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.

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.

AKKI (AKSHATA) MANELKAR,
Speech Pathologist

Akki is a versatile Speech Pathologist with 15 years of experience in assessment and management of speech, language and communication disorders in children and adults as a result of a wide range of developmental disabilities such as hearing impairment, cerebral palsy & multiple handicaps, autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability. She is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist (CPSP). She has a dual Master’s degree in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology (MASLP). She is certified in the Hanen It Takes Two To Talk program for parents of children with language delays. She is also trained in the Lidcombe Program for developmental stuttering and Applied Behavioural Analysis for children with autism. She is Pearson’s Certified Speech Pathologist Master trainer for standardised assessments to train school teachers. She is passionate about family centred practice and strength-based focus with her clients. She is proficient in four languages (English, Hindi, Marathi and Konkani) and basic Auslan.

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.




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


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