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Compass Physio was formed in October 2016 to provide Chartered Physiotherapy services to the people of Castlecomer and in July 2018 extended to Enfield. 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

After gaining a massive reputation plying his profession in Liverpool for over 10 years and working with elite level professional athletes and the general public Paddy returned home with his young family in late 2017.

A Kilcock native (The kildare side of the border) Paddy is a chartered Physiotherapist who strives to offer an amazing service to our Compass Physio Clients. He has a proven track record for the fast recovery of muscle injuries, is expertly trained in spinal manipulation and dry needling (great for lower back injuries).

So if you’ve got a muscle or sports injury, lower back problem, or neck & shoulder issues, Paddy is the ‘go-to’ expert for miles around and will help you get back doing the things that are important to you.


  • Degree In Physiotherapy
  • Diploma in Orthopaedic Medicine
  • Dry Needling Qualification
  • Acupuncture Trained
  • Pilates Qualified
  • Board Member of the Society of Chartered Physiotherapy, a role he is particularly proud of.


Place: Kildare. Have been away so long still enjoying the day to day things that make you always want to settle back home

Restaurant: Donatellos (Maynooth)

Food: Steak

City: Liverpool

TV show: Peakey Blinders

Film: Hunger Games

Band: Mumford and Sons

Book: The E Myth

Sports: Gaelic

Favourite Quote:

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”

Brian Glynn – Physiotherapist

Brian graduated from Northumbria University in 2013 with an Honours degree in Physiotherapy. Since then he has worked in a number of different musculoskeletal and sports settings gaining valuable professional and personal experience.

During his time at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital he worked closely with specialist physiotherapists in the areas of spinal pain and upper limb pain. Following this, he worked in elite level sport at both Liverpool and Sunderland Football clubs. He has experience managing sports related injuries including hip and groin, hamstring and ACL injuries. 

He is currently undertaking a Master’s programme in Advanced Manipulative physiotherapy at the University of Birmingham. This programme is in partnership with English Institute of Sport and as part of his research he is working closely with British Gymnastics investigating specifically around ankle injuries within the sport. He has a special interest in the management of ankle injuries having previously underwent ankle surgery. 

Brian has played inter county Gaelic Football for Laois. He understands the training requirements for optimising performance but also the frustration and disappointment that comes with being injured.

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!

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.

Rob Condon

Rob is a chartered physiotherapist who graduated with a honours degree from University College Dublin.

Rob has a special interest in the management of musculoskeletal injuries and chronic conditions, in the private sector. Rob has worked in a range of healthcare settings including Rehabilitation Hospitals, Specialist Centres and at Large University Hosptials.

Rob’s aim is to identify the cause of the problem rather than focusing on the symptom. He also has a strong interest in sports physiotherapy and has worked with numerous teams including UCD GAA, covering training sessions and matches. Rob understands the importance of looking after the client’s needs and making their rehabilitation specific to their situation.

Louise Trimble

Louise is a qualified Remedial Massage therapist, she specialises in deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy but also loves to do Swedish massage and Reflexology. She is currently in her 3rd year in Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic therapy at Carlow IT.

Louise has over 10 years experience as a massage therapist, working in massage clinics and 5 star Spa Resorts in Ireland and Australia. She loves her work and knows how beneficial massage therapy can be as she has seen some amazing results in people.

Paula Dowling-Hosey

Paula Dowling-Hosey is a qualified Sports Rehabilitator and Athletic Therapist and completed her Pilates training with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) and Pilates Performance Ireland (PPI).

She is also a Licenced Teacher with Swim Ireland and is the resident teacher at the Springhill Court in Kilkenny.

She loves nothing more than passing on her vast knowledge to help people continually evolve and live their healthiest lives.

Emer McCabe

Emer graduated with an Honours degree in Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy following the completion of a 4 year programme in The Institute of Technology Carlow.

Her prime reason for choosing to study Athletic Therapy resulted from her long term involvement with Naas Athletic Club. Emer began athletics at 8 years of age and has competed at county, provincial, national and international level.

Competitive athletics has had to take a back seat due to college commitments and an increasing number of acquired injuries.

This prompted her particular interest in the prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries and the prompt return of individuals to their pre-existing performance levels.

While pursuing her career, Emer has worked with numerous club teams including the Carbury Senior Ladies as well as the Offaly County Football Team and the Italian International Rugby Squad.

Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy can be divided into four general areas:

  • Injury Prevention and Pre-Participation Screening
  • Injury Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Rehabilitation and Reconditioning
  • On Field Emergency Care

To date Emer has derived huge satisfaction in dealing with all aspects of her chosen profession as she endeavours to assist clients return to their every day activities, whether that be competitive sports or a walk in the park.

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