Practice Associate & Founder
Maeve Whelan qualified in 1986 from Trinity College Dublin. She worked abroad, in the general hospital setting and in the Rotunda Maternity Hospital for 3 years before setting up in private practice Milltown Physiotherapy in 1993. She has a post graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy in Obstetrics & Gynaecology from TCD in 1991 and a Masters of Science from RCSI in 2013. She works with Mens and Women’s Health treating bladder and bowel conditions, pelvic organ prolapse, chronic pelvic pain and sexual dysfunction. Maeve was awarded the title Specialist Member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists in 2008 and again in 2013 in the area of Women’s Health & Continence. Her special interest is manual therapy of the pelvic floor. Maeve presents at conferences and teaches post graduate Women’s Health physiotherapists, courses are run in Ireland and abroad.
Maeve is mother to two boys, is an enthusiastic golfer representing the club from time to time, loves skiing and keeps up those 5K runs for fitness – if only there was more time …
BSc. Physio (Hons) M.Phty (Manips) M.I.S.C.P.
Helen MacDevitt is one of the partners at Milltown Physiotherapy Clinic. Helen qualified with an Honours degree from Trinity College in 1991 and achieved a Masters Degree in Manipulative Therapy in The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia in 1997. Helen spent 6 years working in Australia and has worked in private practice for 15 years.Her field of specialty is Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Helen has a special interest in treating Women’s Health disorders and is skilled in Dry Needling. Helen is also trained and highly experienced in the use of Real Time Ultrasound as a biofeedback tool in the management of spinal and lumbo-pelvic pain. This advanced technology enables the patient to see their muscles on screen and be specific in their training.
Helen is married with 3 children and has played hockey representing Leinster and Ireland under 16, 21 and Senior level. She is a keen runner and can regularly be found on the East Pier enjoying the sea air!
Mary McGuinness BSc. Physio (Hons) M.I.S.C.P. Lic. Ac
Mary graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1991 with an Honours Degree in Physiotherapy. She was a competitive athlete through college and started in private practice soon after with a special interest in Sports Injuries. She joined Milltown Physiotherapy in 1994 and became a partner a few years later.
She became a Licensed Acupuncturist in 1996 through the British College of Acupuncture. She obtained a Certificate in Spinal Manual Therapy from Australia in 2002. She has attended a wide range of post graduate courses to develop her skills but has particular interest in Lower Limb Biomechanics, Orthotic Prescription and Pelvic Girdle Pain in Pregnancy.
Mum of three Mary is a competitive offshore sailor and has raced her yacht ” Jedi ” in the Round Ireland and Fastnet races. Mary likes to hill walk and swims in the 40ft all year round.
Elaine Barry MPC BSc. Physio (Hons) MSc (NMSK) MISCP
Elaine qualified in 2001 from UCD with an Honours degree in Physiotherapy. She gained experience in the National Rehabilitation Hospital, St. Vincent’s Hospital and also travelled and worked in Australia. In 2006/7 she completed her Masters in Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy in University College London. Elaine has a worked with FAI soccer and UCD rugby and enjoys treating sports injuries, particularly runners and tri-athletes. She has also a special interest in Women’s health including pilates, pelvic floor rehabilitation and pelvic girdle pain. Elaine has a qualification in British Medical Acupuncture which allows her to use dry needling as part of her treatment approach.
Elaine played all- Ireland basketball and hockey at school level, university basketball and then took up running and triathlon- did the Chicago Triathlon in 2006 and the Dublin Marathon in 2005. Also have done the Connemara and Achill Half marathons a few times and multiple 10 km runs and smaller triathlons!
Stephanie graduated from Manchester University in 1995, with an Honours Degree in Physiotherapy. She worked in the NHS in England for over 4 years and then moved to Sydney, Australia for a year, where she was employed in private practice. In 2001, Stephanie moved to Dublin to continue working in private practice and started in Milltown Physiotherapy Clinic in 2004.She has attended many post-graduate courses to expand and develop knowledge and skills. Between 2003 and 2008 Stephanie completed a Masters Degree on a part-time basis through Keele University, England, in NeuroMusculoskeletal Healthcare. The thesis for this Master’s investigated the use of Pilates-based exercise in ante and post-natal women with pelvic girdle pain.Stephanie has a special interest in the treatment of Pelvic Girdle Pain in Pregnancy. Additionally, she is an instructor in Pilates for this client population.
Stephanie began trampolining at the age of 11, in her local sports centre in Burnley, where she grew up. She went on to compete with The Lancashire Squad and Black Burn College. Stephanie won a Bronze Medal in The National Championship. She finished competing at the age of 21 and coached trampolining for several more years.
Una Cusack BSc Physiotherapy (Hons); MSc Clinical Neuroscience (Dist) M.I.S.C.P.
Una graduated from the University of Brighton in 2003 having had placements in London; Kent; Surrey and Sussex. She returned home to work in a range of Dublin hospitals which included the Royal Hospital Donnybrook, St Vincents University Hospital, Childrens University Hospital Temple Street and National Maternity Hospital Holles Street. Una’s hopes to return to London to specialise further were fulfilled whilst working as a Senior Neurological Physiotherapist in the Wellington Hospital, National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery Queens Square, London Clinic Marylebone and BUPA Cromwell Hospital Kensington as well as other NHS and Neurorehabilitative centres. Una’s keen interest in Neuroscience; Neuroanatomy; Neuroplasticity and the essential nature of keeping up with advances in clinical and more abstract neuroscientific research led her to undertake a MSc Clinical Neuroscience (Dist) in Kings College London. She gained publication in the Journal of Neurological Sciences with research focused on the Determinants of Mismatch in Acute Stroke with particular draw from Neuroimaging.
Una comes most recently from the National Rehabilitation Hospital Dun Laoghaire working as the Senior Paediatric Physiotherapist treating children 1-18 as well as clinically advising nationally. In the NRH she rehabilitated children with Brain; Spinal; Vestibular; Multi trauma; Limb loss and Disorders of Consciousness well as acting as Senior Vestibular Physiotherapist & Senior Adult Spinal Physiotherapist. Una has particular interest in Neurorehabilitation of Brain; Spinal; Peripheral Nerve; Neuro-Oncology; Central Vestibular problems (eg. Brain injury & Tumours; Guillain-Barré Syndrome); Neurology (eg Parkinsons; MS) as well as Neurosurgical patients. Una would be delighted to assist patients Paediatric & Adult in whatever way she can on their journey of recovery or maintaining their mobility within the limits of their conditions.
Una represented School and University Team Tennis as well as Fencing in Kings College London which she has enjoyed returning to in Dublin. She also enjoys Pilates (qualified instructor of Australian Institute of Physiotherapy Pilates); Cross skipping and Archery. Una was on the medical team for the Special Olympics World Games and has interest in Paralympics and sports re-enablement.
Noreen Dockery BSc. Physio (Hons) B.A. (Hons) M.I.S.C.P.
Noreen graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland as a mature student in 2002 having first completed an Honours Degree in Physical Education at the University of Limerick in 1995. After graduating, she worked in Mount Carmel Hospital, Dublin and in St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin.Noreen joined Milltown Physiotherapy Clinic in 2006. She is a trained Cyriax practitioner giving her skills in treating orthopaedic and sports injuries and she has continued to extend her skills and expand her knowledge by attending numerous postgraduate courses.Noreen’s areas of special interest are Women’s Health Physiotherapy including Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation, Ante and Post Natal Pelvic Girdle Pain and Dry Needling for treatment of Myofascial Trigger Point pain.
Aisling Dolan BSc. Physio (Hons) MSc (Neuromusculoskeletal Physio) M.I.S.C.P.
Aisling graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2009 after which she completed junior hospital rotations with the NHS.
Aisling then worked in primary care with the HSE for 3 years, specialising in paediatrics where she ran a neuro-developmental and musculoskeletal paediatric clinic. She also worked part-time in private practice, and was the team physiotherapist with county GAA minor and senior football teams, where she gained valuable experience in pre-season injury screening, acute injury management and return to sport specific rehabilitation.
She further developed her skills in manual therapy when she completed a masters in Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy in UCD in 2014. Here she combined her particular interests in paediatrics and musculoskeletal physiotherapy by completing a thesis investigating the physiotherapy management of over-use injuries in youths playing sport.
Aisling travelled to New Zealand for 2015-2016, were she worked in private practice, treating injuries relating to snow and extreme sports such as skiing and rock climbing.
Aisling is qualified in myofascial dry needling and teaches pilates.
Aisling represented her country in athletics and now enjoys playing basketball, hiking and skiing.
Laura Fitzpatrick BSc.Physio (Hons) MSc.(Neuromusculoskeletal physio) M.I.S.C.P.
Laura graduated from Coventry University in 2008 and completed her junior rotations at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. Here she gained valuable experience across all of the core areas of physiotherapy, including intensive care, amputee rehabilitation, orthopaedics and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Laura also worked as the club physiotherapist for a rugby club for 2 seasons.
Laura then went on to work as a locum in the UK in between some time spent travelling. She primarily worked in the area of sports injuries, post op rehabilitation and neck and back pain. Laura has completed many post graduate courses and has a particular interest in Pilates, dry needling and the use of acupuncture for pain management. Laura also has a keen interest in treating women’s health problems- including pelvic floor rehabilitation and Pilates in the clinical setting.
Frank Kenny BSc. Physio (Hons) BSc. Science M.I.S.C.P
Frank graduated with a BSc. Honours degree in Physiotherapy from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. He also holds a previous BSc. Degree in Science from N.U.I. Galway. Frank has worked as the head physiotherapist of St. Johnstone Football Club of the Scottish Premier League treating numerous international players on a full time basis. Frank has completed courses in dry needling, manipulation techniques, diagnostic ultrasound, running retraining and orthopaedic medicine. He is currently undertaking a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy in UCD looking at injuries in inter-county footballers and hurlers. He has worked in the Sports Surgery Clinic in Santry with elite team functional movement assessments. Outside of work Frank has represented his county in underage Gaelic football and soccer, and he has played underage hockey for Munster. Frank specialises in sports and musculoskeletal injuries and post-op rehab and is in charge of The Running Clinic here in Milltown Physio.
Frank plays gaelic football with St. Michaels, and enjoys running parkruns, cycling and competing in adventure races and triathlons when not in clinic. He has also played underage hockey for Munster.
Kirsty qualified from RCSI in 2012 with an Honours degree in Physiotherapy. She then gained experience at the National Rehabilitation Hospital before moving to France where she worked first in the public system and then at a private rehabilitation hospital in the Alps. From there she moved to the UK, working as a senior musculoskeletal physiotherapist, where she also worked last summer. Kirsty has returned to RCSI to study medicine and is half way through her medical degree
Kirsty represented Ireland in skiing at the Winter Olympics in 2006 and 2010. She continues with a keen interest in the gym and has tried various sports, most recently she has taken up horse riding
Sharon McNally B.Physio. Lic.Ac. M.I.S.C.P.
Sharon graduated from UCD in 1990 with an Honours Degree in Physiotherapy. She worked in acute hospital settings in the USA and in St. James’s Hospital, Dublin until 1996 when she moved to work in private practice, specializing in musculoskeletal injuries, biomechanics and orthotic fitting.In 1999 she completed her membership of the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine. In 1998 Sharon completed a postgraduate in Acupuncture, qualifying with a Licentiate in Acupuncture from the British College of Acupuncture. In 2000 she completed a one year nutritional therapy course with the National College of Acupuncture.Sharon joined Milltown Physiotherapy Clinic in 2007.
Sharon’s areas of special interest include, treatment of pelvic floor dysfunctions including incontinence, prolapse and bowel disorders, Ante and post natal pelvic girdle pain conditions . Acupuncture, including acupuncture for womens health conditions. She also specialises in orthotic prescription writing and lower limb biomechanics.
Sarah Mullins BSc.Physio (Hons) MSc.(Neuromusculoskeletal physio) M.I.S.C.P.
Sarah graduated from the University of Brighton in 2004 with an Honours degree in Physiotherapy. She went on to work in Waterford Regional Hospital and private practice, gaining further experience in the treatment of musculoskeletal and orthopaedic conditions, rheumatology, respiratory care and rehabilitation. In 2012, Sarah completed a Masters Degree in Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy in U.C.D. where she further developed her interest in pelvic girdle pain, spine and neck pain and dysfunction, sports injuries and foot biomechanics. She has also completed a wide variety of courses in manual and exercise therapy and has trained in the practice of trigger point dry needling. Sarah also has a special interest in women’s health physiotherapy including ante-natal and post-natal pelvic girdle pain, pelvic floor rehabilitation and rehabilitation of abdominal muscle separation post pregnancy. She is a trained pilates instructor and takes classes in Milltown.
Sarah played hockey and was involved in athletics during school,she represented Dublin in athletics. She started playing rugby in college and went on to play with Waterpark ladies team, winning a national division two league title and plate in the same year. Sarah has been a keen skier and snowboarder for many years and also enjoys surfing.
Eimear Murphy MISCP BSc Physio (Hons) MMT (Physio)
Eimear graduated from UCD School of Physiotherapy in 2002. She has worked in St James’s Hospital, Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin and in Sydney, Australia where she gained invaluable experience in many areas of physiotherapy. She became a senior physiotherapist in ‘Burns and Plastics’ and ‘Women’s Health and Continence’ in St James’s Hospital before specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. She subsequently completed her Masters in Manual Therapy in University of Western Australia where she obtained a high distinction.
Eimear runs on a regular basis. She has completed a number of marathons and draws on her own experience as a runner to treat sporting injuries.
Gráinne Wall BSc. Physio (Hons), MSc. Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal, MACP, MISCP
Gráinne graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons with an honours physiotherapy degree. She worked in Beaumont Hospital for 6yrs. She has experience in paediatric physiotherapy from her time working at the Children’s Sunshine Home and further experience in private practice. Gráinne has completed a wide variety of musculoskeletal courses to enhance her knowledge and in 2013 she completed her Masters degree in Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy at King’s College London. She has subsequently gained interest in the management of chronic pain and also has a special interest in spinal dysfunction, shoulder rehabilitation and exercise prescription with a strong focus on pilates. She is a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and a qualified Pilates instructor.
Tara graduated with honours from University College Dublin in 2007 and completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Continence and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation from Melbourne University, Australia in 2013. She has worked in both hospital and private practices throughout New Zealand and Australia before returning to Ireland in 2014. Tara has gained extensive experience in Pilates since qualifying as an instructor in 2009. She believes Pilates can be an effective form of exercise for almost everyone ranging from rehab after an injury to those looking to improve their fitness and performance.
Jacqui qualified from Brunel university London in 2008 with an Honours degree in physiotherapy. She trained in some of the major teaching hospitals in London – Guys & St Thomas’s, Chelsea & Westminster etc. She has a keen interest in sport especially rugby and she worked as Club physiotherapist at Wimbledon rugby club for many years. Jacqui worked at Nuffield Health treating musculoskeletal injuries/sporting injuries, women’s health and post-orthopaedic surgeries.
Jacqui set up a small private practice in a GP practice in Fulham, London 2013. She completed her POGP (pelvic obstetric & gynaecological physiotherapy) postgraduate qualification 2014 as Women’s health physiotherapist. Jacqui has 20 years of experience working as a pilates teacher, she is trained in APPI clinical pilates and is an AACP acupuncturist. Jacqui has recently returned to her native city and is keen to pursue her career in physiotherapy specialising in women’s health and has a special interest in post hysterectomy.
Jacqui played All Ireland level hockey at school and gained a sports visa to play hockey in Sydney, Australia and she has also played All Ireland level in tag rugby. Jacqui is married with two small children and she loves travelling, music and watching rugby.
Aileen initially started her study of Physiotherapy in the University of Limerick in 2005, graduating in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science. Following her keen interest in Sports and Exercise Medicine, she undertook a Masters programme in this field at Queen Mary University in London in 2013. She graduated with a First Class Honours with Distinction in 2014.
Following this, Aileen undertook a role at Pure Sports Medicine in London, renowned for the management of a large and varied caseload of clients from the elite athlete, recreational amateur and sedentary client. This involved a thorough and detailed assessment of the individual as well as an active approach to the management of their conditions. During this time she was involved in the supervision of Masters students from the University of London. She also participated heavily in teaching and learning opportunities for peers, colleagues as well as other health professionals such as GP’s and Consultants.
Prior to this Aileen spent time in Singapore and Kerry. During this time she worked in both a hospital and private practice setting. In Kerry she worked with a number of club Gaelic football teams and the Kerry Junior football team. It was in Singapore that she undertook the Stott Pilates instructor course and she developed an interest in the role of Pilates for rehabilitation and for exercise. She has clinical expertise in all aspects of rehabilitation with a particular interest in post surgical rehabilitation of upper and lower limb issues, tendinopathies and low back pain.
One of Aileen’s primary goals is to practise and manage each individual based on best practice as evidenced by research. As a result, she partakes in numerous opportunities to continue to educate herself further so she can provide the optimal treatment for her clients. She attends many conferences and training days annually to ensure that she is as current as possible with her approach to management of her clients.
Michelle Van Valey Yoga Instructor
Experienced and accessible, Michele draws on 12 years of study in a number of disciplines, delivering Yoga and Pilates classes and private sessions that range from restorative and therapeutic to powerful and energetic depending on the needs of the individuals in attendance.
Michele has studied extensively with master teachers in the Ashtanga, Iyengar and Satyananda traditions in India, Ireland and the U.S including Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (Ashtanga) and Mukunda Styles (Yoga Therapy) among others. The variety in her studies over the years has enhanced her philosophy that yoga is for every body.
Emily Power Smith, PgDip Clinical sexologist
Emily Power Smith is the only clinical sexologist in Ireland and as such has a unique skill-set and knowledge base. Emily runs a private practice in Dun Laoghaire as well as attending clinic in Milltown Physiotherapy. She teaches at third and post graduate levels, trains, writes, runs seminars and is a regular contributor to Irish National Press, radio and TV. Emily’s mission is to normalise sexuality and to create informed, mature and non-judgmental dialogue around all aspects of sexuality (a sex positive approach). She is consultant and advisor for clients attending Milltown Physiotherapy who may wish to follow up with more intensive therapy.
Stefania Desini ITEC, IFPA, Massage Therapist
Stefania Desini ITEC, IFPA qualified as massage therapist in Dublin in 2008 at the Holistic College Dublin earning several Diplomas. She holds qualifications in Sports massage, Holistic massage, Pregnancy massage, Indian head massage, Cupping therapy and Pilates instructor mat work. In 2010 she worked as massage therapist in a Yoga and massage centre based in Dublin gaining most of her experience. In 2014 she founded her own business specialising in Sports and deep tissue massage. She continues her training to further develop her skills and knowledge so that she can offer alternative choices of treatments to her clients.
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