Eileen Murphy

Eileen qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1975 and graduated in sports medicine from Canada in 1979. She attended the Moscow, Los Angeles and Seoul Olympics as physiotherapist to the Irish Olympic team. She has travelled and lectured throughout Europe in the area of sports physiotherapy and has specialised in the use of manual therapy for the treatment of spine and muscular skeletal disorders for the last 20 years.  Eileen also specialises in treating foot conditions in both adults and children and  established Dublin Spine & Sports Physiotherapy as the first dedicated treatment and exercise clinic in Ireland. She is a lecturer in the masters degree course on sports medicine in Trinity College Dublin.

Tara O’Meara

Tara graduated from the Royal London Hospital with a BSc. Hons. Physiotherapy.  In 2001 she completed her masters in Sports Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland, Australia.  Tara has spent over 14 years working in Rugby Union beginning in Saracens RFC, then onto work full time with Harlequins of London and on returning to Ireland she worked for the IRFU as the physiotherapist to the National Academy and Irish under 21s rugby team which included the annual Six Nations and four World Cups.

Other areas of work include: Great Britain’s Heptathlon team and University of Queensland Men’s Hockey team. Tara works with The College of Dance on injury prevention, education and treatment of dancers.

She also sees individual dancers from across the dance world. As part of the professional body of the ISCP, Tara spent seven years on the Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine committee, where her roles included chairperson, Irish representative to the International Federation of Sports Physiotherapists and an integral member of the team, which developed the accreditation system for sports physiotherapists.

Tara’s specific interests are in functional rehabilitation of sports and dance injuries, musculoskeletal disorders, screening and injury prevention as well as pre / post-operative orthopaedic rehabilitation.

Críona O’Donoghue

Críona graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BSc Hons in Physiotherapy in 1999. She then worked in Rheumatology Rehabilitation in a specialised unit until going into private Practice in 2004.

In 2005 she completed her masters in Manipulative Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland in Australia. She received an award for the highest achievement in clinical practice during her masters degree. She currently lectures and tutors with UCD in areas of Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy.

Críona has a clinical interest in rehabilitation through exercise, sports injuries and musculoskeletal conditions including rheumatological conditions, and back pain.

Lisa Branigan

Lisa graduated from UCD in 2003 with First Class Honours in Physiotherapy. She then worked in St. Vincent’s University Hospital until she completed her masters in Sports Medicine from Trinity College Dublin in 2005, for which she received the award for the best clinician examination results in the class. She has been working at Dublin Spine and Sports Physiotherapy since August 2005. She has since completed a Graduate Certficate in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy from Curtin University in Perth, Australia.

Lisa has worked with the FAI for the last 3 years covering training sessions and trips abroad and has worked for 5 years with the Trinity Rugby team ( DUFC), 2 years as lead physiotherapist with the first XV. She has also looked after the Irish Women’s Rugby team and Leinster U18’s and U19’s male rugby teams and Irish U18 boy’s hockey team.  She has accompanied teams to South Africa, New York, Russia, as well as all over Europe and the UK.

Lisa has completed 21 marathons and 11 half marathons herself and has a particular interest in sport injuries and neck and back pain.  She mainly does hands on work, dry needling and focuses on educating the patient to manage the problem themselves.

Brendan Pierce

Brendan graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and has worked in the Dublin area for several years. He has been effectively treating a variety of issues, from intense back and neck pains to everyday aches and injuries and has developed strong connections with hospitals and healthcare center’s across the country.

Brendan is a national dancing champion and has a keen interest in the treatment of dancers of all forms; Ballet, Ballroom, Freestyle, Contemporary, etc. In addition, has good experience with pediatric injuries and treatments. Over the years, Brendan has worked in a variety of settings. His experience includes lead physiotherapist in the areas Orthopedics, Respiratory and Neurological physiotherapy, also in private practices throughout Dublin.

Brendan has been researching patient education and patient empowerment and uses this to promote good health and well-being in many ways for his patients to improve overall quality of living.