Meet the Team

We are happy to welcome people of all ages to our clinic in Cork City. Our highly-qualified Chiropractors and Physiotherapists use a vast range of techniques 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!

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Dr Nichola Dunne

Chiropractor and Director

BSc. (Hons), MSc., D.C, MCAI

Nichola is the principal Chiropractor and director at the 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.

She went on to become the only chiropractor in Ireland with two distinct chiropractic degrees by completing a separate MSc. Adv. Chiropractic Musculoskeletal Rehab Practice degree in 2009 at the University of Bournemouth. Nichola has fully qualified in many additional techniques that she uses as part of her chiro practice, including orthotic prescription, dry needling, low-level laser therapy, reformer and mat-based pilates and Kinesio taping.

She has a keen interest and vast experience in treating pregnant women and also has a large paediatric practice. 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 country, 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.  She is also proud to be part of the Wellness Champions – a group of healthcare professionals worldwide that are dedicated to teaching wellness in the workplace.

Nichola lives in Douglas with her husband Glenn and two children. She enjoys running, swimming, reformer Pilates and most of all, spending time with the kids.

Dr Maurine Brosset


BSc. (Hons), MSc., D.C, MCAI

After 6 years of full-time training, Maurine qualified as a Doctor of Chiropractic and started practising in Toulouse, France.

Following that first experience, driven by passion, she decided to shake out of her comfort zone and travel around the world for two long years in search of new techniques, sharing her ideas with other health professionals to broaden her vision and improve her knowledge.

Maurine continues to train herself through post-graduate seminars, conferences and interdisciplinary exchanges to keep her knowledge and techniques up-to-date.


Louise Whitely


BSc. (Hons), MISCP

Louise qualified with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Physiotherapy from University College Dublin and has full membership of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. Since qualification, she has worked in Private Practice and primary care in both Kilkenny, Waterford and Cork gaining extensive experience in the management of musculoskeletal disorders and sports injuries rehabilitation.

She has maintained a strong commitment to continuing professional development and has undertaken further study in peripheral and spinal musculoskeletal conditions.

She has also gained certification in trigger point dry needling, dynamic taping and the prescription of orthotic devices. She has completed pitch-side sports injury intervention and first aid courses and has worked with sports teams at both club and national level.

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Alex Diaferia


BSc. (Hons), MISCP

Alex is an experienced Chartered Physiotherapist. He qualified in Italy at Universitá dell’Aquila. He is a member of ISCP (Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists).

Alex has trained in several hospitals and clinics gaining a wide range of experience in the treatment of different conditions. Following his move to Ireland, he worked in Dublin for a number of years before moving to Cork in 2021.

Alex is continuously upskilling and enjoys learning about new techniques in the field allowing him to treat a wide variety of conditions. Alex’s approach is meticulous and accurate ensuring a full understanding of the condition in order to provide the correct treatment for each specific case. During his free time, Alex is very active, plays different sports and has a passion for cooking.

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Jess Horgan

Physiotherapist - Pilates Instructor

BSc. (Hons), MSc., MISCP

Jess is a qualified physiotherapist specialising in Pilates, with a strong foundation in many areas of health and wellness.

Having had sport play a large role in her life growing up, Jess began her career path with studying for a BSc. (Hons) in Nutritional Science in University College Cork, while also gaining a qualification in exercise, health studies and personal training.

Her passion for exercise and rehabilitation led her to specialise in Pilates early on, beginning with mat Pilates in 2015. This soon expanded into further Pilates certifications and her passion for reformer Pilates was born.

Jess has been teaching mat and reformer Pilates to all ages and fitness levels in both rehabilitative and fitness settings for more than six years. She is also qualified and experienced in teaching barre and antenatal Pilates. With her passion for Pilates continuing to grow, she returned to University College Cork in 2018 and qualified with a Master’s in Physiotherapy.

Her background in both Pilates and private practice allows her to give a high level of care to every patient and sharing her passion for Pilates within each session.