Larissa Ashton

– Larissa Ashton –
Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Flinders University)
Member of Speech Pathology Australia (PSR)

Larissa has worked as a speech pathologist with children and families around the world since graduating from Flinders University in 2006. This has included regional South Australia, Adelaide, Perth, around the United Kingdom and in the Philippines. Larissa has gained valuable knowledge working with children with mealtime challenges in a variety of settings including in hospitals, community clinics, schools, childcare centres and in homes.

She enjoys working with babies, children and teenagers with a range of challenges including developmental delays, neurological conditions, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability and a history of trauma. Her skills have been enhanced by her completion of many paediatric feeding courses such as SOS Approach to Feeding and Ellyn Satter’s Division of Responsibility. When she worked at Perth Children’s Hospital, Larissa worked with children with Traumatic Brain Injury, neurological and other medical conditions, conducting Video fluroscopy Swallow Studies as part of her role.

Larissa is responsive to children’s needs, endeavouring to improve their ability to safely enjoy a wider variety of food and drink. She works closely with families to address their goals and values a team approach to achieve the best outcomes for children. Larissa has worked with children from many different cultures and religions, and is sensitively to the values and beliefs of families. As a parent, Larissa appreciates the enjoyment that shared mealtimes can bring to a family.

While working at Lively Eaters, Larissa also works part-time with adolescents and teenagers with a background of trauma, complex and challenging behaviour, mental health and communication disorders. Being patient, persistent and compassionate are key qualities she demonstrates working with these young people.

– Dr Dildeepa Naveen –

Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery, India
Diploma in Othorhinolaryngology, India
Diploma in Child Health – Australia 2005
Fellowship (Paediatrics) Royal Australasian
College of Physicians – 2005

Dildeepa is passionate about caring for children and their families. As a parent, she understand the stress and anxiety associated with concerns about a child’s health, development or wellbeing. Dildeepa works collaboratively with families by respecting families’ choices and their decision‐making recognising them as equal partners in supporting the child’s learning and development.

Dildeepa has worked within the Adelaide Paediatric Network including Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre and Lyell McEwin Hospital, Port Augusta Hospital Services as a trainee for over 7 years. She has worked as a consultant in the Child Development Unit, WCH and currently works as a Consultant on the Metabolic team, WCH. Dildeepa is an affiliate lecturer at the University of Adelaide.

Dildeepa provides specialist paediatric care for newborns, children and adolescents across a range of paediatric medical and developmental conditions. She is committed to supporting families of children, with chronic progressive conditions who have complex care needs, ensuring their care is well coordinated and they are able to access the services they need and receive the best possible care.

– Georgina Holloway –
BSc Clinical Language Sciences (Speech & Language Therapy)
Post Basic Dysphagia Qualification (UK)
Member of Speech Pathology Australia
Member of Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (UK)

Georgina qualified as a speech pathologist in the U.K. in 1996 and is passionate about speech pathology. Over the past 21 years she has provided speech pathology services across Australia and the North of England. Read More

She has worked across all areas of paediatric domains including government, not for profit and private services, working in community and private clinics, clients’ homes, hospitals and schools. She helps children with a range of challenges including Autism Spectrum Disorder, communication disorders, developmental delays, and physical impairments to eat and communicate.

Over the course of her career Georgina has completed many courses and worked along a variety of other professionals, developing her skills in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sensory Processing Disorder and breast feeding.

Georgina strives to be excellent in all she does and prides herself on building genuine relationships with her clients and their families. She believes that, with a strong foundation, all children can achieve their true potential.

Georgina has just moved to Adelaide with her husband and two daughters (11 & 13) from private practice and the Mater Hospital in Queensland where she was focusing on communication and feeding skills from birth to teens. She is excited to be working at Lively Eaters and looks forward to working alongside parents and families to improve your children’s lives.

Roanna Whiting

 – Roanna Whiting –
Bachelor of Speech Pathology
Member of Speech Pathology Australia (PSR)

Roanna is a Speech Pathologist who is passionate about paediatric feeding and working with young children and their families. Roanna has experience in both private practice and public health settings and has worked with children with significant sensory feeding and swallowing difficulties. Roanna has also worked with a variety of fussy feeders in group settings across Adelaide.  She strives to maintain her knowledge in the area through regular professional development.  Her enthusiasm and ability to build a great rapport with children and families ensures she provides family centred therapy based around meeting the needs of both the child and their family.

– Jessica Smith –
BAppSc (Occupational Therapy)
Member of Occupational Therapy Australia
Registered Occupational Therapist with AHPRA

Jess is a passionate Occupational Therapist with over 7 years experience working with children and families. She has supported children across many settings, including home, kindergarten, school and clinic. Jess has recently returned to Adelaide after spending the last few years in Melbourne and London working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities and developmental delays.

Jess has a special interest in working with children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and sensory processing difficulties and has undertaken additional training in these areas.  She is passionate about supporting families to enjoy mealtimes together and have positive experiences with food and eating.

Skye Shute

– Skye Shute –
Bachelor of Health Science (Speech Pathology) Honours
Member of Speech Pathology Australia (PSR)

Since graduating from Flinders University in 2007, Skye has worked as a paediatric speech pathologist in both South Australia and Tasmania providing services in not for profit, private clinic and educational settings. Prior to returning to South Australia in 2015, Skye worked in Tasmania providing assessment and therapy services for children with speech and language delays and disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental delay, intellectual and physical disability, complex communication needs, and complex medical and feeding difficulties. Skye has participated in a range of professional development courses focussing on feeding difficulties and their assessment and treatment and is committed to ongoing development in this area.

Over the years, Skye has developed a keen interest in the areas of paediatric feeding, feeding difficulties, tongue and lip ties and breastfeeding and the effect difficulties in these areas can have on clients and their families. Skye enjoys working closely with families to ensure targeted, family centred therapy to meet the needs of both the client and their family.

Julia Boase

– Julia Boase –
Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics
Graduate Certificate of Paediatric Nutrition
Victoria Trained SOS Practitioner
Bachelor of Biotechnology (Hons)

Julia is an Accredited Practising Paediatric Dietitian and Nutritionist with 16 years of experience. She has worked in some of Australia’s top tertiary public and private paediatric centres, including The Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide and The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. She has post graduate qualifications in Paediatric Nutrition, and further training in the SOS (sequential, oral sensory approach) approach to feeding.

Julia has a large amount of experience managing children with food allergies and feeding difficulties. She has a keen interest in tube weaning and helping to expand the diets of children with limited intake. Julia’s approach is to help families make eating a calm and enjoyable experience whilst helping to look for creative and considered ways that they can meet their child’s nutritional requirements. Julia recognises that there is more than one pattern of eating that will meet a child’s nutritional needs.

Julia has an interest in nutrition research, much of that in the area of Cystic Fibrosis. She has presented at conferences both nationally and internationally and has been heavily involved in teaching students enrolled in Nutrition and Dietetics at Flinders University of South Australia.

Julia is a passionate dietitian who understands that nutrition is a science, but eating is highly emotional. As a mother of four young, often fussy children, she understands what is required to put a meal on the table everyday.

– Lynly Mader –
BAppSc (Occupational Therapy)
Diploma of Infant Mental Health

Member of AAOT & WAIMH

Lynly has over 30 years working with families experiencing multiple adversities. In this time she has worked both within Mental health and Paediatric settings, within inpatient, outpatient and community development programs.

Lynly has taught at both at an undergraduate and postgraduate level, with both Medical and allied health professionals.  Her work has been presented both within Australia and Internationally. She has contributed to several published works that focus on Maternal emotional health and Parent/ Infant relationships.

Lynly has a commitment  to multidisciplinary approaches to feeding difficulties and  to respecting the knowledge  of parents within practice.  Within the last 18 years her focus has been on supporting parents whose children have diagnoses or are in circumstances that have made parenting a challenge.  Feeding difficulties and conditions that threaten the health and development of one’s child are highly stressful  and the effort required to manage behaviours can be difficult to sustain. Lynly works with parents to help them be in the best position to help their children achieve in developmental areas of feeding, sleeping and emotional regulation /arousal.

– Rachel George –
Accredited Practising Dietitian
Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics
BAppSc(Exercise and Sports Science)

Rachel is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with over 15 years experience. She has worked both interstate and overseas and her passion lies in the area of children’s nutrition, including food allergy and intolerance, feeding difficulties and ‘fussy eating’, enteral tube feeding and weaning, and also weight concerns. Rachel has 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. Rachel is involved in both the intensive and clinic programs to provide continuity of care for those families accessing both programs.
She is a mum to 2 young children, so understands and appreciates the challenges associated with feeding children and that ‘the best’ is not always practical and achievable!

  • – Michelle Barmby –
    BAppSc (Occupational Therapy)
    Member of Occupational Therapy Australia
    Registered therapist with AHPRA

Michelle has over 10 years experience as an Occupational Therapist, primarily in the public health arena.  She has experience working with clients & families across hospital and rehabilitation settings, client’s homes and community settings. Whilst always having an interest in paediatrics, it wasn’t until she had children herself, both of whom have/had feeding difficulties, that led Michelle to join this practice.  She has the personal experience and understanding of feeding difficulties and the stress this can place on mealtimes, along with the pressure on family relationships.

Michelle is an enthusiastic therapist who enjoys getting to know the children and families to ultimately ensure the therapy provided is family-centered and meets the child’s and family’s goals.