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I am a Clonakilty local and graduated from the University of Limerick with an MSc in Speech and Language Therapy in 2007 and completed my postgraduate in dysphagia through the North Dublin hospitals group in 2008.
I have a range of national and international experience in healthcare across the continuum of patient care. Early in my career through my work in inpatient rehabilitation, I became passionate about the provision of therapy to patients with acute and progressive neurological conditions. Later while based in Melbourne, I lead an aged care service specialising in aged care rehabilitation, dementia assessment and management and home discharges. I also coordinated the videofluoroscopy clinic service and I am proficient in the interpretation and reporting of various aetiologies of oropharyngeal dysphagia. Whilst working for the NHS, I trained in tracheostomy management and weaning, working closely with the critical care teams. Prior to relocating back to Ireland, I completed my training in reporting and scoping in FEES practice (Fibreoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing). I am excited to bring a vast amount of knowledge back to my native hometown and establish ties with the local community.
I have a particular interest in the benefits of intensive and early intervention post stroke. I was an associate researcher for the VERSE randomised control research trial that took place in Australia aiming to prove the effectiveness of early intensive language therapy post stroke. I am committed to continuous professional development and have attended numerous courses including; Professional Supervision and Mentoring, Developing Allied Health Professionals as Leads, Connect Training and Dementia Training.
I am CORU and HCPC accredited.
I will be offering assessment, therapy and holistic management of both acquired communication and swallowing disorders in the home setting or via tele practice. HSE guidelines for community practice given COVID 19 status will be followed.
My aim is provide the highest quality of patient centred care. I am accountable in my practice and aim to incorporate education and inclusion into my practice.
If you would like to avail of speech and language therapy services or discuss a potential referral, please call (086) 4018718.
Hours of service: 8am-5pm, weekend appointments on request
Clonakilty, Co Cork