Meet the Feeding and Eating Disorders Team

Team lead

Dr Claire Higgins
Interim Team Lead (until April 2020)

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists

Dr Ronald Mynt
Locum Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr Carmen Apostu
Specialist Registrar

Dr Juliet Singer
Specialist Registrar  

Dr Nadia Micali  (For research Consultation only)
Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist

Child and adolescent psychiatrists are medical doctors who have studied how the brain works and who usually work with people who are having difficulties with their thinking, feelings and/or behaviours. Our psychiatrists are especially interested in how the thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physical health of children and young people can affect their eating. They can also help if you have other difficulties alongside those to do with food or eating. 

Nurses

Una McCrann
Specialist Feeding Disorder Nurse Practitioner

Ray McBrien
Clinical Nurse Specialist

Amy Siddall (currently on maternity leave)
Clinical Nurse Specialist

Our nurses have extensive of training, knowledge and experience in the assessment and treatment of children and young people who present with feeding and eating disorders. Alongside the support and care that they provide, their time is also spent liaising with services involved in the care of our children and young people’s eating, such as schools and hospital/community based healthcare teams

Clinical Psychologists

Dr. Claire Higgins
Principal Clinical Psychologist and Interim Team Lead

Dr. Kate Mahony
Senior Clinical Psychologist

Recruiting
Clinical Psychologist

Amani Milligan
Assistant Psychologist

Our clinical psychologists are interested in you and your family and how difficulties with food and eating may have developed. This usually includes finding out more about you – your health, your day to day life and your feelings (for example, worries). They are also interested in what you and others in your family may think about what is happening. We meet with parents, children, young people and sometimes other people in the family so that we can work out together how best to try to help. We also regularly have Trainee Clinical Psychologists working with the team. 

Trainee Psychologists

Trainee psychologists are generally on 6 month placements with the team. They work as part of the multidisciplinary team under the supervision of a qualified clinical psychologist and can be involved in each stage of the child and family’s journey. They are often involved in the treatment stages and working together with children and families to meet their goals.

Psychology students

Ladan Said
Undergraduate Psychology Placement Student

Psychology students undertake tasks within team such as maintaining databases, collecting patients from the waiting room and creating resources for the team as well as involvement in research, administration and observing assessments.

Psychotherapist

Kyriakos Thomaidis-Zades
Principal Child and Asolescent Psychotherapist

Our psychotherapist is an experienced Child and Adolescent Mental Health professional trained to offer psychoanalytic treatment for children and young people who is trained to carefully observe a child or young person and to respond to what they might be communicating through their behaviour and play. Through extensive and highly specialised training, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists have the skills in putting into words the troubled feelings that children may experience and which may relate to their presenting symptoms.

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists also apply their framework of thinking to work with parents, families and groups and to training and supporting other professionals who work with children, young people, parents and families to ensure a child centred approach.

Dietitians

Clare Thortnton Wood
Highly Specialist Dietitian

Our dietitians know everything about food, nutrition and what will keep you healthy. They know how to help you have a balanced diet and make sure you have enough calories to grow and nutrients to keep your body healthy and your brain working at its best.

Family Therapists

(In post in April 2020)

Our family therapist aims to help families move together towards the goals they identify for themselves – this usually means finding new ways of working together, identifying strengths and thinking about communication and relationships as well. 

Play Worker

Lucy Mitchell
Play Worker

Our play worker says she has the best job in the world! She gets to meet and spend time with all the children and young people who come to the activity room in Panda Day Centre. Our play worker works with the team to help children with things they find difficult through fun activities. 

Extended Multi-Disciplinary Input:
The team also has input from the following specialties, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Consultant Paediatrician, and Gastroenterology Fellow. They are usually on a consultation basis as they have limited time with FEDS.

Occupational Therapy

Claire Lennon
Occupational Therapist

Our occupational therapist helps children and young people to become as independent as possible, with meaningful activities of daily life, associated with feeding and eating. They consider the environment around the child, their physical abilities and their sensory needs. They help children, families and professionals understand how these can impact on feeding / eating.

Speech and Language Therapist

Louise Emerson
Speech and Language Therapist

Our speech and language therapist knows all about how we use our mouths and throats for eating and drinking. They help us to understand the mechanics of eating, chewing and swallowing. They may give advice on the sorts of foods that different people can manage depending on their level of difficulty.. 

General Paediatrician

Dr. Lee Hudson
Consultant in General Paediatrics

Our General Paediatrician is very helpful as feeding and eating difficulties can be to do with other things which we need to know about. Difficulties with feeding and eating can also cause problems for your body which we may need to sort out.

Gastroenterologist

Dr Matilde Pescarin
Clinical Fellow, Gastroenterology

A Gastroenterologist is a medical doctor who specialises in the whole gut, from someone’s mouth to their bottom. Our gastroenterologist provides advice to the team about any medical aspects of gut health that might be having an effect on difficulties with eating or feeding. 

Service Co-ordinator

Magdalena Lawrence
Service Co-ordinator

Our service co-ordinator processes all of the referrals to our team. They are in charge of the team calendar, all letters and appointments. They are often the first point of contact for our families and referrers. They answer the phone and look after all the information that comes in about the children and young people that we see.

Housekeeper

Comfort Opoku Gyamfi
Housekeeper

Our housekeeper keeps everything on Panda running smoothly. She organises your food, makes sure our kitchen is clean, stocks our cupboards and keep things nice and tidy!