Meet our team of health professionals!
Philip Sneyd - Podiatrist
Philip is originally from Manchester in the United Kingdom, Phil joined our team upon moving to Nova Scotia in 2013. He obtained his degree in Podiatric Medicine at the University of Huddersfield in Yorkshire, England. Prior to studying Podiatry, he studied electronic engineering, worked as a chef and spent many years assisting individuals with specialty footwear designed to address their foot issues.
Phil enjoys the broad scope of podiatry work including: biomechanical assessments, skin and nail care, vascular and neurological assessment, nail surgery and plantar wart treatments. Patients often comment about this kind and gentle manner.
In his spare time, Phil enjoys spending time outside gardening exploring nature, partaking in various outdoor sports and travelling with his family.
Philip is a member of the Nova Scotia Podiatry Association / Canadian Podiatric Medical Association and is accepting new patients.
Emily Conroy - Certified Pedorthist & Bracing Specialist
Emily was born and raised in Newfoundland. She moved to Nova Scotia to attend Acadia University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree and went on to complete her Pedorthic & Bracing Certification. She is a member of the Canadian Chapter of the Pedorthic Footcare Association. Emily joined our team in February 2012 and both her professional skills and her friendly personality are noticed by both her patients and co-workers.
In order to determine the best course of treatment for her patients, Emily’s assessment may include, but is not limited to: skin integrity / protective sensation / peripheral nerve integrity / biomechanical gait analysis including temporal and spatial assessment / range of motion / muscle strength / posture, balance and safety / proprioception.
Emily specializes in orthotics, orthopedic footwear, shoe modifications and bracing. Treating ages 5-105 years!
Although her love for Newfoundland will always remain strong, she has chosen to make Nova Scotia her permanent home. In Emily’s free time, she enjoys many outdoor activities with friends and family.
Emily is accepting new patients.
Anthony Fable - Podiatrist
Anthony has moved here from Australia to join our team. He obtained his Masters in Podiatry from Latrobe University in Australia. Anthony decided to become a podiatrist after spending time with a podiatrist for rehabilitation for a broken leg, ankle & foot in a sporting incident. Prior to studying podiatry, Anthony played Australian Football competitively for 18 years and played professionally for 12 months. Sporting injuries are a large part of any athlete’s journey and can potentially be career jeopardizing. Having spent extended periods of time with international sports podiatrists, orthopaedic surgeons and even physiotherapists, Anthony has developed a keen sense for developing rehabilitation programs (with a few Aussie tips and tricks) unique to a vast array or foot and ankle injuries from a variety of sports & from the innocuous incidences!
Anthony has a very patient centered approach and enjoys working in collaboration with other health professionals. He enjoys a broad scope of podiatry work including: biomechanical assessments skin and nail care, vascular and neurological assessment, nail surgery and plantar wart treatments.
Anthony comes from a large Italian family and loves meeting new people.
Anthony is a member of the Nova Scotia Podiatry Association / Canadian Podiatric Medical Association and is accepting new patients.
Gabrielle Bailey - Podiatrist
Gabi obtained her Bachelor of Podiatry with distinction at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia and is excited to make Halifax her new home. Gabi developed her passion for patient care after having foot issues as a teenager which affected her sport performance as well as her daily living. She found out first-hand how beneficial the right diagnosis and treatment can be and is keen to offer the same solutions to her patients. Gabi enjoys working in all aspects of podiatry care and loves the opportunity to meet a variety of patients everyday. Beyond foot care, Gabi enjoys spending her time outdoors, at the gym or with friends and family. Prior to joining the team, Gabi worked in a variety of aged care settings providing podiatry care and also indulged in her love of travel and adventure by working at Disney World, Florida.
Gabi is a member of the Nova Scotia Podiatry Association / Canadian Podiatric Medical Association and is accepting new patients.
Colleen O'Reilly - Clinic Operations Manager
Colleen was born and raised in St. John’s, NL, and has a Bachelor of Commerce from Memorial University. After graduating, Colleen moved to Halifax where she started her career in Retail Management. For the past 20 years, Colleen has worked mostly in Human Resources and Operations Management, and is thrilled to be bringing her experience and leadership to Comfort Orthotics and Podiatry Clinic.
In her spare time, Colleen enjoys reading, travelling, volunteering in the community, being a hockey mom and spending time with family and friends.
Leah Rutledge - Admin / Shoe Fitter
Leah has well over 12 years experience working in health and wellness and will ensure you have a pleasant experience at our clinic. She will assist you with scheduling appointments, insurance claims, etc. Leah always enjoys outdoor activities and is co leader of a local nature club for kids and their families. She loves to cook, canoe, hike and look for wildflowers especially since her three children love to lead the way.
Cathie Scott - Admin / Compression Fitter / Shoe Fitter
Cathie joins our team with over 15 years experience in customer service and retail management. This experience makes her a perfect fit for our team. Her pleasant demeanor and willingness to help is evident when patients come into the clinic. Cathie has a great interest in health and fitness. In her time off she can be found in the gym or running in races around the province.
Erika Francis - Admin / Shoe Fitter
Erika has many years of retail customer service experience and comes highly recommended for her professionalism and willingness to help others. After studying at Mount St Vincent University we are pleased Erika decided to join our team . In her spare time, Erika enjoys reading, travelling and spending time with her family.
Makayla Patriquin- Admin / Shoe Fitter
Makayla is from Halifax and studied Medical Office Administration at NSCC. She brings with her four years of customer service, retail experience as a supervisor, and has experience in the healthcare industry. She is excited to be part of a team where the main focus is to help people. Both coworkers and customers enjoy her pleasant demeanor. In her spare time, Makayla enjoys travelling, spends time with family and friends and watching movies.
Kelly Annand - Inventory / Shoe Fitter
Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Kelly brings to us 16 years of admin and customer service experience. She loves exploring the outdoors with her dogs, campfires, music and spending time with her family.
Andrew Turriff - Lab tech / Footwear Modifications
Andrew was born and raised in Vancouver. He did his undergraduate degree at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design before studying footwear design and shoe making in the UK at the London College of Fashion. Andrew has designed footwear and made shoes by hand for various companies across North America. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, making shoes, playing hockey and exercising.
Benoit (Ben) Gravel - Lab tech
Ben is from Knowlton, Quebec and joined our clinic in 2022. He moved to Halifax in 2013 and worked for a number of years as a multidisciplinary artist technical director in the theatre industry. Ben’s hands on experience lends well to the orthotic training he is provided here at the clinic, and we are pleased to have him on our team. In his spare time Ben paints, plays music, and dedicates most of his free time to fitness, yoga, and pro wrestling.
Natasha Pieroway - Business Relationship Manager
Natasha, comes to us with 10 years of business management experience. She earned her Bachelor of Commerce degree at McGill University in Montreal in 2011 and since then has worked managing start-up businesses. After gaining valuable experience in business development and customer relations, she is thrilled to be joining the team. Natasha is not new to the footwear and orthotics industry as she grew up listening to her parents talk shop around the supper table. She is excited to bring her unique skillset to the team as the 5th generation in this family business. In her spare time she can be found chasing around her 1 year old son, spending time with family and friends, camping & cooking.
Tom Shebib - Owner
Tom grew up in Cape Breton. He is the owner of this clinic and comes from a long line of shoe makers (4+ generations). After taking 4 years of engineering and mechanics he couldn’t resist his entrepreneurial spirit any longer and opened up his own business in 1992 using the trade that was passed down to him. In 1996 he completed his Pedorthic Management of the Foot course at Ball State University and furthered his studies at the Robert Palmer Institute of Biomechanics. Tom is a Certified Pedorthist and is one of the founding members of the Canadian Chapter of the Pedorthic Footcare Association. As co-owner with his wife Lisa they are very proud of their team at Comfort Orthotics. When not running the business Tom enjoys fly fishing and camping with friends and family. He also has a passion for cars and is a high performance driving instructor.
Lisa Shebib - Owner
After leaving Cape Breton, Lisa went to Acadia University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science and later received her Bachelor of Human Ecology at Mount Saint Vincent University. In 2007 she joined her husband at the family business and continued her studies in the field of Pedorthics. She is now a Certified Pedorthist and has been working with her husband Tom ever since. Lisa is very involved with clinic operations. Lisa can often be found participating in community programs promoting foot health. When it is time to wind down, she enjoys camping, swimming and spending time with family and friends.