MSc BSc(Hons) Physio DipMedAc MISCP BMAS
Director & Integrated Physiotherapy Specialist
Clinical Acupuncture Specialist
In his clinical practice Simon specialises in the integrated use of medical acupuncture & dry needling in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain, In particular the treatment of myofascial pain syndrome.
As a clinical educator, Simon has been lecturing at the UCD School of Physiotherapy in manual therapy and therapeutic exercise since 2008 at both an undergraduate and post graduate level. He also delivers lectures and practical learning in anatomy and biomechanics as well the assessment and treatment of myofascial pain syndrome.
Simon presents a series of Medical Acupuncture in Physiotherapy masterclasses which focus on integrating the use of medical acupuncture including dry needling in the treatment of regional pain including the shoulder, knee, low back and neck. These one day events are very practical and have attracted very positive feedback from past attendees - see here (link to acu website feedback page). He also blogs on the topic of medical acupuncture at www.acupuncturemedical.net
Since 2007 and in association with the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS) Simon has been providing foundation training in medical acupuncture to medical and allied health professionals in the UK and Ireland.
For the past 10 years Simon has been working with his wife and business partner Lorraine Carroll in the development of Mount Merrion Chartered Physiotherapy (link) which has become one of the leading centres for physiotherapy in Dublin.
Through the implementation of strategic systems and strategies aimed at providing service excellence, the clinic has grown from a simple upstairs 2 room clinic to one which now offers five treatment rooms, a studio, gym area and reception with three full time physiotherapists and two receptionists on the team.
Simon and Lorraine place a strong emphasis on employee growth and development, in all aspect of their working lives. As such their team functions exceptionally well together, a noticeable benefit for the clients.
Simon graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa in 2000 with an honours degree in Physiotherapy. His early career was focused on sports injury management with the provincial Natal Rugby Union before returning to the UK to pursue his interest in the field of medical acupuncture.
Before relocating to Dublin in 2006, Simon gained extensive clinical experience in the public and private health sectors in the UK. Following completion of the Diploma in Medical Acupuncture Simon became an accredited member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society, the first Chartered Physiotherapist to gain this award.
In conjunction with his clinical work, Simon completed a Master of Science degree in 2008 at the University College Dublin (UCD). This involved a research project exploring the use of neuromuscular stimulation and real time ultrasound imaging in the treatment of low back pain. He was invited to present his research throughout the world including the EMBC Biomedical Engineering Conference in Vancouver, Canada.
Simon has a keen interest in health, functional fitness and nutrition. He is married with two young children who also keep him very active! As a family we enjoy travelling, exploring and any opportunity to get wet.