About Us

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About Us 2018-10-11T15:00:24+00:00

Compass Physio was set up by Colin Phillips in Oct 2016 to provide Chartered Physiotherapy services to the people of Castlecomer and the surrounding area. We cover all major health insurance companies and work in closely with other health professionals such as GP’s, dietitians, occupational therapists and sports masseurs.

Colin Phillips

Colin’s undergraduate studies began with a 2 year Certificate in Applied physiology and Health Science in Carlow, Ireland. Following this he went on to study a further 3 year Honours Physiotherapy Degree programme at the University of Liverpool in England. He is always keen to undertake postgraduate study and expand his knowledge base to improve his expertise.

Colin’s main area of expertise and experience is musculoskeletal physiotherapy with a particular interest in the diagnosis, management and prevention of acute sports injuries. He uses a variety of different treatment techniques including, deep tissue massage, manipulation, acupuncture, Kinesio Taping and of course exercise prescription.

He believes that having such a variety of treatment options gives the best outcomes with patients as no two cases are ever the same.

As an active sports person Colin understands the importance of being able to do things we enjoy without pain or discomfort.

Patrick Mulligan – MCSP AACP ISOM

Paddy comes from a background of working in professional Rugby League with Warrington Wolves. He graduated from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen in 2007 with a clinical excellence award.

Paddy is a member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sport Medicine (ACPSM) and has qualifications in Acupuncture and Orthopaedic Medicine.

He specialises in post-operative rehabilitation along with general musculo-skeletal injuries and will be working closely with the consultants and radiologists on site to ensure the most efficient and successful treatment pathway and outcome for each client attending Bourton Physiotherapy.

Brian Glynn – Physiotherapist

Brian is a chartered physiotherapist who graduated with a honours degree from Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne in 2013. He completed his NHS rotations in the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Trust.

Since then his career has been grounded in both Musculoskeletal and elite level sports Physiotherapy. He worked as a senior Musculoskeletal physiotherapist at Spire Hospital Liverpool. He also worked for Liverpool Football Club where he was responsible for injury management and rehabilitation of the schoolboy academy players.

He then took up the role as lead academy physiotherapist at Sunderland Football Club where he overseen and managed the medical department ensuring best physiotherapy practice at all levels.

Special Interest

Brian has experience in all aspects of physiotherapy but has a special interest in the rehabilitation of lower limb injuries particularly hip and groin injuries.

He is a current inter county Gaelic footballer and recognises the demands regarding training load management and movement competencies required to play Gaelic games.

Aoife McCarthy – Children’s Physiotherapist

Aoife is a specialist paediatric physiotherapist who graduated from the University of Liverpool with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy.

Whilst Aoife’s initial working career began in both the adult and sports setting she chose to specialise in paediatric physiotherapy in 2010. From here she worked in a wide range of settings including both mainstream and special needs schools, clinics and also within the home environment.

Two years later Aoife then secured a senior post in the world renowned Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and from here her career went from strength to strength.

During her time in post she gained excellent experience in a variety of clinical areas including orthopaedics, neurology, hydrotherapy, respiratory, musculoskeletal outpatients with her most recent post being within a team that specialised in the management and treatment of Neuromuscle Diseases. It is due to this vast background of clinical experience and expertise that makes Aoife a well-rounded clinician who strives to put the child first.

As a mother of two herself, Aoife understands what it is like to have concerns over your child, no matter how big or small!

Jack Kirby – Sports Rehabilitator and Athletic Therapist

Jack began her study in the area of sports medicine and exercise with an honours degree in sports rehabilitation and athletic therapy. She has since been awarded accreditation by ARTi (Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland). She is also a member of the IMTA (Irish Massage Therapist Association).

She completed her clinical work placement at Compass Physiotherapy before graduating in November, 2018. Jack has a keen interest to expand her expertise through continued professional development and plans to expand her knowledge in Dry Needling and Pilates. As a sports rehabilitator and athletic therapist, Jack specialises in varied treatment techniques focused on the rehabilitation and prevention of musculoskeletal injuries. Her skills include soft tissue and articular manual therapy, reconditioning, postural assessment, taping and exercise prescription.

Jack believes in treating the cause of pain with the focus on injury prevention. As marathon runner Jack has a strong ethos in living actively without pain. She believes that too many people live with chronic pain which is often responsive to treatment.

Jillian Smith

Jillian is a Chartered Physiotherapist who graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland with an honours B.Sc degree in Physiotherapy.

Since qualifying Jillian has gained valuable experience working both privately in a clinic and within an acute hospital setting.

Working within a hospital setting has developed Jillian’s skills and knowledge in treating specific neurological and respiratory conditions, and establishing links between injuries and underlying conditions.

Jillian has always had an interest in treating all types of musculoskeletal and sports related injuries, particularly with her background sporting and fitness history. This desire has led to Jillian completing a Diploma in Orthopaedic and rheumatological medicine in 2018.
Other qualifications Jillian has obtained include dry needling, Bobath Neurological foundation course and APPI Pilates. In particular jillian has a keen interest in the diagnosis, treatment, return to play and prevention of injuries.

After recently completing a women’s health rotation Jillian has further developed a special interest working with Pelvic Girdle pain in pregnancy and postnatal return to activity.

Jillians variety of experience and skills has meant Jillian has become a well rounded therapist and has a passion for clients to reach goals and return to activities.

Chloe Kennedy

Chloe is a Sports Rehabilitator and Athletic Therapist.

Chloe began her studies with a Higher Certificate in Physiology and Health Science from the Institute of Technology, Carlow. Recently, she graduated from IT Carlow with an honours degree in Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy. Chloe is a member of the British Association of Sports Rehabilitators and Therapists (BASRaT) and the Irish Massage Therapists Association (IMTA). Chloe’s educational background specialised in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries in both athletic and non-athletic populations.

With experience working alongside GAA teams, as well as a passion for sport, Chloe’s main interest is in sports massage and the rehabilitation of sports injuries. She understands how challenging an injury can be for a sportsperson and the importance of safe and effective rehabilitation.

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