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.
Hayley is a graduate of University College Cork (UCC) and has specialised in paediatrics with the past
6 years. Hayley has worked with children from 0-18 with varying developmental and neurological
disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay, Intellectual Disability,
Developmental Coordination Disorder and difficulties with sensory processing skills and handwriting.
Hayley has gained experience in the UK working in TreeHouse School which is in the National Centre
for Autism Education, where she and her team won the ‘London Children of Courage Team of the
Year’ award. Most recently, Hayley has worked for the HSE in Primary Care Paediatrics and Early
Intervention in Dublin. Hayley also has 18 months experience as an Applied Behavioral Analysis
(ABA) tutor. Hayley has volunteered with other Occupational Therapists in Alaska and Belarus in
community centers and orphanages.
Hayley has a special interest in parent education and parent empowerment, and enjoys leading and
facilitating workshops on toilet training, better sleep, advice for picky eaters, sensory processing
skills and motor skills. Hayley warmly invites parents to share ideas amongst each other in these
sessions to build a community of support for families.
Hayley has ample experience in both individual therapy sessions and group therapy. Groups that
Hayley has previously run include sensory circuits, ‘motor monkeys’, handwriting without tears,
speed up handwriting, ‘fun with food’, attention autism, social skills, dressing skills & cycling groups.
For individual therapy, Hayley will work with the child and family to create and achieve fun and
functional goals whilst targeting the child’s own individual interests. Hayley strives to ensure all
therapeutic interventions in the clinic can be replicated and transferred to the child’s natural
environments, both at home and at school.
Hayley has post-graduate training in Sensory Integration (module 1), Sensory attachment
intervention, Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), Attention Autism, Handwriting
without tears, Visual Perceptual and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Hayley is registered with CORU and is a member of the Association of Occupational Therapists of
Ireland. Hayley is also a member of the Pediatric Advisory Group and the Special Interest Yoga
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.
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 in clinic Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.