Simon Coghlan

Simon Coghlan

Director & Integrated Physiotherapy Specialist - full biog...

Lorraine Carroll

Lorraine Carroll

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Clinical Specialist - full biog...


Simon Coghlan
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

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.


Lorraine Carroll
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Clinical Specialist

Academic background

Having qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist from University College Dublin in 1999, Lorraine remains actively involved with UCD; lecturing and examining on the undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy programmes. Lorraine was involved in the establishment and accreditation of the Masters in Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy at UCD which is the first and only course in Ireland recognised by the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy. She lectures extensively on this Masters programme as well as having performed a clinical tutoring role in the large Dublin teaching hospitals. She is a specialised examiner for both the BSc and MSc students in their final exams. She also lectures regularly to the Irish College of General Practitioners in lower limb pathologies and biomechanics. Alongside Simon Coghlan she teaches on further education courses in Medical Acupuncture and Dry Needling.

Lorraine attained the prestigious Masters in Manipulative Physiotherapy with high distinction and was placed top of her class at the University of Queensland, Australia in 2001. She has also attained post graduate certification in Medical Acupuncture with the British Medical Acupuncture Society in 2009.

In 2014, Lorraine qualified as a Stott Pilates Instructor consolidating her extensive knowledge in functional rehabilitation and therapeutic exercise. She has also completed her Stott Advanced Mat Pilates course in 2015. Lorraine oversees the very successful PhysioPilates service at Mount Merrion Chartered Physiotherapy Clinic (link to physiopilates website).

Career Highlights

Lorraine's’ extensive career experience over 17 years includes a strong focus on complex sporting injuries in the following roles:

  • Lorraine provided full medical cover to the Irish Swimming Team at the short course swimming European Championship held at the National Aquatic Centre, Abbotstown, Co Dublin, December 2003.
  • She was Chief Medical Officer and Physiotherapist with the touring Riverdance troupe in North America in 2002/2003
  • Lorraine fulfilled the role of Sports Physiotherapist with the Irish Rugby Football Union - Leinster Branch in 2002.

In recent years Lorraine has developed a reputation for helping chronic pain sufferers, including those diagnosed with fibromyalgia, better manage their symptoms and lead more fulfilling lives with improved levels of function and involvement. She finds an integrated approach including the use of patient education, cognitive behavioural therapy, cognitive functional therapy and neurostructural integration technique very effective.

Given her wealth of sports experience she is referred current Leinster and Ireland rugby players for treatment and management advice.

In 2005, Lorraine acquired the Mount Merrion Physiotherapy Clinic and with her husband, Simon Coghlan has since been committed to an ongoing process of clinical and service development. Lorraine's strong clinical and management principles, together with a highly professional and experienced team, continue to develop a dominant reputation for clinical excellence in the private physiotherapy sector.

Lorraine enjoys fitness, health and family life. She was a World Champion Irish Dancer in her younger days, as well as a schools and University All-Ireland volleyball player. She has completed olympic distance triathlons including the Chicago Triathlon in aid of Crumlin Hospital. She has participated in many 10 km running races and half marathons. Nowadays, she enjoys running, swimming, Pilates and yoga and running after two very active kids who are just about to out run her!