About Us

We are a team of health professionals, providing early and effective services in the assessment, rehabilitation and management of injuries and disability and the identification of potential harm. Our specialisms are Occupational Health and Safety, Musculoskeletal and Sports Injuries, Women’s Health and Education.

Our Goal is to restore the injured person to an optimal functional state, applying the highest scientific standards and proven evidence-based treatment. Our Focus is to improve function, competence, self-reliance and quality of life. Our Aim is to deliver our expertise with effectiveness and energy.

The Team

Annette Shanahan

SMISCP, MSc Primary Care (RCSI) MCSP, Grad Dip Phys, Dip SHWW, MIOSH, MIES, Cert Ed (NUI)

Specialist Chartered Physiotherapist

Clinical Director Abbey Physiotherapy Clinic

Past President of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, Annette is well renowned as an Expert Witness and conference presenter. She has lectured on the Royal College of Surgeons, BSc Physiotherapy programme since 2001. Abbey Physiotherapy is a long established and trusted private physiotherapy practice where thousands of patients have received expert care and treatment over 30 years in practice.

Functional Capacity Evaluations have been performed here for 20 years. An FCE assists in determination of capacity to work and helps define the level of disability or impairment after an injury or medical condition. She fulfils expert consultancy in occupational health physiotherapy to a large client base in Ireland and the UK. See www.annetteshanahan.com for more info.

Annette Shanahan is a guest Lecturer on a range of MSc programmes and has undertaken research in work related injury over the past 20 years, presenting regularly at national and international medical conferences, such as the Irish Society of Occupational Medicine, Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, Health & Safety Authority, University College Cork, Department of Public Health & Epidemiology, to name a few.

Annette leads a team of enthusiastic highly qualified and expert Chartered Physiotherapists who are engaged in a wide variety of treatment, rehabilitation, assessment, health promotion, training and back room team support to elite inter county GAA hurling and football teams, currently to Clare GAA, Hurling.

Barbara Murray

Chartered Physiotherapist

BSc (HONS) Physio, MISCP

Barbara is an experienced Chartered Physiotherapist, achieving an honours degree in Physiotherapy from University of Brighton in 2010, having previously attained a Certificate in Applied Physiology and Health Science, in Carlow Institute of Technology.

Her initial working career was in the NHS in the UK, where she gained excellent experience in a variety of clinical areas, including Musculoskeletal, Orthopaedics, Rheumatology with Hydrotherapy, Neurology, Elderly Rehabilitation and Amputee rehabilitation. During this time, she developed her rehabilitative skills, with acute and chronic pain clients. She has specialised in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in private practice, and over the last number of years, she has worked in busy private practices, and with various GAA sports teams, giving her experience in the assessment and treatment of pain and injury.

Barbara is passionate about physiotherapy and strives to put the client first. She has undergone intensive post-graduate training in many areas to expand her knowledge base and to improve her expertise. In recent years, she has completed training courses in:

  • Deep Dry Needling
  • The Shoulder Theory & Practice Course
  • The Shoulder Steps to Success Course
  • The Neck – Clinical Rehabilitation, Dry Needling Refresher Course.

Barbara additionally attained a post-graduate Certificate in Spinal Manual Therapy which was taught by Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists from Australia. She is a certified APPI Pilates instructor and uses the Pilates approach regularly with clients. Her experience informs her ability to perform accurate movement analysis, and an acute awareness of the various factors which are important in assessment, enabling her to accurately determine the root of the problem and treat her patients successfully.

Barbara’s clinical interests include sports medicine, back & neck pain, pilates conditioning, injury prevention and exercise prescription for acute & chronic pain clients. She uses a variety of different treatment techniques including, deep tissue massage, mobilisation, deep dry needling, taping, tailored exercise prescription, and she provides specific advice and education. Having such a variety of treatment options gives the best outcomes with clients as no two cases are ever the same.

Outside of her working hours, Barbara enjoys yoga, spinning, circuits, cycling trips, swimming and practicing pilates. As an active person, Barbara understands the importance of being able to do the things we enjoy without pain or discomfort and knows what it takes to get you back on track. She is a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and CORU and of the clinical interest groups; Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine, & Chartered Physiotherapists in Musculoskeletal Therapy.

Patrick Keating

MSc. Physio MISCP

Patrick is a graduate of Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, where he achieved a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy. He is a registered member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and CORU.

He has worked in a range of physiotherapy settings in both the UK and Ireland over the past number of years, where he has gained valuable experience with a wide variety of clinical populations in both private practice and with elite level sporting teams, in assessing and treating musculoskeletal disorders, sports injuries and neurological conditions.

Patrick has excellent expertise from working with various sporting teams and enjoys working at training sessions and pitch side during matches. He has extensive experience in the management and rehabilitation of many sports related injuries including hamstring, groin and ACL injuries. He is currently working as Chartered Physiotherapist with the Clare GAA Senior Hurling squad, and previously worked as Senior Physiotherapist with Murrayfield Wanderers RFC in Edinburgh. His own personal interest in sport is GAA Gaelic football, rugby and soccer.

He has a special interest in low back pain which he has extensively researched as it formed the basis of his dissertation for his Master’s degree. He has an in depth understanding of the assessment of patients with low back pain and has developed his ability to design specifically tailored treatment programmes to suit the individual. He treats a range of patients with spinal pain, postural dysfunction and neck and shoulder pain.

Patrick has gained valuable experience in Abbey Physio in Occupational Health and Ergonomics and frequently performs Ergonomic workplace assessments in a variety of occupational settings. He is the on site physiotherapist in a large multinational medical devices company based in Clonmel, where he provides Physiotherapy services to staff, and has often participated in specific on-site programmes, where Abbey Physio were invited to address company-wide ergo stretching and education programme delivery.

He has regular requests to provide complex medico-legal reports for the purpose of personal injury and accident claims litigation, in high court proceedings, from individual plaintifs, barristers, insurance companies and employers.

He has undertaken post-graduate study in the USA in Functional Capacity Evaluation in an effort to expand his knowledge in the area of Occupational health workplace assessment and rehabilitation. This focus on professional development ensures that Patrick’s approach to Physiotherapy is based on themost current research and evidence based protocols.

Memberships of Professional Organizations: Member of Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapy CORU (Health and Social Care Professionals Council)

Mary Fitzgerald

Practice Administrator

Mary has been Practice Administrator with Abbey Physio for over 20 years and has a wealth of experience in managing the appointment system and the Therapist schedules in her usual calm, friendly and efficient manner. Mary is a friend to all our Patients and will be able to reassure you if there is anything you need to know in advance of your appointment, concerning who to see, what to bring, what to wear, directions to the clinic or where to park!

Contact her on 061 417066 if you need advice from one of our Chartered Physiotherapists about your condition. Mary can ensure you speak to one of our staff and will then arrange an appointment so you can be seen promptly. Mary liaises with all our client companies and ensures the smooth scheduling of the service we provide and prompt delivery of all related reports and financial administration.


What we Treat:

  • Joint Problems
  • Back Pain / Neck and arm pain
  • Headaches
  • Hand and Wrist pain
  • Whiplash
  • Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD’s)
  • Elderly Care
  • Tendon/Ligament strains
  • Arthritis
  • Post operative Joint replacement
  • Post operative tendon/ligament repair/reconstructions
  • Repetitive or Overuse Injuries
  • Poor Posture
  • Occupational Injuries
  • Insurance disability Assessments
  • Respiratory Conditions
  • Asthma
  • Children’s Health
  • Womens Health
  • Pilates
  • Medico-Legal Assessments and Expert Witness

Advice for you:

  • Good Posture at Work
  • Daily Stretching Routine
  • Teenage Growth Spurts
  • Good Posture-Good Function
  • Move Well and Often at any Age!
  • Daily Exercise Plan
  • Back Advice
  • Computer Users Exercise Plan
  • Improve Balance as we Age
  • Maintain good BONE Health
  • Driving health advice
  • Sleep disturbance-restore good habits

Healthcare Direct

In addition, 35 staff are employed in our sister company HEALTHCARE DIRECT, where a range of services including our former Health & Safety Training and Consultancy division, are now provided from our Training Centre in Shannon Co Clare. See www.healthcaredirect.ie