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Viva Physiotherapy

Address: Level 9 Carlow House, 289 Flinders Lane Melbourne CBD VIC 3000

Also Services: Melbourne Inner Suburbs

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Viva Physiotherapy is conveniently located on Flinders Lane near the corner of Elizabeth Street in the Melbourne CBD. We offer sports physiotherapy, spinal physio, Clinical Pilates & pregnancy care.

Viva Physiotherapy is a boutique physio clinic in the centre of the Melbourne CBD. We pride ourselves on treating your injury for the long term, providing not only relief from your pain but also a long-term solution to your injury. We are conveniently located on Flinders Lane near the corner of...

15 July, 2014
Saw Laura for some physiotherapy for my knee which I injured while training for run Melbourne. Great outcome and great Physio advice
6 June, 2014
I've been so happy with the service I've received here - both for a neck and a sports injury. Thanks to all the friendly staff!
3 July, 2012
I've been going to Viva for both physio and Pilates for my hamstring injury from AFL. I found both the hands-on physio and Pilates classes really helped my injury from recurring and would recommend Viva to any other AFL, soccer & rugby players out there.
16 May, 2012
Thoroughly enjoyed my sessions in the Pilates Studio. Fiona tailored a plan specific to my needs as netballer.
14 May, 2012
I've been doing pilates for a few weeks with Fiona and recommend! My main reason is to strengthen core for netball, and using the different equipment changes it up. In Flinders Lane, it's a great central location if you work in the city.
11 May, 2012
I'm a few weeks into pilates with Fiona and its great! Full of variety using equipment that I've never used before. My reason is to strengthen my core for netball and to get stronger. Central location at flinders lane - perfect for before work activity to kick the day off. Would recommend trying Viva!
10 May, 2012
Fiona has treated me several times, mainly with massage therapy. The massage therapy has been by far, the best I've ever experienced!!!
10 May, 2012
I recently started going to Viva's Pilates studio to stop my back from giving me grief. Have been doing equipment classes with Fiona once or twice a week and getting good results (no pain!) Not sure if others know this, but you also get a Private Health Insurance rebate on the classes because they're run by physios (I get 50%), which makes them way cheaper than Breathe or other places I've been in the city.
25 November, 2011
I had some physio at this clinic during August and September this year. My problems had been going on for a few years, but I was really happy because they gave me some massage and also helped me to fix up my desk/chair to stop my pain from coming back.
8 March, 2011
Bede from Viva Physiotherapy is a really top physio. He told me he has worked with lots of elite rugby players in NZ and you can tell. I had back pain from sitting in my chair too long at work and Bede sorted it out in 3 sessions. Recommend him.
21 October, 2010
Kathryn treated me for a knee condition. She was very knowledgeable, efficient, professional and friendly. I would definitely recommend her.
7 June, 2010
I went to Viva Physio for lower back pain I'd had for ages. Kathryn treated me really well and gave me some exercises to do so I could help myself after I stopped seeing her. I've had no pain for a couple of months now. Great service!
7 June, 2010
Very good physiotherapist! Highly recommended.
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Business Hours

Monday 7:00am to 7:00pm
Tuesday 7:00am to 7:00pm
Wednesday 7:00am to 7:00pm
Thursday 7:00am to 7:00pm
Friday 7:00am to 5:00pm

Payment Options

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Our Team Profiles

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Laura Ham


Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor

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Originally from the Victorian countryside, Laura moved to Melbourne and gained her physiotherapy degree with honours from the University of Melbourne in 2012. Laura’s history with Viva Physiotherapy is somewhat serendipitous – after initially attending Viva as a patient, then completing part of her university placements at the clinic, she went on to teach Pilates classes casually once graduated. She has now returned to work full time at Viva Physiotherapy after spending the past year working in a large public hospital, gaining experience in a variety of areas including acute, postoperative and chronic musculoskeletal injuries, neurological and cardiorespiratory physiotherapy. Laura is especially passionate about Pilates and sports rehabilitation, and has experience in these areas through three years of work at North Old Boys St Patrick’s football club, two of which she worked as head trainer for the club. Outside of physiotherapy, Laura has a passion for keeping active and being outdoors. She is an especially keen rock climber, and also enjoys running, swimming, netball and yoga. Laura has had her fair share of sporting injuries in the past and thus can provide ample amounts of empathy for your own!

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Kathryn Anderson


Director and Physiotherapist

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Kathryn started Viva Physiotherapy in 2009 after completing her Masters of Manual Therapy at the University of Western Australia where she was the recipient of the Karim Khan Prize for Rehabilitation Science. Kathryn gained her bachelor degree with honours from The University of Melbourne.

Since then, she has worked extensively in private practice, both in Australia and the United Kingdom.  She spent three years at the prestigious Fullham Physiotherapy clinic in London, specialising in conditions such as sports injuries (particularly distance runners), spinal injuries, pregnancy and Pilates, which she has lecutred on to her peers for the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute.

Kathryn has been recognised by TAC and Worksafe as an Occupational Physiotherapy Provider which means she is committed to returning injured people back to work.


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Bede Christey



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Bede joined the Viva Physiotherapy team after jumping the ditch from Auckland, NZ in 2010. Originally from Christchurch, Bede had spent the last 10 years studying and working in Auckland. He completed his Post Graduate diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2007 and has worked with a number of Premier Club rugby and soccer team as well as acting as the sports physio for numerous other teams.  Bede is also qualified to use dry needling as part of his treatment.

He enjoys running regularly and will usually aim to finish three half-marathons per year. Bede is particularly interested in sports and spinal injuries, and always enjoys a challenge. 

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Fiona Samuel



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Fiona graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science before moving to sunny Perth where she completed a Master of Physiotherapy at Curtin University. She worked in a large public hospital in Perth prior to returning to Melbourne in 2010, transitioning to private practice and teaching Clinical Pilates.

As well as Clinical Pilates, Fiona is also interested in sports injury rehabilitation and pre- and post-natal (pregnancy) physiotherapy Pilates.

Fiona is also recognised by Worksafe and TAC as an Occupational Physiotherapist.  In addition, Fiona is qualified to use dry needling as part of her treatment.

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Emma Carter




Emma graduated from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Applied Science in 1999 and then after identifying physiotherapy as her passion, she completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree at Melbourne University with honours.  Gaining vast experience at a physio clinic in the west of Melbourne, she gained experience dealing with sporting injuries and teaching Pilates, in particular she also developed a keen interest in the pre and post natal (pregnancy) population through these classes.


In 2010, Emma worked for the Werribee Football Club in the VFL, as part of this role she provided Pilates training for the footballers.  She has also been physiotherapist for the VU Western Lightning Netball team in the Victorian Netball League for the past 2 years.


How Pilates can Maximise Sporting Performance

This article is taken from Viva Physiotherapy's blog regarding 'Injury Prevention'. Written by Physiotherapist, Emma Carter, it details the ways in which Pilates can benefit and help maximise sporting performance. For more great articles like this visit our blog at


Please note that the following testimonials are collected, supplied and maintained by Viva Physiotherapy.

Chris , Melbourne City, CBD
I was training for my second marathon and was having loads of problems with my right knee. After trying to manage it myself I ended up seeking the help of Kathryn at Viva Physio. Kathryn is a fantastic sports physio and her treatment not only saw me complete the Melbourne marathon (which I would never have done without physio), but I also did it in 3 hours 3 minutes. Thanks Kath.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a referral from a GP to see a Physiotherapist? No, you can make an appointment directly to see a Physiotherapist. If further medical intervention is needed we will liase with your GP. Is Pilates beneficial even if I don't have any pain or injuries? Yes, Pilates is a fantastic form of exercise to build postural awareness and core strength which is important for preventing injuries or pain. What is the difference between Acupuncture and Dry Needling? Acupuncture is a traditional Eastern Medicine practice that involves tiny needles being placed in strategic points in the body  based on the meridian pathways to regulate Qi flow.  Dry needling is a Western approach to treating myofacial trigger points and pain with fine point needles.