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 and two children. She enjoys running, swimming, reformer Pilates and most of all, spending time with the kids.

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Dr Gabriela Petersen


M.Tech, D.C, MCAI

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 on the causative mechanism of a condition, rather than simply pacifying its symptoms.


Deborah O'Mahony


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.


Louise Whitely


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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Alex Diaferia


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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Jess Horgan


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.