patients living with cardiovascular disease. In particular, he studies the impact of physical activity and sedentary behaviours for the prevention and treatment of frailty.
Dr. Cheryl Kozey
BPE (UNB) MSc (Waterloo), PhD (Dal)Office: Room 316B, Forrest Building
Tel: (902) 494-2635
Dr. Kozey's research is focused on bone and joint disorders (musculoskeletal), specifically lower back disorders and osteoarthritis: two of the most prevalent and costly healthcare problems worldwide with particular relevance to Nova Scotia. A healthy musculoskeletal system is vital for mobility and physical function. The ultimate goal of Dr. Kozey's research is to impact the health of Nova Scotians and have a global impact as this problem is highly prevalent in other industrialized nations.
Dr. Marilyn MacKay-Lyons
BScPT (Toronto), MScPT (USC), PhD (Dal)
Dr. Rebecca Moyer
Dr. Derek Rutherford
Dr. Olga Theou
Prior to joining the School of Physiotherapy in 2019, Dr. Olga Theou was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Dalhousie University. She is cross appointed with the Department of Medicine at Dalhousie University and continues to be an Affiliated Scientist of Geriatric Medicine with the Nova Scotia Health Authority and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer of Medicine with the University of Adelaide, Australia. She obtained her BSc in Physical Education and Sports Sciences at Aristotle University in Greece, MSc in Gerokinesiology from the California State University in Fullerton, and PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences with specialization in Health and Aging from Western University. She also completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the University of British Columbia Okanagan at the Department of Human Kinetics, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Dahousie University. Her research interests include aging, frailty and physical activity.