*Currently including Massage and Osteopath
East Coast Wellness Clinic opened nine years ago in the loft space of a Halifax yoga studio. ECWC founder, Kelly Wadden, worked round the clock treating her loyal and growing client base. There came a time where Kelly knew she wanted to welcome other practitioners into her clinic in order to expand this dedication to client care. In 2017, ECWC moved to 1451 Brenton Street to grow in size and services. What started as a commitment to offer the best massage therapy treatments in HRM, grew to include acupuncture and osteopathy. East Coast Wellness Clinic’s success is rooted in providing the best collaborative therapeutic experience for our incredible clients.
East Coast Wellness Clinic has grown into one of the premiere wellness clinics in Halifax. Our space is centrally located less than a block south of Spring Garden Road. We look forward to welcoming you into our space, and we are invested in customizing your experience at ECWC from start to finish. It is our commitment that you will receive the best possible care in the capable hands of our skilled and nurturing practitioners.
Owner and RMT
Kelly Wadden is the owner of East Coast Wellness Clinic, a registered massage therapist, yoga instructor and founder of Yogassage. Kelly graduated from Northumberland College’s Massage Therapy program in 2011. As a Dalhousie varsity athlete and marathoner, Kelly learned the importance of taking care of her body. Her interest in massage and yoga was piqued while living in Thailand.
Holding a degree in Kinesiology, Kelly focuses her treatments on deep tissue manipulation, myofascial release, therapeutic massage, breathwork, cupping and sport massage.
When she’s not treating you can probably find Kelly outside with her three charming sons, baking her favourite banana chocolate chip muffins, listening to live music, or finding ways to connect with nature. Kelly works part time as an instructor at On The Mat Yoga. She has been voted by the city of Halifax as the “Best Massage Therapist and Yoga Instructor” (2)Bronze and (2) Silver by popular vote in THE COAST, Best of Halifax poll.
Manager and RMT
Jenn King is a registered massage therapist and yoga teacher with a deep passion and wonder for the complexities of the human body. After graduating from the massage therapy program at ICT Northumberland College in 2005, she completed her 500 YTT with Modo International in 2014 followed by additional training in Yin and Vinyasa.
Jenn has developed a treatment approach that includes deep tissue technique, myofascial release and craniosacral balancing. She has experience in a broad spectrum of tissue manifestations ranging from athletic injuries to postural alignment and repetitive strain. One of the most rewarding elements of her career has been achieved through her work with clients who are facing unique challenges associated with PTSD.
When Jenn is not working as a registered massage therapist she loves to practice yoga, prepare and share food, travel, run and read. She is delighted to be a part of the ECWC team!
Ellie Emberley is a registered massage therapist who graduated with honours from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in June 2014. She started her career in healthcare when she trained as a paramedic in 2006 before switching to the field of massage therapy in 2014.
Ellie has a special focus in deep tissue work, chronic neck and shoulder pain, realigning posture, prenatal and postnatal massage, as well as infant and paediatric massage. When she’s not in the clinical setting, Ellie works as an anatomy instructor at four different yoga teacher training schools after having gained experience teaching at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in Toronto.
Carissa Fisher is a Registered Massage Therapist who graduated with honours from Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario in 2017. As a therapist she applies a combination of massage therapy techniques to accurately assess, and provide individualized treatments plans and homecare for her clients.
When she is not treating clients she can be found out and about with her two dogs, or trying her hand at various sporting events, from olympic weightlifting to running. Carissa considers herself a lifelong learner, and having recently moved to the East Coast from Ontario, she could not be more thrilled to begin to put down roots in such a wonderful community.
Maria North is a registered massage therapist who completed her studies at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy here in Halifax. Her treatment approach combines deep tissue and myofascial techniques with deep relaxation to increase benefits of treatment and aid in release throughout the body. Maria is also a fitness instructor and uses this knowledge to approach her massage practice from an all-encompassing standpoint.
Maria was born and raised in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, and loves spending time outside enjoying everything the province has to offer. You can find her cycling, hiking, camping, and trail running when not at work, and she’s always happy to share her favourite trail recommendations!
Maria is very excited to be a part of the wonderful team at ECWC!
RMT (*uses Osteopathic Techniques)
Adam Blackwood’s interest in manual therapy began after a serious back injury he sustained as a result of a fall down a flight of stairs. Numerous doctors helped mediate pain with medication but this still left him having to walk with a cane at the age of 19. It was at this time that he was recommended to go see an osteopath. After a couple sessions he regained the ability to stand and walk without aid, and had a substantial reduction in pain.
Extremely fascinated with the process that helped regain his mobility, Adam decided to enroll into the Massage Therapy program offered at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in Halifax. Graduating with honours in 2016, Adam then began his professional career as a massage therapist working with clients to promote health and rehabilitation.
Immediately after graduating the Massage Therapy program he enrolled in the five year osteopathy program offered through the College D’Études Ostéopathiques. This program offers an in depth look into the visceral, musculoskeletal and craniosacral systems with the goal of treatment being the discovery of the root cause of pain rather than treating the presenting symptoms. Adam is due to graduate in 2022.
Over the past five years, Adam has been developing a therapeutically focused approach to treatment by blending a variety of osteopathic techniques into his current massage practice. He loves working with clients in acute pain or those suffering from more chronic conditions like migraines, digestive problems, repetitive use injuries and postural problems.
Adam is a member of good standing of the Massage Therapists and Wholistic Practitioners Association of the Maritimes.
Heidi Wambolt graduated in the summer of 2021 from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy with honors distinction. During her studies, she spent valuable time in the specialty clinics of neurology, sports injury and invisible illness. In combination with her massage diploma, Heidi also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and her 200hour Yoga Teacher Training.
Heidi approaches treatment from a clinical perspective, while honoring the importance of taking the time to slow down and connect to each body through hands-on treatment. Heidi believes that our bodies inherently want to be in a state of balance, and when symptoms arise they are gently trying to communicate with us.
In her spare time, Heidi loves taking the time to connect with nature through identifying the local flora and fauna, hiking, backcountry camping, and cycling. She is incredibly excited to learn from and grow with the team at ECWC!
Brittanie Firth’s approach to osteopathy is centred around bioenergetics and the subtle yet profound information your body shares when it is listened to deeply. She uses many osteopathic techniques to achieve this such as visceral, cranial sacral, and mobilization. All approaches are explained to you so you can get involved in your healing process.
Brit’s passion for her work lies in the desire to empower each patient to discover the underlying cause of their symptoms and to get excited about a simple approach to health and well being. Brit is trauma sensitive as well, and would love to hold safe space for you.
Member in good standing of Alliance Canadienne Medicine Alternative ACMA. CPR Trained, Yoga and Breathwork Teacher 1000hr+, Cupping and Dry Needling certified, Registered Holistic Nutrition Practitioner, Biodynamic CranialSacral Therapy trained.
Murat is a Canadian College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine graduate who also holds a diploma in the physiotherapy assistance program from Nova Scotia Community College. His journey to cure and understand more about himself started a decade ago life coaching and then teaching yoga. Murat later combined those two skills by conducting hikes as part of a therapeutic program for high-profile company executives, most of whom were his acquaintances from his previous career in finance. Discovering medicinal plants during those hikes was a conduit to the next phase of his journey to study clinical herbology in Boulder, Colorado, which was inevitably followed by intense studies in Oriental Medicine.
Acupuncture, moxibustion, fire cupping, gua sha, Tui Na massage therapy, dietary medicine, emotional awareness, and promotion of easy-to-fix lifestyle changes are all within the scope of Murat’s practice as a holistic medicine practitioner. He is also a master of Qi Gong and promotes practical daily routines to address mental and physical health, and ensure quality aging.
Murat’s mission is to advocate for and practice road-tested Oriental Medicine and revive what is forgotten. “Educate, support, and let go” is his motto which only intensifies his passion for educating his patients about their holistic wellness to build a better understanding of the aspects of both individual and collective healing.
Murat is an avid hiker, an outdoor swimmer, and an enthusiastic gardener. He considers himself a lifelong student of human sciences.
"I moved to Vancouver & have yet to find a massage therapist or clinic that compares to this place! It’s the perfect combination of high quality care & East coast friendliness. Kelly is one of the most positive & wonderful people you’ll meet - and gives the best massage ever! Would give 10 stars if I could!"
"Kelly (and her staff), has been the most important person in my health care circle for a number of years. Her skilful therapeutic massages, her network of other skilled healthcare professionals, and her concern about my chronic pain is what encouraged me mean to find answers. I am glad to say that thanks to Kelly I am almost pain free! Whether it is for relaxation or a “tune up” on those angry muscles, Kelly’s massages are the best. You will love her new digs and location and of course you will always enjoy Kelly. Congratulations on you new studio!"
"Kelly and her staff go above and beyond to tailor their treatments to your unique needs. I look so forward to my massages, not only for the physical benefits, but also for the warm and caring atmosphere that they have created. Book early: Kelly's popularity speaks for itself!"
"Coast Wellness Clinic enough. I have received treatment for a hip injury, as well as recurring neck and shoulder stiffness. Kelly is always able to treat these specific areas (she is amazing a deep tissue massage), as well, she always leaves your body feeling completely relaxed. Pure bliss! It is evident that she has years of experience in massage and is excellent at discussing the treatment, or helping your understand any questions you have about the body. On top of that, the clinic has wonderful staff, and it’s in a great location downtown Halifax."
"I completed a free online month in the moment challenge through ECWC and learned a lot about how to engage in meaningful self care. Thank you!
"ECWC is always offering such creative support, these last 30days have been very uplifting with them! What an awesome community, don't hesitate to go."
"I had a couple sacral cranial and a massage a wonderful experience the best i ever had very kind and gentle and her energy is outstanding. She and the staff are very friendly and outstanding with the public very terrific atmosphere very refreshing and relaxing and spotless very clean. Jenn's eyes just gleam a very warm welcoming affect to come for services very compassionate someone I would definitely recommend for services top notch business and professionalism the very best♡♡♡"
"Truly enjoyed being part of a Month in the Moment and looked forward each morning to reading your email. I found it extremely helpful especially during the month of January which can be extra challenging during the best of times. I look forward to joining this group again in the future."
"My favourite clinic in the city for massage and acupuncture. The space is warm and inviting and all of the therapists are amazing!"
"This is the best place to get a massage in the city. All of the massage therapists are incredible, seriously - no matter who you get, you will be so well taken care of! Thank you all for being so wonderful :)"
"The ECWC is such a welcoming space and so lovely to experience treatment! I've been seeing Jenn for several years now and always leave in a state of bliss! Would 100% recommend any of their services!"
"I have gotten the pleasure of enjoying Kelly and Jenn's yoga class in the past and absolutely loved them. I really enjoyed your daily inspiration emails I would read them before my started to set my intentions for the day. I cannot wait to come in for a services at the clinic. Thank you so much for your kind words."