Kids Colds- Does Chiropractic Help?
Dr. Dorte Bladt (Chiropractor)
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.
Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Children from a Chiropractic Perspective
Dr. Robert Melillo DC,
As one of the world’s most sought after and respected experts in Developmental Functional Neurology, Brain Imbalances, hemispheric integration and the diagnosis and correction
of most neurobehavioral disorders and learning disabilities. He is also a successful businessman
and entrepreneur and has developed many successful businesses. In 2006, he created Brain
Balance Achievement Centers which has approximately 150 centers and has helped tens of
thousands of families. He is a prolific author and brain researcher, he has published one major
text book titled Neurobehavioral Disorders of Childhood an Evolutionary Perspective. He has
coauthored approximately 20 chapters in other texts on various subjects related to Dyslexia,
Attention, Frontal Lobe Development etc. and he has also published approximately 50 peer
reviewed papers. In addition, Dr. Melillo has also written 5 best-selling books including his best
known Disconnected Kids which has been translated into 8 languages. He has presented at
numerous scientific and clinical conferences around the world and he also has taught his own
course in a post graduate level for over 20 years. Dr. Melillo is an Associate Professor of
Developmental Disabilities at National University of Health Sciences, has multiple graduate
degrees in Chiropractic, Neurology, Neuroscience and Clinical Rehabilitation Neuropsychology and
is the co-founder and past President of the International Association of Functional Neurology and
Rehabilitation. He has appeared on over 1000 radio and TV interviews and with his wife Carolyn,
developed their own TV and Radio Show. He was honored to be part of Dr. Mark Hyman’s recent
Documentary Broken Brains as well. He and his wife are also currently the creators of a new web-
series Disconnected Kids Reconnected Families. They have been married for 29 years and have
three kids. He is honored to be on the Advisory Board for Zac Browns’ Camp Southern Ground for
children with learning disabilities
Fertility- Why are so many couples struggling?
Dr. Andrea Huddleston , (Chiropractor)
Dr Andrea Huddleston is the leader of women’s health in
chiropractic! She’s a passionate chiropractor and women’s health
advocate. In addition to her chiropractic qualifications Dr Andrea
has completed two masters degrees in reproductive medicine and
women’s health medicine and is affectionately referred to as ‘the
period whisperer’ by her patients! She is also the co-host of the
award winning, top-rated podcast Wellness Women Radio.
Optometric & Chiropractic Collaboration in a teen with unresolved birth trauma
Dr Susan Walker (Chiropractor)
Susan is an accomplished Chiropractor with 19 years clinical experience working with children with
developmental delay, behavioural concerns and learning problems. As a first year graduate she
worked with the late Dr Keith Keen (Chiropractor), founder of Retained Neonatal Reflexes technique.
By soaking in Dr Keith’s life’s learnings, it placed Susan quickly amongst the sought after
practitioners in Sydney for children’s care. In 2005 she founded and managed a busy paediatric
focused clinic in Brisbane soon acquiring three Associates. She became a Certified Teaching
Diplomate for International College of Applied Kinesiology in 2008 and has contributed to Applied
Kinesiology and RNR development for more than a decade and presents both techniques locally and
Since the birth of her daughter in 2015 Susan sold her busy multi-practitioner clinic and simplified
her clinical set-up enabling her more freedoms while juggle her mothering, teaching and practicing
The Importance of Regular Hip Assessment- and how to do it
Dr. Christian Fludder (Chiropractor)
Dr Christian completed his Masters of Chiropractic from Macquarie University in 2005, and since
then has completed several post-graduate seminars and certificates in a range of fields - paediatrics,
kinesiology, neurology, nutrition and methylation, and most recently has attained the Diplomate of the
Australian College of Chiropractic Paediatrics.
For the last five years, Dr Christian has been working alongside Dr Braden Keil in a children’s only
practice. During this time he and Dr Keil (as well as others) have published several research articles in
the field of chiropractic paediatrics. Dr Christian has been involved in the teaching of the Diplomate
program since 2015, and has also presented to chiropractors, chiropractic students, and community
groups across Australia and internationally. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the
Australian College of Chiropractic Paediatrics, and more recently on the Board of the newly-formed
Chiropractic Paediatric Research Foundation – a charity organisation aimed at raising funds for
research in Chiropractic Paediatrics.
With two children of his own that presented with unique challenges - a daughter with a dislocated hip
at birth, and a son with a significant head trauma at 18 months of age - Dr Christian has been able to
put the teachings of his past into good practice.
Best Practice Management of Infantile & Juvenile Idiopathic Scoliosis
Dr. Jeb McAviney is the Clinic Director of the Sydney Scoliosis Clinic, Melbourne Scoliosis Clinic and ScoliCare Clinics (Brisbane and Adelaide) and founder of ScoliCare.
He holds Masters degrees in Pain Medicine and Chiropractic, and brings a wealth of experience in scoliosis treatment, education, and research.
Dr McAviney gives guidance to the clinical team. He drives research development initiatives to ensure patients get access to the latest and most evidence based procedures.
TONGUE TIE THE LONG & THE SHORT OF IT
Dr Catriona McNamara (Chiropractor)
Dr Catriona McNamara graduated from Macquarie University with a Masters of Chiropractic and has
over 25 years of clinical experience in private practice. She has attained Diplomate status in the
Australian College of Chiropractic Peadiatrics as well as the Gonstead Society. Catriona is the owner
and Principal practitioner of a busy Chiropractic clinic in inner Brisbane, with strong allied health
networks she co-manages tongue-tie cases and patients with breastfeeding difficulties. Catriona is a
strong advocate for the role Chiropractors can play in supporting patients with breastfeeding in the
neonatal and early infant period. Regularly teaching alongside other health professionals she
believes chiropractors need to be more than just highly skilled in Chiropractic technique but be
willing to co-manage the infant patient as part of a multidisciplinary team.
Sympathetic Dominance (SD) in Children; Symptoms of SD across infancy to adolescence, and what you can do as a chiropractor to help.
Dr. Angela Todd (Chiropractor)
Dr. Angela Todd is a mum of 5 children and wife to SD Protocol Founder Dr. Wayne Todd. She has served the profession on the National level as a Founding Board member of the College of Chiropractic Paediatrics, as well as the Australian Chiropractic Association. In between managing 19 chiropractic practices across regional Australia as a CEO, Angela has also undertaken research as a PhD candidate with Monash University (Department of Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health) on the topic of the Safety and Effectiveness of Chiropractic care for Infants and Children. During her 6 years as a dedicated researcher, Angela published 3 Peer Reviewed Research Papers on topics relating to adverse events involving children and manual therapy, forces of commonly used chiropractic techniques, and also undergraduate paediatric training and a student’s preparedness to practice after clinical placement in Rarotonga. She is currently working on an RCT with Dr. Heidi Haavik and Dr. Kelly Holt at the NZCC, on the changes in mental rotation ability of children aged 5-12 years, pre and post adjustment, with analysis of data collected to be completed before publication next year. Working alongside her husband Dr. Wayne Todd, Angela also teaches the effects of Sympathetic Dominance on children and what chiropractors can do to help.
CHIROPRACTIC RESEARCH & CHILDREN
Dr. Aisha Strand (Chiropractor)
Dr Aisha Strand graduated from Macquarie University, Sydney in 2011, with a
Bachelor of Chiropractic Science and Master of Chiropractic. After University,
Aisha worked for two years in a family orientated practice in Sydney and
discovered she really enjoyed looking after children. Throughout this time
Aisha found caring for people and helping them to optimize their potential
extremely rewarding, though she also felt she wanted to give back to the
profession. So in January 2014, Aisha moved to Auckland to complete a post-
graduate diploma in Rehabilitation at the Auckland University of Technology.
After this first year Aisha had to return home to Sydney but with the help of
her amazing supervisors – Dr Heidi Haavik, Dr Kelly Holt and Dr Kelly Jones,
she was able to continue her Master’s thesis via distance part time after
having a year off. Finally, in 2019 Aisha graduated from AUT with a Master in
Health Science with first class honours, the title of her thesis being:
Chiropractic adjustments, multisensory and sensorimotor integration in
children with autism: A feasibility and pilot study.
In September 2019, Aisha and her dear friend and colleague Dr Bec Sandell opened
up their practice, The Caring Collective in South West Sydney. Aisha continues to
provide chiropractic care focused on women and children, while also doing
chiropractic research work on the side with Dr Heidi Haavik and the team in New
The Teenage Brain- the important role Chiropractors play in supporting teens & their families
Dr. Helen Alevaki
Helen has a passion for family wellness through natural chiropractic care.
Dr Helen Alevaki graduated from RMIT in 1992 with an award in clinical excellence and
spent her internship in Adelaide, South Australia learning from a chiropractor who had a
special interest in looking after children. It was this experience that cemented her
commitment to educating parents in the importance of chiropractic care for children.
Having birthed two beautiful girls at home with the assistance of midwives, Helen is
passionate about women having choice in how and where they birth. It is this passion
that led Helen to continue study in the care of pregnant women and newborns. Helen
has since completed the Diplomate in Neurodevelopmental Paediatrics.
Helen is also passionate about advocacy for chiropractors and chiropractic. She has
volunteered her time for the Australian Chiropractic Association, chairing the Public
Education committee when in Western Australia and is a past president of the CAA
Victoria. Helen is the current chair of the Paediatric Clinical Practice Group.