About Us

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Shirley established the practice in Sligo in 1988 on her return from Dublin having worked in hospitals & private practice for 5 years. Mary Mulvany joined the practice in 1995. The practice moved location in 1996 to Upper Pearse Road, Sligo and Ray Finan joined the team in 2010.

Shirley Foley

MSCP, MISCP, Dip TCD, MSOM H.Dip Musculo-Skeletal Medicine

Shirley graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1979 and is a member of the Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice, Chartered Physiotherapist in Exercise Medicine and the Chartered Physiotherapist in Manual Therapy. Shirley is also a member of the Irish Society of Orthopaedic Medicine (ISOM) since 1996 and undertook the H.Dip Musculo-Skeletal Medicine in 2004.

Shirley has over 40 years experience and worked for Athletics Ireland for 20 years 1985 – 2005 with whom she attended 2 Olympic Games, Barcelona and Atlanta. Sligo G.A.A. for 10 years 1990 – 2000 and worked as team physiotherapist to Sligo Rovers ’90 – ’94.

Shirley also has many sporting interests – athletics, rowing, gaelic football and hurling, rugby and scuba-diving. Shirley is currently a member of Sligo Yacht Club and a keen leisure cyclist. Shirley was awarded a Trinity Pink for rowing as a student in 1979 and has won National Championships in rowing and fin swimming.

Keen to continue her professional development Shirley continues to attend national and international courses and conferences to keep up to date with current research and developments.

Shirley specializes in the treatment of musculo-skeletal problems – back and neck problems, sports injuries, and biomechanical assessment. She has a special interest in the prevention and rehabilitation of injuries and exercise medicine for all ages.

Ray Finan

MISCP, BSc. Sports & Exercise Sciences, MSc.Physiotherapy

Ray joined the team at North West Physiotherapy in 2010. Having originally graduated from the University of Limerick in 2007 with a BSc in Sports & Exercise Sciences, Ray travelled to Edinburgh to complete his MSc. in Physiotherapy at Queen Margaret University, graduating in 2009.

Upon his return home he began working with GAA and soccer clubs in the locality and set up his own practice, Ray Finan Physiotherapy in February 2010. Ray continues to work with Ballisodare Utd. and St. John’s GAA in the capacity of Team Physiotherapist.

Since graduating Ray has continued to expand his clinical knowledge and experience treating people from all walks of life and helping to rehabilitate them back to full function.

Ray spent 4 years (2010-2014) as Head Physiotherapist at Sligo Rovers FC, contributing to the most successful period in the club’s history, winning 1 League Title, 2 FAI Cups and the Setanta Cup.

Ray’s focus with each patient is to incorporate the best up-to-date evidence with a person-centred approach to provide an individualised treatment approach for each patient. Ray combines techniques such as Manual Therapy, Dry Needling, Pain Neuroscience Education and Motivational Interviewing to attempt to achieve the best outcome for each of his patients.

Carmel Scott

Practice Manager

Carmel joined the team at North West Physiotherapy as practice manager in 2002. Carmel ensures that the clinic runs efficiently and is always a friendly voice on the phone. Carmel always deals with clients queries in an efficient and friendly manner and is available in the office Mon to Fri 9.00 to 12.00

Carmel loves the outdoors and some of her interests include cycling with The Innisfree Wheelers Cycling Club and taking part in sportif and charity cycles, walking the beautiful beaches hills and mountains around Sligo and further afield. Carmel is involved with the local community garden and took part in the planting of the local Community Orchard in Sligo town in 2012.

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