ProActive Physio

Michelle Biggins and Órla Armstrong make up the team of chartered physiotherapists here at ProActive Physio.

Four years ago Michelle was working as physio with Galway United where she met Tom French, assistant manager with Galway United. Michelle needed a base to treat players and started to treat players at Tom’s centre FrenchVanoli in Oranmore. She opened ProActive Physio and has progressed alongside FrenchVanoli and more recently Crossfit Galway to provide Health and Fitness services to the people of Galway and surrounding areas.

Michelle and Órla first worked together last year when they both were involved with the Galway Senior Football squad. Michelle was very impressed with Órla’s clinical skills and enthusiasm and asked her to come on board at ProActive Physio. Órla previously worked at the Galway Clinic, and since starting at ProActive Physio in early 2013, she has steadily built up an impressive caseload and rapport with our patients.

Michelle Biggins


Michelle Biggins is a Chartered Physiotherapist and runs ProActive Physio. She graduated from University of Limerick in 2007 with a BSc honours degree in Physiotherapy. In 2011 she travelled to Australia to study at Curtin University in Perth where she obtained a Diploma in Spinal Orthopaedic Manual Therapy.

She has worked in the Private Practice and Sports Injury setting for the last six years and her hard work has taken her to the Olympics in London 2012 and most recently to the far ends of Russia with Team Ireland for the World University Games 2013.

Michelle has a keen interest in sport and keeping fit. She ran the London Marathon for Croi in 2011, played Gaelic football at inter-county & university level and now keeps fit with a few 10Ks and CrossFit Galway.

Michelle has completed numerous post-graduate courses (LinkedIn profile) and alongside sports injuries she has a special interest in Back Pain and Headache.

You can contact Michelle for advice or an appointment on 0851670574 or

Órla Armstrong


Órla Armstrong is a Chartered Physiotherapist at ProActive Physio. She graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2011 with a BSc honours degree in Physiotherapy. She has since completed numerous post-graduate courses including Dry Needling, Isokinetics and Functional Rehab.

Órla worked in the Galway Clinic Physiotherapy Department for over 18 months covering outpatients, ICU and A&E referrals. Her physiotherapy sports experience includes Galway Senior Football, Salthill/Knocknacarra GAA and Galwegians.

Órla is a professional Irish Dancer and has toured the world with dance troop Celtic Legends. In 2009 she travelled to Zambia with the Alan Kerins Project where she provided voluntary paediatric physiotherapy. She is a keen runner, golfer and recently started Pilates Reformer here at FrenchVanoli.

Órla continues her professional education with post-graduate courses (LinkedIn profile) and has found a niche in injury screening and accelerating athletes in their return to sport.

You can contact Órla for advice or an appointment on 0851670574 or

FrenchVanoli & CrossFit Galway



FrenchVanoli is a unique Health and Fitness Centre located in Oranmore, Galway and is the brainchild of Tom French and his wife Claudia Vanoli. It combines one-to-one personal training and group training in Pilates, Pregnancy Pilates, Reformer Pilates, Bootcamp, Yoga, CrossFit, Sports Conditioning, Nutrition, Fitness Testing and Personalised Exercise Plans.

As onsite physiotherapists, we at ProActive Physio look after all aches & pains, sports injuries, rehabilitation, functional screening and fitness testing of all those who come through the doors here at FrenchVanoli and CrossFit Galway. We are very lucky to get to work alongside such a group of dedicated individuals who make up a fantastic team here in Oranmore.

Tom French has been an inspirational leader in the area of sports and fitness training in the West for the past 20 years. Claudia Vanoli is revered as a Pilates, Yoga, Dance and CrossFit teacher in Galway and across Ireland. Ronan, Padraic, and Mike head up the Crossfit classes with commitment and precision ensuring all members are well educated and in tune with their bodies to reach their full potential. Anna, Andrew and Aoifey lead the Pilates Reformer Classes and dedicating time and energy to help each of their clients reach their health and fitness goals. Not forgetting Max who keeps everyone and everything in order!