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.
Kids & chiropractic: understanding risk & the evidence base to support it.
Matt is passionate about chiropractic care for families. He practices chiropractic north of Brisbane with his wife in their own business, with a strong focus on families. He has published in the peer reviewed literature on the safety and evidence for paediatric chiropractic., and presented research from his paediatric chiropractic Masters dissertation around the world. He has served on board positions as a student and as a practitioner. Matt has taught in two chiropractic programs, in the Barcelona College of Chiropractic and at Central Queensland University. He’s committed to ensuring children have access to chiropractic care, just like his two kids have, and the Kids Summit presentation is designed to shore up your certainty around the safety and evidence base for kids and chiropractic care.
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.
The Eyes as Windows to Human Connection: Development of the Adolescent Brain, Screens and the Developing Brain, Eye Tracking/Movement as a window to the Brain
Janine has always been passionate about paediatric care and while finishing her Doctor of Chiropractic at CMCC, she completed a diplomate from the ICPA.
After moving from Canada to Australia, she has run successful practices in rural and remote locations, using her skills to serve a diverse and often underserviced population. In addition, she is a Craniopath and has completed a diplomate in Neuro-developmental Chiropractic Paediatrics.
She is the current secretary of the SOTO-Australasia National Board, and has been a part of the SOT educating team in Australia since 2010. This year she has been integral in organizing and teaching SOT in Canada.
She is the inaugural winner of the SOT- Australasia Shaun Cashman award in 2017.
Janine has been a driving force behind several paediatric initiatives in her 12 years of practice, with The Kids Summit being her first event to share her expertise.
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.
Chiropractic Certainty in Managing the Pediatric Patient
Dr. Michael W. Hall, BS, DC, DABCN, FIACN is a 1990 honors graduate from Parker University with postdoctoral studies in chiropractic neurology, orthopedics, technique, rehabilitation, and trauma. He attained his diplomat in Chiropractic Neurology in 1993 from the American Board of Chiropractic Neurology and later received his Fellow from the International Academy of Chiropractic Neurology in 2008. Having served patients from around the world in all aspects of care he brings nearly three decades of clinical experience and expertise to each of his lectures. His program, Functional Neurology for the Practicing Chiropractor, has been presented across the US, Europe, and Australia. He continues to maintain an active practice, engage in research, and present at scientific conferences, associations, and private groups throughout the world. He is a team lecturer for the ICPA on the topic of Developmental Neurobiology and is especially passionate about the role of chiropractic in the pediatric patient.
The Science & Art of Breathing
Dr Olivia Gleeson is passionate about improving the health of our community with chiropractic. Olivia has a keen interest in family health, pregnancy and paediatrics, having completed many post graduate courses including a 2 year diplomate in Chiropractic Neurodevelopmental Paediatrics. She is the Chair of the College of Chiropractic Paediatrics and has previously served on the public education committee of the CAA WA. Olivia has 20 years of clinical experience after graduating from RMIT in 1998. She is a co-founder of Nervana Chiropractic and has mentored many associates and chiropractors during her career. Olivia has presented at conferences around Australia including Dynamic Growth WA and Congress, spoken to maternity hospitals, playgroups, schools, rotary groups, teachers and midwifery conferences. In 2013 she was awarded a “40 under 40” Western Australia business award. She also has 11 year old triplets and enjoys camping, bushwalking and getting active outdoors with her family and has recently earnt a black belt in Taekwondo. She is a firm believer in lifelong learning.
Tongue Dysfunction and the Developing Brain
Dr Josephine Sexton graduated from RMIT University in 2004 and has worked in busy family practices since. She enjoys finding clarity in the chaos and challenge of helping children and their families reach their health potential.
She moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2009 and lives there with her husband and three kids (no dogs yet.) She runs a busy practice in Maleny, with a strong focus on breast-feeding disorders and paediatric care.
She has been on the SOTOA board for five years, serving the last two as President. She is a board certified Craniopath and a primary educator for SOTOA. Dr Sexton saw her passion for Tongue and Lip function ignite from her own personal experience, when she had troubles getting a clear diagnosis for her third child’s unsettled behaviour and unusual feeding habits. She now is passionate about sharing this knowledge and speaks regularly in Australia and Internationally about tongue dysfunction and its relationship to neurological and cranial development.