Kellie is passionate about providing holistic care, with the aim of supporting optimal health & wellbeing for all families. She has had over 25 years of clinical experience as a Nurse & Midwife, caring for families from pregnancy through birth & beyond.
In 2004, Kellie gained her first of 4 certifications as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) It has been since then, that Kellie has been predominantly working in the area of early parenting & infant feeding support.
Following this, she played a key role in the establishment of inpatient Breastfeeding Support Services at the Royal Women’s Hospital. Kellie then went on to work as a Senior IBCLC & Midwife at The Mercy Hospital For Women providing families, Midwives, Obstetricians & Paediatrician's consultation, support & clinical education with regard to all matters breastfeeding & lactation.
In her commitment with providing clinical excellence & evidence based care, Kellie attends approximately 80 hours or more of professional development each year.
Kellie has strong networks with colleagues from a variety of Paediatric modalities such as Chiropractic, Osteopathy, Physiotherapy & Myotherapy, Paediatricians, Maternal & Child Health Nurses. She strongly believes in communicating with your health care providers, to ensure that your care & support is as seamless & consistent as possible. This way, you well are supported by a team who are on the same page.
Kellie strongly believes in maintaining these strong networks to ensure her patients are referred to the most caring, gentle & knowledgeable of health care providers.
Kellie has also successfully completed several university based courses in: Family & Child Health Baby Sleep & Settling Infant Mental Health
This has enabled her to gain experience, further develop her knowledge in Infant & maternal mental health, baby sleep & settling support
Kellie has a special interest Infant Myofunctional Oral Therapy. This enables the assessment & application of gentle & non-invasive therapies involved in complex infant feeding issues such as Fussy feeding, Upper Lip & Tongue Ties, Colic & Reflux.
Kellie Provides Clinic based consultations for baby breastfeeding issues, baby bottlefeeding issues & baby sleep issues in Plenty VIC 3090 & Briar Hill VIC 3088 Telehealth Consultations throughout Australia Mentorship to IBCLC colleagues
Kellie has had advanced training & ongoing experience with Complex & non-complex breastfeeding & bottle-feeding issues Non invasive management of lip & tongue ties Pre /post frenectomy assessment & rehabilitation Colic, fussy feeding, gassy babies Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Low breastmilk supply Oversupply of breastmilk Mastitis, blocked ducts Painful latch, sore nipples/breasts & infections of the nipple/breast Gentle sleep & settling solutions for babies Family & Child Health Infant / Maternal Mental Health & Wellbeing
Professional Qualifications 1994 Bachelor of Health Sciences (Nursing), Victoria University 1995 Post Graduate Diploma in Midwifery, Latrobe University 2000, Childbirth Educator, Royal Women’s Hospital 2004 IBCLC Certification 2009 IBCLC Re-certification 2014 IBCLC Re-certification 2019 IBCLC Re-certification
Professional Registrations Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners AHPRA NMW0001051055 AHPRA NMW0001051056 IBCLC L-33579
Professional Memberships Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation Lactation Consultant’s Association of Australia & New Zealand International Lactation Consultants Association