Living Well Integrative Health Center

2176 Windsor Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. (902) 406-1500

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Ian Shepard

Originally from Dartmouth, NS, Ian graduated from the University Of South Australia in 2004 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science. He recently moved back to the Maritimes to raise his family after spending the past ten years working in private practice in Vancouver, BC.  While there, he was able to develop his love of teaching, assisting with the manual therapy component of the physiotherapy program at the University of British Columbia. 

Over his career, he has pursued numerous additional courses both conventional and innovative that guide his practice. Most recently was vestibular rehabilitation and concussion management. Ian has also been certified to practice acupuncture by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute.  He has taken multiple manual therapy courses, including the Mulligan concept, Kinesio taping, minimal lever osteopathy techniques, and pain sciences with David Butler.  This combination of both manual techniques and a deep understanding of chronic pain management help him guide his patients on their road to recovery.   

Ian's philosophy is to use the latest evidence based techniques while at the same time empowering clients through knowledge and support with the goal of self management and health promotion.

He enjoys treating all conditions at any age, and has a strong interest in osteoarthritis, vestibular rehabilitation, concussion management, and sports injuries.

Outside of the clinic Ian loves spending time with his wife and two amazing young daughters, playing hockey, hiking, camping and playing the guitar.


Post-graduate courses that Ian has completed include:

  • Vestibular Rehabilitation with Bernard Tonks
  • Minimal Lever Osteo-Articular Manipulation
  • K-taping Pro Course
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Massage
  • Shirley Sahrmann Level 1: Movement Impairment Syndromes 
  • Level 1 Shoulder Course with Lyn Watson
  • Mulligan Concept lower level
  • 2nd International Lumbo-Pelvic Symposium Current Concepts in Evaluation and Treatment, 2008
  • The Mulligan approach to the lumbar spine, SIJ and hip joint, Brian Mulligan
  • Pelvic dynamics and the subluxation of the sacral axis at S3, Richard DonTigny
  • Lumbar spine stabilization management of acute and chronic low back pain
  • Shoulder Injuries Exercise Rehabilitation, Ronald Mattison
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Trevor Fraser
  • Management of Common Hand Pathologies, Jane Hicks and Clare Palmer
  • Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute Levels 1, 2A, and 3A
  • Exercise Rehabilitation of the Shoulder
  • Basic and Advanced Taping Techniques
  • Introduction to McKenzie principles
  • Pilates Introduction
  • Real Time Ultrasound
  • Sports trainer session – ran by the Port Adelaide Power professional Australian Rules Football club