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 love the idea of you knowing and understanding exactly how your injury behaves and how you can treat it yourself. I see this empowerment as my main goal of your physiotherapy treatment.”

KATH IS OUR CHRONIC PAIN AND HEADACHE GURU

Kath is Viva’s Clinic Director. Born in Kyneton in Central Victoria, Kath started Viva back in 2008 with the goal of creating a clinic that was deliberately focused on finding both the source and underlying cause of every client’s pain. She loves the combination of body education and movement that goes into helping people to feel well.

Kathryn has always enjoyed helping people with back and neck pain, and has particularly developed a special interest in chronic pain and headaches. She is qualified in Clinical Pilates and Therapeutic Yoga and has a Masters of Physiotherapy Practice in Manual Therapy. You’ll see her delivering Pilates and Yoga classes to complement her manual therapy and clinical rehabilitation classes in the studio.

Kathryn has more than 20 years of clinical experience and 16 years as a lecturer for the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (including 5 years as a Master Trainer).

On the weekends, you’ll find Kath on the side of the netball court with her two daughters and spending time outdoors. She cycles to work, likes to run, 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)
Certified Pilates Instructor (APPI)
Therapeutic Yoga Instructor

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 with the goal of creating a clinic that was deliberately focused on finding both the source and underlying cause of every client’s pain. She loves the combination of body education and movement that goes into helping people to feel well.

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Georgia's philosophy:

"I believe Physiotherapy is not only about the time spent within the clinic, but for the entire duration of the injury. Knowledge on self-management strategies is one of the most important tools we can teach you."

GEORGIA LOVES TO GET YOU FEELING YOUR BEST

Georgia grew up in South-East Melbourne and, having been an Irish Dancer from the age of four, has fostered a love for movement and exercise from a young age. Competing for over 18 years, Georgia understands the importance of load management when it comes to recovering from injury or just simply keeping the body fine-tuned.

Georgia also has a keen interest in Pilates, having completed her APPI Clinical Pilates Mat and Equipment based courses. Her personal experience in, and passion for, Pilates has again highlighted to Georgia the importance of correct movement patterns and body alignment in optimising physical health. 

Georgia has always enjoyed empowering clients with education regarding the importance of movement, strength-building, and overall physical activity. You can meet Georgia in the Studio as she takes the ‘Perform’ circuit strengthening class, the outdoor running group, and two Pilates mat classes each week. 

Outside of work hours, you’d likely find Georgia making the most of time spent outdoors and spending quality time with family and friends. “Lockdown” family nights have become a frequent occurrence even now! She enjoys running, practising Pilates and going out for her weekend coffees!

Bachelor of Physiotherapy Advanced – Research (Honours)
APPI trained Clinical Pilates Instructor

GEORGIA LOVES TO GET YOU FEELING YOUR BEST

Georgia grew up in South-East Melbourne and, having been an Irish Dancer from the age of four, has fostered a love for movement and exercise from a young age. Competing for over 18 years, Georgia understands the importance of load management when it comes to recovering from injury or just simply keeping the body fine-tuned.

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Carlee's Philosophy

“I am determined to integrate and refine my experience as a dancer, yogi and now physiotherapist to deliver a holistic approach to treatment as a way to balance and restore the physical and emotional well-being of my clients. My aim is to treat the person, not just the injury.”

CARLEE IS OUR DANCE SPECIALIST

Born and raised in Melbourne, Carlee enjoyed a successful career as a contemporary dancer for over 20 years before becoming a physiotherapist. Her love of movement and hands-on approach to treatment is a winning combination to get people out of pain and moving optimally. 

Carlee has a keen interest in the neuro-myofascial system and its role in transmitting force, tissue resilience, postural compensation and pain. She uses myofascial release techniques to balance and align the system coupled with breath, mobility and strength training. 

Carlee is also a yogi, having taught elite professional dancers to seniors for the past 15 years. She enjoys combining her clinical knowledge and yoga teaching experience to ensure her clients are getting a practice that is effective and safe for them.

Carlee is passionate about education, having lectured in dance at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University, University of New South Wales and the Australian College of Physical Education. Her teaching philosophy is all about teaching people how to teach themselves. She believes that by educating patients so they have a deeper understanding of their condition/injury and how to listen to their body, they feel empowered and motivated to manage their rehabilitation more independently. This makes treatment more effective and meaningful for the individual and has a greater impact long-term. 

Most recently, Carlee has been working with a small group of independent dancers, treating them in the clinic and working with them in the studio to research how physiotherapy and dance interface to develop movement strategies to support their practice.

Outside of work hours you’ll most likely catch Carlee at an arts performance. She also enjoys eating Mexican food (without coriander!) with her partner and two girls, practicing yoga and spending some quiet time with her dog, Luna.

Master of Physiotherapy

Bachelor of Dance

Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching

CARLEE IS OUR DANCE SPECIALIST

Born and raised in Melbourne, Carlee enjoyed a successful career as a contemporary dancer for over 20 years before becoming a physiotherapist. Her love of movement and hands on approach to treatment is a winning combination to get people out of pain and moving optimally. 

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Bernice's Philosophy

"I believe that to live a truly meaningful life, we have to look after every part of ourselves - physical, mental and even our spiritual health. In being intentional and mindful, we may connect to “self”, which is integral to well-being."

BERNICE BELIEVES IN FUN AND MINDFUL MOVEMENT

Bernice grew up in sunny Singapore and has been living in Melbourne for the past 6 years. Physio was her dream job before she even really knew it, initially pursuing it because it just seemed to make sense – she loves science and wanted a career that was both meaningful and dynamic. For Bernice, the best part of the job is the people: connecting with them, understanding their stories and helping them get back to the activities they love and living their best possible lives. 

Bernice is a strong advocate for movement and holistic wellness. She found her love for movement in her teenage years, when she was introduced to yoga and Pilates. However, with a mind ahead of a body that was ‘starting from zero’,  her keenness led to multiple injuries. This not only piqued her interest in sports and running injuries, but also enables Bernice to empathise with the frustrations of one’s rehab journey. She now aims to help her patients progress through their own rehab and personalised fitness journeys in a safe and rewarding manner.

Bernice’s passion for yoga inspired her to complete her Yoga Teacher Training certification and then go on to teach yoga in studios for a year. She loves marrying her knowledge in anatomy and physiotherapy with yoga, to safely guide students into poses using approaches tailored to their individual bodies. She admired the incredible synergy between yoga, Pilates, and physiotherapy in improving one’s performance on the mat, and its flow-on benefits enhancing day-to-day life. This further inspired her to complete her training in APPI’s Matwork Clinical Pilates to help people with injuries find safe and healing movements. 

Along with qualifications in yoga and Clinical Pilates, Bernice was a Sports Trainer with Parkside Amateur Football Club where she further developed her skills in preventing and managing sports injuries. She is particularly interested in sports and running injuries, and enjoys taking the Clinical Movement classes at Viva. 

Outside of the clinic, Bernice loves to read and enjoys exploring the different ways of moving – from bouldering to skateboarding, on top of her ‘homeground’ of yoga. Her enthusiasm for experiencing all the fun things in life means her hobbies are aplenty and change like the wind- lately, it’s been bread-making and painting! 

Master of Physiotherapy 

Bachelor of Applied Science 

Sports Trainer Level 1

WYA 200h Yoga Teacher Training 

APPI Clinical Matwork Pilates 

BERNICE BELIEVES IN FUN AND MINDFUL MOVEMENT

Bernice grew up in sunny Singapore and has been living in Melbourne for the past 6 years. Physio was her dream job before she even really knew it, initially pursuing it because it just seemed to make sense – she loves science and wanted a career that was both meaningful and dynamic. For Bernice, the best part of the job is the people…

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Fun fact about Fernanda:

Fernanda was a part of Brazil’s Rhythmic Gymnastics team, and from the age of 12 to 16 years old, she trained 6 hours per day, 6 days per week for national competitions nationwide back in Brazil.

FERNANDA IS OUR CLINIC OPERATIONS MANAGER

Born in Brazil’s Amazon region, Fernanda is Viva’s Operations Manager and head of Marketing Strategies.

Fernanda is a qualified Physiotherapist (2009), and she is constantly developing her pathway into Operations Management. 

Since joining the admin team in 2018, Fernanda has won over everyone with her smile, sunny attitude and talent as Queen Problem Solver.

Fern is able to use her physiotherapy knowledge to understand your experience in recovery. She strives to use her clinical knowledge to help guide you through the resources Viva has to offer and helps you to have the best possible experience.

BA Physiotherapy (2009)

FERNANDA IS OUR CLINIC OPERATIONS MANAGER

Born in Brazil’s Amazon region, Fernanda is Viva’s Operations Manager and head of Marketing Strategies.

Fernanda is a qualified Physiotherapist (2009), and she is constantly developing her pathway into Operations Management. 

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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 climate and energy 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 

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, Ruby 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 Panisa

Panisa digitises her sketches into embroidered art pieces for her business- Pan's Art Studio!

PANISA IS OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE GURU

Panisa relocated from Thailand to Naarm (Melbourne) in 2010 and is an emerging artist working and learning on Woi Wurrung Country. Obsessed with both analogue and digital cameras, she’s a friendly individual with a vibrant personality, who loves being creative. Panisa is always happy to help and chat around the clock!

PANISA IS OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE GURU

Panisa relocated from Thailand to Naarm (Melbourne) in 2010 and is an emerging artist working and learning on Woi Wurrung Country.

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