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.
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
More about our lead instructors ... soon to come!
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