We are always happy to welcome people of all generations to our clinic in Cork City. We do our best to inspire people to make positive changes to their health and lifestyle. Our highly qualified and experienced practitioners use world-leading techniques (including the best of chiropractic and physiotherapy) to ensure the swift and effective resolution of both acute and chronic conditions.
All members of the team will take the time to listen to you and offer affordable and practical solutions to your problems. Please contact us today should you have any questions!
Dr Nichola Dunne
BSc. Hons, MSc. (Rehab), D.C, MCAI
Clinic Director and Chiropractor
Nichola is the director and principal Chiropractor at Douglas Chiropractic & Physiotherapy Clinic.
Although born and raised in Kilkenny, she travelled to the UK to complete her BSc. (Hons) Chiropractic degree at the University of Glamorgan in 2001. Nichola went on to become the only chiropractor in Ireland with two distinct chiropractic degrees by completing a separate MSc. Advanced Chiropractic Musculo-skeletal Reahabilitation Practice degree in 2009 at the University of Bournemouth.
Nichola has fully qualified in many additional techniques that she uses as part of her chiropractic practice, including dry needling, low-level laser therapy, Pilates and kinesiotaping.
Her chiropractic treatment goal is not only to treat and relieve pain, but to prevent long-term recurrence through specific exercise prescription and rehabilitation, preventing treatment dependence and promoting an improved quality of life.
Nichola established her chiropractic clinic in 2001 and expanded the clinic to include physiotherapy services in 2009. She developed the first combined chiropractic and physiotherapy clinic in the county, still the only combined clinic in Munster.
She is a fully accredited member of the Chiropractic Association of Ireland, Association of European Chiropractors and a member of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.
Dr Yvonne Gallagher
MSc. Chiropractic, D.C, MCAI
Originally from Co. Sligo, Yvonne was always involved in sports from a young age and was accustomed to seeing physiotherapists for sports injuries.
It was here she developed an interest in physiotherapy and sports injuries.
In 2003, Yvonne attended Carlow Institute of Technology to begin studies in Sports and Exercise Rehabilitation.
It was during her time in Carlow that Yvonne attended a Chiropractor for treatment for headaches and chronic neck pain.
After several treatments her headaches were improving significantly and Yvonne decided to pursue a career in Chiropractic. Yvonne qualified from the University of Glamorgan with a Masters in Chiropractic in 2010.
Since this time, Yvonne has continued to expand on her chiropractic skills by completing post graduate courses in Paediatrics, Dry Needling, Kinesiotaping, Active Release Techniques and Orthotics prescription.
She treats a wide variety of the population from the elderly to children, from Athletes to the sedentary adult and all in between. She has gained a wealth of experience from working in busy clinics in Scotland and Ireland.
Yvonne believes in not only treating and relieving pain but preventing long term recurrence through specific exercise prescription and rehabilitation, thereby promoting a healthy and active lifestyle and improved quality of life.
Dr Gabriela Petersen
D.C., Chiropractor, M.Tech: Chiropractic
Gabriela Petersen is a passionate chiropractor who has relocated from South Africa to join the Douglas Chiropractic and Physiotherapy family. She has an M.Tech Degree in Chiropractic and graduated from the accredited Durban University of Technology.
In addition to manual therapy, she has received undergraduate training in dry needling, myofascial therapy, acupuncture and rehabilitation. Gabriela has experience in treating patients of various ages and occupations and adapts readily to the needs of each patient. She is warm, friendly and committed to the care of her patients.
Her chiropractic journey began with her initial interest in studying General medicine. However, after a visit to her local chiropractor and understanding how chiropractic works she decided she could impart beneficial change using chiropractic techniques. And thus began her journey of chiropractic medicine. Gabriela believes that chiropractic is an essential tool in promoting good spinal and musculoskeletal health. She believes in actively involving each patient in their own recovery and working together toward a healthier, happier and pain-free self.
Gabriela is deeply passionate about chiropractic and uses the biomechanical knowledge she has gained through study and experience to focus her treatments about the causative mechanism of a condition, rather than simply pacifying the symptoms of it.
BSc. (Hons) Sports & Exercise Rehabilitation, MSc. Physiotherapy, MISCP
Deborah, our resident Physiotherapist & Sports Rehabilitator, is a native of Mitchelstown, Co. Cork. Deborah qualified in 2009 with a BSc Honours degree in Sports & Exercise Rehabilitation having previously studied Physiology & Health Science. As part of this degree, Deborah undertook four months of work experience in Philadelphia, where she worked with a variety of elite university athletes and as a result has gained extensive experience in diagnosing, treating and managing a wide range of complaints.
Upon her return from the US, Deborah continued to work with a variety of GAA teams as well as a number of non-sporting patients in her area.
Before coming to work in Cork she completed a two years Masters Degree in Physiotherapy and is now a registered member of The Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.
The Masters enabled Deborah to gain a wider understanding of the complaints within the general population ranging from children to the elderly.
Deborah herself has a keen interest in sports, playing both ladies football and camogie with her local club. In the last number of years, Deborah has taken to running and has now completed a number of half marathons as well as completing her first full marathon in May 2014. She also had the fortune of competing internationally in gymnastics as a member of the Irish Youth Gymnastics team. Deborah has strong beliefs in patient education and uses a mixture of hands-on and self- management approaches to care. She has a passion for rehabilitation and is very pro-active in her approach to injury rehabilitation and prevention.
She uses a combination of manual techniques, pilates, neural mobilisation, deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy to treat a wide variety of complaints.
Deborah is also certified in kinesiotaping for acute swelling and injury management and sports specific enhancement. The kinesiotaping method is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while allowing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion.
Deborah has also trained with the APPI for physio pilates which is used widely here at the clinic to rehabilitate young and old following back injury. Deborah also runs classes from the clinic on a number of days.
BSc. (Hons) Physiotherapy, MISCP
Denise graduated from the University of Limerick in 2011 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy. She is a registered member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.
In 2012, Denise began working in an acute hospital in Singapore. During her 2 years here, she worked in the hospital setting, 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, repetitive strain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, plantar fasciitis, post-operative rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation, neurological disorders, and chronic pain. It was here that her interest in Pilates and rehabilitation really sparked.
Since her return to Ireland in 2014, Denise has worked within the HSE with both adults and paediatrics presenting with a variety of musculoskeletal, orthopaedic and neurological injuries. She has also continued to work within a private practice setting and teaching Pilates for beginner and intermediate clients. Denise has also worked as a community physiotherapist with Multiple Sclerosis Ireland, designing and instructing individual and group exercise and hydrotherapy classes, as well as working closely with her local GAA and rugby team.
Denise herself has a strong sporting interest, where she continues to play ladies football with her local club, and continues to complete regular 10km and 21km road races. In 2014, she completed her first full marathon. Denise has strong beliefs in patient education and uses a mixture of hands-on and self- management approaches to care.
Denise is fully committed to providing the most advanced and up to date patient centred care for her clients. She uses a combination of manual techniques, pilates, neural mobilisation, deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy to treat a wide variety of complaints. She is keen to keep up-skilling and to continue her professional development. Denise is a qualified APPI Pilates instructor and has experience in running classes for clients with low back pain, SIJ dysfunction and core instability. She has also conducted pre and post-natal pilates classes. She has a keen interest in playing sports - running, gym and playing camogie for Naas GAA club.
BSc. (Hons) Occupational Therapy, AOTI
Alice is a Senior Occupational Therapist originally from Co. Cork. Following 4 years of studying in Aberdeen, Alice graduated from Robert Gordon University with an Honours BSc Degree in Occupational Therapy. It wasn’t until her final year placement that Alice got the opportunity to work in a specialised Paediatric Clinic in Cork and this is where she developed her strong passion for working with children and their families.
Following graduation, Alice continued to work in this clinic. Throughout her time here, Alice worked with children with a wide range of developmental, co-ordination & sensory difficulties and also those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Subsequent to her time here, Alice decided to move back to the UK to further develop her own skills and knowledge into different paediatric conditions and treatment approaches used. She joined an NHS Community Team in a suburb of Birmingham. Her work here involved children and families from various cultural and social backgrounds which highlighted the importance of a holistic approach during the crucial development years. Here, Alice treated children with a range of physical, developmental & sensory difficulties but also had exposure to genetic and neurological conditions. By using a person-centred approach, Alice uses the child’s interests where possible through the assessment and treatment process while liaising with other professionals to ensure the child gets the support they need.
As Alice’s passion for developing paediatric services grew, her next move was to one of the UK’s leading provider of Education & Care for Children with Social, Emotional, Mental Health, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Complex Learning Needs. Having the unique opportunity to provide Occupational Therapy within an educational background allowed Alice to work with teachers to understand how best to adapt the environment to ensure progress for children with various difficulties. Her time in the school saw Alice working with children and adolescents with multiple difficulties with the main focus of therapy being on developing independence skills.
Throughout her career, Alice believes that the support systems around the child are crucial for their development and that is why she has delivered group parent workshops, 1:1 consultation with parents at the National Autism Show and workshops for the child’s siblings and has also training for schools and other healthcare professionals. Alice has also taken an active role in working alongside schools to develop sensory rooms and gardens to best support the child’s needs.
Alice continues to develop professionally and has completed further training in mental health for adolescents, handwriting interventions and further study in Sensory Integration provided by the University of Ulster.
Alice is a member of the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland (AOTI).