SOMERTON PHYSIOTHERAPY CLINIC

OUR PHYSIOTHERAPISTS

James Sherry MISCP

James Sherry MISCP is an experienced Chartered Physiotherapist with the majority of his practice focusing on the treatment of back and neck pain, sports injuries and adolescent physiotherapy.  He has worked extensively with GAA players and athletes at all levels over the past 12 years.

Previously James has been a member of the GAA’s Medical, Scientific and Welfare Committee.  He currently sits on the GPA’s (Gaelic Players Association) Player Welfare Committee.

James played for the Fermanagh Senior Football GAA team for 11 years.  While studying Physiotherapy at UCD he captained the college team when they won the Dublin Senior Football Championship in 2006.  He also captained his former GAA club Roslea Shamrocks to four Fermanagh senior championship wins between 2010 and 2014.

James has a keen interest in all sports. He competed internationally for Northern Ireland and Irish schools in cross country running.  He continues to play senior football with Castleknock GAA club in Dublin.

James established Somerton Physiotherapy Clinic in 2015.

Adam Kinsella MISCP

Adam graduated with a First class honour’s degree in physiotherapy from University College Dublin. Since then, he has been working with numerous sports teams and in private practice.

In the summer of 2015 Adam worked in the academy of Everton Football Club providing training and match day physiotherapy for the academy players. Following this, he provided tournament cover for the Welsh FA’s female champions league team. During the 2016 season Adam provided training and match day cover for Shamrock Rovers Airtricity team.

In 2017 Adam moved to Auckland, New Zealand working in private practice while also providing team cover for the local Irish football team.

Adam has a passion for sports medicine and all Musculoskeletal related issues. He has a particular interest in the rehabilitation of necks, backs and shoulders. Adam believes that continued professional development is extremely important to him and his clients and regularly ‘up skills’ to provide the highest quality service.

Adam returned to private practice in Ireland in September 2019 after over two and half years in the southern hemisphere combining evidence based manual therapy and exercise prescription. He has a certificate in spinal manual therapy from manual concepts along with numerous other certifications delivered by world renowned experts.

Outside of his passion for all things musculoskeletal physiotherapy Adam is a keen footballer and avid weightlifter.

Pierce O’Connor MISCP

Pierce graduated from UCD in 2018 with a honour’s degree in Physiotherapy. Prior to studying physiotherapy Pierce graduated from NUI Maynooth with an honour’s degree in Science.

Since graduating from UCD in 2018, Pierce has worked in Our Lady’s Hospice in the areas of Rheumatology and Palliative care. He currently works in Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown and is completing rotations in the various areas of Physiotherapy.

Pierce has a keen interest in sports medicine and previously worked with Bluebell Utd as their head physiotherapist. Pierce also has a keen interest in the rehabilitation of knee injuries especially ACL reconstructions and shoulder conditions. Away from sports medicine, Pierce is a firm believer in exercise prescription for the elderly to keep our older generation fit, active and strong.

Combining his science background and Physiotherapy knowledge, Pierce applies an evidence based approach to his care of clients and strives to enhance his clients self management. Pierce strives to keep up to date with continuous professional development and has recently completed courses in Pain management and education.

Away from physio, Pierce is an avid cyclist and keen Olympic weightlifter.

Eimear O’Connor MISCP

Eimear is a graduate of the UCD School of physiotherapy. In 2021 she completed her MSc in Sports and Exercise medicine in Trinity College Dublin.

Over the past number of year’s Eimear has worked with numerous sports teams providing pitch side care and advising on rehab programmes and injury management strategies. She has a passion for women’s health physiotherapy with a particular interest in female athletes/runners and RED-S in females. Her MSc thesis investigated the prevalence of the female athlete triad in collegiate athletes in Trinity College.

Eimear enjoys working with a wide variety of clients ranging from adolescents, to female athletes/runners to the general public. Her areas of specialty include the treatment of back and neck pain, sports related injuries and women’s health issues. She is a qualified STOTT Pilates instructor and teaches Pilates classes at the clinic.

Outside of physio Eimear is a successful long distance runner. She is a former ladies captain of UCD athletics club and has competed internationally in marathons. In 2021 she ran her first sub 3 hour marathon in the Cheshire elite marathon in England. She also enjoys playing golf and GAA and is a keen supporter of Sligo GAA!

Sean O’Connor Physiotherapist BSc, MISCP

Sean qualified with a BSc in Physiotherapy from Trinity College Dublin in 2020. Since graduating he has worked in various private clinics in both Dublin and Cork. He also currently works in the Sports Surgery Clinic as an inpatient physiotherapist where he provides post operative treatment following orthopaedic surgeries.

Sean has a special interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, in particular, injuries regarding the spine and nerve related pain. He also has a keen interest in sports related injuries and has provided treatment to athletes of all levels since working in the Sports Surgery Clinic.

Due to his background in GAA he understands the rehabilitation process from both the athlete’s and physiotherapist’s point of view. He has gained experience working pitchside with athletes in GAA, soccer and rugby. He is currently team physiotherapist for Rivervalley Rangers FC and Naomh Olaf Ladies Football team. Sean incorporates the principles of strength and conditioning when developing rehabilitation programmes and believes that this is an integral part of injury prevention and management.

Amy Shaughnessy MISCP

Amy qualified with a BSc in Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy from the Institute of Technology Carlow in 2016. She worked with numerous sports teams at County and National level such as GAA, soccer, rugby and basketball.  Amy also worked in private practice providing treatment and rehabilitation for elite and amateur athletes.

Amy then went on to study a MSc in Physiotherapy at Robert Gordon University, Scotland in 2018. Upon graduation she spent time working in NHS Glasgow, completing rotations in elderly rehabilitation, cardiothoracic critical care and rehabilitation of patients with chronic illness including Covid-19.

Amy returned to Ireland at the end of 2020 and is currently working in the Sports Surgery Clinic providing inpatient and post-operative physiotherapy for patients following orthopaedic surgery. Amy has a particular interest in working with horse riders of all levels and disciplines, having competed to national level in Eventing herself, she incorporates elements of strength and conditioning into rehabilitation programs to improve rider biomechanics, imbalances and asymmetries which may predispose to injury. She also has an interest in lower limb injuries of the knee and ankle.

Amy is qualified in dry needling and APPI Pilates level 1 and continues to provide pitch side care for sports teams of all levels.

OUR PILATES INSTRUCTORS

Megan O’Dowd MISCP

Megan graduated from University College Dublin with an honours degree in physiotherapy. Megan is a certified Stott Pilates Instructor and teaches Pilates classes at our clinic. Through her Pilates teaching, she hopes to enable others of all ages and fitness levels to get moving in a comfortable environment.
Outside of physiotherapy, Megan loves the sea and spending time in nature: hiking, cycling and doing watersports.

Olive McCafferty  MISCP

Olive teaches Pilates at Somerton Physiotherapy, Olive qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in 2013 and has been teaching Pilates classes for the over 7 years. She holds a MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine from Trinity College Dublin. Olive brings great energy and variety to all her classes!

Deirdre Johnston

Deirdre joined Somerton Physiotherapy in July 2019.  Deirdre has a strong background in Customer Relations, has a diligent attitude towards customer service and is focused on making our clients feel welcome each time they visit.  Deirdre enjoys keeping the clinic running smoothly and efficiently.