Naturopathy with Dr. Susan Ritcey, N.D.

Marina Rennie, M.OMSc


FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What conditions does Osteopathy treat?
A. Osteopathic Manual Practitioners don’t treat specific conditions. In other words, they treat each individual body based on where restrictions are found, rather than based on the condition the patient comes in with. Treatments are tailored to the individual, as opposed to a singular common approach. Chronic pain, IBS, arthritis, sciatica, joint pain and many other common conditions are addressed unique to each individual.

Q. Do all Osteopathic Manual Practitioners treat the same?
A. No. Many OMP’s in Nova Scotia have been trained from different schools around the world and have a slightly different way of approaching the body. Marina has attended the only principles based and Classical Osteopathy education in Canada. Classical Osteopathy focuses on treating the body how Dr. Andrew Taylor Still (the founder of Osteopathy) did in his many years of successful practice.

Q. What can I expect at my first treatment?
A. After making an appointment please download and print off the intake/consent form below. If you don’t have a printer at home, please come 10-15 minutes early to your first appointment to complete it. Once completed, you and Marina will discuss your health history and she will ask some additional questions relating to your health. When this is complete, Marina will do a thorough assessment and treatment of your body depending what was found that day.

Q. How long are treatments?
A. Initial Treatments are 45 minutes - 1 hour. Follow-up treatments are 35 - 45 minutes. Treatment times are decided on the individual at each session and they are not always the same.

Q. Is Osteopathy like Chiropractic?
A. No. OMPs trained in Canada cannot use HVLA (High Velocity, Low Amplitude) adjustment, or any other thrust like adjustments. OMPs can still make adjustments, but they are very gentle in nature.

Q. What can I expect after my first treatment?
A. Expect to feel generally sore or tired for a day or two after your first appointment. This is perfectly normal and should subside in 24-48 hours.

Q. Is Osteopathy regulated?
A. No. But many associations are currently seeking government regulation to protect the public and the profession.

Q. Are OMPs doctors?
A. No. We cannot diagnose or write prescriptions.

Q. Who “discovered” Osteopathy?
A. Andrew Taylor Still in the 1870’s. Still focused on the body's ability to self-heal and self-regulate and believed that if you remove the restriction, the body will heal on its own. This is why OMT’s do not believe they are healers, rather, they believe they are facilitators.

Disclaimer: I am not an Osteopathic Physician, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), nor do I practice Osteopathic Medicine.

Marina Rennie, M.OMSc
Marina Rennie, M.OMSc

Marina Rennie, Osteopathic Manual Practitioner (M.OMSc).

Marina has completed a Master's Diploma in Osteopathic Manipulative Science (M.OMSc) from the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy in Hamilton, Ontario. The program includes over 4200 hours of clinical and hands-on practice and is the only Classical Osteopathy training in Canada.

She is a member and in good standing with OSTCAN (Osteopathy Canada), Ontario Osteopathy Association (OOA) and the NSAO (Nova Scotia Association of Osteopaths). Marina's treatments focus on the cause of the problem, rather than the result. She works through the anatomical and structural components of the body to increase mobility and encourage blood flow to the tissues, so that the body can self-heal and self-regulate. Having grown up in the Annapolis Valley, Marina is happy to be back and offer her services to the community.

Outside of work, you can find Marina walking her dog daily and swimming in the Atlantic Ocean.


Hawthorn Osteopathy

Please read the information form to help you prepare for your visit. We ask you to arrive a few minutes early for your first appointment to fill out a short intake form. You can save some time by downloading the form below, filling it out ahead of your visit, and bringing it along with you.