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PhysioWorksNI

Physio Team

Debbie Matchett MCSP BCPA

Debbie Matchett MCSP BCPA

Director of Physiotheraphy and Pilates
Chartered Physiotherapist and Body Control Pilates Instructor
Specialising in: Sports Injuries and rehabilitation, Pilates and Myofascial Release

Debbie has more than 25 years experience at the highest level in Physiotherapy and more than 11 years as a Body Control Pilates Instructor. She opened PhysioWorksNI in 2002, since then the clinic has continued to grow in size and reputation with Debbie now being the proud leader of an excellent team of Physiotherapists, Pilates Instructors, Massage Therapists, a Podiatrist and a Practice Manager.

Qualified from UUJ in 1989 with a degree in Physiotherapy. Following this she worked within the NHS for 7 years and in a local Sports Injury Clinic for a further 4 years. Debbie's career has also involved acting as physio for various rugby teams including the Irish Under 21's along with the Ireland A and Ulster Senior rugby teams. Debbie is a keen runner and a member of Ballydrain Harriers Running Club and is passionate about health and fitness.

David Bell MCSP

Chartered Physiotherapist
Specialising in: Back/neck pain, Sports Injuries & Rehabilitation, Acupuncture.

David qualified in 2012 from University of Ulster with a degree in Physiotherapy, having already received a Higher Certificate in Sport and Exercise Physiology and a BTEC Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science. He has extensive sports experience, in particular football. As a teenager he left home in Ireland for six years to train as a professional footballer with Newcastle United. He also played football for the Republic of Ireland U21 team and Gaelic football at County level, gaining 3 all-Ireland medals. He has also played semi-professional football for Carrick Rangers and acted as a sports physio for Carrick Rangers, Crusaders FC, cyling teams and running clubs and has volunteered at events such as the London & Belfast marathons. In his time off David likes to travel.

David Bell MCSP
SINEAD BOYLE MCSP

SINEAD BOYLE MCSP

Chartered Physiotherapist and APPI Pilates Instructor

Specialising in Sports Injuries & Rehabilitation, Women's Health and Acupuncture

Sinead graduated in 2013 from the MSc Physiotherapy programme in Manchester. She is also an experienced Pilates Instructor.

She has worked in a variety of settings including completing rotations in different areas within the NHS, private musculo-skeletal (MSK) clinincs, business occupational health setting and with GAA teams at club and inter-county level. Sinead continues to develop her Physiotherapy skills attending Kinesio taping, manual therapy, womens health and acupuncture courses. She most recently was awarded an International PINC Cancer Rehabilitation start up scholarship which originates from New Zealand that is dedicated to offering rehabilitation to women diagnosedwith cancer to improve their strength, quality of life and sense of wellbeing. 

In her spare time Sinead enjoys playing squash, running and camogie with which she has 2 All-Ireland club medals.

Alan Thomson MCSP

Chartered Physiotherapist
Specialising in: Back/Neck Pain, Sports Injuries & Rehabilitation, Acupuncture and Kinesiology Taping

Alan qualified as a physiotherapist in 2005 from Leeds Metropolitan University with First class honours, having previously gained a degree in Sport and Exercise Science. He has since worked in both NHS and private practice, gaining a wide experience of musculoskeletal problems. He has also worked with the Sports Institute Northern Ireland. Alan has a keen interest in sport and works as lead Physiotherapist for Methodist College Rugby and recently for Northern Ireland Netball U17 during the 2010 European Championships. He has also worked with other sports including Hockey, GAA and tennis.

Alan Thomson MCSP
JO-ANN POWELL MCSP

JO-ANN POWELL MCSP

Chartered Physiotherapist

Specialising in: Back/Neck Pain, Sports Injuries & Rehabiltation, Acupuncture.

Admin Team

CAROLYN McILHAGGA

CAROLYN McILHAGGA

Practice Manager

Carolyn joined the PhysioworksNI team in June 2012. Carolyn is involved in all Administration aspects of the business while ensuring the smooth running of the practice. She works on managing the website and is also the Primary Pilates Coordinator for Fit Pilates.

Carolyn's work was recognised by the Castlereagh Business Awards, where she was a 2014 finalist for Employee of the Year. 

SHARON HOWES

Reception


Sharon joined the PhysioworksNI team in June 2012. She provides a friendly welcome in reception, deal with phone calls, books appointments and takes payments. She also look after our social media site and fulfils many other tasks to maintain the smooth running of the practice. Sharon is also known for her extensive knowledge and support of Ulster Rugby!

 

 

 

 

SHARON HOWES
ANNA McBURNEY

ANNA McBURNEY

Reception

Anna joined our team in August 2015. Anna is our evening Receptionist and provides a friendly welcome in reception, deals with phone calls, books appointments and takes payments. Outside PhysioWorksNI Anna is a student nurse, in her second year studying at Queens University,Belfast. Anna is also a very keen swimmer, having competed to a very high level during her teenage years. She is a qualified Swimming Instructor and teaches group/private lessons along with working at the Practice and her studies.. 

 

Chiropody/Podiatry

DR ELAINE HOEY PHD, BSC (HONS), MCHS

DR ELAINE HOEY PHD, BSC (HONS), MCHS

Elaine qualified with a BSc in Podiatry in 2007 from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, having previously gained a PhD in scientific research. She then worked at a leading sports injury clinic in Scotland where clients included the Scottish and Edinburgh Rugby teams, Premiership footballers and Commonwealth Games athletes. She also worked with the Scottish Institute for Sport - Awards include the Edinburgh & Lothians Branch Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists Prize for Biomechanics & Gait Anaysis. Elaine specialises in Gait Analysis and the Skeletal Balance System; bringing to NI for the first time a revolutionary orthotic (prescription insole) that flexes and moves dynamically with your feet allowing a more natural gait. She also has extensive experience of working with a range of lower limb musculoskeletal conditions. Elaine is registered with the major Insurance Companies.

Pilates Team

DEBBIE MATCHETT, MCSP, BCPA

DEBBIE MATCHETT, MCSP, BCPA

Debbie has been qualified as a Body Control Pilates Instructor since 2002 and is experienced at all levels of Pilates instruction, 1-2-1 instruction and trainee pilates instructor's tuition. She runs 16 pilates classes per week, for beginner right up to advanced, from Physioworks' dedicated studio. Debbie has found Pilates very effective for the treatment of back pain and for preventing recurrent sports injuries.

"I'm a reasonably fit 53 year old woman and have been going to Debbie's Pilates class regularly for over 2 years. The classes have improved my body posture and increased my flexibility greatly. They've also helped to prevent aches and pains from old sport injuries. I've even managed to persuade my husband to join the men only class to help his back problem. Not an easy task, but after 2 months he won't give up his Pilates class for anything! I attend the classes, not only for the health benefits, but for the "craic" with the other girls. It provides a very friendly, relaxed and uncompetitive atmosphere."

Susan

EMILY WATERS

Polestar Pilates Studio and Matwork Instructor. Polestar Pilates Intructor for Northern Ireland. Specialising in: Sports injury, sport specific performance, fitness, rehabilitation, back pain, ante and post natal.

Emily is a Pilates Instructor with well over 14 years of experience in wellness. Emily began her career in the UK in 2003 qualifying as a Pilates Matwork instructor firstly teaching all levels of Pilates Matwork classes before achieving the international accreditation she holds today with the Pilates world. Holding qualifications and extensive experience in both the United Kingdom and Sydney, Australia where Emily continued her education to become a Studio Instructor using reformer, trapeze table and all Pilates machines and equipment. Emily owned and ran her own studio in Sydney and trained other instructors.

Emily more recently lived in the British Virgin Islands where she proudly introduced Pilates as a form of fitness and rehabilitation. Emily has always worked closely alongside physiotherapists and other health practitioners to combine her knowledgeable approach to injuries and chronic pain as well as general fitness and elite performance for professional sports athletes. Emily has now settled in Northern Ireland and continues to develop her passion for Pilates and her love of the water as she is a keen paddle boarder and surfer.

EMILY WATERS
SINEAD BOYLE MCSP

SINEAD BOYLE MCSP

Sinead is an experienced Pilates Instructor after training under the Austrailian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) programme, taking a range of classes from beginners, intermediate and specialist ante natal Pilates classes.

Sinead is also a Physiotherapist here at PhysioWorksNI. 

JAYNE MCILVEEN

Jayne has just returned to Northern Ireland after working in Dubai and Saudi Arabia as a Stott Advanced Pilates Instructor, Pre and post Natal specialist,  Personal Trainer and Sports Massage Therapist. Jayne's backround is as a professional dancer before moving into health and wellbeing practices. She has a degree in Dance and Movement studies as well as BTh Honors degree in Theology and Literature.

Jayne is passionate about optimising each individual's body potential, helping her clients to recover from injury and life stress, to help the client understand their body and create the best version of themselves. 

Jayne loves all things acrobatic. In her spare time she loves to practice inversions and learn new skills like aerial hoop.

JAYNE MCILVEEN