Katie joined the Sports Surgery Clinic in 2018 and has over ten years’ experience working in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Her clinical interests include spinal pain and persistent pain. She is passionate about the role of exercise, especially resistance training, and the positive effect it can have on an individual’s health.
Katie was awarded a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy from UCD in 2011 and subsequently started working in private practice, mainly working with patients with acute and persistent spinal pain. She moved to London to complete a masters in Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy from the prestigious King’s College London. It was here that she gained deeper understanding of pain mechanisms and advanced clinical reasoning skills as well as enjoying the city!
She undertook specialist physiotherapy roles in the NHS for three years, and put the knowledge gained in King’s into practice. She carried a varied caseload and worked with patients competing in high level sport, recreational athletes as well as those struggling with persistent pain. She maintained a link with King’s and subsequently supervised and examined masters’ students on placement. The opportunity arose in 2018 to combine her interest in spinal pain with research and she moved back to her native Dublin to start work in the Sports Surgery Clinic, where she combines clinical work with PhD.
Katie is interested in learning the effect of resistance training or the musculoskeletal system, quality of life of patients with persistent low back pain. Katie has always enjoyed working as part of a team; she has developed strong working relationships with her colleagues in SSC including Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Consultants, which enables clear communication and facilitates easy onward referral if required.