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 (2009), BA Physiotherapy (Honours) (2001)

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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Sarah's philosophy:

“Humans are not designed to sit all day! Get moving and actively invest in your health. I enjoy blending strength and conditioning into rehabilitation programs to obtain the best outcomes.”

SARAH IS OUR SPORTS INJURY GURU

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.

SARAH IS OUR SPORTS INJURY GURU

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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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

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.

Learn more about Jess.

B. Health Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice (2014), Clinical Pilates Instructor

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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Fun fact about Damaris:

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

DAMARIS HEADS UP SOME CLASSES AT VIVA

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.

DAMARIS HEADS UP SOME CLASSES AT VIVA

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 Head Receptionist 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 Head Receptionist 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 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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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

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 a Bachelor of 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

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 a Bachelor of 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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