Our Team

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David O’Connell MISCP, MSc Physiotherapy, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

Graduated from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. Has worked in several private practice clinics in both Ireland and the U.K. Has a wide range of experience working with a number of sports and governing bodies at elite level including the FAI, Tennis Ireland, Federation Cup, Dublin Hurling, Killester Basketball and Division 1 Scottish Rugby. He is currently Head Physiotherapist for the Dublin Institute of Technology Elite Sports Scholarship Athlete Program. Additional post-graduate training includes Dry Needling Techniques, Spinal Manipulation, Functional Movement Screening, Kinesio Taping and Advanced Emergency On Field Care. David played professional tennis, representing Ireland in the Davis Cup. One of his main areas of clinical interest is exercise rehabilitation and he is a member of both the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the Chartered Physiotherapists in Sport and Exercise Medicine.

Aifric Morrisey Physiotherapist

Aifric Morrissey MISCP, BSc (Physio), Dip Safety and Welfare at Work (Physio)

Graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1989 and has been in private practice since 1992. Has worked with the Athletics Association of Ireland since 1993 travelling with squads to senior and junior major international championships and was an Olympic Council physiotherapist at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000. Is keenly involved with the development of the profession and was Chairperson of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists from 2000-2002. Has completed the two year Diploma in Safety Health and Welfare at Work in 1995 and has since kept an involvement in occupational injuries and rehabilitation.


Darragh Rowan MISCP, BSc Physiotherapy, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

Darragh graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland having previously studied at Dublin City University where he completed a B.Sc. in Sports Science and Health. Darragh has a strong interest in sport having represented Ireland at international level as a junior tennis player and was awarded a scholarship to North Carolina State University. Darragh’s areas of interest include exercise rehabilitation and injury prevention and he is a qualified strength and conditioning specialist through the national strength and conditioning association. Darragh has worked with Tennis Ireland and Leinster Tennis since 2010 designing and implementing performance enhancement and injury prevention programmes for junior and professional senior athletes. Additional qualifications include Functional Movement Screen Certification, Active Release Therapy Lower Extremity as well as Athletes’ Performance Phase One Performance Mentorship.

Derek Ryan MISCP, MSc Physiotherapy, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

Derek qualified from Salford University in 2006. He has interests in Sports Specific Rehabilitation, Movement Dysfunction, Pre and Post-surgery Rehabilitation in addition to being a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. Derek is a former Professional Squash Player, having competed on the PSA World Tour for 12 years where he reached a high of No.7 in the World Rankings. Derek is the Lead Physiotherapist and Medical Co-ordinator for the Professional Squash Association. He has previously worked as Physiotherapist for the Dublin Senior Camogie Team and currently works with a variety of athletes from Golf, Tennis, Squash, Triathlon and GAA.

Donnchadh Walsh MISCP, BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy: Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland

Donnchadh graduated from RCSI in 2014. Since graduating he has been worked in both private practice and public settings with the HSE covering in-patient and out-patient services in both acute and community settings. Donnchadh is a former Kerry senior footballer (2007-2018); winner of three All Ireland medals and was decorated with an All-Star in 2015. Through his professional and sporting career, Donnchadh has always been a keen advocate for exercise and fitness, and the positive impact these have on general health. Through his involvement for over a decade with Kerry, he has been exposed to and educated himself on the huge impact of exercise rehabilitation and prehabilitation for athletes and he uses this experience when treating his clients. Donnchadh’s passion is in encouraging and facilitating return to, or commencement of, physical activity to all demographics, and particularly in those groups who encounter more barriers to exercising.


Anne Herlihy MISCP, MCSP. H.Dip Musculoskeletal Medicine

Graduated from University College Dublin in 1982. Over the next 15 years worked in various large general hospitals in Ireland and the U.K., including as a Senior Physiotherapist in Orthopaedic outpatients. Has worked in Private Practice for the past 12 years treating a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders including acute and chronic sports injuries and spinal dysfunctions. She has completed a varied number of post-graduate courses. In 2005 was awarded a Higher Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine (with distinction) and in 2006 achieved a certificate in Manual Therapy. She has recently undergone specific training in use of Dry Needling as a treatment technique for myofascial pain and dysfunction.

Andreea Cristina Hedes – Sports Massage Therapist & Pilates Instructor

Andreea Cristina Hedes is a professional sports massage therapist and a Pilates instructor. She trained in Dublin, successfully achieving Level 3 and Level 4 ITEC sports massage therapy certificates and Level 1 and 2 Pilates mat instructor certificates with Bodyfirm Pilates, Dublin. She works with a wide variety of clients, ranging from the elite level athlete to the everyday office worker and has gained extensive experience working in a number of gyms throughout Dublin.

Dr Juliet Bressan

Dr Juliet Bressan GP – President of Performing Arts Medicine Ireland

Dr Juliet Bressan is a GP and public health doctor and is the president of Performing Arts Medicine Ireland. She has a masters degree in epidemiology, a MSc in addiction studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, Kings College London and the University of Adelaide, and is trained with the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine at the Royal Society of Musicians at Kings College London as well as the The Institute of Music Physiology and Musicians’ Medicine at Hanover University of Music and Drama. Dr Bressan founded the Musicians Dystonia Clinic at St Vincents Hosiptal in Dublin before joining Portobello Physio as a medical consultant. She provides health assessments for professional musicians and music students on behalf of BAPAM and the charity Help Musicians, and is passionate about helping music students and professional musicians to avoid injuries, practice smart and train strategically to stay healthy and to stay on stage.