Meet our Staff


We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. Our full-time staff includes one physiotherapist, an athletic therapist/kinesiologist, two massage therapists, and two office administrators. By functioning as a team we can better collaborate on assessments, diagnoses, plans of care, and treatments.

Philip Ruiz

Physiotherapist, FCAMPT, BScPT, BSc.Bio

After graduating from Mount Allison University, Philip went on to complete his Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University in 1966. Shortly after graduating, he worked in Clovis, New Mexico then Durham North Caroline and was exposed to other physiotherapy treatment approaches. It was during his time in the US that he first traveled to St. Louis, Missouri to learn about the philosophy of Movement System Impairment from Dr. Shirley Sahrmann at Washington Univesity. Since then he has traveled regularly to St. Louis to further his education in approach to rehabilitation.

Since moving to Pictou in 1999, then opening up Back to Basics Physiotherapy Inc. in 2001, Philip has continued his post-graduate education. He received his Diploma of Advanced Manual Manipulative Therapy from the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 2016, achieving the designation of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT). Philip is one of three Physiotherapists in Pictou County with this distinction and of the 3% of Physiotherapists in Nova Scotia.

He is an instructor with the National Orthopaedic Division and is on the national committee for short courses for the National Orthopaedic Divison. Philip is committed to continually educating himself and others and rehabilitation.

When not at work, Philip enjoys exercise and working out by being involved with his family and friends.

Nicole Johnston

Athletic Therapist/Kinesiologist

Sherri Reid

Massage Therapist

Deanna Taylor-Connors

Massage Therapist

Deanna is a registered Massage Therapist who joined the Back to Basics team in 2017. Deanna graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2017 with certification in both Arthritis and Neurology Clinic. Deanna is a member in good standing with the Massage Therapists Association Nova Scotia (MTANS). She has certification in Introduction to Occupational Health and Saftey (OHS) and Standard First Aid/CPR level C. Deanna believes that therapeutic massage therapy is very effective in helping to improve physical dysfunction of the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints as well as improving circulation of blood flor and enhancing overall body function.

Tanya Harvey-Ruiz

Office Administrator

Tanya is the office administrator and receptionist at our Pictou office location where she keeps the clinic running smoothly by overseeing all of the day to day operations. Every client that walks through the doors will be greeted by, and have the pleasure of interacting with Tanya who has over 20 years of customer service experience under her belt. She has been working alongside her husband Philip for 17 years after studying psychology at St. Francis Xavier University. A busy mother of two daughters involved in numerous competitive sports, Tanya recognizes the importance of properly managing injuries to support accelerated recovery for the maintenance of a healthy physical and mental well-being. With this insight, Tanya makes it a top priority to book clients at the earliest convenience.

Judith Trumbo

Office Administrator


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