Kathryn Anderson

Director & Physiotherapist

Kathryn started Viva Physiotherapy in 2009 after she completed her Masters of Physiotherapy (Manual Therapy) at the University of Western Australia. Kathryn gained her bachelor degree with honours from The University of Melbourne.

Experience
Kathryn has worked extensively in private practice, both in Australia and the United Kingdom. She spent three years at the prestigious Fulham Physiotherapy clinic in London, specialising in conditions such as sports injuries (particularly distance runners), spinal injuries, pregnancy and Pilates.
Head Physiotherapist Bendigo Bombers VFL Team 2010-2011
Master Trainer and Senior Lecturer Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute 2006-present
Early Intervention Physiotherapist with TAC and Worksafe
Clinical Interest
Kathryn enjoys approaching all injuries with a blend of manual and rehabilitation physiotherapy. Neck pain, headaches/migraines and back pain have always been an interest as she really sees the enormous improvement in quality of life that can be given to people through physiotherapy. From her previous experience in London, Kathryn enjoys treating distance runners and now as an active mother of two, pregnancy conditions especially returning to sport post-pregnancy has become a passion.

Kathryn was the recipient of the Karim Khan prize for Rehabilitation Science from the University of Western Australia.

Bede Christey

Physiotherapist

Originally from the South Island, New Zealand. Bede moved north to study physiotherapy in Auckland – completing his Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2005, before going on to complete his Post Graduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2007. He has now been in Melbourne for 6-years, and has fully embraced the Melbourne lifestyle – trying to keep up with the incredible restaurant/coffee scene, as well as working closely with the AFL.

Experience
Bede has primarily worked in Private Practice for the last 11-years, as well as working closely with a number of different sports teams. Bede is currently the Head Physiotherapist for Essendon Bombers’ VFL team (now his 4th season), and spends 3 afternoons per week at the club, as well as the game-day role in weekends. He enjoys the mix of getting to use his manual therapy skills in the city, as well as the challenge and exposure to injuries that goes with sporting teams.

Head Physiotherapist – Essendon Bombers VFL Squad (2013 – present).
Physiotherapist – Melbourne Rebels Super 18 Rugby (2015/16 pre-season).
Physiotherapist – Australian Rugby Union (2016): International referees for Wallabies v England test match.
Physiotherapist – Samoa ‘A’ Rugby Union Squad (2016): pre-season tour vs Melbourne Rebels Super 18 Rugby.

Clinical Interest
Bede enjoys putting his musculoskeletal & manual therapy skills to good use, and sees a lot of complex back & neck injuries in the city. He has a special interest in all sporting injuries; including hip & groin pain, running-related knee pain & tendon pathology, post-operative care for knee ACL repair & shoulder stabilization. He takes a very functional movement approach to his strength & conditioning rehabilitation, and firmly believes in client’s being proactive with their health and ultimately aiming to preventing injuries before they happen!
Interview with Bede

How long have you been working at Viva?
6 years

Why did you become a physio?
I was pretty sporty as a kid, I did athletics, rugby, swimming, and I had some injuries myself. I saw both physios and podiatrists and was toying with the idea of both. I was accepted into both courses but made the decision to go with physiotherapy which I was really happy with. I did work experience with Sports Doctors and Physios in Christchurch and…read the full interview

Charlotte Brolsma

Physiotherapist & Pilates Instructor

After moving from Tasmania, Charlotte graduated from The University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours and is currently studying a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe University.

Experience
She began her career at St Vincent’s Hospital working with musculoskeletal and orthopaedic patients in both outpatients and post-operative settings which has given her a broad range of experience in post operative care following ACL reconstructions, knee arthroscopies, spinal surgery and joint replacements. Charlotte then moved into private practice physiotherapy in Melbourne where she further developed her interest in sports and spinal injuries.
Clinical Interest
Charlotte has a special interest in treating cervicogenic headaches, shoulder pain, hip and knee pain in runners and working with women’s health clients. Charlotte uses a variety of treatment methods to complement manual therapy and exercise including Dry Needling and Clinical Pilates to optimise function and improve performance.
She currently works with the Senior team at the Old Xavierians Football Club and with Gymnastics Victoria. In the past she has worked with the Power House Rugby Union club, Old Geelong Football Club and the Michigan State Spartans American Football team in the US. Out of the practice Charlotte enjoys running, playing squash, travelling and supporting the Melbourne Demons.
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Marie Pham

Physiotherapist & Pilates Instructor

Marie grew up in Adelaide and moved to Melbourne completing her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Monash University in 2010. She is finishing her Masters of Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe and is the AFLW physio for North Melbourne Football Club. Marie has a range of experience across a variety of disciplines.

Experience
Marie has been a Physiotherapist for the Bayside Pirates F-League futsal team, FFV teams for the NZ nationals, States Victorian Futsal teams, and the Monash Taekwondo Team. Being a taekwondo player at university level and playing in the Futsal National League, she has a strong understanding of movement and performance.

Marie is a qualified APPI clinical pilates instructor. Teaching pilates has complemented her sports performance assessment and rehabilitation.

Clinical Interest
Marie has a special interest in sports injuries, biomechanics and its impact on performance. She is passionate about shoulder rehabilitation having completed Lyn Watson Shoulder Level 1, and foot /ankle conditions with her internship at the Australian Ballet. Having worked extensive experience in private practice, she enjoys helping client’s with chronic pain, TMJ dysfunction, headaches and pre/postnatal conditions.

Marie uses manual therapy, dry needling, and strength and conditioning to provide a holistic management plan.

Outside of work, Marie enjoys playing various sports, tending to her indoor plants and working on her drawing.

Patrick McGreal

Physiotherapist & Pilates Instructor

Patrick originally comes all the way from the beautiful West Coast of Ireland. He graduated from the University of Limerick with a first class honors degree. Since, he has worked as a private practice physiotherapist in both Ireland and New Zealand where he has worked for the past 3 years. He has spent the past 2 years completing a diploma in Orthopedic Manual Therapy in Auckland University.

Experience
Patrick has worked extensively in private practice for the past 5 years, dealing with acute and chronic injuries of both the working population and elite athletes. He has worked with elite soccer and Gaelic football teams back in Ireland. While in NZ he has worked with the Auckland Rugby Union and Cook Islands Touch teams, while in clinic he has treated ultra-marathon runners, triathletes, skiers, snowboarders, surfers and regular people trying to stay fit.
Clinical Interest
Patrick’s specific clinical interests include lower back pain, hip and pelvic dysfunction, neck pain and shoulder issues. The experience he has gained from working all over the world has helped him perfect his manual therapy skills along with his rehabilitation approach to guide clients on their way to a healthy pain-free lifestyle. He is particularly interested in the evolving management of tendon injuries and utilizes the latest evidence based approach to help clients who have previously struggled with long term injuries. Patrick likes to create an individual management plan to fit in with his clients busy lifestyle to ensure they achieve their long-term goals in an efficient and pain-free way.
Interview with Patrick

Why did you become a physio?
Having played a lot of sport as a child and soccer to a high level back in Ireland I was never far away from the treatment table. During those years I developed a keen interest in the human body and how we move, more importantly, how we change the way we move after injury or pain. I really loved the rapport the physio was able to build with myself and my teammates and ultimately steered me in the direction of physiotherapy as a career choice.
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Lucy Glasson

Physiotherapist & Pilates Instructor

After moving to Melbourne from Tasmania to a college at Melbourne University, Lucy completed a Bachelor of Science degree in 2005 followed by her Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2009. Since then Lucy has worked in multiple private practices across Melbourne. She has joined the Viva team after returning to work following maternity leave.

Experience
Lucy has gained over 9 years experience in private practice and has developed a special interest in Clinical Pilates and Women’s Health. She also has worked extensively with elite hockey players and has spent time travelling with Hockey Victorian teams.
Clinical Interest
Lucy has a particular interest in all aspects of Women’s Health physiotherapy including: *Pregnancy: Musculoskeletal changes, pelvic girdle pain, pelvic floor training and Clinical Pilates.
*Post natal: Immediate care following birth, pelvic floor and abdominal training, return to exercise safely
*Menopause: Age related changes, incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse
*General: Incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain/vulvodynia

Lucy also loves to work with sports people particularly hockey players. She understands the rigors of training for high level sport and the effect that injury can have. She loves to work with her patients to reach their goals and exceed them.

Interview with Lucy

Why did you become a physio?
I played a lot of sport as a child and teenager and have continued this into my 30s; through pregnancy and post having my daughter. I have had my fair share of injuries so I have spent a lot of time at my local physio. I was undecided about my career at the end of school so I decided on a Bachelor of Science degree to keep my options open. After majoring in Anatomy and Physiology and meeting physios through lecturing I decided on physio after my science degree and it was the best decision I made.

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Mary Gentle

Head Receptionist

Mary started working at Viva Physio in September 2017 after moving down to Melbourne from sunny Queensland. Mary has extensive experience in Administration and Customer Service roles, and is always looking to go the extra mile to ensure that you are well looked after. In her spare time you can find Mary with her Pug at the local dog park, on the mat doing yoga, or in the kitchen cooking up a storm.

Cassandra Moore

Receptionist

Cassandra is currently undertaking a bachelors degree in Psychology and Sport science at Swinburne University in hopes to work within community based programs that address issues of domestic violence. Cassandra has a love for all things sport and fitness having run her own successful personal training business for over four years. In her spare time away from studying, you will find Cassandra either at the gym or spending time with family and friends.

Molly Boorman

Receptionist

Molly is currently studying a Bachelor of Counselling at Australian Catholic Univeristy. Outside this and working, Molly enjoys playing a lot of Futsal and Soccer and therefore is no stranger to the benefits of Physiotherapy. For leisure, Molly enjoys walking her dog and spending time with her family and nieces and nephews.