Dr. Carla is passionate about healthy living and devotes her time to helping families achieve happy and healthy lives. Dr. Carla spent 6 years as a Board of Director for the The College of Chiropractic Paediatrics (CCP), dedicating her time to research and education in chiropractic for infants and children. She has also been part of the RMIT University teaching staff, as a Sessional Tutor and Chiropractic Clinician educating our future chiropractors. Professional development and continuing to up-skill are what Dr. Carla believes is key to assisting her patients along their health journey. She holds a certification in the Webster Pregnancy Technique and Sympathetic Dominance (SD) Protocol and has extensive training in Spinning Babies © and Optimal Maternal Positioning ©. She is adept in a broad range of chiropractic techniques; Activator, Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT), Cranial therapy and Manual adjusting, allowing her to tailor her care to each individual. Dr. Carla finds chiropractic work very rewarding and loves seeing the benefits of chiropractic care amongst her patients and their families.
Grace is a passionate yoga teacher and student. She has been immersed in the yoga tradition for 15 years since she fell in love with yoga after her first yoga class in 2003 on her travels in Canada. With 10 years teaching experience, Grace creates a comfortable space for students of varying needs and has a special place in her heart for working with mothers. She is a qualified prenatal and postnatal yoga teacher and has practiced yoga throughout her own pregnancies and post-natal period. She has three young children and loves teaching at MAMA as she had her youngest baby through the support of the Centre. Grace believes that yoga can be an incredibly empowering tool for women during all stages of life, particularly for birth and motherhood.
Jake is a Steiner qualified Primary School Teacher, Early Childhood Educator and Sensitive Sleep Consultant. He is also father to three and runs a Family Day Care and Playgroup in Yarraville. For the past 5 years Jake has been helping children develop the skills to sleep independently in the family day care setting, whilst supporting his partner in their decision to co-sleep and follow attachment parenting principles. Jake has the ability to cater to any parenting style, and can support you to find a sensitive and intuitive sleep solution that will work for you and your family. Jake is available for in-home and in-clinic sleep consultations which includes support with setting up the most suitable sleep space, identifying and working through any sleep challenges, co-creating a sensitive sleep plan, and establishing a wholesome and nourishing family routine. Issues that Jake can help with include, early waking, self-settling, multiple wakings per night, sleep space design and optimisation, antenatal sleep education and post natal sleep help. Jake is respectful of attachment parenting values, respectful parenting principles and other parenting styles that nurture the parent-child bond. You can book a consult session with Jake at MAMA Kensington for Thursday nights 6pm-8pm or Saturday 9am-3pm.
Lauren became interested in pelvic floor health after seeing how easily a person’s quality of life could be affected by their symptoms when treating patients with non-pelvic floor issues in the early years of her career. She saw that those she was caring for with pelvic floor problems could not exercise or participate in many aspects of day-to-day life that we often take for granted without bothersome and sometimes embarrassing symptoms. She wanted to do what she could to help and began additional postgraduate training at The University of Melbourne in the areas of pelvic floor rehabilitation and exercise for women across the lifespan. She has specialised in these fields over the last seven years across both public and private health. Her main clinical areas of interest are pelvic floor muscle dysfunction (that may include urinary or faecal incontinence, vaginal prolapse, sexual or chronic pelvic pain) and conditions associated with the lactating breast. She also treats pre and postnatal women with musculoskeletal pain and really enjoys assisting these women to help to return to the exercise and sport that they love. Lauren is able to treat females, males and children. She is passionate about empowering individuals to help to manage...
Down to Birth Midwifery
Sarah Thijs Smit
Sarah has been a qualified midwife since 2012 and practiced in the Netherlands for over 3 years before she and her husband made the move to Australia. Due to the differences between the Dutch and Australian midwifery systems, she hasn't been able to work as a midwife here in Australia. However, Sarah has been so fortunate to find MAMA and get involved in many different areas. In 2017 Sarah’s first son Hugo was born and in 2018 her second son Jonas. She breastfed them both with so much joy and a couple of hiccups. During her second maternity leave she studied to become a lactation consultant and her mind was blown by all the additional knowledge she got. Now she is very happy to fulfill the position of a Lactation Consultant at MAMA. Sarah's services are covered by some private health funds (Medibank, Bupa, Frank Health Insurance, NIB.) What clients have to say about Sarah: "Breastfeeding advice can often be conflicting and confusing, especially for new mothers. Sarah took the time to really listen to me and my situation, and offered solutions that were best suited to me and my baby. She showed us an extra level of care and...
CLINICAL AROMATHERAPIST Sonya is absolutely passionate about the natural healing properties of essential oils and their ability to promote health and wellbeing, on both a physical and psychological level. Sonya completed a certificate of aromatherapy in 2001 and then a diploma of clinical aromatherapy and massage in 2004. She is also a registered nurse and practising midwife, a certified pregnancy massage therapist, a certified infant massage instructor and mother of two girls. Sonya is an accredited professional member of IAAMA (International Aromatherapy & Aromatic Medicine Association) and keeps up to date with current research and trends. Based on her experience and particular interest in women and children she set up her company Mother Nurture to focus on personalised, natural care of mothers, mothers to be and their families primarily with the use of aromatherapy and massage. Sonya feels essential oils were a valuable (maybe even essential!) adjunct in enhancing her own wellbeing during two pregnancies and births, and for getting through just about every day since! Aromatherapy is an integral part of daily life for Sonya’s family and she loves being able to empower mums to care for themselves and soothe their children with aromatic treatments. Sonya is regularly available...