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!
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 and two children. She enjoys running, swimming, reformer Pilates and most of all, spending time with the kids.
BSc. (Hons), MSc., MISCP
Deborah, our resident Physio and Sports Rehabilitator, is a native of Mitchelstown, Co. Cork.
She qualified in 2009 with a BSc Honours degree in Sports & Exercise Rehabilitation. 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.
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, having previously played both ladies football and camogie with her local club. In the last number of years, Deborah has taken to running and has now completed over 10 half marathons as well as 3 full marathons to day. She also had the fortune of competing internationally in gymnastics as a member of the Irish Youth Gymnastics team.
She 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.
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.
BSc. (Hons), MSc., MISCP
Aisling qualified with a BSc Honours degree in Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy in 2017 from the Institute of Technology Carlow, where she developed a variety of diagnostic skills and treatment techniques to help manage a wide range of complaints. She has also completed a two-year Master’s degree in Physiotherapy allowing her to practice in a wider range of areas including Oncology, Parkinson’s Disease and Paediatrics.
She has a huge interest in the management of musculoskeletal and sports injuries and strongly believes in the exercise rehabilitation approach to patient care. She uses a mixture of hands-on treatment techniques alongside patient education and self-management to treat her patients.
Aisling has extensive experience working in sports injuries and has worked with a variety of teams at both club and county level. She has also worked in University College Cork with the Fitzgibbon, Sigerson, O’ Connor Cup and fresher teams. However, as she will say herself nothing beats working with her local GAA club Kilworth over the years!
Aisling also aims to keep herself active, in the past she was a dancer with the Montfort College of Performing Arts. Now she enjoys keeping fit by using the gym and going running. Growing up she had a keen interest in Pilates and has since completed her own Pilates training allowing her to use it to treat her patients and to offer Pilates classes of her own.
BSc. (Hons), MISCP
David qualified with a BSc Honours in physiotherapy in 2019 from the University of Brighton in the United Kingdom. Placements during his studies brought him to working and developing in a variety of different physiotherapy settings, from acute paediatrics, respiratory/ITU, neurological rehabilitation and Musculoskeletal outpatients. Since concluding his studies, David continued his interest musculoskeletal physiotherapy by taking up a musculoskeletal physiotherapist role with the UK’s National Health Service under Gloucestershire Health and Care Foundation trust.
Within this role, he developed a wide range of experiences working with a varied caseload that comprised of acute to chronic sports-related and post-operative conditions. Here, a patient-centred holistic approach was taken to assessment and treatment with a combination of tailored exercise rehabilitation, patient education and manual therapy utilized to achieve patient’s goals.
In addition to this, the global pandemic this year meant a three-month physiotherapy redeployment for David, working in an inpatient Covid ward delivering rehabilitation and helping patients recover back to functional levels post-illness.
Prior to physiotherapy, David has always had a deep interest in health and wellness, graduating with a BSc Honours in Health and Leisure with Sports Development at Institute of Technology Tralee which led to working in the health, wellness and fitness sector for a number of years.
Outside of work, David has a deep interest in all sports and outdoor pursuits. GAA has played a big part of his life, playing hurling and football with his local club since a young age, as well as coaching the game from nursery to adult level.