The Health Team
Dr. Heather Thompson, BSc(Kin), DC.
Honours degree Kinesiology (Physical Education),McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada (1995)
Doctor of Chiropractic, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Toronto, Canada (1999)
Dr. Thompson holds Nova Scotia Provincial and Canadian National Board Examinations and is a member of the Irish Chiropractic Association and European Chiropractic Association.
Dr. Thompson started her chiropractic career in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, where she worked for two years (1999-2001) with Dr. Brian Seaman. She established and built a second practice within his existing clinic as the first associate to join his clinic.
In July 2001 Heather travelled to Ennis where she joined Advanced Chiropractic Clinic. Dr. Thompson has built a very stable and successful practice over the past eight years and is pleased to announce that she is now the Clinic Director of Advanced Chirorpactic Clinic.
Heather has a passion for sports and applying chiropractic to sports injuries. She has a strong background in sports, both as an athlete and treating athletes. She was a competitive swimmer at provincial levels in Canada and continued to swim on various Masters Swim Teams. She was also involved in very competitive basketball and volleyball in University. Dr. Thompson even became involved in Gaelic Football here in Clare, as a member of the Fergus Rovers and as the Chiropractor for the Clare Ladies Football Team in 2002-2003. She has also been very active on the sideline of the Clarecastle Senior Hurling Team as their Chiropractor in 2003 when they won the Championship. Currently, Heather is a member of the Shannon Pheonix Basketball team.
Heather is also very passionate about the benefits of chiropractic care in children and pregnant women. As a mother of three young boys, she is very in tune with these patients needs. This is an area that is very under utilized in Ireland and she is keen on providing excellent screening and care for both children and expecting moms.
Dr. Anthony Barnett, BSc. (Chiropractic), B.App. Science, DC
After completing his studies at Macquarie University, Sydney Australia, with a Bachelor and Masters of Chiropractic Anthony took up a locum position at an Gladesville Healthcare in Sydney where he learnt the finer aspects of the Chiropractic art which specialised in exercise rehabilitation and musculoskeletal conditions. He worked with many local community events in Australia over the years such as:
• The Jane Saville Walk in La Perouse 2009
• Port Macquarie Ironman 2009
• NSW Hockey Masters Championships, Wagga Wagga 2009,Maroubra Lifesaving events 2009
Anthony also has worked as an Event day worker at the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground trust for 6years during his studies – home to the Sydney Roosters Rugby League Team, Wests Tigers Rugby League Team, NSW Waratah’s Rugby Union Team, Sydney Swans AFL Team, Sydney FC Team, NSW and Australian Cricket Teams, this has fuelled his passion for sport and has provided him with vital skills for in his quest as a health professional in today’s environment.
Anthony joined the Advanced Chiropractic Team in 2010 and has proved to be an excellent asset to the Clinic. His friendly demeanour, abundant knowledge to educate patients and his passion for health and chiropractic are evident in his professional ability and clinical skills. Since arriving, he has been involved with the Inagh-Kilnamona Hurling Club, enjoying great success and providing excellent care for the men’s Senior and Minor teams. Anthony is also involved in community charity events like the 24 hour Cycle Challenge with Fitness Solutions Gym to raise money for Clare Crusaders.
Dr. Brandon MacMillan, BSc(Phys. Ed), DC
Graduated with Distinction and Clinical Honors with a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Toronto, Canada (2005)
Dr. MacMillan also received the Vladimir Janda Scholarship for excellence in the field of rehabilitation from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2005. This is the highest monetary scholarship awarded at the college.
Dr. MacMillan holds both Ontario Provincial and Canadian National Board Examinations and is a member of the Irish Chiropractic Association and European Chiropractic Association
Dr. MacMillan worked in Canada as a Chiropractor to a Junior A Ice Hockey Team (Development team for National Hockey League) in Halifax, Canada prior to joining Advanced Chiropractic as an Associate in March 2006. Since arriving in Ireland, Dr. MacMillan has worked on the medical teams with the Clare Senior Hurling team, Kilkee Senior Football Team, Clarecastle Senior Hurling Team, and is currently the Chiropractor for the Inagh/Kilnamona Senior Hurling Team. Dr. MacMillan has a great interest in treating sports injuries and has taken a number of additional courses focusing on sports injury treatments including Active Release Techniques, Graston Technique, and the sports medicine seminar series from the University of Toronto.
Dr. MacMillan also has a great interest in rehabilitation. He worked as an accredited personal trainer before he began his career as a Chiropractor. He continues to have a passion for utilizing rehabilitation protocols with all his patients in order to speed recovery and prevent recurrences. Dr. MacMillan suffered a severe disc injury in his lower back with sciatica from an ice hockey accident in 2005 and credits chiropractic care and rehabilitation with keeping him injury free since that time. He has not missed a day of practice since starting as a Chiropractor from that injury. The majority of Dr. MacMillan’s patients are personally instructed on how to take care of their injuries through rehabilitation to speed healing and prevent recurrences.
Massage Therapy, Rehabilitation and Fitness Consulting
Richard Rocker - Pro Performance
Richard Rocker has worked in the health and fitness industry for the past 18 years.
His qualifications and certifications are as a Performance Nutritionist, Athletic trainer, Rehabilitation therapist (massage, acupuncture, shiatsu, physio) and Clinical Psychotherapist & Hypnotherapist.
Richard comes from Canada where he studied in the city of Toronto.
Richard has been residing in Ireland for 6 years. Richard brings with him his knowledge in the health, fitness and rehabilitation fields and has had great success in helping people live better balanced and pain free lives.
Richard has contributed to various newspapers, newsletters and magazines by writing informative health articles and has also contributed a weekly health series on FM Radio as well as conducting lectures and seminars and promoting health awareness around the country. Richard has had the privilege of working for the retired heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis, NFL and CFL football players, Olympic athletes and other professional and amateur athletes and teams as well as music and television personalities.
“ if we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.”
Hippocrates (c. 460-377 BC)
Bernadette O'Connor joined Advanced Chiropractic in November 2007. She qualified in Food Science and Technology from CIT, Cork Institute of Technology and worked in research and development in the Biotechnology/Food Ingredient industry for 6 years where she specialised in food additives and colours.
She holds the National Certificate in Exercise and Fitness (NCEF) from University of Limerick and ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) Exercise Specialist Certification. She was recently selected to become part of the General Practitioner Exercise Referral Scheme which is soon to start in the Mid-West area. She holds FETAC Level 5 in Special Needs.
Bernadette studied with the College of Naturopathic Medicine in Dublin graduating with a Diploma in Nutritional Therapy and is a professional member of the Irish and British Associations of Nutritional Therapists, MNTOI, MBANT. She worked as a health advisor with a leading manufacturer of natural remedies and provider of nutritional supplements prior to joining the clinic. She also has a practice in Limerick.
Nutritional Therapy has been shown to be beneficial for many conditions, particularly chronic health problems that have not been resolved by conventional treatments. If our body does not get the nutrition it requires our health can suffer and we become ill.
Bernadette will conduct a thourough review of your current health status and explain how your diet and lifestyle may be contributing to your symptoms and health concerns. She will provide you with a personal plan and help you with support and practical guidance to effect nutritional changes, as you move towards optimal health. She has had great success with people who have chronic digestive disorders, high cholesterol, allergies/intolerances, low immunity, insomnia, multiple sclerosis, stress and weight gain.
Cranial Sacral and Physical Therapy
Lily Enright is a Certified Craniosacral Therapist and a Registered Physical Therapist.
In 2005 I graduated from the Institute of Physical Therapy and Applied Science and set up a clinic in Newmarket on Fergus. Prior to 2001, I had a background in the business world and later in providing organisational support to community and non government organisations. Since 2005, I have completed training as a Certified Craniosacral Therapist with the Upledger Institute. I am trained to the level of Craniosacral Therapy including CST for paediatrics, somato emotional release TM and also Craniosacral Therapy in the water. Having an interest in horses, I’m currently training in Equine Craniosacral Therapy. I am a full member of both the Irish Association of Physical Therapists and the Irish Association of Craniosacral Therapists.
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, non invasive hands on therapy that encourages whole body health. It is an approach that touches many levels of our experience while also being firmly grounded in the anatomy and physiology of the body. Early treatment in babies can release restrictive patterns and help prevent disease and dysfunction in later life. In children it can reduce a wide variety of difficulties, many of which do not come to light until a child starts school. For adults it is beneficial in the treatment of muscular and neurological conditions as well as allergies, sinusitis, stress and anxiety to name a few.
Physical Therapy is a natural hands-on approach to the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions such as neck, shoulder and back pain. It is suitable for all ages from the young to the not so young. I have won titles in athletics at county, provincial and national level in track and field and cross country. This background has served me well especially when it comes to the treatment of sporting injuries. Over the years I have worked with Banner Ladies Football - All Ireland Féile Champions, Clare Ladies Football, Clare Senior Hurlers, Clarecastle GAA Club, Doonbeg GAA Club, Kilmaley and Lissycasey GAA Club.
Physical Therapy treatments are recognised by the principal health insurance providers including: VHI; Quinn Healthcare; Hibernian Aviva Health and Garda Medical Aid Society.
Eileen Holly joined the clinic in February of 2008 as a senior resident completing her practical hours for completion of her course. She has now fully qualified.
Maureen McCabe joined our clinic in October 2008. She graduated as a Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist in 1985 through the National School of Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy (N-SHAP) London, and as an EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Practitioner in 2004 through The Association for the Advancement of Meridian Therapies, UK. Maureen has taken advanced training in the following fields: NLP( Neuro Linguistic Programming), bereavement counselling, past life regression, Depressive Disorders, eating disorders and smoking cessation.
Maureen has been in private practice for over twenty years and has worked in an NHS general practitioners practice in Bromley in Kent, and has run a successful private practice in Harley Street, London, before setting up in private practice in Galway in 2005.
Maureen is a tutor and a supervisor, and is a member of the following professional bodies: The national Council for Hypnotherapy ( NCH), UK,
The Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists, Cork, (ICHP),
The Association for the Advancement of Meridian Therapies, UK.
A foundation course in hypnotherapy will be starting in September 2009 in Galway and the course will be taught by Maureen McCabe.
Vivienne CampbellOriginally from Scotland, Vivienne Campbell is based in County Clare, Ireland. She trained to be a Medical Herbalist on a degree course in Lancashire (UK) run by the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. She qualified in 2003 and moved to County Clare. She holds a monthly clinic in Ennis, County Clare. She teaches popular courses on Herbal Remedies and Natural Cosmetic-Making at numerous venues across Ireland. In the summer months she leads guided herb walks in The Burren, the national park famed for its rare plants and flowers. She is passionate about showing people simple remedies that can be made at home with common plants. Her enthusiasm for Herbalism is contagious and people regularly return to her walks and courses. She is a popular guest speaker on the lecture circuit and she contributes specialist articles on Herbalism. Her courses and products have featured in national newspapers, radio and in the recently-published Irish craft book ‘Hands-On’ by Sylvia Thompson. Vivienne also co-presented the hit RTE1 television series Corrigan Cooks Naturally along with celebrity chef Richard Corrigan and organic gardener Kitty Scully. This series featured foraging and natural remedy-making.
Vivienne is dedicated to strengthening Herbal Medicine in Ireland. She regularly works with The Irish Seed Savers Association and The Organic Centre: both organisations that specialise in conservation of and education about plants and eco-systems in Ireland. Her website www.theherbalhub.com is non-commercial and is designed to be a resource for anyone wanting to learn more about Herbalism. Vivienne is fascinated by the wide range of uses that plants have and is convinced that she will still be discovering new things about them when she is in her nineties! She is currently writing her first book.
Vivienne also has her own popular hand-made natural cosmetic range Empress, Gourmet Natural Cosmetics. The range has received several rave reviews in the press by beauty experts. It includes luxurious face creams made from nourishing Irish seaweed and moisturising African shea butter, hand & body mousses, and refreshing spritzers. The range is 100 % natural, not tested on animals, free from GMOs, free from parabens and other artificial preservatives and also contains many products that are registered with the Vegan Society. Her cosmetics are available from various outlets in County Clare and her on-line shop www.empresscosmetics.com ships world-wide.