Qualifications and Education
Emer 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.
To further advance her knowledge and skills Emer has completed the following CPD training,
– In 2021, Emer completed an APPI Pilates course further advancing her knowledge in low back pain rehab and women’s health physiotherapy.
– Emer received a “Certificate of Achievement for Vestibular Rehabilitation; A Competency Based course” in 2023. This course provides a standard in the assessment, treatment and further referral of vestibular injuries including Vertigo, Vestibular Migraines and Concussion. The addition of the VALD forcedecks provide an invaluable outcome measure in our vestibular physiotherapy service as it allows patients to objectively measure their progress.
Emer is currently the physiotherapist with the Donegal Senior Ladies Football Team. Providing quality rehabilitation to players and facilitating there safe return to play following injury.
- 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 InterestsEmer 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
Qualifications & 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.
Qualifications & Education
Michelle graduated with first-class honors in Physiotherapy from Ulster University in 2020.
Her professional journey began within the NHS, where she gained valuable experience
across diverse healthcare settings, including oncology, intensive care, accident and
emergency, stroke rehabilitation, and orthopaedics.
In 2021, Michelle pursued further academic endeavors, completing a master’s module at Ulster University with a focus on long-term condition management. Her associated research project involved an exhaustive review of the best available evidence related to the management of persistent low back pain.
Since joining Donegal Physiotherapy & Performance Centre in early 2023, Michelle has been aiding clients in enhancing their well-being in both our Letterkenny and Carndonagh clinics. She demonstrates a commitment to ongoing professional development through regular engagement in learning activities.
Michelle has expanded her skill set with additional training in first aid/basic life support (CPR and AED), sports taping, kinesiology taping, and sports massage.
Beyond her professional commitments, Michelle is passionate about sports. She has a
background in representing her county in underage Gaelic football and participating in Ulster finals at the club level. Currently, Michelle continues to play with her local GAA club and is involved in underage development.