Meet the team

Our Viva team are all experts in their particular field. We’re a friendly bunch of qualified physiotherapists, Pilates and yoga instructors. But more than that, we practice what we preach.

Our movement classes are what we use to keep our own bodies running smoothly. We do Pilates and yoga in our spare time. We don’t just teach this approach – we live it every day.

Kath’s philosophy:

“I believe education is an important part of the process of empowering clients. You need to understand your injury and learn to treat it yourself through strengthening and exercise.”

KATH IS OUR PAIN AND HEADACHE GURU

Kath is Viva’s Clinic Director. Born in Kyneton in Central Victoria, Kath started Viva back in 2008 and quickly became a front-runner in Melbourne’s allied health practices. Kath is a Master Trainer for APPI. She’s actively involved in the physio field, educating and running professional development courses for physiotherapists.

Kath’s passion is working with localised and referred pain, including headaches, neck, shoulder and back pain. She also has a special interest in exercise-based rehab, in particular back pain, neck pain and ergonomics.

On the weekends, you’ll find Kath juggling mum duties and cross training. She cycles to work, runs regularly, and practices yoga and strength training. She’s even been known to deadlift 1.5 times her bodyweight.

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Masters of Manual Therapy, BA Physiotherapy (Honours)

KATH IS OUR PAIN AND HEADACHE GURU

Kath is Viva’s Clinic Director. Born in Kyneton in Central Victoria, Kath started Viva back in 2008 and quickly became a front-runner in Melbourne’s allied health practices.

Kath is a Master Trainer for APPI. She’s actively involved in the physio field, educating and running professional development courses for physiotherapists.

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Jess’ philosophy:

“I work with my clients to help them make a positive change in their life. It’s my goal to assist in the treatment and management of injury and pain, so that clients can overcome adversity and achieve their goals, no matter their starting point.”

JESS IS OUR RUNNING GURU & WOMEN’S SUPPORT

Jess is currently away on maternity leave.

Born in Melbourne and raised in Brunei, Jess is Viva’s Running Guru, pregnancy support physio and clinical conditioning instructor. Jess has plenty of experience in the sporting arena, having played netball at VNL level.

These days, Jess plays VFLW for Melbourne University and North Melbourne, having previously been on Essendon’s list. There’s no-one who knows the importance of strength and conditioning better.

Jess is known for her running assessments, focusing on lower limb biomechanics and hypermobility. She supervises all our running strength classes, helping runners and athletes work on their track technique.

Jess loves the outdoors. Especially anywhere near the water. She enjoys a beach run or surf on the weekends and loves to refuel her body with a home-cooked meal.

JESS IS OUR RUNNING GURU & WOMEN’S SUPPORT

Born in Melbourne and raised in Brunei, Jess is Viva’s Running Guru, pregnancy support physio and clinical conditioning instructor. Jess has plenty of experience in the sporting arena, having played netball at VNL level…

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Sarah's philosophy:

“Your body is completely unique to you. I love combining my skills with your goals to determine exactly what's best for you. Then we can work together to help your body operate at maximum capacity day in, day out."

SARAH LOVES SEEING SPORTS INJURIES

Sarah grew up in regional Victoria and has been in Melbourne for the past 7 years. She is passionate about utilizing hands-on rehabilitation with movement and exercise, to help clients reach their goals. She believes optimal function of the body is key to improvement and better quality of life.

Sarah works with Melbourne Demons AFLW and VFLW which has inspired further interest in injury prevention and rehab.

In her spare time, she enjoys heading to the beach to exercise with her family or cooking up a storm in her kitchen.

Sarah is excited to start providing holistic care to our patients.

Masters of Physiotherapy Practice, BA Health Sciences (Anatomy and Physiology)

SARAH LOVES SEEING SPORTS INJURIES

Sarah grew up in regional Victoria and has been in Melbourne for the past 7 years. She is passionate about utilizing hands-on rehabilitation with movement and exercise, to help clients reach their goals. She believes optimal function of the body is key to improvement and better quality of life.

Sarah works with Melbourne Demons AFLW and VFLW which has inspired further interest in injury prevention and rehab.

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Tim's philosophy:

“I believe we need to listen to what you and your body needs in order to achieve your goals. I'm here to provide you with the understanding you need to help you overcome your injury and pain, so that you can get back to the life you desire.”

TIM WILL MAKE YOU STRONGER

Born and raised in Melbourne. Tim has always been fond of staying active and exploring the limits of the body. He has trained extensively for swimming, badminton, and running which has given him first-hand experience in completing specific training to overcome injuries and to achieve goals. He is passionate when it comes to helping people around him feel stronger and to achieve their goals by not letting injuries and pain get in their way.

Tim is a firm believer that good habits create big changes, no matter what your goal is. He practices yoga and body weight training regularly to feel strong and mobile.

In his spare time, he enjoys exploring the outdoors, hosting gatherings at home, and cooking different cuisines.

Masters of Physiotherapy, Bachelor of Applied Science

TIM WILL MAKE YOU STRONGER

Born and raised in Melbourne. Tim has always been fond of staying active and exploring the limits of the body. He has trained extensively for swimming, badminton, and running which has given him first-hand experience in completing specific training to overcome injuries and to achieve goals. He is passionate when it comes to helping people around him feel stronger and to achieve their goals by not letting injuries and pain get in their way.

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Ash's Philosophy

“Through all of life's seasons we need to be fluid to adapt to the differing demands we go through. By having the insight and knowledge to understand our body, we can make positive changes to help optimize lives in a practical and meaningful way”

ASH WILL HELP OPTIMISE YOUR MOVEMENT

Raised in rural NSW, Ash grew a love of sport and physical activity from a very young age. Having played competitive tennis for 20+ years, Ash understands the importance of keeping the body fine tuned and adapting to different seasons in life.

Ash has a special interest in Women’s Health physiotherapy. Being diagnosed with endometriosis herself, Ash understands the effect of pelvic girdle pain on everyday life and activities. With the belief that ‘movement is medicine’, Ashlee aims to advocate for active practices with all her patients. 

Through working with Melbourne Storm, Melbourne Rebels Academy program and recently within Gold Coast & District Rugby Union, Ash has developed a keen interest in sport injury rehabilitation.

Outside of the clinic, Ash is an avid tennis player and loves exploring Melbourne’s coffee scene (and will happily accept a strong flat white on oat milk on a cold morning!!)

Bachelor of Human Movement/Exercise Science, Bachelor of Psychology, Doctor of Physiotherapy

ASH WILL HELP OPTIMISE YOUR MOVEMENT

Raised in rural NSW, Ash grew a love of sport and physical activity from a very young age. Having played competitive tennis for 20+ years, Ash understands the importance of keeping the body fine tuned and adapting to different seasons in life.

Ash has a special interest in Women’s Health physiotherapy. Being diagnosed with endometriosis herself, Ash understands the effect of pelvic girdle pain on everyday life and activities. With the belief that ‘movement is medicine’, Ashlee aims to advocate for active practices with all her patients. 

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Dee's philosophy:

"I’m here to educate you and facilitate your recovery. Rehab is different for everyone and I enjoy helping people get the most out of their time with me."

YOU’LL MEET DEE IN OUR STUDIO CLASSES

A born and bred New Zealander, Dee jumped across the ditch after graduating from the University of Otago in 2016. Dee. In addition to her day job at the Epworth hospital, Dee is teaching Clinical Movement, Pilates and Viva Strong classes at Viva. She is currently enjoying completing her APPI Pilates Matwork certification.

Her passions include cooking, baking and long distance running.

YOU’LL MEET DEE IN OUR STUDIO CLASSES

A born and bred New Zealander, Dee jumped across the ditch after graduating from the University of Otago in 2016. Dee. In addition to her day job at the Epworth hospital, Dee is teaching Clinical Movement, Pilates and Viva Strong classes at Viva.

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Fun fact about Fernanda:

English is Fernanda’s second language. It turns out “pigeon hole” doesn’t translate well into Portuguese.

FERNANDA IS OUR CLINIC OPERATIONS MANAGER

Born in Brazil’s Amazon region, Fernanda is Viva’s Operations Manager and queen Problem Solver. Fernanda is a qualified Physiotherapist (2010) and is also studying Translation and Interpreting at RMIT University.

Since joining the admin team in 2018, Fernanda has won over everyone with her smile and sunny attitude. She handles the seamless running of the front-end. It’s her job to make sure everyone who walks through the clinic doors has the best possible experience.

BA Physiotherapy (2010)

FERNANDA IS OUR CLINIC OPERATIONS MANAGER

Born in Brazil’s Amazon region, Fernanda is Viva’s Operations Manager and queen Problem Solver. Fernanda is a qualified Physiotherapist (2010) and is also studying Translation and Interpreting at RMIT University.

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Fun fact about Will:

In Grade 6, Will was asked to do presentations for Microsoft at ACMI and the University of Sydney.

WILL IS OUR HEAD RECEPTIONIST & ADMIN TEAM LEADER

Will spent his early years in London before returning to the eastern outskirts of Melbourne. He joined the admin team at Viva in 2019 and has been wowing people with his tech knowledge ever since. Will is currently completing his honours year in Arts, following through with his interest in politics. One-day he hopes to work as a political advisor/policy maker. You’ll usually find Will adding new music to the waiting room playlist or exploring sustainability solutions, helping Viva on our mission to become waste-free.

BA Arts 2019

WILL IS OUR HEAD RECEPTIONIST & ADMIN TEAM LEADER

Will spent his early years in London before returning to the eastern outskirts of Melbourne. He joined the admin team at Viva in 2019 and has been wowing people with his tech knowledge ever since. Will is currently completing his honours year in Arts following through with his interest in politics.

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Fun fact about Kit:

Her parents and some close relatives in Hong Kong call her ManMan (Her full name is Kit Man Hong).

KIT KEEPS OUR ACCOUNTS IN ORDER

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Kit made the move to the greatest city in the world (AKA Melbourne) in 2017. The year after that, she joined the admin team at Viva. Kit finished her Bachelor of Communications in YEAR, and is a fully qualified APPI Pilates instructor. She’s also completing a Diploma of Early Childhood Education – it’s been her dream to work in the child care sector. Kit always goes the extra mile to make sure our clients feel comfortable.

BA Communications

KIT KEEPS OUR ACCOUNTS IN ORDER

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Kit made the move to the greatest city in the world (AKA Melbourne) in 2017. The year after that, she joined the admin team at Viva…

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Fun fact about Ruby:

During her Fine Arts degree, she was able to learn the medieval printing technique called Lithography.

RUBY IS OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE GURU

Born and raised in Melbourne, Ruby is an aspiring young artist and filmmaker studying at the VCA. With her creative mind, she loves to find out of the box solutions to any problem. She brings a warm and friendly presence to the waiting room, always keen for a laugh or a chat.

RUBY IS OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE GURU

Born and raised in Melbourne, Ruby is an aspiring young artist and filmmaker studying at the VCA. She brings a warm and friendly presence to the waiting room, always keen for a laugh or a chat.

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Fun fact about Lily:

At one point or another Lily has had every colour hair except yellow.

LILY IS OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE GURU

Lily has lived in Melbourne for all her 21 years. She joined the Viva admin team in 2019 and has since been keeping the front desk full of colour and joy with her never ending rotation of outfits and ever-changing coloured hair.

Lily is an aspiring illustrator and enjoys all forms of art including dancing, so don’t be surprised if you see her having her own little dance party behind the front desk.

LILY IS OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE GURU

Lily has lived in Melbourne for all her 21 years. She joined the Viva admin team in 2019 and has since been keeping the front desk full of colour and joy with her never ending rotation of outfits and ever-changing coloured hair.

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