• Jarrat Wood

    Director of Longevity Exercise Physiology and Personal Training

    Bio

    Jarrat Wood grew up in Gunnedah in rural NSW and his burgeoning athletic and triathlon career was cut short when he was diagnosed with a heart condition (supra-ventricular tachycardia) in 1998. It was the lesson of a lifetime as he experienced multiple episodes of a racing heart rate requiring hospitalization and was unable to exercise for the best part of 3 years. To be stripped of your greatest passion is a difficult blow but one which would develop a new passion: one to understand the human body and to pursue health and fitness with a new perspective and with a greater understanding of the difficulties one faces when confronted by a chronic health condition.

    Fortunately, the condition was remedied surgically in 2001 and Jarrat was able to return slowly to an active and competitive sporting lifestyle. During this time Jarrat put on approximately 15kgs, reconfigured all aspects of his future: athletic; study; and career. It was a tremendous lesson in not giving up. It inspired his studies in Exercise Physiology at UNSW and ignited the vision for a business in the fitness industry that would prioritize health, not just fitness. That is why at Longevity: HEALTH COMES FIRST.

    Prior to the heart condition, he had run a 51mins 15sec PB for the City2Surf at 16, placed 3rd in CHS athletics for the 800m and in the top 10 for his age in NSW All Schools for sprint distance triathlon. After the surgery, he was able to represent his club, region and State in Touch Football. He has won multiple athletics Gifts ranging from 300m to 600m, was named NSW Athletic League Athlete of the Year in 2013 and achieved a half marathon PB in his maiden race over the distance in 2016 of 1hr 26mins.

    He didn’t give up and neither should you. Longevity is structured to support you in a way that treats you like a unique individual and comes from a place that cares and supports you. We prescribe exercise specifically for you. Bespoke exercise prescription because we want you to be healthy. Forever.

    Qualifications

    Bachelor of Science (Health and Sport Science), UNSW Level 1 Athletics Coach Level 2 Touch Football Coach Certificate III in Fitness - Gym Instructor Certificate IV in Fitness - Personal Trainer Functional Movement Assessment Tool Accredited First Aid Certification CPR Certification (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation)

    Location

    Edgecliff

  • Jackie Cheung

    Accredited Exercise Physiologist

    Bio

    Jackie is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist at our Bella Vista location. He has accumulated an extensive range of exercise physiology experience with clients across private practices, public and private hospitals, community mental health settings and neurological clinics. When he was young, Jackie was initially unaware of the role of health and fitness. He did not know where to begin and lacked confidence to participate in sports. However, when he suffered a torn meniscus during an accident at 10 years old, he was introduced to an exercise physiologist that helped introduce him to the world of exercise, health and wellbeing. He then developed a fiery passion for volleyball, sprinting and martial arts, eventually going on to winning amateur boxing and kickboxing competitions—all the while managing his past injury. Jackie went on to complete a Bachelor of Exercise Physiology at the University of Sydney, where he discovered the rise of various chronic health diseases in Australia and the key role that exercise plays in treating them. During his last year of study, Jackie grew interested in the different types of exercise available and completed a Honours research thesis on blood flow restriction, working with top researchers in strength and conditioning in NSW. Jackie was also music teacher for schoolchildren throughout university, which furthered his love of helping others, educating others and motivating them to achieve their goals. As a result, Jackie dedicates himself towards empowering clients with knowledge and the ability to improve their own lives. Jackie has had experience working with clients with various conditions such as diabetes, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, heart conditions, cancer, chronic pain, neurological and mental health conditions. Regardless of their condition or previous experience, Jackie firmly believes that exercise can guide anyone towards a greater and healthier version of themselves, and he is devoted to taking you along that journey.

    Qualifications

    ESSA Accredited Exercise Physiologist Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (University of Sydney) Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (UTS) Medicare Provider NDIS Registered Provider Workcover Provider

    Location

    Lindfield and Balmain

  • Stephanie Keily

    Accredited Excercise Physiologist

    Bio

    With a Masters Degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology, a Bachelors Degree in Sports and Exercise Science along with 18 years of competing in gymnastics, Stephanie has had over a decade of first-hand experience surrounding musculoskeletal rehabilitation, high performance training and physiological principles. Beginning her journey as an Artistic gymnast, Stephanie transitioned over to Aerobic gymnastics by the age of 8 and earned her first selection into the Australian National team at age 12. Since then, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world competing at various European and world championships, with her best placing being at the 2019 world championships where she placed 2nd in the open women’s category. Stephanie’s passion for working with musculoskeletal conditions as well as athletes, comes from her own heart-felt experiences of set backs due to potential career ending injuries and surgeries. Under-going simultaneous bilateral ankle reconstructions at the age of 15, and missing a whole season of international competitions sparked a passion for her to educate herself surrounding the use of exercise as a form of prevention, rather than just a cure. Alongside her own personal experiences, Stephanie has worked with a wide variety of patients ranging from aged care and NDIS to athletes and chronic pain cases. Since retiring from elite aerobic gymnastics at the duration of 2019, Stephanie’s new passion is to educate others about the benefits of using exercise as a tool for improving performance, chronic health conditions and overall health. She believes in equipping every client she with top-quality education and technical training in order to produce the most desirable outcome, personalised for each client. Stephanie leads every session with a smile and loves to learn from her clients about topics that they are passionate about, just as she loves to share her passion for exercise with them!

     

    Qualifications

    Bachelor of Science (Health and Sport Science), UNSW Level 1 Athletics Coach Level 2 Touch Football Coach Certificate III in Fitness - Gym Instructor Certificate IV in Fitness - Personal Trainer Functional Movement Assessment Tool Accredited First Aid Certification CPR Certification (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation)

    Location

    Lindfield and Balmain

  • Angela Vitucci

    Team Leader and Accredited Exercise Physiologist

    Angela is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with a Bachelor of Human Movement and Masters in Exercise Physiology.

    Angela has experience working in a range of settings. Angela began her health and fitness career in 2012 as a personal trainer and gym floor supervisor. From 2014-2019 she owned her own outdoor women’s training business gaining experience training women ages 18-60 in an individual and group setting as well as managing her team.

    Angela completed her studies in 2015. From 2016, Angela has treated clients as an Exercise Physiologist in a private clinic first specializing with back conditions, scoliosis specifically. Angela now has experience treating a range of chronic conditions and injuries in a private gym.

    Angela’s priority is to incorporate functional training into an exercise program as well as ensuring the individual meets the Australian Physical Activity Guidelines. She believes this helps improve the quality of life of each individual and is a key indicator of optimal health and happiness.

    Qualifications

    Accredited Exercise Physiologist; Master of Exercise Physiology (USYD)
    Accredited Exercise Scientist; Bachelor of Human Movement (UTS)
    Cert IV Personal Trainer
    Workcover NSW Approved
    Registered Medicare Provider
    DVA Registered Provider
    NDIS Registered Provider
    Level 1 & 2 SEAS Accredited
    Level 1 SCHROTH Accredited

    Angela’s story

    Angela loved playing sport all of her life and grew up in the country town of Griffith NSW, with a supportive family taking her to endless football (soccer) and tennis training, as well as representative tournaments. She also played touch football, netball, and swimming.

    Being active all of her life led her to pursue a career in the health and fitness industry. Angela moved to Sydney to begin her tertiary studies and in her final year of her Bachelor's Degree in Human Movement, she went under numerous investigations to identify the cause of irregular heart rhythms. She finished her degree and in December 2013, 2 weeks before her 21st birthday, Angela was diagnosed with a heart condition – arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy, and she now lives with an implantable defibrillator. This came as a shock with no family history present.

    Whilst still undergoing cardiac rehabilitation, Angela began her Masters in Exercise Physiology. Having this diagnosis meant that she had to give up competitive sport and it was during this time that Angela realized that not only her own life had changed, but she knew that she wanted to have a big impact on the health of others too.

    Angela now likes to keep active by regular gym sessions, coastal walks and trying out new modalities like yoga and kayaking. She loves watching sport; particularly soccer, tennis, AFL, NRL, and netball. As time has gone on, Angela has learned how to manage her own condition, both physically and mentally, and uses her own personal experience as a motivator and encouragement for others dealing with a chronic condition.

    Location

    Edgecliff

  • Daniel Elias Arciuli

    Team Leader and Accredited Exercise Physiologist

    Daniel has always been surrounded by health and fitness from a very young age. He was first drawn to school sports such as athletics, rugby union, soccer and swimming, going on to represent NSW in athletic sprint events. Nowadays his interests lie within the gym environment, specifically strength and bodyweight training.

    At university he continued to fuel his passion for sport by completing a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science at Australian Catholic University, where he learnt the importance of strength and conditioning to improve an individual’s athletic performance. While studying he got his first job in the health and fitness industry and started working as a Personal Trainer.

    Daniel’s interest in exercise for chronic disease management and rehabilitation started at age 15 when his mother, who has many chronic health conditions, started seeing an Accredited Exercise Physiologist. He saw the positive impact that Exercise Physiology had and how it can improve an individual’s overall health and wellbeing. This experience drove him to further his studies and complete a Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology at the Australian Catholic University.

    Since then Daniel has gained experience treating a diverse range of clientele in settings such as hospitals, aged care facilities, physiotherapy practices, neurological clinics and within the gym environment.

    As an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with over 5 years experience he believes that movement is medicine and that anyone of any age can benefit from exercise, regardless of their physical abilities or health conditions.

    His aim and passion is to inspire and guide his clients in the journey to a healthier and happier life.

    Qualifications:

    Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (ACU)
    Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (ACU)
    Registered Medicare Provider
    DVA Registered Provider
    WorkCover NSW Approved
    NDIS Registered Provider
    Functional Movement Screen Level 1 and Level 2

    Location

    Lindfield

  • Georgia Wassall

     
    Accredited Exercise Physiologist

    Bio

    For over 15 years, Georgia has gained extensive knowledge in the fundamental principles of exercise science whilst competing as an elite 800m runner. She has worked with some of Australia’s best sport scientists, psychologist, and nutritionists from the AIS and New South Wales Institute of Sport. In 2014 Georgia placed 3rd at the IAAF World Junior Championships and after years of setback due to injury and illness was this year named NSW state champion in the Women’s 800m.

    Georgia is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist after completing her Bachelor of Exercise Physiology at the University of Sydney. Using the principles she has learned through her experience as an athlete combined with her university degree has given Georgia a strong foundation to effectively treat clients of varying ages and abilities with great success. Georgia has worked with clients living with heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, chronic pain, musculoskeletal injuries and mental health conditions. Georgia also has extensive experience training teenage athletes, working with two prestigious Sydney private schools athletics teams whilst studying.

    Georgia was initially drawn to Exercise Physiology due to her background in elite sport but through her 4 years of study has developed a strong passion for helping individuals with chronic conditions using exercise as medicine. Georgia has a special interest in working with the elderly and is incredibly passionate about promoting the message that no one is too old or deconditioned to exercise. She has thoroughly enjoyed prescribing her own grandparents exercise over the years and seeing great improvements in their condition and quality of life. 

    Qualifications

    Bachelor of Exercise Physiology (UOS) Accredited Exercise Physiologist

    Location

    Lindfield and Drummoyne.

  • Courtney Maher

    Accredited Exercise Physiologist

    Courtney developed a passion for movement from a young age, training and competing in dance and rhythmic gymnastics from age 7. In 2010 and 2011, she was a member of the NSW State Rhythmic Gymnastics Representative Team. She achieved high results and went on to compete in the Australian Gymnastics Championships. Since 2014, Courtney has trained at the University of New South Wales dance society and competes at the Australian All Star Cheer-leading Federation (AASCF) National Cheer and Dance Championships. The years of training taught Courtney the importance of persistence and looking beyond the physical components in order to reach one’s goals.

    Courtney’s appreciation for the positive impact exercise has on physical, mental and social health led her to complete a Bachelor of Exercise Physiology at the University of New South Wales. Here she learnt about the increasing number of Australians living with chronic disease and knew that she could help people to use exercise as a key part in successfully managing their condition long term.

    Courtney’s commitment to her own and others training, has given her an in-depth understanding of different exercise methods and modalities. She believes in continuing to challenge the body and explore new ways to move, no matter your age. Courtney does this herself and is currently learning yoga, salsa dancing and touch football.

    Courtney has gained experience working with a range of clientele of varying ages and with various and multiple health conditions. This includes, for example, clients living with osteoporosis, arthritis, chronic pain, musculoskeletal injuries and mental health conditions. She has also developed a special interest for helping those living with disabilities, such as down syndrome and autism, exercise effectively.

    As an Accredited Exercise Physiologist Courtney’s drive is to use the best available evidence for exercise and lifestyle prescription, to help others live their healthiest life.

    Qualifications

    Bachelor of Exercise Physiology (UNSW)
    ESSA Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Exercise Scientist
    WorkCover NSW Approved
    Medicare Registered Provider
    DVA Registered Provider
    NDIS Registered Provider

    Location

    Edgecliff

  • Mitchell Hooper

    Accredited Exercise Physiologist

    Mitchell Hooper was born in a small town an hour’s drive north of Toronto, and took an early interest in all types of sport. From competitive ice hockey to American football at Uni, running a marathon of 3:24 to winning a national powerlifting title, exercise has always been at the epicentre of his life.

    After finishing a BSc in Human Kinetics at the University of Guelph and obtaining the job of head strength and conditioning coach of a National Basketball League of Canada team, the KW Titans, he decided he wanted more.

    In February 2018, he moved to Sydney to commence his masters in Exercise Physiology to assist those with chronic health conditions, which was completed in December of 2019. During this time, he joined the Longevity team working in the Edgecliff location and hasn’t looked back.

    Qualifications

    BSc Human Kinetics (University of Guelph) MSc Exercise Physiology Accredited Exercise Physiologist

    Location

    Edgecliff and Marrickville

  • Ashleigh Mead

    Accredited Exercise Physiologist

    Ashleigh is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist based at our Edgecliff location. She is available for gym-based and home-based exercise physiology and can treat patients through Medicare, NDIS, DVA, Private Health Insurance, and Workcover schemes. Ashleigh completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology) at the University of Sydney where she gained a variety of insightful experiences in Public Hospitals, Community Mental Health, and Private Practice.

    After spending considerable time studying and working in private practice in the Western Suburbs of Sydney, Ashleigh is excited to be back in the Eastern Suburbs – working at Longevity, Edgecliff, and treating her clients within a gym in her local area.

    Ashleigh has worked with clients of all ages and with varying health conditions. She strongly believes that it is never too early or too late to start moving and that there is always an exercise for everyone, no matter their experience or ability.

    Her skills are particularly well developed in the areas of falls prevention training and metabolic management. She also has a special interest in treating Osteoarthritis, Women’s health, Mental Health and Exercising with Cancer. Ashleigh has a unique approach to her clients. She is positive, encouraging and engaging meaning that her sessions have an equal balance of education, challenge, support, and fun!

    Ashleigh loves sport, especially Rugby League! She also enjoys traveling around coastal and country Australia and spending time at her family’s farm. She loves playing Touch Rugby League with her friends during the week and plays competitive netball for Marrickville All-Stars on Saturdays. Ashleigh is very friendly, approachable and relatable. She is always willing to answer any questions, have a chat and share pictures of her pets!

    Qualifications:

    ESSA Accredited Exercise Physiologist ESSA Accredited Exercise Scientist Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology) – USYD ESSA Accredited Exercise Scientist WorkCover NSW Approved Medicare Registered Provider DVA Registered Provider NDIS Registered Provider

    Location:

    Edgecliff and Randwick