Flourish Occupational Therapy
Flourish Occupational Therapy provides home and community-based services to adults throughout Nova Scotia. We specialize in screening, assessment, and interventions that promote independence, engagement, and well-being.
We pride ourselves on delivering accessible, inclusive, and client-directed services.
Meet the Team
Meet the therapists who make Flourish a place of care, compassion, and progress.
Owner / Occupational Therapist
Maddie is originally from Ontario but ventured east to pursue her undergraduate degree at Dalhousie University. She graduated in 2016 with her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology. Maddie fell in love with the east coast and decided to continue her education at Dalhousie. Maddie graduated with her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2018. Since 2018 Maddie has been a licensed OT and has worked in a variety of roles.
Maddie specializes in offering home-based occupational therapy assessments and services. She is particularly versed in assessing functional mobility and accessibility, as well as prescribing medical equipment. Maddie has experience working with individuals with various diagnoses, including intellectual and developmental disabilities, neurocognitive disorders, and psychiatric conditions. She has ample experience workings with individuals who live in supported environments, such as small-option and group homes, as well as long term care. Maddie is passionate about finding creative solutions to promote independence and safety, for both clients and their support systems/caregivers.
Alyssa graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2012 with a Bachelor of Health Science, honors specialization in Health Promotion. She then returned home to Nova Scotia to pursue her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Dalhousie University, graduating in 2015. Since that time, Alyssa has been practicing as a licensed OT both in private practice and at Nova Scotia Health in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and the community. She has spent most of her career working with clients who have sustained acquired brain injuries, but has also worked in general medicine, neurological rehabilitation, and musculoskeletal/amputee care.
Alyssa transitioned into a professional practice role at Nova Scotia Health in 2023. She did not want to lose touch with direct patient care, which led to her decision to re-enter private practice in a part-time capacity. She is committed to and passionate about quality care and is very excited to work with Flourish and continue to deliver excellent occupational therapy services to Nova Scotians. Alyssa is available on evenings and weekends to support clients of Flourish.
Rachel grew up in beautiful rural Nova Scotia. She attended St. Francis Xavier University and obtained a Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree in 2017. Rachel then attended Dalhousie University to complete her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2019. Since then, Rachel has been a licensed OT working in mental health and addictions.
Rachel specializes in working with a wide range of mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, and ADHD. Rachel has additional training in psychotherapeutic modalities, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Good Psychiatric Management (GPM), and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I). Rachel's practice focuses on supporting her clients to overcome barriers and be able to perform and participate in the occupations (activities of daily living) which foster their individual sense of well-being and improve their mental health. Rachel is passionate about the therapeutic benefit on meaningful occupation and uses a range of therapeutic interventions to support her clients to achieve their goals and pursue what matters most.
Caroline graduated from Mount Allison University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology and a minor in Psychology. She then returned home to Nova Scotia to pursue her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Dalhousie University, graduating in 2020.
Since that time, Caroline has been practicing as a licensed OT in Long Term Care. Caroline has experience working with individuals of various diagnoses, including Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury, and ALS. She has also worked closely with clients following hip, pelvic and shoulder fractures.
Caroline specializes in Assisted and Retirement living Occupational Therapy assessments and services. She is especially interested and experienced in functional mobility, wheelchair prescription, falls risk, and medical equipment. Caroline is very excited to be working with Flourish, and to support clients in discovering safer and more independent ways of living.
Assessment rates are quoted on a per hour basis. For services offered within Halifax Regional Municipality there is no fee for travel. For services offered in other areas throughout Nova Scotia, the travel fee is determined based on the location and service.
Functional Mobility & Falls Risk Assessment
A functional mobility and falls risk assessment is an assessment of an individual's ability to complete tasks and mobilize in their desired environments. This assessment will help to determine an individuals risk of falls and required supports to reduce risk and promote independence.
Skin Integrity Assessment & Pressure Injury Prevention
A comprehensive skin integrity and risk assessment will consider assess both current skin integrity concerns as well as an individuals future risk of developing skin integrity concerns. Preventative strategies may include specialized equipment and/or products, implementing skin health routines and more.
Mental Health Assessment, Support Planning & Intervention
A mental health assessment will help to determine the impact of an individuals mental health condition on their daily function, engagement, and well-being. Support planning and interventions will be client-directed and aim to increase participating in meaningful activities. This service is also offered to caregivers who are supporting individuals with complex mental health needs.
Medical Equipment Prescription
A medical equipment assessment will determine the requirement of specialized medical equipment to support function in daily tasks as well as promote safety and well-being. Equipment may include hospital beds, speciality mattresses, patient lifts, mobility supports, and more.
Hospital Discharge Planning & Support
Hospital discharge planning and support will help to bridge the gap between hospital and home. Planning and support may include communication with the hospital care team, coordinating necessary equipment, providing training to at home supports and more.
Home Accessibility & Modification Consultation
An accessibility consultation will aid in determining potential modifications that will increase the accessibility of your home or business. Recommendations typically include consultation with a certified contractor.
Wheelchair Seating Assessment & Prescription
A comprehensive wheelchair seating assessment will include a physical assessment of an individuals postures and range of motion, as well as discussion regarding factors contributing to use (environmental accessibility, supports, etc.), to determine the type of wheelchair as well components that will best support an individual's function and comfort.
Caregiver Training, Education & Support (Paid or Unpaid Caregivers)
Caregiver training and support is available for both paid and unpaid caregivers. Training services include body mechanics and ergonomics related to mobility support, transfer training, and medical equipment use training. Additional services include resource navigation and mental health support.
Health/Wellness/Medical Equipment Policy Consultation
Policy consultation services are offered to businesses or organizations. Policy consultation may include reviewing already existing policies or developing new policies. Policy topics include but are not limited to, medical equipment use and safety review, health-care planning, and employee safety pertaining to client support.
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Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia