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The Society recognises that some members have developed skills that enable them to be recognised as Specialists. Accordingly, the Society annually invites members to apply for the title of Specialist Member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (SMISCP).

This is an honorary title and is not to be confused with the employment grade of clinical specialist.

Members of the ISCP will be able to apply for the title of SMISCP in the following areas of physiotherapy:

Acupuncture; Education; Intellectual Disability; Management; Neurology; Musculoskeletal; Gerontology; Paediatrics; Sports Medicine; Cardio/Respiratory; Occupational Health & Ergonomics; Women's Health; Orthopaedics; Rehabilitation; Rheumatology; Oncology & Palliative Care, Primary Care, Aquatic Physiotherapy; Veterinary Physiotherapy and Women's Health.

Successful candidates will be entitled to use the initials of SMISCP and will have a certificate of membership that confirms their specialist status.

The title of SMISCP is an ‘active title' for employed members and therefore, should not  continue to be applied for /held once a member has retired or is no longer practicing.  The title holder must be a member of the Society for the duration of the five year term.

A fee of €100 applies to all applications

Applications are be considered by a Specialist Member panel. The recommendations will be sent to the Board for approval. 

If you have been a Specialist Member and your five year term has expired please consider applying for another term.  Former SMISCP applicants must use the renewal application form also available to download above.

The application process opens in January each year with a deadline for applications of end March.

Current Specialist Members (SMISCP)


Sheelagh McNeill

Sheelagh graduated from Trinity College Dublin. After several years working in London and Dublin she was awarded her Licentiate in Acupuncture in 1986 followed by a B.Ac in 1998 from the British College of Acupuncture. She commenced work as a Private Practitioner using Acupuncture in 1986. Sheelagh has taught in the National College of Acupuncture, Dublin then on the Higher Diploma in Acupuncture in UCD and on the MSc Advanced Physiotherapy Practice Programme in the University of Ulster at Jordanstown. In 2003 she was awarded a D.Phil for her study in the “Use of Acupuncture in the Management of Musculoskeletal Problems”. Sheelagh was awarded Specialist Membership status by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists for the first time in 2005. The current term is a renewal of that status. Sheelagh has published several articles on Acupuncture. With Professor Suzanne McDonough, in 2008, she co-authored a chapter on Acupuncture in: Complementary Therapies for Physical Therapy: A Clinical Decision Making Approach. She was a founder member of CPA, the clinical interest group for Chartered Physiotherapists in Acupuncture. She is also an active member of the International Acupuncture Association of Physical Therapists (IAAPT) which is a sub group of WCPT and helped to develop IAAPT Safety Standards which were accepted at the WCPT Congress in Singapore (2015).


Declan O’Hanlon

Declan O'Hanlon received SMISCP status in 2012 for work and research completed in the area of cardiorespiratory and metabolic disease. Declan graduated from Trinity College, and also has a PhD from the TCD Department of Clinical Medicine, and a postgraduate diploma in Exercise Physiology from the TCD Department of Physiology. He is currently completing an Executive MBA at the UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School, and is a graduate member of the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors. Declan was the Physiotherapy Lead on the Prevention of Chronic Disease Clinical Programme between 2012 and 2014, and has worked as Cardiac Rehab Coordinator, as a Senior in Cardiac Rehab, and as Deputy Manager of the St. James's Hospital Physiotherapy Department for the last 3 years. He has recently moved to the position of Research and Development Hub Programme Manager in St. James's Hospital. He has conducted research in the area of early-onset type 2 diabetes, and has also examined the use of lifestyle intervention for patients after treatment for breast cancer, for which he was the recipient of the ISCP Eastern Branch research bursary in 2014.

Brenda Deering

Brenda Deering received a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree from the University of Ulster in 2001.  After working a number of years as the COPD Outreach/Pulmonary Rehabilitation Co-ordinator in Beaumont Hospital, Brenda completed her Master’s Degree. The randomized controlled trial explored the benefits of Acupuncture as an Adjunct to Pulmonary Rehabilitation and the results were published in a peer review journal in 2011.   Since then, Brenda has been involved in multiple national and international research projects in the area of physical activity levels, cognition and exacerbation rates in patients with COPD leading to international peer review publications.  Brenda has provided expert physiotherapy option to international research groups involved in developing telemed monitoring and has co-chaired the Advance Physiotherapy Practice Forum (APPF), a sub-group of the Professional Development Standing Committee. The APPF, has helped to map and identify the needs of those physiotherapists working in advance practice roles in Ireland.  Brenda presently works as a senior physiotherapist in the Respiratory Integrated Care as part of the National Clinical Care Programme. In this capacity, Brenda has established a community based pulmonary rehabilitation programme for GP patients, developed a comprehensive respiratory physiotherapy assessment and treatment clinic in primary care for patients with COPD and Asthma and performs Spirometry testing for GP patients in a hospital Pulmonary Function Laboratory alongside the respiratory physiologists.



Tara Cusack

Dr Tara Cusack is a Senior Lecturer in UCD, School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science. She is currently a UCD Fellow in Teaching and Academic Development. In 2015 with Professor Brian Caulfield and Professor Susi Geiger, she secured €1,016,223 from Horizon 2020 for a project entitled Connected Health Early Stage Researcher Support System (CHESS) which will develop an interdisciplinary education programme for primary health care professionals. Tara conducts pedagogical and clinical research, while also supervising undergraduate, MSc and PhD research in both areas. She has international peer reviewed journal publications in the areas of education and chronic disease management. Tara was an external examiner for interprofessional education at Glasgow Caledonian University from 2011 to -2014. Tara completed a Graduate Diploma in University Teaching and Learning in 2011. She has previously been a Teaching Fellow of the Dublin Region Higher Education Alliance (DRHEA), a cross institutional collaboration which examined the First Year Experience, which sought to promote academic engagement and collaboration amongst member institutions of the DRHEA. Tara was awarded the UCD Excellence in Teaching and Learning College Teaching Award in 2010, and was shortlisted by UCD for the National Academy for Integration of Research Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL) Awards in 2012.


Sinead Coleman

Sinead graduated from University College Dublin in 1998. She is a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Gerontology in the St James’s Hospital Medicine for the Elderly Department. Here, she manages a high-quality 92-bedded physiotherapy service comprising acute care, elective admissions and post-acute rehabilitation for older people. She has recently been appointed as Therapy Lead for the National Clinical Programme for Older People. Sinead is an active member on a number of physiotherapy and multidisciplinary committees in St James’s Hospital. Theses include the St James’s Hospital Falls Steering Group, the MedEl Rehabilitation Interdisciplinary Quality Committee and Research and Development committees. She performed a key role in the development of the interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Assessment Team in the hospital which has lead to improved outcomes for patients in the rehabilitation unit. She completed a MSc in Neurology and Gerontology in RCSI in 2010. Her MSc research examined the outcomes of a frail older population following a period of inaptient rehabilitation. She is currently undertaking a part-time Research PhD in RCSI. Her research topic is ‘Outcomes following Progressive Resistance Training in Older Rehabilitation Inpatients’. As well as being a published author, she serves as a reviewer for several medical journals specialising in the areas of ageing and rehabilitation.


Kieran O'Sullivan

Kieran O’Sullivan graduated from UCD with a BSc in Physiotherapy in 1999. He completed the Irish Society of Orthopaedic Medicine Examinations in 2000, and an MSc in Manipulative Therapy at Curtin University, Perth in 2004. He completed his PhD, which investigated spinal sitting behaviour in chronic low back pain (CLBP) in 2012. He has worked at the University of Limerick at UL since 2005. He also consults in clinical practice on a part-time basis. He has published over fifty peer-reviewed publications, as well as one book and three book chapters, by reputable international publishers. He has given over fifty presentations at scientific conferences, including invitations to be a keynote speaker at scientific conferences worldwide. He has obtained funding of over €950,000 for research on spinal pain. He has been shortlisted at UL for both research excellence and teaching excellence awards. He teaches clinical workshops nationally and internationally. He has a particular interest in disseminating scientific research among the community. His research group provides a free online platform on chronic pain -, and he previously chaired a Move4Health campaign on back pain -

Brona Fullen

Dr Brona Fullen is a lecturer in the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science. She holds degrees in Physiotherapy (BSc, UUJ), Healthcare-Acupuncture (MSc, UCD) and PhD (HRB funded UCD). Brona worked as a senior Physiotherapist in the Pain Clinics at Massachusetts General Hospital Boston and St. Vincent’s University Hospital Dublin. In 1998 she established the Physiotherapy Pain Service in the Adelaide and Meath Hospital Dublin Brona is a recognised expert in the clinical area of pain management. Her main research interests include the rehabilitation of patients with chronic non-malignant pain, with emphasis on physical and cognitive function, and sleep disturbance. She is well published in the international literature in this area. Brona has supervised both PhD and MSc students to completion, and has been invited to present her research at national and international conferences. She is also a co-director of the UCD Centre for Translational Pain Research. Brona was the first Chartered Physiotherapist to hold the post of President of the Irish Pain Society, and is currently the Irish representative to the European Pain Federation EFIC. At a national level she has been involved in lobbying the Irish government for improvement in pain management services for patients. She has appeared before the Joint Committee on Health and Children Health in the Oireachtas successfully lobbying to have pain management declared a medial specialty. In addition she has been involved in discussions with the Department of Health and Children on the need for a national strategy for pain management in Ireland.

Karen McCreesh

Karen is a Physiotherapy graduate of University College Dublin, and also holds an MSc in Manipulative Therapy from Coventry University. She is an experienced musculoskeletal educator and clinician. Her research interests lie in the areas of shoulder dysfunction, musculoskeletal disorders, and ultrasound imaging. In 2014, she completed her PhD in the area of mechanisms of rotator cuff tendinopathy, funded by a Research Fellowship from the Health Research Board of Ireland. She lectures on the under- and postgraduate Physiotherapy programmes at the University of Limerick and provides CPD workshops for qualified physiotherapists. She has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national and international conferences. Karen co-ordinates a Community of Practice for Physiotherapists working with people with shoulder pain, and runs a website to support and disseminate evidence based practice in the physiotherapy management of shoulder pain at She shares information regarding relevant research on Twitter @Karen_McCreesh

Neasa De Búrca

Neasa De Búrca SMISCP Neasa graduated with an honours degree in physiotherapy in 1998 from UCD. After graduating she worked primarily in the area of sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapy both prior to completing a Masters of Sports Physiotherapy at Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia in 2006 where she graduated first in her class. Following on from her Masters degree, Neasa completed a postgraduate certificate in health research with high distinction from Lancaster University in 2009. In 2009 she was also awarded SMISCP status in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Neasa is currently employed as a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Orthopaedic Triage at Galway University Hospitals. She also runs her own private practice. Between 2008 and 2011 she lectured on a part time basis on the Bachelor of Physiotherapy Programme at University of Limerick. She has also been involved as a Lecturer and Board Member on the Master of Sports Medicine programme at NUI Galway. Since 2008, Neasa has developed and run post graduate education courses for physiotherapists. She also is involved in GP training in musculoskeletal medicine. Although working as a full time clinician, Neasa is active in research and has a number of publications in International peer reviewed journals including British Journal of Sports Medicine and Manual Therapy. She also acts as a reviewer for Manual Therapy. Neasa's research interests include management of shoulder dysfunction and lower limb injury prevention strategies.

Alison Quinn

Alison graduated in Physiotherapy from the University in Bristol in 1999. She subsequently completed a Masters in Sports in Physiotherapy in University College Dublin in 2005 winning the award for academic achievement. Following graduation Alison worked in the HSE for a number of years in addition to setting up her own private practice. She was also team physiotherapist in AIL rugby for several years. She became Head of Physiotherapy in the Sports Surgery Clinic in 2007, a new hospital specialising in sports medicine and orthopaedics. She set up the physiotherapy department from scratch and over the following 7 years expanded the department and developed many specialist musculoskeletal services focusing on the treatment and rehabilitation of patients pre-and post -orthopaedic surgery, patients with sports injuries and other musculoskeletal conditions. During this time she undertook a part-time role in Trinity College Dublin where she lectured in orthopaedics, sports medicine and spinal conditions, in addition to undertaking research and advising on phD projects. She has participated in research over the years and has published in international journals. She was a committee member on the ISCP Professional Development Committee in 2013-2014 and chaired the ISCP Conference Committee for 2014. She is a member of the working party on Paediatric Sports and Exercise Medicine in the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine (RCPI and RCSI). She is involved in the Straight2Swimming project in Belfast, a charity organisation that provides educational and exercise programmes to adolescents with scoliosis. She has fitness testing and developed rehabilitation programmes for several members of this group who are climbing Kiliminjaro in August 2015 with a medical team from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Crumlin. She is also involved in the Musculoskeletal Research Group in Trinity College Dublin, a collaboration of medical, bio-engineering and physiotherapy disciplines looking to collaborate in multi-disciplinary research projects. Alison works in private practice in Dublin specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. In addition she guest lectures in Trinity College Dublin and RCSI. Her areas of interest are musculoskeletal biomechanics, testing, treatment and rehabilitation of conditions of the spine, pelvis and lower limb.

Niamh Moloney

Dr Niamh Moloney qualified in 1998, completed her Masters of Manipulative Therapy (Curtin University) in 2003 and her PhD (University College Dublin) in 2012. She currently combines clinical practice with an Honorary Research Fellow position at Macquarie University, Sydney, where she was previously a Senior Lecturer. Her PhD (2012) and subsequent research focuses on the assessment of complex pain profiles in various musculoskeletal conditions and pain following breast cancer. She has over 50 peer-reviewed publications and has presented her research widely at international and national conferences, including as an invited speaker.  She has gained considerable funding for her research. She has a keen focus on translation of research into clinical practice, with projects underway implementing an acute low back pain model of care, reducing imaging for spinal pain in primary care, and developing a community pain service. She has taught musculoskeletal physiotherapy and pain science at under- and post- graduate levels since 2005. A key focus for her teaching is the integration of pain neuroscience and the International Association of Pain Curriculum into musculoskeletal clinical practice.



Helen Kavanagh

Helen graduated from Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh in 2001. She completed her basic-grade rotations in Dublin before travelling to New Zealand and working in the area of spinal injuries. She began working in St. James' Hospital in 2005 as a senior in general medical/neurology. Her role has evolved in recent years to focus on the area of acute stroke and she has led the establishment of a specialist acute stroke physiotherapy service in St. James' hospital. She has been involved in several multi-disciplinary teams both within the hospital and in the community and is dedicated to furthering clinical excellence in the field of stroke. She completed a post-graduate diploma in neurological rehabilitation with the University of Western Australia in 2009. She then went on to conduct a research masters with Trinity College Dublin, graduating in 2012, which investigated the relationship between fatigue and the energy expenditure of gait following stroke. She has had many poster presentations at national and international conferences including the UK Stroke Forum and WCPT congress and won best poster at the ISCP conference 2013. She has been a physiotherapy representative on the Irish Heart Foundation's Council on Stroke since 2007 and contributed to the development of the National Clinical Guidelines and Recommendations for the Care of People with Stroke and Transient Ischaemic Attack and also a national foundation-level stroke education programme

Occupational Health & Ergonomics

Annette Shanahan

Annette is Clinical Director of Abbey Physiotherapy founded in 1983, and Healthcare Direct founded in 2007. She has worked in provision of occupational health physiotherapy, ergonomics, health and safety consultancy and training for over 30 years. Her organizations have a complement of 35 employees, multi-disciplinary across all allied health disciplines, and continues to grow. She expanded her private practice in the 1980’s, to provide onsite and clinic based services for a wide range of sectors, manufacturing, processing, pharmachem, healthcare, education, public and private sectors and has wide experience of multiple work environments. She founded a training company and health and safety consultancy company in 1993, now trading as Healthcare Direct. She has lectured on many MSc programmes and on the RCSI BSc Physiotherapy programme since 2000. She has presented at many professional conferences, including must recently, Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Spring Conference, RCPI, 2015, which was webcast to the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe. She acts as an Expert Witness in Irish and U.K. High Court cases. She introduced Functional Capacity Evaluation, having qualified in the USA, in 1996. Return to work rehabilitation programmes are designed and implemented and Ergonomic Education programmes implemented in a number of multinational companies have resulted in significant reduction in MSD incidence and related work absenteeism. This research has been presented at many conferences over the past 10 years. Her company provides pre-employment fitness testing for a range of disciplines where fitness for the job is paramount.

Muriel Johnson

Muriel Johnson qualified from University College Dublin (UCD) and then worked as a chartered physiotherapist in Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Canada and Australia. In 1993 Muriel completed a post graduate Diploma in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work for Chartered Physiotherapists from UCD. Muriel then completed a master’s degree by research in 1995 on risk factors for occupational back pain and an ergonomic approach to prevention and management. Muriel also completed a Diploma in Risk management in 1999 from UCD. Muriel then specialised in the area of ergonomics and occupational health in the workplace and in 2005 formed a company, Occupational Physiotherapy Solutions, with Lelia Jennings. Muriel has delivered the ergonomics module on the Masters programme in Safety, Health and Environment in DIT (Dublin Institute of Technology). She delivers the manual handling module for the undergraduate physiotherapy students in RCSI. Muriel’s main interest is in the prevention and management of musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace. She has carried out research into the causes and costs of manual handling incidents in the healthcare sector for the Health and Safety Authority in 2007 with Sara Dockrell from the Discipline of Physiotherapy in Trinity College Dublin. A paper was published from this research. Dockrell S, Johnson M, Ganly J, Bennett K 2011 Manual Handling Incident Claims: Factors and outcomes Work: A journal of prevention, assessment and rehabilitation. Vol 40 No 2 P 165-172 Memberships include the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, Back Exchange’ in the UK, the Irish Ergonomics Society and the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Muriel’s current research interests are in the areas of sedentary behaviour, particularly in office environments, and in the management and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace

Sports Medicine

Marie-Elaine Grant

Dr. Marie-Elaine Grant (Ph.D.), Ireland’s Olympic Team Lead Physiotherapist from 1990 – 2010, a graduate of UCD ( University College Dublin) and a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and was appointed to the International Olympic Committee’s Medical Commission (Games Group) in 2010. She is the first physiotherapist in Ireland to have been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from University College Dublin (2013) in recognition of her achievements and contribution to Sports Physiotherapy. In 1981 Marie-Elaine graduated in Physiotherapy from UCD, since this time she has gained extensive experience working in renowned medical centres both at in Ireland and abroad which led her to specialising in sports physiotherapy. Following her graduation she started her career working in one of the University Hospital’s in Dublin, her first break came in 1982 when she was appointed to a physiotherapy position at the University Hospital in Geneva, offering her the opportunity to learn a wide spectrum of treatment techniques and further advance her knowledge and experience. In 1984 she went to the USA where she had the opportunity to do an internship in Sports and Orthopedic Physiotherapy. She returned to Ireland in 1985, and was appointed to commission and head the physiotherapy department and sports injury clinic of a leading Irish Hospital (Blackrock Clinic). During this time she developed a keen interest in sports physiotherapy and advanced her knowledge and expertise by successfully completing several validated post graduate courses in sports, musculo-skeletal, manual and biomechanical aspects of physiotherapy. At the same time advancing clinical experience and expertise in the treatment and rehabilitation of a wide range of sports injuries, committing many hours in the evening and at weekends as a volunteer physiotherapist supporting sports teams and aspiring young athletes. In 1990 she was appointed to the Irish Olympic Medical and Committee, in this role she planned and implemented a strategy for provision of high quality physiotherapy services for high performance athletes which required extensive work developing physiotherapy support networks and collaboration with medical teams working with sport’s National Governing Bodies. She has worked with many of Irelands Olympic athletes and developed injury prevention and screening programmes this initiative is now incorporated into athlete’s health and performance strategies. As lead physiotherapist to the Olympic Council of Ireland she was appointed to the Irish Olympic Team for 5 consecutive Summer Olympic Games commencing with Barcelona 1992 through to Beijing 2008 and also served with the Irish Winter Olympic Team in Turin 2006 and Vancouver 2010. She has also worked extensively with developmental and youth athletes and was appointed to 10 Irish European Youth Olympic Squads. In 2010 she received an Olympic award from the Olympic Council of Ireland in recognition of outstanding contribution over 20 years in the advancement of physiotherapy treatment and rehabilitation, together with development and implementation of injury prevention protocols for Ireland’s elite athletes both in their preparation for and during major Olympic events. In 1997 she started her own physiotherapy practice in Dublin where she continues to enjoy clinical practice particularly in her specialist area of sports and exercise physiotherapy providing expert assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries and sports related conditions from recreational to high performance athletes. Marie-Elaine was inspired by the commitment, focus and dedication of so many athletes which in turn inspired her to push the boundaries of her clinical understanding by undertaking further learning by scientific research. She was awarded a PhD in 1997, the title of her research thesis was: Evaluation of the Effects of Spinal Strengthening using a Sports Medicine Exercise Approach, which was supervised by the emininent Emeritus Professor Craig Sharp former co- founder of the British Olympic Medical Centre and renowned leader in sports science. Marie-Elaine continues to participate in clinical research. She has had peer reviewed publications and regularly presents and gives workshops at international conferences most recently presenting workshops on Achilles Tendinopathy with Professor Håkan Alfredson at the 2014 IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport. In her professional capacity has been appointed to Nation and International advisory bodies: in 2002 she was appointed as Physiotherapy representative on CAFDIS (Concerted Action in the Fight against Drugs in Sport) an EU/IOC collaborative project in 2002, and was responsible for developing the anti doping charter for physiotherapists. She has chaired the CPSEM (Chartered Society of Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine) accreditation review board, and was actively involved the development and implementation of sports physiotherapy accreditation in Ireland over initial introductory 5 year phase ensuring that Irish Sports Physiotherapy accreditation standards met with the standards as recommended by the IFSPT. In 2013 she was appointed as an associate member of the UCD Institute of Sports and Health and more recently in 2015 to the adviory board for the IOC Diploma post graduate course in Physical Therapies studies. She lectures on third level BSc Physiotherapy programmes and post-graduate MSc programmes in Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy for Universities in Ireland and has also been an external examiner. She supervises clinical placements for final year physiotherapy students and mentors post graduates in the field of sports physiotherapy. Through Olympic Solidarity she has also give sports physiotherapy education to developing nations particularly in Africa. In 2010 Marie-Elaine was appointed to the International Olympic Committee’s ( IOC) Medical Commission Games Group, in this role Marie-Elaine is responsible for monitoring all physiotherapy activities and facilities for the 205 nations participating at an Olympic Games ( Winter and Summer) and is the main contact person for the IOC for all issues related to physiotherapy and rehabilitation. This key aims of this role are to protect the health of the world’s Olympic athletes and advance the role of physiotherapy within the global Olympic movement. During the London 2012 Olympic Games, while athletes were in competition behind the scenes there was another important record being created – the IOC’s physiotherapy and physical therapy record in relation to injury prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and recovery which she initiated with a view to analysis and research on Olympic physiotherapy activity. This research project was subsequently published: ‘The role of sports physiotherapy at the London 2012 Olympic Games’. BJSM 2014 Jan; 48(1):63-70. She was awarded Specialist Membership of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine in 2006 which has been renewed in 2013 for a second term. Marie-Elaine has been committed continues to further advance the role of sports physiotherapy within the IOC Medical Commission ensuring recognition of the very important role that physiotherapy plays in protecting the health of athletes and also in supporting their performance.

Aidan Woods

Aidan is currently the Head Physiotherapist with the Olympic Council of Ireland. He was Head Physiotherapist at inaugural European Games in Baku 2015 and the London 2012 Games where Ireland had its most successful Olympics in 50 years. Aidan was also selected as physiotherapist with the Irish Olympic Teams for Beijing 2008 and Athens 2004. Aidan competed internationally for 10 years until he got married. He represented Ireland at World and European Championships competing for both Athletics Ireland and Triathlon Ireland. After graduating in 1996 from UCD Aidan worked with national rowing, canoeing, boxing and athletics teams.

Eamonn Delahunt

Eamonn graduated with a 1st class honours degree from the UCD School of Physiotherapy in 2003 placing first in his class. Upon graduation Eamonn was the recipient of a prestigious Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology (IRCSET) post-graduate research scholarship. He was awarded his PhD from the UCD School of Physiotherapy and Performance Science in 2006. Dr Delahunt has been the recipient of numerous research bursaries for his research on chronic ankle instability and has published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles in leading sports medicine and sports science journals. Dr Delahunt currently works as a Senior Lecturer in the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science, and acts as the program coordinator for the BSc Health and Performance Science degree program. Dr Delahunt also has extensive clinical experience having previously worked as a Chartered Physiotherapist in ExWell Medical.

Mairéad Conneely

Mairéad Conneely SMISCP qualified from Trinity College Dublin in 2000 with a B,Sc. (Hons) in Physiotherapy. She was awarded the Anne O’ Brien award for Clinical Excellence by the ISCP and TCD upon graduation. In 2002, she completed a Certificate in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy in Curtin University, Perth, WA. In 2003, she was awarded membership of the ISOM following successful completion of ISOM Membership exams. In 2004, she completed a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy at the prestigious Curtin University, Perth, WA. In 2014, she was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Clinical Education) from NUIG. Mairéad has extensive experience of working in the public and private health systems in Ireland. She specialised in Sports Physiotherapy in 2004 and was amongst the first cohort of sports physiotherapists awarded Level 3 Sports Physiotherapy Accreditation by the ISCP in 2009. Mairead was awarded Specialist membership (Sports Medicine) of the ISCP, the highest status the ISCP can bestow upon a member, in 2011. She has worked with amateur and professional athletes over teh course of the last 15 years. Mairéad has extensive involvement with various ISCP activities since graduation. She has served as Education officer, assistant Treasurer and Chairperson of the ISCP Western Branch. She was a member of the Move4Health Committee in 2011 (The Myths of Low Back Pain). She is the current chairperson of the CPSEM and is actively involved in the ISCP Sports Physiotherapy Accreditation process. Mairéad lecturers to medical and allied health care professionals in her roles as guest lecturer at NUIG and UL. She is a portfolio tutor for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Clinical Education) students at NUIG. She is currently in a Research Assistant post in Clinical Therapies, UL.


Women's Health

Maeve Whelan

Maeve was first awarded Specialist Membership in 2008. The current term is a renewal. Maeve is a practice partner in Milltown Physiotherapy Clinic, established in 1993. Her own clinical practice includes the treatment of men, women and children in the fields of urogynaecology, colorectal dysfunction and chronic pelvic pain. Milltown Physiotherapy is a general physiotherapy practice but with an emphasis on obstetrics and gynaecology, therefore, practice management, staff training and individual patient care all form part of a working week. Maeve’s original qualification in Obstetrics and Gynaecology was a diploma from TCD in 1991 and was the start of specialized work in urogynaecology. Over the following years it was attendance and involvement at International Urogynecology Association, International Continence Society meetings and many national and international courses in bladder and bowel dysfunction as well as chronic pelvic pain that lead to the ongoing interest in pelvic floor dysfunction. Maeve was awarded a Master of Science degree by RCSI in 2013. This was completed by research; a project titled “A study to evaluate the effect of manual therapy and exercise on the levator plate in women pelvic organ prolapse”. She lectures in Women’s Health at an undergraduate level. She teaches pelvic floor manual therapy courses to post graduate physiotherapists nationally and internationally. She is Irish Physiotherapy Ambassador to the International Urogynaecology Association. She is on The Continence Foundation of Ireland committee and the ISCP International Affairs committee. She has presented at many international conferences and has published book chapters and in journals on the subject of chronic pelvic pain.

Cinny Cusack

Cinny has been the Physiotherapy Manager in the Rotunda Hospital since 2012. In 2014 Cinny took over the role as Therapy lead in the Obstetric and Gynaecological Clinical Care Programme and is a member of the National Working Party. She is also the ISCP link to the therapy lead for the new Maternity Strategy. This has enabled the role of the Women’s health Physiotherapist to be highlighted at strategic and operational levels and to be an influence for change. After graduating from St Thomas Hospital School of Physiotherapy, London Cinny, moved to Beaumont Hospital in 1989. She started working in the field of Women’s health and Continence in 1995 and became a Clinical Specialist in 2005. In 2008 she won the Beaumont Hospital award for outstanding contribution to engaging with the local community. Education forms an important part of promoting women’s health and Cinny enjoys lecturing at undergraduate and post graduate level and has given specialist lectures on the Bord Altranais promotion of continence course. Since 2008 Cinny has developed the online, peer reviewed post graduate basic incontinence course and regularly delivers post graduate training courses. Currently Cinny is a clinical mentor for the Bradford University Post graduate Continence Course. Presentations have been given at many national conferences including ISCP conferences, Irish Menopause Society Conference, Irish Urodynamics Conference and Irish Cancer Society Conference. Poster presentations include: International Urogynaecological Association (IUGA) Conference in Dublin in 2013 on the Multidisciplinary Promotion of Continence Clinic, Irish Society of Urology 2010 on Introduction of post prostatectomy education and exercise class. Current research is being undertaken as part of the MAMMI study and previous research into bladder and bowel incontinence has been published in the International Journal of Colorectal Disease and Neurourology and Urodynamics. Since working in the Rotunda, Cinny has co-produced clinical guidelines, completed 2 clinical audits on urinary retention and physiotherapy management of obstetric anal sphincter injuries which have been published as poster presentations. Having been actively involved in the CPWHC for her full term of office, Cinny is keen to further promote the role of Women’s health Physiotherapy both within the profession and in the wider health care arena.

Marguerite Hogan

Marguerite graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1991. After time spent working in Dublin, Scotland and USA, she returned to Ireland in 2002 and started working with the HSE Mid-Leinster in Disability Services. In 2005 she was offered a transfer into the area of Women’s Health at the Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar where she quickly developed a keen interest in the field of pelvic floor rehabilitation. She continues to work there as a Specialist Physiotherapist in Women’s Health & Continence exclusively treating obstetrics and pelvic floor dysfunction in women, men and children. She was one of the first Irish Physiotherapists to complete her Post-Graduate Certificate in Continence from the University of Bradford, UK in 2010 and is currently a clinical placement tutor for the course. She achieved full membership of the Pelvic, Obstetric & Gynaecology Physiotherapy group (formerly Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women’s Health, ACPWH) UK and has served on the Chartered Physiotherapists in Women’s Health & Continence (CPWHC) clinical interest group committee for the last six years. She was appointed Therapy Lead to the HSE National Clinical Programme in Obstetrics & Gynaecology from 2010- 2014 where she represented the Therapy professions. She has authored and been involved in the development of many Obstetric and Gynaecology guidelines and policies and has completed a comprehensive audit of Physiotherapy services in the HSE Maternity Hospitals for the programme. She is currently a member of the CPWHC advanced practice sub-committee developing policies and guidelines in specialty areas within in the field of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

Her areas of special interest are rehabilitation of the post-partum woman and male and female bladder and bowel dysfunction.


Judith O'Connell

Judith graduated with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy from University College Dublin in 2002.  She has 13 years of experience working in paediatrics, particularly in the areas of developmental delay and neuro rehabilitation. In early 2003 she moved to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin where she worked as a rotational physiotherapist in general paediatric physiotherapy for 18 months before becoming a Senior Physiotherapist in Neurology/Neurodevelopmental Therapy.

During her 7 years working in Crumlin, Judith was responsible for the assessment and treatment of infants and children with developmental delay and neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy, seizure disorders, and stroke.  She completed her Bobath/NDT in London in 2005 and has done follow up courses since then to maintain her skills. Judith graduated with MSc Physiotherapy from Cardiff University in 2010.

In May 2010 Judith joined the physiotherapy team in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital as Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist. In this role she has specialised in assessment and treatment of children with neurological conditions such as brain injury, spina bifida, hydrocephalus, brain tumours and stroke. She was also deputy manager of the physiotherapy department from September 2014 to May 2015.

Currently Judith works part time as Practice Tutor in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin. She has also recently started a private paediatric clinic in South Dublin, working with a multidisciplinary team.