After achieving her Masters in Manipulative Physiotherapy Studies from the University of Queensland, Australia, Louise combined working in Private practice with lecturing to physiotherapy students in RCSI – before commencing her PhD.
She has a strong background in academic physiotherapy training and continuous professional development. When Louise left UCD in 1992, with a first class honours Bachelors of Physiotherapy, she went on to work in St. Vincent’s Hospital and the National Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Dublin. Over a four-year period she worked at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. She specialises in the field of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Her background of continuous professional development reflects her dedication to her patients:
* She spent 15 months touring with Riverdance, as chief medical officer and physiotherapist 1999- 2000
* She joined the School of Physiotherapy at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2003 and has been a full-time Lecturer in Physiotherapy since 2005. Louise also guest lectures on the masters degree programmes in Sports Physiotherapy and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in UCD.
* Louise has also taught postgraduate spinal courses to physiotherapists in the US and Ireland; in the latter case, on behalf of the Chartered Physiotherapists in Musculoskeletal Therapy, a clinical interest group of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP).
* She is a Specialist (musculoskeletal) member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and is currently undertaking a PhD in RCSI, for which she is running a clinical trial of Multimodal Physiotherapy for Acute / Sub-acute Cervical Radiculopathy – the PACeR trial.
IONA Physiotherapy Move With Ease Ltd. Trading as: IONA Physiotherapy.
Company registration no: 633072, Cian House, 1 Cian Park, Drumcondra, D9,
Ciara Shields (Company Director)