Emer graduated in Social Sciences from UCC, and completed her Masters in Occupational Therapy in the University of Limerick in 2005. She has been working in Enable Ireland Children's Services in Cork since 2006. She undertook the post-graduate certificate in Seating & Postural Management at Oxford-Brookes University in 2009. In 2010 Emer established the Specialist Seating Service in Enable Ireland, Cork. She continues to develop this service and delivers seating workshops to UCC Occupational Therapy Students.
Gomathy graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 2000 and holds Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University. She has been working as a Primary Care Occupational Therapist in Ireland since 2005. She currently works as a Senior Occupational Therapist, with the HSE in South Tipperary. She works with client group of all ages and different diagnoses to promote independence and self reliance despite personal limitation. She has been involved with IPMN committee since 2009.
James graduated in 2003 with a BSc Hons in Occupational Therapy from Trinity College Dublin. Other third level education includes: product design, fine art, holistic health, computing (programming, database design, web design); and extensive training in specialised seating and ergonomics. His undergraduate research investigated user satisfaction with environmental control systems and associated services. He has previously worked in the area of assistive technology, with people with physical and/or sensory impairment. Currently he works mainly with older people, leading a seating clinic and maintenance service for inpatients and residents.
Liaisons and Regional Representatives
Brian KinsellaProsthetists & Orthotists (P&O) Liaison
Brian initially studied Mechanical Engineering, followed by a Masters in Bio-engineering. With experience in a range of fields, from research in the Institute of Ophthalmology to Production Management, Brian completed another degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics in 1994. In 1997 he set up a clinical practice as an orthotist with his colleague Ciarnaid Hayes. Their clinical practice works with physiotherapists and consultants in Crumlin Hospital, Enable Ireland and many Community Care areas.
Sarah McNallyHealth & Social Care Professionals (HSCP) Liaison
Sarah graduated from University of Ulster Jordanstown in 2006 with a BSc Hons Occ Therapy. She then went on to work in Musgrave Park Hospital Belfast gaining experience in the areas of Care of the Elderly, Rheumatology, Brain Injury, Spinal Injury and Orthopedics. Sarah then went on to work in a Regional Acquired Brain Injury Unit for Northern Ireland for three years, where she gained invaluable experience in complex posture management. From there she took up a Senior post in Stroke Care in SVUH Dublin in 2011. Sarah is a member of the Acute National Hospitals Seating Group and secretary of the Allied Health Professionals in Stroke South Dublin Group. She has completed advanced training in seating and posture management and sat on the Community and Hospital Dublin Seating group also.
Declan GibbonsEngineers Ireland Liaison
John TiernanEnable Ireland, SeatTech Liaison
Now manager of Enable Ireland’s SeatTech Service, John’s introduction to the field of posture and mobility came through undergraduate work for the OT department in the Royal Hospital Donnybrook. This experience led on to an MEngSc, the subject of which was wheelchair design. Since completing this Masters in 2001, John has worked as Clinical Engineer for Enable Ireland SeatTech, NovitaTech Adelaide, and the RBWH Brisbane Rehabilitation Engineering Centre (Australia). John participates in International Standards development, seating research and design, and transport safety.
Education Day Subcommittee
Brian Kinsella (coordinator)
John Horrigan (coordinator)