About Us 2017-11-27T08:27:22+00:00

Meet the team

Sheila Barrett

Sheila Barrett, Owner, Chartered Physiotherapist and Acupuncturist at East Cork Physiotherapy, Balance & Acupuncture Clinic, Midleton, Cork. Sheila graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in 1986 with a Degree in Physiotherapy.

She completed membership exams of the Irish Society of Orthopaedic Medicine in 1994 and qualified as a Licensed Acupuncturist from the British College of Acupuncture in 1996. She gained Certification in Vestibular Rehabilitation from Emory University, Atlanta, USA in 2011. She has attended a wide range of post-graduate physiotherapy & acupuncture courses including sports injuries, biomechanics, core stability / pilates, women’s health and osteoporosis. Sheila worked in the public & private sectors in Cork Hospitals & Clinics along with having worked abroad in the USA in both Florida and Michigan and in Zimbabwe. Finally opening this clinic in Midleton, Cork in 1996.

Mairead Evans

Mairead Evans studied at the University of Huddersfield, England and graduated with a BSc (Physiotherapy) in 2004. She worked within the NHS until she joined the clinic in 2008. She has gained postgraduate qualifications in acupuncture, biomechanics, sports injuries and vestibular rehabilitation.

Mairead has trained with APPI (Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute) and specialised in Pilates for runners and pre/post natal clients. She has recently gained a certificate from Manual Concepts in spinal manual therapy. Mairead has a keen interest in the GAA, she previously played for St. Vals and was involved with Cork underage. Since retiring from football she has taken up running, participating in the local Ballycotton 5 mile runs and Ballycotton 10. She also is involved in cycling with her local club.

Ruth Hegarty

Ruth Hegarty graduated with a Bsc. Physiotherapy Hons from Trinity College Dublin in 2009. Since then she has gained 3 years of hospital experience working abroad in Singapore. Ruth then returned to Ireland to begin working exclusively in musculoskeletal private practice, and joined the clinic in 2014.

Ruth has a special interest in treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions with an emphasis on acute back, neck and shoulder pain and sports injury management. Ruth regularly participates in post graduate education completing courses in biomechanical assessment, orthotic prescription and low back pain management. Ruth is a keen sportswoman with a background in competitive swimming. She swam nationally and represented Ireland at school and University level. She currently swims for fitness, and also enjoys horse riding and running.

Emma Fitzgerald

Emma is the Administration Manager at East Cork Physiotherapy, Balance & Acupuncture Clinic, Midleton, Cork.

Emma joined the clinic in 2001 and since then has been responsible for the administrative aspects creating an efficient, friendly and welcoming environment.