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Shira Kramer

Physiotherapist, Founder & Director

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Melbourne University) (Honours), Post Graduate Certificate (Exercise for Women) (Melbourne University).

Shira is one of Australia’s leading women’s health and fitness professionals. An experienced physiotherapist, founder of BeActive in 2006 and creator of the Restore Your Core online program for new mums, Shira has supported thousands or women through their pregnancy, motherhood and beyond. She is a sought after women’s health and fitness commentator appearing regularly in the media. She designs and delivers education programs to both physiotherapists and fitness professionals, presenting at conferences and in university settings. Shira is a mum of two active boys (just like their mum!) with motherhood only furthering her passion for keeping women active in all ages and stages of life.

Best thing about being a Physio: Being able to support and empower women through such a life-changing time of their life…and being able to wear leggings and runners to work – so lucky!
Favourite way to Be Active: Running, scootering, climbing or swimming alongside (or behind!) my two boys. Marathon training of course!
Guilty Pleasure: Wine, cheese, ice cream, or soaking up some vitamin D reading the weekend paper or trashy magazine.

Caroline Johnson


Post Graduate certificate (Continence and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation), Post Graduate Certificate (Exercise for Women).

Caroline has over 20 years experience in the Physiotherapy world, building her incredible knowledge base with previous roles at the Mercy Hospital for Women and Cabrini Hospital, working across obstetrics, gynaecology, outpatients and childbirth education before continuing her passion for pelvic health and pre/postnatal care in private practice settings. Caroline is passionate about getting her clients moving, and draws on her many years experience leading pre/postnatal and over 50’s classes. She particularly loves helping women with Pelvic floor dysfunction, abdominal separation (DRAM) and pelvic girdle pain.

What she loves most about being a Physio: Helping people feel better, and getting them back to the activities they love.
Favourite way to Be Active: Hitting the beach with my kids, bush-walks and Pilates.
Guilty Pleasure: Good Coffee.

Tanya Szylkrot


Bachelor Physiotherapy (University of Melbourne), Clinical Pilates (DMA), Good Life With Arthritis Denmark (GLAD).

Tanya has worked extensively in both private practice and elite sporting clubs, treating a diverse clients base before focusing on women’s health related physiotherapy at BeActive. Tanya has a wealth of knowledge and experience in pre and postnatal pain and dysfunction, sports injuries, pre and post-operative rehabilitation, general musculoskeletal conditions, chronic pain, falls/balance, spinal pain and arthritis management. Tanya enjoys working with other health care providers including obstetricians, GP’s and allied health professionals to ensure her patients receive a holistic model of care. As a mum of two, Tanya understands how life-changing pregnancy and motherhood can be and is passionate about supporting her clients through this transition, with a focus on building strength, stability and that feel-good factor.

Best thing about being a Physio: First and foremost, helping people! I am truly passionate about diagnosing, formulating plans and then assisting my clients in living a happier, healthier and more comfortable life.
Favourite way to BeActive: Running, dancing, Pilates and exercising the mind with a good book or podcast.
Guilty Pleasure: Coffee (all the coffee!), day spa with friends and online shopping.

Emma Kazmirowicz


Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Curtin University), Dry Needling (AAP), Clinical Pilates (DMA).

With over 7 years of private practice experience under her belt across Perth and Melbourne, Emma has you covered top-to-toe.

She has extensive experience treating back and neck pain, pelvic pain, sports injuries, mobility issues, neurological disorders and pre/postnatal related issues.
Emma has a holistic approach to her treatments, combining various techniques including Dry needling and movement based therapy using her Clinical Pilates training. Emma has also undertaken recent study into lumbopelvic pain and enjoys treating a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries.

What she loves most about being a Physio: Working with lots of different types of people and helping them get better quality of life.
Favourite way to Be Active: Weight training, hiking and Pilates.
Guilty Pleasure: Chocolate!

Sophie Bappayya


Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Charles Sturt University), Post Graduate training in Women’s Health (Womens’ Health Training Association), Clinical Pilates Instructor (DMA & APPI) & Certified in Dry Needling.

Sophie shares her time between BeActive and the maternity ward at Cabrini Hospital, with a passion for caring for women in all stages of their pregnancy and postpartum journey. She has extensive experience in the assessment and management of pelvic floor dysfunction and rehabilitation, and has been fortunate to work alongside some of the most renowned specialists in the field. Sophie is an experienced Pilates instructor and brings this knowledge into all of her Clinical Exercise and Pre/Postnatal classes at BeActive.

Best thing about being a Physio: Being able to support women throughout their pregnancy, seeing all their hard work and dedication pay off when they come back for postnatal recovery – witnessing that joy and meeting their babies is the best! 
Favourite way to Be Active: Running, aerial yoga, and Pilates.
Guilty Pleasure: Glucojel jelly beans and caramel jerseys.

Bonnie Youl


Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) (Monash University), Clinical Pilates (DMA).

Bonnie has worked in private practice settings across Melbourne, treating a diverse client base. She has experience in musculo skeletal conditions, Clinical Pilates, pre-& post-natal exercise classes, sports injuries and general, with a special interest in thoracic pain, acute and chronic knee conditions and pelvic girdle pain. She has a keen interest in Women’s Health and is passionate about treating women through the pregnancy and postnatal period to help optimise function and prevent pain.

What she loves most about being a Physio: Working with and getting to meet new people in an active role.
Favourite way to BeActive: Pilates, hiking, weight training.
Guilty Pleasure: Red wine and chocolate.

Zoe Lim


Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Physiotherapy Practice (LaTrobe University), Clinical Pilates Levels 1-4 (APPI).

With experience across private practice settings with a women’s health focus, Zoe brings an understanding of women’s bodies and pre/postnatal care to her treatment approach. Zoe enjoys treating pelvic girdle pain, knee pain, neck pain and sports injuries and has a passion for getting her clients moving as soon as possible, often in her Clinical Exercise and Pre/Postnatal classes.

Best thing about being a Physio: Helping and motivating people to achieve their health and fitness goals.
Favourite way to Be Active: Strength training, HIIT classes, Pilates and Yoga.
Guilty Pleasure: Netflix and a bag of kettle chips.

Louise Mitchell


Bachelor of Physiotherapy University of Canberra, Dry Needling, Clinical Pilates (APPI).

Louise comes from a strong sports and musculoskeletal background, working in private practice treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions with a special focus on knee rehabilitation and hydrotherapy. Louise treats a variety of conditions affecting women at BeActive including pre and post natal, neck and lower back pain, as well as chronic injuries. Louise also takes pre & postnatal fitness classes and Clinical Exercises classes,and has a passion for keeping her clients active during this special time.

Best thing about being a Physio: Assisting people to achieve their goals and be the healthiest they can.
Favourite way to Be Active: HIIT classes and walking.
Guilty Pleasure: Chocolate.

Colleen Mahony

Exercise Physiologist

Bachelor Applied Science (Exercise Science), Master of Clinical Exercise Science and Rehabilitation, APMA Level 1 and 2 Pilates Teacher Training.

Colleen has worked in the health and fitness industry for nearly 15 years and has been a member of the BeActive team for 10 years, starting on reception before becoming an Accredited Exercise Physiologist in 2019. Colleen takes Pre/Postnatal Fitness & Reformer classes, bringing her skills in exercise prescription and passion for exercise into all her classes. With two kids of her own she understands the demands of pregnancy and motherhood, and aims to empower her clients with the skills and knowledge required to maintain an active lifestyle during this exciting yet challenging life stage. Colleen is also in charge of operations for the Restore Your Core online program.

Best thing about being an Exercise Physiologist: Seeing my client’s confidence skyrocket as they master exercises they previously thought were impossible.
Favourite way to Be Active: Strength training, Pilates classes and Sunday morning walks/scooters as a family.
Guilty Pleasure: Champagne, rom-coms and a kid-free coffee catch up with girlfriends… the one where you get to order multiple coffees and finish a sentence!