Welcome to our clinic
Each clinician at Mount Merrion Physiotherapy is a Chartered Physiotherapist. We are allied healthcare professionals with a minimum 4 year University Honours Degree (NFQ level 8) and members of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapy (ISCP). Most of the team have studied further to Master of Science in Physiotherapy (NFQ level 9).
The emphasis of our training is to provide practical and clinical skills with a strong academic and theoretical foundation. In accordance with our professional code of practice we use scientifically validated clinical assessment & treatment techniques within evidence-based medicine framework.
The ISCP is the only physiotherapist’s professional body recognised by the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive (HSE).
Meet The Team
Select one of the names below to see the individual profiles.
Our Established Reputation
Word of mouth referrals make up the largest portion of our new client referrals which we feel is an endorsement of our continued success in bringing a high standard of physiotherapy to those within our community. If you are struggling with pain, restricted mobility, a loss of strength or a functional issue and have yet to find a solution - please come and see us, we are confident you will be satisfied you did. We enjoy excellent relationships with GP’s and other medical professionals should further investigation or other forms of medical care be needed to assist in your treatment and rehabilitation process.
We combine our individual skills and experience for your benefit.
Naturally, each Chartered Physiotherapist will have a different educational background and may have developed greater skill and experience in dealing with particular conditions gained over many years of practise. It is important that as a clinic, we are able to combine our shared experience for your benefit. As such we dedicate time to sharing knowledge and experience with each other as part of ongoing continuing professional development (CPD) - ensuring you receive the very best treatment.
Complex Case Discussions
Each week we have team meetings where we confidentially review complex clinical cases currently being managed in the clinic. This provides an opportunity to share skills and expertise. Quite often if one of us is ‘stuck’ in terms of being able to progress a course of treatment a solution is often quickly found at one of these meetings. Our aim is always to treat our clients as quickly and effectively as possible and so avoid unnecessary treatment or delays in recovery.
A descriptive article about our team meetings - Case Note Discussions
Our clinic is conveniently located
- Easy Access
- Free Parking
- Private Consultation Rooms
- Exercise Studio
- Appointment Text Reminders
- We accept all major credit cards / Laser
Our clinic is positioned for easy access at 105 Trees Rd, Mount Merrion. We have treatment rooms both upstairs and downstairs on the ground floor. If our single flight of stairs is inconvenient for you please request a ground floor consultation room at the time of making your booking. Thank you.
Lorraine Carroll, Practice Principal
It gives me immense satisfaction to be doing this work and positively touching the lives of so many people. Lorraine
Lorraine has a very ‘hands on’ approach using a wide range of manual therapy techniques, which includes the use of NST (neurostructural integration technique)
Her special areas of interest include
Lorraine's strong academic background
- Having qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist from University College Dublin in 1999, Lorraine remains actively involved with UCD; lecturing and examining for the undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy programmes. She was involved in the establishment and accreditation of the Masters in Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy at UCD which is the first and only course in Ireland recognised by the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy. Lorraine also lectures regularly to the Irish College of General Practitioners in lower limb pathologies and biomechanics. Alongside Simon Coghlan she teaches on further education courses in Medical Acupuncture and Dry Needling.
- Lorraine attained the prestigious Masters in Manipulative Physiotherapy with high distinction and was placed top of her class at the University of Queensland, Australia in 2001. She has also attained post-graduation certification in Medical Acupuncture.
Lorraine's extensive career experience includes a strong focus on complex sporting injuries. In 2003 Lorraine was the Chief Medical Officer and physiotherapist with the touring Riverdance troupe in the US. She has also worked with the Irish swimming team as well as the Leinster rugby medical team. She continues to consult on behalf of Leinster Rugby and has been referred current Leinster and Ireland rugby players for treatment and management advice.
In 2005, Lorraine acquired the Mount Merrion Physiotherapy Clinic and has committed to an on-going process of clinical and service development.
Lorraine's strong clinical and management principals, together with a highly professional and experienced team, continue to develop a dominant reputation for clinical excellence in the private physiotherapy sector.
Simon Coghlan, Practice Principal
I have great interest in the advancement of therapeutic science to help improve the lives of others.
As a result of applying new evidence based approaches from on-going research and study, I believe we will continue to make significant progress in the efficiency and effectiveness of treating people's pain. Simon
Simon specialises in the use of medical acupuncture including dry needling in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain, in particular the treatment of myofascial pain syndrome.
Simon dedicates 3 days a week to clinical practice treating clients balancing the rest of his time between lecturing, developing professional development opportunities for PhysioEXCEL as well as supporting the administration and management of the clinic.
Lecturer & Trainer
As a clinical educator, Simon lectures at the UCD School of Physiotherapy and Performance Science in spinal manual therapy and therapeutic exercise. Simon runs a series of Medical Acupuncture in Physiotherapy courses and blogs at www.acupuncturemedical.net. In association with the British Medical Acupuncture Society Simon also provides training in medical acupuncture to medical and allied health professionals in the UK and Ireland.
Simon has established PhysioEXCEL which focuses exclusively on providing professional development for chartered physiotherapists across a range of areas including clinical skills as well as business and lifestyle.
Simon graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa in 2000 with an honours degree in Physiotherapy. His early career was focused on sport injury management with the provincial Natal Rugby Union before returning to the UK to pursue his interest in the field of medical acupuncture.
Before relocating to Dublin in 2006, Simon gained extensive clinical experience in the public and private health sectors in the UK.
In conjunction with his clinical work, Simon completed an Master in Science degree in 2008 at the University College Dublin (UCD). This involved a research project exploring the use of neuromuscular stimulation and real time ultrasound imaging in the treatment of low back pain. In 2009 Simon completed the Diploma in Medical Acupuncture and is now an accredited member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS). He was recently invited to join the Competence, Accreditation and Education Board of the BMAS.
Simon recently qualified as a Certified Health Coach which has given him greater insight and knowledge as to how lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise and sleep for example impact on physical health, mental health and pain management. The intention behind this qualification is to better guide his clients towards recovery, better overall health and physical fitness.
Rachel Neary, Chartered Physiotherapist
Rachel completed her BSc Physiotherapy degree in University College Dublin (UCD) with first class honours. While attending University, Rachel has gained experience with peripheral musculoskeletal conditions, spinal conditions, the rehabilitation of orthopaedic surgeries and sports soft tissue injuries.
Rachel also received two academic scholarships: The UCD Stage 3 Physiotherapy Scholarship and The Dr Henry Hutchinson Stewart Medal and Scholarship in Physiotherapy.
Rachel has a particular interest in musculoskeletal injuries, sports rehabilitation as well as chronic pain management, a topic covered in her undergraduate thesis “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Pain: A pilot study examining the effect of a 9 week group-based intervention on chronic pain sufferers in Ireland”. She is due to present this work at the Irish Pain Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting in September and also at the Irish Society for Chartered Physiotherapists Annual Conference in November 2014.
Since qualifying, Rachel has been working with Summerhill GFC in County Meath, providing match and training day cover for their Junior and Senior football teams.
Rachel is a qualified Pilates instructor having undertaken post-graduate training in STOTT Pilates and is continuing her education in pre- and post-natal Pilates.
Rachel has an avid interest in sports and is currently playing hockey in Leinster Ladies Division One for North Kildare Hockey Club. She also enjoys athletics, representing Na Fianna AC at local, provincial and national levels.
Carol graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BSc Honours degree in Physiotherapy with clinical distinction. She gained extensive experience at St. James’s Hospital, treating a wide range of spinal and peripheral musculoskeletal conditions and injuries.
Other highlights included experience in the physiotherapy management of neurological conditions including stroke as well as paediatric and respiratory conditions in the acute setting. Carol has also worked in the area of mental health promoting general health and wellbeing while treating associated neurological and musculoskeletal conditions.
Medical Acupuncture and Dry Needling
In order to provide a complete and integrated approach to pain management, Carol has undertaken postgraduate training in medical acupuncture with the British Medical Acupuncture Society as well as additional dry needling specialisation which she finds complements her manual therapy and therapeutic exercise skills.
Carol has completed the Mat level I&II course with the Pilates Teacher Training Institute which is accredited in Ireland and the UK. She has also completed further training in the Stott method with the Stott Pilates Institute.
Carol integrates a specialist motivational interviewing technique in which her clients, through self-reflection, guidance and active participation identify unhelpful behaviours and habits then committing to change which helps achieve optimal physiotherapy outcomes.This forms part of an integrated approach to the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and chronic conditions.
Cycling, playing camogie and practicing Pilates & Yoga to keep fit and active.
Katie completed her BSc Physiotherapy degree at University College Dublin (UCD) with second class honours, grade one. While attending UCD, Katie gained experience in the physiotherapy management of musculoskeletal injuries and neurological conditions, at both an acute and primary care level.
Other areas of experience for Katie included the physiotherapy management and rehabilitation of patients following orthopaedic surgical procedures as well as acute respiratory care. Katie also has a strong interest in paediatric physiotherapy, and has clinical experience in an acute paediatric hospital setting.
Katie also enjoys treating sports injuries and worked extensively with the UCD intermediate hurling team, providing match day and training cover.
Katie’s final year thesis was titled “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Exercise for people with Chronic Pain: A Qualitative Analysis”. This allowed her to gain an insight into those suffering with chronic pain benefitted from the ACT programme in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. Katie’s research was presented at the UCD Centre of Translational Pain Conference in May 2017.
Katie enjoys Pilates, running and going to the gym to keep fit.