Sylvia Yong-Gonzales (Senior Physio + Pilates)

Sylvia is the founder of Lively Physiotherapy & Pilates. As a child and teenager, Sylvia has always been a sporty and active person. She was and still is very interested in movement, from the flow to the biomechanics of movement. After finishing her Bachelors degree in Physiotherapy at University of Sydney in 2005, she continued to complete post-graduate courses to obtain further understanding of the body, function and pain. This has allowed Sylvia to look at each individual person wholistically and treat their ailment using the ConnectTherapyTM model. She regularly assists on ConnectTherapyTM courses.

Due to the love of movement and dance, Sylvia was introduced to the Pilates Method and became an instructor through Polestar Pilates Australia and Clinical Pilates Australia. She is a mentor for Polestar Pilates Australia and regularly educates pilates students in the studio. She also completed the instructor-ship program for Kinesio Taping International. Sylvia also has a special interest in Women’s Health, especially Pelvic floor dysfunctions post-natally and has had formal training with Taryn Hallam. Over the last couple of years, she has attended and qualified to become a Cranio-Sacral Therapist and a therapist in Visceral Manipulation. When Sylvia is resting her mind and body, she loves to participate in basketball, pilates, yoga, martial arts, dancing, horse-riding and rock-climbing.

Sylvia is currently on maternity leave and is due back in April/May 2019.

Christina Munton (Senior Physio + Pilates)

Born and raised in Vancouver Canada, Christina studied kinesiology at UBC before moving to Australia to complete her Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney in 2008. After graduating she gained experience working in private practice as well as on the field with local sports teams. She was also introduced to the Pilates Method and completed her instructor training with Polestar Pilates Australia.  Christina loves the combination of physiotherapy and Pilates, and believes it not only helps to restore optimal movement and efficiency, but also improves quality of life. Christina’s classes cater for all skill levels from beginner to advanced and addresses specific rehabilitation goals as well as providing a whole body workout. In recent times, she has continued to expand her knowledge in physiotherapy and is proficient in dry needling, ConnectTherapyTM, and Muscle Energy. Christina has a special interest and formal training in Women’s Health, especially pre and post natal pelvic floor muscle training, prolapse, urinary incontinence and pain disorders. She has recently trained in both craniosacral therapy and visceral manipulation, both of which are a great addition to her holistic approach. In her spare time Christina enjoys running, swimming, weight training, pilates, yoga and of course spending quality time with family and friends.

Christina is available for Physio and Women’s health appointments on Monday all day and Thursday afternoon, and teaches PEP sessions on Tuesday & Thurs mornings.

Sally Ting (nee Edwards, Senior Physio + Pilates)

Sally is a qualified physiotherapist with a Masters of Physiotherapy degree from The University of Sydney in 2009. She also completed Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sports Science) and is a trained Pilates Instructor with Polestar Pilates Australia. Additionally Sally has completed courses in acupuncture, hand trauma, Dean WAtson Headaches, Muscle Energy, and ConnectTherapyTM. Sally has over 10 years experience in the health and fitness industry and has previously worked in a wide variety of Physiotherapy areas. These include sports physiotherapy and work with sporting teams, hospitals, neurological and orthopaedic rehabilitation, multi-trauma, hands and intensive care. She also has a keen interest in many sports including cycling, rowing, boxing and swimming.

Sally works part-time. She is available for Physiotherapy treatment Monday afternoons, Wednesday & Thursday, and teaches PEP sessions on Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons.

 Stephanie Tang (Senior Physio + Pilates)

Stephanie’s understanding of motion and her 18 years of experience as a Physiotherapist in dealing with acute, chronic, sports, ante- and post-natal and hyper-mobile patients, has allowed her to successfully diagnose and treat patients with a keen eye for detail. Stephanie graduated from University of Sydney in 2001 and has predominantly worked in the private sector.

Her private practice journey started at a sports clinic treating acute musculoskeletal injuries and being involved with sporting teams including rugby, hockey and soccer. She then worked with Dr Barbara Hungerford in a specialized spinal clinic, treating complex pelvic/rib injuries and chronic pain patients. Using a holistic methodology and utilizing manual techniques such as muscle energy techniques, cranial sacral therapy and real time ultrasound to aid with specific muscle/ functional task retraining.

Stephanie is a great believer in the active management of injuries. She has special interests in soccer, cycling, running, hockey, basketball, dance, golf, martial arts and snow sports. She personally enjoys doing Pilates and Barre classes. She has trained with APPI (The Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute) in their matwork pilates, equipment pilates, ante- and post-natal pilates and Barre courses. She has also been involved in designing sports specific pilates programmes for golfers, basketballers and sprinters.

Stephanie has also completed a course in dry needling and is currently attending the ConnectTherapyTM Series and is continually seeking innovative ways to add to her skillset to consult with patients in a holistic manner to not only treat the symptoms of pain or discomfort, but to find the root cause of the issue. Whether you are just looking to manage an injury, improve your body awareness and optimise motion, or to further enjoy your chosen activities, Stephanie is looking forward to see how she can assist you.

Stephanie works part-time. She is available for Physiotherapy treatment on Tuesdays, Wednesday/Thursday afternoons. She also teaches PEP sessions on Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons. 


Teresa Uymatiao (Physio + Pilates)

Teresa finished her Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy) at the University of Sydney in 2014 and has gained experience as a graduate from a wide range of clinical areas both at Royal North Shore Hospital and Mona Vale Hospital. Combining her genuine love of helping people and problem solving, Teresa has found physiotherapy both challenging and rewarding. Having been a sporty child – trained in sports acrobatics, it was in undergoing physiotherapy herself after an injury that she decided that she wanted to pursue this as a career. With a desire to always learn and challenge herself in developing new clinical skills, Teresa has completed a dry needling course, ConnectTherapyTM ‘Sports Thorax’ course and also has formal training in Muscle Energy and Mulligan’s techniques. Recently she has graduated from Polestar Pilates Australia and is currently attending the ConnectTherapyTM Series, a year long process. In the future, she would like to pursue Masters of Public Health with a vision to address Australia’s chronic health issues especially sedentary lifestyles in the workplace. In her spare time, Teresa loves singing in her church and acapella choirs, hot yoga, dancing, cycling, and strumming a few chords on the guitar.

Teresa works full-time. She is available for Physiotherapy treatment on Tuesday/Friday afternoons, all day Thursday & Saturday mornings. She teaches PEP sessions on Monday afternoons, Tuesday morning and afternoon, Friday morning. 


Roger Lay (Physio + Pilates)

Roger graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy) in 2014. Since then he’s loved working in the private practice sector – being able to share in the journey of many people’s recoveries, and helping them discover more about how their body moves. Roger gets an absolute kick out of seeing people begin to understand how amazing and integrated the human body is (sharing in the same awe he had when he learnt about these things). Roger is has completed the ConnectTherapyTM Series and will be attending more courses including Polestar Pilates Rehabilitation Series, dry needling and more.  He is looking forward to seeing you in the clinic to help you achieve your goals and return to the things you love, whether it be the weekend soccer game or next month’s crochet championship.

Outside of work Roger loves to climb! Indoor bouldering is his current game – but would love to progress to outdoor bouldering, sport climbing and even traditional and alpine climbing one day. He loves to try new things – so if anyone has any suggestions of niche sports do let him know!

Roger works full-time. He is available for Physiotherapy treatment on Monday/Tuesday/Fridays and teaches PEP sessions on Monday & Tuesday afternoons, Thursday & Saturday mornings. 


Jae Hyuk Kim (Physio + Pilates)

Jae joins our Lively team from New Zealand where he attended University of Otago, obtaining his Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Bachelor of Science (Human Neuroanatomy) degree in 2011. Since leaving tertiary education, Jae has worked primarily in a private musculoskeletal clinic setting. In addition, he took care of local rugby teams, regional and international rugby tournaments, martial arts clubs and tournaments, and an international basketball tournament. Jae was also the primary physiotherapist for the rugby sevens team The Borneo Eagles when they won the prestigious Hottest 7s In The World tournament in 2012. Jae has moved to Australia to further his career and learning. He has a special interest in lower back, knee, ankle, and athlete strengthening/conditioning managements. Jae also has training in Pilates, Dry Needling, Muscle Energy, TMJ managements, and McKenzie Method. He has strong evidence based physiotherapy approach and is confident with sports rehabilitation and rigid strapping. Outside of work, he likes to keep fit through gym, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Tae Kwon Do, and enjoys playing the guitar.

Jae teaches PEP sessions on Wednesday afternoons & Friday mornings.

Debbie Virdi (Physio + Pilates)

 Born in the UK, Debbie and her family have been living in Australia since 2011.  She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her work in the UK where she ran her sports massage and rehabilitation clinic for many years.  Her particular interest in sports and remedial massage and soft tissue injuries led her to Coventry University and she graduated with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree in 2009. Following graduation, Debbie continued to grow her private practice specialising in musculo-skeletal physiotherapy.  She also worked as a physiotherapist in the public health sector gaining experience in all physiotherapy disciplines and has lectured on many forms of massage at Colleges of Further Education. Debbie’s interest in Pilates began in 2009. The precision and control associated with the Pilates Method captured her attention.  Initially she trained with the Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute to become a Certified Matwork instructor and then with Polestar Pilates Australia to become a Certified Pilates Practitioner in Rehabilitation.  Debbie is a true people person and enjoys working with people of all ages and walks of life.  Her teaching style is positive, friendly and relaxed.  Outside of work Debbie likes to potter in the garden and strives to make her family’s lifestyle eco-friendly.

Debbie currently teaches PEP sessions at Lively on Monday & Wednesday mornings.


Lily Lai (Physio + Pilates)

Since graduating from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science and Masters of Health Science Education. Lily has developed a strong passion and interest in teaching and education. Over the past 12 years she has trained students in a hospital setting, university lecture halls and classrooms, taught doctors and nurses in a corporate setting as well as coached young girls in rhythmic gymnastics. Lily has graduated from Polestar Pilates Australia and is very excited to through the pilates method, improve your quality of life, achieve a healthy and balanced body, mind and soul. When not working, Lily loves to travel, dance, restaurant hop, is a ‘foodie’, and spend quality time with friends and family.

Lily currently teaches PEP sessions at Lively on Saturday mornings only.



Pilates Instructors

Jeanette Lasek

A flowing yet powerful fusion of mind and movement” is how Jeanette describes Pilates.  Her dedication to Pilates began over twenty years ago when working as a dancer and choreographer she experienced its benefits.  “Many of my colleagues were sustaining chronic injuries which in some cases shortened their careers.  I know now that by practicing the Pilates Method, I was fortunate to remain injury free with strength, balance and good flexibility.”  After 15 years in the Fitness industry and Aquatic rehabilitation, Jeanette believes that practising the Pilates Method is a unique and truly holistic form of exercise that conditions the body to combat the stresses and strains of daily life and loves seeing the joy on her clients’ faces when they can move more freely and feel stronger. She has completed her Mat Work Certification with Michael King Pilates (London) and is currently taking this year off from University to devote to her Diploma of Pilates with APMA and her study of the Franklin Method training with Eric Franklin and Morten Dithmer.

Jeanette teaches MatPilates classes held on Monday/Wednesday/Friday at 6am, Monday 7pm, Tuesday 8:30am & 9:30am, Thursday 9:30a.m & Saturdays 8:30a.m. 


Julie Vawdrey

 Julie (or Jules) began her love of Pilates when her youngest son Max would attend preschool on Wednesday mornings & she would race to her Pilates class.  That was almost 14 years ago now & she is still racing to that Wednesday Pilates class with some of the same friends who also come to Lively.

So what began as a personal love of Pilates quickly became a passion & a few years ago Julie decided to complete her Studio & Rehabilitation certification with Polestar Pilates Australia to spread the word around! Julie is also completing her mat training certification with Polestar Pilates Australia.

What Julie loves about teaching Pilates is that it is a personal journey for everyone no matter what age or fitness you are & it becomes a progressive journey every week that you very quickly grow to love.  Whether you have an injury or a personal goal to achieve, it’s never too late to begin your Pilates journey.  As Joseph Pilates used to say “physical fitness is the first prerequisite to happiness” & “change happens through movement & movement heals”.

Julie is getting married again in November.  She has 3 older children & 1 younger son Max who is now almost 17 years old. Aside from Pilates, Julie loves her cavoodle puppies Rosie & Charlie, cooking, eating & being with friends & family.

Julie teaches StudioPilates on Monday 6-9am and Wednesday 12-3pm.




Sarah Gartside

Originally from BC, Canada Sarah started her massage career as a Massage Practitioner working at one of the top Spas in Whistler BC.  However, for the past 7 years she has called Sydney home.  In 2015 she graduated from Meadowbank TAFE with a Diploma of Remedial Massage and was selected to represent the Massage Department in the Northern Sydney Institute Career Guide.  Since her graduation she has been working hard on building her experience and has had the pleasure of working with many elite athletes and sport teams.

Sarah spent a lot of her childhood outdoors and indulged in sports such as Soccer and Snowboarding.  She has experienced her fair share of sports related injuries and knows the impact an active lifestyle can have on your joints and muscles.  She has always had a passion for health and well-being and strongly believes that the body has an amazing ability to heal itself through the use of manual therapies.  She plans on expanding on her qualifications by completing Dry-Needling and Craniosacral Therapy Courses in the very near future.

 Sarah is available on Monday and Thursdays 9:30am – 5:00pm, Fridays 10am –  4:15pm, and Saturdays 8:45am – 3:00pm


Amanda Gong

Calling Sydney home for the past 7 years, Amanda has worked as a massage therapist in countries such as Korea and Shanghai. She likes to incorporate relaxation massages in with dry needling, cupping, facial relaxation, and stress & pain relief. Combining these different techniques makes for a therapeutic, yet effective massage in relieving tight muscles from every day use or injuries from overuse. Amanda decided to become a massage therapist because she loves helping people. At the end of the day she finds such fulfillment knowing she has made a difference in helping her clients feel better. Amanda is currently studying Chinese Herb Medicine at the Sydney Institute of Tradition. In Amanda’s spare time she enjoys dancing, Zumba and playing tennis.

Amanda is available on Saturdays from 8am – 2:30pm. 





Anthony Mediati

Anthony is one of the new smiling faces to greet you at Lively Physiotherapy. Having previously studied in a dynamic field like marketing has helped Anthony identify each client’s needs and addresses them in the most effective way possible.

Exploring new areas, especially in the natural world, both inspires and relaxes Anthony. He finds bush-walking to be a soothing counter-balance to a busy work schedule. Anthony particularly is interested in the way a small business operates and enjoys being one of Lively’s friendly faces. Anthony is also keen to ensure the overall experience at Lively is a positive one and is on hand to help out in any way he can to look after our clients.

Anthony works on Monday-Thursday.




Sherrie Chambers

 Sherrie joins us from Melbourne, where she has a long history of providing administrative support in the healthcare industry. She has a passion for people, and enjoys talking to clients and learning their stories. She understands the importance of the mind-body connection in maintaining good health, and has personally experienced the benefits of physiotherapy and Pilates while recovering from a neck injury. In her ‘other life’, Sherrie is completing a PhD in marine biology at Macquarie University and loves to spend as much time as possible swimming in the ocean, scuba diving, and exploring the underwater world.

Sherrie works on Friday and Saturday.