About Heart 2 Heart Cardiac Physiotherapy
Heart 2 Heart Cardiac Physiotherapy
Heart 2 Heart Cardiac Physiotherapy was established in 2013 by Karen Cradock a specialist cardiac physiotherapist. It is a practice committed to improving your quality of life in dealing with a chronic disease through exercise and education. Heart 2 Heart operates out of three centres:
- Kilcullen Business Campus, Kilcullen, Co, Kildare
- Mount Merrion Community Centre, North Ave, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin
Karen Cradock has worked extensively in rehabilitation both cardiac and medical in Ireland, England, New Zealand and Australia for almost twenty years.She completed a research masters in 2006 examining the role of exercise in patients with heart failure and was a pioneer in setting up heart failure rehabilitation services in heart failure in Ireland. She is currently Therapy Lead on the National Heart Failure Clinical Programme with the Health Service Executive where she continues to promote the role of Physiotherapy in the care of patients with heart failure.
She worked in St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin for thirteen years until November 2014 before concentrating on developing Heart 2 Heart Cardiac Physiotherapy.
Karen was President of the Irish Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation between 2015 to February 2018 where she promote cardiac rehabilitation in Ireland and initiated the commencement of the National Data-set collection. She was part of a committee to complete the Irish National Guidelines in 2013. In July 2015, Karen was awarded Specialist Membership of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists in Ireland in recognition of her work in cardiac rehabilitation.
Fiona graduated from University College Dublin in September 2019 with a First Class Honours Degree in the BSc Physiotherapy Programme. She has a keen interest in cardiac rehabilitation and as a new graduate is passionate about continually developing her skills and knowledge in this area. Fiona joined the Heart 2 Heart team in January 2019, and big changes came in March when she had to adapt to working remotely and become creative with her work.
In 2018, Fiona travelled to rural South India with a team of physiotherapists, where she volunteered in an orphanage providing care for teenagers with physical disabilities for four weeks. There was certainly an element of culture shock from this experience – trying to work in 38 degrees heat with no air conditioning was definitely challenging! The whole trip was a great learning experience overall and one she has fond memories of. Following on from her trip she was awarded the Global Citizen Award for her reflective work done on her time in India.
Fiona is a native of County Wexford and when she is not working, enjoys keeping fit by running, doing yoga, and playing hockey. Fiona is committed to providing a high-quality service and helping her patients to reach their desired goals within a relaxed and enjoyable environment. Along with the physical benefits, Fiona is also passionate about the positive effects of exercise on mental health.