Meet Our Team!

Karey Fleming: Founder & Owner, Pedorthist and Retired Occupational Therapist
 

Health Walks staff affectionately call her ‘Boss Lady’. Her family calls her “Ruckus”. Karey says, “Just don’t call me late for dinner”! She is the founder and force behind this successful foot health clinic that has served the northern region of Nova Scotia for almost two decades. Joined by her husband Richard Fleming in the business in 2005, they have joined forces to expand into Truro, Nova Scotia in 2019.

 

The clinic has become the one-stop shop for everything foot-health related. Proudly a healing space that has come to be known as the place where you “Walk In and Dance Out”.

 

A trained occupational therapist and pedorthist, Karey has dedicated her career to helping others. Distinguished for her strong leadership and ability to address any situation with openness, honesty, and directness, the attributes that prompted the loving family nickname of “Ruckus” have served her well in growing Health Walks Inc. into what it is today. It is her unwavering approach to always learn and adapt to serve client needs. 

A trained occupational therapist and pedorthist, Karey has dedicated her career to helping others. Distinguished for her strong leadership and ability to address any situation with openness, honesty, and directness, the attributes that prompted the loving family nickname of “Ruckus” have served her well in growing Health Walks Inc. into what it is today. It is her unwavering approach to always learn and adapt to serve client needs. 

 

The idea for Health Walks was born in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland. While there treating occupational therapy clients, Karey specialized in back injuries resulting from workplace and motor vehicle accidents. As she helped people return to work and get back to their lives she heard a pattern of feedback—over and over again she heard about issues with foot pain even though it was not part of the injury. 

 

This trend got her interested in feet. Eventually she moved back home to New Glasgow and decided to specialize in this area.  She recognized a pain point and built a wellness space addressing it. Over the years she has carefully created products and services to serve her patients. 

 

Today, Karey has retired as an occupational therapist but keeps her pedorthist designation to provide expertise in both locations while running the business. Her focus is in custom orthotics and specialty footwear. Her occupational therapy training still drives her clinical care as she is educated in both physical medicine and psychiatry. Karey coaches her staff to examine the individual’s whole story—not just their symptoms and gets to the root of issues. Karey has a natural ability to recognize talent and recruits staff who share her passion, ethical standards and work as a team to address patient needs. 

 

Health Walks is a family enterprise. Calling themselves Team Fleming, Richard looks after the financial side and their son Marcus now 14 has started to help out Mom and Dad. Marcus being of the social media generation even helps Karey with social media ideas!


Karey earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She went on to achieve her Pedorthic designation in 2004. Karey is also a DoTerra Wellness Advocate incorporating essential oils when beneficial to enhance treatment. In a rare moment away from running her company Karey tends to her perennial garden. Musically inclined, she plays the piano and guitar. In addition she loves to ride her motorcycle. Her ultimate favorite thing to do is to travel with her husband and son. Her primary goal in life is being the best Mom to Marcus.

Richard Fleming: Co-owner, General Manager, New Glasgow & Truro

 

The other half of team Fleming is Karey’s husband Richard who joined the company and officially made it a family business in 2005 when their son Marcus was born. His title is general manager however Richard also wears many other hats. He manages the financial side of the business and most of the administration work. He is a self-proclaimed self-taught technology guru—which comes in pretty handy! 

 

He admits that one of his most important roles is acting as a sounding board for Karey’s latest adventures and ideas. He is still in awe of his wife as a gifted entrepreneur and how she has the ability to continually evolve to meet customer needs. 


Richard loves to hear the personal stories of how HealthWalks has  helped people. Once he was fitted with orthotics, he understood first-hand that good shoes and proper orthotics can help you live pain free and dramatically improve your quality of life. He is very proud of the introduction of podiatry services in both locations as it’s bringing immediate relief for some patients.

Richard has a business degree from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. His previous career was at Michelin in Pictou County. In 2018 he fulfilled a life long dream of travelling by motorcycle solo across Canada! He is also the treasurer and membership secretary of the East Coast Ducati Club, a motorcycle club for Ducati owners. In his spare time he enjoys learning about astronomy, dirt-biking and camping with his son.

Bruce McLaggan: Podiatrist, New Glasgow and Truro

Not only is Bruce a highly skilled and knowledgeable podiatrist, his sense of humor may give you a chuckle or two during your appointment! In high demand, he practices in both New Glasgow and Truro clinic locations. 

 

Originally from South Africa, Bruce came to Canada and made Nova Scotia home a decade ago. At about the same time he established and ran a successful clinic named Digby Foot Care in Annapolis Royal before recently deciding to sell his practice and join the dynamic team at Health Walks.

 

He hasn’t looked back! Bruce is thrilled to be part of a team that is providing the most innovative techniques in podiatry care to its patients.  His greatest reward is seeing patients walk out of the clinic pain free. Bruce has brought with him the most advanced techniques in foot mobilization. Addressing issues with legs and feet, the therapy consists of gentle joint mobilization that relieves pain and discomfort. Keeping in line with one of the guiding principles at Health Walks he always seeks to understand the causes of your pain and not just your symptoms. 

Bruce graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Podiatry in the United Kingdom. He loves to golf whenever he gets the chance. However, the animal farm he manages with his wife keeps him very active-from feeding the horses to cutting the acres of grass to loading hay. 

Sheila Green, Comfort Specialist, New Glasgow

 

Sheila has been with Team Health Walks the longest—over seven years and can answer any foot questions just as well as the therapists! She has dual responsibilities—a comfort specialist in the shoe store and on clinic days also works administration. She works hand-in-hand with the resident podiatrist in order to custom fit clients with the best possible footwear.

 

Sheila is very knowledgeable about the variety of shoe products and understands first-hand the vital importance of taking care of our feet. She listens to clients carefully and provides optimal solutions. The staff are educated on an on-going basis regarding foot issues. 

 

Sheila’s other passion is being an artist. She realized a dream and studied a three-year online program through the Watts Atelier of the Arts School based in southern California.

 

She currently serves the as the Vice President of the Pictou County Artists Association. Sheila wakes up every morning at 5:30 a.m. to paint before reporting to work. Her love of New Glasgow is 

represented in her paintings in landscapes and seascapes. Her work was recently recognized in an 18-piece exhibit with displays rotating between the New Glasgow Library, Town Hall and Museum of Industry.

Carol Heighton, Comfort Specialist, New Glasgow

 

Patience galore—Carol will spend as much time with you as you need getting that perfect fit all while wearing the cutest smile! She has been a comfort specialist at the New Glasgow store and clinic location for the past three years on a part-time basis. Her role combines supporting clients with the proper footwear and administration work.

 

She admits that the last three years at Health Walks have been an education in feet and at this point would not be caught dead in any inappropriate shoes! Carol is proud to be part of the comprehensive approach provided to clients and loves to see them walking out the podiatrist’s office smiling. 

 

Carol has a diploma in accounting and worked for 34 years in banking as a central teller. Committed to physical activity, she practices Hatha yoga and enjoys walking. She enjoys travelling, loves music and volunteers at the local music festival every year.

Ashley Oxley, Comfort Specialist, Truro

 

Ashley’s smile and energy level is your greeting at the Truro Health Walks clinic. She will schedule your appointments and find you fabulous shoes and most importantly keep the other staff happy with her stash of chocolate in the top drawer. 

 

While she is one of the newest members of Team Health Walks she is already at home. Her favorite part of the work is the different conversations she gets to have with clients. She loves being part of an environment that makes peoples’ lives better.

 

Ashley is very at home in a family-run business and is used to wearing many hats. Growing up she worked at her Dad’s business, Tobias Portraiture, a photography company specializing in timeless family portraits that has served the community of Truro for over thirty years. She was often the first person you spoke to on the phone or greet you when you dropped in. She did it all—from running around with lights and camera gear; assisting at schools during graduation shoots; proofing, retouching and putting orders together; and even acting silly when needed to get children to smile for photos! To this day, she occasionally will help her Dad out. 

Outside of work, Ashley’s passion is basketball. In fact, she is one of the youngest referees in the Truro area. She also loves to go hunting with her Dad and taking her black lab Brysco for walks with her husband James.  

Holly Weir, Comfort Specialist, Truro 

 

Holly is the newest member of the Health Walk’s team! She has been welcomed with open arms by the rest of Team Health Walks. A Comfort Specialist at the Truro Clinic and shoe store location, she will charm you with her outgoing and bubbly personality-in addition to finding you the most comfortable and fine looking shoes around. You can see her there three days a week.

Providing exceptional care is not new to Holly as she has been in customer service-oriented positions since she was sixteen years old! Holly studied Human Services at Jane Norman College in Truro, Nova Scotia. In her spare time she loves to be outdoors, read, spend time with her friends, and go for long drives. 

Wendy Dooling: Certified Reflexology Therapist, New Glasgow

 

Wendy’s reason for becoming a reflexology therapist is deeply personal. Twenty years ago her daughter was suffering from a bowel condition. As a mother it was hard to see her child in pain and tried every treatment to no avail. By chance she stumbled upon a segment in the news about how reflexology treatment helps this very condition. It was a combination of reflexology and naturopathic medicine that ultimately helped her daughter. 

 

Wendy has been practicing reflexology at the New Glasgow Health Walks clinic location for the last two years. Her colleagues have become like family and appreciates how they have taken her under their wing. 

 

She loves that Health Walks is a one-stop shop in foot care, from orthopedics, to proper shoe fitting to reflexology, she says that “everything about feet is in that one building!”

 

Wendy earned her certification in reflexology at Haelen School for the Creative & Healing Arts associated with Conestoga College (Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning) at the Waterloo, Ontario campus. She is also a DoTerra Wellness Advocate by incorporating essential oils into her

practice and educating others on how they can use oils. A self-proclaimed Disney fanatic Wendy took her kids to Disney and now wants to take her grandchildren. In her downtime she loves to crochet and is constantly expanding her knowledge by reading up on feet and health.  

Laurena Yurkowski: Certified Reflexology Therapist, Truro

She’s all smiles and giggles and you’ll feel like she’s your sister immediately. Laurena practices reflexology at the Health Walks Truro clinic. A natural healer, her main goal is to help patients be the best version of themselves and feel as happy as she is doing her job.

 

But beware-a session with Laurena may make you fall asleep it’s so wonderfully relaxing! She explains that feet affect our entire bodies and if they hurt then that is their way of communicating and telling us something is wrong. “What you don’t tell me, your feet will,” she said. 

 

She loves the healing environment at Health Walks, the beautiful space and community-mindedness of the practice. She especially enjoys working with her colleagues to provide such care.

 

Laurena has experienced first-hand how important it is to take care of your body. She worked in the oil and gas industry in Alberta for 15 years before making Nova Scotia home. There she held various high stress positions— logistics manager; project manager; and buyer.  Working 14-hour days seven days a week took a serious toll on her health. When she decided to walk away it took a year and a half of rest before she could get her body back to a level that was functional.

While she understands that career is important she now understands that your health is something you need to treasure. She decided she wanted to help people from getting that far away from their own health. She can now quickly recognize the signs of health concerns and help people get back to being better versions of themselves. 


Laurena has a certificate in reflexology from the Academy of Reflexology and Massage in Sherwood Park, Alberta (just east of Edmonton). She has a diverse love of music, zen, nature music, country, hip hop and very proudly confesses to loving heavy metal music and dancing. She insists it’s no ordinary country dancing either but the ‘fancy’ kind! She is also an avid gardener, has two dogs and one cat and is very knowledgeable in healing essential oils and crystals. 

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New Glasgow, Nova Scotia

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