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.

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…

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Bede’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.”

BEDE IS OUR SPORTS INJURY GURU

Bede is our leading sports injury specialist. And our token Kiwi. At Viva, Bede’s spends his time assessing sports injuries and spinal pain, supervising our return-to-running and sports programs, and conducting muscle balance assessments.

Bede has extensive experience in sports, sports: having worked with Essendon Football Club as Head Physio for the VFL team, and currently with the Melbourne Rebels. Outside his busy work schedule, Bede enjoys surfing down on the Great Ocean Road.

Masters in Sport (current), Post Graduate in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (2008), B. Health Sc. (Physio) (2006)

BEDE IS OUR SPORTS INJURY GURU

Bede is our leading sports injury specialist. And our token Kiwi. At Viva, Bede’s spends his time assessing sports injuries and spinal pain, supervising our return-to-running and sports programs, and conducting muscle balance assessments…

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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.

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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Mike's philosophy:

"Using a strength and conditioning approach, I provide you with the tools to maintain and self-guide your rehabilitation journey to ensure a long term management and injury prevention."

MIKE IS OUR STRENGTH & CONDITIONING GURU

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Michael made the move to Australia and landed himself in Tasmania. Michael has spent the better part of two years as a Muscoloskeletal Physiotherapist in the UK. He has also previously worked as part of the strength and conditioning team for an AFL developmental team in Tasmania.

The self-proclaimed Rugby enthusiast is passionate about all things sport, including all sports-related injuries, specifically shoulders and knees. Michael takes his experience in the sporting arena and combines it with his guru-like knowledge of strength and conditioning to approach injury management and prevention.

Doctor of Physiotherapy (2015), B. Exercise and Sport Science (2012) 

MIKE IS OUR STRENGTH & CONDITIONING GURU

Michael was born in South Africa and grew up in Tasmania.  Michael has a keen interest in sports-related injuries with a particular focus on shoulder and knee-related injuries. He personally likes to be involved in all stages of the individual’s rehabilitation from early intervention all the way through to late-stage return to sport.

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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 HEAD RECEPTIONIST

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 STUDIO MEMBERSHIP LIASION

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 STUDIO MEMBERSHIP LIASION

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…

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Fun fact about Cass

In 2007, Cass was awarded a dance scholarship for outstanding performance by Freedom Dance Co.

CASSANDRA IS OUR ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANT

Born and raised in Melbourne, Cass joined the Viva family in 2017. She’s part of our admin team, helping the clinic with front-end procedures and making sure every client’s experience is as pleasant as possible. Cass is a certified Personal Trainer and has completed a Bachelor in Social Science (2018). She is currently completing her Bachelor in Psychology (Honours) at Swinburne University in hopes to continue her passion in Emotional Intelligence research.

BA Psychology (Honours), BA Social Science (Psychology and Sport Science) (2018) 

CASSANDRA IS OUR ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANT

Born and raised in Melbourne, Cass joined the Viva family in 2017. She’s part of our admin team, helping the clinic with front-end procedures and making sure every client’s experience is pleasant and painless…

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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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