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HealthcareDirect offers a friendly and professional service, and provides a holistic treatment approach catering for each patient and learners’ individual needs. We pride ourselves on maintaining the highest levels of professionalism, training and clinical excellence at all times through continuous professional development, ensuring that the student and patient receives the latest in theoretical, practical and technological advances.  All our staff are fully qualified to degree or masters level and are full members of their professional body.

  • Annette Shanahan
    Clinical & Training Director


    Our physiotherapy team is led by Annette Shanahan. Annette qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist from Nottingham School of Physiotherapy (University of Nottingham). She is specialised in Occupational Health and completed the Diploma in Safety Health and Welfare at Work from University College Dublin. Her clinical specialism is the rehabilitation of injured workers, particularly those with chronic low back pain.
    She completed a MSc in Primary Care, First Class Honours in Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, (RCSI) Dublin and was a part-time lecturer in Occupational Health in RCSI. She undertook post-graduate study in the USA and qualified as a Functional Capacity Evaluator and introduced this system of injury assessment to Ireland. She frequently acts as an Expert Witness.

    Annette is a member of IOSH, the Irish Ergonomics Society and has completed the Certificate in Training and Continuing Education from NUI Maynooth. Annette has served as President of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin.

  • Mairead McKenna
    Operations Director


    Mairead graduated from University of Limerick with a Bachelors Degree in Engineering .

    Mairead specialises in the areas of Quality and Process Improvement and completed Diplomas in Quality Management & Finance and Taxation. She worked in the hi tech sector for twenty years primarily in IBM, Fujitsu, Biomedical Research & Tellabs before moving to the healthcare service sector. Mairead's background is in driving Operational Excellence and brings a wealth of experience in this area to the business in terms of providing the best possible services to our clients in the most cost effective and efficient way. Mairead works closely with the Customer Care , Business Development and Sales and Administration team to ensure that our operational processes run well, our client requirements are heard and implemented and our service delivery is excellent.

  • James Courtney
    Clinical Manager


    James graduated from The Robert Gordon University of Aberdeen where he attained a Bachelors Degree in Physiotherapy. He has gained significant clinical and mentoring experience throughout his career working in a number of NHS trusts in the South of England as well as in the private sector. He has particular clinical experience in musculo-skeletal/orthopaedic and neurological specialisms in community, rehab, care home, outpatient and acute hospital settings.

    James has completed university tutor training with the University of Southampton, Coventry University and University of Brighton. He has also completed training in team leadership and peer mentorship in order to support physios in clinical practice.  He is a member of the ISCP and is registered with CORU, the Irish Health and Social Care Professions regulator, and the HCPC in the UK.

  • Dr. Farhat Aslam
    Clinical Manager - Physiotherapy
    086 025 1549


    Farhat completed her Degree in Physiotherapy at King Edward Medical University, Lahore in 2004 where she graduated with First Class Honors and later went on to complete her Doctor of Physiotherapy degree at the same university in 2011. She is a Member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP), registered with CORU, the Irish Health and Social Care Professions Regulator, Health Professional Council (HCPC) and Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) United Kingdom.

    Farhat is has extensive experience of working in private and public healthcare sectors in both the UK and Ireland.

    She has particular clinical experience in MSK, sports injuries, elective orthpaedics, care of elderly, A&E, neuro rehabilitation, admission avoidance, in busy hospital and clinic environments.

  • Orla Murray
    Occupational Therapist Manager
    085 870 5337


    Orla graduated from The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen in 2010 with a Bsc Honours Degree in Occupational Therapy. She has worked in a variety of settings over the last 10 years including NHS inpatient and rehabilitation settings in the UK and private Occupational Therapy outpatient and paediatric settings in the Middle East. This has allowed her to gain a vast experience and knowledge in the areas of seating, postural management, moving and handling, cognitive rehabilitation and sensory integration. She also completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Management and Leadership at Westford University in Dubai in 2018.

    Orla has a keen interest in service development and advocating for the role of Occupational Therapy in both adult and paediatric settings. She is a member of the AOTI as well as being CORU and HCPC registered. Orla’s role in Healthcare Direct involves supporting the clinical development of our Occupational Therapists through supervision, training and joint sessions onsite. As part of the management team, Orla works closely with colleagues and clients to ensure a quality Occupational Therapy service and regularly conducts service reviews and audits.


  • George Smith
    Business Development & Customer Care Manager


    George joined PhysioDirect in January 2010, later to become Healthcare Direct.
    Having worked initially for 17 years in the hi-tech multinational sector, he has since gained over 10 years experience in the service sector in Ireland. George’s aim is to build long lasting business relationships with Healthcare Direct clients with a strong focus on transparency and following through on commitments.
    Using his operational and customer service background he works closely with our clients to find service solutions to meet their unique requirements.

    Should you have any queries regarding any of the services provided by Healthcare Direct, then please don’t hesitate to contact George.

  • Mary Fleming
    Administrator (Clinical Services)


    Mary joined Healthcare Direct in 2011 and provides support in the areas of Clinical Administration and Accounts. Mary is the central point of contact for organising Private Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech & Language appointments. She also ensures that all our clients have the necessary staff back up documentation. Mary manages all client invoicing and accounts receivable.

    You can contact Mary on 1850 749746.

  • Ann Hanily
    Administrator (Clinical Services)


    Ann provides support in the areas of Clinical Administration and Accounts.  She also  manages all client invoicing and accounts receivable.

    Please contact Ann on 1850 749746
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