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.
Interview with Kath
Why did you become a physio?
As a young and gangly netballer, I used to sprain my ankles ALL the time, and so I became friendly with a wonderful lady who was the physio in Kyneton, the town I grew up. This gave me an early exposure to understanding what a physio did. As I played lots of sports as a kind (netball, tennis, basketball, swimming, BMX riding and cross country running) combined with my favourite school subject being PE, physio was a natural choice….read the full interview

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

Anne Stone

Physiotherapist & Pilates Instructor

Anne is originally from Sydney, however has spent most of her life in Melbourne. She completed a bachelor of exercise science and nutrition at Deakin University in Melbourne before returning to Sydney to complete a postgraduate Doctor of Physiotherapy degree.

Experience
Anne has worked in Sydney for most of her physiotherapy career and moved back to Mebourne in 2018 to live closer to family and friends. She has worked with a range of athletes, particularly rugby union players, runners, netballers, triathletes, cyclists, hockey players and horse riders. She is also passionate about exercise rehabilitation for office workers. She is a fully trained APPI physiotherapist and enjoys the way pilates can be used to prevent, treat and manage a plethora of different conditions.
Clinical Interest
She has a special interest in paediatric physiotherapy, having gained experience with both babies and young children at the Sydney children’s hospital. From this she has is working on expanding her knowledge into prenatal and post natal care for mum as well.
Interview with Anne

Why did you become a physio?
I’m a massive science nerd, love helping people and had a lot of respect for the physiotherapists that I saw through sport as I was growing up.
Read the full interview

Jessica Anwyl

Physiotherapist & Pilates Instructor

Jess completed her Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Physiotherapy Practice here in Melbourne at La Trobe University. Jess is a keen sports person, currently playing AFL for the Essendon Inaugural VFLW team after spending many years on the netball court. Jess also has a history in dance, swimming and athletics, but has new found interest in running.

Experience
She has previously worked within a multi-disciplinary Private Practice on the Mornington Peninsula. Jess has a broad knowledge of a range of injuries. She has worked closely with sporting clubs and surgeons to manage and treat post-operative patients, as well as long term overload injuries. Jess has a strong interest in sports injuries, in particular lower limb biomechanics and joint hypermobility.
Clinical Interest
Jess has a special interest in treating hypermobility, in particular adolescents as well as those with shoulder, hip and ankle pain. She is a keen runner and enjoys working with clients trying to achieve running goals. Jess uses a variety of treatment methods to complement manual therapy including exercise rehabilitation, Dry needling and Clinical Pilates to improve performance and daily function. Jess has previously worked with gymnasts, dancers, netballers and footy players. In her down time Jess enjoys travelling, running and all board sports – snowboarding, wakeboarding and surfing.
Interview with Jess
Why did you become a physio?
My fascination for the human body lead to my first interest in physiotherapy. Understanding how the body works was part of what lead to my decision. In addition, I have always been a keen sports person and from what I understood physiotherapy was a career that allowed me to work in an area I was very passionate about.
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Fernanda Rodrigues

Head Receptionist

Born and raised in the Amazonian region of Brazil, Fernanda also is a Physiotherapist graduated in 2009 from University center of Pará back in her city.

She has extensive experience in various sectors including Healthcare and Medical as a Physiotherapist in Brazil.

Fernanda became and Australian residence in 2014, she has a background in clinic management. She is renowned at Viva for the amazing customer service she delivers to our clients.

Fernanda is always proactive, willing to help and is passionate about sports, dance and travelling.

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.