Welcome to ExWell Medical
Chronic Illness Exercise Rehabilitation
Dr. Noel McCaffrey would like to welcome you to ExWell Medical (exercise for wellness with medical oversight).
The rationale behind ExWell Medical is that a large proportion of the disability and unwellness that comes with any long term illness is caused by becoming deconditioned. At ExWell we can improve or reverse this with appropriate exercise thereby greatly enhancing a person's quality of life.
ExWell Medical offers community-based supervised exercise classes, as well as home programmes to people with many different long term illnesses. Participants will be encouraged to become fit and active in a friendly, safe and enjoyable environment.
ExWell Medical is an established community-based chronic illness rehabilitation programme. Founder and Medical Director Dr. Noel McCaffrey has been providing supervised exercise classes and nutrition services to patients with a range of chronic illnesses since 2006.
ExWell Medical is a not-for profit company that has over 600 patient visits per week which illustrates the confidence it has gained from local hospital physicians and GPs and boasts a strong and steady referral base. The multi- and inter-disciplinary team has extensive knowledge and experience. ExWell is now in a position to expand to other sites in Ireland. The ExWell skillset and expertise allows for the deliver of programmes aimed at increasing physical activity levels in those with chronic illnesses.
Classes run every week in various locations around Ireland.
All participants must be referred from a medical professional and complete an induction/baseline assessment which will be booked after the referral is received.
Referral Update During COVID 19:
We are still accepting referrals via email at
Dr. Noel McCaffrey
Dr. Noel McCaffrey is a sports and exercise medicine specialist, former DCU lecturer, Foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine, director of a private sports injury clinic and Consultant in Sports Medicine in Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital. He led the development and growth of the MedEx programme in DCU for 10 years. Following DCU’s decision to not become part of a MedEx roll-out, Noel left DCU to ‘follow the dream’ and has set up ExWell Medical as the corporate entity that will manage the roll-out of the programme.
OUR ADVISORY BOARD
Lar Bradshaw spent the majority of his career with McKinsey & Co, joining the firm in London, and enjoying stints in Paris, Milan and Boston. He was a Director of the worldwide firm for many years. in 1994 he set up the Irish practice of the firm, which he led until he “retired” in 2004. Lar was Chairman of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority from 1997 to 2007, Chairman of Centric Health from inception until 2010, and has chaired / acted as non-exec Director for several companies in both the public and private arenas. He was also a director of Orbis Ireland for several years. He currently advises a number of companies and continues to serve on several boards. He is a lifelong friend of Dr Noel McCaffrey.
Diarmuid McNamee is Managing Director of TowerView, an investment and advisory firm in Dublin specialising in the health and social care sector across Ireland and the UK. TowerView advises and invests in growing Irish companies across all healthcare sub-sectors. Diarmuid was Group CFO with the Mater Private Healthcare Group for 9 years, during which the Group developed new healthcare facilities in a number of new locations and also set up and successfully operated cancer centre facilities in the UK. Previously, Diarmuid was a Director of Corporate Finance with NCB, advising Irish and international clients on mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity fundraisings and strategic developments. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and operates as Chairman and Board director of a number of companies and is also a Board Director and a member of the Audit & Risk Committee of Dublin Simon.
Catherine McGuigan is the Chief Officer of the National Age Friendly Ireland Programme, which is based on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Age Friendly Programme, operates across Ireland’s 31 local authority areas . It focusses on ensuring Ireland is responsive to the increasing needs of older people and is adopts effective local policy approaches to respond to demographic ageing. This process involves multi - stakeholder engagement. Catherine is a principal advisor at strategic level, engaging with key leaders across public, private and NGO sectors, consulting democratically with citizens to reshape service delivery. Her expertise lies in strategic planning and promoting collaborative approaches to effective service reform.
Chris Kelly is a retired senior executive with CRH Group. A chemical engineer by profession, he worked in various management roles with CRH over 38 years, based in Ireland, Africa, and China, implementing Operational Excellence programmes and leading technical due diligence teams in China, Vietnam, Spain and North America. After retiring in 2013 he worked as a consultant in China at the request of CRH’s Joint Venture partner in 2014/15, advising the Country Director and the Operational Excellence team. He led cement company acquisition technical due diligence teams in Philippines, Brazil and South Africa, focused on mining and on all aspects of cement plant operations from quarry to dispatch. Chris is a ‘nuts and bolts’ man, with extensive management, mentoring and leadership experience through growth / recession cycles in business. He has also worked in the International Aid and charity fundraising sectors in Africa. Chris currently attends the ExWell programme.
Professor Sean Kennelly
Professor Sean Kennelly MB PhD FRCP(Lond) FRCPI, is a consultant physician in geriatric and stroke medicine and clinical lead for the community integrated care team for older people in Tallaght University Hospital. He is director of the tertiary referral memory service at TUH, hospital clinical lead for the ExWell program in Tallaght Leisure Centre, clinical associate professor of medical gerontology in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and principal investigator in the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience. One of his main research interests is Alzheimer’s disease, and he was co-principal investigator on the first Irish National Audit of Dementia (INAD) care in acute hospitals. He is a faculty member for the global brain health institute in TCD, a member of the clinical and research advisory panel for the Alzheimer's Society of Ireland and associate dean of higher specialty training in general internal medicine in the RCPI.
Clive Kilmurray has 20 years’ experience in corporate finance, private equity, and real estate. He most recently co-founded two businesses, OSLO Beauty which focuses on hair and beauty services (and includes a health studio), and OROKO Travel, a luxury travel specialist. Prior to this he was a co-founder and director of Cove Capital, a Dublin based Private Equity vehicle. He also has extensive experience in property investment and development as principal, and has advised many of Ireland’s leading companies whilst working in investment banking with IBI. He is a former board member of numerous private companies and a former non-executive director of Easons.
Professor Niall Moyna
Professor Niall Moyna (MA, MSc, PhD) is a clinical cardiovascular physiologist and twice Head of School in the School of Health and Human Performance in DCU. He is best known as a prolific researcher and committed supervisor of and mentor to numerous MSc and PhD students. His main interest is the role of exercise in health. He has a high public profile is this area. His received the Dublin City University Leadership award 2006, the GAA President’s Award for contribution to education 2017 and an Honorary Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine 2019 . Niall has been a passionate supporter of ExWell since its inception.
David Beirne is Vice President of UPMC International and Country Manager for UPMC in Ireland, with responsibility for overseeing the development of a joint venture cancer in Cork in partnership with Bon Secours Health System, and for integrating the UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre with the new facility in Cork. In addition, He is UPMC’s lead on business development activities in Ireland and other countries. Previously, he worked in finance leadership roles with McInerney Plc, Glanbia Plc and PriceWaterhouseCoopers and also served as CEO at the Whitfield Clinic. David has been a strong supporter of ExWell since meeting Noel a year ago and his plans include incorporating the ExWell service in WIT into UPMC’s cancer care offering, as well as supporting the expansion of this model across Ireland, and possibly into the US (via UPMC).
Audrey McKeown is the co-founder and CEO of Acquis Business Intelligence (ABI) founded in Silicon Valley California over a decade ago and later became CEO of Acquis Inc. Acquis are world specialists in the solving complex technology and data related problems, with particular expertise in geo-spatial and business intelligence. In 2014 Acquis expanded into Europe, based in Ireland, funding innovative research in the healthcare space, in order to develop new collaborative healthcare solutions. At the same time Acquis launched its first private cloud collaboration platform in the USA to one of the largest federal government agencies. She has over twenty years of global experience in executive level management and as a board director in the high-tech industry in Ireland and the USA. She credits the success of Acquis on fostering innovation and empowering Acquis personnel to become the best they can be.
Dr. Lauri McDermott
Dr. Lauri McDermott , a DCU BSc (Sport Science and Health, Hons 1) graduate in 2013, completed her PhD (‘The feasibility of a home-based walking and strengthening intervention on physiological, biochemical and psychological outcomes in colorectal cancer survivors.’ ) in 2017 after she was awarded the Vice-Chancellors Research Scholarship (VCRS) at the Ulster University Jordanstown. Lauri is a trained health and fitness instructor with additional disease-specific exercise instructor qualifications in cardiology (British Association of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Level 4 instructor) and oncology (CanRehab Level 4 Instructor). Lauri has been teaching ExWell classes since 2009 and working full time since April 2018 as ExWell Operations Manager, setting up new centres in Tallaght, Loughlinstown and Santry.