Meet the Ignite Healthcare Team

Ignite Healthcare provides aged care and disability allied health services to Victorians

Founded in 2018 by Australian-qualified and trained aged care physiotherapists, David Dinca and David Robin, Ignite Healthcare, is a physiotherapy and occupational therapy provider of aged care and disability services to metropolitan Melbourne and surrounding districts.

David Dinca

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Physiotherapist

After graduating from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Human Movement degree, David Dinca’s interest in health care led him to complete a Master of Physiotherapy degree at the University of Sydney. David then gained valuable experience working as a physiotherapist for leading Victorian physio companies for several years before founding Ignite Healthcare with his business partner, David Robin.

With a keen interest in providing quality physiotherapy services to seniors and the disabled in residential and community care, David’s specialties include geriatric physiotherapy, pain management, orthopaedic rehabilitation and neurological rehabilitation.

David is a professional member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, and a registered Parkinson’s Disease Warrior.

Being from a big family with eleven siblings, visiting and caring for family is important to David together with church activities and commitments. A competitive sportsman, David plays soccer for the Rowville Eagles Football Club in Victoria.

David Robin

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Physiotherapist

David Robin holds a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science degree from Deakin University, and a Master of Physiotherapy degree from the University of Sydney.

Like his business partner, David has several years of aged care physiotherapy experience and shared expertise in caring for senior Australians, as well as training and educating aged care staff and supporting physiotherapy graduates. With common interests in geriatric physiotherapy and improving the health and quality of life of older Australians, founding Ignite Healthcare with David Dinca was a logical progression.

In addition, David led one-on-one training and group fitness at a Melbourne personal training studio, including his own fitness training with strength and conditioning coaches.

David enjoys travelling, exploring and spending quality time with his family, he loves keeping active, playing sports and socialising at the gym, plus is quite happy watching sports, especially the AFL, from the sidelines. A drummer for 15+ years, David has a passion for music and has performed in several bands.

Dolores Robin

General Manager

Occupational Therapist

Dolores studied Science at Monash University from 2006 to 2010 and has a double major in Pharmacology and Physiology. She went on to complete her Honours degree in Physiology in 2011 and conducted research in the field of diabetes and obesity related illnesses. Dolores then went on to complete her post-graduate master’s degree in Occupational Therapy Practice at Latrobe University in 2012.

 

Dolores has an extensive background in mental health, occupational rehabilitation, and chronic disease management in the adolescent and adult population. Dolores has worked closely with a broad range of organisations in Australia and New Zealand to implement early intervention programs to support employees with their recovery from physical and psychological injury.

 

With eight years in a corporate healthcare setting, Dolores brings expert knowledge to the team when it comes to chronic disease management and how a broad range of disabilities may impact on an individuals ability to engage in meaningful employment, and other daily activities.

Natalie Robin

Business Support Manager

Natalie graduated from William Angliss Institute with a Diploma of Events Management and Tourism in 2015, then later completed a Certificate in Digital Marketing before joining Ignite Healthcare in 2020. Natalie has over 5 years’ experience in Marketing, Operations and Customer Management.

 

Natalie has volunteered at countless Events and programs within Australia and overseas. With nearly 10 years’ experience working and volunteering with clients and within school environments, she prides herself on her interpersonal skills and willingness to problem solve.

 

Natalie was very eager to broaden her knowledge in the Allied Health environment and learn about therapeutic supports through Ignite Healthcare from a business management perspective.

Kara Bernau

Social Media Coordinator

Kara graduated from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Psychology with a double major in Criminology. She then went on to complete a Graduate Diploma of Digital Media at Deakin in 2018.

 

Kara is a versatile individual with multiple interests and a passion for the digital media industry. Since graduating, Kara has traveled the world and has worked in a variety of jobs. She has worked with an international team on turtle conservation, cared for disadvantaged and under-privileged children and has been responsible for children whose parents were overseas or at work.

 

As Social Media Coordinator of Ignite Healthcare, Kara exhibits creativity, teamwork and motivation. She continues to strive to broaden community awareness of the comprehensive spectrum of services that Ignite Healthcare offers in order to ensure those who need assistance can access the support they require and deserve.

Fiona McDonald

Occupational Therapy Manager

Fiona studied Social Science at the University of Western Ontario and has a double major in Psychology and the Sociology of Health and Aging. Fiona then went on to complete her post-graduate master’s degree in Occupational Therapy Practice at The University of Toronto in 2014.

 

Fiona has an extensive background in assistive technology and environmental modification with a broad range of clients across the lifespan, with an interest in older adults. Fiona has worked closely with a broad range of organisations in Ontario, Canada to implement early intervention programs and health promotion programs to support older adults to reduce their risk of falls and promote long-term safety and independence while aging in place.

 

Fiona has also worked with a major health organization in Melbourne to deliver Manual Handling training to all staff. She is passionate about keeping her clients, their families, and caregivers safe during transfers and daily tasks and is always eager to provide training in this area.

 

Brian Pham

Senior Physiotherapist

Brian graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) in 2018 and has extensive knowledge in assessing and treating musculoskeletal conditions after working in private practice for two years.

 

In 2020, Brian joined the team at Ignite Healthcare as a senior physiotherapist, bringing a wealth of experience having dealt with participants on the NDIS, Home Care Package, DVA, WorkCover, TAC and chronic disease management plan. Brian has consulted in various settings and is a strong believer that each individual is their own athlete, regardless of age or condition!

 

Through Brian’s journey as a rehabilitation physiotherapist, he has attended various PD courses and symposiums to further his knowledge and to continue mentoring new-graduate physios, allowing a streamlined transition from university to a flourishing clinician in the community setting.

 

Outside of work, Brian enjoys watching and playing soccer and AFL (unfortunately barracking for Essendon), but most of all enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Holly Fahey

Physiotherapist

Holly graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice in 2019 before joining Ignite Healthcare in 2020. Through her university placements, she developed a passion for working in the rehabilitation setting- learning under highly skilled Physiotherapists and gaining invaluable skills along the way.

 

She believes that treating clients in their homes is the most personal and meaningful way of delivering Physiotherapy. Outside of work she enjoys watching AFL (yes-she is a Collingwood tragic!), travelling and reading a good book.

Hayati Surani

Occupational Therapist

Hayati studied Science at Monash University from 2012 to 2015 and has a major in Physiology. She then went on to complete her post-graduate master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at University of Canberra in 2017. Through placements, she developed an interest for working with school-aged paediatrics achieving goals through play-based activities.

 

Upon graduating, Hayati worked in Residential Aged Care for over two years where she developed knowledge in the geriatric field from falls prevention strategies to wheelchair assessments. She enjoyed working with the elderly population and experiencing working with a range of medical background such as dementia, depression, stroke, and osteoarthritis.

 

Outside of work, she volunteers for a Malay youth group working with young adults from CALD background, organising leisure events and providing opportunities for social connectedness to prevent social isolation.

Kieran Dalton

Physiotherapist

Kieran graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours). Since working as a disability support worker for a number of years, Kieran had been interested in a role working with children and adults with disabilities, as well as older adults. As a physiotherapist, Kieran has had experience studying in neurological paediatrics as well as working in aged care.

Kieran strongly believes in incorporating the most up-to-date evidence to help patient’s reach their goals. This is achieved through a combination of exercise, education, strategies for self-management and manual therapy techniques. Outside of work Kieran enjoys running, rock climbing, going to the gym and spending time with his mates.

Jasmine Kaur

Senior Occupational Therapist

Jasmine graduated from the Australian Catholic University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2017. Upon completing her studies, Jasmine decided to take some time off before commencing employment as an Occupational Therapist.

 

Jasmine has worked in Occupational Rehabilitation, whereby she focused on providing rehabilitation plans tailored to each individual that included evidence-based strategies to overcome the barriers and challenges of workplace injuries and transport accidents.

 

Jasmine went on to work with older adults with aged-related conditions such as memory loss, vision loss, reduced balance/coordination, to support their participation in meaningful activities of everyday life and achieve their best quality of life.

Michelle Graham

Occupational Therapist

Michelle studied at Deakin University in Geelong where she completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2013. It was there she discovered her passion for working with families of children with additional needs. She volunteered at her local adult services and day programs while completing her degree.

 

Michelle also worked as a Learn to Swim instructor; marrying her love for sports, water safety and wellness with her knowledge of functional needs, leisure and fitness. She taught adolescents and young adults necessary skills to enjoy and be safe around water.

 

Michelle has an extensive background in working with children with Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention and Hyperactivity disorders and Intellectual Disabilities and other functional needs. She is passionate about providing her clients and their families with high quality of individualised interventions and resources to empower them and to build their daily independence.

Naomi Thomas

Occupational Therapist

Naomi studied at Monash University from 2014 to 2017 to complete a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree with Honours. Naomi completed her honours project at a youth mental health and recovery care facility with a focus on engaging youth who are experiencing a mental illness.
During her university placements, Naomi developed an interest in Occupational Therapy for neurological conditions and rehabilitation in the community. 

 

Since graduating, Naomi has primarily worked in the aged care field and worked short-term on a hospital rehabilitation ward.  Naomi’s aged care experience allowed her to gain skills in pressure care, falls prevention, equipment/wheelchair prescription and assessing the needs of the elderly to ensure they live safe and meaningful lives despite their age!

Samuel Di Natale

Physiotherapist

Samuel graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Human Structure and Function. Then continuing his studies, he completed the Master of Physiotherapy practice at La Trobe University in 2019. Whilst studying Physiotherapy, Samuel was fortunate enough to complete a variety of clinical placements in several different Victorian health networks. This exposed him to a wide variety of patient populations, presentations and conditions.

 

Samuel was also fortunate enough to complete a clinical placement at Casa di Cura, Villa Margherita, in Vicenza, Italy. The overseas placement enabled Samuel to gain an appreciation for Physiotherapy in completely different context. Since graduating, Samuel has worked alongside sporting teams, with geriatric populations and in the community, providing passionate, patient-centred care. Through his tertiary studies and various clinical roles, Samuel developed a passion for neurological conditions and more specifically, neurological rehabilitation. He enjoys working alongside patients and their family to improve the quality of life of people living with neurological diseases/conditions. Samuel aims to make a positive impact on all those he encounters and ultimately wants to facilitate meaningful change in the lives of his patients.

Vanessa Azzopardi

Occupational Therapist

Vanessa studied at the Australian Catholic University from 2011 to 2015 and graduated with a Bachelor of Psychological science. She went on to complete her Master of Occupational Therapy at Swinburne University and graduated in 2018.

 

Vanessa has a wealth of knowledge in paediatrics and occupational rehabilitation. Vanessa has worked in a multidisciplinary team in early intervention to support those with complex presentations.

 

Vanessa brings valuable knowledge to the team with an understanding of different developmental conditions and the associated issues with developmental delay. Vanessa is able to complete standardised assessments and provide a tailored intervention plan that is guided by best practice.   

Archana Sharan

Physiotherapist

Archana graduated in India with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. She then went on to complete a Post Graduate degree in Adult Neurology and Psychosomatic Disorder from RGUHS, India. 

Archana has multiple interests but specifically has a passion for neurological conditions. After completing her post graduate degree, Archana started working in a hospital as a Clinical Physiotherapist for a year where she worked with highly experienced physiotherapists and in acute and outpatient departments.

 

She then moved to Melbourne and worked in aged care where her primarily role was manual handling, pain management, rehabilitation (strengthening, balance, coordination and muscle tone management) and to perform mobility assessments.

Freya Crocker

Physiotherapist

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Monash University in 2018, Freya has worked with older adults in the community and aged care settings to create healthier lives. Freya has taken a keen interest to building strength with clients of all ages and motivating people to exercise.

 

Freya has learned how to use exercise and other strategies to help people manage pain, improve balance, rehabilitate from injuries or deconditioning and improve in day to day function.

Freya is a workout warrior on a mission to demonstrate the countless rewards of strength training to people of all ages and function. Freya makes sure to practice what she preaches and spends time away from work at the gym or playing soccer as a goalkeeper.

Paul Pham

Occupational Therapist

Paul attended Monash University and completed a Bachelors of Occupational Therapy with Honours in 2017. Paul has previously worked in Aged Care across multiple residential aged care facilities/homes around Victoria for a period of time before moving across to the Community sector and working with HCP, NDIS recipients. Paul is also currently working with Vietnamese elders in the community in Victoria providing and conducting OT assessments in Vietnamese. 
 

Paul enjoys spending quality time with friends and loved ones. Where possible, Paul will always try to be actively engaged in playing sports, being involved in fitness related activities (going to the gym and hikes). Paul also enjoy cooking and playing guitar in my spare time. 

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