TMJ / Neck /Face clinical Specialist Physiotherapist
musculoskeletal & sports PHYSIOTHERAPIST
(Bsc. in Physiotherapy, MISCP- Chartered Physiotherapist)
Kim is one of the only TMJ (Jaw) / Face and neck specialist physiotherapists in Ireland. She qualified from University College Dublin with a First Class Honours Degree in Physiotherapy and has 7 years experience treating TMJ disorder, face and neck related conditions. Her passion for this area was cemented having suffered from symptoms of this disorder personally.
She has experience in treating a wide range of neck and facial disorders including clicking and locking of the TMJ, TMJ related tinnitus, toothache, earache and sinus pain, Bell’s Palsy, Trigeminal Neuralgia, whiplash and post concussion syndrome. She also treats a wide range of musculoskeletal & sports injuries.
Her postgraduate experience includes training in Cervicogenic Dizziness Management, Sensorimotor Training for Chronic Neck and Facial Pain, Dry Needle Therapy and Western Medical Acupuncture. She attended the 2018 Australian and New Zealand Association of Orofacial Pain conference. She is a member of the European Academy of Orofacial Pain and Disorder (EAOPD), the Migraine Association of Ireland, and the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (mISCP).
Looking to further her expertise in this field, she relocated to Auckland, New Zealand in 2013 where she gained experience in working in About Faces Physiotherapy, the only Orofacial Pain Physiotherapy Centre in the country. There she worked as part of a Multi-Disciplinary Team, with referring GPs, ENTs, Neurologists and other physiotherapists. She had the opportunity of shadowing Dr. Paul Smedley, Oral & Maxillofaical Specialist, as he performed arthroscopic and open facial surgery in order to appreciate the entire patient experience and understand the need for hollistic Multi-Disciplinary Care. With postgraduate training in Dry Needling Therapy, she had the opportunity to facilitate on Foundation and Advanced Level Dry Needling Certificate Courses, run by the Physiotherapy Acupuncture Association New Zealand (PAANZ) in Auckland University from 2014-2016. From there she moved to Australia to work at Melbourne TMJ and Facial Pain Centre until returning to Ireland last year.
She sees the need for thorough care of orofacial pain sufferers in Ireland and is passionate about providing evidence based treatment and in educating her patients in managing and alleviating these often debilitating conditions.
When she is not developing her love for this field she enjoys teaching and participating in Pilates, hiking and walking the dogs she fosters.
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