Meet the Medical team

Dr Rammy Abu-Assi
- Paediatric Gastroenterologist

Rammy is an extremely competent Paediatric Gastroenterologist who is committed to improving children's health by focussing on their gut issues and how they relate to the overall well-being of the child. He was born in Darwin and undertook his medical training with the University of Adelaide, completing his fellowship in Paediatric Gastroenterology through the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He undertook 3 years of research in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis). Rammy also completed a one year fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.

Rammy is accredited in the undertaking of endoscopy and colonoscopy procedures in children. He works part-time at the Women's and Children's Hospital, North Adelaide. Rammy is married with two children and family is very important to him.


Dr Henning Johannsen
- Paediatric Allergist and Immunologist

Henning is a Consultant Paediatric Allergist and Immunologist and has been working in Paediatric Medicine since 2003.

He completed his primary medical degree in Germany before coming to Adelaide to complete his General Paediatric training at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, the Flinders Medical Centre, the Lyell McEwin and the Port Augusta Hospital.

In addition to this, he completed four years of specialist advanced training in Paediatric Allergy and Immunology.

This involved working at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide, the Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth and the Charité in Berlin, Germany, a leading hospital in Europe, well known for its advances in Paediatric Medicine and Paediatric Allergy and Immunology.

He currently works as a Consultant at Flinders Medical Centre as well as in private practice.

He is married and is a devoted father of 3 young children who he loves spending time with.

He is dedicated to support families with children, especially those with allergies and immunodeficiencies. This includes all forms of allergies, skin prick testing, immunotherapy, both subcutaneous and sublingual and food/drug challenges. 


Dr Shiree Perano
- Paediatrician

Shiree completed a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in 2004 through the University of Otago, in New Zealand. Her paediatric training was completed in New Zealand and she was admitted to the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Paediatric) in 2012.

Shiree moved to Adelaide in 2012 and has spent the past 2 years working in diabetes and endocrinology department the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. This is an area she is particularly interested in and during this time she has been completing her thesis on gastric emptying and blood glucose control.

Shiree enjoys all aspects of paediatric medicine, and has a special interest in growth, puberty, and thyroid function. She is passionate about child health and recognises the importance of looking after children and young people while taking into consideration the family unit. She is married, and when she is not working she spends her time running after her energetic son.


Dr Sonali Vasilunas
- Paediatrician

Sonali is a Consultant General Paediatrician who has been working in Paediatric Medicine since 2001. She completed a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery through the University of Adelaide in 1999. Her Paediatric training was undertaken through the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre, The Lyell McEwin Health Service, Modbury Hospital and Port Augusta Hospital. She was admitted to Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2010 and since that time she has been working as a Consultant Paediatrician at Flinders Medical Centre and a Lecturer in Paediatrics at Flinders University in the School of Medicine.

Sonali is comfortable taking on the care of any child or adolescent up to 18 years of age. She is very experienced in all aspects of General Paediatrics but has a particular interest in Respiratory Medicine, Behavioural concerns, Infants and children with feeding difficulties, Paediatric allergic conditions and children with haematological conditions. In addition, as a result of her work at Flinders Medical Centre, she has extensive experience in acute care Paediatrics. She has a passion for teaching and has devoted much of her time to training medical students and junior doctors.

Sonali is the mother of 2 beautiful children and is returning to work from maternity leave following the birth of her second child. As a mother she understands the importance of the family unit in the long term care of children and adolescents with medical and behavioural issues and is committed to supporting children and their families in order to help them reach their full potential. She is extremely excited to be joining the Adelaide Paediatrics team.


Dr Vanessa Brooks
- Paediatrician

Vanessa is a General Paediatrician who has been working in paediatric medicine since 2003. She completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Adelaide in 1998, and postgraduate Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery at Flinders University of South Australia in 2002. Her paediatric training was completed at the Women's and Children's Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre and Lyell McEwin Hospital, Adelaide, and Port Augusta Hospital. She was admitted to the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Paediatrics) in 2011.

Vanessa enjoys all aspects of paediatric care and parenting concerns, from newborns to adolescents. She has a particular interest in infant feeding and breastfeeding support and is a qualified Lactation Consultant. Other interests include neonatal medicine, child development, sleep and behaviour concerns, and paediatric allergic conditions.

Vanessa is a devoted mother to four young boys. She is dedicated to caring for children and their families, supporting parents to enjoy raising their children, and helping children to thrive.


Dr Paul Lang
- Paediatrician

Paul completed his undergraduate medical degrees at The Flinders University of South Australia. His subsequent specialist training was at the Women's and Children's Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Perth. He gained his Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Physicians (Paediatrics) in 2001.

Paul has over 10 years' experience as a consultant paediatrician, largely in private practice in Adelaide. He enjoys immensely the diverse spectrum of general paediatric medicine, ranging from newborn to adolescent care. His particular interests include neonatal medicine as well as developmental and behavioural problems. Paul is also the sole visiting paediatrician to the south coast community of South Australia where he has been keenly involved in the teaching of medical students from the Flinders University Rural Clinical School.

Paul has developed an empathetic and balanced approach to caring for children and their families through both clinical and practical experience as a father of three active boys.


Dr Noha Soliman
- Paediatrician

Noha completed her primary medical degree in Cairo before she moved to Adelaide. She has been working in Adelaide Public Hospitals since 2005. She developed a passion for Paediatrics and has been working in Paediatric Medicine since 2007. She completed her General Paediatric training at Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Lyell McEwin Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre and Port Augusta Hospital. She was admitted to the fellowship of Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2013.

Noha respects and values different cultural practices of patients and parents from immigrant families. She is currently working at Flinders Medical centre and is a member of the Eating Disorder Team at Flinders. She is very excited to join the team at Adelaide Paediatrics.

Noha enjoys and manages all aspects of General Paediatric care from neonates to adolescents with specific interests in children with failure to thrive (failure to gain weight) and feeding issues, bladder and bowel problems, behavioural concerns, adolescent’s health and eating disorders.


Dr Mandy Yiu
- Paediatrician

Mandy graduated from University of Adelaide in South Australia. Her subsequent paediatric training was at the Women's and Children's Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre. She gained her Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Paediatrics) in 2011. She was born in Hong Kong and can speak fluent Cantonese.

Mandy is experienced in general paediatric medicine and has a specific interest in eating disorders.

Mandy is currently working part time at Flinders Medical Centre as the leading clinician for the Eating Disorder Team for medical assessment and management. She is also the sole visiting Paediatrician in Murray Bridge.


Dr Anthony Chitti
- Paediatrician

Anthony is a paediatrician who was born and raised in Adelaide. He is married and a proud father of two young children at home. He attended St Ignatius College where he became Dux of the College in 1993. He graduated from Adelaide University in 2000 and was admitted to the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Paediatrics) in 2007. His paediatric training was undertaken at the Women's And Children's Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, The Lyell McEwin Health Service and The Townsville Hospital, Queensland.

Anthony is happy to take on the care of any child less than 18 years of age. He has particular interests in childhood learning, developmental and behavioural problems as well as neonatal medicine. Apart from his busy private practice he also works as a part-time Staff Specialist in Paediatrics at Flinders Medical Centre where he enjoys teaching medical students and junior medical staff.


Donna Mansell
- Midwife

Donna offers a very beneficial range of services to women in both their pregnancy and postnatal period. With pride in the provision of logical, empathetic and evidenced based advice to the women she sees, she calls on many years of experience in helping women in pregnancy throughout birth, and also the all-important transition into motherhood.

Donna and Kathy offer a range of specialised services to new mothers in the comfort of their own homes. They work closely with the obstetrician and GP to provide these services and liaise with the child’s paediatrician if there are any significant concerns.

The Adelaide Paediatrics Midwifery Team can help new mothers and babies with:

  • Settling and Routine guidance
  • Breast feeding support
  • Baby Massage/ Reflexology
  • Baby weighing and measurements
  • Mother and newborn postnatal checks
  • Education and advice specific to the development of your baby
  • Baby care advice 
  • Written resources as appropriate to support our advice and education
  • Wound care (in consultation with your Obstetrician or GP as required)
  • Relaxation/self-hypnosis techniques following the 'BirthSkills' program


Dr Shirley Sthavan
- Paediatrician

Shirley is a gentle and caring paediatrician who enjoys all apsects of paediatric medicine. She consults at Adelaide Paediatrics Golden Grove on Wednesdays where she sees children with a range of needs including behavioural concerns, Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental issues, ADHD, learning difficulties, asthma, feeding difficulties and any other medical concerns.


Meet the Allied Health team

Michael Brockbank
- Physiotherapist

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy
  • Bachelor of Science with Honours
  • Completed the Aquatic Physiotherapy 1 and "Green" Aquatics Coaching License courses.

Michael is a physiotherapist with more than 12 years' of experience working with children in the public, private and community health systems. He has an extensive and diverse range of skills in both land and aquatic-based physiotherapy and considerable experience in the management of children with a wide range of health issues and conditions. Michael has spent most of his career working at the Women's and Children's Hospital as a Senior Physiotherapist and Clinical Educator as well as being the Co-Director of a physiotherapy practice. Michael's specific clinical experience and interests are in paediatric orthopaedics as well as paediatric developmental and rehabilitation physiotherapy. He has a strong commitment to see every child achieve their full potential.

Helping individuals, families, groups and schools with:

  • Orthopaedic issues, including congential orthopaedic issues in babies such as foot and hip problems
  • Musculoskeletal pains
  • Post surgery rehabilitation
  • Child developmental challenges
  • Gross motor and coordination issues
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Disability issues
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Low muscle tone (hypotonia) and hyperflexibility

Johanna De Kort
- Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy
  • Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies (Leadership)
  • Advanced Positive Behaviour Support

Johanna is a registered and very experienced Occupational Therapist who currently also works with Disabilities Services in South Australia. She has more than 13 years' experience working with children living with intellectual disability and complex behavioural and support needs. She has a strong community focus and values supporting her clients to achieve an active life, participating in those activities that are meaningful and relevant to their lives. She works using developmental, sensory processing, behavioural, family systems, attachment and occupational performance approaches. She likes to work with families in the child's authentic environment (such as home or school) to address concerns around activities of daily living, sleeping, toileting, play, sensory processing and challenging behaviour.

Helping individuals, families, groups and schools with:

  • Child development
  • Disability issues
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Participation in activities and everyday routines
  • Behavioural issues and positive behaviour support
  • Anxiety
  • Sensory processing
  • Attention and concentration
  • Self-regulation and alertness
  • Physical skills, fine motor skills and coordination
  • Activities of daily living, such as sleep and toileting
  • Family problems

Dr Hayley Dohnt
- Psychologist

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology)

Hayley is currently on maternity leave and will be returning mid 2016.

Hayley is a Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of paediatric psychological problems.

Hayley completed her clinical and research training at Flinders University, including a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the area of adolescent sleep. Her PhD thesis focused on childhood body image and eating concerns.

Hayley has worked at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Flinders University, and in Private Practice.

Hayley has a particular interest in the area of sleep, with experience in the research, assessment and treatment of sleep disorders across the lifespan.

Hayley also has experience in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, behavioural problems, trauma, and body image and eating concerns.

Helping individuals, families, groups and schools with:

  • Sleeping problems, including delayed sleeping patterns, settling difficulties, sleep association problems, issues with initiating or maintaining sleep, and trouble waking in the morning;
  • Anxiety disorders, such as separation anxiety, phobias, social anxiety, and panic disorder;
  • Mood and adjustment disorders;
  • Body image and eating concerns;
  • School issues, such as school refusal, bullying, performance anxiety and perfectionism;
  • Behavioural problems;
  • Responses to trauma;
  • Dealing with grief, separation or divorce;
  • Toileting issues; and
  • Social skills training, among others

Tricia Howard
- Paediatric Speech Pathologist

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology)

Tricia specialises in a range of speech and language issues in children under 5 years old including late talkers, stuttering and fussy eaters.

Helping children and families with:

  • Late talkers
  • Language disorders / delays
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Fussy feeding

Wee-Ren Kong
- Physiotherapist

Qualifications:
 
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy
  • Accredited in Prechtl’s Method on the Qualitative Assessment of General Movements and the Flinders Program™ of Chronic Condition Management
  • Completed Airway Clearance Therapy courses in Australia and North America
Wee-Ren completed his undergraduate physiotherapy degree at the University of South Australia and since then has had a vast range of roles and experiences. He has spent the majority of his career at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and has held positions as a Senior Physiotherapist and Clinical Educator. In addition, Wee-Ren has held senior roles working with the Cystic Fibrosis Services at the Women’s and Children’s and Royal Adelaide Hospitals, and with the South Australian Lung Transplant Service.
 
Wee-Ren has a variety of clinical skills and experience in paediatric orthopaedics, neurodevelopment and respiratory therapy, and has worked across the ages, from neonates to adolescents. He has a particular interest in infant neurodevelopment. He is dedicated to empowering families to achieve their goals.  
 
Helping children and families with:
  • Infant development
  • Gross motor and coordination development
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Congenital orthopaedic issues
  • General paediatric orthopaedics
  • Post-orthopaedic surgery rehabilitation
  • Airway clearance techniques

Karen Linehan
- Psychologist

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
  • Master of Psychology (Health)

Karen is a Psychologist and a Health Psychologist Registrar. She brings to Adelaide Paediatrics extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of paediatric psychological problems. Karen has worked both in the private and public sectors with children, adolescents and their families. She has also worked in rural settings and understands the issues that impact families in more isolated circumstances.

Karen completed her initial studies at The University of Newcastle in 2003. Given Karen’s passion for the ‘mind-body’ connection, she returned and completed a Master in Psychology (Health) at the University of Adelaide in 2014. Karen therefore brings to her practice a passion for health psychology and an understanding of the psychological distress that illness, chronic disease and injury can bring to individuals and their families.

Karen also brings to her role extensive experience in assessment and individual development. She provides psycho-educational assessments and has a passion for helping young people reach their potential. Karen also has an interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders and therefore brings diagnostic and intervention skills in this area into her work.

Karen is passionate about helping children and families with:

  • Health related issues, including dealing with chronic illness, grief and loss, adjustment to disease and rehabilitation
  • Mood and adjustment disorders
  • Self-esteem and self-confidence concerns
  • School issues including school refusal, bullying, performance, anxiety and perfectionism
  • Behavioural problems
  • Sleep issues
  • Toileting issues
  • Social and friendship skills
  • Enhancing parenting skills particularly for parents of a child with a disability, physical health issue or challenging behaviours
  • Assessment and intervention of autism spectrum disorders (Karen is an Autism SA accredited diagnostician and provider under the National Disability Insurance Scheme)
  • Identification of learning difficulties (such as dyslexia)
  • Identification of gifted and talented learners

Shelley Peart
- Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy)

Shelley is a registered Occupational Therapist with extensive experience working in paediatrics. She has experience working in private practice and government settings across Adelaide, as well as interstate and overseas where she volunteered for an NGO in Samoa for children with disabilities.  Shelley provides therapeutic interventions, which are individually tailored to meet the needs of each child and their family. Models and theories which guide Shelley’s practice include attachment theory, sensory processing, play based therapy, developmental and occupational performance approaches to ensure each child and family reach their full potential. As a registered Better Access to Mental Health Care provider (Medicare), Shelley can provide intervention to children experiencing mental health challenges, in particular challenging behaviours, anxiety and those who have experienced trauma. Shelley is trained in Yoga and aquatic therapy for children with additional needs as well as Acceptance Commitment Therapy/Mindfulness (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for children and adolescents.

Shelley believes strongly in the therapeutic effects of relationship building, fun, empathy and mastery to support children and families to achieve their full potential.

Helping children and families with:

  • Sensory Processing and Praxis
  • Self-regulation and arousal
  • Challenging behaviours and positive behaviour support
  • Play skills
  • Anxiety, OCD, Eating Disorders
  • Relationship and Attachment Difficulties
  • Attention and Concentration
  • Gross Motor and Fine Motor coordination
  • Handwriting Skills
  • Activities of Daily Living, including sleep, toileting, eating
  • Social Skills

Renee Schilling
- Psychologist

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology Honours)

Renee Schilling is a registered psychologist who has worked in both the public and private sectors for the past 10 years. Renee completed her training at Flinders University in Adelaide and has worked with many children and their families in South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales. Renee specialises in working with children with special needs and has extensive experience with children on the Autism Spectrum.

Renee utilises a family centred approach to helping children. She has the experience and confidence to select the best program for the child based on their specific difficulties and the needs and capacity of the family. She enjoys teaching parents how to better understand their child’s problems so that they can become independent in problem solving in the future. Renee also likes to incorporate the recommendations of other professionals that may be involved with the child’s support plan where possible.

Renee advocates for positive approaches to support your child. This often includes assessment of the core issues and giving your child and family recommendations around intervention such as skill development or behaviour support strategies.  Renee uses a friendly, play based approach to therapy with younger children.

Renee helps children and families with:

  • Developmental disorders and learning difficulties such as ASD, ADHD, GDD, Aspergers Syndrome
  • Behavioural issues such as aggression, hitting, kicking, sibling conflict or obsessive/restrictive behaviours
  • Anxiety and related difficulties such as school refusal, poor social relationships, clingy behaviour
  • Emotional regulation difficulties (e.g. meltdowns/tantrums, easily frustrated, reaction not matching the situation)
  • Toileting issues
  • Feeding difficulties such as fussy eating or limited range of foods
  • ASD interventions (Renee is a provider under the Helping children with Autism program)
  • Sensory processing difficulties
  • Social Skill difficulties such as trouble making friends, victim of bullying, inability to play with others
  • Difficulties at school such as attention difficulties, problems understanding curriculum
  • Parenting skills
  • Attachment disorders

 


Michael Waterman
- Psychologist

  • Post Graduate Diploma Clinical Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours Psychology)
  • Graduate Diploma Psychology
  • Graduate Diploma Mental Health Nursing
  • Bachelor Nursing
  • Diploma Nursing

Michael is a caring and gentle psychologist who has over 20 years' experience working in Mental Health. He is particularly passionate about providing psycho-educational assessments to assess children with possible Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, poor working memory or giftedness.

Michael also offers Vocational Assessments. A Vocational Assessment with a psychologist identifies and recommends career goals to help parents and students choose the right path to find meaningful employment. Many factors are considered including education history, medical background, intelligence and personality testing, employment preferences, retraining requirement for suitable roles and labour market considerations. Investigating and testing these things will give information about which field your child is most suited to (Nuturing, Practical, Artistic, Scientific, Persuasive, Administrative, Logical or Managerial) which is then compared to the work needs which are most important to them (eg Stability, Excitement, Financial, Extraversion etc).

Michael is helping children and families with:

  • Psycho-Educational Assessments
  • Vocational Assessments
  • Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Social skills issues
  • Bullying
  • School avoidance
  • Depression

Carla Cinco
- Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Qualifications:

  • Masters of Occupational Therapy
  • Bachelor of Psychology

Carla graduated in 2008 and is a registered Occupational Therapist with vast experience working in paediatrics in community, private and educational settings. She has also worked interstate and overseas in roles where she provided intervention to children in regional and Indigenous communities and performed Developmental Assessments for children in a London hospital. She works with children with behavioural, sensory, physical, developmental and learning needs and supports clients and families to reach their goals and participate in activities of importance to them. Carla works with children of all ages and uses a holistic approach to therapy involving principles of attachment, behaviour, sensory processing and developmental perspectives.

Helping Children and Families with:

  • Developmental Delay
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Gross Motor and Fine Motor coordination
  • Writing Skills
  • Sensory Processing
  • Behaviour
  • Activities of Daily living such as sleep and toileting

Christine Devrelis
- Psychologist

Qualifications:

  • Masters of Counselling (Psychology)
  • Dip Clinical Hypnotherapy
  • Cert in Individual, Couple and Family Therapy
  • Masters Ed St (strm, Ed Psychology)

Christine is a Registered Psychologist  (MAPS) with over 20 years of experience in the areas of counselling, organisational psychology, educational & developmental psychology and working with individuals, families and young children, both in the private and public sectors.

Christine completed her training at Flinders University and Monash University in Melbourne.

She has worked with people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with disabilities and specialises in psycho educational assessments, working closely with young families in facilitating positive outcomes. Christine incorporates mindfulness, hypnotherapy, CBT, ACT and other psychological therapies and interventions to facilitate change and ameliorate difficulties.

Her career pathway has given her the breadth and depth of understanding and knowledge to work with individuals and families in a variety of different settings and with different issues and difficulties. Christine uses a collaborative approach (team around the child), working with medical professionals (i.e. GP’s & Paediatricians) and other allied health professionals to provide a positive outcome for children and families.

Christine has a holistic and culturally sensitive approach when working with individuals and is a strong advocate for families. Christine places strong emphasis on exploring a child’s developmental and emotional profile in order to gain a better understanding of their needs. Christine uses a strength based approach in order to assist children achieve their full potential.

Helping individuals, families and young children with the following:

  • Formal psychometric assessments
  • Identifying learning difficulties, such as dyslexia
  • Identifying gifted & talented learners
  • Identifying children with disabilities
  • Identifying motor coordination difficulties
  • Family counselling and supporting parenting skills
  • Providing advocacy for young families in relation to school issues such as separation anxiety, behavioural problems and social issues
  • Working with child & adolescent disorders including, anxiety disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, adjustment disorders, ADHD, grief & separation, toileting issues, sleep, phobias and panic disorders
  • Working with parents of children with disabilities (GDD, Intellectual Disability) and their issues
  • Responses to trauma, including working with individuals with head injuries and neuro cognitive disorders

 


Rachel George
- Paediatric Dietitian

Qualifications

  • Accredited Practising Dietitian
  • Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sports Science)

Rachel is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with over 12 years experience. She has worked both interstate and overseas, and spent the last 6 years at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide. Her experience includes the nutritional education and care of children with diabetes, gastrointestinal problems and diseases, fussy eating, failure to thrive, neonatal care, congenital heart disease, and cancer. She has also provided education to pregnant women in the area of general pregnancy nutrition and gestational diabetes. Rachel has also been involved in lecturing, tutoring and clinical supervision to Nutrition and Dietetic Students from Flinders University.

Rachel enjoys working with infants and children to ensure they receive the appropriate nutrition to support their ongoing growth and development.

Helping individual, families, groups and schools with:

  • Fussy and problem eating
  • Solids introduction to infants and general nutrition for toddlers and children
  • Lactose/sucrose/fructose intolerance
  • Failure to thrive/underweight
  • Overweight
  • Pregnancy nutrition and Gestational Diabetes
  • Nutrition support for complex medical conditions

Melanie Jeffries
- Physiotherapist

Qualifications

  • Bachelor Physiotherapy
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement)
  • Completed the Normal Movement for Paediatrics course
  • Has undertaken numerous Advanced International Aquatic Therapy courses

Melanie brings with her over 9 years of experience working as a physiotherapist in both the public and private health systems in a variety of roles. She has undertaken extensive training in aquatic therapy and enjoys using this knowledge to provide fun and challenging aquatic based therapy sessions. She also enjoys providing land based rehabilitation programs with children of all ages and conditions. Melanie has a particular interest in gross motor development, paediatric rehabilitation, aquatic therapy and infant neurodevelopment. Melanie is a mother to three children and is especially passionate about working with children and their families to achieve their full potential.

Helping children and families with:

  • Gross Motor and Coordination skill development
  • Infant development
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Paediatric orthopaedic conditions
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Post-surgery rehabilitation

Natalie Lang
- Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy
  • Certified Marte Meo Therapist

Natalie is a registered occupational therapist with more than 15 years’ experience providing services for children.  Her interest in paediatrics developed while working in the USA where she provided occupational therapy services to children with a diverse range of needs.  She has since worked in early intervention, school based and mental health programs for children and adolescents.

In addition to her clinical work, Natalie has experience in clinical leadership and has worked for the University of South Australia as a tutor and delivered guest lectures at Flinders University.  Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her own children and family.

Natalie provides occupational therapy services for children with: autism spectrum disorder; global developmental delay; sensory processing disorder; intellectual disability; genetic disorders; challenging behaviours and motor co-ordination difficulties.  Her practice is guided by models of attachment theory, family centred practice, sensory processing, child development and occupational performance.

Natalie is a dedicated and caring therapist who is committed to working in partnership with families and educators to support all children to reach their full potential.

Helping children and families with:

  • Activities of Daily Living including: sleep routines, mealtimes (fussy eaters) toilet training and other self-care tasks
  • Sensory Processing
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Fine Motor and Gross Motor Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Attention and Concentration
  • Play and Learning
  • School Readiness and Handwriting
  • Positive Interactions and Parent/Child Relationships
  • Support and advice during important transition times (starting kindy/school)

Nikki Marshall
- Podiatrist

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Podiatry – University of South Australia

Nikki is an accredited podiatrist who has undertaken further training in dry needling, foot mobilisation and toe walking. Since graduation, she has worked in rural settings, metropolitan hospitals and private practice and now divides her time between public and private work.

Nikki first became interested in children’s feet while at university and working part time at Ollie Ashenden Children’s Shoes.

She is now passionate about providing children with the best possible foot care and helping them to achieve their full potential.

In her spare time Nikki volunteers as a mentor with ‘Time For Kids’ which is a not for profit organization that provides disadvantaged children with role models to support them in overcoming life’s challenges.

Helping individuals, families, groups and schools with:

  • Flat feet
  • Toe walking
  • Intoeing/Outtoeing
  • Gait abnormalities
  • Lower limb pain
  • Normal lower limb development
  • In grown toe nails
  • Warts
  • Orthotic therapy
  • Footwear assessment

Dr Rebecca Perry
- Paediatric Dietitian

Qualifications:

  • Accredited Practicing Dietitian
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) (Hons)
  • PhD

Rebecca trained as a dietitian in Brisbane, graduating in 2000 and moving to South Australia in 2001.

Rebecca has worked in regional South Australia, at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and also at Flinders University, where she developed a strong interest and considerable experience working with families to prevent and treat obesity in children. She completed her PhD in 2008 and her thesis is titled “Family management of overweight in 5-9 year old children”.

Rebecca can support families at every stage of their children’s lives to enhance their health and development: from assisting with the introduction of solids during infancy, managing fussy eating during toddlerhood, healthy meal and snack ideas for school-aged children, strategies to prevent or manage overweight/obesity and also practical ways to manage dietary deficiencies (failure to thrive/underweight, calcium, iron, constipation etc). Rebecca also enjoys working with pregnant women to ensure they are achieving optimal nutrition for themselves and their unborn child.

Rebecca is the mother of two young boys and enjoys working with families to provide children (and all family members) with practical, evidence-based nutrition advice. She believes strongly in the application of research findings to practice and looks forward to providing you with the most up to date approaches to optimising your family’s nutrition and health.

Helping individuals, families, groups and schools with:

  • Infant and toddler feeding (such as solids introduction, fussy eating)
  • General nutrition advice
  • Failure to thrive/underweight
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Nutrition during pregnancy
  • General family nutritional matters and concerns

Lauren Trenerry
- Paediatric Speech Pathologist

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology

Lauren is a passionate speech pathologist with extensive experience working with children in community, education and private practice, across Adelaide and in rural settings. She has a strong commitment to see every child achieve their full potential and her bubbly, patient and empathetic manner allows her to build rapport quickly with the children and families she works with. Lauren’s interest in Speech Pathology developed during her 5 years working as a childcare assistant at a local Montessori pre-school.

Lauren has experience working with children who have both spoken and written communication difficulties, providing intervention in a variety of environments (office based, at their homes, child care centres, preschools and schools).

Lauren has a particular interest in working with children on the Autism Spectrum and has completed training in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and Key Word Sign.

Lauren will be working from the Kensington Park several days a week, as well as providing services to a couple of schools across Adelaide.

Helping individuals, families, groups and schools with:

  • Developmental screening for speech and language
  • Early communication development / Developing play skills, turn taking & attention to task
  • Developmental delays / Speech & Language
  • Specific language impairment / Language Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Challenging behaviour
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Listening / Following instructions / Auditory Recall
  • Literacy development / Dyslexia, difficulties with spelling, writing & reading comprehension
  • Social skill development / Navigating social situations effectively and with confidence & recognising and expressing emotions appropriately.
  • Fussy Eaters
  • Preschool stuttering (Lidcombe program)
  • Use of picture symbols or signing for children with limited communication
  • Office / home / preschool / school programs

 


Christine Weir
- Paediatric Speech Pathologist

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology

Christine is a passionate, fun and caring speech pathologist with extensive experience working with children with a range of feeding and communication difficulties. Christine is really passionate about working with and forming relationships with families to achieve functional goals to help children maximise their potential. Christine likes to bring fun and play into her sessions to help generalise the skills learnt into real life.

Christine has a special interest in feeding concerns and disorders in children and provides assessment and therapy for children with feeding difficulties, including providing oral eating and drinking care plans and providing education to parents to assist them in transferring these skills to the home.

Christine also works with and supports families and teachers to provide non-verbal children with functional communication. This involves assessing the child’s suitability for and prescribing alternative and augmentative communications systems (AACs).

Helping children and families with:

  • Feeding difficulties / disorders
  • Fussy eating
  • Swallowing difficulties / disorders
  • Dysphagia
  • Late talkers / early communication development
  • Language disorders / delays
  • Speech disorders / delays
  • Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Voice disorders
  • Cleft palate
  • Social skills
  • Play skills
  • Stuttering

Angela Coppi
- Psychologist

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Junior Primary and Primary Education

Angela will be on maternity leave from May 2016 until later in the year.

Angela Coppi is a registered psychologist with extensive experience in the area of education and developmental psychology. She has worked both in the private and public sectors in metropolitan, regional and rural areas. She specialises in the assessment, diagnosis and intervention of psychological conditions affecting children and adolescents and their families. Angela is also a registered teacher. Her knowledge of the curriculum and experience working in the school environment assists her in providing effective intervention and recommendations to assist children in achieving the best possible outcomes and maximising their potential. Her strong knowledge and understanding of the school system within South Australia enables her to confidently advocate for families.

Helping individuals, families, groups and schools with:

  • behavioural problems,
  • anxiety disorders,
  • depressive disorders and adjustment disorders
  • school issues, such as bullying, performance anxiety and perfectionism,
  • toileting issues,
  • trauma and attachment disorders,
  • developing parenting skills, particularly for parents of children with a disability or challenging behaviours
  • developing positive behaviour plans and proactive approaches to meltdowns
  • assessment and intervention of autism spectrum disorders (Angela is an Autism SA accredited diagnostician and provider under the ‘Helping Children with Autism’ program),
  • identifying learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, and
  • identifying gifted and talented learners.

Sim Dhaliwal
- Paediatric Speech Pathologist

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology
  • Graduate Certificate Management

Sim is a speech pathologist with more than 17 years' experience working in the health and education systems in both New South Wales and South Australia. She has experience working with children who have spoken and written communication difficulties from a range of culturally diverse backgrounds, in a variety of environments (at their homes, child care centres, preschools and schools). Having spent most of her career in the South Australian education system, Sim is familiar with the different types of supports available for children with learning difficulties and is able to confidently advocate for families navigating their way through this system. Sim has extensive experience in providing training and development for parents, health professionals, teaching and school support staff and is able to tailor packages to suit the needs of individual groups of people.

Sim is a published author, having co-written Nelson Phonics (Published by Cengage Learning), a complete phonics program for children in the first 3 years of school. She has also authored programs for teaching and support staff to work on with students in the preschool and school environments.

Helping individuals, families, groups and schools with:

  • Early communication development / late talkers
  • Play skills
  • Speech difficulties
  • Preschool stuttering (Lidcombe program)
  • Specific language impairment / Language Disorder
  • Language delays
  • Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Listening / following instructions
  • Use of picture symbols or signing for children with limited communication
  • Home / preschool / school programs
  • Developmental Screening
  • Prevention / early intervention for speech / language / literacy
  • Difficulties with spelling, writing, reading comprehension

Ayesha Gordon
- Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Qualifications:

  • Graduate Master of Occupational Therapy
  • Master of International Health
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Science)

Ayesha is an experienced occupational therapist with a passionate interest in providing individualised and holistic therapy. She works with clients one-to-one to provide therapy, based on the principles of sensory integration, neurodevelopmental theories and working within a family orientated model.

Ayesha is able to quickly engage with children and creatively include their personal interests in sessions. She is committed to the development of wellbeing and optimum health outcomes for all children and their families.

Ayesha is also highly motivated towards extending professional competence and has completed training in:

  • Making SENSE of Mealtimes - sensory approach to fussy mealtimes
  • Rhythmic Movement Training - Primitive Reflex Integration Therapy
  • Sleepwise Training
  • Toilet training
  • Wilbargers Sensory Defensiveness
  • Certification in Sensory Integration, Administering and Interpreting the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests
  • DIR/Floortime Module 1

Helping children and families with:

  • Sensory Processing Difficulties / Disorder including Formal Assessment and support and therapy
  • Gross motor and fine motor coordination
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Play and social skills
  • Developmental delay
  • Activities of daily living such as sleep and toileting

Ellen Jolly
- Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy)

Ellen is a registered occupational therapist who has a broad range of experience working within the paediatric field. She has experience working clinically in private practice and educational settings, including disability units and special schools. Ellen has also worked as a support worker for children and adults with Autism.

Ellen’s caring, empathetic and enthusiastic nature assists in building positive and supportive relationships with patients and their families. Models and theories which guide Ellen’s practice include sensory processing, play-based therapy, developmental and occupational performance approaches.

Ellen is passionate about providing therapeutic interventions that draw on the child’s strengths and motivation, in order to reach their goals and further development. She uses a holistic approach to therapy and acknowledges the importance of collaboration with families to achieve best outcomes for the child.

Helping Children and Families with:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Developmental delay
  • Sensory processing
  • Attention and concentration
  • Activities of daily living
  • Gross motor and fine motor coordination
  • Handwriting skills
  • Behaviour

Sonja Lee
- Psychologist

Qualifications:

  • Masters Psychology (Clinical)
  • Post Graduate Diploma Psychology
  • B.A.

Sonja is a fully registered Clinical Psychologist who also is a member of the Australian Psychological Society Clinical College of Psychologists. As a Masters Degree holder in Psychology (Clinical) she has significant knowledge of various clinical issues and uses Evidenced Based Practice methods to aid improvement in many Clinical areas.

Helping children and families with:

  • Behaviour and anger management
  • Depression / emotional regulation
  • Adjustment disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • School bullying / school avoidance
  • Social skills
  • Body image and eating concerns
  • Self-esteem
  • Dealing with grief
  • ADHD
  • Toileting issues
  • Parenting skills and therapy for parents
  • Working with parents of children with disabilities

Chelsea Mauch
- Paediatric Dietitian

Qualifications:

  • Accredited Practising Dietitian
  • Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Chelsea graduated from a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2004, and has since worked with infants, children and families as an Accredited Practising Dietitian. During her time at the Women's and Children's Hospital she provided nutrition education and support to children and families with diabetes, disabilities (including cerebral palsy & Down syndrome), congenital heart disease, failure to thrive, enteral nutrition, obesity, and other nutrition and feeding issues. She also practiced maternal nutrition, supporting pregnant women with weight management, gestational diabetes, and other pregnancy related nutrition concerns. Her recent work in research at Flinders University has led to a passion for promoting healthy feeding practices in infants and children to better support growth, development, and future health. She has published scientific papers regarding early infant feeding in notable medical journals such as ‘Pediatrics’.

Chelsea has worked with Adelaide Paediatrics since 2011 and established the ‘Starting solids and nutrition in the first year’ information session, which is conducted regularly at multiple locations. She works with individuals, families, groups and schools regarding:

  • Infant and toddler feeding (such as solids introduction, fussy eating)
  • General nutrition advice
  • Failure to thrive / underweight
  • Nutrition support for
    • medical conditions, such as congenital heart disease
    • disabilities and developmental delay
    • cancer
  • Lactose / fructose / sucrose intolerance
  • Overweight / obesity
  • Nutrition for fertility, pregnancy and gestational diabetes

Aliya Popkova
- Paediatric Speech Pathologist

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology

Aliya is an outgoing and passionate speech pathologist experienced in working with a diverse range of children in community, education and office based settings. Her patient, caring and bubbly nature allows her to quickly build relationships with clients and their families. Aliya believes in the importance of building trusting relationships with families and clients, and is committed to facilitating children’s development and well-being in order for them to reach their goals.

Aliya's passion in working in the paediatric setting saw her work in America with children aged 3 to 6 years whilst completing her Speech Pathology Degree.

Aliya has extensive experience in working with children with spoken and written communication difficulties, as well as children with disabilities and those with feeding difficulties. Aliya is also an Autism SA accredited diagnostician and has completed the training in the Sequential Oral Sequencing (SOS) program as well as the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and key word sign. 

Aliya is available from the Wayville and Mount Barker sites as well as schools across Adelaide and Adelaide Hills.

Helping children, families and schools with:

  • Developmental screening for speech and language
  • Early communication development/late talkers
  • Play skills
  • Speech difficulties
  • Preschool stuttering (Lidcombe program)
  • Adolescent stuttering (Smooth Speech)
  • Specific language impairment / Language Disorder
  • Language delays
  • Listening / following instructions / auditory recall
  • Use of picture symbols or signing for children with limited communication
  • Phonological Awareness 
  • Literacy development (difficulties with spelling, writing, reading comprehension)
  • Difficulties with eating and drinking (particularly picky eaters and problem feeders)
  • Social skills development
  • Office / home / preschool / school programs
  • Assessment and intervention of autism spectrum disorder

Hayley Uden
- Paediatric Podiatrist

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Podiatry, University of South Australia, Conferred April 2005
  • Master of Health Science (Podiatry), University of South Australia, Conferred March 2011
  • Currently a PhD candidate, University of South Australia, Commenced February 2012

Hayley has worked as an accredited podiatrist in both the public, private, rural and metropolitan regions. Currently Hayley works as a full time lecturer at the University of South Australia teaching students from first year through to the final year of their studies. In particular Hayley teaches the paediatrics component of the podiatry course and also coordinates the paediatrics community clinic.

To further Hayley's interest and skills within paediatric podiatry she began her PhD candidature in 2012 with her thesis entitled:

The paediatric flat foot; what is it? and does it hinder lower limb function?

Hayley is especially passionate in helping children to achieve their greatest physical potential to keep them active and engaged in life's activities.  

Helping individuals, families, groups and schools with:

  • Flat feet
  • Intoeing
  • Toe walking
  • General lower limb orthopaedic issues
  • Ingrowing toenails
  • Warts
  • Gait assessment
  • Shoe wear assessment
  • Normal lower limb development

Meet the Reception team

Holly

Holly is the Practice Manager at Adelaide Paediatrics Wayville. Holly works Monday to Friday and can be reached via the Wayville office or on holly@adelaidepaediatrics.com.au.


Barb

Barb is secretary to Dr Anthony Chitti. She works at Adelaide Paediatrics Calvary Hospital on Mondays and Tuesdays. She can be reached at the Calvary Hospital office or on APReception@calvarydoctors.com.au on these days. Barb can assist with any queries or bookings for Dr Anthony Chitti.


Hari

Hari works at Adelaide Paediatrics Kensington Park Monday to Friday. She can be reached at the Kensington Park office or on hari@adelaidepaediatrics.com.au on these days.

Hari can assist with any reception queries and particularly looks after the following practitioners and clinics:

  • Dr Vanessa Brooks
  • Dr Noha Soliman
  • Dr Sonali Vasilunas
  • Christine Devrelis

Chelsea

Chelsea works fulltime and is usually at Adelaide Paediatrics Kensington Park on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays then at Adelaide Paediatrics Wayville on Thursdays and Fridays. She can be reached via either the Kensington Park or Wayville office or on chelsea.malcolm@adelaidepaediatrics.com.au on these days.

Chelsea can assist with any reception queries and particularly looks after the following practitioners and clinics:

  • Michael Brockbank
  • Wee-Ren Kong
  • Ellen Jolly
  • Carla Cinco
  • Renee Schilling
  • Hydrotherapy

Kate M

Kate works at Adelaide Paediatrics Kensington Park on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. She can be reached via the Kensington Park office or on kate.marshall@adelaidepaediatrics.com.au on these days.


Deb

Deb is secretary to Dr Paul Lang and generally works at Adelaide Paediatrics Wayville on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. She can be reached at the Wayville office or on deb@adelaidepaediatrics.com.au on these days. Deb can assist with any queries or bookings for Dr Paul Lang.


Erica

Erica is the Practice Manager at Adelaide Paediatrics Kensington Park. Erica works Monday to Friday and can be reached via the Kensington Park office or on erica@adelaidepaediatrics.com.au.


Sumi

Sumi works at Adelaide Paediatrics Wayville on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. She can be reached at the Wayville office or on sumi@adelaidepaediatrics.com.au on these days.

Sumi can assist with any reception queries and particularly looks after the following practitioners and clinics:

  • Christine Weir
  • Tricia Howard
  • Karen Linehan
  • Michael Waterman
  • Chelsea Mauch
  • Hayley Uden
  • Sim Dhaliwal
  • Rebecca Perry
  • Ayesha Gordon

Sumi is fluent in five different languages including Malay, Indonesian, Cantonese, Tamil and English.


Tammie

Tammie works at Adelaide Paediatrics Wayville on Mondays and Tuesdays and at Adelaide Paediatrics Calvary Hospital on Fridays. She can be reached at the Wayville Calvary Hospital office or on tammie.watson@adelaidepaediatrics.com.au on these days. Tammie can assist with any reception queries or bookings and is also secretary to Dr Anthony Chitti.


Simone

Simone is secretary to Dr Paul Lang and generally works at Adelaide Paediatrics Wayville on Wednesdays. She can be reached at the Wayville office or on reception@adelaidepaediatrics.com.au on these days. Simone can assist with any queries or bookings for Dr Paul Lang.


Georgia

Georgia works fulltime at Adelaide Paediatrics Kensington Park on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and she works at Adelaide Paediatrics Mt Barker on Wednesdays. She can be reached via the Kensington Park office or on georgia@adelaidepaediatrics.com.au on these days.

Georgia can assist with any reception queries and particularly looks after the following practitioners and clinics:

  • Adelaide Paediatrics Mount Barker
  • Natalie Lang
  • Angela Coppi
  • Sonja Lee
  • Nikki Marshall
  • Lauren Trenerry
  • Mel Jeffries

Le-Anne

Le-Anne works at Adelaide Paediatrics Wayville on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. She can be reached at the Wayville office or on le-anne@adelaidepaediatrics.com.au on these days.

Le-Anne can assist with any reception queries and particularly looks after the following practitioners and clinics:

  • Dr Shiree Perano
  • Dr Shirley Sthavan
  • Dr Mandy Yiu
  • Johanna de Kort
  • Rachel George
  • Autism Assessment clinics
  • Aliya Popkova
  • Sim Dhaliwal
  • Golden Grove clinics

Kate F

Kate works at Adelaide Paediatrics Calvary Hospital on Mondays and Tuesdays. She can be reached at the Calvary Hospital office or on kate@adelaidepaediatrics.com.au on these days.

Kate can assist with any reception queries and particularly looks after the following practitioners and clinics:

  • Dr Rammy Abu-Assi
  • Dr Henning Johannsen

Kate also coordinates most of the administration for our National Disability Insurance Agency participants.