Our  ALLIED  HEALTH  team
0PEN 7 DAYS
02 9687 4000
Giselle Rodrigues,
BSc.Nutrition (Hons Class I-HD)(USyd)
Accredited and PractiCing DietitIan, Accredited Nutritionist

Giselle Rodrigues is a Dietitian with wide experience working in a clinical and community setting providing services to patients with diabetes, renal implications, liver implications, gastrointestinal issues, gastroesophageal reflux disease, food allergies and intolerances, polycystic ovarian syndrome, cancer cachexia, anorexia, poor appetite, malnutrition, obesity and weight loss, heart implications, hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, respiratory issues and paediatrics as well as many other clinical areas.

MELISSA COMPTON,
PAEDIATRIC SPEECH PATHOLOGIST

Melissa has over 19 years of clinical experience working in Sydney, in rural communities, and hospitals in England. She has worked in the Special Care Nursery, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Postnatal Ward at Westmead Hospital where she has gained extensive experience in the assessment and management of feeding difficulties in neonates and infants. Her areas of expertise include feeding difficulties related to craniofacial anomalies, cleft lip &/or palate, prematurity, complex medical conditions in the newborn and tongue tie. Melissa has many years of clinical experience working with infants who have breast and bottle feeding difficulties, difficulties transitioning to solid foods as well as transitioning infants from tube to oral feeding. She has worked in the tongue tie clinic at Westmead Centre For Oral Health and is an expert in this field having been involved in research looking at The Impact of Lingual Frenotomy on breast and bottle feeding in babies up to 6 months of age.

Melissa was part of the multidisciplinary “Oral Motor Functional Therapy Clinic” at Westmead Hospital for many years. She has experience in saliva management working with infants and children with disabilities. Melissa was awarded the Churchill Scholarship in 2004 where she visited universities in Japan to study Oral Motor Functional Therapy and using palatal plates.

Melissa has extensive postgraduate training in Paediatric feeding. She has a certificate of accreditation in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Feeding Program. She is a registered provider with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIS).

DIANA HUANG,
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST & NEUROPSYCHOLOGIST

Diana is an enthusiastic, competent and professional clinician with extensive clinical and research expertise in clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology. She holds general registration as a psychologist as well as specialised endorsement in the practice of clinical neuropsychology with the Psychology Board of Australia. Diana attained her first Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology in 2011 and completed her second Master of Science degree in Clinical Neuropsychology at Macquarie University in 2015.

Diana is a qualified clinical neuropsychologist with extensive experience assessing the cognitive and behavioural functioning of adults, adolescent and children with acquired and neurodevelopmental brain condition. She works at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Westmead Hospital, as well as Neuropsychology Unit, Neurology Department at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. She also involved in the co-supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students’ research projects at UTS.

Diana has extensive experience in adult neurology, including assessment of cognitive impairment in traumatic brain injury, stroke, epilepsy and dementia. Clinically, her work focuses on neuropsychological assessment, memory rehabilitation and recommendations for patients, cares, and their treating team to maximise cognitive function.

Diana has been working with toddlers, children and adolescents in community and hospital settings. Her clinical work entails diagnostic and developmental evaluations, formulation of treatment and management plans, and behaviour consultation services to children and adolescents with emotional/behavioural difficulties, and neurodevelopmental disorder (i.e., Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disability and Motor Disorders). She is also committed working closely with various health professionals, including Paediatricians, allied health team and also liaises with preschool/school educators, towards improving her client’s overall well-being. She is skilled in using various therapeutic approaches including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness therapy and play-based technique in her work.

Diana is involved in the research and specialises in the area of memory rehabilitation in patients with various neurological disorders. She is an associated investigator for the Memory Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognitive and its Disorder (CCD). She published her research in peer-reviewed journals and has presented her research work in national and international conferences. Diana has been appointed as a journal editor of Alzheimer’s Dementia & Cognitive Neurology (ADCN) since 2016.

DHIVYA KARTHIKEYAN,
Psychologist

Dhivya Karthikeyan is a Registered Psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. She has more than 10 years experience working as a Psychologist in Sydney.

Dhivya is a professional, non-judgmental and compassionate psychologist who is committed to helping and supporting clients overcome their challenges, develop healthy sense of self and build a meaningful life. She has extensive experience working with adults presenting with anxiety disorder, depression, stress, chronic pain, parenting issues, work stress, life transition and adjustment issues.

Dhivya has a special interest in helping people who are committed and invested in their personal growth. She is passionate about helping clients achieve their goal and build a positive and fulfilling life. She uses various therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioual Therapy(CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Positive Psychology , Solution Focused and Brief Therapy.

She has a special interest and experience working with migrant families facing challenges in settling in a new country and identity issues. She helps them in improving the quality of life and overall wellbeing in the new country. She provides therapy for clients from culturally and linguistically diverse background. She speaks English, Tamil and Telugu.

VINEETHA BOPANNA
PHYSIOTHERAPIST

Vinnie Graduated from University of Queensland with honours. She has a passion for helping people and provides comprehensive assessment and physiotherapy treatment. She aims to provide caring and positive one on one individualised treatment through a patient-centred approach. Vinnie is very active herself playing squash, sky dives and yoga. She speaks English, Indian and French.

MS MARILYN SWIDLER,
Speech & LANGUAGE Pathologist

Marilyn is a Speech Pathologist, primary and speech and drama teacher with 24 years of experience in the assessment and remediation of children and adolescents with various speech and language concerns. As a Speech Pathologist specialising in speech sound disorders (lisps and pronunciation), understanding and using language (oral and written), literacy, comprehension and reading difficulties as well as developmental and learning delays she has previously worked in schools, various private practices and clinics.

Marilyn's years of experience have taught Marilyn that each child is unique and therefore therapy approaches need to be tailored specifically to the needs of the child and the priorities of the family. Marilyn has a deep faith that every child can learn and excel with the right strategies and some confidence.

Marilyn is also a Speech and Drama teacher and has extensive experience in teaching the art of communication, elocution, good voice techniques and presentation skills. She can assist with speech writing and public speaking, accent reduction and preparation for the H.S.C. (English essays, major works).

Marilyn is a registered provider with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIS).

HANSEN LI,
Clinical Psychologist

Hansen is a friendly and approachable male psychologist. He is passionate and strongly committed to providing the best attention and care to patients at our clinic by guiding them through professional advice and through the provision of evidence based interventions. Hansen is competent in delivering Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Behaviour Therapy/ Management Training and Solution Focused Therapy.

Hansen has gained extensive experience in working with individuals with various presentations including individuals with: Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD), Intellectual Disability, Down Syndrome as well as other presentations including anxiety and depression. Additionally, Hansen has gained significant experience in administering various psychological assessments including (but not limited to): cognitive, behavioural, learning, memory as well as risk assessments. Hansen has also completed an Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) training course and is a qualified ABA therapist. He has extensive experience in working with children with autism spectrum disorder.

USAMA FAYAD,
(Podiatrist) B.HSc. M.Pod

Usama graduated from the University of Western Sydney with a Bachelor of Health Science and a Master of Podiatric Medicine. Usama has extensive experience in the high risk foot, human biomechanics and gait function.

His experience in the rural settings of Walgett (NSW) also increased his exposure to complicated cases. Usama works with a paediatrician treating kids with a wide range of foot and ankle issues and even bow legs*.

Usama is currently continuing his education in a research project with Podiatric (Foot and Ankle) Surgeons. Usama is the father of a baby girl and enjoys national and international charity work.

ASHNEET LAL,
Accredited Exercise Physiologist & Scientist

My great passion is to develop and manage exercise programs for the prevention, treatment and ongoing management of chronic diseases and complex conditions including musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary, mental health and cancer. I help a diverse range of clients by developing exercise programs that best fits the person. I know that no single approach is the right one for every individual, so I have been trained in a range of modalities for optimum results.

My education background includes a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Federation University Australia. I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Strength and Conditioning from Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand and a Bachelor of Science in Sport and Exercise Science from The University of Auckland, New Zealand.

My motivation comes from my desire to be the best I can be in my field, where I can provide efficient and effective exercise rehabilitation guidance and support. I have always been physically active and played various sports including soccer, tennis, CrossFit and weight training.




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 Shop 6,
Coles Westmead
29-33 Darcy Road
Westmead 2145


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