Our Story

& the values that keep us together

McGowan Physio and Health Care Ltd. was Founded in 2021 by Niamh McGowan.
Niamh is a spinal specialist physiotherapist with a special interest in spinal disorders
(scoliosis, kyphosis, spinal fractures), collagen disorders and young athlete patient cohorts.
Through McGowan Physio Niamh hopes to improve the health of young people in Ireland.

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Hi, I am Niamh McGowan,
your Physiotherapist

Niamh is a scoliosis specialist physio. She graduated from University of Ulster in 2012 and was awarded the Silver Cup, a prize for top marks in the practical element of the Physiotherapy course.
She has since worked in Ireland North and South as well as in Vancouver, Canada.

Niamh’s main focus is helping people with spinal conditions. The main conditions she works with are scoliosis, kyphosis and spinal fractures. She works with people pre and post op as well as those trying to avoid the need for surgery. ...

Niamh is trained in the Schroth method for Scoliosis management. She is trained in both ISST and BSPTS. They are both forms of treatment that focus on the conservative management of scoliosis. 

Team work is an important part of the management of spinal conditions and Niamh works closely with the Orthotist, Ciarnaid Hayes and has referral pathways with many of the Orthopaedic Spinal Consultants. She is also linked in with various pieces of research ongoing regarding scoliosis. 

Hi, I am Garett Van Oirschot, your Physiotherapist

Garett has a special interest in hypermobility and in PoTS. He has a huge amount of hands-on experience and in working with people of all ability levels from elite athlete to those with severe disability. Garett graduated from Dalhousie University in Canada in 2005 with his Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy, and completed further studies in 2014 with a Masters in Sports & Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy from Griffith University in Australia.

Garett has completed further courses in acupuncture/dry needling, manipulative physiotherapy, shoulder rehabilitation, and BSPTS course for scoliosis. He is also researching and developing educational resources for scoliosis patients as part
of his PhD at UCD. ...

Garett has worked in numerous private practice and sports settings in Canada and Australia before relocating to Dublin in 2016. He has particular experience in treating adolescent injuries for those in gymnastics, soccer, rugby, taekwondo and for various snow sports (skiing/snowboarding, ice hockey, figure skating), in addition to adult runners and rowers. He also worked in the World and Pan-Pacific Masters Games, which provided added experience in the injuries of the older athlete.

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Hi, I am Danielle Egan,
your Physiotherapist

Danielle graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy from University of Delaware in the United States in 2019.

Danielle has a special interest in the hypermobile athlete and in particular knee and spinal injuries. She has completed further training in the areas of physiotherapy for the performing artist, dancers with foot and ankle injuries, knee injuries and tendon conditions. ...

Danielle has experience working in varied outpatient settings and is especially passionate about injury prevention and rehabilitating athletes in performance sports such as gymnastics, dance, roller skating and figure skating. In addition, she has experience working with adolescent athletes, especially as a figure skating coach and as an outdoor activity leader for hiking, cycling, and canoeing excursions. Outside of work, Danielle enjoys staying active by figure skating, skiing, and hiking.

Hi, I am Deirbhle Heffron,
your Physiotherapist

Deirbhle is a pain specialist physio. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2012 and completed a M.Sc in Advanced Physiotherapy Studies in UCD in 2016. She possesses 10+ years of experience working in both public and private practice Physiotherapy in Ireland, New Zealand and Australia.

Deirbhle's mission is to help people feel more confident to move in their bodies and to live a more active and fun life. For some, this may be about getting back to daily tasks of school or work or for others returning to a regular gym plan or optimising sports performance. ...

Deirbhle has a particular interest in working with people who have complex spinal or musculoskeletal conditions, persistent pain conditions or chronic illness who may benefit from a more long-term approach to management of their health.

Deirbhle offers an empathetic and holistic treatment approach which may include movement-based approaches such as Pilates or strength and conditioning combined with education to gain better understanding of your condition and skills to develop health habits and behaviours.

In her spare time, you will find Deirbhle hiking or running, in the outdoors and cooking yummy meals for friends!


Niamh and her team are just amazing! Gavin & I look forward to the appointments and he always feels really positive, energized and encouraged after the appointment. Niamh has a wonderful way of communicating with teens and parents alike. Her knowledge and enthusiasm for her field of expertise is truly inspiring.

Mairéad Murray


Hi, I am Roisin Flynn,
your Occupational Therapist

Roisin Flynn is a senior Occupational Therapist who graduated in 2000 from The University of Ulster. She has over 20 years of experience working with both adults and children, in a wide range of different services ranging from acute general hospitals to spinal and brain injury rehabilitation units. Roisin has seven years of experience assessing children with a range of different conditions, such as Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD / Dyspraxia). ...

She has a keen interest in coordination disorders and sensory processing and is working towards achieving her Certificate in Ayres Sensory Integration Therapy. In addition, Roisin has completed further education in Integrating Neuro-developmental Treatment with Sensory Integration Therapy, assessment of visual perceptual disorders in children, Sensory Integration module 1, Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale (ADOS-2), assessing developmental coordination disorder and CLASI module 3 in Sensory Integration.

Hi, I am Daniella Creão Salgado, your Clinical Pilates Teacher

Daniella passion for anatomy, biomechanics and exercise based therapy drew her towards Pilates. She began her Pilates training in São Paulo, Brazil in 2005. Daniella has been teaching for 17 years as a Clinical Pilates Instructor. She has continued to develop her teaching method....

She is Stott Pilates trained. She received certification with honours in 2017 for specific training in Mat work, Reformer, Chair and Cadillac. More recently she has completed training in the fascial system and this allows Daniella to use subtle cues with her hands while teaching.

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Luana Pazinato

Hi, I am Luana Pazinato,
your Clinic Manager

Luana, affectionately known by all as Lulu, ensures that the day to day operations at McGowan Physio run smoothly. With over fifteen years of administrative experience and a BS in Business Management from Dublin Business School, she brings a huge amount of experience to her role. Lulu is the driving force behind the scenes, managing the clinic's operations, coordinating social media, and liaising with the website team. ...

As a proactive and organised leader, Luana efficiently delegates tasks and utilises her quality analyst skills to monitor the team's performance.

Lulu is not only an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual but also a firm believer in building others up and creating a fun, supportive environment.

Hi, I am Gillian Doody,
your Receptionist

Meet our delightful receptionist Gillian, the friendly face at the front desk of our clinic. With a warm and inviting smile, she is dedicated to creating a positive and welcoming experience for all our patients. ...

Gillian brings a wealth of experience to the team, having honed her skills in customer service and reception management over the years. Her proficiency ensures that every interaction is handled with professionalism and efficiency.

She is always ready to assist with any questions or concerns you may have, ensuring that your visit is as smooth and enjoyable as possible.


Hi, I am Cookie, Smart Cookie,
your therapy puppy (in training)

Our Values & Goals


Make every patient feel comfortable, safe and supported throughout their rehabilitation journey.


Thoroughly assess each patient subjectively and objectively,
allowing accurate diagnosis.


Provide treatment plans based on the patient needs and their unique goals.


Carry out the treatment plans in a caring and compassionate manner.


Educate the patient and their family
in such a way that empowers them
to manage their condition but
also allows them to advocate for themselves in any healthcare setting.


Liaise with other medical professionals to ensure a whole health approach is used where possible.

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We Welcome

• People aged 3 years and older

• Paediatric/adolescent/adult musculoskeletal patients

• Sports injuries

• Spinal conditions

• Conservative/ surgical scoliosis and kyphosis

• Postural orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS)

• Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder (HSD)

• Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS)

• People wishing to be assessed by an Occupational Therapist

• Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD/ Dyspraxia)

• Sensory processing and/or motor coordination difficulties

• People wishing to become stronger though Physio-led classes