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.

Sonia Borg

Behavioural Support Services Manager

Occupational Therapy Manager

Sonia studied a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) at Deakin University from 2005 to 2008. During her studies, she developed a passion for working with children and their families. In 2011, Sonia completed further study in this field, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Occupational Therapy (Paediatrics) at La Trobe University. After graduating, Sonia worked within a specialist autistic school for six and a half years. Here she developed her knowledge working within this population and specific interventions to achieve the student’s goals across many areas of their daily school life. Additionally, Sonia worked in private organisations for collectively 8 years across different funding bodies.

 

In 2018, Sonia branched into Positive Behaviour Support, supporting people and their families across the lifespan to improve their quality of life. She has experience completing functional behaviour assessments and behaviour support plans that are tailored to the needs of the individual, as well as supporting colleagues to complete the same. Sonia is currently studying a Master of Child Play Therapy through Deakin University and is excited to see where this journey takes her in the future.

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.

Lauren Gitson

Occupational Therapist

Lauren completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Australian Catholic University, graduating in 2015. Whilst studying, Lauren was able to gain experience in a variety of different health networks including private rehabilitation, community, neurological and acute hospital.
 

Lauren then went on to work within residential aged care and aged community settings for over five years. During this time, she developed strong knowledge within geriatrics, dementia, equipment prescription, falls prevention and pressure care. Through her various placements and previous working experience, Lauren has developed a passion for helping individuals across the lifespan.

Ashling Barry

Speech Pathology Manager

Ash completed her Bachelor of Speech Pathology at James Cook University in 2013. Following this she undertook a community-based role in rural Queensland where she provided services to children in their homes, day cares, and schools. In 2016, Ash relocated to Townsville where she continued to develop her clinical skills in paediatrics, and supported families during the initial roll out of the NDIS.  

Her role based in Townsville brought with it the opportunity to provide an outreach service to Palm Island, where she worked alongside families, the Palm Island Community Company, schools, the day-care, the NDIS and other key health services. In 2018, Ash was awarded "NQPHN Allied Health Professional of the Year" for her contribution to the Speech Pathology service on Palm Island. 

Jess Gordon

Occupational Therapist

Jess studied the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at the University of South Australia from 2015 to 2019. After working as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist in Adelaide, Jess moved to Melbourne to further explore her career as an Occupational Therapist and work with a wider age-range of clients. Whilst studying, Jess was fortunate enough to complete a variety of clinical placements in several different South Australian health networks and community populations. This is where Jess learnt that working in the community was her true passion.

 

Jess has clinical experience in, and thoroughly enjoys, working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), sensory processing challenges and genetic conditions. Jess thoroughly enjoys supporting children as well as their families and teachers across all key environments of their life, being at home and school to further develop new or existing skills. Jess is passionate about incorporating activities that are fun, strengths-based and targeted at children’s interests. Outside of work, Jess thoroughly enjoys keep active and socialising with her loved ones to fill her cup outside of work.

Owen Smith

Talent Acquisition Business Partner

Owen studied a Bachelor of Arts at Simon Fraser University from 2009 to 2014 and has a major in Political Science.

 

Upon graduating, Owen worked in internal and agency Recruitment and Human Resources for over 4 years where he developed knowledge in healthcare, retail and cleaning industries. He enjoyed working in different industries and recruiting for a range of different roles, particularly medical roles.

 

Outside of work, he like to go to the gym, cook healthy meals, and has a passion for all things health and wellness related.

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.

Vishwa Liyanage

Lead Educator

Physiotherapist

Vish graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) before working in a large private practice. From there he worked extensively in sport with elite young swimmers, runners and soccer players leading to him being a physiotherapist with Melbourne Victory FC and Football Victoria. He values the relationships he has built with players the most and supporting them to reach their aspirations

 

Concurrently, Vish also has years of experience working in residential aged care. He has worked with countless older adults with neurological and musculoskeletal issues to achieve their goals and maintain their passions.

Vish believes that there is always something to learn from any client, no matter their background and current status. He treats all clients like his own family and strives to provide the best tailored treatment for them to achieve their goals.

Sophie O'Shea

Senior Occupational Therapist

Sophie studied her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Monash University, graduating in 2012.  Sophie was initially drawn to occupational therapy for the variety of settings in which she could work and she was fortunate to experience placements across adolescent mental health, early childhood intervention, palliative care and within a specialist school.  Sophie commenced working as a new graduate in public health, rotating through acute aged care, neuro rehab, dementia care and aged psychiatry;  and it was here she realised her interest in mental health.

 

Not one for doing anything by halves, Sophie transitioned into forensic mental health in 2016 where she worked on an acute inpatient mental health unit in a women’s prison. Sophie comes to us with five years of experience working in the Victorian prison system, having provided mental health treatment for some of the most vulnerable individuals in the state.  Sophie really values providing consumers with a positive experience of mental health intervention and the ability that occupational therapy has, to engage the most complex and challenging of individuals in treatment.

Vivian Krstevski

Occupational Therapist

NDIS Lead Clinician

Vivian graduated from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2013. She has since gained experience in occupational and community-based rehabilitation. 

 

She has over 8 years of experience working with clients with physical, multi-sensory, psychological, and intellectual disabilities through various funding bodies.

 

Vivian has extensive knowledge in occupational rehabilitation and paediatrics. She is also well-versed in the prescription of Assistive Technology and Home Modifications and enjoys working with people across the life span.

Archana Sharan

Senior 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.

Emely Pascale

Allied Health Assistant

Emely completed her Certificate III in Health Services Assistance at Chisholm Tafe in 2017 and Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance with RMIT in 2018. During her Cert IV, she completed a two-week placement where she worked alongside a multidisciplinary team of allied health professionals.

 

She gained experience working predominantly with Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists. However, time was also spent working with Speech Therapists, dieticians and Podiatrists. She enjoyed working with both acute and rehabilitation patients, working with them through circuit groups, walking, groups, hydrotherapy, and individual sessions.

 

Upon completing her certificate, Emely then went on to study a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences in 2019 and is to be completed by 2021. Her majors are physical activity and health & exercise science. After graduating, she hopes to complete her post-graduate degree in Physiotherapy.

Matthew Oswald

Physiotherapist

Matthew graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) from Monash University.

 

Throughout his university placements and professional career, Matthew has gained extensive experience and a passion for neurological rehabilitation, orthopaedic rehabilitation, heart & lung rehabilitation and acute injury assessment and treatment.

 

Matthew provides high quality care to all of his patients, implementing the most recent and up to date research to formulate individualised treatment plans which cater to his diverse range of patients.

Nikita Nazareth

Business Support Coordinator

Nikita graduated with a master’s degree from Melbourne university in July 2020 where she specialised in Marketing. After graduating she completed an internship with Sisir devkota strategic services as an Investigative affiliate. The role required her to conduct market research for existing clients and determine how to effectively target the respective client base and increase revenue. In addition, she managed the sales task force and supervised the team.

 

While completing her master’s degree she worked in the retail industry where her role was client facing that helped her hone her customer service skills.

 

In her free time, she loves to volunteer as a teacher for non-for-profit organisations. Other than that, she loves to read a good thriller novel, catch up with friends and is passionate about dancing.

Sharon Huynh

Speech Pathologist

Sharon first studied a year of Bachelor of Arts (Languages) at Monash University in 2014. During this time, she gained an interest in linguistics and helping others. Sharon went on to study a year of Bachelor of Health Sciences at La Trobe University, before transferring to Australian Catholic University in 2016, where she graduated with a Bachelor in Speech Pathology in 2021.

 

Throughout her clinical placements, Sharon developed her skills in administering assessment and intervention for adults with acquired speech disorders and neurological conditions, as well as school-aged children with developmental disorders. In her vocational roles, Sharon furthered her knowledge by volunteering at a Kids Camp with children from disadvantaged backgrounds, working as a school-aged tutor and as a Support Worker/Speech Therapy Assistant for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

 

Sharon can speak basic Mandarin, Japanese and Indonesian but is most fluent in Cantonese.

Janelle Chin

Physiotherapist

Janelle completed her Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice degree at La Trobe University in 2018. After graduating, Janelle worked at a major aged care provider for two years where she developed knowledge in treating a range of geriatric conditions such as osteoarthritis, stroke and fractures.

 

As a physiotherapist, Janelle has developed a passion for rehabilitating lower limb amputees. She is also a strong believer in educating clients and empowering them to achieve their goals. This involves explaining the reasoning behind each treatment idea and how it relates to the big picture.

 

Outside of work, Janelle is usually at footy training, playing with her dog Bailey or spending time with family

Anna Dowling

Physiotherapist

Anna graduated in 2020 from Monash University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours. Through her placements, she was lucky enough to gain experience in a variety of different specialities, including neurological and orthopaedic rehabilitation, community health and paediatrics. Through her experience in these areas, she developed a passion for working with people with chronic pain, to help them understand their condition and improve their quality of life through education and rehabilitation.

 

Anna has experience in disability support as well as paediatric physiotherapy from her casual work throughout her studies. She has a strong foundation in working with people with disabilities in the community and is passionate about providing personalised care in clients’ homes.   

Anna loves working with people and is passionate about creating meaningful connections with her clients. Anna treats her clients like family and believes building a relationship based on trust is the best way to achieve results. 

Liana Collins

Speech Pathologist

Liana graduated with a Bachelor of Psychological Science from Deakin University in 2017. During her studies, Liana worked as a swim instructor and integration aide, where she discovered her passion working with children with additional needs. It was here she decided to pursue a career as a Speech Pathologist and in 2019, Liana graduated with a Master of Speech Pathology from the University of Melbourne.

 

Since graduating, Liana has been working with individuals across the lifespan in a community setting. She enjoys working under the NDIS, as it supports individuals to achieve their goals and reach their full potential.

 

Liana has a specific clinical interest in working with adolescents and young adults to improve their self-awareness and self-advocacy so that they can set themselves up for success. Liana also likes to work with individuals and families exploring Augmentative and Alternative Communication options.

Maggie Scott

Speech Pathologist

Maggie completed her Bachelor of Speech Pathology in 2020 at the Australian Catholic University. She gained a variety of experience throughout her clinical placements, working with different populations across the lifespan such as, school-aged children with developmental disorders and adults with acquired communication disorders due to stroke or dementia. Maggie furthered her knowledge through volunteer work facilitating narrative writing groups with school aged children as well as being a support worker for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

 

Maggie is passionate about developing trusting therapeutic relationships with all her clients to help them achieve their functional communication goals and make a positive impact in their everyday lives.

 

Outside of work, Maggie enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching movies, travelling and cooking meals for her loved ones.

Ash Goundan

Customer Experience Executive

Physiotherapist

Ash graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree with Honours at Monash University in 2016.  Through several placements and part time work, she developed a great interest to work within the geriatric sector of health.

 

Upon graduating, Ash delved into the aged care field working in both the residential and community space.  She obtained in-depth knowledge of how to maximise clients’ quality of life through assisting them to be as independent as they can. Within a few years, Ash stepped into a leadership role.

 

Ash is fluent in Tamil and has completed just over a decade of Indian classical dancing which helps her keep in touch with her cultural origin.

Tamara Bozovic

Physiotherapist

Tamara graduated from Latrobe University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Applied Science/ Masters of Physiotherapy.

 

During her studies, Tamara gained extensive experience whilst working with a variety of patient populations including, neurological, orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions. Since graduating, Tamara has worked within the private and public sector providing patient-centered care to geriatric and pediatric populations.

 

Tamara is committed to building robustness through evidence-based rehabilitation and empowering individuals to reach their health potential. She developed a passion for pediatrics and formulates personalised treatment plans to achieve each client’s meaningful goals.