Naturopathy with Dr. Susan Ritcey


Physiotherapy, with Kate Devine

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

Pelvic floor disorders can affect many women for many different reasons. The pelvic floor is the lower part of the “core” muscular system that supports the abdominal organs, maintains continence, is involved in sexual function, and also stabilizes the lumbosacral spine and pelvic girdle. In her physiotherapy practice Kate aims to educate her patients on the form and function of the pelvic floor, correct posture and alignment issues, and provide exercises to improve core strength and function.
As a mother of two, Kate understands the physical demands of pregnancy and the post-partum period. She is most interested in helping women with:

  • Incontinence issues
  • Pelvic pain disorders
  • Pelvic girdle and low back pain
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Dyspareunia (painful intercourse)
  • Diastasis recti (abdominal separation)
  • Prenatal and Postpartum core training

Dr. Susan Ritcey, Naturopathic Doctor
Kate Devine, PT

Kate Devine, B.Sc., M.Sc.PT, was born and raised in the Annapolis Valley. She has always had an interest in promoting a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Her physiotherapy practice strives to empower patients to better understand and manage how their body moves and heals.

Kate attended Dalhousie University, earning a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in biology and, after taking a short break for some fun in Whistler, BC, returned to Dalhousie to earn a Master's degree in physiotherapy in 2010. She has taken post-graduate training for the treatment of pelvic floor disorders, diastasis recti, and sacroiliac joint dysfunction. She now has over six years' experience treating these conditions. She has been a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association for 9 years.

When she's not at work, Kate can be found taking in all that the Valley has to offer with her husband and two children. She loves hiking and running on the trails, visiting the wineries, and buying fresh produce at the farmer's markets. She also enjoys yoga, Pilates, reading, and baking.


Hawthorn Physiotherapy

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