3 St. Flannan's Ave, Clarecastle, Co. Clare | 065 68 28288

The Health Team


Dr. Heather Thompson, BSc(Kin), DC.

Heather Thompson

Honours degree Kinesiology (Physical Education),McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada (1995)
Doctor of Chiropractic, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Toronto, Canada (1999)

Dr. Thompson holds Nova Scotia Provincial and Canadian National Board Examinations and is a member of the Irish Chiropractic Association and European Chiropractic Association.

Dr. Thompson started her chiropractic career in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, where she worked for two years (1999-2001) with Dr. Brian Seaman. She established and built a second practice within his existing clinic as the first associate to join his clinic.

In July 2001 Heather travelled to Ennis where she joined Advanced Chiropractic Clinic. Dr. Thompson has been providing top quality spinal and neurological health care to the Clare community over the past 15 years. The clinic moved to its current location of 3 St. Flannan's Ave, Clarecastle (across from the Clarecastle Chemist) 2 years ago and is a warm and inviting space for our patients of every age.

Heather has a passion for sports and applying chiropractic to sports injuries. She has a strong background in sports, both as an athlete and treating athletes. She was a competitive swimmer at provincial levels in Canada and continued to swim on various Masters Swim Teams. She was also involved in very competitive basketball and volleyball in University. Dr. Thompson even became involved in Gaelic Football here in Clare, as a member of the Fergus Rovers and as the Chiropractor for the Clare Ladies Football Team in 2002-2003. Heather was also a member of the Shannon Phoenix Basketball team. She has also been very active on the sideline of the Clarecastle Senior Hurling Team over the years, both on the sideline and in the clinic.

Heather is also very passionate about the benefits of chiropractic care in children and pregnant women. As a mother of three young boys, she is very in tune with these patients needs. This is an area that is very under utilized in Ireland and she is keen on providing excellent screening and care for both children and expecting moms.

Dr. Cara Illidge, Doctor of Chiropractic 

After working for three years in Australia with our former associate Dr. Steven Cannon, Dr. Illidge moved to Ireland and begain practicing in Galway and  then joined the Clarecastle team in April.  Her  passion lies in all areas of health care and she has a stong background in trreating sports and work related inuries as well as behavioural and intellectual challenges in children.

Dr. Mairead Breen, Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr. Mairead recently joined the team at Advanced Chiropractic and is running the Nenagh, Co. Tipperay satellite clinic.  She also runs her own practice in Tipperary Town.  Mairead is passionate about optimal health and wellness, epsecially balancing mental and physical health.  She uses Activator Method to restore joint mobility and neurological pathways and allow your body to funtion at its optimal.  Contact 0852178920 for an appointment in Nenagh or 0879466990 for an appointment in Tipperary Town. 

Craniosacral and Physical Therapy

Lily Enright

Lily Enright is a Certified Craniosacral Therapist and a Registered Physical Therapist.

In 2005 I graduated from the Institute of Physical Therapy and Applied Science and set up a clinic in Newmarket on Fergus. Prior to 2001, I had a background in the business world and later in providing organisational support to community and non government organisations. Since 2005, I have completed training as a Certified Craniosacral Therapist with the Upledger Institute. I am trained to the level of Craniosacral Therapy including CST for paediatrics, somato emotional release TM and also Craniosacral Therapy in the water. Having an interest in horses, I'm currently training in Equine Craniosacral Therapy. I am a full member of both the Irish Association of Physical Therapists and the Irish Association of Craniosacral Therapists.

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, non invasive hands on therapy that encourages whole body health. It is an approach that touches many levels of our experience while also being firmly grounded in the anatomy and physiology of the body. Early treatment in babies can release restrictive patterns and help prevent disease and dysfunction in later life. In children it can reduce a wide variety of difficulties, many of which do not come to light until a child starts school. For adults it is beneficial in the treatment of muscular and neurological conditions as well as allergies, sinusitis, stress and anxiety to name a few.

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy is a natural hands-on approach to the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions such as neck, shoulder and back pain. It is suitable for all ages from the young to the not so young. I have won titles in athletics at county, provincial and national level in track and field and cross country. This background has served me well especially when it comes to the treatment of sporting injuries. Over the years I have worked with Banner Ladies Football - All Ireland Féile Champions, Clare Ladies Football, Clare Senior Hurlers, Clarecastle GAA Club, Doonbeg GAA Club, Kilmaley and Lissycasey GAA Club.
Physical Therapy treatments are recognised by the principal health insurance providers including: VHI; Quinn Healthcare; Hibernian Aviva Health and Garda Medical Aid Society.

Herbal Medicine

Vivienne Campbell

Originally from Scotland, Vivienne Campbell is based in County Clare, Ireland. She trained to be a Medical Herbalist on a degree course in Lancashire (UK) run by the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. She qualified in 2003 and moved to County Clare. She holds a monthly clinic in Ennis, County Clare. She teaches popular courses on Herbal Remedies and Natural Cosmetic-Making at numerous venues across Ireland. In the summer months she leads guided herb walks in The Burren, the national park famed for its rare plants and flowers. She is passionate about showing people simple remedies that can be made at home with common plants. Her enthusiasm for Herbalism is contagious and people regularly return to her walks and courses. She is a popular guest speaker on the lecture circuit and she contributes specialist articles on Herbalism. Her courses and products have featured in national newspapers, radio and in the recently-published Irish craft book ‘Hands-On' by Sylvia Thompson. Vivienne also co-presented the hit RTE1 television series Corrigan Cooks Naturally along with celebrity chef Richard Corrigan and organic gardener Kitty Scully. This series featured foraging and natural remedy-making.

Vivienne is dedicated to strengthening Herbal Medicine in Ireland. She regularly works with The Irish Seed Savers Association and The Organic Centre: both organisations that specialise in conservation of and education about plants and eco-systems in Ireland. Her website www.theherbalhub.com is non-commercial and is designed to be a resource for anyone wanting to learn more about Herbalism. Vivienne is fascinated by the wide range of uses that plants have and is convinced that she will still be discovering new things about them when she is in her nineties! She is currently writing her first book.

Vivienne also has her own popular hand-made natural cosmetic range Empress, Gourmet Natural Cosmetics. The range has received several rave reviews in the press by beauty experts. It includes luxurious face creams made from nourishing Irish seaweed and moisturising African shea butter, hand & body mousses, and refreshing spritzers. The range is 100 % natural, not tested on animals, free from GMOs, free from parabens and other artificial preservatives and also contains many products that are registered with the Vegan Society. Her cosmetics are available from various outlets in County Clare and her on-line shop www.empresscosmetics.com ships world-wide.