Michelle Biggins, Margaret O Connor, and Katy Holmes make up the team of chartered physiotherapists here at ProActive Physio.
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. ProActive Physio has grown alongside FrenchVanoli and Crossfit Galway to provide Physiotherapy, Health, and Fitness services to the people of Galway and surrounding areas.
Margaret O Connor joined ProActive Physio in May 2018. As the practice has grown Michelle needed another Full-time Physio to cover our new Practice in Gort. We are delighted to have Margaret on board. Margaret is originally from Ardrahan and has moved back to her roots, so she is a true local in Gort.
Katy Holmes joined ProActive Physio in May 2019. As the practice has grown Michelle needed another Full-time Physio to cover our new Practice in Gort. We are delighted to welcome Katy to our Team
Michelle Biggins is a Chartered Physiotherapist and runs ProActive Physio. Michelle traveled to Rio with Team Ireland for the 2016 Olympic Games. She was Head Physio for Team Ireland for the World University Games in 2017. She is also doing a PhD on Sleep at University of Limerick and is passionate about providing evidence based physiotherapy to all her patients. She recently Qualified as a Yoga instructor in Aruba.
She has worked in the Private Practice and Sports Injury setting for the last ten years and her hard work has taken her to the Olympics in London 2012, and the World Uni Games in Russia 2013 and South Korea 2015. Michelle has also worked with Galway Senior Football, Galway Senior Hurling, Galway U-21 Football, Galway U-21 Hurling, Galway Minor Hurling, and Galway United.
Michelle has a keen interest in sport and keeping fit. She previously played Gaelic football at inter-county and university level and also ran the London Marathon for Croi in 2011. Her current training involves Crossfit 3 times per week, yoga every day and Pilates and Gymnastics whenever she can! Michelle runs our Instagram page @proactivephysio that involves lots of different exercises she uses herself and with her patients.
Michelle has completed numerous post-graduate courses (LinkedIn profile) and alongside sports injuries, she has a special interest in Back Pain and Headache.
Michelle is available for appointment;
- Wednesday 8am – 4:30pm Oranmore
- Friday 8.30am – 5.30pm Oranmore
- Thursday 9.00am – 5pm Gort.
Margaret O Connor
Margaret is a chartered physiotherapist with over six years and has been working in London for the last number of years. She recently moved back home to Ardrahan.
She worked predominantly in Private Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine Clinic where she worked with many people in pain, semi-professional and professional athletes.
Her most recent role was within the NHS as a senior physiotherapist.
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.
Margaret is available for appointment in Gort on
- Monday, 11am – 7pm
- Wednesday, 9am – 5 pm
- Thursday 11am – 7 pm
- Friday 9am – 4pm
- Tuesday 12 noon – 7.30pm
Katy Holmes joined ProActive Physio in May 2019 and we are delighted to have this hardworking Limerick lady on board. Katy has an MSc in Physiotherapy from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh and a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science from University of Limerick. Katy is registered with CORU and the ISCP.
Katy has a special interest in problems of the lower limb and rehabilitating patients back to full health using progressive exercise strengthening programs. She prioritises her patients own health goals which enable her to deliver successful targeted rehab for her patients.
Working for the NHS in Scotland, Katy gained invaluable experience in outpatients, surgical, respiratory, orthopedic and stroke wards. She also worked as part of a team dealing with complex persistent pain problems which have hugely developed her skills in treating patients with complicated pain problems.
Katy has worked as a pitch-side physiotherapist for several underage soccer teams at Thistle Weir Youth Academy, with senior rugby union team Trinity Academicals in Scotland. Katy also completed a 4-month internship as an athletic trainer in Philadelphia, USA.
Katy has most recently started to specialise in Women’s Health. This area involves physiotherapy treatment for pelvic floor dysfunctions and bladder incontinence. Katy offers internal assessment of the pelvic floor, the most accurate way to assess how these muscles are working. Many women struggle to get back to exercise postpartum due to leaking while completing tasks such as jumping or running. This can be helped by strengthening up the pelvic floor muscles to be able to deal with these tasks again.
Katy is also trained to treat the effects of breast cancer treatment. Often women are affected with scar tissue which limits the movement at the shoulder. Katy uses special hands on techniques and exercises to help regain function of the shoulder.
Katy is available for appointment in both Oranmore and Gort.
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.