The Team

Nóirín Lennox

Health and Pain Psychologist

Alan Keane

Chartered Physiotherapist

Billy Murphy

Dietitian

Elaine Keane

Receptionist

Tracey Smith

Medical Secretary

Nóirín Lennox specialises in providing psychological interventions for people with chronic pain, disordered sleep and associated difficulties. She has experience working across a variety of settings including child and adolescent care, educational settings, community and hospital settings. She studied Psychology at the University of Bath in the UK, Health Psychology at the University of Ulster and she is an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy trainer. She also holds a part time lecturing post in Health Psychology at the Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS) at University Limerick. Noirin is a committee member for the Division of Health Psychology (DHP) with the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). She is also a member of the Association for Contextual and Behavioural Science (ACBS) and the Irish Rheumatology Healthcare Practitioners Society (IRHPS). Nóirín has been coordinating and delivering Pain Rehabilitation Programmes for Rheumatology Services in hospitals in Limerick, Cork and Waterford since 2006. She specialises in a combined Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approach for people suffering with chronic pain and associated distress. This evidence based approach is also used to support people who are experiencing depression, anxiety, shame and anger and many other common difficulties (see services). Having originally trained in ACT at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD) in Bath, UK, Noirin continued to develop her practice and trained with the founding members of ACT. In 2014, she was commissioned by the Health and Social Care Professions to deliver ACT training to healthcare professionals throughout Ireland. She is certified in motivational interviewing (MI) and mindfulness based interventions (MBIs), and continues to develop and deepen her own personal mindfulness practice. Apart from running her private practice, she is currently working with Ulster University investigating the processes and outcomes of ACT rehabilitation for patients suffering with chronic pain. Over the past decade she has presented her research at Psychology, Pain and Rheumatology Conferences in Ireland and Europe.

Alan graduated from the University of Teesside in 2009 with a first-class BSc Honours Physiotherapy degree and highest achieving final year student. After graduating Alan worked in the NHS with Northumbria NHS Healthcare Trust from 2009 until 2012. Whilst here, Alan operated as part of a musculoskeletal physiotherapy team involved in the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of a wide range of varying musculoskeletal conditions. While in the UK Alan also worked with Newcastle United Football Club as physiotherapist for the Club Academy for 3 seasons from 2009 until 2012. Alan was also Club Physiotherapist for Morpeth Rugby Football Club in the English RFU North One League for the 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 seasons. This involved assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of all club players – ranging from Academy Colts to first team players. Alan returned to Cork in 2012 and opened Alan Keane Physiotherapy in Glanmire, Co. Cork, working out of Woodview Family Doctors in Sallybrook. Alan has a specialist interest in sports physiotherapy and completed his MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine from Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2017. Adding to his sports physiotherapy experience Alan worked with Cork Constitution FC for 7 seasons and several local G.A.A teams. Alan then opened Kaizen Physiotherapy Health Centre in 2020 in Sallybrook, Glammire. The aim of this centre is to provide a complete healthcare approach for anyone looking to recover from pain, treat injuries or improve performance. Services include Physiotherapy, Strength and Conditioning, Exercise Prescription, Nutrition Support and Health Psychology. Alan is a member of CORU, the governing body for health and social care professionals in Ireland. They protect the public by promoting high standards of professional conduct, education, training and competence. Alan is also a member of Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP), which is the professional body for the Physiotherapists in Ireland. Chartered Physiotherapists represent the highest standard of practice and service and set the benchmark for professional practice in Ireland.

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, University of Limerick (2004) MSc (Merit) Human Nutrition (Specialising in Sports Nutrition), University of Glasgow (2005) PgDip Dietetics, Glasgow Caledonian University (2005-2007) CORU-registered Dietitian (Registration No. DI-012847) Member of Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute (INDI) Committee member of Sport and Exercise Nutrition Group of INDI Billy is passionate about food and nutrition, and how this can help his clients to optimise health, improve sporting performance, and enhance overall quality of life. Since qualifying in 2007 he has specialised in many areas including Diabetes, Oncology, Weight Management, Bariatric Surgery, and Sports Nutrition. Billy has worked as a Sports Dietitian with a number of teams (including the Cork Senior Hurling Team for 3 years), sports centres, and athletes across a wide range of sports. Prior to qualifying as a Dietitian, Billy worked in the exercise industry in various capacities. Sport and especially GAA has always played a major part of his life having represented his county at underage and adult level and he continues to play/ coach with his local club. Billy’s comprehensive dietetic knowledge, interest in behaviour change, and the skills he has acquired throughout his involvement in exercise and sport gives his clients the best possible opportunity to achieve their personal goals and targets.

Elaine is looking forward to working with the different medical healthcare team within Kaizen Physiotherapy Health Centre (with whom Hilltop Psychology is collaborating) and to be able to further her career within this amazing new and growing Health Centre. Elaine provides a friendly and safe service and can guarantee to make your booking, payment and follow up appointments comfortable and efficient. In addition, Elaine endeavours to ensure all patient and client interactions are treated sensitively and with a guarantee of confidentiality. Elaine looks forward to welcoming you to the Health Psychology service at Kaizen, Glanmire.

Meet Tracey Smith, our senior administrator and receptionist at Hilltop Psychology in our Limerick rooms. Tracey has over 30 years experience in Medical and Legal Secretarial roles combined. She has worked with Dr Brendan Conroy (Pain Specialist) for 3 years and is pleased to have been able to extend her service to include running psychology clinics for Noirin Lennox over the past year. Tracey provides a friendly and safe service and can guarantee to make your booking, payment and follow up appointments comfortable and efficient. In addition, Tracey endeavours to ensure all patient and client interactions are treated sensitively and with a guarantee of confidentiality. Tracey is looking forward to welcoming you to the Health Psychology service at The Consulting Rooms, Limerick.