At Back on Track Physiotherapy we have friendly and helpful staff on hand to give advice and help to all of our clients. But sometimes having treatment in an unfamiliar environment can be off putting, so let us tell you a little about ourselves first.
Julie studied at the University of Ulster and graduated in 1990 with a BSc Honours Degree in Physiotherapy. Her career began in Musgrave Park Hospital working with spinal injuries and limb-fitting; also working at the Joss Cardwell Centre with head injuries, stroke, M.S., spinal injuries and other neurological conditions.
In 1993 Julie moved to the Southern Health Board to establish a new post, working in the community with young, physically disabled adults. In 1997 she moved out of the Health Service to set up another new post working in the public sector, specialising in treatment of sports injuries and musculoskeletal problems.
In 2004 Julie set up her own private practice in the Dungannon area. At the same time she began training in the Sarah Key Method for the treatment of neck and back pain. She became a fully Accredited Practitioner of the Sarah Key Method in 2005 (the first in the UK). Her success in using this unique and extremely effective method has seen the practice grow as a centre of excellence for the treatment of back and neck pain as well as other musculoskeletal conditions. Julie moved into new premises at the Linen Green, Moygashel in April 2006. Since 2005 she has been assisting Sarah Key who travels from Australia twice annually to teach and train other UK based physiotherapists. Julie has been a Senior Course tutor since November 2007 working alongside Sarah Key. She is now a teacher of the Sarah Key Method having just run the first course to be held in Ireland in March 2012. She is also a member of the HCPC, CSP, and Society of Orthopaedic Medicine.
Julie trained in Myofascial Release with John F. Barnes in 2015 and spent 3 weeks at his clinic “Therapy on the Rocks” in Sedona, Arizona in 2016, working alongside John and his team.
Darren studied at the University of Ulster and graduated in 2007 with a BSc Honours degree in Physiotherapy. Darren began working in (Dundonald Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic) private practice in July 2007. This quickly involved managing a large caseload of both musculoskeletal and orthopaedic patients.
Having seen the benefits of the Sarah Key Method for treating back and neck pain Darren began his training in 2008 and became an accredited practitioner in 2010. Through the Sarah Key Method training Darren met Julie who was a tutor. He further developed a relationship with Back on Track Physiotherapy through further training updates.
Darren has always had a passion for sport and working with professional athletes. From 2008, Darren has worked with Northern Ireland International football teams beginning with the Under 17 squad. This progressed to Under 21 level in 2012. Darren also worked with Ulster Rugby U18 team and continues to provide soft tissue therapy on a locum basis for the Senior Ulster Rugby team and N.I. Athletics.
Darren returned to the University of Ulster in 2011 and completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Sport and Exercise Medicine. This equipped Darren with the knowledge and skills to work at International level within Sports Physiotherapy. He has now been Physiotherapist with the Senior Men Northern Ireland squad since October 2012. This involves travelling with the team and providing Physiotherapy including pre-habilitation and recovery strategies for the players to maximise performance and reduce playing time loss from injury.
Darren is delighted to be joining Back on Track Physiotherapy and brings a wealth of experience treating all musculoskeletal injuries. His enthusiasm and passion for his profession is reflected in his commitment to his clients and result in them recovering and achieving their goals whether it be returning to work, lifting their grandchildren or a better golf swing!
Laura completed her BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy at Manchester Metropolitan University and graduated in 2009. Laura then came back to Northern Ireland and started working in the Belfast Trust in paediatrics, based in local special schools whilst volunteering in the MS Society working alongside the physiotherapists there.
Having a keen interest in sport, Laura joined Holywood Rugby Club for two seasons as their XI Physiotherapist in 2010 providing pitch side first aid, pre and post-game sports massage and treatment to players. Laura has completed further training in sports massage receiving her Level 3 diploma and Dry Needling Modules 1-3.
In 2013 Laura moved into the private sector to work in a busy private physiotherapy clinic dealing with the rehabilitation of sport injuries and orthopaedic patients. She completed her Pilates Matwork Level 1 course with the APPI and began incorporating 1:1 pilates exercise programmes with her private patients.
Opportunity then came to open her own treatment room within a pilates studio and she built up a small caseload of patients treating them with a combination of soft tissue and sports massage, dry needling and exercise programmes. She also worked evenings in another busy private clinic and taught pilates classes there as well as starting pilates classes in various community centres across Belfast before going on maternity leave.
Laura has joined the team at Back On Track as a part-time physiotherapist and pilates instructor and is excited to develop in Sarah Key and myofascial release techniques.
Gareth graduated from University of Ulster in 1995 with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Physiotherapy and shortly after, began working in an NHS rotational post in Altnagelvin Area Hospital with a short period in Musgrave Park Hospital. Between 1997 and 1998, Gareth gained a Masters in Sports Medicine at Trinity College Dublin.
From 1998-2000, He worked as Assistant physiotherapist to the first team and reserve squads at Tottenham Hotspur FC and moved from there to his current post as Head Physiotherapist at Ulster Rugby. In 2000-2002, Gareth was appointed as physiotherapist for the Ireland Under 21 squad through the 6 Nations campaign and World Cup tournament.
In 2003, he was appointed as physiotherapist for the Ireland A squad through their 6 Nations campaign and worked with the Ireland senior squad during their tour of South Africa in 2004. In 2006, Gareth was appointed as physiotherapist for the Ireland squad for the Churchill Cup tournament.
Samantha finished her GCSEs at Drumglass High School and continued her education there for a further two years completing a GNVQ Advanced in Business, Leisure and Tourism in 1996. She then continued to develop her business skills by completing a NVQ in Business Administration in 1997 and a NVQ in Information Technology in 1998.
She began work in the role of secretary/receptionist in a busy accountancy firm in September 1997, developing skills in the accountancy field as well as administration and office management.
She began her position as receptionist at Back on Track Physiotherapy in July 2013. She enjoys working in a friendly environment where she knows that her job helps people who are in pain receive much needed treatment to enable them to get back to normal life.