About Us

‘Lively Eaters’ was developed to cater for the need of a quality, timely and thorough diagnostic assessment and therapy service for babies and children with feeding and eating difficulties, and their families.  Limited services for feeding assistance are available Australia wide and waiting lists can be long or therapy programs not tailored to meet the needs of each individual child and their family.

Meet the Team

Emily Lively – Director

Paediatric Speech Pathologist

BSc (Speech Pathology)
Member Speech Pathology Australia (PSR)

Emily has worked within paediatric inpatient, outpatient and community Speech Pathology since 2000. Read More

Debra Bramhall – Paediatric Speech Pathologist

Team Leader – Rockhampton Clinic

Bachelor of science (speech pathology)
Gradate certificate in Autism
Member of Speech Pathology Australia

Deb qualified as a speech pathologist in the UK where she worked as a peadiatric speech pathologist in a number of different agencies including schools community health and specialist developmental teams. Read More

Kylie Fontanot – Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy)
Graduate Certificate in Education (Vision Impairment)

Kylie is a dedicated Occupational Therapist with over 13 years experience working with children with a range of support needs and their families in a community setting. Read More

Rachel George – Paediatric Dietitian

Accredited Practising Dietitian
Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics
Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sports Science)

Rachel is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with over 13 years experience. Read More

Sarah Harry – Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy)
Member of Occupational Therapy Australia

Sarah is an enthusiastic and highly skilled occupational therapist, with over 10 years of experience working in paediatric community services. Read More

Amalie Hooper – Administration

Amalie has over 10 years experience in administration and customer service and brings a friendly and professional manner to our front office and administration services. She looks forward to helping you when you next contact or visit the Lively Eaters office.

Carla Koay – Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy)
Graduate Certificate in Education (Vision Impairment)
Member of Occupational Therapy Australia

Carla is a warm and passionate occupational therapist with over 7 years’ experience providing paediatric therapy services.Read More


Ros McAuley – Paediatric Speech Pathologist


Bachelor of Science (Speech Pathology)
Member of Speech Pathology Australia

Ros has worked for 25 years as a speech pathologist within South Australia. This has included working within metropolitan and country hospitals as well many years working in paediatric community services specialising in physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities. Read More

Lynly Mader – Infant Mental Health Therapist

BAppSc (Occupational Therapy)
Diploma of Infant Mental Health

Member of AAOT & WAIMH

Lynly has over 25 years working with families experiencing multiple adversities. In this time she has worked both within Mental health and Paediatric settings, within inpatient, outpatient and community development programs. Read More


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Lindy Parfrey – Paediatric Dietitian


Bachelor of Science

Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Lindy is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with experience working in children’s hospitals in both Australia and the United Kingdom. Lindy has worked with infants, children and adolescents with a wide range of nutritional needs including enteral tube feeding, fussy eating, slow growth, food allergy and intolerance, oncology, metabolic illness and more.Lindy has been involved in developing published Breastfeeding, Child and Maternal Nutrition Guidelines and has written food and nutrition policy for Childcare Centres and Children’s Centres.

Lindy is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and a member of the Dietetics Association of Australia which demonstrates her passion to continuous professional development and high professional standards.

With four young children of her own, Lindy has a good understanding of the challenges of parenthood and is passionate about helping families enjoy and normalise food and feeding.


Skye Shute – Speech Pathologist


Bachelor of Health Science (Speech Pathology) Honours
Member of Speech Pathology Australia (PSR)

Since graduating from Flinders University in 2007, Skye has worked has worked as a paediatric speech pathologist in both South Australia and Tasmania providing services in not for profit, private clinic and educational settings. Read More

Kerryn Simpson – Paediatric Occupational Therapist


Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy)
Graduate Certificate in Education (Vision Impairment)

Kerryn is a dedicated and passionate therapist with over 6 years experience in providing Occupational Therapy services to children and families. Kerryn has worked in both private practice and community organisations, providing support within the home, kindergarten, school and clinic settings. Read More

Dr Sonali Vasilunas – Paediatrician

Bachelor of Medicine
Bachelor of Surgery

Sonali is a Consultant General Paediatrician who has been working in Paediatric Medicine since 2001. She completed a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery through the University of Adelaide in 1999. Read More

Contact Us

Lively Eaters
Phone: (08) 7226 6395

Opening Hours:
Monday: By Appointment
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: By Appointment
Thursday: By Appointment
Friday: By Appointment
Saturday: By Appointment
Sunday: Closed

Clinic hours: Monday to Saturday by appointment Reception hours: Mon/Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sat part time. Reception is closed on Tuesdays.