Qualifications

MSc Physiotherapy, Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy
BSc Physiotherapy, University of the Witwatersrand
Matwork Pilates Instructor
Complete Decongestive Therapist

Professional Memberships

Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists
South African Society of Physiotherapy
Health and Care Professions Council
Health Professions Council of South Africa

Biography

Fran began her Physiotherapy Career more than 22 years ago when she completed a four year Bachelors Honours degree in Physiotherapy at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. In 2009 she completed her Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy, Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy. Her dissertation looked at low back pain in school aged adolescents.

Fran worked in the private sector in Johannesburg, SA for a number of years before working in the UK. In 2004 on returning to South Africa she opened Fran Lewis Physiotherapy Practice. In 2009-2010 she worked part-time for the Wits Physiotherapy Department as a clinical supervisor, and was an external examiner in 2013. Fran became a complete decongestive therapist in 2016 and qualified matwork pilates instructor in 2017.

On moving to Ireland in January 2017 she joined a physiotherapy clinic in Naas before opening Fran Theron Physiotherapy in August of 2019. Fran now works part time in her clinic at Vista Primary Care / Primary Care Psychotherapy and part time as professional development coordinator for the Irish Society of Physiotherapy.

Fran has three published research articles. The first article published her Masters dissertation and the second looked at the concurrence of headache and temporomandibualr dysfunction. The third article is a systematic review looking at the effects of chronic pain on laterality judgements.

Her clinical areas of interest include chronic pain, upper and lower quadrant biomechanical assessment and treatment, headaches, adolescent neck and back pain. She has a special interest in treating breast cancer patients working on regaining full mobility and lymphoedema prevention. She treats oedema related to lymphoedema, chronic venous insufficiency, and following injury.