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The Peak Difference

Our Mission:

Our mission with every client is to objectively assess and address pain or performance barriers to improve injury status and/or sporting performance. Our experts always aim to identify and correct the underlying movement dysfunction to improve the mechanical issue at hand, not merely to temporarily relieve painful symptoms.

Our Philosophy:

We believe strongly in quantifiable assessments, this way improvements can be tangibly seen in black and white. These facts allow us to address strength imbalances, movement dysfunctions and range of motion deficiencies to improve injury or athletic performance!

Additionally, we perceive rehabilitation and appropriate strength and conditioning as one and the same. Whether you want to lift heavy or merely be functional in everyday life free from pain you need to be equally strong to withstand it. Our clinicians have extensive experience and understanding in rehabilitation and training for performance, enabling them to not only return you to pain free function, but to improve athletic performance in the safest way possible.

Why Peak Health?

  • We are Honours and Master’s Qualified Clinicians and Practitioners
  • Our exercise technique knowledge is second to none
  • We understand training from elite level to grassroots
  • We will guide you to self-manage your injury/condition (meaning less $$$ spent!)
  • We utilise quantitative assessments so you can see your program is leading to your improvement in numbers, not just by “feel”
  • We have an unrelenting passion about all things treatment, rehabilitation and performance

No Gimmicks. Just Science.

Learn more about us and what we do at Peak Health!


Martin Kurz

Clinical Exercise Physiologist

MClinExPhys/BAppSc(Ex&SS)(Hons)/ESSAM, AEP, ASS
Martin Kurz established Peak Health in 2016 with the goal of providing an all-round service for anyone who wishes to improve their condition, whether this be returning to pain free daily function or improving athletic performance. Martin possesses not only a Bachelor Degree in Sport Science, but Honours in this area through research with the St. Kilda Football Club in 2010 and completed a Master’s Degree of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Exercise Sport Science Australia Accredited) in 2014 (making his services Private Health and Medicare rebateable). For the majority of the last decade Martin has worked with people from all walks of life to improve their strength and fitness and has gained first hand experience in the elite training practices in many sports including Aussie Rules, Gymnastics and CrossFit.

In his athletic life Martin was a Senior International level gymnast, representing Victoria 8 times at the Australian Gymnastics Championships. Since his retirement from the sport in 2012, Martindeveloped into a senior coach at the highly regarded Schwartz’s CrossFit Melbourne (winners of the CrossFit Pacific Regional Games in 2012, 2013 and 2015 and Runners Up in 2016 and 2018) and has developed Melbourne’s premier Adult Gymnastics program at Peak Gymnastics.

Martin has presented strength and conditioning based seminars around Australia and internationally and is constantly progressing his own knowledge in all things assessment, strength, conditioning and rehabilitation, so you can be sure you are getting the best advice possible. With many of his rehabilitative modalities steeped in strength and conditioning and as such, in science, Martin’s goals for his clients are not to merely “get you back to function” but to get you back to and beyond your target level of activity.

Tertiary Studies:

  • Deakin University – Bachelor of Sports Exercise Science / Bachelor of Commerce (Sports Management)
  • Deakin University – Honours in Exercise and Sport Science
  • Deakin University – Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology


  • Exercise Sport Science Australia Accredited Exercise Physiologist
  • Exercise Sport Science Australia Accredited Sport Scientist
  • Certified Level 1 & 2 Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) Provider
  • Certified Level 1 & 2 Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Provider
  • Certified Fundamental Capacity Screen (FCS) Provider
  • Certified Functional Breathing Screen (FBS) Provider
  • Certified Level 1 Y-Balance Test (YBT) Provider
  • Strength System Certified Coach
  • Level 3 McGill Certified
  • Certified Massage Provider
  • Certified Upper Extremity Active Release Techniques Provider
  • Level 1 RockBlade Provider
  • Certified Level 1 RockTape Kinesiology Taping Provider
  • Level 2 first aid, CPR & Anaphylaxis Accreditation
  • Level 1 CrossFit Coach Accreditation
  • Level 1 Stick Mobility Accreditation
  • Advanced Level Gymnastics Coaching Accreditation
  • Current Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance
  • Medicare Provider Number and HICAPS

Dr. Larson Paulding


B.Sc (Clin. Sc) M.HSC (Osteo. Sc)
Larson specialises in Structural Osteopathy & Exercise Rehabilitation, placing a high importance on educating his patients about their body and their pain. This approach allows for him to providepatientswith self-management tools to make positive changes to their health and well-being; both psychologically and physically.

Larson was led to Osteopathy as it allows for a holistic approach to treatment, respecting that nothing within the body functions in isolation. Healing is multifaceted and requires a deeper understanding of not only the physical ailment, but also the emotional, psychological and environmental factors which have ledpreceded the development of physical pain. He adopts a structural approach to treatment after a comprehensive functional and diagnostic assessment,utilising high-velocity low-amplitude (HVLA) adjustments, mobilisations, soft tissue and myofascial release (MFR) where required.

In Larson’s athletic life he was an elite level gymnast training in association with the Victorian High Performance Centre and Institute of Sport and competing internationally as a member of the Australian Men’s National Squad. Post his competitive career he entered into a coaching role at the Victorian High Performance Centre where he was required to mange athletic performance via the development and implementation of training programs. During his time studying Osteopathy Larson turned his attention to Personal Training overseeing Brunswick East’s F45 program allowing him to gain further exposure to how people move and how to help correct dysfunctional movement in an exercise based environment. In his spare time, Larsy is an avid all season surfer believing it is the best way for him to practice mindfulness, stating “Not much else matters when I’m in the water, as it allows me to disconnect from everyday distractions and be present in the moment. Things get a lot clearer when I exit the water.”

Tertiary Studies:

  • Bachelor of Clinical Science
  • Master of Osteopathy Science


  • Certificate III &IV of Fitness
  • SFMA 1
  • FMS 1

Matt Farthing

Clinical Exercise Physiologist

Matt is an accredited Exercise Physiologist and Strength and Conditioning Coach with a passion for musculoskeletal rehabilitation. He believes that rehabilitation is not just an opportunity to return to sport or activities, but an opportunity to turn weaknesses into strengths and achieve beyond baseline results. Matt strongly believes that education and empowerment are valuable assets in rehabilitation, and that teaching the ‘why’will empower clients to take control of their own body.
Matt has experience working in multiple private practices and gyms training individuals from all walks of life. Through this he has helped people improve acute and chronic pain status as well as best manage neurological, cardiovascular and metabolic conditions. He has also developed programs training individuals over the age of 65 to improve physical function and prevent injuries.
Matt also has experience in the elite strength and conditioning industry having worked with International, National and State level junior swimmers. Through this, he was able to develop skills in junior athletic development, as well as learn how to rehabilitate a variety of swimming-based injuries. This crossover knowledge has allowed Matt to find his passion bridging the gap from rehabilitation to high performance.
Outside of work, Matt has a strong sporting background in football, cricket and golf. Through multiple sporting injuries as a youth, he quickly realised the importance and power of structured and specific exercise training to develop resilience from injury.

Tertiary Studies:

  • Deakin University – Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (Strength and Conditioning)
  • Deakin University – Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology


  • Exercise Sport Science Australia Accredited Exercise Physiologist
  • Exercise Sport Science Australia Accredited Sport Scientist
  • ASCA Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Certified Level 1 Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Provider

Sam Flavell


Sam is a Nutritionist specialising in performance, recovery and body composition. He is passionate about educating his clients in the science of nutrition, sifting through the fad diets and debunking common nutrition myths. Sam believes in balance over restriction, and that all foods can be included in a balanced, healthy diet.

Sam discovered the power of nutrition when working with a nutritionist himself in 2015, with dietary interventions having an incredible impact on his own performance, body composition and overall health. This inspired Sam to learn more, leading him to study a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition Science. Sam now works with people from all walks of life, from everyday people wanting to lose a few kilos, to athletes striving for improved performance.

In Sam’s athletic life he was an elite level CrossFit athlete, competing at the highest level of the sport (The CrossFit Games) in 2016 and 2018. In 2019 Sam switched his focus to Olympic Weightlifting, where earlier this year he became the Victorian State Champion in the 81kg division. Sam is still competing, with goals to represent Australia in the coming years!

Tertiary Studies:

  • Bachelor of Nutrition Science


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Peak Health provides the highest calibre of service across all areas of health. Regardless of where you sit on the continuum of pain to performance our Treatment, Rehabilitation, Nutrition, Personal Training and Group Fitness methodologies will yield outstanding results! We achieve what we do by utilising University Educated clinicians, quantitative clinical assessment, and truly personalised service so you can achieve your goals in the safest and most efficient manner!

103 Gardenvale Road, Gardenvale Victoria 3185

Phone: (03) 9943 6321


Looking to try something different in fitness? Have a look at our sister company Peak Gymnastics! From absolute beginner to elite, we are equipped to help you achieve your gymnastic and fitness goals in a fun and safe environment!

3A William Place, Balaclava, Victoria 3183

Phone: (03) 7009 0313


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