Our People

All Our People

The entire LifeTec team enjoy working to improve the wellbeing of others whilst delivering a personal and caring service. Our team of professionals work closely together to ensure the best choices can be offered to those wishing to maximise independence in their lives.

Our team of health professionals include occupational therapists, speech language pathologists and a physiotherapist across our offices in Brisbane, Ballina, Hervey Bay, ToowoombaTownsville. Supporting our front line services is a dedicated team of management and service staff that ensure a high level of service and accessibility is always maintained.

LifeTec offers a positive working environment, encouraging a culture of continual professional development and the take-up of fresh new ideas and innovative technologies. 

Interested in how our staff can help you? Have a closer look at their profiles below.

Senior Management Team

Chief Executive Officer

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James Barrientos

James has a 25 year background in managing health organisations including Managing Director, State Manager, and Business Development Manager for different health service organisations.  His early career as a medical prosthetist-orthotist also provides James with a good understanding of clinical governance. In addition to his current position of Chief Executive Officer at LifeTec Australia, James is also a director of two private companies in the areas of corporate communications and financial investments.

James works closely with the LifeTec Board to develop and implement the organisation's strategic direction.  He finds LifeTec’s ability to positively transform peoples’ lives, its social cause, and affable team culture some of the most rewarding aspects of his role. "To have an opportunity to influence benefits in the lives of our clients and team members is both personally fulfilling, and a key motivator for me. I find it very rewarding to part of an organisation that contributes to peoples' lives and their communities".

Business Manager

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Ian Rankin

Ian has worked for LifeTec for over nine years and looks after a range of different matters - some of which include special projects, finance and contracts, IT, marketing and governance. His motivation comes from feeling that LifeTec is really making a difference in people's lives, unrestricted by age or abilities.

Ian graduated from an Accounting and Financial Services degree and is a registered Commissioner for Declarations. He also has previous experience in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors.

Services Manager

Karin Schuhmann

Karin trained as a Physiotherapist and has a long history of working with people with diverse abilities to achieve a life characterised by active participation. Her foundations of practice include person centred and strength based approaches as these lead to greater autonomy and choice for individuals. She has clinical skills in specific assessment and management of people with chronic and complex conditions and actively promotes self-directed management.  To further support these outcomes for clients, she facilitates professional growth and development of staff through collaborative professional supervision. Best practice is achieved through team development, skill building and change management that is flexible and inclusive.  Her passion for educating others in this approach to their work is evident in her commitment to teaching and supporting her profession. She is interested in building work environments that are sustainable and responsive to the needs of people with diverse abilities and actively encourages reflection to achieve these outcomes. 

Development Manager

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Stephen Pether

Stephen joined LifeTec in January 2012 as the Manager of the Townsville office. Established in 2008 the Townsville office has experienced significant growth and continues to expand its services to the clients of North Queensland.
In January 2017, Stephen moved into the role of Development Manager and though still living in beautiful North Queensland, Stephen now works from both the Brisbane and Townsville offices.

Stephen has a varied career background with over 30 years’ experience in commercial, manufacturing and social enterprise sectors.

Coordinators

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Chris Sweeney - Services Coordinator

Chris has worked for over 20 years as an occupational therapist. She has many years of experience working in paediatrics and with people with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy.  Chris has a passion for working with people with complex support needs and loves the challenge of working with people to find the right solution, whether that be for mobility, accessing a computer or controlling devices around them. A successful solution can mean the world of difference for independence and participation. As a senior occupational therapist, and now in her new role as services coordinator, Chris provides practical and clinical support for our wonderful team of health professionals and client services officers. 

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Desleigh de Jonge - Consumer Engagement and Research Coordinator

Desleigh de Jonge is an Occupational Therapist with over 25 years clinical experience and 12 years of teaching and research at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland.  She has been a member of the LifeTec team since 2013. Desleigh's interests centre around consumer engagement and the way in which technology and environmental design can be harnessed to enable people with differing needs to lead full lives and achieve their goals. She also oversees LifeTec’s research agenda and collaborates with a number of universities on research projects related to innovative assistive technology design and consumer centred service delivery.

Desleigh is currently working on a number of consumer and sector engagement strategies to improve assistive technology practices and evaluation of outcome.  In this position, she will be consulting with people throughout our community to advance LifeTec’s consumer engagement framework to ensure the organisation continues to meet people’s needs and expectations for services in assistive technology and environmental design.

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Helen Bates-Wilson - Services Coordinator

Helen is a Occupational Therapist who has a passion for helping people remain or regain their independence and empower them to actively engage in whatever activities they choose. Helen manages the LifeTec Townsville office and co-ordinates the LifeTec Health Professional Services for the North Queensland Region. As well as experience in assistive technology prescription and home modifications, Helen also has experience with upper limb rehabilitation and hand therapy. Helen has a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy and whilst at James Cook University Helen was a recipient of the Judith Trevan-Hawke Prize - Occupational Therapy. Prior to university, Helen spent much of her working career in administration roles and volunteering in the community. 

Jamie Matveyeff - Homes for Life Service Coordinator

Jamie is a senior occupational therapist and coordinates LifeTec’s Homes for Life home modification and assistive technology integration service. His interests lie in the integration of assistive technologies (AT) and great design into the built environment to maximise security, safety and independence for the consumer. The process involves integrating aspects of design, structural modification, home automation, smart AT, telecare and telehealth monitoring as well as more traditional AT solutions. The objective of this service is to create future-proof living environments that can adapt with a person’s needs and facilitate the highest levels of autonomy, quality of life and enabling capacity for community participation.

Jamie graduated in 1999 from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of occupational therapy. He has experience in a wide variety of settings including acute medical, surgical orthopaedics, spinal cord injury and palliative care, geriatrics acquired brain injury and home modification in both acute and community based settings in both the Australian and British healthcare systems.

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Kati Bulgarelli - Services Coordinator

Kati is currently an occupational therapist and Services Coordinator at LifeTec, with 5 years’ experience in providing specialist information and advice on assistive technologies to older people, carers and people with disabilities. Over this time, she has developed a passion for home modifications and from this, developed knowledge in working with clients to explore the possibilities available to them to help them control the environment around them.  She is also involved in coordinating team of health professionals and services related to the effective implementation of assistive technology. Her expertise in the field of AT has informed her role in complex home modification services, and in acting as a clinical advisor for AT funding schemes. 

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Scott Green - Access Point Development Coordinator

Scott joined LifeTec in 2008 and has learnt a lot about assistive technology since then, becoming passionate about the difference it can make in increasing a person's functional independence. He thoroughly enjoys going out into the community, meeting a diverse range of people, liaising with organisations and spreading the word about how LifeTec's services and assistive technology can enhance people's lives.

Scott is a Justice of the Peace (Qualified), has a Bachelor of Social Work Degree and an Executive Certificate in Event Management from the University of Technology, Sydney. He has previously worked in Community Development Teams at three Queensland Councils, for Social Services in the UK, and for community organisations including Oxfam Australia and The Australian Red Cross.

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Tony Baird - Business Development Coordinator

Tony brings a determination in raising the level of services offered at LifeTec and focuses on the provision of new and innovative ways for a wider range of people to access them. He also works to promote our public profile and strengthen our partnerships.

Tony is passionate about providing people of all abilities with the opportunity to live a safe and functionally independent life through the use of assistive technology. Tony has tertiary qualifications and over 16 years of experience in marketing and business management.

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Wol Thiik - Marketing Coordinator

Wol coordinates LifeTec’s marketing and is responsible for the development and implementation of marketing strategies to increase the reach and uptake of LifeTec services. He joined the LifeTec Clients Services team in late 2013, before taking up the position of Marketing & Technology Innovation Officer to support the delivery of our digital projects. He has developed several guides and resources to assist staff and clients navigate new systems and devices.  His passion for technology and helping others has enabled him to coordinate many digital projects such as the integration of our CRM and website.  

Wol holds tertiary qualifications in Marketing & Applied Sciences with a keen interest in digital marketing and commercialisation. “What I find the most rewarding is working for an organisation that enables independence and safety for people of all ages and abilities to actively engage in the home, work, school and community life”.

Zoe du Cann - Learning and Development Coordinator

Zoe du Cann - Learning and Development Coordinator

Zoë coordinates LifeTec’s Learning and Development programs, overseeing LifeTec’s delivery of face to face training, digital learning and organisational training for corporate partners. Zoë supports LifeTec’s mission to deliver high-quality learning in the field of assistive technology, supporting best outcomes for all stakeholders within the industry. Key areas of delivery include innovative models for learning, and the use of digital technologies to make learning accessible to health professionals, service providers, and people from all audiences across Australia.

LifeTec’s Learning and Development combines assistive technology expertise with clinical experience, and is aimed toward building capability across all levels in the AT industry. Zoë is passionate about accessibility, participation and social justice, and welcomes partnerships from all people in co-designing learning and sharing stories. Zoe is an allied health professional and certified trainer, with qualifications in Occupational Therapy, Psychology and English Language and Literature.

All Staff

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Alana Skinner - Occupational Therapist

Alana started working for LifeTec in 2015.  Alana has a passion for working with people with a disability to help them to achieve their personal goals, either in their home or a community setting and enjoys providing assistive technology recommendations to enable people to remain independent.  Alana is particularly interested in home modifications with over 4 years of experience. 

Since graduating as an Occupational Therapist from James Cook University in 2012 Alana has worked within community based settings in Townsville with previous experience in Department of Veterans Affairs and Transition Care.

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Alicia Parry - Occupational Therapist

Alicia has a keen interest in a wide range of assistive technology areas and devices. She enjoys assisting individuals to maintain their independence, participate in meaningful activities and achieve their goals.  

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the University of Queensland in 2009, Alicia has worked in the community, residential care settings, respite and youth housing. Previously, she has worked in vocational rehabilitation assisting individuals, employers and insurers to achieve positive return to work outcomes. 

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Barb McCulloch - Client Services Officer

Barb commenced working for LifeTec in Feburary 2013.  Barb provides reception and administrative assistance to the Townsville branch.  She is responsible for Workshop Registrations and Conference Management.   She enjoys taking clients around the display and providing  them with advice on their Assistive Technology options. Barb finds it very rewarding to help them find a solution to meet their individual needs.  Barb has over 30 years experience in  administrative roles in Child Welfare, Pathology Laboratories and Hospitals. 

Emily Schull - Occupational Therapist

Emily graduated with a Masters of Occupational Therapy from the University of Queensland in 2014. As a new graduate, she worked as a disability support coordinator (case manager), carer, and Occupational Therapist in a community care organisation. Emily’s experience is predominantly in Brain Injury Rehabilitation, but she has also worked with a wide range of client groups. Emily enjoys helping others to find assistive technology that will help them to maintain their independence and to achieve their goals. Emily’s special interest areas are in neurological conditions, acquired injuries, rehabilitation, and assistive technologies, particularly computer access and low vision aids. Emily loves problem solving solutions to provide assistive technology and equipment that can make a real difference in people’s lives. 

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Genine Camilli - Home Modifications Officer

Genine joined the LifeTec team in 2015 after previously working in local government administration for 15 years.  She is responsible for the administration of LifeTec’s Home Modifications Programs which assist elderly people and people with disabilities to remain in their own home.

Genine also provides support to the other Client Services Officers and can assist our consumers by providing information about products and services to help people remain independent and improve their quality of life.

Genine gets great satisfaction from knowing that she can provide help and support to elderly people and people with disabilities to assist them to remain independent and live a better quality of life in their own homes and in the community.

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Geoff Flemming - Home Modifications Officer

Geoff is a carpenter with the LifeTec over 65’s Home Maintenance and Modifications Programs.  He has over 40 years trade experience and has worked in the home maintenance and modifications field since 2006. Geoff specialises in minor home modifications including grab rail installations and the construction of ramps and chair raisers and also attends to small handyman jobs like changing light bulbs and smoke alarm batteries.
Geoff has great people skills and enjoys having a chat with his elderly clients whilst at the same time making their lives easier.  

 

Janice Beamish - Client Services Officer

Janice joined LifeTec in February 2013 after enjoying a brief assignment here in 2012. She is ready to answer queries on assistive technology products and organises training days, embracing daily opportunities to help individuals make their lives a little easier.

Janice brings a variety of experience from the United Kingdom, delivering and writing educational materials, coordinating events and with work as a personal assistant.

Jayden Moore - Client Services Officer

Jayden joined the LifeTec team in August 2016 as a Client Services Officer. He has had over 8 years’ front line customer experience, in addition to experience in the field of marketing. Jayden graduated in late 2015 with Bachelor of Business majoring in marketing and looks forward to working with all people that access LifeTec’s services. Jayden is also looking forward to promoting LifeTec’s brand, learning more about AT and the many ways they can be used to improve people’s lives.

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Jennifer Poppe - Occupational Therapist

Jennifer Poppe has been solving complex everyday problems with people who have a disability since 2010. She has helped a young man to play video games using just his mouth and one finger, consulted with a child and his school music teacher to help him to play the violin for longer, and helped another young man to control his TV, lights, air conditioner and more with the twitch of a toe. Jennifer has presented at seminars, conferences and workshops regarding a range of topics including assistive technology for children, accessible gardening, hoisting and facilitating access to computers.

Jennifer trained as an occupational therapist at the University of Queensland. Since then, she has travelled Australia and the world to complete ongoing training. She has worked with children as young as 2 months to adults as old as 98, with mild to very profound disability. Her expertise has been acknowledged through invitations to present at professional events as well as many repeat referrals from happy clients. She continues to develop and deliver education packages to allied health professionals and the general public around assistive technology, particularly when the technology is used with children or to access computers.

When not in the office, Jennifer enjoys cooking gourmet food, playing computer games and watching movies and anime with her friends. 

LifeTec since 2015. Prior to this, Jennifer worked exclusively in the community with people with a disability, their families, teachers and other important people to provide therapy, coaching, consultation and equipment prescription services. She has also developed and run many workshops, webinars, camps and individualised training programs with great feedback from participants.

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Jenny Velkovic - Senior Finance Officer

Jenny joined LifeTec in 2006 and has held many roles since joining the LifeTec team. Her keen interest in business and finance led her to the role of Senior Finance Officer where she is responsible for coordinating LifeTec's finances and accounts. In her previous roles she provided training and support to the Client Services Officers and continues to enjoys providing support to all staff, assisting them to problem solve, and reach their goals. Jenny is often involved in project work at LifeTec offering her expertise in financial management, ensuring projects run to budget. Jenny’s studies started out in Psychology and she would like to look at post graduate studies in Business and Financial Management. Whilst working at LifeTec Jenny has seen some amazing therapy and assistance dogs that assist people with disabilities in so many ways. So much so, that Jenny began the long and difficult process of getting her Airedale Terrier accredited as a therapy dog. 

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Jessica Moll - Speech Pathologist

Jessica joined the LifeTec team in February 2017 and she has a passion for supporting individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).  Jessica believes that everyone has a right to communication and is excited to support people in communicating their thoughts, feelings and opinions with others.

Since graduating from James Cook University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology, Jessica’s experience has been in supporting children with a range of developmental needs across community and educational contexts.  She has worked in North Queensland and the Northern Territory, and enjoys visiting rural and remote communities to provide information about supporting people with complex communication needs.  Jessica is currently studying a Masters of Rehabilitation (Speech Pathology) at James Cook University and hopes to contribute to the research base around AAC in the future.

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Judy Jacobsen - Senior Client Services Officer

Judy has worked in the Townsville branch of LifeTec since it opened in 2008. As the Senior Client Service Officer, Judy is responsible for coordinating events, conference management, and financials for the Townsville office and is trained to give display tours to Tertiary Students and community groups. Judy also provides back-up support for the Home Maintenance and Home Modification Programs.

Part of Judy’s role as senior client Services Officer is to provide guidance and support for the other Client Service Officers in the Townsville office.

Judy has seen how the Townsville office has experienced significant growth and continues to expand its services to the consumers of North Queensland. She finds her job very rewarding and loves seeing how assistive technology can make such a huge difference to people's lives. Being part of the process in helping clients is what gives her satisfaction.

Judy brings with her 29 years’ experience in both Customer Service and admin experience in the Retail Trade.

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Katie-anne Grice - Senior Occupational Therapist

Katie graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from James Cook University in 2010. Previously working for an equipment supplier, Katie has had extensive experience in assistive technology across all areas. Katie is a Senior Occupational Therapist at LifeTec, and has enjoyed watching LifeTec grow since she joined the team in early 2013. Over the years, Katie has developed a passion in the areas of home modifications and wheelchair prescription.  She believes that working at LifeTec provides her with a great chance to apply and increase her skills in assistive technology, really making a different in peoples’ lives. 

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Leanne Rasmussen - Client Services Officer

Leanne has extensive customer service experience, having a background in customer service and business improvement related roles to enhance and improve customer experiences.  Leanne is responsible for the administration of LifeTec’s over 65’s Home Maintenance Program, which provides minor home maintenance services for older people living in their own homes, to assist in keeping a client’s home in a safe and habitable condition.

With a passion for helping people, this role provides Leanne with the opportunity to engage with the community and contribute towards making their lives easier.

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Lindsay Nott - Client Services Officer

Having started in the Coorparoo office, Lindsay has been part of the LifeTec team for the past 16 years providing front line administrative and reception services.  

Lindsay also brings a lived experience and provides front line assistance for clients and staff, in addition to presenting in workshops, open days and assisting clients on the display to seek the correct equipment. 

 

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Matthew Goyne - Occupational Therapist

Matthew has been employed with LifeTec since 2011. Since this time, Matthew has developed a strong knowledge and particular interest in workplace ergonomics, computer access solutions, manual handling aids, and aids for low vision to increase participation at home and in the community. Matthew also has a developing interest in environmental control to allow clients to take control of their environment at home and live as independently as possible.  Matthew enjoys assisting clients to finding the right equipment solution using a strong client centred approach to match their identified needs and goals.  

Matthew graduated with a Masters of Occupational Therapy Studies from the University of Queensland in 2010. Prior to this, he worked in varying roles including education, administration, environmental studies and work as a carer.

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Peta Booth - Speech Pathologist

Peta believes that everyone has a right to communication, and enjoys working with people who have complex communication needs to find the best augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) solution for them. Peta joined the LifeTec team in March 2016, and since this time she has had the pleasure of supporting individuals across many areas of Queensland through both face to face and telehealth service delivery models. She enjoys bringing information about AAC to people in the community, and supporting people to imagine the possibilities of AAC.

Since graduating from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Pathology (First Class Honours) in 2011, Peta has primarily worked with adults and teenagers with a variety of developmental and acquired communication needs. Peta brings with her experience from working in an NHS AAC Hub in London, and is continually developing her clinical skills to ensure she provides quality, evidence based services that meet people’s needs. 

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Rion Gomura - Occupational Therapist

Rion is keen to enhance community access to assistive technology by providing education and support to health professionals and care givers. He is also interested in exploring the use of assistive technology for people with mental health difficulties. Before joining LifetecRion worked as an occupational therapist in workplace injury management and prevention by supporting injured workers to return to work.  Rion has also worked in inpatient and community settings to facilitate independence for people with physical and psychological barriers.  Throughout his clinical career, he has developed interest in areas such as early psychosis, ergonomics, as well as facilitating education and training. 

 

Sebastian Caon - Speech Pathologist

Sebastian is a speech pathologist with a special interest area in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Since graduating from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology in 2013, he has worked with individuals with a broad range of complex communication needs from across the lifespan.

Sebastian is passionate and enthusiastic about assisting people access their right to communicate about what they want, when they want, and with who they want. Prior to joining LifeTec in 2016, he built up experience working within the disability sector. He strives to find holistic client-centred solutions to enable people to better access the world around them through communication and assistive technology.

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Siddhi Rawat - Occupational Therapist

Siddhi is an Occupational Therapist with over eight years of experience across a range of clinical areas, including within hospital, community and residential settings. Her passion and commitment to her role are reflected through her skills to improve client’s functional abilities through the use of Assistive Technology. Siddhi is motivated to support people’s goals to increase independence for productive and satisfying lives.

Siddhi attained her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2007. Prior to working with Life Tec, Siddhi worked in the community with people with disability, their families, schools and community to provide therapy, consultation and equipment prescription services.

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Susan Lovell - Physiotherapist

Susan enjoys working with people to help provide solutions to mobility issues, with a particular interest in positive ageing and supporting people with Parkinson’s. She enjoys working with the team at LifeTec to help people live the life they imagine, seek and choose by maximising their independence through assistive technology.

Susan graduated from the University of Queensland and completed a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety at Queensland University of Technology. She has worked previously in metropolitan and regional areas throughout Australia and overseas in a wide variety of settings including hospital, private practice, residential aged care, workplace injury management and supported injured workers return to work.