The Team

Ian Wright

Ian Wright Bsc.(Ost.), DPO, MSCC, MOCI. Ian is one of the most experienced cranial and paediatric osteopaths in Ireland.

He has been teaching Cranial and Paediatric Osteopathy worldwide for twenty five years – in the UK, Ireland, Russia, Germany, Italy, France and Sweden. Ian was a member of the original academic committee of London’s Osteopathic Centre for children, which set up Europe’s first Diploma in Paediatric Osteopathy over 20 years ago.

In 2010, Ian set up the Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatrics in Ireland – a 3-year course which teaches osteopaths the complex skills required for treating children. He currently teaches on this course. The third cohort will qualify next year.

Ian is currently a teaching Fellow of the Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy. He is registered with the Osteopathic Council of Ireland and the General Council of Registered Osteopaths (Registration Number 1627).

Sometimes Ian’s treatments can be quick, but as the founder of Osteopathy, Andrew Taylor Still said, the real skill is to find it, fix it, and leave it alone.

Ian's Detailed Osteopathy Bio

1988 – 1992
Studied at the British School of Osteopathy in London – a 4 year full-time BSc. in Osteopathy. Ian won the Pathology Prize in the finals.

1992 – 1999
Worked at the Osteopathic Centre for Children in London; on the Academic Committee which founded the first diploma in Paedatric Osteopathy in Europe; gained Diploma in Paedatric Osteopathy (1999).

1992 – 1999
Worked at the Osteopathic Centre for Children as a Senior Osteopath. This included leading teams in London teaching hospitals – like Great Ormond Street Hospital – to treat premature babies in incubators.

Ian also worked in a specialised clinic, alongside top dentists and orthodontists, which specialized in the treatment of complex cranio-facial pain syndromes, from Trigeminal Neuralgia and Temporo-Mandibular dysfunctions, to chronic headache and migraines.

1993 – 1996
Taught Cranial Osteopathy to undergraduate students at the British School of Osteopathy.

1996 – now
Fellow of the Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy in UK, the leading Cranial Teaching College in Europe, teaching Cranial and Paediatric Osteopathy all over Europe.

During the 1990s
Ian taught with the European School of Osteopathy internationally.

Ian moved to Ireland, where he set up and continues to practice in County Tipperary. He established the Irish Diploma in Paediatric Osteopathy whilst continuing to teach internationally.

The Daisy Clinic Trust was set up. The Daisy Clinic Trust is a charity with the dual purposes of treating children with special needs and training osteopaths in paediatrics. The clinic makes up part of the teaching module in the Diploma in Paediatric Osteopathy. The Daisy Clinic is run on a donation-only basis in order to be as inclusive as possible.

Ian was the Academic Chair of the Osteopathic Council for Ireland for a time but had to relinquish this post due to international teaching commitments.

Ian has two other established practices, in London and Florence, Italy, but his main practice remains in Ireland.

The Dynamics of Stillness
For 10 years, Ian has been teaching a course called The Dynamics of Stillness. The courses teaches osteopaths and non-osteopaths alike a sequence of meditations, contemplation practices and exercises designed to deepen sensory awareness. Behind each technique is a process of developing a deeper and deeper connection to the stillness in and around us, alongside connection with the deep fluid tides of nature and, importantly, to the expression of our underlying potential for deep Health.

These concepts, processes and practices will be explained and explored in Ian’s forthcoming book The Dynamics of Stillness – which will have accompanying audio and video exercises. This will be available in spring 2018.

Andrew Taylor Still – founder of Osteopathy in the 1870s

Gina Whelan

Gina Whelan Dip.Ost., MOCI, BDCST, DPO. Gina qualified as an Osteopath in 2001 in The Irish College of Classical Osteopathy (registration number 03091045), the first Osteopathic College in Ireland at the time.

The college was set up by Osteopaths trained by John Wernham, who founded and ran the John Wernham College of Classical Osteopathy in Maidestone, Kent, England.

As a post graduate Gina attended the British School of Osteopathy to study Cranial Osteopathy and also uses the principles of Biodynamic Osteopathy as taught by Dr Jim Jealous.

She is currently serving as Secretary of the Osteopathic Council of Ireland, and has assisted in bringing top osteopaths to Ireland for ongoing training events to teach and upskill other osteopaths working in Ireland.

Gina is in the final year of her 3 year Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Osteopathy in Ireland with Ian Wright. Gina has a particular interest in auto-immune conditions in children, especially Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) which includes Ulcerative Colitis and Crohns Disease. She is a member of the Gutsykids group in Ireland which is an advocate group for parents of children with IBD. She has been invited by the committee to present talks on health and wellness in the group.

Gina also has been teaching with Body Intelligence Training in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy as a tutor since qualifying in the profession in 2013.

Gina brings a wealth of experience, with a blend of empathy and hands-on care gained during the many years working as a psychiatric and general nurse. She carries this experience, of working both in the hospital and the community services, into the osteopathic clinic setting.

She has vast experience, first-hand, of many aspects of medical care and she has learnt to value and appreciate the role of health in “Dis Ease”, which is provided in osteopathic treatment.

Her range of expertise ranges from acute to chronic care, of mothers and babies, children and adults and also caring for those who are at the end of their lives.

Gina practices at the Clonmel Clinic alongside her busy Dublin Clinic in Knocklyon, where she lives.

· Diploma in Classical Osteopathy
· Secretary of Osteopathic Council of Ireland
· Studying Dip in Paediatric Osteopathy
· Teaching in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
· Qualified in Psychiatric Nursing
· Qualified in General Nursing

Rue Wheeler

Rue re-joined Clonmel Osteopaths in summer 2019. Rue had previously been an integral part of the team at Clonmel Osteopaths from 2007 to 2014.

Rue is a specialist in Cranial Osteopathy and is well known as a leader in this practice in the South East. Cranial Osteopathy is a gentle, safe and effective form of treatment for people of all ages, from birth to old age, and particularly suitable for babies. Rue also brings a wide range of experience in other areas of Osteopathy.

Rue qualified with B.Sc. (Hons) in Osteopathy in 2003 and has studied with both Ian Wright and Christian Sullivan in the subject of Bio-Dynamic Osteopathy which is a holistic medical method that supports the body’s self-healing forces in order to re-establish health.

Rue practices Osteopathy in Clonmel Osteopaths every Thursday and also provides treatments from his own practice in both Gorey and Enniscorthy.

Linda Blackford

Linda has worked at Clonmel Osteopaths since February 2007. She is the first point of contact for patients and their families when you come to the practice and enjoys being able to offer advice and support to clinets and the many enquiries we receive.

" I love the variety my role offers and the opportunity to connect with people in this lovely working environment. I have seen first-hand the positive difference Osteopathy makes in the lives of patients following treatments and it’s very rewarding to be part of this wonderful team".

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Book your appointment

To book an appointment or to speak with an osteopath about your condition, please call us on 052 61 38800 or fill our contact form.

Please try to call first, as our response will be more immediate.