Who are we
Claire has been a physiotherapist for over 15 years. She worked initially in the physiotherapy department in Sligo General hospital before moving to Australia to pursue experience in physiotherapy private practice and sports. Claire has completed a sports physiotherapy masters with the University of Bath in the UK. She completed her thesis on the effects of yoga and meditation on stress and well-being in athletes. Claire has gained extensive experience in sports physiotherapy working with professional rugby teams in Australia and more recently with the IRFU. She has also worked as a physiotherapist at a high level in gymnastics, AFL and GAA. While working in Melbourne sports physiotherapy, which was an elite sports physiotherapy private practice, her specialised area of physiotherapy was with youth athletes and endurance athletes such as triathletes.
Claire is also a qualified yoga and pilates teacher and has been teaching yoga, reformer and mat pilates in Ireland and Australia for nearly ten years. In more recent years she has also completed training in physiotherapy strength and conditioning and using her extensive knowledge she is adept at prescribing tailor-made exercise programs to suit your needs. It is Claire’s belief that exercise is a fundamental part of physiotherapy treatment, and aims to use exercise to allow you to not only fix your problem but to help you improve your performance in everyday activities or sport.
Claire has also gained valuable experience working in Melbourne Headache Centre, a physiotherapy clinic that specialises in hands on therapy for treating headaches and migraines. Claire is one of few physiotherapists in Ireland to have trained in the Watson headache approach, which has revolutionised the treatment of headaches and migraines in Australia. Claire is extremely excited to bring this specialised physiotherapy technique to Ireland and Sligo.
Claire has been very lucky to work in a variety of incredible physiotherapy environments and has studied and worked with extremely experienced and knowledgeable physiotherapy mentors all over the world, which has helped shape her into the physio she is today and she is delighted to bring this knowledge and experience to Sligo.
Claire is an active person who loves the outdoors and especially the rugged wildness of the west coast of Ireland, she is a keen surfer, and has played GAA, rugby, tag rugby, completed a half marathon and has injured most of her body so she understands the trials and tribulations of being injured. She has also suffered chronic lower back pain in the past and is strongly empathetic with anyone in pain and will do her best to assist you on the road to recovery no matter where you are in your journey.
Sligo Physio Space is a warm, young innovative physiotherapy clinic and Claire looks forward to welcoming you to what she believes is Sligo’s premier physiotherapy clinic.