Sports Injury, Vestibular & Acupuncture Clinic

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Aine O'Neill

BSc. MISCP Chartered Physiotherapist

Aine O’Neill graduated from Trinity college with an honours degree in physiotherapy in 1995.

I worked in the Adelaide and Roscommon hospitals in the orthopaedic department, before joining the team in the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Rochestown Avenue.

On completing the American board exams, I moved to Indiana in 1996, where I worked in a Sports Injury and Vestibular Clinic. I trained extensively with a top vestibular therapist for over a year, becoming a competent vestibular therapist.

I moved to Colorado where I was responsible for setting up and running a vestibular clinic, along with working with sport and work related injuries. On returning home late 1998, I worked in private practice specialising in musculoskeletal, sports and work related injuries.

I broke my leg in 1999, which meant a few months off work and becoming my own private therapist. During that time I learnt a lot about being a patient, having pain, not being independent, and experienced the joys and tribulations of rehab! On returning to work I had a deeper understanding and empathy with my patients which changed my methods of practice significantly.

I joined the Sheehan Medical practice in 2000, where I worked very closely with the GPs getting a better feel and understanding of local practise. I opened Sandycove Physiotherapy Clinic in 2005, with the idea to promote and establish my vestibular practice. While still liking and practicing musculoskeletal & sports physiotherapy, I began working a lot with several consultants specializing in the field of vestibular rehabilitation.

Continuing my education in Vestibular Rehabilitation, I also trained in Dry Needling & Trigger Point Release Therapy, Orthotic Prescription & Myofascial Release. In the meantime suffering a neck injury, my love and empathy for treating neck and head pain has grown. I love working with people, helping them recover from an injury or deal with a disability, gaining ones full potential.

Julianne Ryan

MSc. BSc. MISCP Chartered Physiotherapist.
Clinic Manager at Sandycove Physiotherapy

I graduated from the University of Limerick in 2011 with an honours degree in Physiotherapy. The following year I completed a Masters of Science entitled “Intrinsic Risk Factors for Groin and Hip Injuries among Academy Level Rugby Union Players: A systematic review and Prospective Cohort Study”.  The systematic review and abstract of this thesis are published in The British Journal of Sports Medicine. I have presented findings from this project at numerous National and International conferences, including the International Olympic Committee (IOC) conference in Injury and Illness in Sport in Monaco in 2014.

I began working with Dr. Johnson McEvoy with the Irish High Performance Boxing Unit in November 2011. My role included; completing weekly clinics with all elite teams, preparing them for and providing independent physiotherapy support at all major International competitions, including the First Inaugural European Games in Baku 2015, European and World Championships and The Olympic Games in Rio 2016.
In the summer of 2017 I switched my interest to the Irish senior men’s hockey squad and am part of the current physiotherapy team for their upcoming World Cup Competition, including providing cover at training camps and warm up competitions.

My previous experience includes: Young Munster’s R.F.C., Galway youth hurling teams, Salthill Devon F.C., and previous Physiotherapy Clinics in Limerick and Galway, where I have developed my clinical skills and gained invaluable experience.

Since qualifying I have completed numerous professional courses including; Myofascial trigger point therapy, Dry Needling,  Functional Movement Screening, Donatelli’s shoulder, and Sports traumatology to name a few. I have a keen interest in injury prevention and screening. Additionally I have specialised in the area of Vestibular Rehabilitation, a unique service we provide here at Sandycove Physiotherapy.

I am a keen sports woman with a background including swimming, soccer, kickboxing and sky diving. Currently my interests include Bikram yoga, swimming and tag rugby!  I believe in educating a person regarding their injury/ cause of pain and using a multi modal approach in their rehabilitation.

Gillian Cooney

BSc. MISCP MAACP Chartered Physiotherapist

I graduated from Brunel University, London in 2007 with an honours degree in Physiotherapy and completed my core rotations in a large teaching NHS trust before going on to specialise in the Musculoskeletal field in 2010.  It was at this time that I became an AACP accredited Acupuncturist for the management of musculoskeletal pain, which has proven an excellent addition to my skillset.

I have worked extensively within both private practises / orthopaedic hospitals and the NHS, treating a wide range of issues including sports injuries, post operative conditions and chronic pain / rheumatology concerns to name but a few.  As Lead Physiotherapist in a previous role managing pre and post-operative care, I designed numerous rehabilitation courses particularly focussing on total knee replacements and various shoulder surgeries.  Given my particular interest in the care of upper limbs, I also took on the role of Hand Specialist, dealing in the care of hand trauma and surgery.  My love of treating neck and the upper limb continues to this day!

I am an experienced APPI certified Pilates instructor, having taught all levels from beginner to advanced since 2011, both in the public and private sector.  I currently teach Pilates on a Monday evening here at Sandycove Physiotherapy.

Wishing to keep my finger on the pulse when it comes to our ever-developing field of Physiotherapy, I regularly attend professional courses, some examples of which include Dry Needling, Myofascial Release, Mulligan Concept Mobilisations and Neurodynamic-mobilisations of the Nervous System.  I am also trained in Paediatric Vestibular Rehabilitation and Vestibular Ocular Rehabilitation, with particular emphasis in the management of post-concussion athletes.

I have always had a keen interest in sport and body mechanics having been a member of both the Irish and Leinster swimming team for many years. Newer interests these days include golf and salsa dancing – both of which I am still trying to master!

Melanie Reis

MSc. HBAkin. MISCP Chartered Physiotherapist

I graduated from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2014 where I received my Masters of Science in Physiotherapy. Prior to this I obtained a Bachelor of Arts, Honours Specialisation in Kinesiology from Western University in Canada.


In the UK I worked with volleyball teams at the European Volleyball Championships and with local rugby clubs. I had been working in Toronto, Canada within a musculoskeletal clinic since 2014. Throughout my educational and clinical experience I have worked with many different populations; weekend warriors, elite athletes, paediatric, and geriatric populations. Additionally, I have helped treat and manage many different conditions that include, but are not limited to post-op rehabilitation programs, sport-specific injuries including concussion management, Neurological conditions and vertigo.


Techniques that I utilise in my practice include soft tissue, manual therapy, modalities, acupuncture, kinesiotaping and an emphasis on exercise therapy and prescription. I can perform gait assessments for orthotics, I am level 1 certified in neurokinetic therapy, and have completed Level 2. Although I have a passion for sport injuries, my primary desire is to provide high quality, evidence-based, and client-centred care in order to help clients reach their personal goals. 


I am an active member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. I have my Advanced Vestibular Rehabilitation certification and am excited to treat and educate future patients in the benefits of vestibular rehabilitation.

Out of the clinic I enjoy participating in team sports such as tag rugby, soccer, and volleyball; but also like to challenge myself with long distance running races, yoga, pilates, and kickboxing. 


Marianne Mc Cabe

BSc., Lic. Ac. TCM, Clin. Ac (Beijing, China)

Specialist in Fertility and Pregnancy

Marianne McCabe graduated from the University of Gloucestershire in 2000 with an honors degree in Sport Science and Psychology. It was there that the interest in health and well-being grew, particularly from a holistic perspective. She went on to study at the Lansdowne College of Acupuncture in Dublin under Dr. Vincent Carroll where she was awarded her diploma in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

In 2007 Marianne completed advanced studies at the University of TCM in Beijing, China where she studied under many well respected doctors. She has since undertaken many postgraduate courses in Obstetrics, Fertility and Assisted Fertility.

The main area of specialisation for Marianne is women’s health, particularly fertility and pregnancy.  Marianne works with couples through all stages of the fertility journey, she creates a unique and holistic treatment plan that includes acupuncture, diet and lifestyle advice in order to conceive and hold baby to full term.  Marianne works with couples going through assisted fertility and is part of the Mind/Body Sims IVF programme in Clonskeagh. She also treats women through all trimesters of pregnancy supporting and preparing for a natural birth and giving advice on post-partum care.

Marianne is a qualified Reflexologist and Facial/Cosmetic Acupuncture practitioner she also teaches at undergraduate level with the Collage of Naturopathic Medicine.

Marianne is a member of both the Acupuncture and Reflexology governing bodies in Ireland, which entitles you to receive payments back from your health insurer of up to €40 per treatment.

Margaret Dunne

B.A., H. Dip., Dip. Counselling, M.I.A.C.P., M.I.F.C.A., M.C.O.S.R.T. Accredited Psychotherapist.

Margaret Dunne is a member of the Irish Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, a member of the Irish Fertility Counsellors Association and a member of the UK College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists.

I graduated as a teacher and taught for a number of years. I trained as a psychotherapist and qualified from Trinity College Dublin in 1997. I joined the counselling team in the H.A.R.I. Unit of the Rotunda Hospital specialising in Fertility Counselling. I subsequently worked in private practice and in the SIMS Fertility Clinic. More recently, I have also worked in the Psychosexual Unit of the National Maternity Hospital.

Over the years I have found myself particularly interested in working with clients who have received a serious medical diagnosis or who have a physical disability. In my work as a counsellor I have seen and helped clients deal with numerous disabilities and diagnoses including motor neuron, cancer, M.E. to name but a few.

I trained in Boston, U.S.A., under Dr. Alice Domar, Professor at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Mind/Body Health Centre so I combine relaxation strategies and mindfulness techniques with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. This combination has been clinically proven to treat anxiety and depression, prevent their relapse and raise self-confidence and self-esteem.

For the last two years I trained in London as a Psychosexual and Relationship Therapist because I saw first-hand the enormous impact a disability, injury or medical diagnosis has on my clients’ relationships with their partners, sexually and emotionally. Understandably, most people find this aspect of their lives very difficult to discuss. Having done specialised training, I help my clients to express, understand and move forward with this aspect of their lives in a warm, caring and non-judgemental environment.

Sarah Byrne


Sarah has been a valued member of  Sandycove Physiotherapy since 2011 and is one of the first people that our patients come into contact with, either on the phone, or at reception. With a combination of courtesy, empathy and enthusiasm, Sarah works hard to make everybody’s visit to our practice as pleasant and efficient as possible. She is heavily involved in the day to day running of the practice and provides an invaluable supportive role to the physiotherapists . An enthusiastic sportswoman herself she participates in sailing, tennis and regular gym sessions.



The body wants to repair itself; that’s what it was designed to do.  Physiotherapy treatment merely aims to provide an optimum environment for it to achieve this goal.

Just as every human body is different, so is the treatment plan.  But if there is one thing we all have in common, it is our bodies’ innate ability of self-healing.  With the appropriate support and intervention to the specific cause of dysfunction unique to the individual, the potential of recovery and function is almost unlimited.

Dry Needling

Dry needling is an invasive procedure whereby a solid filament needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point.

 Myofascial trigger points may consist of multiple contraction knots which are thought to be due to an excessive release of acetylcholine from select end plates.

Radial Shockwave Therapy

Sandycove Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic would like to introduce our latest device in accelerating patient care and recovery, through radial shockwave therapy.

Vestibular Rehabilitation

Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) has been demonstrated to be a highly effective treatment modality for most individuals with vestibular or central balance system disorders. VRT is a specific form of physio designed to improve balance, minimize falls and decrease dizziness by restoring vestibular function and promoting mechanisms of central adaptation and compensation.

Neurological Rehabilitation

If you have been recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s, MS, Ataxia, Cerebral degeneration, or poor balance, we can help.


At Sandycove Physiotherapy Clinic, we offer specialist paediatric physiotherapy treatment for conditions such as Torticollis, Plagiocephally, Talipes, and for babies suffering with Mildly Delayed Motor Development.


Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and improve energy circulation.

Exercise Classes

Here at Sandycove Physiotherapy Clinic we offer a range of classes to suit your needs. These include:

Psychotherapy and Counselling

Margaret Dunne  B.A., H. Dip., Dip. Counselling, M.I.A.C.P., M.I.F.C.A., M.C.O.S.R.T.