Our Physiotherapists

Joe Moran

Joe Moran

Owner and Principle Physio

Our head physio and director, Joe Moran, has over 15yrs experience both with elite athletes and the lay population alike. He has an excellent track record in getting people better and educating them on how to stay better. Joe has worked with a range of sporting teams all over the world including British Gymnastics, Super League (rugby league) and World renowned cyclists to mention only a few. As a very highly respected and successful physio, Joe has fine tuned his massage skills over the years having gained extensive experience with a blind masseur in the UK. Joe realised early on that this approach to treatment is imperative for high success rates.Although Joe has an obvious penchant for sports injuries stemming from his professional rugby league career, he is equally adept in a range of physiotherapy areas including paediatric, post surgery rehabilitation, biomechanical analysis, respiratory and neurological conditions. Joe has a character which lends itself to building rapport with all clients and is an excellent listener

Dr Anna Moran

Dr Anna Moran

Group Physio and Clinical Pilates Director

Anna qualified as a physiotherapist from the University of Sydney in 2001 and received her PhD in 2009 from the University of Sheffield in England. She has worked in clinical and academic positions in Australia and the UK. Anna completed her clinical Pilates matwork training in the UK from the Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute and currently provides clinical Pilates group and one on one therapy to Optimum physiotherapy clients. Anna is passionate about rehabilitation and exercise prescription to assist recovery from injury. Anna also provides research and academic services to the health industry and is currently working with the Department of Health and Human Services (Victoria), Gateway Health Promotion and Speech Pathology Australia. She has published over 18 peer reviewed journal articles

Sarah McKelvey

Sarah McKelvey

Physiotherapist

Since qualifying from CSU in 2005 Sarah has worked in numerous roles and settings with eclectic clients; from pre and post-natal mums’ to elderly rehabilitation, palliative care to manual musculoskeletal therapy. Over the last 9 years much of Sarah's work has been with clients presenting with complex needs. This has enabled her to fine tune her skill mix, enhance her problem solving strategies and gain expertise in wide-ranging conditions and treatments. As a mother of 3 young children, and following a pregnancy complication of her own, she began to slowly rehabilitate herself using Pilates’ exercises. Following dramatic improvements, this quickly turned into a desire to utilise this in her own work. Sarah’s formal Pilates training has now enabled her to incorporate these techniques into her everyday consultations. Sarah is passionate about empowering people of all ages to self-manage their health and to maximise and maintain their strength and independence. We are very excited to have Sarah on the Clinical Pilates’ team!

Hannah Merkel

Hannah Merkel

Physiotherapist

Hannah grew up in Albury/Wodonga, completing her studies locally at CSU in 2011. She worked in private practice for 3 years with a wide variety of clients before starting a family with her husband. After her daughter was born, she returned to work in the field of geriatric rehabilitation, while also gaining experience in clinical pilates. Hannah aims to empower her clients, partnering with them in their recovery from pain and dysfunction to independence and strength. She provides pilates-informed group exercise classes at Optimum, and is also looking forward to returning to her work in rehab soon. Outside of work Hannah enjoys being a mum of two, spending time with her family and friends, reading, cooking, pilates and jogging.

Francesco Zaccheo

Francesco Zaccheo

Physiotherapist

Francesco, has a wide base of experience in various fields of physiotherapy from sports injuries to neurology and respiratory to paediatrics. Following his sports science degree in Italy he went on to study physiotherapy in Madrid, Spain and graduated in 2012. Francesco is passionate about helping others return to a fuller quality of life and perform at their peak, be they weekend warriors, golden oldies or professional athletes. He has worked in a variety of settings from private practices to public health and medical centres to the sporting arena. He successfully completed post-graduate studies in manual therapy in Portugal and is highly skilled in a variety of approaches such as clinical Pilates, dry needling and kinesio-taping. He is an exceptional clinician and he has a very hands-on focussed approach to treatment. His friendly and outgoing personality makes Francesco adept at treating people from all backgrounds and abilities. Francesco loves learning and he continues to complement his ongoing professional development by attending courses, conferences and workshops. Francesco moved to the Border region in April and, in his spare time, is pursuing a horse riding career! He is also multi-lingual (fluent in 4 languages!) and a natural in the open water having competed in many sailing competition. He is a valued member of our team and looking forward to becoming an integral part of our local community.

Ash Stier

Ash Stier

Physiotherapist

Ash finished her Master’s of physiotherapy in 2018 graduating at the top of her class from the University of Canberra and has commenced her career working in the hospital setting for the past 2 years. This has allowed her to become adept in a variety of areas including maternity, women’s health and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Ash was initially introduced to Pilates through a reformer approach but was eager to discover the rehabilitation fundamentals through mat work. Ash completed her mat work certification and has loved bringing passion, fun and a focus on technique to her group mat work classes. She is passionate about working with clients to achieve their goals by instilling confidence and tailoring exercises to suit their needs. Ash is a really valued member of the team and looks forward to meeting you in class and welcoming you with one of her trademark big smiles!

Our Administration Team

 Olivia Roennfeldt

Olivia Roennfeldt

Office Manager

Olivia is an Albury local who is passionate about the health and medical Industries having had extensive medical administration and reception experience in general practice for the last 5 years. Joining us in 2016 she brings with her a professional, yet bubbly personality and customer service which is second to none. Olivia completed a Diploma of Tourism and is a keen traveller, having recently returned from a lengthy trip overseas. Outside of work Olivia enjoys exercising, shopping and spending time with her partner renovating. We are privileged to have this happy and enthusiastic all rounder on the Optimum Team.

Fleur Munro

Fleur Munro

Admin/Reception

Fleur has lived in the Wodonga area for the last 6 years. She comes from a Travel and Hospitality background which has seen her office and reception skills excel. Having spent 12 years working as a Travel Consultant, she has travelled to over 20 countries and says her favourite experience was completing the 3 days Lars Trek in Peru. Fleur has achieved many sales awards and she prides herself on exceptional customer service. Her greatest achievement are her beautiful children, Jasper and Elodie. Fleur and her husband, Paul, have recently built their third home and are looking forward to enjoying a more relaxed lifestyle holidaying in their caravan.

Lauren Biddell

Lauren Biddell

Admin/Reception

Lauren is an Albury/Wodonga local who has several years of experience in reception and administration. She is also a qualified proofreader; after deciding that she doesn't have the patience to write a novel, she figured reading someone else's is the next best thing! She does however write regular letters to her penpals around the world, and spends her free time with her three children and partner. They are currently saving to buy their first house, and dream of a country home in the middle of nowhere. Lauren is also prone to quote British TV shows, and could hold a conversation about 'Doctor Who' for hours. You'll often find her questioning whether spending a day in the kitchen baking is worth the waist expansion, and justifying it by finding 'healthy' brownie and cookie recipes. Lauren is passionate about customer service, and is excited to be a part of the team.