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Fiona Byrne

Clinical Pilates Lead
Fiona graduated with an honours degree in Physiotherapy from University College Dublin. Following a move to Singapore, she was in a position to access world class training in specialist areas of clinical interest, most notably DMA Clinical Pilates training in Singapore, and the GEMT dry needling qualification in Australia.

Fiona always enjoys keeping up to date with the most current evidence, to ensure she is providing her clients with the best possible treatment for their condition.

Physio Experience
Fiona started her career with extensive exposure to a wide range of clinical areas in one of the largest teaching hospitals in Singapore. After 2 years of completing all of the major hospital rotations, she decided to specialise in musculoskeletal outpatients.

Following a further year of hospital outpatients, she moved to a highly regarded private clinic in Singapore. This is where she began to take a particular interest in using Pilates as an adjunct to 'hands-on' Physiotherapy, and underwent her DMA clinical Pilates training.

Since returning to Ireland 2 years ago, she has continued working in private practice in Dublin.

Areas of Expertise
While working predominantly in private practice has allowed Fiona to refine her manual therapy skills, it has also highlighted to her that for long term recovery and prevention of recurring issues, it is absolutely essential to incorporate active rehab.

Fiona believes that using Clinical Pilates as an adjunct to traditional hands-on physiotherapy has become a necessity for optimising full rehabilitation from spinal pathologies, sports injuries and postural dysfunctions, to name but a few.
She is delighted to lead the Clinical Pilates team at SoCo Performance.

David Clancy

Business Development Lead & Senior Physiotherapist
BSc MSc Sports Medicine MISCP CORU
David has a BSc Physiotherapy from Keele University and a MSc Sports Medicine from
Trinity College Dublin. He has applied for a PhD in RCSI focusing on sports-related hip
and groin pain with the Irish Research Council.
David is a highly successful and experienced chartered physiotherapist with significant
clinical, consultation, pitch side and research experience in diverse settings. He has
significant sports medicine practice with high-performance culture, professional athlete
and non-athlete populations using evidence-based methods, accompanied by strong
international research ties in industry and academia.
David has a well-developed cross-cultural awareness based on extensive travel, as well
as a lifelong passion for learning and participation in team and individual sports.
Physio Experience
In the past in Dublin David worked in a variety of private practice physiotherapy clinics,
and as the senior physiotherapist for UCD AFC in the League of Ireland in professional
football for 4 seasons. He also has extensive experience in professional rugby from his
time in Dublin with Old Belvedere RFC.
David worked in London for Isokinetic Medical Group, FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence
as a chartered physiotherapist specialising in sports medicine and rehabilitation for 5
years from 2013-2018. He was the cultural and clinical lead in rehabilitation.
David currently works as a consultant for the Brooklyn Nets and the San Antonio Spurs
of the NBA (USA) as their European Head of Physiotherapy and Medical Services.
He is particularly interested in functional strength, myofascial pain and biomechanics.
His main areas of interest regarding injury are hip and groin pathology, shoulder
instability injuries and the ACL rehabilitation pathway.
Business Development
David has extensive experience in developing business strategies and networking from his experience with the NBA franchises and European teams of the EuroLeague, and from his time in London.

He was involved in the set-up of the 11 Harley Street Isokinetic Medical Centre after the success of the pop-up clinic in Welbeck Way in London in 2014.

David was at the forefront of the development of an innovative “Green Room” in Isokinetic London Harley Street, which focused on movement, dynamic control and return-to-training strategies as an athletic movement specialist.

He also has experience of having setup and ran his own physiotherapy clinic called ``clancyclinic`` based in Total Fitness, Dublin for two years prior to his move to London.

He is an excellent verbal and written communicator, can multi-task and prioritise with the ability to work as team member or independently. He is organised, detail-oriented and proactive, ensuring accountability for output and ability to adapt to changing circumstances easily.

Dr. Will Duggan

Sports Medicine Clinical Lead
Will graduated with a Medical Degree from Trinity College Dublin in 2005. After two years working in hospital posts in Dublin and Sydney, including an Orthopaedic Surgery Internship, he undertook a full-time Masters Degree in Sports & Exercise Medicine at Trinity College Dublin. His thesis on the effect of seat tube angle on muscle activity in elite cyclists won 1 st Prize at the FSEM Annual Scientific Conference.
Professional Experience
He completed the Royal College of Physicians BST Programme in 2011 working in St. James’s Hospital and gaining particular experience in Rheumatology joint injections, as well as Cardiology, Neurology, Respiratory and Acute Medicine. He went on to work in Emergency Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital, obtaining Membership of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine by examination, Membership of the Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine, and a permanent post as Emergency Department Physician at St. Michael’s Hospital, Dun Laoghaire in 2014.
Areas of Expertise
Combining his experience and qualifications in the two specialties of Emergency and Sports Medicine, he is doctor to the Ireland U20 National rugby team for the annual 6 Nations and Junior World Championships since 2013. He is also the Leinster ‘A’ rugby team doctor since 2015. He has personal experience in multiple sports including cycling, sailing, rugby, football, golf and athletics.

Arthur Dunne

Performance Nutrition Clinical Lead
Arthur completed an MSc with distinction in Applied Sports Nutrition at St Mary`s University, London where he had received a first class honours degree as a BSc in Nutrition and Sport Science.
In January 2018, Arthur became a PhD candidate in Waterford IT “Investigating Bone Health in Jockeys”. The 4 year scholarship aims to develop and implement essential intervention strategies into the on-going education and support programme in Irish horse racing.
Nutrition Experience
While studying in London Arthur provided nutrition advice and support through dietary planning and cooking workshops to junior and senior athletes for a number of individual and team-based sports including rowing, triathletes, hockey and swimming. Having returned to Ireland he currently works with elite athletes in GAA and rugby notably Leinster Rugby, Dublin GAA, Cork GAA and Wexford GAA.
Areas of Expertise
Arthur has a simple food first philosophy that is structured towards informed food choice and enhanced dietary strategies for health and sports performance. Backed by research and using practical support the focus of his work is to personalise a nutrition approach that establishes an independent healthy lifestyle. His experience ranges from managing nutrition programs for body composition to educating healthy lifestyle choices through shopping and cooking tutorials.

Jon Faulkner

Physiotherapy Clinical Lead
Jon graduated from Brunel University in 2008 and completed his MSc in Sports Physiotherapy in 2015 at UCD. Jon moved to Ireland in 2008 and has been working in Private Practice in the Musculoskeletal sector ever since.
Sport & Exercise Specialist
Jon specialises in the areas of sport and exercise and previously worked with Paralympics Ireland during the cycles for the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games in London and Rio, respectively. During this time he was Lead Physiotherapist and ran clinics out of Sport Institute Ireland for Paralympics Ireland from 2013-2017. Through this work he completed research in the field of cerebral palsy and plyometric training. Jon has a wealth experience working in multidisciplinary teams in sport, so he is well versed in inter-working with other performance professionals including: Performance Leads, Technical Coaches, Sports Physicians, S&C coaches, Sports Nutritionists, Psychologists, Physiologists and other Sports Scientists.
Areas of Expertise
Jon’s special interest is high performance sports injury prevention and rehabilitation and their link to effective strength & conditioning.

Overall Jon sees himself as a problem solver and although he has significant experience in the sporting world he also values his work with the general population for a wide range of acute and chronic problems.

He has post-graduate skills in manual therapy and is an avid advocate of health advancement through the use of education and exercise.

Conor Gavin

Clinic Director
Conor began his training with a degree in Sport Science from the University of Limerick. Following this, he travelled to Perth in Australia to study for a Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation. Third up was a return to the UK to continue his Physiotherapy training with a Master’s degree from the University of Southampton, and currently he is completing his Masters education with specialist Sports Physiotherapy training out of the University of Bath.
Physio Experience
Conor began work as a physiotherapist in the Royal London Hospital in London – one of the leading trauma centres in the UK where he gained significant experience dealing with a wide range of patients before specialising in musculoskeletal injuries. He then went on to work in private practice in London, specialising further in sports injuries and post-operative rehabilitation amongst other areas and then one final stint in a private clinic in Hong Kong before moving back home to Ireland.
Areas of Expertise
Due to his background in sports science, exercise physiology and experience in the professional sports setting, Conor has significant experience in areas such as strength and conditioning, nutrition, sports psychology, biomechanical analysis.
Conor is focused predominantly on the business side of things here at SoCo, trying to disprove the adage that you can't teach an old dog new tricks!
Sports Involvement
Conor has been involved in a performance enhancement and rehabilitation capacity with professional sport and elite athletes since 2007. Included in this time are stints with professional Australian Rules teams, elite athletes as part of a specialist sports medicine team in London, and since returning to Ireland he has worked within Dublin Club & Intercounty GAA, Club & School Rugby, the Irish Senior Men's Cricket team and currently with the FAI and the IRFU.

Dr. Stephen McIvor

Sports & Performance Psychology Clinical Lead
Since 2008, Stephen has broadened his sport understanding in attaining a Masters in 'Sport and exercise psychology' at W.I.T. with a thesis on 'leadership' and 'mental toughness'.

He is now taking a professional doctorate at the University of Central Lancashire in elite sport on 'mental toughness' within a team environment focussing on environmental and cultural influences in tandem with individual coping strategies and resilience training.

Professional Experience
Having played professional rugby for Munster and Ireland, Stephen then coached professionally for 10 years. During this period he supported the coach education program of the IRFU within Ireland to level 3 and with the IRB internationally in Spain, Poland, France and Kazakhstan.
Areas of Expertise
Stephen aims to provide support for sporting bodies, teams, athletes and coaches in building mental toughness and sporting excellence within their environment whilst still maintaining balance to the level they individually and collectively strive towards.

Dr. Frank Nugent

Strength & Conditioning Clinical Lead
Frank completed his PhD in Sports Science at the University of Limerick in 2018 and a BSc in Sports Science and Health at Dublin City University in 2014. Frank is an accredited strength and conditioning (S&C) coach through both the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association and the Sport Ireland Institute. In addition, Frank is a Level 2 Olympic weightlifting coach through Weightlifting Ireland. Frank has published extensively in numerous high level academic journals such as The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance and the Strength and Conditioning Journal.
Professional Experience
Frank has extensive practical experience across a wide range of sports and has held various S&C roles in Swim Ireland, Tennis Ireland, Cricket Ireland, Paralympics Ireland, Dublin City University and Leinster Rugby. Frank’s experience is diverse having worked with youth athletes, university athletes, professional athletes and the general population. In addition to his practical experience, Frank has represented Ireland at junior international level in Judo and at senior international level in Rowing.
Areas of Expertise
Frank specialises in the area of S&C which aims to increase sports performance, decrease risk of injury or rehabilitate from a current injury. Frank also has extensive experience in physiological testing and training programme recommendations for sports such as rowing, triathlon, running and swimming.
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