Our Physiotherapists

Joe Moran

Joe Moran

Physiotherapist

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

Physiotherapist

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

Brylee Gallagher

Brylee Gallagher

Physiotherapist

Since qualifying in 2009 Brylee has worked in a variety of settings both in the UK and Australia. She has experience working with both the general public and elite athletes having been physiotherapist with Hockey Victoria and Netball NT. Brylee hails from the Border region and has special interests in clinical Pilates, sports injuries, women's health, hand therapy and helping people get back into their normal exercise routine. Outside of work Brylee enjoys yoga and Pilates and playing with her dogs.

Stefan Heintjes

Stefan Heintjes

Physiotherapist

Stefan graduated from the University of Utrecht (the Netherlands) in 2011. Following some initial work in private practice he decided to see of bit more of the world. His travels started in Asia where he volunteered in a day care centre for disabled children in Nepal before ending up in Berlin, Germany. After meeting his Australian girlfriend (now fiancée!) and relocating to the North East for warmer weather, they have settled in Yackandandah while still managing their cherry orchard in Eldorado. Stefan specialises in neck and upper back problems, knee and hip issues and enjoys working with children and people with special needs. He is an excellent clinician and firmly believes that the patient should be engaged and encouraged to actively participate in their recovery. He is friendly, easy going- and loves a joke. In his spare time he enjoys music festivals, playing soccer and going for a swim with his dogs Dorrigo and Ziggy.

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.

Our Administration Team

 Olivia Roennfeldt

Olivia Roennfeldt

Admin/Reception

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.

Rhonda Lockhart

Rhonda Lockhart

Practice Manager

Rhonda has a wealth of management and sales experience in a number of industries, holding qualifications in Sports Administration, Business Management and Tourism. Most recently, Rhonda has been recognised as of Australia's most successful consultants and team leaders with The Body Shop at Home. Being the eldest in a family of 6 children, Rhonda is skilled at organising (this may have been referred to as ‘bossy’ while growing up!). However, as her siblings now work as a Physiotherapist, a Myotherapist and a Pharmacist, it’s rather appropriate for Rhonda to be the Practice Manager. She is still working on them joining Optimum! Rhonda loves a project and working with people, especially the awesome staff and clients at Optimum Physiotherapy. Outside of Optimum, Rhonda enjoys spending time with her husband, Gary, and their 3 children, Tommy, Darcy and Neve.

Andrea Mann

Andrea Mann

Admin/Reception

Andrea has lived in Albury-Wodonga for most of her life and was employed in the government sector for the majority of her career. Andrea joined our clinic early in 2018 and enjoys being a part of the Optimum family. Since 2014 she has held a significant role within the local spiritual community in facilitating a support group, as well as conducting workshops on a variety of subjects. Andrea has been a member of the Albury Wodonga Pipes and Drums (Scottish) band as a snare drummer and has competed in Victoria playing with the (then) Williamstown Pipe Band alongside her husband Milton. In quieter times Andrea enjoys creative hobbies such as painting and drawing, spending time with her 2 grown children, Ben and Georgia, and travelling with her husband. She is very hopeful those travels will return her to the UK in the not too distant future.