Lorraine Carrol | Simon Coghlan | Katie Farrell | Rachael Cleary

Lorraine Carroll, Practice Principal


Chartered Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist Specialist
MPhty(Manips), BPhysio, MISCP, BMAS

It gives me immense satisfaction to be doing this work and positively touching the lives of so many people. Lorraine

Lorraine has a very 'hands-on' physiotherapy approach using a wide range of manual therapy techniques, which includes the use of NST (neurostructural integration technique). She combines this with specific exercise prescription, medical acupuncture & dry needling and expert self management advice and education.

Her particular areas of interest include:

  • Chronic headaches
  • Persistent neck and low back pain
  • Lower limb biomechanics

Lorraine qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist from the University College Dublin in 1999. She was then awarded the prestigious Masters in Manipulative Physiotherapy with high distinction having placed top of her class at the University of Queensland, Australia in 2001. Lorraine has also attained post-graduation certifications in medical acupuncture and is a certified Stott Pilates instructor.

Since 2003, Lorraine has been actively involved in lecturing and examining on the UCD undergraduate physiotherapy programme. She was involved in the establishment and accreditation of the Masters in Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy at UCD in 2006 which was the first course in Ireland to be accredited by the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy. Lorraine lectured, examined and tutored extensively on this MSc course until May 2018. She also lectures regularly on the Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine course which is run by the Irish College of General Practitioners and the Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine in the area of lower limb pathologies and biomechanics. Alongside Simon Coghlan she teaches on further education courses in medical acupuncture and dry needling.

Lorraine's extensive career experience also includes a strong focus on complex sporting injuries. In 2003 Lorraine was Chief Medical Officer and lead physiotherapist with the touring Riverdance troupe in the US. She has also worked with the Irish swimming team as well as the Leinster rugby medical team. She continues to consult on behalf of Leinster Rugby.

Lorraine supports a highly professional and experienced team with her strong clinical and management principles allowing Mount Merrion Physiotherapy & Health to continue to develop a dominant reputation for clinical excellence in the private physiotherapy sector.

Simon Coghlan, Practice Principal

Chartered Physiotherapist
MSc, BSc Physio, DipMedAc, MISCP


Simon has over 20 years of experience as a physiotherapy clinician, educator and clinic owner. He dedicates three days a week to clinical practice balancing the rest of his time between lecturing, professional development, and supporting the management and development of Mount Merrion Physiotherapy & Health.

Simon developed the Functional Integrated Physiotherapy (FIP) approach, which combines the best, most effective and scientifically validated techniques derived from manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, medical acupuncture, electrotherapeutics and biopsychosocial strategies. The FIP is used at Mount Merrion Physiotherapy & Health by all members of the team.


Simon graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa in 2000 with an honours degree in Physiotherapy. His early career was focused on sports injury management with the provincial Natal Rugby Union before returning to the UK to pursue his interest in the field of medical acupuncture.

Before relocating to Dublin in 2006, Simon gained extensive clinical experience in the NHS and private health sectors in the UK.

In conjunction with his clinical work, Simon completed a Master of Science degree in 2008 at University College Dublin (UCD) which involved a research project exploring the use of neuromuscular stimulation and real-time ultrasound imaging in the treatment of low back pain.

In 2009 Simon completed the Diploma in Medical Acupuncture and is now an Accredited Member and Chair of the Competence, Accreditation and Examining Board of the British Medical Acupuncture Society.

In 2018, Simon qualified as a Certified Health Coach which has given him greater insight and knowledge regarding the impact of lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise and sleep on physical health, mental health and pain management. The intention behind this qualification is to better guide his clients towards recovery, better overall health and physical fitness.

Katie Farrell

Senior Associate Chartered Physiotherapist
BSc (Hons), MISCP

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Katie completed her BSc Physiotherapy degree at University College Dublin (UCD) with second class honours, grade one. While attending UCD, Katie gained experience in the physiotherapy management of musculoskeletal injuries and neurological conditions, at both an acute and primary care level.

Other areas of experience for Katie included the physiotherapy management and rehabilitation of patients following orthopaedic surgical procedures as well as acute respiratory care. Katie also has a strong interest in paediatric physiotherapy, and has clinical experience in an acute paediatric hospital setting.

Katie is a certified Stott Pilates instructor and uses modified Pilates exercises with excellent results in her clinical practice. She also has a keen interest in the clinical application of medical acupuncture and related needling techniques in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain alongside manual therapy.

Katie also enjoys treating sports injuries and worked extensively with the UCD intermediate hurling team, providing match day and training cover.

Katie’s final year thesis was titled “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Exercise for people with Chronic Pain: A Qualitative Analysis”. This allowed her to gain an insight into those suffering with chronic pain benefitted from the ACT programme in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. Katie’s research was presented at the UCD Centre of Translational Pain Conference in May 2017.

Katie enjoys Pilates, running and going to the gym to keep fit.

Rachael Cleary

Associate Chartered Physiotherapist
BSc (Hons), MISCP

RachaelCleary200Rachael completed her Physiotherapy degree at Trinity College Dublin. During her years of study, she gained experience working with respiratory, neurological and musculoskeletal conditions both in Ireland and abroad.

Rachael spent time working in a top private outpatient department in Malta working with elite-level athletes and developing her ‘hands-on’ manual therapy techniques which she finds extremely effective in clinical practice.

Upon graduation, Rachael began working as a staff grade physiotherapist in orthopaedic rehabilitation, treating and managing many post-surgical patients. Rachael has worked pitch-side with a local football club gaining extensive experience in various sports conditions and injuries.

Rachael qualified as a Pilates instructor in June 2019 and enjoys using these exercise-based techniques with her patients both in classes and in one-on-one rehabilitation.

Her clinical areas of interest include women’s health conditions, tendinopathies and post-surgical rehabilitation.

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