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' physiotherapy approach using a wide range of manual therapy techniques, which includes the use of NST (neurostructural integration technique). She combines this with specific exercise prescription, medical acupuncture & dry needling and expert self management advice and education.
Her particular areas of interest include:
- Chronic headaches
- Persistent neck and low back pain
- Lower limb biomechanics
Lorraine qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist from the University College Dublin in 1999. She was then awarded the prestigious Masters in Manipulative Physiotherapy with high distinction having placed top of her class at the University of Queensland, Australia in 2001. Lorraine has also attained post-graduation certifications in medical acupuncture and is a certified Stott Pilates instructor.
Since 2003, Lorraine has been actively involved in lecturing and examining on the UCD undergraduate physiotherapy programme. She was involved in the establishment and accreditation of the Masters in Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy at UCD in 2006 which was the first course in Ireland to be accredited by the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy. Lorraine lectured, examined and tutored extensively on this MSc course until May 2018. She also lectures regularly on the Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine course which is run by the Irish College of General Practitioners and the Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine in the area of lower limb pathologies and biomechanics. Alongside Simon Coghlan she teaches on further education courses in medical acupuncture and dry needling.
Lorraine's extensive career experience also includes a strong focus on complex sporting injuries. In 2003 Lorraine was Chief Medical Officer and lead 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.
Lorraine supports a highly professional and experienced team with her strong clinical and management principles allowing Mount Merrion Physiotherapy & Health to continue to develop a dominant reputation for clinical excellence in the private physiotherapy sector.
Simon Coghlan, Practice Principal
Medical Acupuncture Specialist
Simon specialises in the use of medical acupuncture and related techniques, including dry needling in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain, in particular, the treatment of myofascial pain syndrome.
Simon dedicates three days a week to clinical practice treating clients balancing the rest of his time between lecturing, professional development, and supporting the management and development of the clinic and its team.
Lecturer & Trainer
As a clinical educator, Simon lectured 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 (BMAS) he provides foundation level training in medical acupuncture to medical and allied health professionals in the UK and Ireland.
Simon graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa in 2000 with an honours degree in Physiotherapy. His early career was focused on sports 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 NHS and private health sectors in the UK.
In conjunction with his clinical work, Simon completed a Master of Science degree in 2008 at University College Dublin (UCD) which 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 BMAS. He was recently invited to chair the Competence, Accreditation and Examining 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.
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 is a certified Stott Pilates instructor and uses modified Pilates exercises with excellent results in her clinical practice. She also has a keen interest in the clinical application of medical acupuncture and related needling techniques in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain alongside manual therapy.
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.
Emily completed her BSc Physiotherapy degree at Trinity College, Dublin. After graduating Emily moved to Auckland and then Melbourne for 4 years. Here she gained extensive experience in the treatment and management of both acute injuries and chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions.
Emily uses a highly integrated approach in her treatments utilising both hands on techniques and exercise prescription. In recent years she has included the use of dry needling techniques as is achieving excellent results.
Emily has a strong interest in cancer rehabilitation. She is a trained PINC therapist, a comprehensive postgraduate cancer rehabilitation, education and mentorship program. She uses a mixture of both hands on physiotherapy and Pilates to support women through their cancer journey, helping them feel more comfortable as well as improving strength, quality of life and sense of wellbeing. The PINC programme is appropriate for woman at all stages of treatment.
Emily also has a strong interest in pre and post pregnancy care, helping to ensuring women can be active and pain free during and after pregnancy.
Emily enjoys the gym and Pilates to keep fit and reach her fitness goals. She is an avid skier and was a member of the Trinity Dublin University Snowsports Society throughout her college years.
John qualified with a BSc. Physiotherapy from University College Dublin in 2012 and went on to work as a staff grade rotational physiotherapist at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda.
In 2016 John and his partner relocated to Auckland, New Zealand, where he worked for a year at Auckland City Hospital, the countries largest and busiest hospital. Here John worked in a specialist stroke rehabilitation unit as a physiotherapist and tutor. He was in charge of the development and direction of junior physiotherapy staff and therapy assistants on the ward, organising and attending multidisciplinary team meetings, family meetings, and coordinating discharges with community services.
John then changed roles and settings to work as a senior musculoskeletal physiotherapist with a private sports rehabilitation clinic in Auckland. This was a demanding role where he worked with a range of clientele in a busy clinic and gym setting. John was responsible for organising training and practical demonstrations for the junior and senior staff on a fortnightly basis. His clientele ranged from professional rugby players to those requiring post-operative orthopaedic rehabilitation.
John is a keen golfer and is accomplished at pitch & putt. He represented Leinster for golf against Wales and was undefeated for two years, he is also a previous semi-pro golfer with Druids Glen. John won the National Pitch and Putt Championship in 2008 and was World Player of the Year 2011. He also enjoys snowboarding, strength and conditioning and painting.
John would describe his best personal attributes as patience, being concise, and an ability to build a working rapport with his clients and motivating them to take part in their rehabilitation.
Rachael completed her Physiotherapy degree at Trinity College Dublin. During her years of study, she gained experience working with respiratory, neurological and musculoskeletal conditions both in Ireland and abroad.
Rachael spent time working in a top private outpatient department in Malta working with elite-level athletes and developing her ‘hands-on’ manual therapy techniques which she finds extremely effective in clinical practice.
Upon graduation, Rachael began working as a staff grade physiotherapist in orthopaedic rehabilitation, treating and managing many post-surgical patients. Rachael has worked pitch-side with a local football club gaining extensive experience in various sports conditions and injuries.
Rachael qualified as a Pilates instructor in June 2019 and enjoys using these exercise-based techniques with her patients both in classes and in one-on-one rehabilitation.
Her clinical areas of interest include women’s health conditions, tendinopathies and post-surgical rehabilitation.