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The Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists

Ciaran Coyle - BSc, MSc, MISCP

Ciaran is our lead physiotherapist and founder of Galway Bay Physio, who qualified as a chartered physiotherapist following completion of a Masters in Physiotherapy in Robert Gordon Physiotherapy of Aberdeen. Prior to this he completed a four year Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Anatomy at NUI Galway. Since qualifying he has obtained a wealth of experience from working in a number of private practices and medical centres in the UK and Ireland.

Ciaran strives to deliver high quality individually tailored treatment programmes and rehabilitation, and also ensures that patients understand exactly what their specific problems are and most importantly how to cure them.

A keen rugby man Ciaran has worked extensively with leading athletes and sports participants having been involved with numerous sporting clubs in Ireland and the UK.

Emmett Hartigan - MISCP

Emmett is a Galway native who qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland after completing an MSc (Pre-Reg) in Physiotherapy in 2008. This was following the completion of an honours degree in Anatomy in N.U.I. Galway in 2005.

Emmett began his career in Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, Scotland as a rotational physiotherapist, working in a variety of areas including muskuloskeletal, respiratory, post-surgical rehabilitation, neurological rehabilitation, amputee rehabilitation and Cystic Fibrosis.

Emmett has extensive musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy experience working with high performance athletes. He worked as the Team Physiotherapist for Galway United FC from 2014 to 2017 and has since then acted in a consultancy role to the club. He was also work with the Connacht Rugby Academy, Liam Mellows hurling, the Connacht High Performance Swimming Centre and various teams and athletes in the area.

Barbara Trant - MISCP

Barbara is a highly qualified Chartered Physiotherapist and has vast experience in the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal, orthopaedic, sports and foot injuries through the use of techniques such as manual therapy, therapeutic and functional exercise, acupuncture and orthotic/insole prescription where appropriate.

Barbara qualified as a physiotherapist from Royal College of Surgeons in 2005 and subsequently completed her Masters degree in Clinical Physiotherapy (2011) from Curtin University, Perth, Australia, where she graduated with a first class honours. Prior to this she obtained an honours degree in Sports Rehabilitation from St. Mary’s University, London in 2000. Barbara also has additional qualifications in western acupuncture, dry needling and orthotic prescription. She has extensive experience working in large private practices in both Ireland and Australia over the last 16 years.

Barbara has particular interest and expertise in the management of complex musculoskeletal and spinal disorder and provides a specialist service for managing chronic neck pain and traumatic neck injuries – including whiplash associated disorder.

She has more recently qualified as a Pregnancy & Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist since becoming a Mother herself!…and offers a comprehensive assessment and management approach to deal with a variety of issues from pregnancy related Back Pain (or sciatica), Abdominal Separation and Pelvic Floor dysfunction for all you new or not so new Moms.

In summary Barbara is dedicated to providing the highest standard of care. She will go that extra step to ensure that you fully understand the cause of your problem and will provide treatment that targets your individual functional needs.

Barbara works from our Galway City Clinic

Theresa Slattery

Theresa qualified with a BSc Hons degree in Physiotherapy from RCSI in 2013. Since qualifying she has gained a wide variety of skills and knowledge from working in both private and public settings both in Ireland and abroad.

Theresa spent over three years in New Zealand working in Private Practice. Here she qualified as a Pilates Instructor, completed her Dry Needling course and completed a course in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy as well as gaining a wealth of knowledge regarding treating people with acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries. During this time she also worked with a number of clients under the New Zealand Chronic pain management programme completing Gym or Hydrotherapy based programmes. Before moving to Australia Theresa also completed her Yoga teacher training. She then spent time working in Australia with Queensland Health seeing a busy caseload of pre and post operative and musculoskeletal conditions.

Theresa has a keen interest in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, biomechanics and getting each individual to reach their full ability. Using a combination of manual therapy, dry needling and exercise prescription she enjoys helping people to prevent, manage and rehabilitate a range of injuries.


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Grainne Colleary - MISCP

Gráinne grew up Curry, County Sligo with a broad enthusiasm in sport. She achieved a sports scholarship and subsequently graduated in 2011 from IT Carlow in Applied Physiology & Health Sciences. She later completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Physiotherapy from Teesside University in 2015. In 2017, her research project on the effect of pain neurophysiology education was publicly well received and successfully published in the Journal of Physiotherapy.

For over four years after completing her degree, Gráinne worked as a rotational physiotherapist at York Teaching Trust Hospital NHS. Gráinne credits her experience in the NHS, an internationally renowned environment for public health care, for the quality of post graduate training she attained in areas including Musculoskeletal Outpatients, Rheumatology Outpatients, Trauma & Orthopaedics, Respiratory Care in ICU and Ward Settings, Oncology & Haematology, Spinal Injuries, Renal & Gastroenterology and Acute Medicine.

She later specialised in Musculoskeletal Outpatients as well as facilitating rehabilitation classes for complex post-operative and poly-trauma patients, acute and chronic spinal presentations, and peripheral joint presentations. In private practice she worked with both ladies and men’s GAA teams and lady’s rugby. She was also a physiotherapist for the Ankylosis Spondylosis Society in York.

Gráinne joined Galway Bay Physio in 2019. She sees a wide range of patients including spinal and peripheral joint presentations, soft tissue complications, post-operative rehabilitation, degenerative pathology presentations and sports related injuries rehabilitation and education on prevention of injury. She can provide a comprehensive assessment in the diagnosis of injury, dry needling, manual therapy, myofascial release techniques, shockwave therapy, traction, massage therapy, strength and conditioning, Pilates, and education regarding clinical presentations.

You can see Gráinne in any of our three clinic locations: Galway, Oranmore or Athenry.

David Kelly - MISCP

David is a Roscommon native who qualified as a chartered Physiotherapist in 2015 from The Manchester Metropolitan University. This was following the completion of a degree in Health Science and Physiology from Sligo I.T

David began his career in The Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust as a rotational Physiotherapist working on various areas including Major trauma, medicals, elderly and outpatients. David has been working a senior physiotherapy in private practice since 2017 gaining a wealth of experience in musculoskeletal and sports Physiotherapy. He is the physiotherapist for Roscommon Gaels senior and underage teams. David has also worked with players from the men’s and women’s Connacht academy teams and professional cycling teams.

David has takien a keen interest in Pilates and strength and conditioning. He has completed his Pilates mat work level one and unravelling strength conditioning course. David uses these skills with his one on one patients and teaches beginners Pilates.

David Sheehan - MISCP

David graduated from the University of East London in 2009 with a BSc in Physiotherapy. Following this he gained extensive experience in the NHS before specialising in musculoskeletal dysfunction and sports injuries. Prior to joining Galway Bay Physio in August 2020, David spent time working for a large private healthcare provider in Dubai. Here he worked closely with orthopaedic surgeons and sports medicine physicians in the management of musculoskeletal injuries in a broad patient group, ranging from sedentary to elite athlete. David also has experience of working directly with sports teams such as GAA teams in London and Dubai and the Irish gymnastics team.

Since graduating David has been committed to continuing his professional development through postgraduate courses such as advanced physiotherapy management of the lower quadrant, spinal manual therapy, fascial release, dry needling and he is currently undertaking an MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine in UCC.

David is comfortable treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions and enjoys using hands on techniques and functional exercise to help patients achieve their rehabilitation goals. He has a special interest in pre / post-operative rehabilitation e.g rotator cuff repair, ACL reconstruction and the management of lower limb sports injuries e.g ligament injuries & tendinopathy,

David is currently working in our Galway and Athenry clinics.

Sinead Gaffney - MISCP

Sinead is a native of Galway county and qualified with a BSc Honours degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Limerick in 2018.

She commenced as a rotational physiotherapist with the HSE and has worked in areas including Orthopaedics, ICU, Stroke and Neuro Rehabilitation, Vestibular Rehabilitation and Medical/Respiratory Physiotherapy.

Sinead has considerable musculoskeletal and Sports Rehabilitation experience and has completed post-graduate training in Dry-needling therapy, Strength and Conditioning and Motivational Interviewing. She has worked with various GAA, rugby, soccer and athletic clubs around Galway city and county.

She is a keen athlete herself and holds numerous Club and University camogie titles as well as currently competing at a national level in middle distance athletics.

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