About Inishowen Physiotherapy

Inishowen Physiotherapy Clinic - Donegal Physiotherapist
Inishowen Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic is run by Dermot Simpson. As well as having an honours undergraduate Physiotherapy degree, Dermot completed his Masters in Sports Physiotherapy in 2014. His research topic was ‘Hamstring Injury Risk Factors in Elite Gaelic Football Players’. He presented the findings of this study at a Barcelona FC “Hamstring Injury’ conference at the Nou Camp in October 2014.

Dermot Simpson - Inishowen Physiotherapy ClinicDermot was the team physiotherapist for the Donegal Senior Football Team from 2011 until 2015. He was involved with the team during a very successful period, winning two Ulster titles and one All-Ireland title since 2012. Dermot was also Donegal Minor Physiotherapist in 2012. Dermot has completed qualifications in Travell and Simon’s trigger point dry needling, myofascial trigger point therapy, lumbar spine, shoulder tendinopathy, and Kinesio tape application as well as attending numerous medical conferences in Ireland, Australia, Qatar, Scotland & England.

Dermot has a keen interest in sports injuries, with high-level sporting experience in Gaelic football, soccer, and tennis where he has won county, Ulster and All Ireland titles.

Aside from sports injuries, Dermot has always had a passion for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain and his empathetic and thorough approach to treatment allows patients to recover and return to full function as quickly as possible.

  • Dermot Simpson MISCP – Chartered Physiotherapist
  • BSc. in Physiotherapy (Hons.) from UCD, Dublin
  • MSc in Sports Physiotherapy (Hons.) from UCD Dublin
  • NSCA CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist)
  • Member of CPSEM (Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine)
  • Member of ACPSEM (Association of Chartered Physiotherapist in Sports and Exercise Medicine)
  • Member of CPPP (Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice)

Emer Lafferty

Qualifications and Education

Emer LaffertyEmer graduated with an honours degree in physiotherapy from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. While completing her degree, Emer participated in the RCSI Research Summer School. During which time, she worked alongside expert physiotherapists in the Gait Laboratory of the Central Remedial Clinic in Clontarf. Emer presented the results of the study at the ICHAMS conference and the RCSI annual research day. The study was later published in the Gait and Posture journal – Daly C, Lafferty E, Joyce M, Malone A (2019) “Determining the most effective gluteal muscle activation exercise in children with cerebral palsy using surface electromyography”. Emer also has a BSc honours degree in biomedical science from Maynooth University.

Currently, a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and CORU registered.

Since qualifying Emer has worked with her local GAA club and in private practice. To further advance her knowledge and skills Emer has completed the following CPD training,

  • Basic Life Support (CPR and AED) in accordance with the American Heart Association
  • SAFE2 IRFU Qualification – dealing with acute sports injury and concussion management.

Personal Interests
Emer is an avid sports fan, particularly GAA and soccer. She has played ladies Gaelic football for both RCSI and Maynooth University at collegiate level, winning the Moynihan and the Giles cups respectively. Emer also has a keen interest in Strength & Conditioning. She enjoys attending the GYM and is also an associate member of the UK Strength and Conditioning Association.

Shane Mc Clean

Shane Mc CleanQualifications & Education

Shane graduated from University College (UCD) with a honours degree in Health and Performance Science. In 2020, he completed his Professional Masters of Physiotherapy from UCD. During his studies, he completed two research theses entitled ‘Determining a progressive sequence of exercises for individuals with chronic ankle instability’ and ‘Determining the learning effect with the forward lunge exercise using inertial sensors’. Shane has recently co-authored on a research paper entitled ‘Are questionable research practices facilitating new discoveries in sport and exercise medicine? The proportion of supported hypotheses is implausibly high; Büttner F, Toomey E, McClean S, et al 2020’ which has been published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.


Shane has joined the medical team with the Donegal Senior Footballers in 2019 and has experience with local GAA, UCD Rugby and GAA teams throughout his studies.

To continue his professional development Shane has completed:

  • American Heart Association – Basic Life Support (CPR and AED).
  • Immediate Care in Sport (IRFU – Safe Rugby Level 2)
  • Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy


He has a keen interest in sports injuries, exercise-based rehabilitation and sports performance. He is looking to develop his skillset further by becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) in the near future. Aside from Physiotherapy, Shane enjoys all types of sport, particularly Gaelic football and golf.

Rona Mc Laughlin

Rhona McLaughlinQualifications & Education

Róna has worked in a variety of clinics and hospitals in Ireland and Australia over the last 20 years. She has developed her expertise in orthopaedics and musculoskeletal therapy through her work in sports clinics in Dublin, Galway and Australia, as well as in a variety of private and public hospitals, including University Hospital Galway, Prince of Wales Hospital, and St. Luke’s private orthopaedic hospital, Sydney kamagra cijena.

Róna also has a keen interest in paediatrics and ante-natal/post-natal physiotherapy, and has honed her skills in these areas, having worked in The National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin, The Women’s Hospital, Sydney, and Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin.

As part of a research project in the University of Ulster in 2009, Róna was involved in the design, development and delivery of a rehabilitation programme for musicians with performance-related musculoskeletal disorders. As a result, Róna is adept at assessing and managing musicians with performance-related injuries, which is a great asset to the clinic, since this type of rehabilitation is often neglected, particularly in traditional Irish musicians.

Having recently completed, and gained a first class honours in a Masters in Medical Science at NUIG (2016 – 2018), and a Diploma in Orthopaedic and Rheumatological Medicine (2017), Róna plans to pursue her studies further with a Masters in Orthopaedic medicine (2019) and a Masters in Healthcare Management (2019-2021).