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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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 LOVES REHAB THROUGH THE LIFESTAGES

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!!)

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

ASH LOVES REHAB THROUGH THE LIFESTAGES

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.

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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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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 Liam:

A big bowl of crunchy nut cereal would be Liam’s choice for his last meal on earth.

LIAM IS OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE GURU

Liam grew up in a small town in the central highlands of regional Victoria before he moved down to Melbourne to begin studying sport and exercise science with the aspiration to become a physiotherapist. It has been two years since Liam has moved away from home and he has fallen in love with both the sporting and music culture that exists within the heart of Melbourne. Within the clinic, Liam is always up for a chat with anyone about any sport, especially when the cricket is on, and his beloved cats are playing well.

LIAM IS OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE GURU

Liam grew up in a small town in the central highlands of regional Victoria before he moved down to Melbourne to begin studying sport and exercise science with the aspiration to become a physiotherapist.

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Fun fact about Panisa

Panisa digitises her sketches into embroidered art pieces for her business- Pans' 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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