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
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
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.
Sarah McKelveyPhysiotherapist (Group Clinician)
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 MerkelPhysiotherapist (Group Clinician)
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.
Ash StierPhysiotherapist (Group Clinician)
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!
Kylie has lived in the North East area since she was 7 years old. Growing up in Chiltern with her Grandparents, she attended local schools in Chiltern and Wodonga before attending CSU in Albury to complete her Physiotherapy degree, graduating in 2017. Kylie then worked for a local company for 3 years in the areas of aged care and disability, servicing nursing homes in Albury and Corowa, as well as visiting people in their homes. Kylie also attends the Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service (AWAHS) one day a week, working with the local Indigenous community which is a passion area of hers. Kylie joined Optimum in mid-April after wanting a change in career and a new challenge. She has a keen interest in sport, having swam competitively for 10 years and playing netball growing up. She now plays lawns bowls, travelling around the countryside competing at state and national level, and learning to knit while she drinks her cup of tea. Kylie recently bought a house in Wodonga which she hasn’t burnt down yet, and enjoys cuddles with her cat Ollie and cooking up some delicious vegetarian meals. Kylie is always up for a yarn and a laugh, and loves hearing about peoples interests and any good restaurant recommendations.
Our Administration Team
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.
Since graduating VCE in 2018, Esther completed a Business Administration traineeship at Wodonga Senior Secondary College. Having grown up on a farm, her passion for the land motivated her to complete her Agricultural traineeship in 2020. Outside of work, Esther loves to spend time on the farm, checking on her sheep, keeping her indoor plants alive and hanging out with her family and friends. Her career vision is to one day join the Victorian Police Force. Esther is keen to learn from others and is excited to be a part of the Optimum team.