A Neonatologist is a doctor who takes care of babies (and probably took care of your baby) in the intensive care nursery. After discharge, they can help with any remaining medical problems and help you and your baby transition to home. A Developmental Pediatrician is a doctor who plays for a living! Play is a child’s work and learning. They work with children and families to optimize your child’s brain development. At Sunnybrook, both Dr. Church and Dr. Banihani are trained in both Neonatology and Developmental Pediatrics so you will get both types of needs addressed, shifting from the intensive care to play.
Lesley Barreira is a Behaviour Analyst. In her role, Lesley helps parents take a look at the context in which behaviour problems occur. We do this to figure out the variables in the environment that are maintaining the behaviour problems. When the family is ready to create behaviour change, we always build on child and family strengths. Lesley’s clinical interests include: sleep training, non-compliance, and parent well-being.
Mallory Owen and Isabel Lam are Occupational Therapists (OT). An OT is someone who helps people of all ages to develop, keep, or recover the skills they need for the job of living. They work with your babies and children and looks at the development of important skills such as moving, feeding, learning, and playing! At the Follow-Up Clinic, they will spend time interacting with you and your child to get to know your child’s unique strengths and goals for development. They will provide coaching and education, and may refer to other services or therapists in the community where you and your child can work towards these goals together.
Maureen Luther is a Pediatric Physiotherapist. A Pediatric Physiotherapist looks at how your baby moves. By watching how your baby moves, this allows us to understand how your baby’s brain is working. In addition, the PT assesses how your baby feeds so that you and your baby are both enjoying this important time together.
Patricia Maddalena is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She works in collaboration with the Neonatal Follow-up Clinic Team to support your infant’s overall development. The NP is a resource for medical and developmental services that may be required at various points during your child’s journey. Patricia interests include feeding and sleeping issues for premature infants as well as supporting healthy attachment behaviours for families.
Rosanna Manarin is a Registered Nurse. Rosanna assists in the evaluation of developmental progress and facilitates links to community resources for families.
Kate Robson is our Parent Coordinator. She has had infants in the NICU and has returned in a support role. Kate organizes parent activities and helps the NICU provide patient and family-centred care.