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 quality and experienced 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



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 16 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 15 years of experience working in paediatric community services. Read More

Amalie Hooper – Office Manager

Amalie has over 14 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 10 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 28 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.

Dr Therese Post – Paediatrician

Bachelor of Medicine, University of Adelaide – 2000

Fellowship (Paediatrics) Royal Australasian College of Physicians – 2007

Prior to commencing private practice Therese has worked at the Mildura Base Hospital in Victoria (2007-2011), the Mt Gambier Hospital in SA (2013-2015) and the Women’s & Children’s Hospital (SA).

Therese loves the diversity of general paediatrics and enjoys managing newborns and children with a wide spectrum of medical, growth, developmental, behavioural and emotional problems.  Her gentle nuturing manner is appreciated by our often stressed and anxious families.

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

Jessica Smith – Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy)
Registered Occupational Therapist with AHPRA
Member of Occupational Therapy Australia

Jess is a passionate Occupational Therapist with over 7 years experience working with children and families. She has supported children across many settings, including home, kindergarten, school and clinic. Jess has recently returned to Adelaide after living and working in Melbourne and London for several years. Here she worked with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities and developmental delays.

Jess has a special interest in working with children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and sensory processing difficulties and has undertaken additional training in these areas.  She is passionate about supporting families to enjoy mealtimes together and have positive experiences with food and eating.

Erin Warnes – Paediatric Occupational Therapist


Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy)

Member Occupational Therapy Australia

Erin has over 10 years experience as an Occupational Therapist working in a range of community settings. She has worked in multi-disciplinary teams to maximise the functioning of children experiencing developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder and intellectual and physical disabilities. Having three young children herself, one with challenges related to feeding, Erin’s passion in working with children and families experiencing feeding challenges ignited. Erin has undertaken a range of ongoing training related to sensory processing and draws upon this knowledge and experience to assist children to regulate for eating and to build on foods with preferred sensory properties. Erin has undertaken further study and courses related to feeding and relationship based approaches. She understands the importance of relationship in maximising feeding outcomes and works with children and families to, most importantly, be in the moment together.

Roanna Whiting – Paediatric Speech Pathologist


  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology
  • Member of Speech Pathology Australia (PSR)

Roanna is a Speech Pathologist who is passionate about paediatric feeding and working with young children and their families. Roanna has experience in both private practice and public health settings, and has worked with children with significant sensory feeding and swallowing difficulties. Roanna has also worked with a variety of fussy feeders in group settings across Adelaide.  She strives to maintain her knowledge in the area through regular professional development.  Her enthusiasm and ability to build a great rapport with children and families ensures she provides family centred therapy based around meeting the needs of both the child and their family.


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.