Beatrice McGinley

BPhysiotherapy, Post Grad Cert Womens Health

Qualified from UCD with a BPhys. (Hons) in 1992 and from Bradford University,U.K. with a Post Grad Dip, in Womens Health in 2008. Beatrice worked in the USA and the Irish health services prior to commencing work as a private practitioner in Galway City Physiotherapy in 1998 and runs the clinic in partnership with Sharon Morris. Beatrice has wide experience in manual and exercise therapy, biomechanical assessment and orthotic prescription.She has expertise in the treatment of spinal and joint complaints, pain and sports injuries having completed many postgraduate courses in these areas.

She has an interest in the active management of chronic pain conditions through using manual and exercise techniques, group rehabilitative exercise classes and understanding both the psychology and physiology of pain mechanisms within the body. She has worked with national, provincial and local sporting bodies and manages individual athletes within her caseload and currently manages injuries for the Galway Senior Ladies Football team

Beatrice is a specialist physiotherapist in the management and treatment of womens health issues including musculoskeletal problems, incontinence, pelvic pain, ante- and post-natal care. She also treats men with incontinence problems especially post prostatectomy surgery and those with chronic pelvic pain conditions.

Sharon Morris

BSc Physiotherapy, MSc Applied Biomechanics

Qualified from Trinity College Dublin with a BSc Physiotherapy (Hons) in 1995, Sharon completed her MSc in Applied Biomechanics at Strathclyde University, Glasgow in 2007. Sharon has a wide range of experience having worked in the Irish, English and Australian health services both in a private and public capacity. She has worked as a private practitioner in Galway City Physiotherapy since 2000 and runs the clinic in partnership with Beatrice McGinley.

Sharon has a keen interest in the management of chronic pain and injury having completed numerous post graduate courses in the fields of exercise prescription and manual therapy. Sharon has an interest in the application of her biomechanics specialism into the field of chronic overuse injury, in particular lower limb overuse injury and foot pain.

Sharon has a keen interest in gait and video analysis for functional orthotic and exercise prescription and golf swing modification. Sharon currently manages a varied caseload of professional and amateur athletes and golfers. Sharon has lectured on the MSc in Sports Medicine in NUIG and UCC. She also currently lectures on a biomechanics post-graduate CPD course for physiotherapists and other health professionals in the field of lower limb biomechanical assessment and management. She also lectures on the MSc In Sports Physiotherapy in UCD. Sharon is lead physiotherapist to the ILGU (Irish Ladies Golf Union) and has worked as a physiotherapist with the, IRFU, GAA and Carded athletes at a national, provincial and county levels. Sharon is a high performance physiotherapist and biomechanist approved by the Irish Sports Council.

Cliodhna Ni Choisdealbha

MISCP, B.Sc. (Hons) Physiotherapy , MH Prac (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy)

Cliodhna is a Chartered Physiotherapist who started working with GCP in 2013. Since graduating from UCD in 2006, Cliodhna has spent the bulk of her career to date working in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy. After graduating from UCD, she spent six years working in New Zealand where she completed a Master in Health Practice in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy with distinction. She worked extensively within Rugby Union while there, gaining valuable experience in a professional sports setting.
Since her return to Ireland, Cliodhna has worked with Athletics Ireland junior squads, Swim Ireland junior squads and Connacht HP team, Galway Camogie and Hurling, and Hockey. She left GCP in 2014 to work exclusively with the IRFU as Head Physio with the Women’s Sevens Rugby team in the preparation and run up to their World Series and Olympic campaigns. In spite of county rivalries between Galway and her native Tipperary, she returned to GCP in February 2016 and has settled back in easily! Cliodhna has also had the role of Lead Physio with the Irish Women’s Hockey team and the Galway U-21 hurlers. She is currently Lead Physiotherapist with the Galway Camogie Senior Team.
Cliodhna has a keen interest in musculoskeletal and sports injuries, with a particular emphasis on trigger point therapy and the use of dry needling within this. A musician herself, she has a passion for tackling injuries and strains that musicians encounter regularly.

David Gordon

BSc Physiology and Health science, BSc Physiotherapy, PG Dip Manipulative Therapy

After studying Physiology and Health science in Carlow IT, David completed a degree in Physiotherapy at Teesside University, and graduated in 2008. Shortly after this David took up a post within a large primary care trust (NHS) in the north east of England. This involved managing a general musculoskeletal and orthopedic caseload. Within this position David worked closely with the orthopedic team and was involved in the rehabilitation of patients following elective surgery.

After two years in the NHS he moved to work for a large private company in Newcastle upon Tyne. This was an exclusively musculoskeletal role. David continued to work within the public health system in the UK, but also branched out to include treating private and occupational patients. Part of his occupational caseload included treating the staff of a multi national production factory and involved both ergonomic and work based assessment.

Throughout this time he continued his professional development and post graduate study. David has completed his MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice (Manipulative Therapy) at Teesside University. David has a special interest in treating lower back pain, complex regional pain and sports injuries. David has also completed his training in acupuncture with the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists.

Dave has a strong sporting background having competed in athletics, Gaelic football, rugby and soccer. While working in the UK he continued to play football with Cu Chulainns GAA in Newcastle and was involved in playing and coaching the men’s team. Dave is an accomplished duathlete and has completed a number of endurance sporting events including The Race in Donegal this year.

Aoife McElligott

BSc Physiotherapy

Aoife qualified from Semmelweis University, Hungary, with B.Phys (Hons) in 2018. Through
placements and practices, Aoife gained experience in a variety of settings including
Orthopaedics, Neuro, Cardio and Respiratory care and Rehabilitation. On returning to Ireland,
Aoife initially worked in a Nursing Home in Mayo, working with elderly and respite patients,
post-operative rehabilitation and developing individual care plans. Alongside this, Aoife gained
valuable experience with sports teams, involving treatment and management of sports injuries
and musculoskeletal issues with Galwegians U20’s Rugby team and men’s senior hurling
teams.

Since starting with GCP in April 2019, Aoife has worked as primary physiotherapist with Galway
County Intermediate camogie team and Ballindereen senior hurling team. With GCP, Aoife has
focused a lot on sports and exercise classes and has become a qualified Pilates instructor.
Aoife leads classes at the clinic daily, both in Pilates as well as Low Back Pain Specific class,
Circuits, Golf class and our Corporate classes for local businesses in the area. Aoife has a keen
interest in working with a variety of clients to achieve their goals through manual therapy and
rehab exercise plans.

Aoife has undertaken further training in manual therapy, obtaining a Post Graduate Certificate in
Manual Concepts- Spinal Manual Therapy and a Certificate in Mulligan Concepts. Aoife
continues to advance her education and skillset through continuing professional development,
and in turn, integrates this knowledge into her practice as a physiotherapist. Aoife also has a
keen interest in horses and horse-riding, and teaches horse-riding in her homeplace of
Moycullen.

Aoife McElligott

Alison Coneys

MISCP, M.S.c. (Hons) Physiotherapy University of Limerick

Alison, a native of Clifden Co. Galway is a Chartered Physiotherapist with a Postgraduate MSc degree from University of Limerick. Throughout her training, Alison has gained experience in a wide variety of areas from sports physiotherapy management to post-operative and respiratory Physiotherapy. She also has experience working in the community setting in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, care of the elderly and paediatric Physiotherapy.

Since graduating, Alison has worked  in the area of musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy within the private practice setting in Kilkenny and  Co.Galway. She has worked with sports teams including the Kilkenny U-21 Hurling, Clifden GAA,  Galway Camogie and Galway Ladies Football teams. She has developed an expertise in the area of rehabilitative exercise for chronic pain, bone health and ageing and musculoskeletal injury and has undertaken specialised Pilates based instructor training. Alison regularly participates in post graduate continous development training and  keeps up to date with the latest literature to ensure provision of a high quality, evidence based service.

Alison leads the group based exercise therapy service “Physio Fit” in the clinic which involves low impact strength and conditioning and pilates based exercises suitable for individuals with spinal or joint pain, osteoporosis and osteopaenia and deconditioning post injury or surgery. These classes can also be tailored and are suitable for those with pelvic floor weakness after giving birth or post menopause also.

Alison has a passion for the promotion of a healthy lifestyle and in helping clients to maintain independence and to enjoy a good quality of life through active ageing. She also has a keen interest in sports rehabilitation and injury prevention.  She enjoys working with clients towards achieving their individual goals.

She herself is an avid sportswoman and enjoys playing football with Oranmore maree G.A.A. at present.

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