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.Kathryn is currently on maternity leave.

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

 

Caitlin Reid

Physiotherapist & Pilates Instructor

Caitlin graduated from The University of Melbourne in 2008 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy while attaining a Certificate 3 & 4 in Fitness. She has a special interest in treating snowboarding, skiing, yoga, dance and spinal injuries.

Experience
Caitlin is especially interested in helping you recover from your back and neck pain, knee pain and headache. She has a special interest in snowboarding and skiing injuries and enjoys treating dancers, pilates lovers and yogis, plus those suffering persistent pain.

Not an athlete? No worries. Caitlin knows some people are stuck at work more than they’d like, and she’s always keen to help you sit at work without pain and discomfort.

Clinical Interest
She’s an advocate for holistic wellbeing, and is always passionate about helping you get back to healthy movement and pain-free living.

Caitlin has worked with everyone from elite snow sport athletes to elderly patients in private clinics in Canada, New Zealand and Australia. She has taught pilates for 11 years and loves a good reformer workout, snowboarding, dancing and yoga.

Interview with Caitlin

How long have you been working at Viva?
4 months and a bit!

Why did you become a physio?
Because I spent a lot of time at the physio as a dancer and I thought it was a great job where you get to move around during your day and meet lots of interesting people…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 graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, following 2 years of Biomedical Science. She is currently completing her Masters of Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe University.

Experience
Marie has been in private practice throughout her career, focusing on musculoskeletal physiotherapy. She has worked within multi-disciplinary clinics with osteopaths, podiatrists and myotherapists. Her experience with other disciplines has influenced her holistic view on patient care.

Marie is passionate about clinical pilates, teaching since 2010 and a qualified APPI Mat and Equipment instructor.

Clinical Interest
Marie has a special interest in biomechanics, chronic back pain, hip and knee, shoulder injuries, pre/postnatal conditions, TMJ dysfunction and headaches. She has completed GEMt deep trigger point dry needling, dry needling plus level 1 and Lyn Watson shoulder level 1.

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

Outside of work Marie enjoys futsal, gym, pilates, food and a great coffee.

Tristan Dower

Physiotherapist & Pilates Instructor

Originally from the Bellarine Peninsula, Tristan moved up to sunny Brisbane where he completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2014. Prior to him completing his Physio degree, Tristan also completed a Bachelor of Musculoskeletal Therapy in Melbourne, in 2009.

Experience
Tristan has worked in private practise as a Physio since he graduated in 2014. In his time in private practice he has treated a range of conditions including spinal, ankle, hip, knee and shoulder injuries. Tristan has also developed his skills in the sporting environment having spent 2 seasons as the Physio for the North Brisbane Rugby Union Club in the QLD Premier Rugby Competition.

Prior to becoming a Physio, Tristan has worked as a Remedial Therapist in a sports clinic, had experience with the Geelong Football Club and treated players and referees at the World Rugby 7’s Competition on the Gold Coast.

Clinical Interest
Tristan enjoys treating a range of conditions including low back, neck, hip, knee, shoulder and ankle injuries. He likes using his musculoskeletal and hands-on skills in conjunction with exercise rehabilitation and clinical Pilates to restore function and correct movement. Tristan also has a keen interest in sporting injuries and through his sporting experience has become an advocate for the use of Physio for injury prevention as well as rehabilitation.
Interview with Tristan

How long have you been working at Viva?
2 months

Why did you become a physio?
I initially became interested in Physio through my own sporting injuries and seeing how much it helped me. I had a chronic compartment syndrome (or shin splints) which at times stopped me from playing and training for footy. I gradually developed a keen interest in the human body, so being able to combine that…read the full interview

Claire Atkinson

Clinic Coordinator

Claire started working for Viva Physiotherapy in March 2017 as the Clinic Co-ordinator and enjoys working with such a fun and supportive team. Claire has currently completed her diploma in Digital Media and Marketing and has a keen interest in design and arts. Outside of work Claire enjoys taking her puppy for walks, spending time with family, weekends away and winding down with yoga.

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.

Britney Seymour

Receptionist

Britney is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at the University of Melbourne and she has a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. Britney is from the Bahamas, but she enjoys discovering all that Melbourne has to offer.

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.