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About us at DBC Naas Physiotherapy

Meet the Team

Mary O'Connor Owner/Medical Director
Chartered Physiotherapist
M. Med.Sc., M.C.S.P., M.I.S.C.P.

Mary O'Connor Mary is one of Ireland's most respected Chartered Physiotherapists, having held such prestigious posts as President of the Irish Sports Medicine Association and President of the Irish Society of Orthopaedic Medicine. Mary has a Masters in Sports Medicine and a Fellowship in Orthopaedic Medicine. Having established her Private Practice in Naas, Co. Kildare in 1990, Mary comes with a wide level of experience of all aspects of musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

She has recently become one of the first physiotherapists in Ireland to be awarded Level 111 accreditation of the CPSEM (sports physiotherapists in Ireland) which is a member of the International Federation of Sports Physiotherapists (IFSPT) whose accreditation system demonstrates the high professional standard of Sports Physiotherapy internationally.

In 2004 Mary moved to our current premises and expanded to include DBC Naas Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic. She continues her physiotherapy practice from the centre at Trident House, Dublin Road, Naas. The DBC Active Spine Care Programme at the clinic places a strong emphasis on the treatment of complex neck and back pain. With a strong emphasis also on the treatment of Sports Injuries the Clinic has an experienced team of sporting physiotherapists and state of the art rehabilitation equipment including an Alter G Anti Gravity treadmill and Shockwave therapy. This along with the fully equipped rehabilitation gym allows for the comprehensive assessment and rehabilitation of Sports Injuries.

In the past, Mary has lectured on the Orthopaedic Medicine post-graduate courses at UCD, the Royal College of Surgeons and NUIG. She also published an article on management of elbow conditions in the Irish Medical Times and CPPP booklet for GP Practices.

A Tipperary native, Mary has worked extensively within GAA and soccer with many of Ireland's leading clubs and teams. She has previously held the position of club physiotherapist at Shamrock Rovers & Shelbourne FC. Mary has also been a physiotherapist with Irish Olympic and World Championship Teams in rowing, athletics and swimming. She has been a member of the advisory board to the Irish Institute of Sport and the National Coaching & Training Centre Sports Science and Medical Support committee.

Anthony Raleigh - Lead Physiotherapist
Chartered Physiotherapist
B.Sc. Health Science & Physiology, B.Sc. Physiotherapy, M.Med. Sc., M.I.S.C.P.

Anthony Raleigh Anthony is presently the lead Physiotherapist at DBC Naas. He joined the clinic in September 2013. He attended I.T. Sligo where he graduated with a B.Sc. in Health Science and Physiology and went onto to complete his B.Sc. Physiotherapy in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Anthony also holds  a MMedSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine through University College Cork (UCC).  Anthony has also completed courses in pitchside emergency care and recently completed the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine SPORTS Immediate Care Course.

Anthony’s sporting interests including martial arts, rugby and GAA. He has worked with several different clubs in counties Clare, Cork, Sligo and Dublin. Anthony has represented Ireland internationally in Karate and played underage football for Clare. Anthony also enjoys coaching Karate and weightlifting.

His primary interests include sports injuries, orthopaedic medicine and exercise based rehabilitation.

Breda Walsh
Chartered Physiotherapist
B.Sc Physiotherapy M.I.S.C.P. B.Sc General Nursing

Breda Walsh joined the clinic in January 2015 after spending time working in both the public and private physiotherapy systems in Ireland and the UK.

Breda has almost 10 years experience as a physiotherapist since graduating from the University of Hertfordshire in 2009  with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy.  She then worked  in Wexham Park Hospital in London where she gained a wide level of experience in Orthopaedics, Intensive Care, Neurology and Respiratory conditions.

Since returning to Ireland  she has worked in private practice in Kilkenny and treated a range of conditions including Sports Injuries,  Musculoskeletal pain conditions and paediatrics.  She has worked with a number of different sports teams including the Kilkenny minor and u21 hurlers and the Ballyhale Shamrocks hurling club from where she a native. 

In recent years, Breda has developed a special interest in women's health physiotherapy and has completed a number of post graduate courses in this area.  She is passionate about the treatment of bladder and bowel issues, pregnancy and post natal pelvic pain.  She is the mother of two young children so she understands the physical challenges placed on the body during pregnancy and beyond.

As well as 1:1 sessions to address pelvic health issues, Breda is a certified instructor in APPI  Pilates and runs pilates classes to promote pelvic and bone heath and general welbeing.  Classes take place in the Vista clinic and range from beginner level to advanced.  She is also qualified in Acupuncture, Dry Needling and Taping.   

Breda is happy to do domiciliary visits for a wide range of problems including MS and falls prevention.

Colin Clarke
Chartered Physiotherapist
B.Sc. Physiotherapy, Pg Dip Musculoskeletal Medicine., M.I.S.C.P.

Colin joined the clinic in September 2017 after spending four years working as a physiotherapist in the UK in both the NHS and in private practice. Colin Graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2014 and is currently studying towards a Masters in Musculoskeletal Medicine with the Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine (SOMM).
His primary interests include orthopaedic medicine, biomechanics, sports injuries, exercise prescription & rehabilitation. He has also completed courses in dry needling, kinesio sports taping , Alter-G anti gravity technology & pitchside emergency care.
Colin has a wide ranging interest in sporting activities and has worked professionally with various rugby, football clubs & gymnastic clubs.  

Clare Heary
Chartered Physiotherapist
B.Sc. Physiotherapy, B.A, M.I.S.C.P.

Clare graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BA and went on to complete her Physiotherapy degree with honours from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2011.
Since graduating Clare has gained experience in private practice, orthopaedics, neurology, respiratory and gerontology.
Clare is also qualified in dry needling, kinesiotaping, women’s health and completed the falls and Parkinsons disease module of the MSc in Gerontology in UCC. Clare has successfully set up a falls prevention programme to achieve JCI accreditation.
Clare’s sporting interests include hockey and equestrian sports which she competed in from a young age, she has also worked with various local sporting clubs.

Marian Delaney
Manager Clinic Operations

Marian Delaney Marian comes to us from a strong financial and project management background. She worked at management level at Bank Of Ireland Global Market Operations for many years. More recently Marian has successfully managed smaller projects locally. She joined us in 2011 to support practice operations.

“My aim is to ensure that the clinic is running in such a way to support the highest standards of treatment for each patient in a cost effective way to facilitate optimum outcomes.”

Marian will be on the phone, at the desk and online to make your experience at DBC Naas run as smoothly as possible.

If you wish to contact Marian please call 045 874133 or email her on physiosportdbc@gmail.com