Wadden Physiotherapy and Sport Performance is a Physiotherapy located in Sydney, Nova Scotia that offers quality, individualized care to our patients.
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Our Team

About Our Team

Mike Wadden - Owner/Physiotherapist

Mike Wadden was born and raised in Sydney River and has been working in Cape Breton since graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University in 2002. He grew up playing numerous sports and is a strong believer in the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle.

He has extensive experience working with orthopaedic, sports injuries, WCB, motor vehicle accidents and post-op patients. He has a true passion for the profession and enjoys working with patients of all ages. He believes that quality care begins with a thorough assessment and education of the condition. He believes in a collaborative effort with the patient to determine treatment goals and that they must be an active participant in their own recovery.

He has taken multiple post-graduate courses, including acupuncture, manual therapy, movement impairment syndromes, ACL injury rehabilitation and post-operative shoulder rehabilitation. In the past number of years, he has focused on furthering his education in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture and recently completed his Advanced Sports Certification in Neurofunctional Acupuncture from McMaster University.

Laura Crouse - Physiotherapist

Laura completed her education at Dalhousie University, graduating in 2006 with a BSc in Kinesiology followed by her MSc in Physiotherapy in 2009. After working in Halifax, she headed to Grande Prairie, gaining most of her experience in private practice and a Persistent Pain Program.  She also gathered experience in both hospital and school settings. She had the unique opportunity of volunteering at the Alberta Summer Games, Arctic Winter Games, and Western Canada Summer Games during her time out west. In the fall of 2020, she made the move back home with her husband and 2 boys. Laura continues to further her education by taking post-graduate courses to provide her with a wider range of skills and knowledge to better help her clients, including pelvic health, manual therapy, Pilates, acupuncture, and dry needling. She has taken special interest and training in persistent pain conditions, athletic injuries – especially dance and running, and temporomandibular (TMJ) dysfunction.

Ashley Petrie - Physiotherapy Aide

Ashley Petrie was born and raised in Cape Breton. She is a wife to Bj and Mom to Jonathon. Their family can be found all winter in the hockey rink and summers in Dunvegan. She is a Mom to two cats Leia and Little Cat. Before becoming a Physiotherapy Aide Ashley worked for 10 years as a Personal Trainer and Healthy Eating for Weight Loss Coach. She is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and helping others to do the same. Ashley loves to run and can be found all over Sydney in any weather at any time. Since 2015 when she started running she has raced in 100+ races ranging in distances of 1 mile – 50km. She loves signing up for a crazy challenge and is known for talking all of her friends in to signing up too.

Melanie Shaw - Patient Care Coordinator

Melanie is our Patient Care Coordinator at Wadden Physiotherapy and Sport Performance. She is one of the first faces you’ll see when arriving at our beautiful new office. Developing strong relationships is the foundation of everything Melanie does, both professionally and personally. By focusing on quality patient care, Melanie has been able to put over 13 years of experience in health care to good use. While she may spend her days in the clinic, it’s the relationships with patients and coworkers that gets her up in the morning.  When she’s not working, Melanie enjoys spending time with her family and all that our beautiful island has to offer.

Alana Coady - Physiotherapist

Raised in Sydney River, Alana graduated from RHS and moved to Halifax to complete her BscKinesiology (2003) and BscPhysiotherapy (2006). She promptly returned home to Cape Breton to start her career as a physiotherapist.

Over the last 9 years Alana has maintained her passion for pelvic floor rehabilitation. She has been trained to treat urinary/fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and a variety of pelvic pain conditions. These include, but are not limited to, pain with urination/defecation, pain with intercourse, bladder pain, period pain, and pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain.

Alana is also trained in vestibular rehabilitation. She has been working with patients suffering from vertigo and imbalance for nearly a decade and has expanded this practice to include concussion management over the last 6 years.

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Have you recently experienced physical discomfort or a recent injury that could require the assistance of a physiotherapist?