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.

John Fagan

John is a Chartered Physiotherapist and a registered member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP), and the Health Professional Council (HPC).

He is a previous Irish international athlete in the 400m Hurdles with a wealth of experience in high performance and rehabilitation. While on a sporting scholarship at Dublin City University, John spent time studying and working with world champion track and field athletes and coaches in Georgia, USA gaining valuable training methodologies and injury prevention for the sporting population. John graduated with a BSc. Honours degree in Sports Science and Health in 2013 and then completed a Masters in Physiotherapy at the Robert Gordon University in Scotland.

John returned to Dublin in 2016 and went on to qualify as a Polestar Pilates Instructor. He then moved to Aut Even Hospital in Kilkenny, where he worked on the orthopaedic ward.

In 2019 he was selected as physiotherapist for Athletics Ireland. He travels internationally, providing physiotherapy for our national track and field athletes.

He recently starred in RTE’s “Ultimate Hell Week” alongside his twin brother Michael. John brings the same grit, determination and ambition to succeed that we all saw in Ultimate Hell Week to his physiotherapy and Pilates work!

John believes that movement and research based evidence are the first steps to recovery. John works closely with Leah, orthopedic consultants and other physiotherapists to ensure the best care for his patients.

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