Shell McLean-Tully

Shell McLean
Co-Owner South End Physiotherapy

Shell McLean-Tully earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University in 1983, immediately after completing her Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education at Saint Francis Xavier University. Her clinical experience began in Sheet Harbour, NS where she was Sole-Charge Physiotherapist at Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital from 1983-1986. It was at that time that Shell became keenly interested in specializing in the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with orthopaedic conditions. During her three years as Sole-Charge physiotherapist, she was a member of the Occupational Health and Safety Committee whereby she was immersed into the area of Occupational Health and Safety. She was an integral member of the committee and played a lead role in the development of safety policy and procedures, in addition to worksite evaluation and injury prevention analysis. Included in Shell’s clinical experience are worksite assessments of various industry sectors including Farmers Co-operative Dairy Ltd., Hersey Canada Moirs Factory, and the Halifax Shipyard.

Shell has been a physiotherapist in the private practice setting since 1988 and at South End Physiotherapy Clinic since 2001. It is at South End Physiotherapy that she further defined her area of specialization to include that of sport medicine, where she enjoys the many benefits and privileges of working collaboratively with her orthopedic team colleagues, in addition to several nationally and internationally renowned Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Shell has lived in Halifax, with her husband and two sons for the past 25 years, where she has had the opportunity to participate in the many elite sporting events that have been awarded to the city of Halifax. She was the Lead Physiotherapist for both the Roar of the Rings Olympic Curling Trials in 2006 and the Tim Horton’s Brier in 2010. Shell has been a physiotherapy consultant for Dance Nova Scotia, Senior Men’s Soccer Division 1, and Halifax Hawks Minor Hockey Peewee and Bantam AAA. In addition, she has been a volunteer physiotherapist at the BMO LPGA Golf Tournament, Women’s World Hockey Championship, Men’s World Junior Hockey Championship, Canadian National Figure Skating Championships and numerous AUS/CIS men’s basketball championships.

In 1997 Shell took a leave of absence from practicing physiotherapy in Halifax to participate in a multi-million dollar health care project in the Middle East. The School of Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University recruited a team of 40 Health Care Professionals to develop and manage a Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Centre of Excellence in the State of Kuwait. Shell was appointed as the Senior Physiotherapist on the Orthopaedic Team. She and her family relocated to Kuwait for a period of one year where their experiences, immersed in a culture that is so very distinct and fascinating, were absolutely wonderful and life-changing.

Upon Shell’s return to Halifax, she resumed practicing physiotherapy, was a Sessional Lecturer at the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University teaching Care and Prevention of Injuries to third and fourth year kinesiology students, and was appointed as a Peer Assessor for the Nova Scotia College of Physiotherapists. She has taken many post-graduate education courses including acupuncture, manual therapy, k-taping, and movement impairment syndromes. Shell has also been an instructor in First Aid and CPR.