Meet the The Eating Disorders Team

Team lead

Dr Elaine Chung
Locum consultant Psychiatrist

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists

Dr Josephine Neale
Specialist Registrar 

Dr Nadia Micali
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 behaviour or feelings. Our psychiatrists are especially interested in how the 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

Amy Siddall
Clinical Nurse Specialist

Una McCrann
Specialist Feeding Disorder Nurse Practitioner

Ray McBrien
Clinical Nurse Specialist

Our nurses have extensive of training and experience within feeding and eating disorders. They use knowledge to work with the rest of the team to help children and young people with their feeding and eating, including babies and toddlers who attend the Panda Day Centre. 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
Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Louise Bradbury
Clinical Psychologist

Dr Sara Milne
Clinical Psychologist

Tom Smith
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. 

Psychotherapist

Kyriakos Thomaidis-Zades
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.

Dietitians

Mairead Maloney
Dietitian

Sarah Cawtherley
Dietitian

Our dietitians are involved in assessing all patients that are referred into the service to make sure that they are meeting their nutritional requirements for macro and micronutrients and making sure that they are growing appropriately. They will assess the risk of re-feeding syndrome for your child and give appropriate advice if this is the case. They will provide tailored recommendations on an individual basis for your child to make sure that they will grow correctly and help to avoid nutritional deficiencies.

Family Therapists

Finella Hill
Systemic/Family Psychotherapist

Prabashny Pillay
Family Therapist

Our family therapists 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

Karen Taylor
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. 

Speech and Language Therapist

Eleanor Conway
Speech and Language Therapist

Our speech and language therapist knows all about how we use our mouths and throats for eating and drinking. She is a good person to help us understand what happens when we swallow. She may give advice on the sorts of foods that different people can manage depending on how well they can chew. 

General Paediatrician

Dr. Lee Hudson
Consultant in General Paediatrics

A General Paediatrician is a medical doctor who knows all about babies, children and young people's bodies - how they should be working and developing and when things are going wrong. 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 Charmaine Chai
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. 

Trainee Psychologists

Grainne Fleming
Trainee Psychologist

Jack McKeller
Trainee Psychologist

Trainee clinical psychologists 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

Anna Charlesworth
Undergraduate Psychology Placement Student

Alice Hirst
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.

Service Co-ordinator

Magdalena Lawrence
Service Co-ordinator

Our service co-ordinator is in charge of the team calendar, all letters and appointments. She answers the phone and looks after all the information in the files of the children and young people that we see. She is very busy and makes sure the team is always busy too! 

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!