Sylvia Yong-Gonzales (Director)
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 holistically and treat their ailment using the Connect Therapy model (previously known as Integrated Systems Model). 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 currently a mentor-in-training with Polestar Pilates Australia. She also completed the instructorship program for Kinesio Taping International. Sylvia has a special interest in Women’s Health, especially Pelvic floor dysfunctions post-natally. Over the last couple of years, Sylvia 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 available to treat on Monday, Thursday afternoons and Wednesday mornings.
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, Connect Therapy (previously known as Integrated Systems Model), 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 to treat on Monday mornings, Tuesday and Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.
Sally Ting (formerly Edwards)
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, Muscle Energy, and Connect Therapy (previously known as Integrated Systems Model). 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 is currently on maternity leave
Jae Hyuk Kim
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 is available to treat on Monday afternoon, Tuesdays all day, Wednesday and Friday afternoon
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 Pilates at Lively on Monday and Wednesday mornings.
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, ConnectTherapy ‘Sports Thorax’ course and is also Mulligan trained. She is currently preparing for her final examination in the Comprehensive Rehab Series for Polestar Pilates and has signed up for the ConnectTherapy Series 2018. 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 is available to treat on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon, all day Thursday and Saturday mornings.
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 is very excited to start her Pilates journey with Lively and will strive to improve your quality of life and achieve a healthy and balanced body, mind and soul.
Lily currently teaches Pilates at Lively on Saturday mornings.
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 the Mat classes held on Tuesday at 9:30a.m, Wednesday 6:00a.m, Thursday 9:30a.m, Friday 6:00a.m (Male Only) and Saturdays 9:00a.m
Naz loves practicing and teaching Pilates. She believes that a healthy body, mind and spirit can be achieved in Pilates by learning to focus on breathing and strengthening techniques. Understanding that everyone’s body is different, Naz aims to help everybody enjoy improving on their core strength and flexibility.
This year she will attend the next pregnancy workshop to learn more about pre and post natal Pilates, as she understands the benefit of improved flexibility and core stability during pregnancy.
In her spare time Naz enjoys playing sport and can be found on the tennis court, swimming or running on a Treadmill.
Jayne completed her Diploma of Remedial Massage in 2004 graduating with Distinction from Meadowbank TAFE. Since completing her Diploma Jayne has furthered her studies in the areas of Massage and Healing obtaining certificates in Sacred Stone Massage, Reiki 1 and Reiki 2, Functional Release Therapy and Crystal Healing. Since graduating Jayne has spent the last 10 years working as a Remedial Massage Therapist and Energetic Healer in many places in Sydney with experience working as a corporate massage therapist, in various Allied Health clinics and in three 5-star Day Spas in Sydney. Jayne is extremely passionate about all forms of Massage and Healing. She is a great believer in the human body’s ability to heal given the right set of circumstances and assistance and enjoys facilitating this healing process in her clients. She is very excited to be joining the team at LIVELY and she looks forward to using her vast amount of knowledge and experience to tailor an individual massage which very specifically targets and addresses your needs and assists you in your journey to optimum health and well-being. In her spare time Jayne is an avid reader and enjoys dancing and boxing but her favourite thing to do is to spend time with her family.
Jayne is available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00a.m-1:30p.m, Thursday evenings 5:00p.m-8:30p.m and Saturdays 8:30a.m-4:30p.m
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 5 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 9:30a.m – 5:00p.m and Saturdays 10:30a.m-4:45p.m
Wei-Yee brings to us a wealth of knowledge on yoga which has been gathered over 8 years of personal practice, and as a recent graduate teacher of Baulkham Hills Yoga Studio, her expertise in the field of Hatha Yoga has enhanced the lives of many students. Wei-Yee’s immense passion for spreading the benefits of yoga and making it accessible to people from all walks of life evidently shows through in her classes. Her classes provide a non-competitive and nurturing environment coupled with Wei Yee’s ability to challenge students of all different levels and experience by offering pose variations for those who wish to deepen their practice to a higher level.
Wei-Yee teaches Tuesdays at 7:30p.m
Hayley Robinson (Practice Manager)
Hayley is our friendly Head Administrator at Turramurra. A qualified beauty therapist, she worked locally for seven years at Ella Bache. Then she worked in real estate as a property manager, however realised she misses the health industry. Her current role brings her back to the area and provides the opportunity to work in an industry that focuses on people’s well-being. She has currently finished her Certificate in Business Administration which has enhanced her office management skills and brought value to the business and our customers. Outside work Hayley enjoys travelling, spending time with friends and family, and supporting her favourite AFL team – the Sydney Swans. Hayley is currently working with us Mondays-Thursdays.
Stef originally joined Lively in 2014 as a member of the administration staff. After departing for a two-year executive management role in financial services, Stef returned to the Lively team once again as part-time administration, and is now completing her Graduate Diploma of Business Administration at Torrens University. Having seen and felt the benefits of physiotherapy and pilates for herself first-hand, she has a deep appreciation for their teachings and brings her passion to the needs of every client she assists. Outside of work, Stef practices pilates and ballet daily, pursuing new skills in jishukan martial arts, and learning new languages. Stef is currently working with us Friday and Saturday.