Brackish is equipped with a full custom fabrication workshop and a comfortable, spacious, and accessible patient area. Patient assessment, shape capture (casting), device fabrication, fitting, and device maintenance (repairs and adjustments) are done on-site.
We, Jenna Holz and Robert Giles are pleased to announce the open of Brackish Biomechanical Bracing in Kentville, Nova Scotia. Brackish is the only private clinic serving rural mainland Nova Scotia that offers services of a Certified Orthotist. Certified Orthotists are held to strict Canons of Ethical Conduct through Orthotics Prosthetics Canada (OPC), and they are considered the Gold Standard for head-to-toe bracing, nationwide.
Jenna Holz is a Certified Orthotist – CO(c). After earning her BSc in Honours Biomedical Science from the University of Waterloo, she enrolled in the Clinical Methods in Orthotics and Prosthetics program and George Brown College. Her work in the public sector in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick immersed her in interprofessional practice, care for complex populations, and treating complex and/or rare pathologies. Jenna sits on the Board of Directors of Orthotics Prosthetics Canada, and she is actively involved in the nationwide mentorship program that she created and administers. She looks forward to the challenge of serving a complex patient population in a rural setting.
Robert Giles is a Registered Prosthetics Technician – RTP(c), who is also working towards his second registration as a Registered Orthotics Technician. Rob enjoys thinking outside the box to find creative, beautiful, and functional solutions for each patient’s needs.
Accountability – Certified Orthotists
Certified Orthotists provide the safest and most accountable option for bracing care. They are considered the Gold Standard for head-to-toe bracing, nationwide.
Look for the credentials CO(c) when choosing a professional to take care of your bracing needs. All Orthotics Prosthetics Canada members in good standing can be found on the Find A Member directory at www.opcanada.ca , and the OPC Certificate in the clinic.
Certified Orthotists are held to strict professional and ethical standards by OPC. This ensures that each client seen by a Certified Orthotist can be confident that they will receive a thorough assessment, competent treatment plan, and they will be charged an ethical fee for the services.
Standards of Excellence
At the core of our clinic model are Standards of Excellence that are designed to improve our standard of patient care. Some of these Standards are required of us by Orthotics Prosthetics Canada, and others are beyond OPC’s requirements. They are:
Turnaround time of two weeks between shape capture and fitting, for most devices
Careful, thorough assessment and tailored treatment plans for all clients
Use of outcome measures for every client, for stronger evidence-based practice
Routine use of photos and gait video to augment record keeping and Evidence Based Practice
Collaboration with other members of the client’s healthcare team, to ensure strong, appropriate treatment plans
There is a two-hour parking lot behind the building that can be accessed via Webster Street or Main Street. This parking lot has two designated handicap parking spots. There is also free two-hour street parking on Webster Street. Overflow free parking is available behind Kentville Town Hall, off Main Street, and across from the Court House on Cornwallis Street.
Both the Webster Street entrance and the back entrance have accessibility ramps, but the Webster Street entrance has wider ramps and button-operated door openers.
There is an elevator that can be found on the first floor, near AP Reid Insurance and Dr. Hewins / Dr. McPherson’s offices. The doorway to the elevator is 36” (91cm) wide.
There is a large accessible washroom located 45 feet (14 metres) down the hall from our reception. The washroom measures 9’x14’ (2.7m x 4.3m). There are grab bars next to the toilet, and the handwashing area is at an accessible height. It features a large format change table (72” x 24”) that sits at the height of an average wheelchair seat. There is no button-operated door opener at this time.
The assessment room at Brackish is spacious, measuring 11’x18’ (3.4m x 5.5m). There is a nursing rocker, children’s toys, and three high-backed chairs. One of the high-backed chairs has arms.
Brackish is equipped with a full custom fabrication workshop and a comfortable, spacious, and accessible patient area. Patient assessment, shape capture (casting), device fabrication, fitting, and device maintenance (repairs and adjustments) are done on-site. We intend to offer satellite clinic services in the near future.
We see clients with a multitude of conditions, including:
The Orthotic devices that we provide include:
All devices can be made custom, from a cast of the client. When appropriate, off-the-shelf versions of some of these devices may be used, and modified as needed.
MSI does not provide funding for orthoses. The following are some third parties that fund orthoses: