Meet the team
at SAVVY

We are a community!

SAVVY is headed up by experienced clinicians with a passion or making a positive impact on the lives of their clients. 

We offer a personal approach to maximise outcomes. At SAVVY, our focus is to ensure movement is accessible to all. We really get to know you, we find out what is important to you, and how we can best support you to achieve your goals.

Leadership team

Angela Saville

Health and Wellness Director

OSCAR FORMAN

General Manager

Joanne Buchan

Head of Clinical

Suzanne Bowling

Head of Administration

The SAVVY Team

Alanah Robinson

Movement Therapist

Andrea Strand

Movement Therapist

Brendon Santalab

Movement Therapist

Bridget Shirlow

Physiotherapist

Bridie Cutifani

Movement Therapist

Callum Faulkner

Allied Health Assistant

Carlie Pennicook

Movement Therapist

Cooper Walker-O'Loughlan

Allied Health Assistant

Darcy Hennessy

Allied Health Assistant

Eden Smith

Movement Therapist

Grace Guthrie

Movement Therapist

Harriet Cox

Children's Champion

Isaac Collins

Exercise Physiologist

James Graham

Movement Therapist

James Tunbridge

Programming Manager,
Movement Therapist

Jo Carroll

Physiotherapist

Karen Egan

Movement Therapist

Katie Walsh

Movement Therapist

Katrina Mott

Physiotherapist

Kayla Hay

Senior Physiotherapist

Kieran Fraser

Movement Therapist

Kristopher Pambid

Movement Therapist

Kurt Freeme

Movement Therapist

Leanne Miranda

Membership and Patient Coordinator (NDIS)

Liam Storey

Osteopath

Luke Woodland

Physiotherapist

Mark Hoyle

Physiotherapist

Mark McCarthy

Movement Therapist

Matthew Reynolds

Physiotherapist

Mikaela Lambert

Movement Therapist

Nikki McCarthy Hicks

Movement Therapist

Olivia Hicks

Movement Therapist

Margaret Berrigan

Occupational Therapist

Janaya Gurtner

Occupational Therapist

Garath Frame

Podiatrist

Dean McGregor

Podiatrist

Raegan Page

Children's Champion

Rosemary Reglar

Physiotherapist

Sara Smith

Office Administrator

Sophie Iacovelli

Movement Therapist

Taliver Fulcher

Movement Therapist

Taryn Ruiz

Physiotherapist

Tegan Lloyd

Physiotherapist

Angela Saville

Health and Wellness Director

Angela, has a Bachelor of Education (Physical and Health Education) and has worked within the education and fitness industry for over 20 years. 

Angela is responsible for improving the health and wellness of staff, clients and the wider community through strategic leadership and the implementation of innovative programs that make a positive difference in people’s lives. Angela’s passion for movement and community has created a unique team culture at SAVVY that inspires people to live actively and access all opportunities afforded to them. She advocates for the power of movement and the role it plays in changing lives for the better.

Oscar Forman

General Manager

Oscar has a Bachelor of Business from UOW and has been in the Illawarra community since moving to Wollongong over 10 years ago. He is passionate about sports, fitness, and community.

Oscar operates best in a fast-paced environment with like minded people and enjoys helping others reach their goals.

Oscar has a strong background in professional sport and sport administration. He believes that building strong achievable habits into your daily life is key as opposed to shortcuts.

Beyond his professional career, Oscar is a dedicated father and husband who loves any adventure large or small. Oscar has always lived by “It’ll either be good, or a good story”.

Joanne Buchan

Head of Clinical

Joanne Buchan has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) and has over 20 years’ clinical experience, working with a range of clients in clinic environments, hospitals and aged care facilities. She is passionate about rehabilitation and restoration generally, and has a special interest in musculoskeletal conditions. 

Jo is particularly passionate about working with older people and people living with disabilities. Jo enjoys finding practical solutions that enable all people to access excellent allied healthcare.

Suzanne Bowling

Practice Manager

Suzanne brings a rich and varied experience to her role at SAVVY. After starting out as a Registered Nurse in the UK, she has gone on to hold a number of positions within the healthcare industry, as well as gaining a Diploma in Business and Management.  

All these experiences have given Suzanne a solid basis to develop her role as a Practice Manager with SAVVY. Often being the first point of contact for clients, she believes it is imperative to be friendly, well informed, dependable and respectful. She enjoys working in the welcoming atmosphere and strives to build close relationships with stakeholders in order to provide person-focussed treatment plans. 

“Life is better when you’re laughing” says Suzanne, which is evident in her friendly and informative interactions with members and clients. Outside of her work, Suzanne enjoys walking her two puppies Trent and Haley.

Alanah Robinson

Movement Therapist

Alanah has a Bachelor of Health Science (Majoring in Exercise) and enjoys working with both athletes and lifestyle clients. 

Her multifaceted approach to health and wellbeing stems from a background in injury management, strength and conditioning and sports nutrition.

Alanah’s goal within the Savvy team is to positively influence her clients to unlock their full potential. Alanah loves working with people of all ages and specialises in sports strength and conditioning. 

Andrea Strand

Movement Therapist

Andrea Strand is an experienced and passionate SAVVY Movement Therapist, with a special interest in strength and body composition.

After 20 years as a geologist, Andrea turned her focus to health and fitness, and hasn’t looked back since.

With a desire to help people achieve their health and wellness goals, Andrea thrives off seeing her clients push through barriers and achieve things they didn’t think were possible.

When she’s not training with SAVVY, Andrea loves to spend time in the great outdoors and is an enthusiastic bush-walker.

Brendon Santalab

Movement Therapist

Brendon Santalab is a Movement Therapist at SAVVY, using his 20 years experience as a professional athlete to help people achieve their goals.

Having been a prolific striker playing for professional football teams in Europe, Asia and winning championships for A-League clubs, Brendon now loves working outdoors with the SAVVY Group Training classes. 

He is passionate about helping clients build their confidence which is a fundamental ingredient to moving well and feeling better. Outside of work, Brendon loves spending time at the beach, playing sport and coaching kids at his football academy.

BRIDGET SHIRLOW

Physiotherapist

Bridget is a musculoskeletal Physiotherapist at SAVVY. She graduated from La Trobe University Melbourne in 2020 with a Masters of Physiotherapy and Bachelor of Applied Sciences and has been working in a private practice setting since. Bridget enjoys treating a whole variety of musculoskeletal conditions, with a special interest in sporting injuries and women’s health. 

She enjoys a holistic approach to healthcare and utilises a variety of manual therapy techniques including dry needling to help patients achieve best possible outcomes. Bridget also incorporates her Pilates training and loves promoting exercise prescription to help clients achieve their goals. 

Outside of work, Bridget enjoys playing for the Wollongong Lions AFL women’s team and loves running. 

Bridie Cutifani

Movement Therapist

Bridie Cutifani, a seasoned Movement Therapist, boasts over 15 years of experience in the fitness industry and holds various certifications, including Certificates 3 & 4 in fitness, certificates in cycle, boxing, running, yoga, and Pilates. Her expertise extends from owning fitness clubs, to personal training and leading group fitness sessions. 

At SAVVY, Bridie thrives within the supportive, community-driven environment. She particularly enjoys the outdoor sunrise workouts that foster a strong sense of camaraderie among members.

Bridie’s mission revolves around helping clients establish sustainable habits for long-term health and fitness success. In her run classes, she empowers individuals to break their own boundaries and experience the freedom of running. Bridie’s cycle classes are renowned for their intensity, great soundtracks, and the satisfaction of a good sweat. Beyond her fitness career, she’s a dedicated mother of three who constantly trains for her next race, staying true to her motto: “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”

Callum Faulkner

Allied Health Assistant

Callum is a Allied Health Assistant who feels happiest when he is able to help others, and loves to do so with the Savvy team. He is completing a Bachelor of Exercise Science at UOW, which has helped him discover his passion for exercise and assisting those he can. 

Callum’s favourite aspects of his role is the opportunity to witness members of the community progress to become healthier and happier through the diverse range of services that he is able to participate in delivering.

Outside of Savvy, Callum spends his time with friends, living an outdoor lifestyle that heavily involves the ocean and frisbees. His simple pleasures: combining the two and sharing biccies and dip with friends.

Carlie Pennicook

Movement Therapist

Carlie has recently completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science at UOW. With a keen understanding of the impact that exercise has on happiness and quality of life, she advocates for the integration of exercise and movement into daily life. Carlie believes that exercise not only strengthens the body but also uplifts spirits, fostering a sense of joy and fulfilment.

Her experience spans diverse settings, from working with high-performance athletes to assisting individuals with exercise programs on rehab wards in hospitals. These experiences have cultivated Carlie’s holistic approach to health, creating her passion to help people from all backgrounds achieve their health goals.

Carlie emphasises the importance of smiling as a fundamental aspect of well-being. She is a firm believer that a genuine smile can go a long way and that it has the ability to inspire others. Carlie endeavours to create a supportive environment where everyone can have the ability to reach their goals and embrace a lifestyle with happiness and positivity.

Cooper Walker-O’Loughlan

Allied Health Assistant

Cooper is an Allied Health Assistant who loves to be a friendly, reliable face every time he walks into SAVVY. He has over 3 years experience in disability support, and is currently completing a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) at the University of Sydney.

Cooper loves applying the knowledge he has gained from his work colleagues at SAVVY. This enables him to achieve his goal of improving the lives of his clients, all while building meaningful relationships along the way. 

When he’s not at SAVVY, Cooper loves to keep active as a cricketer and soccer player.

Darcy Hennessy

Allied Health Assistant

Darcy is an Allied Health Assistant with a passion for getting the best out of each person he works with. He has experience in the disability sector in Sydney and Cambodia, and is currently completing a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Charles Sturt University. 

AT SAVVY, Darcy enjoys that the clients have the power to bring a smile to his face, and he strives to reciprocate that positivity. Inspired by individual stories and goals centred around the pursuit of a healthier lifestyle, Darcy’s main goal is to assist and uplift people in any way possible, leaving them with a smile.

With a background in serious sports, including AFL and long-distance running, Darcy has developed a passion for getting the best out of each person he works with. His expertise in programming, nutrition, and mental preparation, together with his physiotherapy studies, has helped him develop an understanding of rehabilitation principles and how different elements of exercise and therapy can effectively improve outcomes.

When he’s not at SAVVY or playing sport, Darcy enjoys surfing and hitting the gym.

Eden Smith

Movement Therapist

Eden Smith is a SAVVY Movement Therapist, having studied a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Rehabilitation at UOW.

Feeling at home within the SAVVY Community, she enjoys working in a motivating environment with her amazing clients. Eden’s mission: to help her clients achieve their goals by providing a positive and accepting space to train in.

Outside of work, she loves participating in sports such as soccer and jiu jitsu. She lives by the mantra that there are three simple rules in life: 1. If you do not go after what you want, you’ll never have it. 2. If you do not ask, the answer will always be no. 3. If you do not step forward, you will always be in the same place.

Grace Guthrie

Movement Therapist

Grace is a SAVVY Movement Therapist who holds a Bachelor of Exercise Science, a Certificate of Strength and Conditioning and is currently completing a Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology. 

Grace enjoys utilising her knowledge from her degree to help people achieve their personal goals and improve their quality of life. She especially loves building relationships with her clients and is passionate about seeing her clients push through barriers to get back to doing what they love!
 
Outside of work, Grace loves participating in all sports, especially AFL with the Wollongong Lions, Touch and Running

Isaac Collins

Exercise Physiologist

Isaac is one of SAVVY’s Exercise Physiologists, and joined the team after completing a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Rehabilitation at UOW. He enjoys showing people through education and functional improvements just how beneficial strength and resistance training can be, and how it can be adapted to suit anyone’s needs.

On top of working with clients 1-on-1, Isaac also champions several group classes focused on balance, cardiac rehab, hydrotherapy, as well as leading SAVVY’s GLA:D Program (an education and exercise program for people with Osteoarthritis). A lover of all things sport and fitness, Issac is passionate about getting his clients back to doing what they enjoy, finding ways to replicate recreational activities in the gym during sessions.

Isaac prioritises building relationships with his clients, and firmly believes in what Albert Einstein remarked: “try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value”.

James Graham

Movement Therapist

James is SAVVY’s Renaissance Man. After completing a Bachelor of Arts (Literature and Spanish) at UOW, as well as a trade in Cabinet-Making, James turned his passion for fitness into a career as a SAVVY Movement Therapist. 

Starting out with a wide interest in sport, particularly baseball, soccer and tennis, James’ primary focus is now on strength and hypertrophy. James encourages his clients to strive for performance-based milestones with assurance that body-composition goals will always follow. He thrives within the SAVVY Community, stating it is “the healthiest workplace I’ve ever been a part of.”

James’ interests outside of SAVVY include reading, diving, playing guitar and spending time with his dog. His love of life and trying new things is embodied in his favourite quote – “I would rather be ashes than dust”.

James Tunbridge

Programming Manager, Movement Therapist

James considers his work with SAVVY to be the “ideal job for me!” A lifelong lover of sport, he also uses his previous experience as a primary school teacher and background in Exercise Science and Rehab to help SAVVY members achieve their running goals.

His multifaceted experience allows him to incorporate other aspects such as performance, nutrition and injury prevention into his running programs and training sessions.

James has also enjoyed a lot of success on the running track – having taken 7th place at the City2Surf, 2nd at the Queenstown Half Marathon and 1st at the Canberra Half Marathon. Results are only one part of running for James though, as one of his core philosophies is “always train within yourself, this will help you to stay consistent with your training, which will ultimately lead to progress!”

Outside of SAVVY, James loves being active in and around the ocean, as well as relaxing with family and friends.

Jo Carroll

Physiotherapist

Jo Carroll is a qualified and experienced physiotherapist with a BAppSc in Physiotherapy from the University of Sydney. With over 25 years in the field, she has held various roles, developing a passion for rehabilitation and specialising in neurological rehabilitation, amputee care, Parkinson’s Disease, and Multiple Sclerosis. 

Her transition from the hospital system to the private sector has helped bridge the gap in patient care, where Jo can assist clients continue their journey to achieve goals in the community. Jo’s passion lies in empowering her clients to achieve their goals, making exercise enjoyable and functional. At SAVVY, she thrives on the variety of work, fostering a supportive team environment dedicated to helping people reach their goals. 

Outside of work, Jo enjoys an active and outdoor lifestyle, running, playing footy, exploring nature, and spending time with family and friends. Her personal motto, “Treat others the way you would like others to treat you,” resonates with her empathetic and compassionate approach to both her personal and professional life. Jo’s dedication to her patients and her enthusiasm for her work make her a valued and inspiring physiotherapist at SAVVY.

Karen Egan

Movement Therapist

Karen is one of SAVVY’s most experienced Movement Therapists, mainly specialising in Seniors Training. She has been a keen sportswoman from an early age, competing in all school and competitive sports, as well as coaching later on.

Since completing her Cert III and IV in Personal Training, Karen has taken pleasure in working in the great outdoors with seniors and seeing their fitness increase. She has a strong work ethic and a never-give-up attitude.

Karen firmly believes that “Life’s too short not to make the most of it”. Outside of work, she enjoys working on her own fitness, going to the beach, and spending time with her family.

Katie Walsh

Movement Therapist

Katie Walsh is a SAVVY Movement Therapist with 18 years of experience in the Health and Fitness Industry.

Calling upon her training as a Yoga and Pilates teacher, she is completely invested in her clients and their health and fitness goals with a strong alignment to overall mobility and functionality. Katie helps her clients to not only achieve their goals but aspire to be the best version of themselves.

Outside of SAVVY, Katie has participated in numerous marathons, including being a crew manager and trainer for ultramarathon runner Pat Farmer.

Kayla Hay

Senior Physiotherapist

Kayla Hay is a Senior Physiotherapist at SAVVY with a special interest in neurological and disability rehabilitation. 

Born and bred in the country town of Gundagai, Kayla moved to Wollongong in 2013 to start her physiotherapy journey and hasn’t left the beach side since. Kayla has been working within the disability sector for 10 years, where she spent 5 of those years providing care support to clients with complex disabilities whilst studying at university. 

Kayla has worked across multiple hospital, age care and community settings as a physiotherapist and has expert experience treating clients with Parkinson’s Disease, spinal cord injuries and neurological conditions including motor Neuron disease and Multiple Sclerosis.

Kieran Fraser

Movement Therapist

Kieran is an accredited Strength and Conditioning coach and Personal Trainer, and due to his love for human movement and performance is currently studying a Bachelor of Exercise Science.

He enjoys working with a wide range of clients from rehabilitation to elite performance, and specialises in strength and conditioning for athletes. However Kieran believes that everyone should strive to achieve their physical potential, and that setting performance based goals is the best way to take care of your physical health!

Kris Pambid

Movement Therapist

“Nothing is impossible, you just have to show up and do your best and have a blast while you’re doing it”

Kris’ fitness journey began as a participant in aerobics classes in the early 1990’s, and since then has gone on to complete numerous Triathlons, IRONMAN 70.3, Marathons and Open Water Ocean Swims. Kris completed his Certificate III and Certificate IV in fitness with the University of Wollongong College in 2020/21.

Kris is known for bringing a burst of energy to all his classes, like incorporating fun themes to his Cycle classes (think cycling to Elvis and Disco medlies). He brings the same vivacity to SAVVY Runner, using his wealth of knowledge as a competitor to help members achieve their goals.

Kurt Freeme

Movement Therapist

Kurt is a SAVVY Movement Therapist with a comprehensive track record in the health and fitness industry. With a strong passion for education (with numerous undergrad and postgrad degrees to prove it!), Kurt takes a holistic approach to fitness and lifestyle, ensuring that balance is key.

Kurt always has a fun and positive experience during his 1-on-1 and group classes at SAVVY. In his own words, “I will make you get uncomfortable in a fun, supportive and purposeful way.”

Leanne Miranda

Membership and Patient Coordinator (NDIS)

For more than 15 years, Leanne has been a valued member of the SAVVY team, contributing her skills in customer service, HR, payroll, and financial roles. Her current position is Membership and Patient Coordinator (NDIS).

Her 30 years of customer service and management experience has seen her work in very diverse fields: from international banking, to transport and logistics, and now the health and wellness sector. She is driven by the positive workplace atmosphere, the strong sense of community throughout SAVVY, and the unique opportunity to integrate her passion for fitness into her job. 

Leanne’s goal is to ensure SAVVY members and clients receive accurate and timely information regarding their memberships and packages. She is also passionate about helping our NDIS clients meet the services they require, using her wealth of experience in scheduling and organisation to do so. 

Liam Storey

Osteopath

Liam is a SAVVY Osteopath with years of seasoned experience both locally and abroad. Since obtaining a Masters in Osteopathy in 2016, he has primarily worked in the Residential Aged Care Facility setting as a Team Leader, helping elderly residents achieve their movement goals and manage their pain.

Liam enjoys the opportunity to work with a diverse group of therapists at SAVVY, thriving at the chance to use his skill and knowledge when any challenges are thrown his way. He is able to help clients manage pain, to move well and improve general quality of life using a wide variety of hands-on skills. His studies and professional experience have given him an in-depth knowledge of anatomy and exercise prescription.

When he isn’t at SAVVY, Liam enjoys playing soccer and is a keen musician, having previously played professional gigs as well as teaching drums to people of all ages. One of his favourite artists, Coldplay, provides a quote that he lives by – “If you never try, you’ll never know just what you’re worth”.

Luke Woodland

Physiotherapist 

Luke Woodland is a Physiotherapist at SAVVY with a diverse background in healthcare. Graduating from RMIT University and Monash University, he holds certificates and diplomas in Health Care, Nursing, and Paramedical Science. He also holds a Bachelor’s in Physiotherapy from the University of Western Sydney.

With 20 years experience as a paramedic in the Australian Defence Force, a lot of his patients required ongoing rehabilitation, which is what attracted him to physiotherapy. Luke’s expertise lies in treating complex patients and fostering a deep understanding of injuries. 

Luke is an Australian representative-level athlete, husband, and father, and brings maturity and empathy to his role. Joining the positive and supportive SAVVY team, he specialises in musculoskeletal conditions and biomechanics, guiding clients of all ages and abilities to achieve their goals. 

Beyond his professional life, Luke is a dedicated family man, a nine-time Ironman finisher, and a two-time Kona Ironman participant. Luke’s motto is simple: “Treat others the way you want to be treated.”

Mark McCarthy

Movement Therapist

Mark is passionate about health and fitness and makes it a priority in his daily routine. Having served as an Infantryman in the Army, worked as a Professional Ocean Lifeguard and an Ambulance Paramedic, Mark could be described as a “jack-of-all-trades”.

Mark uses his life skills and passion to ensure you perform at your best and have fun while achieving your goals. He is the owner/manager of Wollongong First Aid, an associate business of SAVVY. Mark holds his Cert IV in Workplace Training and Assessment and has been involved in education and training for over 15 years. He also has a Cert III and IV in Fitness, is an accredited athletics coach and yoga instructor.

Mark loves water sports, swimming, running and adventure. He has crossed the Simpson Desert on a “Postie Bike”, sailed on the tall ship Endeavour and regularly works with the RedBull Cliff Diving Team.

Matthew Reynolds

Physiotherapist

Matthew has been working as a Physiotherapist since 2019, after completing a Masters of Physiotherapy and Bachelor of Science (Exercise Science). In that time he has taken the opportunity to work in a variety of settings: from local hospitals and aged care to sporting teams at both representative and community level. In addition, Matthew has completed courses in shoulder rehabilitation, dementia and Parkinson’s disease. 

He enjoys working at SAVVY for the ability to work within a skilled team of friendly, supportive health professionals who are passionate about helping people. Mattew has found his experience with clients to be rewarding and has enjoyed learning about the different ways physiotherapy can help individuals improve their health and rehabilitation outcomes.   

When he’s not helping clients at SAVVY, Matthew enjoys mountain biking, hiking, camping and following his beloved Newcastle United in the English Premier League.

Mikaela Lambert

Movement Therapist

As a physiotherapist, Mikaela recognises the pivotal role that quality movement plays in preventing chronic pain and movement disorders. This deep understanding fuels her love for what SAVVY has to offer, aligning seamlessly with her commitment to creating inviting and enjoyable classes for people of all abilities, to experience the transformative power of exercise.

Mikaela uses her clinical background to specialise in Pilates at SAVVY.

Outside of work you’ll find Mikaela relishing in her new role as a Mum to her son James which usually involves getting to the 9:15 classes or a stroll on the beach.

Nikki McCarthy Hicks

Movement Therapist

Nikki McCarthy Hicks has over 20 years experience in customer service, with a strong background in event planning and team management. In addition to this, Nikki brings a Certificate IV in Personal Training, a Diploma of Business Management, and over a decade of experience with SAVVY to her role as a Movement Therapist. 

Specialising as a Run Coach and Indoor Cycle instructor, Nikki has had a lot of success with transforming beginners into passionate runners as she believes that anyone who runs, is a runner. This philosophy comes from her passion for Parkrun, where she has volunteered over 100 times.  

Nikki creates a fun and lively group at SAVVY and truly cares about the friendships she’s fostered with the trainers and members. She is passionate about creating sustainable and lifelong fitness habits.

Olivia Hicks

Movement Therapist

Olivia is a SAVVY Movement Therapist with over 10 years of experience in the sport coaching industry. On top of obtaining a Bachelor of Exercise & Sports Science, Olivia has coached Artistic Gymnastics and instructed group fitness classes.

A self-proclaimed “bookworm”, outside of work Olivia loves to get hooked on a good book. While at SAVVY, Olivia passionately helps her clients achieve their fitness goals, ensuring that they are moving well at all times.  She enjoys working at SAVVY for the fun-loving vibe and sense of community it provides.

Olivia always strives to motivate her clients to achieve their health and fitness goals. She believes that switching one’s mindset from “I think I can”, to “I’m going to make it happen”, is a game changer.

Sara Smith

Office Administrator

Sara is one of our friendly faces at the front desk at SAVVY. With 10 years of customer service experience, her understanding and compassion enables her to get along with the entire SAVVY Community.

Sara enjoys working within the positive environment at SAVVY and thrives at the opportunity to help people everyday. Outside of work, she turns to the thrill of Rock Climbing and Mountain Biking, living by her motto of “You only live once”.

Sophie Iacovelli

Movement Therapist

Sophie returns to the fitness industry after 10 years of working in the corporate healthcare sector. Sophie holds a Bachelor Degree in Public Health and certificates in Fitness, Reformer Pilates and recreational running. Sophie is a busy mum of two little ones and found throughout her pregnancy and postpartum journey she wanted to help others achieve their fitness goals to be the best version of themselves both physically and mentally no matter what season of life they are in. 

Outside of work you’ll find Sophie usually out running and working on her own fitness goals. Sophie has participated in numerous running events and is enjoying her comeback journey to running fitness and racing at a high level. Sophie enjoys spending quality family time with her husband, Children Ella & Luca and Cavoodle Ernie. 

Taliver Fulcher

Movement Therapist

Taliver is a Movement Therapist at SAVVY, who has a Certificate III in Health and Fitness under TAFE NSW and loves all things sport and fitness. He wants to use his physical abilities to help others reach their full potential.

Taliver is a motivating force, who encourages everyone to perform at their best and achieve a healthier, happier lifestyle. He is kind, gentle and supportive to anyone trying to achieve their goals.

Taliver will be assisting outdoor classes on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

Taryn Ruiz

Physiotherapist

Taryn is a Physiotherapist who loves the flexibility of working at SAVVY – one day is never the same as the next!

After graduating with a Master of Physiotherapy in 2013, she spent one year working at St George Hospital before moving to Broken Hill Hospital for two years, working in the acute medical and rehabilitation wards. Family and the beach called her back to home where she worked in the inpatient rehabilitation setting at Port Kembla Hospital for five years. While she has worked across multiple health settings, from hydrotherapy to amputees, Taryn has a strong interest in neurological rehabilitation.

Taryn strives for a holistic, client first approach; taking pride in empowering her clients and making exercise enjoyable to target individualised goals.

Away from work, Trayn loves exploring nature with her two Cavoodles, and subsequently has a passion for landscape photography. She’s a Liverpool FC supporter and currently plays soccer for the Albion Park White Eagles. Taryn also enjoys the challenge of keeping her indoor plants alive.

Tegan Lloyd

Physiotherapist

Tegan is a Wandi Wandian – Wodi Wodi – Cadigal woman, from Nowra. Having gained a wealth of experience across a variety of sectors, including retail and investment banking, Tegan became a qualified Physiotherapist in 2015.

Tegan is dedicated to equity in healthcare and strives to provide an empathic approach in all that she does. Her interests include Indigenous/Koori health, women’s health, functional exercise, patient education and mental health.

After working with NSW Health in numerous roles, Tegan has gone on to work with a number of clinics in Sydney and the South Coast, as well working in private practice. She currently works at Waminda Women’s Health, joining the SAVVY Community in January 2023.

Outside of her work as a SAVVY Physiotherapist, Tegan has a wide range of interests such as live music, travel, architecture, and spending time with her family, friends, dogs, and her community.

Mitch Nielsen

Head of Operations

Mitch has had a long association with SAVVY both as a trainer and as a participant in classes. It is safe to say he is fully subscribed to the “SAVVY way of life”!

Mitch brings to his role as Head of Recreation an extensive expertise in strength and conditioning. Since obtaining a Masters of Exercise Science, his professional history includes working for renowned sporting teams and organisations such as St George Illawarra Dragons, Illawarra Hawks, Tottenham Hotspur/Crusaders Global Programs at UOW, and the NSW Institute of Sport.

At SAVVY, Mitch believes there is nothing more rewarding than helping people achieve their goals. His passion for physical performance shines through in the programs that he runs. Outside of SAVVY you can find him working on his own fitness, exploring the great outdoors and spending time with friends and family.

Iman De Santis

Membership and Events Manager

“Dance like no one’s watching” is the mantra of Iman, our Membership and Events Manager at SAVVY. With over 25 years experience in the customer service industry, Iman thrives on going the extra mile and takes pride in providing a positive customer experience.

Iman loves combining her passion for health and fitness with her customer service skills at SAVVY. She enjoys living an active healthy lifestyle with her family and believes there is nothing better than going for a walk to clear your mind.

Sophie Dahl

Exercise Physiologist

Sophie is an Exercise Physiologist at SAVVY, specialising in Pilates and group classes based on balance and strength. She thrives on working with a variety of clients with many different health conditions, goals and needs. 

Since gaining her accreditation with a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Rehabilitation, Sophie has been involved in neurological rehabilitation, musculoskeletal injuries, falls prevention and healthy ageing. When it comes to working at SAVVY, Sophie says “It’s so great to see a wonderful community from all walks of life come together and find ways of moving that they enjoy!” 

Sophie loves to provide a supportive environment for her clinical and recreation clients, empowering them to achieve their goals, big or small. As Sophie believes, “Every little bit counts, something is always better than nothing!”

Away from SAVVY, Sophie loves being outdoors, whether it be for a hike, camping, or going for an ocean dip. She is also a keen sportswoman, playing netball and water polo.

Amy Callaghan

Speech Pathologist

Amy is a Speech Pathologist at SAVVY who holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology). She has over 12 years of experience providing Speech Pathology services within diverse communities, schools, hospitals, and private practice settings in both Australia and the UK.

 

Amy is passionate about empowering individuals to set and attain their own goals, finding great satisfaction in collaborating within a multidisciplinary team to offer comprehensive support. As she firmly believes, “Do what you do, do well”. A nature enthusiast, Amy loves being in the great outdoors and enjoys bushwalking.

Nyree Saxby

Allied Health Assistant

Nyree commenced her work as an Allied Health Assistant in December 2021. Having lived in the Northern suburbs of Wollongong her entire life, she is a mother of 2 beautiful girls, Mads who is 17 and Chloe who will be forever 12.

From her experience of caring for Chloe over the last 8 years of her life due to her terminal brain disease, Nyree realised that she is here to help people and make a difference in their lives. She has also had a lot of personal experience with Parkinson’s, as her father Garry was diagnosed with the disease. 

After seeing Jo and Kayla from Amplified Health (now merged with SAVVY) working with her Dad at his home, helping increase his strength and flexibility, she thought that it would be a good introduction back into the workforce after 8 years of caring for her daughter at home. 

Nyree loves working with her clients, finding great joy in getting to learn about their lives. She enjoys having a laugh with them whilst knowing she is helping them stay active and be the best version of themselves that they can be.

Mel Ryan

Office Administrator

With over 25 years of invaluable customer service experience, including 10 years dedicated to Allied Health, Mel brings a wealth of expertise to the SAVVY team. Mel’s unwavering passion lies in ensuring that every individual who steps through our front door is greeted with a warm and welcoming experience, leaving them feeling happy and satisfied.

Felicity Carolan

Movement Therapist

Felicity commenced her work with SAVVY in early 2021 after completing a Bachelor of Exercise Science at UOW. She is a Movement Therapist who finds joy in working with her inspiring and diligent clients, “The opportunity to be surrounded by such amazing people (our clients and team) is a privilege!”

Felicity has enjoyed an active lifestyle from a young age and has a great love for the outdoors. This has led her to become involved in a range of sports over the years including sailing and rogaining. Felicity thrives off helping others achieve their goals, overcome challenges and becoming the best version of themselves.

Jade Burke

Movement Therapist

Jade is a SAVVY Movement Therapist who fully embraces hard work. She completed a Bachelor of Education in Physical and Health Education at UOW, and is qualified in Certificate III Gym Instruction and Certificate IV specialising in Personal Training. 

Having enjoyed a lifetime of many different sports, and a background in teaching, Jade delights in the fact that SAVVY perfectly embodies her interests. She has a love for coaching people in Boxing, Pilates, Weight and Cross Training, and has been with SAVVY since the very beginning in 2006.

Jade has a direct and stern approach to training – this trainer won’t let you make excuses and under her instruction you are sure to get great results. She has a reputation for encouraging her clients to work hard for their goals.

Joden Wilson

Allied Health Assistant

Joden is a SAVVY Allied Health Assistant who holds a Bachelor of Exercise and is currently completing a Master of Physiotherapy. 

Joden is immersed in the world of fitness in both his professional and private life: he has worked as the Strength and Conditioning Assistant for St George Illawarra Dragons NSW Cup team, and he also trains as a long-distance runner and golfer (when he can find the time). 

At SAVVY, Joden enjoys having the capability to help people improve their quality of life and achieve individual goals. With every session he conducts, Joden aims to provide a highly interactive and fun program that is catered to each individual.

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