Our Experts

daniel golshevsky

Dr Daniel Golshevsky

PAEDIATRICIAN

Dr Golly is a Melbourne-based paediatrician and father of three. Specialising in unsettled babies and poor sleep, Dr Golly developed this program through his work with thousands of babies over more than a decade of practice. With a focus on empowering parents and protecting mothers, Dr Golly turns up the volume of that innate parental instinct to maximise parents’ understanding of their baby’s cues and bring everyone closer to a full night’s sleep.

Contact:

Sleep Program queries here. GP referrals here. Private patients please call (03)95086000.

Education:

Bachelor of Medicine, University of Melbourne. FRACP. Former Chief Resident Medical Officer of RCH and is involved in the creation and maintenance of the RCH Clinical Practice Guidelines, an online paediatric resource used internationally. He is also a regular expert reviewer for the Raising Children Network website.

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Alex Dawkins

SLEEP CONSULTANT &
MIDWIFE

Alex is a certified sleep consultant, midwife, nurse and mum. With years of experience working in Melbourne with families and children aged 0-5 years and running her own sleep consultancy business, she has seen how sleep deprivation can affect the whole family unit and the toll it takes on parents. As a practising midwife at a large private hospital in Melbourne, she also has a special interest in encouraging healthy sleep habits for newborns and beyond, especially working with unsettled babies.

Contact:

Queries here.

Education:

Bachelor of Nursing with a postgraduate degree in Midwifery. Certified sleep consultant and a member of the International Institute of Complementary Therapists (IICT), Sleep Consultancy.

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Amanda Abel

PAEDIATRIC PSYCHOLOGIST

Amanda is a paediatric psychologist, mum, and founding director of Northern & Hawthorn Centre for Child Development. Working directly and indirectly with hundreds of clients each year, her mission is for every child to achieve their best outcomes by equipping families, educators and corporate clients with the tools they need to help kids thrive. Amanda is the resident psychologist & Advisory Board member at TotallyAwesome – a global child-focussed media company, where she helps to ensure advertising and branding content aimed at children is appropriate.

Contact:

centreforchilddevelopment.com
(+613) 9079 8043 [email protected]

Education:

BSocSc. BAppSc (Psych)(Hons), MAPS; Registered Circle of Security Parenting facilitator; Registered SOS Feeding therapist; Member of Australian Psychological Society.

jillian eadie

Jillian Eadie

LACTATION CONSULTANT
& MIDWIFE

Jillian holds the gold standard qualification of International Board Certified Lactation Consultant ( IBCLC). She has over 10 year’s experience working closely with new mothers in the Maternity Unit setting as well as providing private consultations to new mothers in the comfort of their homes. She is also a Registered Nurse/Midwife. Jillian provides private lactation consults in your home or for those living outside Melbourne’s metropolitan area, Victoria or Australia via Zoom/Facetime meetings. If you are experiencing any concerns and would like to discuss these further please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Contact:

Queries here.

Education:

Bachelor of Nursing with a postgraduate degree in Midwifery. Certified Lactation Consultant.

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Miriam Raleigh

PAEDIATRIC DIETICIAN

Miriam is a Paediatric Dietitian with over 10 year’s of experience helping children and their families with a range of nutrition concerns. Miriam provides one-on-one consultations to families in Melbourne, as well as via Telehealth to families in Rural Victoria, Interstate and Internationally. Miriam also provides group sessions to mothers’ groups, school parent groups and corporate teams about childhood nutrition topics to help ensure our next generation grow into healthy adults.

Contact:

centreforchilddevelopment.com
(+613) 9079 8043
[email protected]

Education:

Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics at Monash University and completed a certificate in Paediatric Dietetics at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

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Dr Adaobi Udechuku

PERINATAL PSYCHIATRIST

Dr Adaobi is a Perinatal Psychiatrist and mother of two who has helped thousands of parents and their infants optimise their emotional health over her 20-year career. Her passion led her to establish the award winning GLOW Clinic with her friend perinatal psychiatrist Dr Lucinda Smith. Research shows that optimising a parent’s emotional health safeguards their infant’s development and future potential. Dr Golly’s focus on empowering parents and protecting mothers is aligned with the evidence and Dr Adaobi’s take on a well-known African proverb: “it takes a village to raise a parent & a parent to raise a child”.

So, an invitation to join The Dr Golly Program village of experts was a natural fit.

Contact:

GLOW Perinatal Emotional Health & Wellbeing Clinic
[email protected]

Education:

Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery University of Melbourne, Grad. Dip. Women’s Health (Melb), Grad. Dip. Parent & Infant Mental Health (Melb), FRANZCP. Executive Committee Member Section of Perinatal Psychiatry Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrist.

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Sophie Bappayya

PHYSIOTHERAPIST

Sophie shares her time between BeActive and the maternity ward at Cabrini Hospital, with a passion for caring for women in all stages of their pregnancy and postpartum journey. She has extensive experience in the assessment and management of pelvic floor dysfunction and rehabilitation, and has been fortunate to work alongside some of the most renowned specialists in the field.

Sophie is an experienced Pilates instructor and enjoys treating all of the aches and pains which can arise in the postnatal period due to the extra demands placed on the body when caring for your baby.

Contact:

Queries please email: [email protected]

Education:

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Charles Sturt University), Post Graduate training in Women’s Health (Womens’ Health Training Association), Clinical Pilates Instructor (DMA & APPI) & currently undertaking further training in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy through the University of Melbourne.

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Dr Dean Tey

ALLERGIST

Dean is a consultant at the Department of Allergy and Immunology, RCH, Melbourne. He enjoys an active role in teaching medical students, junior training doctors and general practitioners. His research involvement includes the Probiotic and Peanut Oral Immunotherapy (PPOIT) study and is an Honorary Fellow with the Gastro & Food Allergy Group (HealthNuts) at the MCRI. He is a member of the Centre for Food & Allergy Research (CFAR) and the Care Working Group for the National Allergy Strategy. Dean has an interest in the areas of anaphylaxis, urticaria (hives), food allergies, eczema, asthma, allergic rhinitis (hayfever), insect sting allergy, antibiotic-allergy, and immunotherapy (desensitisation).

Contact:

https://www.maccsmedicalgroup.com.au
E: [email protected]
P: +613 9345 6888

Education:

Bachelor of Medicine, University of Melbourne. Reviewer for the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA), Paediatric Allergy & Immunology, International Archives of Allergy & Immunology and Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. Previously editor of the Paediatric Handbook, 8th edition.

Michelle Kingsley

Michelle Kingsley

SPEECH PATHOLOGIST

Michelle is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist with over 18 years experience working with young children. Michelle has worked in both public health and private settings, with children with a broad range of communication and developmental challenges. Speech therapy supports much more than just speech and language disorders – it also develops skills for eating, playing, and socialising with peers. Michelle provides a multidisciplinary feeding clinic that supports children with feeding difficulties, helping them learn to experience new foods through play – learning the skills to chew, or tolerate touching sticky textures – these are lots of messy fun and laughter with real results. Michelle works in close collaboration with families, coaching them to stimulate their child’s development in everyday routines and environments so that therapy is both effective and good fun.

Contact:

Michelle works with families in their homes in Inverloch 3996 on a referral basis.

Education:

Bachelor of Speech Pathology (LaTrobe Uni) and am a certified practising member of Speech Pathology Australia, Member of Speech Pathology Australia. Certified Hanen Learning Language and Loving It trainer. Tuning Into Kids facilitator, SOS trained feeding therapist, and PECS trained therapist PLAY Project trained and Orofacial Myology trained.

Vanessa Couper

Vanessa Couper

MUSIC THERAPIST

Vanessa (Vee) is a Registered music therapist, song writer, professional flautist, mum of two and Vee from kids music group Tiptoe Giants.

With years of experience working with children and their families as a music therapist in various settings, such as Sydney Children’s hospital Bear Cottage, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, special education within schools, and paediatric oncology (India), Vanessa loves using music as a tool to engage with children – to learn, discover, develop, explore and experience the world through imaginative, creative and musical play.

Within Tiptoe Giants, Vanessa uses her music therapy experience to write music that is developmentally appropriate, accessible for all children and that provides opportunities for children and families to connect physically, socially, cognitively and emotionally.

Vanessa writes, records & performs children’s music with her music group, Tiptoe Giants – a trio of three women recently nominated in 2020 for an ARIA for Best Children’s Album for their album Colour the World and recently, she was awarded Health Musician of the Year 2022 by the Mental Health Foundation Australia.

Contact:

Queries please email: [email protected]
www.tiptoegiants.com

Education:

BMus (hons), MMus – Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney
MMusThy – The University of Melbourne

Cherie Eastaugh

Cherie Eastaugh

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Cherie is an Occupational Therapist and mother of three, with 20 years experience supporting the development of children across early intervention, primary health and educational settings. As an OT and Play Therapist Cherie believes in the power of play to facilitate learning, growth and healing. She adopts a trauma-informed and neurodiversity affirming approach to her therapeutic work with families. Cherie works in partnership with parents to help their children thrive by supporting responsive relationships and strengthening functional life skills. We have so many opportunities to impact on a child’s life, meaning and success through our interactions and the rhythms that connect us.

Contact:

Therapeutic Play Solutions Victoria [email protected]

Education:

Masters of Health Science (OT) and Bachelor Applied Science ( OT); The University of Sydney. Sensory Integration Certification (SCSIT), Advanced Clinical Training (Play Therapy), Registered Circle of Security Parenting (COSP) facilitator, Safe and Sound Protocol Certification (SSP), AUTPLAY trained facilitator, PLAY Project trained, DIR Floortime practitioner. Member of the Australian Association of Occupational Therapists.

Demi Charalambous

Demi Charalambous

PAEDIATRIC PHYSIOTHERAPIST

Demi is a Paediatric Physiotherapist, mum, and founding director of The Baby Physio

Demi is an experienced Paediatric Physiotherapist who has done extensive work in the hospital, school and private sector. She has worked extensively with babies, toddlers and children through to adolescence in musculoskeletal and neurological fields, including disability and complex needs.

She enjoys working with babies from birth with post-birth complications such as Torticollis, gross motor delays and diagnosed conditions up to 18 years with a range of neurological, musculoskeletal and orthopaedic conditions. Demi is also experienced in wheelchair and assistive technology prescription and the NDIS framework. She believes that working collaboratively with the family brings the best outcome for the child.

Demi also has a mentorship program for Physiotherapists looking to gain greater experience in the Paediatric field.

Demi provides one-on-one consultations to families in Melbourne, as well as via Telehealth to families in Rural Victoria, Interstate and Internationally.

Contact:

Queries please email:
[email protected]
www.thebabyphysio.com

Education:

Bachelor of Health Science
Master of Physiotherapy Practice (La Trobe University)
Paediatric Courses through Monash University and Melbourne University and Royal Children’s Hospital

Jacqueline Alwill

Jacqueline Alwill

NUTRITIONIST

Jacqueline Alwill is an Accredited Nutritionist, and mum of 3, with over 15 years experience in the nutrition and health industry, working primarily in women’s health and early childhood nutrition. She is passionate about simplifying complex nutrition science to ensure good nutrition is accessible and achievable for all. Jacqueline provides 1:1 consultations for her clientele through Day One Fertility. She runs corporate well being workshops, features frequently in the media, and develops nutrition products, recipes and books.

Contact:

[email protected]
dayonefertility.com
thebrownpaperbag.com.au

Education:

Advanced Diploma Nutritional Medicine (Australasian College Natural Therapies) Cert Paediatric Nutrition (Monash) Cert 3 & Cert 4 Fitness (FIA) Bach Business / Bach Arts in International Studies (UTS), ATMS Accredited