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Siobhan O’Reilly Bracken, MICP PT MPA MSc-Sports CLT, Founder

Siobhan O'Reilly

 

These courses began in my heart. They have been fueled by my experiences in the world  and augmented by the wisdom of my colleagues. Each course is based on the best and most  current evidence available.  
 
I first became a physiotherapist in my early 20s in Dublin. Later, I worked in Toronto and New  York City, and now again in Dublin, building my own practices. In 1994, I volunteered to do a medical survey of injured civilians in war-torn Bosnia. This motivated me to do an MPA at NYU in program evaluation.  
 
At age 36, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  After I recovered, I worked for the International Rescue Committee, visiting 14 war zones and Refugee camps, training humanitarian assistance staff to quantitatively monitor and  improve their programs.  
 
I noticed how women, especially, suffered from cancer-related problems for which I knew solutions existed elsewhere. Later, I returned to my physiotherapy practice in Ireland, determined to use my skills and personal experience to help other women recover from breast cancer — wherever they are in the world. 
 
As a qualified physiotherapist who has taken one of our courses, you will have the capacity to deliver the same care as women in London and Manhattan receive, assist in recovery, and help reduce the risk of recurrence. You will be able to help women reclaim their bodies, their sense of power and self-confidence. 
 
Nothing would make me happier than to learn that a woman in rural Bosnia or Afghanistan benefitted from this material! Using telehealth, we can reach far and wide and, with perseverance, improve lives of women everywhere in the world. 
 
My CV: 
 
  • University College Dublin, Diploma in Physiotherapy, 1982 
  • Senior PT in outpatient, NYU’s Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation, NYC, 1986 
  • Founder and Co-Director of Duffy and Bracken Physical Therapy and Co-Director of the rehab department in Beekman Downtown Hospital, NYC, 1989 – 1996 
  • New York University’s Wagner School, MPA, 1998 
  • Program Design, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for The International Rescue Committee refugee programs, 1999 – 2004 
  • Certified Lymphedema Therapist in 2006 
  • Founded The O’ Reilly Centre for Lymphedema, Cancer Rehab and Sports in 2006 (www.theoreillycenter.com) 
  • University College Dublin, MSc in Sports Physiotherapy, 2011 
  • Certified Pink Ribbon Program Instructor, 2015 
  • Educational blogger for Lymphedema Ireland since 2016 
  • Speaker at national level physiotherapy, cancer and lymphedema conferences 
  • Guest lecturer at University College Dublin since 2009

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