Primitive Reflexes: Fad or Fact?
Dorte Bladt is the founder of Switched-on Kids. Throughout her career as a chiropractor, Dorte has loved providing gentle chiropractic care for babies and children. However, it was out of personal experience with her daughter that she developed a passion for helping children with learning and behavioural challenges. Dorte realised she needed to know and do more for these kids. She spent countless hours over many years studying topics such as neurology, child development, brain stimulation, sensory-motor integration, nutrition, supplementation, teaching approaches and chiropractic techniques.
She currently runs a busy family practice in Newcastle, Australia, caring mainly for babies and children. She has a special interest in children with learning, attention, coordination and behavioural challenges.
The Neurobiology of Autism
Dr. Monique Andrews MS, DC, DNM has been sharing her knowledge with Chiropractors for nearly two decades. Holding both Doctor of Chiropractic and Master’s degrees in Neuroscience, the breadth and depth of her knowledge is vast. Dr. Mo is best known for her engaging presentations and TED style of lecturing, making even the most difficult concepts accessible to all learners.
Earlier in her career as a research scientist, Dr. Andrews published peer-reviewed papers in the fields of Psychoneuroimmunology and the Neurobiology of Reward. Today, she speaks internationally on topics such as the Neurophysiology of Subluxation, Neurodevelopment of the Pediatric Patient, Evolutionary Impact of Chiropractic on the Brain and most recently exploring the connection between Chiropractic and Consciousness.
Dr. Andrews now serves as Chair of Basic Sciences at Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California.
Dr. Laura Hanson, D.C., MS, D.I.C.C.P., NDT, CAS is board certified chiropractic pediatric diplomate, neuro-developmental therapist, and has a Master’s in Sports Health Science with a concentration in Nutrition and is a Certified Autism Specialist. Dr. Hanson has held faculty positions at both Palmer College and Life University from 2003 until 2012. Dr. Hanson is recognized domestically and internationally through her personal teachings to health care professionals, teachers, and parents on the progression of pediatric development.
Dr. Hanson has practiced since 1996 in the area of pediatric development and brain-based patient management. Dr. Hanson is recognized as a world expert in teaching and caring for children with developmental delay. She is an educator to both the doctor and the family. She has mentored many Doctors of Chiropractic in incorporating pediatric developmental care into their practices. Dr. Hanson has worked with hundreds of parents seeking to find a resolution for their child’s chronic battle in health and development.
Dr. Hanson is passionate about children and their families
Chiropractic care for kids; what does the science say?
Dr Heidi Haavik is a New Zealand College of Chiropractic graduate. She also has a PhD in human neurophysiology from the University of Auckland. She is the author of the best-selling book ‘The Reality Check: A quest to Understand Chiropractic from the inside out’ (@heidihaavik.com). This book describes in easy to understand language what happens in the brain when a chiropractor adjusts dysfunctional segments in the spine. Dr Haavik also runs a company that enlightens the world about the science of chiropractic (@www.therealitycheck.com).
She has presented her work to both chiropractic and neuroscience communities around Australasia, Africa, North America and Europe. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics and Journal of Chiropractic Education and is a Review Editor in Movement Science and Sport Psychology for Frontiers in Psychology and Sports Science. She was named Chiropractor of the year in 2007 by both the New Zealand Chiropractic Association and the New Zealand College of Chiropractic Alumni Association.
Developmental Neuroplasticity: The first 1000 days
Dr. Buerger graduated from Life Chiropractic College-West in 1991. She also has an undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology from California State University, Fresno. She has enjoyed extensive post graduate training in the areas of neurodevelopment, functional neurology, neuronutrition and functional medicine. She currently has a private family practice in Ammon, Idaho that is dedicated to serving those with neurodevelopmental challenges, neurodegenerative disorders and chronic health issues. She is the pioneer in the chiropractic profession when it comes to working with children that have Neurosensory and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
She is a contributing author to the text book Pediatric Chiropractic, Volume I and Volume II with chapters on Pediatric History and Physical Exam, Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Sensory Processing Disorder. She has been lecturing nationally and internationally for over 15 years and is the founder of the Intersect4Life Educational Seminars mentoring and on-line Learning Academy with various CE classes focusing on functional neurology, neurodevelopment, methylation biochemistry and functional nutrition.
She recently launched an on-line certification program called “developingMINDS” - whose mission is to prevent dis-ease in the unborn child, promote proper neurodevelopment in the new born and create a life of optimal health of all!
The Semmelweis Reflex- Has this affected our ability to make intelligent choices around childbirth?
Knew from a very early age she was going to work with babies.
Julie completed her nursing training at in Sydney in 1985. She went on to complete her midwifery trainingsoon afterwards. Julie also became a certified child and family health nurse and childbirth educator.
After many years of working as a midwife with mothers, fathers and babies Julie was inspired to study Chiropractic. while working in her husband Marks chiropractic office and witnessing the amazing health changes people experienced.
In 2005 Julie completed her chiropractic degree and started adjusting families.
Although no longer a registered midwife Julie’s 25 years working with women and their babies has been invaluable in helping her serve the women she cares for today.
Julie has two gorgeous girls Mia and Hanna.
Understanding What is Happening For Children Today
Doctor Jennifer Barham-Floreani is a best-selling, award-winning author and chiropractor. Over half a million parents, practitioners and students have read Jennifer’s thought- provoking book, “Well Adjusted Babies 2nd Edition”. As a mother of four boys, Jennifer has become an authentic guide for couples and families. She speaks around the world on common sense approaches to health, pregnancy and parenting. Through her travel, work and research Jennifer has spent time with, and learnt from, some of the greatest minds of our time.
Jennifer’s career has been dedicated to encouraging the “health literacy” of parents. She has been awarded Victorian and Australian Chiropractor of the Year, and International Woman Chiropractor of the Year (WCWC). More recently, she received international awards for Outstanding Service to Chiropractic and the Being of Light Humanitarian Award.
Jennifer’s work is respectful yet thought provoking, and encourages parents to define their own health culture.
Postpartum Care of the Mother for the Health & Wellbeing of the child
Felicity is passionate about seeing growing kids thrive.
Graduating from Macquarie University in 2006 Felicity has since focused her learning and practice life on working with the paediatric and pregnant population. Continually seeking opportunities to expand her knowledge base Felicity has undertaken courses both within the profession and externally also including a diplomate from the ICPA.
Her time in practice has been spent in family based practices working alongside many skilled and knowledgable practitioners. Currently she is in practice in Newcastle, NSW.
Felicity has worked with The Kids Summit since its inception in 2015 and is a Mum of one.
Assessing the newborn: Differentiating between colic, reflux, tongue tie and the Irritable Infant Syndrome.
Dr. Elisabeth Davidson MSc(Paeds), BSc(Chiro), DC, FRCC(Paeds) is an chiropractor and the owner of Inverurie Chiropractic Clinic. She graduated from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in 1994. She gained an MSc in Advanced Chiropractic Paediatric Practice in 2007 also from AECC and she is a Fellow and Director of Academic Affairs of the Royal College of Chiropractors' Faculty of Pregnancy and Paediatrics. She won the BCA's Chiropractors' Chiropractor of the year award in 2019 and is busy teaching post-graduate seminars all over the UK, Ireland and Europe, as well as being involved in research into pelvic girdle pain and treatment outcomes of chiropractic care of babies.