Deirdre graduated from the University of the West of England in 1998 with an Honours Degree in Physiotherapy. In 2002 Deirdre completed a Masters Degree in Sports Medicine from Dublin University, Trinity College. While in Trinity College, she undertook a body of research into Bone Mineral Density in female dancers in Ireland.
In 2004, Deirdre completed a Certificate in Orthopedic Manual Therapy at Curtin University in Perth, Australia . She completed her year in Australia by working in two private practices in Sydney. The first practice was dedicated to the treatment of dancers and their injuries, where she worked with Lisa Howell, amongst others. It also had a large fully equipped Pilates studio used in the rehabilitation of clients. It was here that Deirdre’s interest in Pilates for rehabilitation was born.
In 2006 she opened Brookwood Physiotherapy & Pilates Clinic. She trained as a STOTT PILATES instructor to advanced level in mat work in 2006 and has completed the Rehab Reformer instructor training with STOTT PILATES in 2010. In 2017, Deirdre completed her STOTT PILATES Intensive Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Ladder Barrel training. (www.merrithew.com) Deirdre currently teaches group matwork Pilates classes and equipment based workouts on a 1-2-1 basis.
In October 2011, Deirdre commenced working with Birmingham Royal Ballet as Company Physiotherapist, with whom she toured extensively both nationally in the UK and internationally. Her role with the company involved assessing, diagnosing and treating acute and chronic injuries for the 60 Birmingham Royal Ballet dancers, the ballet staff, the administrative staff and the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. www.brb.org.uk
Since returning to Dublin in 2013, Deirdre has been working with Ballet Ireland, The National Ballet Company of Ireland on a sessional basis as Company Physiotherapist. www.balletireland.ie
She is a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapy (www.iscp.ie), The International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (www.iadms.org) and The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (www.csp.org.uk).
Dave graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2015, with an Honours degree in Physiotherapy.
He began his physiotherapy career in professional sport with Leinster Rugby in May 2015. This role involved assessing, treating and rehabilitating elite rugby players. While at Leinster, Dave also conducted a research MSc (in conjunction with Trinity College Dublin), exploring clinical assessment of hip flexion strength in professional rugby union players.
After two years with Leinster Rugby, Dave became the lead physiotherapist for the Eastern region of the Defence Forces of Ireland. This role involved rehabilitation of army personnel including pilots, soldiers returning from overseas, member of the elite Army Ranger Wing, and Navy personnel.
He earned a five- year academic scholarship in Trinity College in 2013, based on a special topic of ‘Lower Limb Tendinopathy’. Dave was the lead researcher and co-author of a recent publication (August 2017) in the European Journal of Physiotherapy, that explored the self-management needs of Children in Ireland with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.
Prior to his physiotherapy career, Dave worked in finance for 11 years. Having a strong sporting background in soccer, GAA, running and triathlons, he always wished to pursue a career in physiotherapy. Dave changed career in 2011, returning to study as a mature student and has never looked back.
Dave brings a wealth of experience to the clinic, through his background in professional sport and high performance with Leinster Rugby and the Defence Forces.
Dave is a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapist and is CORU registered.