Michelle Biggins, Eleanor Stafford, Margaret O'Connor and Darren Flannery make up the team of chartered physiotherapists here at ProActive Physio. Our superstar secretary Eileen Larkin keeps us all in check and ensures everything is running smoothly.
Michelle opened ProActive Physio in 2010 when she was working as a physio with Galway United and needed a base to treat players in Galway. In the last 10 years, ProActive Physio has expanded to two clinics to provide physiotherapy to the people of Galway and surrounding areas.
Eleanor Stafford is a Chartered Physiotherapist who recently graduated from the University of Limerick and has just joined the practice. Eleanor is from Gort and is registered with CORU and the ISCP.
She has a keen interest in sport having played International soccer as well as camogie and Gaelic football at inter-county level. Having experienced several long-term injuries Eleanor can empathise with people going through a long rehabilitation process and as a result hopes she can help patients through similar situations.
Eleanor has gained experience in a variety of areas during her college facilitated work placements ranging from acute hospital settings to primary care centres. She was also involved in delivering exercises classes at Croi house in Galway city, on top of setting up and coaching a Walking Football program. From this, Eleanor has developed a huge interest in exercise prescription, carrying out her final year research project on the effect of exercise intervention in reducing hospital admissions.
Margaret is a chartered physiotherapist with ten years years experience and worked in London for eight years as a Senior Physiotherapist. She moved back home to Ardrahan in 2018 and has been with us since. So she is our true local
She worked predominantly in Private Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine Clinic where she worked with many people in pain, semi-professional and professional athletes.
She was the tour physiotherapist for the Hofesh Schechter Dance company’s European tour and as part of Madonna’s MDNA tour medical team. Margaret has recently completed her MSc in Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy at King’s College London.
Previously a keen camogie player, Margaret now enjoys the gym and Pilates to keep strong and healthy.
Margaret is Pilates and Acupuncture trained and has a particular interest in the management of persistent pain and specialises in Vestibular treatment
Darren Flannery is a Chartered Physiotherapist and Athletic Therapist and Trainer from Mayo. Darren has a special interest in complex knee injuries and hip and groin problems. He is very focused on specific diagnosis, treatment, screening and targeted rehabilitation of these injuries. Darren is very committed to keeping up to date with research and the best evidenced based physiotherapy practice.