Our Therapists

Experience and Commitment

Cornerstone Occupational Therapy Consultants grew out of a shared vision to combine our experience and backgrounds to form a community-based private practice, aimed at offering a diverse range of occupational therapy services. Based in Halifax and the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Cornerstone offers services province-wide.

We look forward to assisting you in generating solutions to functional challenges you may face as you work towards the attainment of your goals.

As our name Cornerstone implies, our company is built on a strong foundation of the solid skill sets of the founding partners. Each founding partner has over 30 years of clinical experience in both the public and private sectors. Since its inception, our company has grown to include a number of associates experienced in a variety of areas.

Together, we offer a strong, energetic team approach, working closely with individuals and health care professionals. We believe that this experience, combined with our client-centered practice, is the key to positive functional outcomes.

Meet the Cornerstone Team
Lisa Saunders-Green

Partner
B.Sc.O.T. (C), O.T. Reg. (NS)

Lisa has worked as an occupational therapist since 1990 and has worked with clients in a variety of settings, including home, community, hospital and workplace. She values community based practice, working with a wide variety of clients, and the opportunity to assist individuals in maintaining and promoting their health and independence. Lisa has extensive experience in brain injury rehabilitation, and continues to enjoy working with this population and their families. She has a special interest in the role of occupational therapy in medical legal proceedings.

Lisa and her family moved “home” in 2003, and she appreciates the ability to live and work in the Annapolis Valley. Lisa is a mom of two, enjoys a wide variety of leisure interests, including outdoor activities, genealogy, anything family oriented, and harbours thoughts of being a writer in her next life.

Bevan Sequeira

Partner
MSc.O.T., O.T. Reg. (NS)

Bevan graduated from Dalhousie University’s School of Occupational Therapy in 2012. She has worked in a variety of settings, including home, community, outpatient, and hospital. Bevan enjoys working with a wide variety of clients; however, she particularly enjoys working with Veterans, the Geriatric population, completing Functional Capacity Evaluations and working with clients on post-concussion rehabilitation.

 

Bevan has extensive experience completing Functional Capacity Evaluations and has completed the Matheson Functional Capacity Evaluation Training, the Matheson Advanced Concepts in Functional Capacity Evaluation Course, and became a Matheson Certified Evaluator in 2016. She was accepted as an expert witness in the Supreme Court of British Columbia in 2016.

 

Bevan returned to Nova Scotia from British Columbia in 2017 to be closer to her family and friends. She is a mother of one, and in her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors either riding her bike in the summer or skiing in the winter.

Ruth Duggan

Partner
M.Sc.O.T. (C), O.T. Reg (NS)

Ruth has over 35 years experience working with people of all ages and diagnostic groups in hospital, home, community and employment settings in Canada, Kuwait, and the Caribbean. She earned her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in May 2002; her post-graduate master’s thesis involved using reflective education to foster an increasingly client-centred practice. She has been working exclusively in the private sector since 2000, providing education and consultation to employers and insurers, and community-based rehabilitation for individual clients throughout Nova Scotia.

While Ruth is not currently accepting new referrals, she is involved with the team to continue to promote health and prevent disability, including ergonomics, vocational rehabilitation, and life care planning. Ruth’s occupational therapy training, combined with her innovative approach and extensive experience in a variety of settings, places her in an ideal position to provide a comprehensive and client-centred approach to rehabilitation.

Ruth lives in Chester, Nova Scotia, and spends much of her free time in creative activities such as painting, photography and gardening. She volunteers a few weeks each year to provide occupational therapy services with a Canadian rehabilitation team, most recently in Belize.

Nicole Butler


MSc.O.T. (C), O.T. Reg. (NS)

Nicole is a 2015 graduate of Dalhousie University’s School of Occupational Therapy. She has worked in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, in a variety of outpatient and community settings. Her experience includes developing return to work programs for individuals with mental health, physical or cognitive conditions, and home and community based assessment and intervention. She currently works part time at the Nova Scotia Health Authority in the Pain Self-Management Program, providing goal-based intervention and education on living with chronic pain.

Nicole lives in Halifax with her partner and enjoys spending her spare time hiking the many trails of Nova Scotia or catching up on a good book with some tea at the library or in the comfort of her own living room.

Joanne MacDonald


BSc.O.T. (C), O.T. Reg. (NS)

Joanne graduated from Dalhousie School of Occupational Therapy in 2005. Since graduation, Joanne has been living in Yarmouth, working at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital and most recently as a part time associate with Cornerstone. Her experience lies primarily in the field of paediatrics, with a focus on autism spectrum disorder, although working in a rural area has allowed her to work in all areas of practice across the lifespan. Joanne enjoys getting involved in her community and has had the opportunity to serve on the community health board, Early Intervention Board and Nova Scotia Society of Occupational Therapists.

Nicole Works


BSc.O.T.(C), O.T. Reg. (NS)

Nicole has over seven years experience working throughout Nova Scotia in a variety of areas including private corporation, hospital and community settings. She has been involved with both the provincial Occupational Therapy College and Society and has recently worked at Dalhousie University School of Occupational Therapy as a laboratory instructor.

Nicole works with children at the IWK Hospital in Halifax, and part time with Cornerstone, providing services for veterans.

Nicole lives with her husband and children, Charlotte and Colin, in Dartmouth.

Sarah Young


BSc.O.T.(C), O.T. Reg. (NS)

Sarah is a graduate of Dalhousie University’s School of Occupational Therapy, completing a BScOT in 2005 and Post Professional MScOT in 2009. With 15 years experience, Sarah has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, secure environments, and community outreach. Much of Sarah’s career has been in the area of mental health and addictions. She is also passionate about healthy aging and promoting independence. Sarah believes in the value of meaningful activity to a person’s health, wellness and quality of life. Sarah can usually be found spending time with her husband and three children, reading or getting outside to soak up the fresh air.

Ashlee Baskey


MScOT, OT Reg(NS)

Ashlee was born and raised in Ottawa, ON. She completed her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Queen’s University in 2011. She worked at The Ottawa Hospital for over 10 years, on various inpatient units including ICU, Trauma, Orthopaedics, Cardiology, Neurology, Short Term Rehabilitation, and most notably, Geriatrics. She has extensive experience in cognitive and functional assessment, and a strong interest in acquired brain injury rehabilitation, mental health and wellness, and chronic disease management. She enjoys teaching, and is a certified coach in the Gentle Persuasive Approach in Dementia Care.

Ashlee now lives in Bedford with her husband and two children. She enjoys outdoor adventures with her family, hiking, exploring the coast, and soaking in the salt air. In her spare time, you can usually find her with a coffee in hand, reading a book, listening to a podcast, or catching up with friends over delicious food!

Jill Ramsay-Stewart


MScOT, OT Reg(NS)

Jill Ramsay-Stewart is a 1994 graduate of Dalhousie University School of Occupational Therapy.  She continued her education at Dalhousie University in the early 2000’s, completing her post-professional M.Sc.OT in 2004.  She has worked in both Canada and the US in a variety of settings including physical and mental health services, public and private services and with all ages of the lifespan.

Jill lives in Sydney with her husband and four children.  She works with Nova Scotia health and part time with Cornerstone.  She enjoys working with a variety of client populations and values the importance of independence and healthy aging.  In her spare time, she enjoys fiber arts, spending time with family and being outdoors.

Jena Fox


MScOT, OT Reg(NS)

Jena was born and raised in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree. She graduated from Dalhousie University’s School of Occupational Therapy in 2011. Her clinical experience includes twelve years of practice in New Brunswick and Ottawa, in a variety of outpatient and inpatient settings, including paediatrics, neurology, general medicine, short-term rehabilitation, oncology, orthopedics, and inpatient psychiatry. Jena’s recent career focus has been in the area of mental health. Jena returned to Nova Scotia from Ottawa in 2011 alongside her husband and two children. Aside from work, Jena enjoys outdoor activities, yoga, playing volleyball, and spending time with her family and friends.

Kelly Stoddard

MScOT, OT Reg(NS)

Kelly is a recent graduate of Dalhousie University’s School of Occupational Therapy after returning to school as a mature student. Having spent over ten years in health and wellness as a personal trainer and yoga instructor, Kelly knew she wanted to work closely with individuals in a meaningful restorative manner and occupational therapy was the perfect fit. In addition to her work with Cornerstone, she is currently working with the Nova Scotia Health Authority and will be joining Dalhousie University as a teaching assistant in 2024. Kelly enjoys working with a variety of populations from children to seniors experiencing physical and mental health challenges, as well as working in the community helping individuals maintain their independence. When she’s not at work, Kelly spends time with her husband, kids, and two dogs hiking the trails of Nova Scotia.

If you are an OT who appreciates the opportunity to work in the community, the flexibility to create your own schedule, and values the support and mentorship of experienced therapists, feel free to contact us about our current associate opportunities in Nova Scotia.

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