I qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2006 and became a specialist in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, completing my Masters in UCD in 2012.
My most challenging role in life began in 2017 when my first child was born. From pelvic pain, difficulty walking, sleeping and even breathing to the emotional struggles with body changes after birth and a leaky bladder when finally getting back to exercise – all on 4 hours sleep!
I became a Women’s Health specialist Physio in 2015 but like most things in life, until you experience it for yourself you never fully understand how much your body changes after having a child. As busy Mums, our own health and wellbeing often moves to the bottom of the priority list – we suffer in silence with common pelvic symptoms, thinking this is our new normal. I advocate for women’s health, in the hope I can help to educate and empower women to live a life without limitations.
I qualified as a Physiotherapist from UCD in 2003 and in 2009 took on a role as a Senior Physiotherapist in the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital where I specialized in the area of women’s health. I gained experience treating pregnancy related musculoskeletal conditions, postnatal rehab and pelvic floor dysfunction in one of Europe’s busiest maternity hospitals.
In 2018 I became the clinical lead and managed a team of devoted women’s health physiotherapists. Throughout my career I have also run courses teaching physiotherapists and other health care professionals about the specialist area of women’s health physiotherapy.
Having two young children has given me first-hand experience of pregnancy, post-natal recovery and the challenges of motherhood. This transition has only made me more passionate about supporting women through their own journeys of pregnancy, motherhood, menopause and beyond. I am so excited to join the team at Women’s Health Dublin and to bring my expertise to the women of North Dublin.
My practice is based in The Grange Clinic Donaghmede in Dublin 13, close to my native Clontarf, on Dublin’s Northside. I treat women of all ages living in the surrounding areas of Dublin’s Northside including; Raheny, Sutton, Clontarf, Howth, Fairview, Malahide, Clongriffin the wider Dublin area.
I regularly attend professional courses and conferences to keep up with the current evidence-based management of Women’s Health issues. Thankfully, there is very strong evidence for the efficacy of Physiotherapy for treatment of the pelvic floor – it really does work!
I also love to research holistic approaches to pelvic health such as acupuncture and nutrition for fertility issues, pelvic pain, menopause and hormone imbalance in all ages.
I am proud to say that I love my career and I have a real passion for helping women. It frustrates me that there is a real lack of support and resources in Ireland for Women’s Health issues and my personal experience motivated me to get out there to help educate and treat ladies in need.
Although 1 in 3 women will suffer with leakage (incontinence) it is often not spoken about. Often women feel embarrassed to discuss such issues with family, friends or their GP. When a patient walks through my door I am still genuinely shocked about how little they know about their body and how long it took them to finally seek help.
I am available for face to face appointments at my Clinic at The Grange or video consultations, if you feel you need specialist assistance. The internet is an amazing source of information but finding the right source is essential! Although I am a healthcare professional, I want to use simple language so you can understand how your body work; including words like pee, poo and sex!
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