M.I.S.C.P. BSc Physiotherapy, MSc Applied Biomechanics
Sharon is a chartered physiotherapist who qualified from Trinity College Dublin with BSc Physiotherapy (Hons) in 1995, and completed her MSc in Applied Biomechanics at Strathclyde University, Glasgow in 2007. She has working as a physiotherapist over the last 27 years practicing in the UK, Australia and Ireland across public and private healthcare settings. She has worked as a private practitioner and high performance sports physiotherapist since 2000 at Galway City Physiotherapy, and owns and manages the clinic with Beatrice McGinley and Clíodhna Ní Choisdealbha.
Sharon has a keen interest in the management of complex lower limb pain and injury with a special interest in the application of her lower limb biomechanical knowledge in this area. Conditions that she has a particular interest in include complex lower limb tendon pain, plantar fasciitis/fasiopathy and complex foot surgery cases. She believes in a multifaceted approach to physiotherapy management combining strength and conditioning, manual therapy, medical acupuncture, gait analysis, orthotic prescription and patient education as indicated. She manages a varied caseload of professional and amateur athletes as well as the general non athletic public.
Sharon has a keen interest in learning and teaching and currently lectures on the MSc in Sports Physiotherapy in UCD and the MSc in Radiology at NUIG. She is also involved in providing post graduate education to physiotherapists, podiatrists and other health professionals in the field of lower limb biomechanical assessment and management.
In recent years she has worked as the lead physiotherapist to the ILGU (Irish Ladies Golf Union) and the Galway Camogie Team. She has worked as a physiotherapist with the IRFU, GAA and carded athletes at national, provincial and county levels.
Over the years Sharon has worked with clients of the clinic as they go through the arduous journey of a cancer diagnosis, followed by treatment and then learning how to deal with the after effects of treatment. With the growing evidence around the importance of exercise therapy in this field she has undertaken further studies and is now a registered Pinc and Steel cancer rehabilitation therapist. The importance and value of exercise rehabilitation within cancer treatment and recovery is a growing area in medical knowledge and is of huge interest to her.
She lives in Galway with her husband, 4 children, 2 cats and dog where she has developed many more new logistics skills!