LINDA FITZGERALD B.Sc. (Physio), M.I.S.C.P. M.C.S.P. PG Cert in Women’s Health

Foot & Ankle Specialist, Continence Physiotherapist

Linda qualified from Trinity College, Dublin and has gained extensive experience in major teaching hospitals in Dublin and in Australia. Linda opened Ashbourne Physiotherapy Clinic in 1992 and Sutton Cross Physiotherapy in 2012. She completed a 15-month post-graduate certificate in women’s health in 2002 and has a special interest in bladder and bowel continence (male and female) and pain in pregnancy. Linda also loves treating feet and she has twenty-five years experience in orthotic prescription.

Linda is a member of the Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice, has served on its Committee and was its representative on the governing body, the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists for over 6 years. She has represented Irish private practitioners on the international body, the International Private Physical Therapy Association (IPPTA).

Linda plays hockey and golf and enjoys travel, cryptic crosswords, Killer Sudoku and loves penguins.

Ahmad Salma B.Sc (Hons) Physiotherapy MISCP

Senior Musculoskeletal / Sports Physiotherapist

Ahmad is a senior chartered physiotherapist with more than 10 years experience in clinical musculoskeletal physiotherapy.  He is in the final stages of a masters degree in Advanced Physiotherapy at University College Dublin where his research is investigating groin injuries in GAA players.

Ahmad works mainly in our Ashbourne Clinic (Monday to Thursday) and he has a special interest in the treatment of back and neck problems, sports injuries, shockwave therapy and post-operative recovery.  He is registered with Irish Life Back-Up and you can book to see him online.

He keeps himself active playing regular football and weight training.  Since moving to Ireland he has been keenly learning the art of hurling!

LESLEY LOWE B.Sc (Physio) M.I.S.C.P.

Musculo-skeletal and Sports Physiotherapist

Lesley graduated from University of Ulster, Jordanstown with an honours degree in physiotherapy. She has mainly worked in private practice and with multiple sports teams such as Peamount United Senior Ladies, Leixlip Hurlers and Footballers and several rugby teams.  Her own sports are running, hockey and strength & conditioning.

She has a keen interest in Pilates and is a qualified APPI Pilates instructor for all levels from beginner to advanced.  She has also completed post-graduate training in dry needling, biomechanics, and she is a healthy HIT instructor. Lesley has a special interest in sports injury prevention, rehabilitation, strength & conditioning and vestibular rehabilitation for vertigo.  Lesley is registered with Irish Life Back-Up.  She works mainly in our Sutton Clinic but does a session in our Ashbourne Clinic on a Friday afternoon where she mainly treats vertigo patients.  You can book appointments with Lesley online.

THARANI (Tara) PITCHAISIVARAM BPT MISCP MPOGP MIAP PG Cert (Women’s Health – UK), PG Cert (Advanced Physiotherapy)

Women’s Health Specialist, Pelvic, Obstetric & Gynaecological Physiotherapist

Tara graduated as a physiotherapist for Dr. M. G. R. University, India with a Degree in Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPT) in 2006. She went on to do a post-graduate Certificate in Advanced Physiotherapy from the University of Ulster in 2014 and post-graduate certificate in Women’s Health from the University of Bradford in 2016. She has worked in private practice treating just women’s health since then.

Tara is our women’s health specialist and has advanced training in pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy, pelvic floor manual therapy and female incontinence so treats pregnancy-related back and pelvic girdle pain, urinary and bowel incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, diastesis recti (split tummy muscles), sacro-iliac and coccygeal pain and constipation.  She works in Ashbourne every Friday and on alternate Thursdays (see online booking for these dates).

When not at work, Tara enjoys swimming and cycling and playing with her Bishon Frise called Pearl.

CLAIRE FINNEGAN

Practice Administrator

Claire joined the team earlier this year and is already a valuable member of our staff.  She is a dental nurse, having qualified from the Dublin Dental University Hospital, Trinity College and has previously worked in a large multi-disciplinary private practice as both a dental nurse and in management.

Claire loves music and is a self-confessed, massive Beatles fan!  When not at work, she takes every opportunity to explore the world.

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