Who We Are

Stewart Munroe, Athletic Therapist
Stewart graduated from Acadia University in 1995 with his Bachelor of Science. He then went on to Sheridan College to study Athletic Therapy graduating with honors in 1999.  In 2001 he opened Ken-Val Rehab and Sports Injury Centre.  Along with treating pre and post surgical orthopedic injuries, he has a special interest in assessing and treating shoulder, knee and chronic low back injuries.   He is the Head Athletic Therapist at Rothesay Netherwood School, a private school in Rothesay NB where, in conjunction with the school nurses and doctors, he helps to manage the treatment and care of all musculoskeletal injuries that happen at the school.  In 2005, he joined the Saint John SeaDogs of the QMJHL as the teams Rehab Consultant where he works closely with the teams Head Athletic Therapist and Team Physicians.

Email: stewartmunroe@kenvalrehab.com


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Gillian Gilmore, Athletic Therapist

Gillian discovered her passion for Athletic Therapy while working as a student therapist during her undergraduate degree at the University of New Brunswick.  Her experiences in contact sport with the men's rugby and men's and women's wrestling teams were fundamental in her pursuit of a career in Athletic Therapy. After graduating from her BSc. Kinesiology (Honours) degree in May 2009, she moved to Toronto to continue her education in the Athletic Therapy Certificate Program at York University concurrent with her Masters of Science in the faculty of Kinesiology and Health Sciences.  She became a certified athletic therapist in June 2012 after passing the national certification exam with the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association.   Having grown up on Grand Manan, Gillian is excited to have been able to return to New Brunswick and begin providing her expertise as an Athletic Therapist close to home.  

As an Athletic Therapist, Gillian enjoys doing on site field coverage as well as providing therapy to clients in the clinic.  With a passion for helping athletes to be able to perform at their best, she works with teams to help develop healthier athletes through injury prevention education and conditioning programs, as well as sport specific stretching and strengthening exercise programs.  Eager to work in all areas of Athletic Therapy, Gillian embraces the injury prevention component of athletic therapy as much as the first responder and clinical rehabilitation aspects of her discipline.  

The team at Ken Val is extremely proud of Gillian’s most recent achievement. She was honored to be chosen as Team Athletic Therapist for the Canadian Men’s Soccer Team at the World University Games this past August(2017) which took place in Taipei, Taiwan. Congrats Gillian!!

Email: gillian@kenvalrehab.com

Glenda L Munroe, Physiotherapist
Glenda’s success as a physiotherapist has come from using uses a “hands on” and exercise based approach to treatment – the sports medicine model; working closely with clients in their rehabilitation, establishing their goals and setting steps to achieve these goals. As the Clinic has grown, Glenda’s responsibilities have evolved to include a more managerial role. However, to maintain contact with client’s, when time allows, she enjoys doing home physiotherapy visits for those who cannot make it into the Clinic. In addition she very much enjoys trouble shooting with the other therapists on their clients as they work through their recovery or deal with a disease process with them, encouraging the utilization of the “hands on”, sports medicine model of rehabilitation that many of her previous clients found success with.

Originally from Cape Breton, NS, Glenda relocated to Saint John from Halifax, NS  in 1998 with a plan to stay for a year to further her career as a physiotherapist in Private Practise. After meeting her now husband and business partner Stewart, she also now calls Rothesay home. In their spare time you might find Glenda, Stewart and their son, Kehlan at the hockey rink, the baseball field, the driving range or walking the family dog “Chewy”… all provided the Sea Dogs are not in town, in which case you will find them at the game!

Email: glenda@kenvalrehab.com

Lia Smith, Physiotherapist
Lia earned her degree in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University. Lia has taken many advanced training courses, enhancing her hands-on, and exercise based approach to treatment. Many of her clients make use of her certification in the use of acupuncture to treat muscle and joint related pain. Each client brings a new challenge - whether they were hurt while playing sports, while working, or while playing with their grandchild. There are also those who were injured in a car accident, recovering from surgery, or are dealing with a condition such as rheumatoid or osteoarthritis.  Lia also works with health care providers in the prevention and rehabilitation of back & neck injuries.  Lia establishes a customized exercise program and provides education in proper lifting techniques and patient transferring skills.  Lia has had great success with this approach.

Email: lia@kenvalrehab.com

Jocelyn LeBlanc, Physiotherapist

Jocelyn joined us in October 2017, relocating from Moncton, NB. Jocelyn is a graduate of Dalhousie University, graduating with her Masters in Physiotherapy in 2014. She also completed her undergraduate degree at Dalhousie, having made the Dean’s List when she graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2012.

Jocelyn enjoys all aspects of orthopaedic rehabilitation. She has successfully completed 3 of 4 courses of the McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® - an internationally acclaimed method of assessment and treatment for spinal and extremity pain developed by New Zealand Physiotherapist Robin McKenzie. She is set to complete the 4th course in March of 2018. Applying the McKenzie Method® within the Sports Medicine Model of Rehabilitation, Jocelyn is seeing great results with her many clients – no matter how or where their injury may have occurred..…at home, on the sports field, in the workplace or as the result of a car accident.

In addition, having attended post graduate courses in Concussion Management, Jocelyn’s knowledge and expertise in the area of Concussion Rehabilitation has added another member to the Centre’s existing team available to help clients dealing with this most recent epidemic of head injury.

Jocelyn also loves working with athletes to get them back in the game and works with them just as she would to prepare herself to return to sport. As an accomplished athlete herself, having been the MVP on Dalhousie’s Women’s Hockey Team in 2009, 2010 & 2012, as well as being the All-time leading scorer for Dalhousie University’s Women’s Hockey Program and having attended the World University Games in 2011 as a member of the Canadian Women’s National Hockey team, Jocelyn is well aware of the determination and hard work it takes to stay at the top of your game.

You can be assured that when you set your rehabilitation goal with her, she will work with you to help you achieve it much as she has done to achieve her own goals, both in sport as well as in her professional and personal lives.

When Jocelyn is not at the Clinic you may find her on the bench at the hockey rink volunteering her time assisting with coaching the Rothesay Netherwood Girls Hockey team, or on the ice playing with her current team, “the Bruisers” of the Saint John Women’s Hockey League.  If not at the rink, you will undoubtedly find her out enjoying the great outdoors be it running, swimming or biking….or putting it all together - she might be found competing in a Triathalon. On a slow day you may find her hiking on the next best trail to be challenged!

Jocelyn is fluently bilingual in both English and French. If French is your primary language, please do not hesitate to let us know that this is your preference for your treatment sessions and we will arrange for Jocelyn to work with you.

Email: Jocelyn@kenvalrehab.com

Alex Neilson, Physiotherapist

Alex formally joined our team as a Physiotherapist in October 2016; however, his start with us was much earlier. He was first with us was as a physiotherapy client when he sustained an injury while playing on Lacrosse New Brunswick’s provincial team as a teenager…way back in Grade 8! This spurred on his interest such that while completing his Bio-Psych degree, for which he earned with First Class Honors, he chose to come back to the Centre as a volunteer to see what it was like to be the one helping those who were injured rather than being the one that was injured. Once making the decision that Physiotherapy was going to be his future he applied and was accepted into the School of Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University in 2014. He then completed his final term of internship with us at the Centre in the Summer of 2016. Alex successfully earned his Masters of Physiotherapy from Dalhousie and upon his graduation in October 2016 returned to the Centre to officially begin his physiotherapy career.

As a native of Rothesay, we are very pleased to have Alex join our rehabilitation team. Upon entering the School of Physiotherapy Alex initially believed his main focus would be that of Orthopaedics, particularly sports injuries…as that was what peaked his interest in the beginning. However, in addition to treating sports injuries, Alex has also found an interest and is creating a niche for himself working with the elderly as well as with injured workers. He also loves the challenge of working with clients who are dealing with persistent pain that others have not been able to help them manage.

In his off time, you may find Alex attending a course or reading the most recent tweet on the latest Physiotherapy research to add even more to his current repertoire of treatment skills…..or perhaps managing our Facebook page or solving our latest technological challenge at the Centre…..or researching the next latest and greatest travel destination with his wife Emma…..or perhaps hiking or playing hockey or next summer, returning to the golf course. Yes, he keeps busy!

Having returned to his hometown, Alex is very much enjoying having achieved his goal of becoming a Physiotherapist and now being home providing to his Community the most recent, evidence based, best practice standards of physiotherapy within the sports medicine model of rehabilitation. As he has set and achieved these goals for himself, Alex looks forward to working with his clients to help them set and achieve their rehabilitation goals in the same efficient manner that he was able to accomplish his.

Email: alex@kenvalrehab.com

Carol Hogenbirk, Administration

Carol has been working with KenVal Rehab since May of 2007 as our Office Administrator.  When you visit our clinic Carol is the first member of our team you’ll have the pleasure of meeting.  Carol looks after the day to day operations, from greeting clients, ordering office supplies, answering  phones, booking appointments and providing clients with exceptional service.  Outside of the office Carol and her husband, Rudi live in Quispamsis. Together they have raised 3 terrific children who all live close by.  When she’s not working, Carol enjoys spending quality time with her family and having lots of fun with her 6 grandchildren!   In her spare time she enjoys reading and in the summer can often be found cruising with her husband in their MGB red convertible.

Email: carol@kenvalrehab.com

Krista Heanes, Rehabilitation Assistant

Krista has been a member of the Ken Val Rehab team since August of 2010.  As our Rehabilitation Assistant, Krista looks forward to welcoming you to the clinic, assisting you to your treatment area, meeting with your therapist or getting you started with your exercise routine.  Krista and her husband live in the Kennebecasis Valley with their son, dog and cat.  When she’s not working, Krista enjoys reading, long walks with her dog and being home with family and friends.

Email: info@kenvalrehab.com

Nancy Haslett, Administration

As our bookkeeper, Nancy primarily looks after our payables and preparation of financial reports.  Nancy has over 20 years experience with taxes, accounting and administrative experience.  She graduated from Mount Allison University with a Bachelor of Commerce major in Marketing/Management.  "I love to work with numbers but more important with people and helping them during the tax season.”  Nancy is a regular Wellness Member of the "Morning Crew", who are never loss for words and can be very entertaining especially when the discussion is about hockey or trying to decide where to go for coffee after their morning workout.  Nancy and her family live in Rothesay. She is actively involved with several sports and a member of the elite "Moms In Gear Hockey Team".

Email: info@kenvalrehab.com

Geena Oxford, Rehabilitation Assistant

Geena joined our Support team as a Rehabilitation Assistant in August 2017. Geena has recently returned home to Sussex NB after completing her Kinesiology degree at Memorial University in St John’s Nfld.

With a keen interest in exercise and Physical fitness, Geena’s long-term career goal is to become a Physiotherapist. In the short term she has joined our team to gain increased knowledge and hours of experience in the field of physical rehabilitation towards enhancing her application to the School of Physiotherapy.

When Geena is not driving back and forth to Sussex to come to work, you may find her at the gym working out, spending time with family and friends, or taking care of her friends’ dogs.

If Geena was an emoji, she would be the smiley emoji. :-D We challenge you to find her without a smile on her face!

Email: info@kenvalrehab.com

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