Our Squad….Your Team
One of the Clinic’s Directors, Paul is Head Coach and Sports Therapist. Paul holds a Masters degree in Sports and Exercise from University College Dublin as well as being a qualified Sports and Remedial Therapist. He has been Sports Therapist to the Dublin Senior Football Team for the past 3 seasons. Previously, he has worked with Scottish Rugby, Glasgow Warriors and the IRFU Irish Women’s7’s Rugby Team. Paul’s sporting background is in Track and Field Athletics where he won numerous National titles during his career over 100, 200 and 400m. He has competed for Ireland in several major Championships, the highlight being in 2000 where he ran in the Olympic Games in Sydney. Paul has a keen interest in injury prevention and sports performance. Alongside his work in the Clinic, Paul is now coach to some of Ireland’s top sprint athletes.
Fiona has a BSc (Sports & Exercise Management) from University College Dublin and a Masters in Exercise Physiology from Trinity College. She is also a qualified Sports Therapist and Strength and Conditioning Coach. A former international Sprinter, Fiona represented Ireland over 200 and 400 meters at both junior and senior levels and won numerous national titles. She currently works as Sports Therapist to the Dublin Senior Football Team. Her previous team work has included the Scottish Rugby Teams, Glasgow Warriors, Irish Junior Athletics Team, Kilmacud Crokes Gaa and St Michaels College Rugby. She has been a speaker for a number of companies on the role of exercise on health & mental wellbeing in a corporate environment. She has a keen interest and experience in exercise rehabilitation, sports performance and pre and postnatal training.
Orla has over 15 years experience working in the areas of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine . She graduated in 2000 from University of Manchester School of Physiotherapy. After 2 years working in the US and UK healthcare systems , Orla completed a Masters in Sports Medicine at Trinity College Dublin. Orla has a wealth of experience in sports and was one of the first physiotherapists in Ireland to specialise in Strength & Conditioning, obtaining her CSCS qualification in 2007. Her work with both the elite and amateur athletic population includes ; Team Ireland Physio at WUG (Daegu 2003) , Clontarf Rugby XV ( 2003- 2007) , Irish Cricket Union , Irish TaeKwando, Inter-county GAA players ;( senior and Under- age) ; IRFU U20’s and Schoolboys; and more recently as official tournament physio for the Professional Squash Association at various international events including the U.S. Open 2017. Orla utilizes her unique skill set of various manual therapy techniques and S&C principles in the management of a diverse caseload with a special interest in chronic injuries, back and neck pain; shoulder and upper limb rehab; and women’s health and wellness. Orla is a lecturer on the undergraduate physiotherapy program at UCD (Functional Anatomy and Strength & Conditioning modules) and consults with companies on their corporate wellness programs.
Physical Therapist & Strength and Conditioning Coach
Peter Mathews is a physical therapist and personal trainer and has worked within the fitness industry for the past 15 years. A successful distance runner, at national and international level, winning 9 national titles for cross country and track. He has represented Ireland on several occasions, finishing 10th in the European Championships and 22nd in the World Cross Country Championships. More recently he has had great success at Master’s level, winning the British & Irish international Cross Country Championships on two occasions. Throughout his career Peter has gained invaluable experience of many sports related injuries as well as treating regular day to day injuries both acute and chronic. He has worked with the Dublin Senior Football Team and Scottish Rugby Team. He has gained a reputation for treating running injuries from amateurs to professionals and enjoys supporting clients with engaging strength and conditioning training programmes.
Chartered Physiotherapist and Strength and Conditioning Coach
William is a Chartered Physiotherapist having graduated from the MSc. programme in University College Dublin in 2016. Prior to this, William qualified from University of Limerick with a BSc. in Sport and Exercise Sciences. William has several years experience in professional sport having worked as a Strength & Conditioning Coach with the Chiefs Rugby in New Zealand for the 2010 Super Rugby season and with Munster Rugby from 2011-2013. Along with Derek and Orla, William is working with the Professional Squash Association providing physiotherapy for their World Tour tournaments around the world. William has worked with amateur athletes with Cork Constitution RFC, along with his local GAA club in Kilkenny and is currently the physiotherapist for the Offaly Senior Gaelic Football team. William has also worked with a variety of recreational athletes in golf, tennis, triathlons, marathon running, and soccer for specific rehabilitation and general fitness training. In addition to his work in the clinic, William also works with the Irish Heart Foundation providing exercise classes for stroke patients in the community.
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Aoife joined the DSC Team in October 2015. She graduated from University College Dublin in 2010 with a B.Sc. in Sports & Exercise Management. She spent a year in the US interning and working with Force Sports training number of junior, collegiate and amateur teams in baseball, American football, hockey and soccer. She gained her professional qualification in strength and conditioning (CSCS) during her time there. Aoife worked as assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Dublin U16 Camogie team in 2016. In the clinic she trains private clients and recreational athletes in strength and conditioning and works with team sports athletes for performance and re-hab. She has a keen interest in the importance of strength and conditioning for the older adult and works with our Over 55’s Senior Strength and Age Active group training sessions. Aoife plays senior inter-county football for Wicklow and is passionate about all sports – particularly GAA and hockey.
Catherine is a Chartered Physiotherapist and registered member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapy, having graduated with honours from Trinity College Dublin. In June 2016 she completed a Masters in Sports and Exercise Medicine (TCD) receiving first class honours. Catherine specialises in musculoskeletal assessment of clients with acute and chronic sports, trauma and work related injuries. Her areas of special interest include lower limb: knee, ankle and foot injuries and back/neck pain. She is a certified Pilates instructor and has a keen interest in strength training and running mechanics. Catherine is currently the physiotherapist for the Irish Women’s Cricket Team, Paralympics Ireland Cycling Squad and Railway Union Women’s 1st XI Rugby team. She is a fan of all sports and a keen hockey player.
Diarmaid is a Chartered Physiotherapist who completed both his undergraduate studies and PhD in UCD. His clinical background includes working in pediatric disability, rheumatology and post operative rehabilitation. Diarmaid has worked with many sporting teams including Tipperary Hurling, UCD Soccer and the Irish Medical Football Squads. His own sporting background includes hurling, football and athletics and he played hurling for Tipperary at all levels including captaining both minor and under 21 teams to munster final victories. He has completed post graduate training in instrumented gait analysis and dry needling and has a keen interest in the use of manual therapy and active rehabilitation in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders.
Clinic Operations and Marketing Manager
Aisling joined the Team in 2017 to head up the Clinic’s Operations and Marketing. She graduated from University College Dublin with a first class honours BSc degree in Sport and Exercise Management. Aisling maintained a scholarship throughout her degree program for academic excellence, particularly in the areas of sports marketing and management. Prior to joining the DSC team, she has gained experience working in sports marketing, advertising, sponsorship and public relations in a number of successful Dublin agencies. Aisling is passionate about all sports; but notably, she has been a lifelong athletics fan and dedicated athlete and has competed at a national level in the 100m, 200m and hurdles events from a young age.