Meet the Team

October 16, 2017


Fionnuala Tansey

Clinic Owner & Head Physiotherapist 

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Fionnuala Tansey is a graduate of University College Dublin and received her postgraduate training and experience in Toronto, Canada specialising in manual therapy and in the treatment of low back pain.  She also received a Masters in Business Administration from Trinity College Dublin and a Diploma in Health Economics from UCD.  Fionnuala has worked with Olympic athletes over the years and has been physiotherapist to a number of Dublin rugby clubs, working with many of the junior and senior rugby teams of schools in the area.  She is a great believer in the benefit of Clinical Pilates in the prevention and management of low back and neck injuries.  She is an enthusiastic tennis player and golfer and has a keen interest in music.

Dara Clifford

Chartered Physiotherapist,

Acupuncturist and Clinical Pilates Instructor

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A native of Dublin, Dara graduated from University College of Dublin Ireland with a first class honours degree in Physiotherapy. Due to a keen interest in injury prevention and rehabilitation, Dara completed extensive training in the STOTT Pilates method.  On graduating, he immediately began working in private practice and with sports teams.  This afforded him the opportunity to work within a sports practice providing treatment to elite athletes and people suffering from back problems, neck dysfunction, rehabilitation needs and musculoskeletal disorders. Dara was responsible for clinical Pilates within the practice as lead instructor.  He gained further experience in London working in busy practices within the NHS and private practice domain.  Dara gained experience in many specialist areas and spent the last number of years focusing on the treatment of athletes, predominantly football, at a university level.  Dara is committed to the STOTT Pilates method and strives to incorporate the method into all aspects of his work as a physiotherapist.

Dara has also gained further knowledge in the practice of dry needling, electrotherapy (interferential, TENs, ultrasound, infrared etc.) biomechanics, orthotic prescriptions, kinesio-taping, hydrotherapy, healthy HIIT Pilates, advanced sports nutrition, sports traumatology, acupuncture and squash coaching.

In his spare time Dara is an avid athlete and has competed at international level for the Irish football 7’s team as a trialist.  When he’s not playing football, Dara can be found on the squash court, the gym or reading up on strength and conditioning.  Currently he is completing further study to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and gain a diploma in football medicine with FIFA.  As Dara says, ‘Physiotherapy, sport and healthy living isn’t just my job, it is a life choice and a way of living’.

Dearbhla Burke

Chartered Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates Instructor 

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Dearbhla is a chartered physiotherapist and a certified STOTT pilates instructor and has extensive experience teaching individualised clinical Pilates classes with clients of all ages and all fitness levels.

Dearbhla is a keen advocate of Pilates and the benefits it can have for rehabilitating and preventing re-occurrence of common issues like back and neck pain in addition to improved core strength, fitness and muscle tone.

Dearbhla received a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy at University College Dublin achieving a first class honours.  On achieving the Irish Society of Chartered Physiothreapist’s prize for the highest final year dissertation mark, Dearbhla pursued her research interests in UCD and is about to complete her PhD which focused on spinal cord injury pain.

She is a keen advocate of healthy eating and regular exercise and enjoys Pilates, running, yoga and the odd triathlon.