Chartered Physiotherapist, BSc (Hons) Physio, MMedSc (Sport & Exercise Medicine), MISCP, CPPP
Charlotte Skidmore founded The Skidmore Clinic, Carrigtwohill in 2018. She is a Chartered Physiotherapist, who first set up in private practice (Beechmount Physiotherapy) in 2013.
Charlotte has years of experience working in private practice specialising in the area of musculoskeletal physiotherapy & sports injury rehabilitation. Originally from Cobh, she graduated with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree from the University of Brighton in 2010. During her time in the UK, she worked in the NHS while also gaining sports physiotherapy experience with London Irish A.R.F.C. before some travel and returning home to Ireland.
She has since qualified in Trigger Point Dry Needling and uses this along with other manual therapies and exercise prescription to reduce pain and improve function. She is trained in Biomechanical assessment and Orthotic prescription. Charlotte is an APPI-trained Pilates instructor and has been teaching group classes for a number of years to those with back & neck pain in a safe and controlled environment, as well as to special groups including ante-natal, post-natal and teen Pilates. She regularly attends training courses to ensure she provides up-to-date ‘best practice’ and evidence-based physiotherapy treatments and has recently completed a Masters Degree in Sport & Exercise Medicine in UCC under Professor Michael Molloy and Dr Éanna Falvey.
Although Charlotte specialises in Musculoskeletal & Sports Injuries, she also has a lot of experience in elderly rehabilitation and working with those with Intellectual Disability. She worked for a period of time with the Brothers of Charity in Cork, in large nursing homes in Cork and as the Physiotherapy Service Co-ordinator for a Psychiatry of Old Age unit in Dublin before making a permanent move in to Private Practice.
Charlotte is currently the Republic of Ireland Women’s Under-17 Team Physiotherapist under manager Colin Bell. Charlotte gained her initial soccer experience with local League of Ireland team Cobh Ramblers F.C. as Head Physiotherapist for two and a half seasons from 2014 – 2016 and regularly works with elite sports teams (e.g. County Level GAA) and high performance athletes both in clinic and out on the field. She has maintained her position as Club Physiotherapist at Munster Junior League rugby club Cobh Pirates R.F.C. since 2013.
Charlotte herself is an avid sports person, whose personal achievements include representing Munster (U-21) and South-East England Senior Ladies’ Team in rugby. She currently plays basketball, having also played in school and college and completed the Brighton Marathon in 2011.
Charlotte is a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP), Chartered Physiotherapists in Sport & Exercise Medicine (CPSEM) and Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice (CPPP).
Occupational Therapist, BscOT, MAOTI, CORU
Alma Worrall (BSc OT) is a graduate of Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh and comes to The Skidmore Clinic with over 25 years’ experience in paediatrics and disability services. She has worked with children and adults in the UK and Ireland receiving post graduate training in Paediatric Bobath/ Neurodevelopmental Therapy, Sensory Integration, Is it Sensory, Is it Behaviour and other treatment techniques and approaches relevant to a range of neurological and developmental disorders. She has extensive experience working with children and adults with Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, Chromosomal Disorders and related neurological conditions as well as experience of working with children with Dyspraxia and DCD including handwriting difficulties.
Alma has worked in a number of settings in the Cork area since 1998 and has significant experience in the assessment and treatment of children as part of a multi-disciplinary team both in Early Intervention and within the school system.
She also has experience in relation to assessment of the home environment to enable or maintain independence. This may require advice in relation to activity modification or assessment for adaptive equipment, structural or building modifications.
In addition to her clinical work Alma has experience of managing a busy OT Department in Disability Services and has also worked on the undergraduate OT programme in UCC both as a Practice Tutor supporting student OT’s on a range of placements and also as part of the teaching team with responsibility for the paediatric lectures in Year 2. Alma is registered with CORU and is a member of the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland.
Rachel, a graduate of University College Cork, joins us with a wide range of experience in Paediatrics and Adult services.
She has worked with children in early intervention with a wide range of diagnoses, such as Autism, ADHD, Intellectual Disability, Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome.
While volunteering in a Special Needs Unit in New Zealand, Rachel co-ordinated groups to enhance children’s skills in social participation, fine motor skills and gross motor function.
Rachel also has a background in Elderly Rehabilitation, and has worked with older adults, including those with Dementia, post-stroke, post-op, and in falls prevention. She has applied the therapeutic use of occupations to enhance the functional independence of older adults, enabling them to return home following a hospital stay.
Rachel has a keen interest in current evidence-based practice, and is hoping to publish her own research on enhancing children’s participation in home-based occupations. She has also completed projects with Cork City Council on enhancing community participation for people with physical and cognitive impairments and mental health difficulties.
Rachel is registered with CORU and is a member of the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland.
Ali qualified in 2003 from UCD with a Degree in Social Science and has over 16 years experience working in the area of Social Care and Family Support using skills in coaching, empowerment and enablement in her experience working with individuals facing challenges.
She began her journey into Nutritional Therapy in 2014 with a Certificate in Dietary Counselling and went on to complete the four year Diploma in Nutritional Therapy in 2018 with the Institute of Health Sciences in Dublin. She has also completed the HSE Health and Well Being Facilitator training.
She is particularly passionate about a food first approach and supports clients to gain confidence in food preparation and cooking though a person-centred approach. Coming from a manager role in various positions and following a busy lifestyle herself, she is acutely aware of the demands of stress and lifestyle on health. She skilfully supports clients to approach their health from a functional medicine perspective addressing all aspects of their health for overall well-being.
Ali has facilitated community and well-being courses since 2011. In 2017, she facilitated a corporate well-being programme for corporate employees providing consultations in the work place and supporting employees in positive dietary and lifestyle changes in a demanding work environment. She has facilitated workshops in sports clubs and in the area of hormone health for women in 2017.
She also completed her qualification in Neuromuscular Therapy and Sports Massage in 2005 through the National Training Centre in Dublin and has a particular interest in soft tissue release and injury prevention.
Medical Administrator & Receptionist
Katie brings a wealth of managerial experience to the team and ensures the smooth running of the clinic. Having owned her own business and worked in a managerial administrative role for many years, Katie has an impressive work ethic and is absolutely fantastic with our clients. There isn’t a problem that Katie can’t solve; we are delighted to have her at the clinic.
Katie is available on the reception desk Monday to Friday 9am – 1pm.