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 CHRONIC 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, BA Physiotherapy (Honours)

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:

“Your body is completely unique to you. I love combining my skills with your goals to determine exactly what's best for you. Then we can work together to help your body operate at maximum capacity day in, day out."

SARAH LOVES SEEING SPORTS INJURIES

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.

Masters of Physiotherapy Practice, BA Health Sciences (Anatomy and Physiology)

SARAH LOVES SEEING SPORTS INJURIES

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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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!!)

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

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. 

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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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