About Us

Able Bodies Physiotherapy was established in 2018 by Leah Purcell. Leah graduated from Trinity College in 2008 with first class honours. While in her final year, she spent time studying in the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, a world renowned centre of neurological research.

After graduating, Leah moved to New Zealand where she spent 5 years working in Sports (mainly rugby) and musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

She completed a Masters in Manual Therapy from the University of Western Australia in Perth in 2015.

On returning to Ireland, Leah began working with spinal surgeon Mr Ashley Poynton as a senior physiotherapist – assisting in establishing the Spinal Assessment and Physiotherapy services at the Poynton Spinecare Institute. Here, she specialised in the triage, diagnosis, and management of spinal pathology.

Leah is a keen sportsperson herself, playing gaelic football with Eadestown GAA, running and road biking. She is delighted to establish Able Bodies Physiotherapy in her home county of Kildare.

Meabhdh O’Sullivan

Meabhdh graduated from the University of Limerick in 2018 with a Masters in Physiotherapy. Prior to this Meabhdh completed a BSc in Sports Science and Health from the University of Limerick, in 2015. In between both courses, she worked in research for Motor Neuron Disease under Prof. Orla Hardiman in Trinity College Dublin.

Since completing her physiotherapy studies, Meabhdh has worked in primary care looking after the paediatric population of Kildare/West Wicklow, but decided to take the step into private practice when the opportunity arose at Able Bodies Physiotherapy. She specialised in the management of children with Cerebral Palsy, Rheumatological conditions and developmental delays/concerns.

Meabhdh is an active member of her local GAA club, Sarsfields GAA in Newbridge, having been involved with numerous teams over the years. She is currently a member of the Healthy Clubs Project team developing initiatives within the club to make it an all-round healthier environment for physical, mental and social health. She completed her pilates training with APPI in 2017 and is looking forward to putting her training and her passion for exercise rehabilitation into practice.

Meabhdh is a firm believer in the importance of exercise for general health as well as the management of chronic conditions such as osteoporosis, arthritis and neurological conditions. She believes that evidence-based rehabilitation methods will provide the best care for her patients at Able Bodies Physiotherapy.

Call us today on (045) 435480, email info@ablebodies.ie or click here to book an appointment. No referral needed