Dr. Stephen Dwyer D.C., BSc.

Chiropractor & Owner

Dr. Dwyer earned a degree in Kinesiology in 1993 from the University of Waterloo in Ontario. He then moved to St. Louis, MO and attended Logan College of Chiropractic and graduated in 1997. In 1995 he married his wife Jackie and they are now the proud parents of Pheebie, Cooper and Gertie.

After working for a year in Ft. Myers, FL, Dr. Dwyer and Jackie moved to Halifax where he has been practicing. Dr. Dwyer is a member of both the Canadian Chiropractic Association and the Nova Scotia Chiropractic Association. He spends many hours each year up-grading and learning new techniques to help his patients. Dr. Dwyer is trained to use the activator method, RT (a muscle release technique), Logan basic technique, Cox flexion/distraction.

“My first experience with chiropractic was treatment for my asthma. After having an attack, chiropractic treatment gave me relief and to this day helps me control it! I am actually able to run longer than 5 minutes without losing my breath, have completed several ½ marathons and just completed my first full marathon in October 2009.”

“My mother was my first chiropractic patient. She was suffering from spinal arthritis and was no longer able to play golf of tennis. After one year of treatment she was able to do both sports…..on the same day!!!

It is my goal to keep people active for as long as possible and educate everyone about the great benefits of chiropractic care. My mother is my inspiration.

Jackie Dwyer BA, RMT

Massage Therapist & Owner

Jackie attended the University of Waterloo in Ontario and in 1993 received her degree in Recreation Therapy. From there she moved to St. Louis, MO with Stephen while he attended Chiropractic College. Sanibel, FL was the next place to call home and the start of her Massage Therapy training. Upon graduating from The Florida Academy of Massage in 1997 Jackie operated a mobile massage business in Southwest Florida.

Returning to Canada, Jackie attended Northumberland College and graduated from the 2200 hour Massage Therapy diploma program in 1999. Jackie worked at Clayton Park Chiropractic Center from graduation until 2005 and also taught at Northumberland College. On September 1st 2005 she and Stephen made the move to Health First Chiropractic and love it! She is passionate about chiropractic and massage therapy and loves to see the difference she and the other practitioners make at Health First on a daily basis.

In her spare time Jackie just loves being with her family and friends. She also enjoys running and completed her first marathon in October 2009.

Andrea Spekkens BSc., RMT

Massage Therapist & Hot Stone Therapy

Originally from Ontario, Andrea attended Dalhousie University and completed a Bachelor of Science, with an advanced major in Neuroscience (2000), and a Diploma in Health Services Administration (2001). She later completed her Diploma in Massage Therapy and Hydrotherapy from Canadian Therapeutic College in Burlington, Ontario, with highest honours. Andrea has been practicing massage therapy since 2003 and has been with Health First Chiropractic since January 2008.

Andrea has advanced training in Hot Stone Therapy from the Stone Massage Company in Ontario. Andrea offers relaxation, therapeutic, TMJ, deep tissue, pregnancy, and hot stone massages.

Andrea Misiner RMT

Massage Therapist

Originally from Halifax, Andrea attended Saint Mary’s University in (1999) working towards her Bachelor of Arts program. Following this she enrolled in a two-year 2200 hour Massage Therapy diploma program at Northumberland College in Halifax.

Andrea has been with Health First Chiropractic since it opened 10 years ago and enjoys helping others achieve a healthy lifestyle. She is continuously upgrading her education, most recently in Sedona, Arizona where she completed Levels 1, 2, & 3 of the John Barnes Myofascial training.

Andrea enjoys weight training, cycling and most recently Kettle Bell classes. She strongly believes exercise, chiropractic care and massage therapy improves your daily and overall health.

When not treating clients or working out, Andrea loves to be with her daughter and family.

Sabrina Spurr

Chiropractic Assistant

Sabrina Spurr comes from an extensive background in administration and health care both professionally and personally. A graduate of Nova Scotia Community College, Administrative Assistant Program started her admin career. She has also studied at Mount Saint Vincent University in Human Ecology and Northumberland College of Massage Therapy. These studies have led her on an enriched path through various business and volunteer positions stemming from recreation, orthopedics, and early intervention for children with special needs, to providing doula services for women and their families.

Sabrina has been benefiting off and on from Chiropractic care for a number of years to combat chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, and a headache/ migraine disorder. Since undergoing a regular treatment schedule with Dr. Dwyer and receiving massage therapy, the daily headaches have gone and migraines have diminished in frequency and potency. She has also come off of daily prescription medication that she has been on for years and her constant pain is becoming more and more manageable each day. She is happy and eager to promote the health benefits of Health First Chiropractic not only as a trusted employee, but as a patient as well.