Ascend Health Group

We are passionate about empowering people and the community

Our team

At Ascend Health Group, we have a comprehensive verification checklist for any new professional joining our team. This ensures that they can meet our high standards when providing services to all our clients.

Worker Verification

When starting with Ascend, we verify each of our team members' identity, check their police clearances, and ensure a valid working with children’s licence.

Reference Check

We meet with all of our professionals when they first apply to join our team. We conduct at least two reference checks and verify their responses following our comprehensive interviewing process.

Ongoing verification

We are constantly looking for ways to improve the services we offer to the community by regularly following up with our clients. This gives us insight into what training or support our team needs.

Meet our team

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Zachary Nielsen

Chief Executive

‍Zach is a Curtin University-trained physiotherapist and entrepreneur. He has eight years’ experience in the health and disability industry, and is passionate about helping people who are experiencing poor health.

Ascend Health Group's chief operating officer and physiotherapist Olivia Mann
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Olivia Mann

Chief Operating Officer

Olivia is a trained physiotherapist and COO of Ascend Health. She ensures that operations run smoothly on a day-to-day basis, being responsible for managing staff and providing coordination & support services to new and existing members across all areas of WA.

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Peter Edwards

Human Resource Manager

Peter is a software developer with a passion for healthcare. He has a degree in health studies, and believes the most efficient way to maximise access to quality health services is through technology.

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Ania Czekaj

Lead Software Engineer

Ania is experienced in the fast-paced world of tech startups, and is responsible for building Ascend Health Plus. This industry leading piece of software will revolutionise the way healthcare services are delivered to the community.

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Timothy Squire

Recruitment Officer

Tim is commencing his 4th year of Occupational Therapy in 2022. He's been working as a Support Worker for the past 3 years, including acting as a Team Mentor for North Perth and holding the position of recruitment officer.

Therapists

Our therapists are licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited to provide a supportive and caring space to improve your capacity. Working within the concentrated care model, they'll help you to improve your independence and quality of life so that you can get back to doing the activities that you want to do.

Olivia Firth is a senior occupational therapist at Ascend Health Group
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Olivia Firth

Senior Occupational Therapist

Olivia has worked as an Occupational Therapist in the disability space for 7 years and is passionate about supporting children, adolescents and young adults to maximise their performance and participation in their everyday life, with a special interest in early intervention and emotional regulation. Olivia also coordinates the training and development of healthcare providers at Ascend Health.

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Zachary Nielsen

Senior Physiotherapist

Zach is a Curtin University-trained physiotherapist and entrepreneur. He has eight years’ experience in the health and disability industry, and is passionate about helping people who are experiencing poor health.

Naomi Ng is a speech pathologist at Ascend Health Group
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Naomi Ng

Speech Therapist

Naomi has worked as a Speech Pathologist for 3 years is passionate about improving people's quality of life, working closely with members, their families, and significant others. She enjoys working with both adults and children, with a special interest in early intervention and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).

Donna Pocklington is an occupational therapist at Ascend Health Group
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Donna Pocklington

Occupational Therapist

Donna is a Curtin University graduate with 1st class honours in Occupational Therapy. She has experience working with children, teens and adults with disabilities, and a special interest in working with people and families experiencing Autism.

Clarence Wand is a physiotherapist at Ascend Health Group
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Clarence Wang

Physiotherapist

Clarence is a new Physiotherapist from Curtin University who has a keen interest in the neuro space and in delivering personable and meaningful intervention plans to those in need.

Jordy Nixon is an occupational therapist at Ascend Health Group
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Jordy Nixon

Occupational Therapist

Jordy graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science: Occupational Therapy with Honours. With 3.5 years working as a support worker, Jordy has experience supporting people with differing abilities and helping them engage in their environment and achieve their goals.

Kieran Lowry Occupational Therapist Ascend Health Group
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Kieran Lowry

Occupational Therapist

Kieran is an enthusiastic and sporty, new Occupational Therapist from Curtin University. Kieran previously worked as a Support Worker at Ascend Health Group for two and a half years before transitioning into the role of an Occupational Therapist. Kieran is passionate about working with children and teenagers to help them achieve their goals.

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Bruno

Therapy Dog & Mascot

Bruno is a trained and qualified therapy assistance dog. Lately, Bruno has been making new friends with some of our members. His visits are a great way to get motivated to move and step out of the house for a little bit.

Mentor Team

Our mentors coordinate the support workers that operate in small teams throughout Perth. They have a diverse range of tasks, and can include training draftees (new support workers), problem-solving, checking feedback on progress notes, communicating with support workers, provide weekly training, and report any feedback, complaints and any changes within the company.

Bella Burke is one of Ascend Health Group's friendly support workers and Mentors.

Bella Burke

Mentor

About Team Joondalup
Salma Omar is one of Ascend Health Group's friendly support workers and Mentors.

Salma Omar

Mentor

About Team Ellenbrook
Sophie Waddington is one of Ascend Health Group's friendly support workers and Mentors.

Sophie Waddington

Mentor

About Team Karrinyup
Nikki Martin is one of Ascend Health Group's friendly support workers.

Nikki Martin

Mentor

About Team North Perth
Isaac Waller is one of Ascend Health Group's friendly support workers and Mentors.

Isaac Waller

Mentor

About Team Kalamunda
Reshmita Arridhas is one of Ascend Health Group's friendly support workers.

Reshmita Arridhas

Mentor

About Team South Perth
Matthew Harrup is one of Ascend Health Group's friendly support workers.

Matthew Harrup

Mentor

About Team Fremantle
Aaron Chan is one of Ascend Health Group's friendly support workers and Mentors.

Aaron Chan

Mentor

About Team Canning
Daniel Cabassi is an Ascend Health Group team mentor

Daniel Cabassi

Mentor

About Team Mandurah

Over 70 university students providing high-quality support work for our members.

Increase your capacity with Ascend

Your support services are designed to address your unique goals and want you to feel comfortable with your ongoing support needs. We arrange an initial meet-and-greet between all our new clients and potential students until you find the right support worker for you.

Reconnecting people to their community

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