OUR DOCTORS

DR. NUALA O'FARRELL

GP, Fertility, Paediatrics, Menopause
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Dr Nuala O Farrell grew up in Glasnevin and attended Holy Faith Convent, Glasnevin, before studying medicine in University College Dublin. She studied paediatrics at post graduate level and spent two years working as a volunteer doctor in Zambia, Africa, before setting up “The Cremore Clinic” in 1990.

Dr O Farrell’s special interests are “Fertility” and the “Menopause”. She also has a special love of Paediatrics and Teenage Mental Health.

Dr O Farrell has been teaching general practice to post graduate doctors since 2003 and has in recent years also been lecturing in “Narrative Medicine”.

In her spare time Dr Nuala loves mountain walking, yoga and literature.

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DR. FIONA DENNEHY

GP, as Gaeilge & Sign Language, Travel Vaccines
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Dr Fiona Dennehy graduated from UCD in 1995. She came to The Cremore Clinic in 1999 after three years working in the west of Ireland. Fiona has always been interested in medical education and has been teaching medical students from RCSI as part of their augmented teaching programme since 2001.

She has been involved in post-graduate GP training for the North Dublin GP Scheme since 2013. Travel medicine was one of Fiona's first interests and she maintains that with nurse Deirdre in providing travel advice and vaccinations. Fiona lives locally, is immersed in her local community which includes Na Fianna GAA Club and Bohemian Football Club where she has been the club doctor since 2014. She has a special interest also in the deaf community and has level 3 in ISL. Tá suim mhor sa ghaeilge aici.

Dr Fiona Dennehy, MB BCh BAO DCh DOWH MICGP.

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DR. IAIN MORRISON

GP, Sexual Health, Men’s Health
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Dr Iain, from Dublin, qualified from Trinity College in 1998 where he always wanted to follow a career in General Practice and finished his MICGP (General Practice training) in 2002. He was delighted to join The Cremore Clinic in 2004 after working in New Zealand as a GP for a year and other Practices in Ireland. He became a partner in 2007.

His particular areas of interest are in Men’s Health and Sexual Health screening and as proud member of the LGBTQ community would strive to be inclusive of members of the community for this. He also has worked in and has a diploma in Diabetes Care and has a strong interest in Chronic Disease Management. He has developed an interest in Occupational Medicine and has a developing interest in Sports and Exercise Medicine. The latter stems from his keen interest in athletics. He coaches middle and long distance athletes in Trinity College Dublin as well as being very involved with his athletics club Donore Harriers.

He enjoys teaching the next generation of doctors and is a G.P. tutor for students in Trinity College Dublin.

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DR. SARAH LAWLER

GP, Fertility, Ultrasounds, Contraceptive Devices
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Dr Sarah Lawler graduated from RCSI in 2005 and has been working in The Cremore Clinic since 2013 when she completed GP training with the UCD Mid-Leinster Training Scheme gaining a MICGP qualification.

She holds a RCPI diploma in Obstetrics and Women’s Health and a certificate in Medical Ultrasound specialising in Gynaecology and Early Pregnancy Ultrasound from the University of Bournemouth.

She has a special interest in women’s health, in particular Fertility Assessments and helping women conceive with Ovulation Induction, ovarian follicle tracking and use of timed sexual intercourse if needed. Her other interests include Contraception Counselling and insertion of long-acting contraceptive devices such as Mirenas, Kyleenas, Copper Coils, and Implanon Insertion, treatment of STI's, Menopause Management and minor surgical procedures.

Sarah gained valuable experience in Internal Medicine after graduation in Dublin hospitals passing MRCPI exams in 2008, followed by a year as an RCSI medical tutor before pursuing training in her chosen field of General Practice and is committed to enhancing and maintaining optimum health for her patients.

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DR. CAROLINE DUGGAN

GP, Contraceptive Devices, Medical Problems
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Following her qualification from the UCD School of Medicine, Dr Duggan completed her internship in the Mater Hospital, Limerick. She went on to commence postgraduate training in medicine, receiving her membership of The Royal College of Physicians in Ireland prior to commencing her general practice training with The North Dublin City GP Training Programme, from which she received her membership of the Irish College of General Practitioners.

Dr Duggan has worked with the health service in the United States and Western Australia prior to returning to Ireland. In addition to her general practice commitments, Dr Duggan works as a clinical tutor with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

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DR. CATHERINE O'NEILL

GP, Women’s Health, Paediatrics
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Following an initial degree in Radiotherapy in Trinity College, Dr Catherine O’ Neill studied Medicine in the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, completing her degree in 2009. She worked in Edinburgh for two years following this, in the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and other hospital sites. She then moved to Glasgow for a year, working in a Hospice for 6 months and then the Glasgow Western Infirmary and Gartnavel Hospitals.

In 2012 she accepted a place on the RCSI GP Scheme in Dublin and completed her GP training in 2016.

She has worked in Dunboyne and Ardee GP surgeries before joining the team in The Cremore Clinic in February 2019.

Dr Catherine has a variety of different clinical interests. She has a Diploma in Women’s Health from the Royal College of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in the UK. She also holds the European Certificate in Palliative Care. She hopes to further develop her interest in Dermatology in the coming years.

Dr Catherine O’Neill BSc hons, MBChB, MICGP, DRCOG.

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Dr. Kevin Boner

GP, Pharmacist
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Dr Boner originally qualified as a pharmacist in 1992. He worked in community and hospital positions often with the most marginalised of society before embarking on a career path that saw him work in Africa, Asia and the Pacific where he worked with both Government and Non-Governmental Organisations, often liaising with various UN agencies such as WHO, UNICEF, UNHCR as well as the IMF and World Bank. He followed his interests in preventative, tropical and Public Health Medicine by completing his medical degree in 2008. He obtained his membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 2012. He has worked as a lecturer in Clinical Medicine for the Royal College of Surgeons. He has worked with a range of internal medicine specialities; including Endocrinology, Renal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Neurology and has considerable experience in Psychiatry. He is currently in his fourth year with the North Dublin City GP scheme. He is married and lives in Dublin with his wife and family of four children. He is delighted to be joining the team at The Cremore Clinic.

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Dr. Deirdre McCarthy

GP
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Dr Deirdre is new to the practice. She is a 4th year registrar in the Dublin Mid Leinster Training Scheme in General Pracitce. She graduated from Medicine in UCD in 2012. She then went on to basic speciality training in internal medicine through the Beaumont Hospital group. She commenced her journey in General Pracitce in 2016. She has worked in various Dublin hospitals including Maternity and Paediatrics since.

Her last year was spent in a suburban practice in Co Wicklow. In 2019, she obtained a special interest Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine. She is looking forward to broadening her areas of interest, and gathering momentum in our busy Cremore Clinic.

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Dr. Rachael Caffrey

GP
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Dr Rachael Caffrey qualified from NUI Galway School of Medicine in 2006. She completed her internship in University Hospital Galway, and following this she went on to complete a year of Paediatric Specialist Training. During this year she completed rotations in Neonatology in the Rotunda Hospital and Paediatric Emergency Medicine in Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

Rachael then went on to complete her GP Training with the Western GP Training Scheme based in Galway, and was awarded Membership to the Irish College of General Practitioners in 2019. During this time she also completed Diploma’s in Paediatrics and in Obstetrics and Women’s Health.

In her spare time Rachael enjoys music and sea swimming.

She is excited to join the team at The Cremore Clinic.

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Administration - Mary

Mary Lynch is The Cremore Clinic Practice Manager. Mary keeps the clinic running smoothly on a day to day basis. She manages our excellent front of desk staff. The Cremore Clinic has an ethos of putting the patient first from the moment he or she steps in the door. Mary sets the tone for the patient's experience. Our staff, namely Frances, Doreen, Joan, Yvonne, Aideen, Olivia, Niamh and Martha provide the friendly face and sympathetic approach that we pride ourselves on in The Cremore Clinic.

CLINIC STAFF

DEIRDRE FLANAGAN

Travel Health, Heart Health, Diabetes
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Deirdre joined the practice in 2003 and is the longest-serving practice nurse in the surgery. Deirdre trained in the Meath and National Children’s Hospital and graduated with a dual qualification in general and children’s nursing in 1982. Deirdre moved to the UK after graduation where she worked as a staff nurse for a number of years in Brighton General Hospital and gained experience in a variety of medical and surgical fields.

In 1989 Deirdre returned to Ireland and took up a position in the Meath Hospital and subsequently upon its closure in Tallaght Hospital where she continued to expand her experience in Acute Medical and Surgical Care and also worked for two years in the challenging environment of the accident and Emergency Care Department.

Deirdre has been a pivotal person in the development of The Cremore Clinic Nursing Services. She is an accredited smear taker with The National Cervical Check Programme. She has an interest in Travel Medicine. Deirdre is also a central figure in our delivery of the Diabetes Cycle of Care Program to our elegise patients with type 2 diabetes

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RUTH O'DWYER

Fertility Nurse Specialist, Midwife Sonographer
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Ruth qualified as a General Nurse from University College Cork in 2008 and worked for a period in Cork hospitals before emigrating to Australia in 2009. She completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Midwifery and worked for a few years in North Shore Private Maternity Hospital Sydney before returning to Ireland to join our clinic in 2013. Ruth has a special interest in Women's Health and Fertility and is a certified Smear Taker with cervical check and fully competent in Sexual Health Screening. She is a member of the British Medical Ultrasound Society and the Senior Infertility Nurses Group, UK. In 2015, Ruth completed a post graduate certificate in Medical Ultrasound from Bournemouth University, specialising in Gynaecology and Early Pregnancy Ultrasound. She is responsible for the planning and implementing of patient care undergoing fertility tests and treatments in our clinic and plays an important role in patient education, advice and support. Ruth performs Gynaecology Assessment Scans, Follicle Tracking Scans for patients having ovulation induction in our clinic and Follicle Tracking Scans for women undergoing IVF treatment overseas.

Ruth is also our Midwife Sonographer and thoroughly enjoys meeting expectant parents for their first pregnancy scan. This can often be an anxious time for new Mums and Dads and having an Early Pregnancy Scan can provide reassurance and a unique special bonding experience. Often Ruth will continue to care for these women throughout the antenatal period, meeting women regularly for their antenatal checks, providing continued support and preparation for labour, birth and the initial postpartum period.

Ruth is a central figure in our Holistic Care Environment here in The Cremore Clinic.

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MARY-ROSE HALPIN

Practice Nurse
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Mary-Rose joined our practice in 2018 and came to us with a wealth of knowledge in care of the older person. Mary-Rose worked in a large and diverse nursing home where she started out as Staff Nurse and climbed through the ranks to Assistant Director of Nursing. Mary-Rose is passionate in her belief of caring for the whole person, respecting each individual’s strengths and addressing their needs in a compassionate way.

Mary-Rose graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2011 with an Honours Degree in General Nursing. From there Mary-Rose gained experience in Orthopaedic Trauma Nursing and has a particular interest in wound care.

Since joining The Cremore Clinic Mary-Rose has completed the Smear takers course with RCSI and is a registered Smear taker with Cervical Check. Mary-Rose has also completed a course in Sexually Transmitted Infections. Mary-Rose is keen to broaden her knowledge of Practice Nursing and to bring her specialist knowledge in caring for the older person to The Cremore Clinic.

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VIJAY ANAND GOPAL

Physiotherapist, Phlebotomist
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Vijay Anand Gopal is a Chartered Physiotherapist with over nineteen years of experience working with a wide range of conditions while specialising in Orthopaedics, Dry needling and Musculoskeletal problems. Vijay has been a successful Physiotherapist helping patients to rehabilitate and optimise their bodies health. He treats spinal and joint problems, trauma and sports injuries and has extensive experience in treating sporting injuries.

Vijay came to Ireland in 2006 and joined The Cremore team in August 2012. Vijay is also a qualified Phlebotomist and on busy days he provides an extra service in the clinic taking bloods.

Vijay is an active playing member of Clontarf Cricket Club and is extremely passionate about cricket. He plays for the Leinster Senior Cricket Team and All Ireland Leagues.

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DOROTHY TWOHIG

Psychotherapist
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Dorothy Twohig holds a Master’s Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy and a Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from DCU and Turning Point Institute. Her education also includes a Certificate in Group Therapy Facilitation (PCI) and a Certificate in Advanced Mindfulness.

A fully accredited Member of IAHIP, Dorothy draws on many therapeutic approaches in her clinical practice, while also incorporating aspects of CBT and Mindfulness exercises. Central to Dorothy's clinical practice is the creation of a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space in which a client can explore their presenting issues, such as depression, trauma, abuse, and psychological distress.

As a Psychotherapist working in the Dept of Psychology and Psychotherapy at St. James's Hospital, Dorothy has gained extensive experience working therapeutically with individuals and also as a group facilitator. Dorothy has been part of The Cremore Clinic Team since July 2014 where she provides Individual Counselling and Psychotherapy, by appointment.

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LEE CASEY

Counsellor & Psychotherapist
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Lee is a qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist and an accredited member of the Irish Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy.

Lee's philosophy integrates Humanistic, CBT and Psychodynamic insights in a client-centred approach. He strives at all times to create an atmosphere that is safe, welcoming and non-judgmental for the client to explore and work through the difficulties they are facing.

Recognising that it is brave, and sometimes daunting to come to counselling, Lee works in a way that is always respectful of the client, their experiences, and the importance of establishing a relationship of trust and openness.

As part of the Psychotherapy team within St. James's Hospital since 2010, Lee has gained much experience working with men and women undergoing difficulty in their lives, whether through depression, bereavement, anxiety, stress, relationship issues, sexual identity, addiction, pain, loss, isolation, abuse or other distress.

We are very fortunate to have a therapist of Lee's confidentiality and compassion working with us in The Cremore Clinic.

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JOANNE BECKETT

Chiropodist
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Joanne graduated in 2001 from Salford University with a BSc (Hons) in Podiatry. She is a very popular practitioner and specialises in routine Podiatry problems, Diabetic Foot Care and Screening.

Joanne looks after patients eligible for the chiropody card scheme and also has a private clinic. Private patients from outside the clinic are most welcome to make an appointment with Joanne.

After graduating from her degree she worked within the NHS around the UK in various locations where she gained valuable experience in developing her clinician skills. Joanne has worked as a Chiropodist in The Cremore Clinic since 2012.

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BREEGE LEDDY

Sleep Therapist
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Breege qualified in Medical Physics and Physiologist Medicine (MPPM) in 2005 from Dublin Institute if Technology. During this time she worked as a Sleep Physiologist in the Sleep Disorders Lab in Mater Private Hospital. She gained the international RPSGT qualification in 2008. She completed a CPD in Behavioural Sleep Medicine in 2012 (University of Glasgow). She also worked as a Senior Sleep Physiologist in Bons Secours Hospital, and in the Mater Private Hospital until February 2019.

In 2013 she founded the first-ever dedicated Insomnia Clinic in Ireland. Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder affecting approximately 15% of the population. Insomnia is difficulty getting to sleep, difficulty staying asleep, early morning awakenings or waking up feeling unrefreshed.

The clinic provides Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-1). CBT-1 is the evidence-based, gold standard treatment for Insomnia and has a success rate of over 80%. The programme consists of 4 treatment sessions which are done on a one to one basis. It is a structured programme that changes thoughts and behaviour that causes or worsen sleep problems.

She is a regular contributor to newspapers articles, radio and tv shows. She also works with companies to improve employee health and wellbeing. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Irish Sleep Society.

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