Dervla originally from south Belfast joins Active Health with a wealth of experience gained from her travels around the world. She graduated in 2007 with honours from UUJ and began her working life in the NHS Gaining invaluable experience in the areas of MSK, stroke rehabilitation and community care before setting off on a one-way ticket to the southern hemisphere.
In New Zealand she worked in a hospital orthopaedic rehab facility providing post op care to many knee and hip replacement patients as well as multiple trauma fractures.
She then moved to the sunnier and warmer climate of Brisbane and for the last 8 years of her life has been working in a Multidisciplinary Private practice. It was here that Dervla’s passion for all things movement began. Dervla loves nothing more than discovering the true nature of your injury and how to best manage it to suit your life style and your goals. She uses a combination of manual therapies, such as Functional Release soft tissue mobilisation, joint mobilisation, dry needling and individualised rehab programs to get the best results. She has also recently completed her Mat and Reformer Pilates Instructor Training with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI).
Dervla has now returned home to settle in Northern Ireland with her partner and two young kids. When not in work, she’s chasing them in a park or exploring NI.
Dervla has had both the privilege of playing and working with some of the best athletes from Northern Ireland and around the world. She attended the European games with the under 21 Northern Ireland Netball team, she was head physiotherapist of the All Ireland winning Ladies Antrim GAA team and has worked with the underage professional rugby team in New Zealand.
Pre and post op joint replacements
Post Op Rehab
Health and Care Professions Council
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency