Medical and health services | Mount Allison

Medical and health services are available both on campus at the Wellness Centre and through various providers in the local community.

Local hospitals

Sackville Memorial Hospital
8 Main St., Sackville, NB

Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre
19428 Highway 2, Amherst, NS

The Moncton Hospital
135 MacBeath Ave., Moncton, NB

Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre
330 University Ave., Moncton, NB

After-hours clinics

Clinique Dépannage du Marais
(closest to Sackville, bilingual service)
185 Acadie Ave., Dieppe
(506) 384-1110

After Hours Medical Clinic — Moncton North
1633 Mountain Rd., Moncton
Call (506) 854-2273 up to one hour before opening to book a same-day appointment.

Clinique Dr. Louis Bourque
1116 Mountain Rd., Moncton (Jean Coutu)
Call (506) 855-1125 up to one hour before opening to book a same-day appointment.

Clinique Providence
202-565 Elmwood Dr., Moncton
Call (506) 383-4331 up to one hour before opening to book a same-day appointment.

Main Street Family Medical Clinic
165 Main St., Moncton (Superstore Mall)
Call (506) 854-8805 to book a same-day appointment.

Trinity Medical Clinic
89 Trinity Dr., Moncton
Call (506) 854-0133 up to one hour before opening to book a same-day appointment.

Dr Jaswinder Bhalla After Hours Clinic
681 Mountain Rd., Moncton
(506) 857-1006

Mountain Road After Hours Clinic
1789 Mountain Rd., Moncton (Jean Coutu)
(506) 388-WELL (9355)

Clinique Après Heures Champlain
123 Champlain St., Dieppe
Call (506) 383-7709 up to one hour before opening to book a same-day appointment

Riverview After Hours Clinic
500 Coverdale Rd., Riverview (Shoppers Drug Mart)
Call (506) 387-7778 up to one hour before opening to book a same-day appointment.

Coverdale Medical Clinic
438 Coverdale Rd., Riverview (Jean Coutu)
(506) 384-2100 OR online booking at www.coverdalemedicalclinic.com

Clinique de dépannage Memramcook
150 route La Vallée, Memramcook
(506) 758-2525

Clinique après-heure de Shediac
336 Main St., Shediac (Jean Coutu)
Call (506) 351-2200 up to one hour before opening to book a same-day appointment.

Centre Medical Regional Shediac
419 Main St., Shediac
(506) 533-2700

Virtual clinics

Connect with a NB doctor online: eVisitNB

General health questions

For general health questions any time:

  • Contact Tele-Care at 811, a 24-hour dial-in bilingual service

Contact a local pharmacist, as these allied health professionals can now assess and prescribe some minor ailments.

  • Jean Coutu: (506) 536-0230
  • Guardian Corner Drug Store: (506) 536-2255

Health services at the Wellness Centre

A number of health services are available on campus through the Wellness Centre. The Wellness Centre is located on the lower level of the Wallace McCain Student Centre.

Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, health service delivery methods may change, depending on the restrictions in place at the time.

To book an appointment with the Wellness Centre:

  • Phone: (506) 364-2163
  • E-mail: wellness@mta.ca 
  • In-person: at the Wellness Centre, lower level of the Wallace McCain Student Centre

General health assessments

Confidential assessments, as well as testing, treatment, and follow-up care for some conditions, are available to students through the registered nurse/educator.

Specific health services

Acupressure therapy

A registered acupuncturist is available to students for pre-booked appointments each Friday.

Cost

  • $60 (including HST) for half hour appointment
  • $120 (including HST) for one hour appointment

Insurance

Some insurance plans cover acupressure, while others do not. You will need to check with your insurance provider to determine if your plan covers acupressure.

Direct billing is not available, you will be given a receipt that you can submit to your insurance company.  

Book an appointment

  • Appointments are pre-booked.
  • Book an appointment: 
    • Phone: (506) 364-2163
    • E-mail: wellness@mta.ca
    • In-person: at the Wellness Centre, lower level of the Wallace McCain Student Centre
Dietitian service referrals

A dietitian is available on campus by appointment from September until mid-April. This service is available only to students who have meal plans.

Book an appointment

  • Contact dining@mta.ca, or visit the main office at Jennings Dining Hall.
First aid and follow-ups

There are designated first aid providers in each campus building.

Security staff are also trained in first aid. 

Flu shots

Every fall, the Wellness Centre offers an influenza (flu) vaccination clinic for current students, staff, and faculty.

Once the influenza (flu) vaccine is received at the Wellness Centre in the fall of the year, an e-mail will be sent to prompt you to contact the Wellness Centre to reserve your appointment time.

For those looking to receive a vaccine off campus, the following local pharmacies offer flu vaccinations:

  • Guardian drug store: (506) 536-2255, 106 Main St.
  • Jean Coutu pharmacy: (506) 536-0230, 93 Main St.
Immunization/vaccine advice

The registered nurse/educator can provide you with information on immunizations, including recommended vaccinations and how to access them.

Light therapy 

The Litebook provides bright light therapy that can be helpful for persons suffering from sadness, depression, winter blues, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), fatigue, and sleep disorders.

Cost: free

Book a free Litebook therapy trial session:

  • Phone: (506) 364-2163
  • E-mail: wellness@mta.ca 
  • In-person: at the Wellness Centre, lower level of the Wallace McCain Student Centre

How it works

Bright light therapy involves the regular (usually daily) exposure to a bright light source. Treatments typically involve an artificial light source of accepted therapeutic intensity, with exposure duration of a set period and distance from the light source.

Research indicates that individuals who suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) are affected by light, which plays a major role in the secretion of melatonin. Melatonin is a natural hormone made by your body's pineal gland. This is a pea-sized gland located just above the middle of the brain. During the day, melatonin levels are barely detectable in individuals who don't suffer from SAD.

When light hits your eye, the retina transmits impulses to your body clock, located in the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus regulates sleeping, eating, body temperature, and libido.

Clinical research shows that the wavelengths of light emitted by the Litebook may assist in regulating the body's melatonin levels. It also boosts a feel-good neurotransmitter (serotonin), which makes you feel content and energized.

Massage therapy

A registered massage therapist is available to students for pre-booked appointments.

Cost:

  • $60 (including HST)
  • Sessions are 30 minutes in length.

Insurance

Your insurance company may cover all or a portion of the costs for a session. Please contact your insurance company to see if you have coverage for massage therapy and if you require a medical prescription from a physician first.

Direct billing is not available, you will be given a receipt that you can submit to your insurance company.  

Book an appointment

Appointments are pre-booked.

Book an appointment: 

  • Phone: (506) 364-2163
  • E-mail: wellness@mta.ca
  • In-person: at the Wellness Centre, lower level of the Wallace McCain Student Centre

About massage therapy

Massage therapy is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalizing those tissues and consists of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and/or causing movement of or to the body.

Generally, massage is known to affect the circulation of blood and the flow of blood and lymph, reduce muscular tension or flaccidity, affect the nervous system through stimulation or sedation, and enhance tissue healing.

These effects provide a number of benefits:

  • reduction of muscle tension and stiffness
  • relief of muscle spasms
  • greater flexibility and range of motion
  • increase of the ease and efficiency of movement
  • relief of stress and aide of relaxation
  • promotion of deeper and easier breathing
  • improvement of the circulation of blood and movement of lymph
  • promotion of faster healing of soft tissue injuries, such as pulled muscles and sprained ligaments, and reduction in pain/swelling related to such injuries
  • relief of tension-related conditions, such as headaches and eyestrain
  • reduction in the formation of excessive scar tissue following soft tissue injuries
  • enhancement in the health and nourishment of skin
  • improvement in posture through changing tension patterns that affect posture
  • reduction in stress and an excellent stress management tool
  • creation of a feeling of well-being
  • reduction in levels of anxiety
  • increase in awareness of the mind-body connection
  • promotion of a relaxed state of mental awareness

Massage therapy also has a number of documented clinical benefits.

For example, massage can:

  • reduce anxiety
  • improve pulmonary function in young asthma patients
  • reduce psycho-emotional distress in persons suffering from chronic inflammatory bowel disease
  • increase weight and improve motor development in premature infants
  • may enhance immune system functioning

Medical conditions that massage therapy can help

  • allergies
  • anxiety and stress
  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • bronchitis
  • carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive motion injuries
  • chronic and temporary pain 
  • circulatory problems
  • depression
  • digestive disorders
  • tension headache
  • insomnia
  • myofascial pain
  • sports injuries
  • temporomandibular joint dysfunction

 

Physician services

A family physician is available for on-site appointments.

Booked appointments only are available for Mount Allison students who have previously been seen by the registered nurse/educator, which includes having a completed health file with a health history and baseline vital signs.

Prescriptions

The registered nurse/educator can assist in obtaining prescriptions through partnerships with local physicians.

Referrals to specialists

The registered nurse/educator can refer students to specialists as required.

Registered nurse/educator

The registered nurse/educator facilitates and delivers primary health care services at the Wellness Centre.

Service provider: Cindy Crossman, BScN, RN, registered nurse/educator

Book an appointment

  • Phone: (506) 364-2163
  • E-mail: wellness@mta.ca
  • In-person: at the Wellness Centre, lower level of the Wallace McCain Student Centre

About the registered nurse/educator

Every client who makes a health appointment at the Wellness Centre will see the registered nurse/educator for a nursing assessment.

The nurse/educator provides health promotion initiatives, health education (including knowledge of current health issues,) testing, health counselling, clinical services, and referrals when appropriate.

All services are strictly confidential. Medical information can only be released with your written authorization.

In order to promote and enhance students’ good health and well being, the nurse/educator co-ordinates health care services of Mount Allison students by triaging their individual needs. All health referrals will be made through the nurse/educator in order to promote healthy living through a caring and supportive environment, in accordance with the standards of professional practice.

Sexual health testing and treatments

Sexual health testing is held on campus through the Wellness Centre. Most treatments can also be delivered through the Wellness Centre.

Generally, sexual health testing will include an interview and/or an exam to test for various sexually transmitted infections. The health care practitioner may take one or more of these samples:

  • a blood sample
  • a urine sample
  • a swab of the inside of the mouth
  • a swab from the genitals

Regular sexual health exams ensure that all parts of your sexual and reproductive systems are healthy.

While not all STIs have a cure, they all can be treated. However, if left untreated, STIs may cause serious health problems — including life-threatening infections and infertility.

Well women clinics

A well women clinic is a reproductive and sexual health clinic that includes preventative screening, monitoring, health education, and advice for women, including pap smears and breast exams.


Local health services

Health services in the local community complement those available on campus.

Blood donor clinics

Canadian Blood Services holds blood donor clinics in Sackville several times each year.

For information on dates for the next local blood donor clinic, call 1-888-236-6283.

Chiropractors

Sackville Wellness and Chiropractic Centre
Dr. Meghan Barrett, chiropractic
Fawcett Professional Centre
131 Main St., Sackville
506-536-0051

Counselling and naturopaths

Paula Arndt
Mindful Healing
Professional Centre
131 Main St., Suite A, Sackville
902-669-0387

Krista Royama, clinical therapist
Iris Community Counselling and Consulting Inc.
506-229-1841
iriscounselling.ca

Terry Jones
Ravenstone Naturopathic Mind, Body and Spirit Healing
170 Main St., Unit B-1, Sackville
506-364-1100
Online booking available though Ravenstone@calendarspots.com

Dentists

Dr. Priemer Family Dentistry
Dr. Thomas Priemer
Dr. Abby Beaulier
41 Bridge St., Sackville
506-536-2788

Sackville Smiles
Dr. Lary F. Trites
Dr. Vidya Cuddalore Arivudainambi
6 Allison Ave., Sackville
506-536-3800
admin@sackvillesmiles.ca

Dietitians and nutritionists

Dietitian services are available at the Sackville Memorial Hospital by referral from a physician.

Naturopathic consultant and registered holistic nutritionist
Darlene Teahen
Tantramar Health Centre (next to the hospital)
2 Main St., Sackville
506-850-4584
health@darleneteahen.ca

Doctors and nurse practitioners

The following practice is accepting new student patients in Sackville:

Dr. Cory Long and Angela Tower, nurse practitioner
112 Main St., Ste. B, Sackville
506-364-4734

Hearing clinics

Argus Hearing Clinics
1-800-535-1000

Massage therapy

Dawne Boorne, registered massage therapist
Sackville, NB
506-962-3306

Maritime Medical Massage Clinic
170 Main St., Unit C1, Sackville
506-536-2122

Katherine Hoblyn, registered massage therapist
23 York St., Unit A, Sackville

Optometrists

Dr. Guylaine Foulem
Tantramar Health Centre
2 Main St., Sackville
506-364-0020

Pharmacists

Pharmacists are allied health care professionals who can assess and prescribe for some minor ailments. These professionals are available after hours and on weekends. Consultations with pharmacists are free, however not all assessments will result in a prescription.

Find out more about the role pharmacists in New Brunswick play in health care and a list of minor ailments NB pharmacists can assess and prescribe for at the New Brunswick Pharmacists' Association.

Local pharmacies

Guardian Pharmacy
106 Main St., Sackville
506-536-2255

Jean Coutu Pharmacy
93 Main St., Sackville
506-536-0230

Physiotherapy

Soper Physiotherapy
23 York St., Sackville
506-536-8081
sphysio@bellaliant.com

Physiotherapists are also available at the Sackville Memorial Hospital by referral from a physician.

Reflexology

Reflexology Clinic
Susan Smith
14 Trillium Dr., Sackville
506-563-4940 (please leave a message if calling during the day)
susankelliersmith@gmail.com

Sexual health centre

Sexual Health Centre
Moncton, NB
506-856-3310

Travel health and vaccine clinics

Travel Clinic Atlantic
Riverview, NB
506-386-8747