About Us

 

Evolve Health is a Chartered Physiotherapy company with two clinics based in the heart of West Cork. Therapists at Evolve Health are dedicated to delivering the highest standards in Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Medicine. Evolve Health was established in 2016 at the same premises as Dr. Martin Dekkers, who has been practising medicine for more than 40 years.

The founders, Thomas and Niamh, having studied together in Australia realised that they had a similar enthusiasm for physiotherapy and musculoskeletal medicine. They have worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, private multidisciplinary clinics and with elite sports teams and have come together to create a clinic that embodies the best of these experiences. 

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Thomas Dekkers

MPhty MSc BSc (Hons) MISCP

Founder

Chartered Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Certified Strength And Conditioning Specialist

 

Thomas completed a BSc degree in Physiology at University College Cork in 2005 before qualifying as a Physiotherapist from the University of East Anglia, UK in 2008. He worked for a number of years in the UK between the National Health Service (NHS), private practice and elite sports before travelling to the University of Queensland, Australia in 2013 to complete a Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, further specialising in spinal and sports injuries. 

He returned to London where he worked  as both a clinician and manager at the The Centre for Health and Human Performance (CHHP) on Harley Street. During this time he also worked as a physiotherapist with Team GB Olympic athletes at the English Institute of Sport, and had both a research and teaching role at the Institute of Sport, Exercise & Health (ISEH) at University College London. 

In 2016 he returned to Ireland to co-found Evolve Health and also began working as Physiotherapist to the Cork Senior Gaelic Football team. In his clinical practice he specialises in spinal pain and sports injuries. He is also undertaking a PhD investigating Back Pain in athletes and lectures internationally in the area of spinal pain.

 

 

 

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Niamh Brady

MPhty BSc (Hons) MISCP 

Founder

Chartered Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

APPI Pilates Instructor

 

Niamh Brady qualified as a physiotherapist from Trinity College Dublin in 2009. She spent a number of years in hospital based Musculoskeletal, Neurological and Respiratory settings. She then worked in Private Practice and with Gaelic Football teams focusing on musculoskeletal and sports medicine. She trained as a Pilates Instructor and began teaching classes and using some of the Pilates principles in her rehabilitation. 

In 2013, she travelled to Australia to complete a Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland. Here she further specialised in spinal pain management and conducted research in the area. Following this she moved to London and worked at multidisciplinary clinics Pure Sports Medicine and Physio Remedies. During this time she also lectured on the Physiotherapy programme at Brunel University.

In 2016, Niamh co-founded Evolve Health and began lecturing to Clinical Therapies at University of Limerick. Niamh now lectures on the Physiotherapy Masters Programme at University College Cork. She is also completing a PhD, investigating the role of virtual reality in the management of shoulder pain. Clinically, her special interests include the management of shoulder pain, spinal pain and pelvic girdle conditions associated with pregnancy.