Our Team

Jo qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in the UK in 2000. She has worked extensively in the NHS as a Senior Physiotherapist as well as within the private sector in a specialist Sports Injury clinic.

From her experience in the NHS, Jo developed a particular interest in back and pelvic pain and is passionate about how these conditions can be assessed, managed and treated with evidence-based practice. Over the years, Jo’s area of specialist interest has extended to include the pregnant and post-natal population and Pelvic Health Physiotherapy. Jo is also fully qualified to teach Pilates and she uses her experience of Clinical Pilates, strength and conditioning training and Physiotherapy rehabilitation to help her clients achieve their individual goals and ambitions.

In 2007 Jo relocated to Cork and in 2009 established the ‘Pilates Physiotherapy Cork’ clinic.

Sinead qualified in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in 1995 with a BSc Hons in Physiotherapy. She spent 6 years gaining experience across the board in acute teaching hospitals and in private practice. During this time she also gained experience in elderly care in the US. In 2001 Sinead specialised in orthopaedic and musculoskeletal care, developing this interest in the public teaching hospital system until 2007.

After moving to Cork she has been working as an independent practitioner, based at Pilates Physiotherapy Cork since 2011. Sinead has further developed her interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy adding Pilates certification, dry needling, orthotic prescription and a TCD post grad Cert in Clinical exercise to her ongoing professional development portfolio.

Sinead is, in particular, interested in the health and wellbeing of older people. She provides a comprehensive musculoskeletal review of people who feel, regardless of their age, that their years or medical history may be catching up with them and slowing them down. The advice given based on this review can help reverse or mitigate some of the changes that ageing or illness may bring. As a follow up option she offers a clinical exercise class to help these individuals regain, maintain or improve their strength, balance, posture.

All assessment and advice or interventions are based on up to date research and ultimately aim to foster or maintain physical activity and function through life.

Claire graduated from the University of Ulster at Jordanstown in 2005 with a Masters in Physiotherapy. She first worked in the Bon Secours Cork completing rotations in Musculoskeletal, Respiratory / ICU, Neurology, Mobility and Orthopaedics. In 2006 Claire moved to the Cork Therapy Centre, where she gained experience in diagnosing, treating and managing a variety of conditions including sports injuries, respiratory conditions, post-operative rehabilitation and chronic pain. During this time she completed a course in myofascial pain and now treats myofascial trigger points on a daily basis using deep dry needling.

Claire has lectured Anatomy and Physiology, FETAC Level 6 and ITEC, to fitness instructors. She has also travelled countrywide lecturing in spinal anatomy and back care as part of Health and Safety instructors course.

Claire has had a number of All-Ireland 100m wins in her youth, and it was then that her interest in sports began. She has run middle distance with Leevale AC in recent years and whilst she is not competing at present, still runs and cycles on a regular basis. She was team physiotherapist to Highfield RFC Junior team 2009 – 2010.

Claire has a special interest in musculoskeletal and sports rehabilitation and has completed extensive post-graduate courses in musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

Seana Ryle is a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist specialising in both women’s and men’s health, treating conditions such as pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain, urinary incontinence and other related pelvic organ dysfunctions. She graduated from UCD with an honours Bachelor of Physiotherapy Degree in 1997.

She began working in Cork University Hospital in 1998, becoming Senior Physiotherapist in Women’s Health for St. Finbarr’s Maternity Hospital in 2001 and continuing with the role on the opening of Cork University Maternity Hospital and her own Women’s Health private practice.

She has completed extensive post graduate courses in women’s and men’s health and is a member of the Chartered Physiotherapists in Women’s Health and Continence group.

Katie first became interested in Pilates when training as a classical dancer in London. After sustaining an injury that prevented her from dancing Katie studied physiotherapy and graduated from University of East London in 2003 with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Physiotherapy. She is a registered member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.

She gained valuable experience working in the NHS in a large teaching hospital in London. She worked in a variety of settings including Respiratory Care/ICU, Orthopaedics, GP and Consultant Musculoskeletal Outpatients, Chronic Pain Management, Palliative Care, and Gerontology/Neurology. During this time she qualified as a Pilates instructor and taught Pilates classes privately as well as integrating it in her management of musculoskeletal patients.

After returning to Cork, Katie worked in the private sector in a specialist Sports Injury Clinic. Katie has a keen interest in sports, exercise and movement. In addition to her background in dance, she has competed in both Olympic and Sprint distance Triathlons and she continues to run, swim and cycle.

Eithne graduated from UCD in 2004 and has experience working as a physiotherapist in Scotland, Canada and India. She has been working in the Bon Secours hospital in Cork since 2009 as a senior musculoskeletal physiotherapist.

Eithne specialises in chronic pain with a particular interest in persistent spinal pain, fibromyalgia and women’s health. She is an APPI certified pilates teacher and 200 hour certified yoga teacher and enjoys incorporating these approaches into her treatments. She is passionate about retraining normal movement and challenging unhelpful beliefs that may driving the movement patterns. She’s really excited to be joining the team!

Síle graduated from Oxford Brookes University, UK in 2010 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy. She is a registered member of the Irish society of chartered physiotherapists.

Síle Initially worked in the area of elderly care rehabilitation following graduation but in 2013 moved to the area of paediatrics. Síle is currently a senior physiotherapist working with children and adults with physical and intellectual disability.

Síle Completed her Pilates training with the APPI in beginners, intermediate, advanced and ante/post natal Pilates. She joined Physio Pilates Cork in 2012 and has taught Pilates at all levels.

Síle has a keen interest in sport and fitness and is happiest in the great outdoors!

Aoife graduated from the University of Chester in 2016 with a PgDip in Nutrition and Dietetics, following her undergraduate degree in Nutritional Science at UCC. She is registered with CORU and the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (INDI).

After qualifying, Aoife worked in the UK across a number of specialities, including surgery, gastroenterology, neurology, orthopaedics, and cardiology. She returned to Cork in 2019 and now works in a hospital setting, as well as in private practice.

As a Registered Dietitian, Aoife provides evidence-based advice to clients for a range of conditions such as weight management, heart health, healthy eating, pre and postnatal nutriton, bone health and PCOS. She has a special interest in gut health and IBS, and has completed training in the management of IBS using the Low FODMAP Diet.

Ciara Walsh
Ciara graduated from the Northumbria University in 2010 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy. She is a registered member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.

In 2011, Ciara began working in the NHS in Manchester. For over 3 years she worked in a variety of settings, completing rotations in areas such as Neurology/Gerontology, Respiratory/ICU, Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal/ Outpatients. During this time, she acquired experience in diagnosing, treating and managing a variety of conditions such as sports injuries, whiplash, arthritis, post-operative rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation, neurological disorders, and chronic pain. During this time she became a fully qualified APPI instructor, teaching pilates privately and as part of her work day. She continued this when she worked in New Zealand for over a year.

Since her return to Ireland in 2016, Ciara has worked within the HSE with adults with a variety of long term conditions. She has helped set up and run falls prevention classes. She has recently started a part time Masters in Older Persons Rehabilitation in UCC.
Ciara herself has a strong sporting interest, where she continues to play ladies football with her local club. She has previously won five All Irelands with Cork Ladies Football.