the arena clinic is a unique clinic, incorporating physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and specialist rehabilitation. We strive to provide excellence in terms of expertise and equipment to all clients, regardless of ability.
We are based at the Mardyke Arena, Cork, a centre already recognised for excellence in its facilities. We are delighted to have access to the excellent facilities on-site, and our own unique equipment in order to maximise our input into maintaining or restoring your good health.
All our therapists are Chartered Physiotherapists with vast experience in treating musculoskeletal, sports and neurological conditions. As well as a degree in physiotherapy, each therapist has continued to strived for excellence by continuing to develop their skills and attend Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Courses regularly.
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Joe qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in Edinburgh and has several years of experience working in both the public sector (NHS Scotland) and private sector. He moved back to Ireland in 2014 and has worked in private practice since then. Joe has a keen interest in all sports and has been working with various sports teams and individuals, from amateur to professional level. These include the Football Association of Ireland, Munster Rugby, Hearts FC, and the Scottish Hockey team. Currently, Joe is head physiotherapist for Cork City FC.
As part of his continuous professional development Joe trained as a certified Pilates instructor (through the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute, APPI), certified Acupuncturist (including dry needling), certified through the Titliest Performance Institute for Golf and biomechanical assessment for orthotic prescription. He is currently undertaking a diploma in Orthopaedic Medicine and he also guest lectures on the physiotherapy master’s course in UCC.
Joe has a special interest in ACL rehab and shoulder dysfunction. He works as part of the multidisciplinary team at the Arena Clinic and places a strong emphasis on combining manual therapy with functional rehabilitation and patient education.
Eileen graduated with a BSc in Physiotherapy from the University of Limerick in 2012. She emigrated to New Zealand shortly after where she worked primarily in private practice and continued to develop and hone her skills until her return to Ireland in 2020. Eileen subsequently completed her MSc in Sports Performance through the University of Limerick, which further stoked her interest in both athlete performance and injury prevention.
Eileen’s main areas of interest lie in sports injury and rehab, injury prevention and post-operative rehab. She utilises a combination of manual therapy, dry needling and exercise prescription to return her clients to their pre injury level. In addition to her clinic work, Eileen is the lead physio for Cork City F.C Women and Bishopstown GAA club. Having grown up playing GAA and hockey, sport has been a mainstay in her life and Eileen hopes to continue to work with athletes of all ages for years to come.
Jess graduated with a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy from University College Cork, after her passion for Pilates and many years’ of experience teaching reformer, mat and barre Pilates brought her to furthering her knowledge and becoming a chartered Physiotherapist. With a passion for movement and exercise, Jess was drawn to working in private practice, treating musculoskeletal conditions, and specialising in Pilates.
Having taught Pilates since 2015, Jess brings a wealth of experience to the Arena Clinic, where she leads the Clinical Pilates classes, carries out one-to-one reformer Pilates sessions and treats musculoskeletal conditions. Her desire to continue expanding her knowledge within the Pilates industry and bringing the best standard of care has led her to studying with highly regarded Pilates schools including Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute, Pilates Method Alliance and Balanced Body.
Here at the Arena Clinic, Jess enjoys working as part of the multidisciplinary team and using reformer Pilates as tool to continue patients’ rehab. She has a special interest in lower back pain and helping people to improve their quality of life through exercise.
Laura qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in 2008 and has over a decade of experience working in both the public and private sectors in Christchurch, New Zealand. Laura returned to Ireland in 2022. She has experience in working across a wide variety of sports and has worked with both amateur and professional athletes. Laura has a particular interest in football injuries, change of direction sports, and strength and conditioning. She has worked at both a club football and national league level in New Zealand.
Laura is dry needling and manipulative therapy trained. She has completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in Auckland, New Zealand.
Laura has a special interest in ACL and multi-ligament knee rehabilitation and return to sport testing. She works as part of the multidisciplinary team at the Arena Clinic and places a strong emphasis on using goal focused rehabilitation to achieve optimal patient outcomes.