Meet The Team

Mark Cornish – Owner/Director & Senior Physiotherapist. MISCP

In 2019, Clinic Director and Senior Physiotherapist Mark returned to MDC Physiotherapy in a clinical capacity having previously worked in elite professional football in the UK since 2016. During his time in professional football Mark worked as the Head Physiotherapist at Crewe Alexandra FC and enjoyed successful spells as Head of Academy Physiotherapy at Swansea City FC and as the Head Academy Physiotherapist with Accrington Stanley FC. Prior to moving to the UK, Mark experienced successful spells as the Head Physiotherapist with the Laois Senior Football Team allowing him gain vast experience and knowledge working with sporting environments, assessing, diagnosing and treating complex sports injuries. Mark currently works providing physiotherapy services with the Football Association of Ireland (FAI).

To add to his experience and expertise, Mark successfully completed a MSc in Sports & Exercise Medicine at University College Cork between 2015 – 2017.

Mark, a Kildare native, graduated from the University of Bradford, England with a BSC Hons Degree in Physiotherapy in 2011 achieving First Class honours and immediately set about establishing a local client base through work with sports teams, voluntary work with the Muiriosa Foundation, providing care for patients with intellectual disabilities and through private clients.

In April 2012, Mark’s ambition saw the opening MDC Physiotherapy Clinic in the centre of Kildare Town and today boasts an extensive client base ranging from professional athletes and intercounty footballers through to local clients leading more sedentary lifestyles.

Mark also holds a Higher National Diploma in Leisure Management and is an American Council of Exercise (A.C.E) accredited personal trainer, allowing Mark to produce detailed personalised rehabilitation programmes for clients of all levels. 

As a keen sportsman Mark has had the privilege of being part of the Kildare Junior Football panel in 2012 while also playing a key role in Monasterevan GFC’s Kildare & Leinster Intermediate Championship success in the same year.

Lead Physiotherapist with the Laois GAA Senior Football Team. Sean Gaffney obtained his BSc. (Hons) Degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Bradford in England and graduated in 2011. During his undergraduate study, Sean’s work placements allowed him to gain experience in a variety of areas within his role as a physiotherapist, allowing him to develop an excellent skill set when treating conditions of a musculoskeletal, orthopaedic and neurological nature to name but a few. Sean is dedicated to continually up skilling and adhering to his continual professional development.

With a strong emphasis on manual therapy and a hands on approach Sean’s main areas of interest include sports injuries, musculoskeletal injuries, neurological disorders, pre and post surgical rehabilitation and injury prevention through prehabilitation. His techniques have seen him develop an excellent reputation and achieve results with an established client base in the Cavan area.

As a result of his ability, growing reputation and eagerness to learn Sean had the privilege of working with the Leinster Rugby team for the 2012/2013 season, culminating in the double success of winning the Amlin Challenge Cup and the Rabodirect Pro 12 trophy. The experience of working with one of the top club teams in Europe is something he hopes will help him fit in with the exceptionally high standards of care already established at MDC Physiotherapy.

Out of the clinic, Sean is a keen GAA man. As a native of Cavan, he was privileged to be a member of the Cavan Senior Football panel in 2012 and had the honour of captaining his club Kill Shamrocks to Junior Championship success in 2013.

Sean Gaffney – Physiotherapist

Ali Mc Cann – Physiotherapist

Graduating from the University of Salford with a Bsc in Physiotherapy, Ali is the newest member of the MDC team. 

Born and raised in Kildare Town, Ali gained experience in the UK completing student rotational in hospitals across Manchester. These range from ward based physiotherapy to elite sport physiotherapy with clubs such as Sale rugby and the Salford Red Devils super league team. Ali has also gained experience working in a maternity and children’s hospital gaining experience in pregnancy related back and pelvic pain and pregnancy massage.

Ali’s interests include a variety of musculoskeletal injuries, involving common day to day muscle pain and high impact sporting injuries. Volunteering on a yearly bases with Manchester Marathon Ali has provided sports massage and post race assessments to some of the UK’s top marathon and long distance runners. Ali also provides pitch side physiotherapy to local GAA clubs during league and championship seasons.

A keen footballer Ali has played for local club Round Towers all her life, whilst playing for Manchester club St. Laurence’s and Lancashire county in the UK. Ali is currently a member of the Round Towers ladies team who won the county final this year.

Leanne Nolan is originally from Galway and joined the team at MDC Physiotherapy in 2016 in her role as Receptionist & Practice Manager.

Leanne qualified from Athlone Institute of Technology in 2016 with a BSc (Hons) in Athletic Therapy with Rehabilitation, with a special interest in sports injuries, injury prevention and rehabilitation in both early and end stage.

Leanne is currently upskilling and is completing a part time Pilates instructors course which she aims to put into practice in both one to one and group based sessions on completion. Along with her part time Pilates course Leanne is also completing a part time accounting technician course, and a social media advertising and marketing course which she implements on a daily basis by running marketing and advertising campaigns for MDC Physiotherapy.

Out of work, Leanne is a sports fanatic. She is a member of St.Mary’s Ladies Football Club, winning a junior championship medal in 2016. Leanne was also a member of the Galway minor and u21 teams, obtaining a Connacht medal.

Leanne Nolan – Receptionist

Mark Scanlon – Personal Trainer

Mark Scanlon MDC Physiotherapy Kildare

Mark, the owner of Embrace Fitness has over a decade of coaching experience in Fitness/Health/Sport. Through continuous education Mark has amassed many qualifications over the years including;

BA (Hons) Degree in Exercise and Health, Waterford Institute of Technology

Physical Fitness and Conditioning for Sport Specialist, Setanta College, L.I.T, Thurles.
Precision Nutrition Level 1 coach 
Functional Screening specialist 
Adapted Physical Activity specialist.

Through this theory coupled with a vast practical coaching experience over the years Mark has refined a smart, time efficient and client orientated system of training. Mark and Embrace Fitness are on a mission to help people of all fitness levels to embrace physical movement, strength, nutrition and a healthy mind. Mark offers his services on many fronts: Personal Training, S&C, Nutrition and Youth Fitness. Mark is also a keen sportsman and represented Kildare at senior inter-county level for 6 years and has a passion for continuous self development in all areas of life.

His favourite quote is a simple one from one of America’s most famous coaches,

“Make everyday your Masterpiece” – John Wooden

Edel is a Holistic Therapist for 18 years. Since qualifying as an acupuncturist in 2011 Chinese medicine has become her passion, treating a wide range of ailments. She includes cupping, Gua Sha and massage in her treatments, treating all layers until getting to the root cause.

While Acupuncture is used for an enormous amount of both acute and chronic conditions her main treatments include; stress, anxiety, exhaustion, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine, depression, sciatica, sinusitis, fertility issues and pre-menstrual tension. Edel is a member of ACI (Acupuncture Council of Ireland) which is approved by Health Insurers Aviva, Bupa and VHI.

Edel travelled in Asia and attended courses in India (Yoga, Ayrvedic massage), China (Acupuncture)and Japan (Cupping and Gua Sha). Edel is a registered I.T.E.C Teacher of Holistic massage and Reflexology. She is also a registered Hatha yoga teacher with 15 years experience. She treats her clients with empathy, compassion and intuition. She is currently involved with Newbridge cancer group where she volunteers her services and does weekly meditation and yoga with the group as well as therapies.

Her list of treatments include: Acupuncture, Cupping, Gua Sha, Massage, Reflexology and Reiki.

Edel Swords – Acupuncturist

Laurann O’Reilly – Personal Nutrition & Health

Laurann has an honours BSc. Degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Nottingham, a Masters in Public Health Nutrition from University College Dublin, is an Associate Nutritionist with the Nutrition Society London, a professional member of the Celiac Society Ireland, is registered with the Institute of Public Health Ireland and fully insured.

Having worked in UK and Ireland she uses her knowledge and skills in providing personalised diet plans for healthy eating, weight loss or gain and performance nutrition. Laurann also deals with digestive health issues through blood based food intolerance testing and provides full nutritional support and guidance with all services.