Lesley graduated from University of Ulster, Jordanstown with an honours degree. She has worked mainly in private practice treating back, neck and joint injuries. She has also worked with multiple sports clubs such as Peamount United Senior Ladies, Leixlip Hurlers and Footballers and several rugby teams.
She has a keen interest in Pilates and is a qualified APPI Pilates instructor for all levels from Beginner to Advanced. She has also completed post-graduate training in biomechanics, dry needling and is a healthy HIIT instructor. She has a special interest in sports injury prevention, rehabilitation, strength & conditioning and exercise classes for all ages (see our Healthy Bones and Stronger for Longer pages). She also treats people with vertigo using vestibular rehabilitation.
Her main sports are running, hockey and strength & conditioning.
LINDA FITZGERALD B.Sc. (Physio), M.I.S.C.P. M.C.S.P. PG Cert (Women’s Health)
Linda qualified from Trinity College, Dublin and has gained extensive experience in major teaching hospitals in Dublin and in Australia. Linda opened Ashbourne Physiotherapy Clinic in 1992 and Sutton Cross Physiotherapy in 2012. She completed a 15-month post-graduate certificate in women’s health in 2002 and has a special interest in continence (male and female/bowel and bladder). Linda also loves treating feet and she has over twenty years experience in orthotic prescription. She also has a special interest in lower limb tendon problems. As Linda specialises in the above areas, she usually has a waiting list of about three weeks so doesn’t deal with the more acute problems.
Linda usually works on Monday afternoons and all day Friday in the Sutton Clinic.
Linda plays hockey and golf and enjoys travel, cryptic crosswords, Killer Sudoku and loves penguins.
THARANI (Tara) PAITCHAISIVARAM BPT MISCP MPOGP MIAP PG Cert (WOMEN’S HEALTH – UK) PG Cert (Advanced Physiotherapy)
Tara graduated as a physiotherapist with a degree in Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPT) in 2006. She went on to complete a post-graduate Certificate in Advanced Physiotherapy from the University of Ulster and then a further post-graduate Certificate in Women’s Health from the University of Bradford. She has worked in private practice treating mainly women’s health and has worked as a senior physiotherapist in a nursing home.
Tara has a special interest in treating women’s health clients. She has advanced training in pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy, pelvic floor manual therapy and female incontinence and treats pregnancy-related back and pelvic pain, urinary and bowel incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, sacro-iliac & coccyx pain and constipation. She also works on shoulder rehabilitation post-breast cancer surgery. Tara works in Sutton on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and in Ashbourne on Fridays
Tara enjoys swimming and cycling and playing with her dog – a Bichon Frise called Pearl.
EMMA POFF B.Sc (Physio) M.I.S.C.P.
Emma graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin with an honours degree. She currently works full-time in a teaching hospital and works in Sutton Cross Physiotherapy on Monday evenings. Emma teaches Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute (A.P.P.I.) Pilates classes at both Beginner and Advanced levels. She is also trained and very interested in the use of dry needling treatment and vestibular rehabilitation for treatment of vertigo. Emma has worked with the Irish Female Hockey team as well as providing physiotherapy cover at major running events.
Emma is a keen swimmer and enjoys badminton and kayaking.
Sigita (from Lithuania) has worked at the clinic since March 2018 covering for Ruta’s (her sister) maternity leave. She is kept busy answering the phone, making appointments, organising Pilates classes and doing all our accounts.