Cllr Hazel Smyth, mayor of the Municipal District of Mullingar Kinnegad, performing the official opening.

Physiotherapy, orthopaedic and sports rehabilitation centre opens at Charter Medical Private Hospital in Mullingar

Charter Medical Private Hospital (CMPH) announces a partnership with DBC to open a state-of-the-art physiotherapy, orthopaedic and sports rehabilitation facility on-site in Ballinderry, Mullingar.

Combined with the fast developing orthopaedic surgery service at CMPH, the plan is to deliver a full-service centre of excellence across musculoskeletal and orthopaedic specialties for the midlands region and beyond.

Founded in 2002 by Westmeath native Liam Heavin, DBC operates six large scale clinics in Ireland; including the Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine Centre at the UCD Institute for Sport and Health.

In 2017, the group established a 2,500ft2 clinic at Arcadia Retail Centre in Athlone, on a site adjacent to the Athlone Primary Health Care Centre. DBC and its specialist physiotherapy team are partnered with Westmeath GAA, Liam Heavin serving as the physiotherapy lead for the county, and DBC clinical staff working pitchside with the county senior football and hurling teams.

Consultants and Westmeath GAA representatives (from left) Mr Muiris Kennedy, orthopaedic consultant; Dr Basabjit Das, consultant specialist in pain medicine; Patrick Doherty, head of Operations, Westmeath GAA; Jack Cooney, GAA National Player Development lead; Liam Heavin, clinical director and lead physiotherapist, DBC Charter Physiotherapy; Michael Dillon, Westmeath GAA; John Heslin, Westmeath GAA; and Mark Byrne, physiotherapist, DBC Charter Physiotherapy.

"We wanted to replicate the quality of facility, staff, equipment, and specifications that you would see at a Premier League football club in England, or any high-tech orthopaedic surgical centre," explained Liam.

"The facilities we have in Dublin and Athlone are unique, so it’s been exciting to be able to build something from scratch with CMPH management and the very talented Orthopaedic Surgical team here in Mullingar.”

“One of our main areas of specialisation at DBC is spinal rehabilitation for back and neck pain. We have brought all of our spinal rehab technology to the CMPH facility, and added cutting edge devices for best-practice shoulder and upper limb, hip, knee, and foot and ankle treatment.

"Having the likes of an Alter-G Anti-Gravity treadmill, and 3D Biomechanical Assessment tools on site allow us to be a true full-service clinical practice. Our clinician team includes Athlone Town FC lead physiotherapist Mark Byrne and together we have brought real physiotherapy expertise on site,” Liam concluded.

Speaking on the announcement of the CMPH Physiotherapy service with DBC, CEO Kathriona Screeney said: "We are excited to see another step forward in CMPH with the launch of this exciting new service.

"For CMPH, it is our objective to offer the full range of orthopaedic, sport injury and physiotherapy services that many have previously had to drive to Dublin for.

"Placing clinical excellence in an accessible way at everyone’s doorstep in the midlands region is our focus. We have the ambition to bring the best doctors, physios and health practitioners to CMPH, and to continue adding to our ever-improving facilities that allows our team here to excel.

"We look forward to welcoming patients to CMPH Physiotherapy and also to more exciting news on further developments which will be announced very soon.”

From left: Paula Delaney, business development specialist, Alliance Medical; Stephen Sullivan, deputy unit manager, Alliance Medical, Mullingar; Heather Troy, business development manager, CMPH, Mullingar; Mark Reynolds, lead administrator, Alliance Medical, Mullingar; Mark Byrne, physiotherapist, DBC Physiotherapy, Mullingar.

CMPH Physiotherapy is now open to the general public, as well as for GP referrals. Local sports clubs are also invited to contact the clinic for special rates. Clinical administrator Pam Waterhouse is available on 044 - 93 62400 or email