EXPERT PANEL

Your need as a parent for reliable advice and information straight from the source encouraged us to put together a panel of experts who are well respected in their particular fields. Not only do they add value to the content we publish on BabyYumYum, but they are also available to answer your relevant questions within a 24-72-hour turnaround time.

DR TONY KARPELOWSKY

CHIROPRACTOR AND FOUNDER OF DUDES TO DADS

Tony is a chiropractor who has treated babies and children for close to 20 years, He is passionate about his work and about paediatric spinal health. Tony completed a masters dissertation on chiropractic in the treatment of infantile colic. He is one of the founding members of Paediatric Chiropractic South Africa where he continues to function as an executive member. He has been invited to speak at various schools, conferences, antenatal courses, expo’s, and mom’s groups.
Tony is also the founder of Dudes to Dads, a training workshop to teach new and expecting dads the information and practical tools needed to be a confident hands on father.
Outside of practice, Tony loves family time with his wife and two incredible children.

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SURVIVAL CPR

PROFESSIONAL RESUSCITATION PRACTITIONERS (CPR, CHOKING, FIRST AID)

Sister Catherine Rodwell is the founder of Survival CPR, which is passionate about teaching people how to save lives. Their instructors are all highly qualified ICU and trauma sisters and have had years of critical experience. The American Heart Association and the Resuscitation Council of South Africa endorse and certify their course, and Discovery Vitality rewards their course attendees with 2 500 Vitality points for completing the course. Survival CPR offers courses to parents-to-be, as well as parents with babies and small children (their Infant and Child CPR and First Aid Course). They also run courses for au pairs and domestic workers.

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MANDY LEE MILLER

CREATOR AND DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL CAR SEAT AWARENESS INITIATIVE #CARSEATFULLSTOP

Mandy is recognised as one of two car seat experts in South Africa. A mom of one beautiful little girl, Charlotte Rose, she is passionate about children and safety. Alongside #CarseatFullstop, she has a popular parenting blog Pregnant in Cape Town, a small online parenting magazine Tums 2 Tots Online and is a professional freelance writer, editor and brand consultant.

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CENTAPAEDS

THERAPY CENTRE

CentaPaeds Therapy Centre, located in the leafy suburb of Dunvegan, Edenvale, is an integrated, multidisciplinary treatment centre. As part of the team, the three counselling psychologists work from an integrative perspective, combining talk and play therapy with new innovative approaches to treatment. Clients range in age from three years to 93 years, and they bring many different types of presenting problems.

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ARRIVE ALIVE

NGO

The Arrive Alive Online initiative is aimed at enhancing road safety awareness as part of the much needed “E” for Education required in making roads safer! They believe that an informed road user is a safer road user and have become a very important tool to distribute road safety content not only via the Arrive Alive website, but also through a variety of road safety and insurance related blogs.

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CLAIRE MAHER

EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Claire studied at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg and at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, qualifying in 2012. Her approach is psychodynamic and long term, and she now works in private practice and lends her services to a school in Johannesburg. She sees children for play therapy, adolescents for therapy and parents for parental guidance, and she conducts assessments for school placement and accommodations.

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DR ENRICO MARASCHIN

PAEDIATRICIAN

Affectionately known as “Dr Rico” by his patients, Dr Maraschin is passionate about preventative medicine and building trusted relationships with parents and patients is a priority to him. Well-known among the community, he is highly regarded with providing the best care for babies, toddlers and kids. He has played a pivotal role in creating his well-deserved prestige, with a particular interest in neonatology, allergies, immunology and vaccinology.

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GOOD NIGHT

CHILD & BABY SLEEP CONSULTANCY

As BabyYumYum’s exclusive sleep experts, Good Night specialises in all things sleep when it comes to babies and young children. Their sleep consultants are trained professionals who undergo strict screening and education processes. They believe in creating a start-to-finish solution for families. Good Night is associated with international associations and accredited by the South African Sleep Association..

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INGE LOUBSER

JUNIOR PARTNER OF THE MELLINS FULL SERVICE OPTOMETRY GROUP

Inge is a qualified optometrist and became the Mellins i-Style practice manager for the Brandwag branch in Bloemfontein in 2009. Inge insists on professional eye care, optically superior products and patient satisfaction. As a spokesperson for the Mellins i-Style brand she brings eye care, optically advanced testing and precision i.Scription lenses to all Mellins i-Style patients.

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DR JIREH SERFONTEIN

SEXUAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER

Dr Serfontein is passionate about all aspects of sexual health and has been working exclusively in the field of Sexual Medicine since 2013. Dr Serfontein is part of the team at My Sexual Health – a multidisciplinary team of Sexual Health Professionals in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town, who are all registered with the Southern African Sexual Health Association (SASHA) and applicable professional boards.

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KELLY NATHAN

AUDIOLOGIST

Kelly Nathan is a registered audiologist and currently owns and works at Kelly Nathan Audiology in Johannesburg. She is also an active member on various committees of the South African Association of Audiologists. Kelly has an interest in hearing healthcare in children and adults, and believes in providing her clients with individualised service for all their hearing needs in a warm and caring environment.

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EXPERT CONSULTANTS

FIT 4 TWO

KAYLA MURPHY AND GILL SCHEEPERS, BIOKINETICISTS AND FOUNDERS

Gill and Kayla are passionate about pre-and postnatal exercise. Fit 4 Two consists of a specialised pre- and postnatal exercise programme developed by biokineticists. They aim to ensure that pregnant women enjoy safe and effective exercise classes throughout pregnancy and then re-strengthen the body postpartum while exercising with their babies and having fun. They promote healthy, happy moms, who receive a full spectrum wellness experience from pregnancy to postpartum and beyond

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CHRISSIE SMITH-SCHULER

DOULA, POSTPARTUM DOULA & PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION SPECIALIST

Chrissie is passionate about the care of moms during their pregnancy, labour and beyond, helping them to have the birth experience that they dream of. She loves the motto “Mother the Mother in each of us and she will Mother us all”. Chrissie supports moms who have both natural and c section births.

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DR EBRAHIM BODA

COSMETIC & PAEDIATRIC DENTIST

Dr Boda studied BSc and majored in biochemistry and psychology at Medunsa. Thereafter he found hDr Boda studied BSc and majored in biochemistry and psychology at Medunsa. Thereafter he found his passion in dentistry and completed his BDS dental degree. He continuously seeks out training and professional development opportunities, especially with topics related to cosmetic dentistry and paediatric dentistry. Dr Boda’s mission is to provide quality dental services to all patients in a warm, friendly atmosphere and he practises in the progressive Big Red Tooth Dental Practice, located in Fourways, Johannesburg.

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DR JOANNE POTTOW

GYNAECOLOGIST & REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE SPECIALIST

As a Reproductive Medicine Specialist at Medfem, Joanne really does believe that modern women can have it all if they choose to and has a passion for empowering them to be in control of their lives and the decision to start a family. She is also committed to educating both genders on fertility issues in an honest, yet positive way.

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KATH MEGAW

CLINICAL DIETITIAN & FOUNDER OF NUTRIPAEDS

Kath is a clinical dietitian with special interest in paediatrics. Her private national and international practice is not only built on assisting her little patients with their nutritional needs but also offering support to moms and dads. She is a regular speaker at baby and toddler seminars, runs workshops on infant and childhood nutrition, writes for leading publications and she is a respected author in her field. Kath sits on three international boards including the European board for feeding premature infants.

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NICCI COERTZE

PERINATAL BEREAVEMENT EXPERT

As seasoned SBD Bereavement Doula, Nicci contributes her perinatal bereavement expertise to pregnancy and infant loss awareness and education. She has written an online course for bereaved parents to equip them to deal with their grief and, as owner of NCOT (Pty) Ltd, she has also conceptualised and written SA’s first comprehensive online perinatal bereavement worker training programme. Working together with a specialist gynaecologist in Midrand, Nicci offers doula support to parents choosing to birth naturally or via Caesarean section.

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RIANETTE LEIBOWITZ

AUTHOR, PRESENTER & CYBER SAFETY ACTIVIST

Rianette aims to save lives by creating awareness of responsible online engagement for the youth and their parents with the support of national and international parties involved. She has appeared on various platforms as a TV and radio presenter, author and speaker. In her book Not for Sale – Relationships of Influence, she conveys her passion for the power of personal and professional relationships by telling the stories of influencers and friends.

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DR SUMAYYA EBRAHIM

PSYCHOLOGIST

Dr Ebrahim is a registered psychologist in Johannesburg. She holds an honours degree in Applied Psychology, a cum laude Masters degree in Psychology and a PhD. She has special interest in the areas of wellbeing, infertility, parenthood, sexuality, the body and emotional intelligence. Dr Ebrahim is both an academic and a practitioner and is the author of Investment in Self: A comprehensive wellbeing construct.

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VEERASH SRIKISON

ADVOCATE, MEDIATOR, & DIRECTOR: FAIR PRACTICE

Veerash Srikison is an admitted advocate since 2003 and also the founder and director at Fair Practice (PTY) Ltd based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She chose to branch out into mediation. Coupled with raising awareness about the benefits of mediation with her numerous engagements in the media, she also focuses on the rights of children. Veerash is a trustee of Matla A Bana – A Voice Against Child Abuse, and works closely with the SAPS and is often invited as a speaker to events.

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XOLI MAKABANE

MIDWIFE IN PRIVATE PRACTICE

Xoli is a mother of three working as a private midwife at Genesis Clinic in Saxonwold, Johannesburg. After working leaving Eastern Cape, she worked in various private clinics in Johannesburg until she joined Linkwood Clinic in 2002. Thereafter, she decided to open her own private practice to fulfil her dream of helping women to make informed birthing choices and feel fully supported of their choice.

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