Based in The Watershed in Kilkenny, Nano Physiotherapy is more than your average Physiotherapy service.

Physiotherapist-Led Exercise Classes

Improve your health or the health of a loved one in a safe environment under the watchful guidance of chartered physiotherapists.

‘Book a Class’ below. If our class times don’t suit, contact us to let us know about your availability and we will update you on future classes.

One-to-one consultations and treatment

With morning, afternoon & evening appointments available, click on the booking button below to find a time that suits you.

About Nano Physiotherapy

Nano Physiotherapy was founded by two chartered physiotherapists – Michael Bowler and Paul Bolger. We are passionate about improving the health of the community in which we live.

With years of experience – ranging from working in nursing homes and hospitals to workplaces and elite athletes – we have developed a wide range of skills and expertise.

We believe in the power of movement, education and community.

Our Team

Paul Bolger - Physiotherapist & Co-Founder (CORU Registered)

BSc Physiotherapy (hons); Certificate of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (COMT)

Paul qualified in one of Ireland’s leading Physiotherapy courses at the University of Limerick in 2014. Having initially worked with several sports teams in Ireland, Paul then spent the next 7 years of his life living, working and learning in New Zealand and Australia.

While plying his trade in private practice physiotherapy (treating acute and chronic issues; anything from back pain, post-operative knees, hips and shoulders to athletic and workplace injuries), Paul took the opportunity to learn from some of the top manual therapists in New Zealand, earning a Certificate of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (COMT) at Auckland University of Technology in 2016/17.

In Australia, Paul widened his experience in the fields of Occupational/ Workplace Health (preventing and rehabilitating workplace injuries) and Aged Care/ Nursing Homes (providing rehabilitation for the elderly – improving mobility, preventing falls and managing chronic pain). He was trusted with the responsibility of managing a team of Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists in Nursing Homes all across Melbourne.

Paul has thousands of hours of personal strength and conditioning experience – training under a former Munster Rugby S&C Coach while playing senior AIL rugby. He is also an avid runner – running marathons and half marathons on the road and in the mountains.

While Paul’s true passion lies in improving the health and ability of those in his community – he remains interested in sports performance and high-level rehabilitation (which he believes really compliments his whole practice, even with those who gave up sport a long time ago).

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Michael Bowler - Physiotherapist & Co-Founder (CORU Registered)

MSc Physiotherapy; MSc Sports Science & Health; BSc Athletic Therapy & Training; 

Michael initially studied Athletic Therapy and Training in DCU. He completed a 6 month internship at the prestigious Stanford University Sports Medicine department in California in 2014, where he worked with Olympic gymnasts, volleyball and water polo players.

He was offered a sports scholarship to Loughborough University, the leading ‘sports science’ university in the world and the centre for British athletics where he studied a masters in “Musculoskeletal Sports Science and Health” studying ‘Biomechanics’, ‘Regenerative Therapy’ and ‘Exercise Physiology’.

Michael’s athletics career allowed him to continue training at Loughborough while completing a Physiotherapy masters at University of Birmingham – the leading university for Physiotherapy in the UK.

Having been completely immersed in athletics, while studying theory in parallel, Michael has a massive passion for educating young athletes with lessons learned over thousands of hours of practice and study.

Most recently, Michael worked for 4 years as a Senior Physiotherapist on medical and orthopaedics wards at Whitfield hospital and later in the HSE at Kilcreene Orthopaedics Hospital. Here he saw hundreds of joint replacements (shoulder, Knee, hip) and sports injuries such as ACL reconstructions, Achilles repairs, rotator cuff repairs , shoulder stabilisations, hamstring repairs and Hip arthroscopies.

Sam Hancock - Senior Physiotherapist (CORU Registered)

BSc Physiotherapy (hons); BA (hons) Sports Science

Sam graduated from University of Central Lancashire with a degree in Sports Science which led to 8 years of working for local councils as a sports development officer and personal trainer. This laid the foundation for Sam to develop a keen understanding of the profound benefits of exercise on body and mind.

Sam returned to university and achieved a first class honours degree in Physiotherapy in 2017. From there, Sam was fortunate enough to work in one of London’s busiest trauma hospitals where he specialised in orthopaedics and musculoskeletal outpatients – treating people after joint replacement and injury. 

Sam developed to a Senior physiotherapist in University College London Hospital which was linked to the renowned Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health; working closely with researchers and surgeons. It was here he oversaw his own team of physiotherapists in delivering high quality passionate care across multiple settings. He continued to advance his skills through courses from speakers from all around the world who continually advance the profession with their research and insights.

After moving to Ireland in 2022, Sam had plied his trade in University Waterford Hospital as well as a private physiotherapy clinic before securing a full time senior physiotherapy role in a HSE primary care centre.

Throughout his life, football featured heavily; representing his county as school level as well as university football teams. Sam continues to enjoy strength and conditioning exercises as well as park runs and charity events.

Sam links his empathetic approach with his skills in cognitive functional therapy – how to address someone’s fear of movement and improving the link between mind and body to help reduce pain. While identifying the core root of the issue, Sam’s approach means someone can rehab around their pain while working towards their goals.

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Aveline O'Neill - Dietitian (CORU Registered)

BSc Dietitian (first class hons)

Aveline is a CORU registered dietitian with a special interest in disease prevention through nutrition education, exercise and mental wellbeing. Aveline graduated Ulster University, Coleraine with a first class honours degree and was awarded runners up student of the year. She is currently working in University Hospital Waterford as an inpatient dietitian covering stroke and elderly care wards and renal outpatient clinics.


Aveline has a personal passion for all things movement being 2 time marathon runner. While completing her degree, she completed a certificate in Personal Training and Fitness Instructing and greatly enjoyed using this qualification working in gyms, helping to support people on their pursuit of better health. She also completed 500hrs of yoga teacher training in Bali and India. She regularly teaches yoga, holding a space for flexibility, strength but also inner reflection and guided meditation. 


Aveline also currently works in the area of performance nutrition, working with Kildare Senior Ladies Camogie team this year. 


Aveline can support you whatever your indication may be including general health and heathly eating, weight management, heart health, diabetes, osteoporosis, coeliac disease, dysphagia and more.

Áine Buggy - Administration, Reception & Support

Áine grew up in county Kilkenny going to secondary school in Loreto. After school, she moved to the north-west coast of Mayo and worked in Coláiste UISCE, an activity centre and gaelcholáiste samhraidh where she got her ‘grá’ for the Irish language. 

She lived in the beautiful Belmullet area for six years, trying to learn to sail and surf and do a bit of work occasionally! This is when she got very familiar with using a range of computer systems such as Quickbooks Accounting Software and the Microsoft Office Suite.

A few years ago, she moved back home to Kilkenny from Belmullet and is very happy to be home. Áine joined the Nano Physiotherapy team in Spring of 2024. Áine can help you with any questions that you may have about our services, bookings and memberships.

Reduce Your Expenses - While Investing in Your Health

As Chartered Physiotherapists, our services are approved by the leading health insurers. Discounts vary – so contact your health insurer to see how much you can expect to get back from your payment.

You can claim 20% of your physiotherapy fees as tax credits – click HERE for Revenue’s information.

If you claim your fees on your insurance – you may still claim 20% of the remaining amount as a tax credit.

HERE is a magnificent informative video explaining the whole process.

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