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Michelle attended QUT and Griffith University and attained her Bachelor of Education in 1996. She worked with Education Queensland and then privately in special education and management of neuro divergent children until entering medical school in 2000. She was driven to medicine with a passion for working with children and adolescents with additional needs.
Graduating medicine in 2005, she went on to work for 4 years at Redcliffe Hospital, commencing specialist GP fellowship training in 2009. Dr. Michelle fellowed in 2011 and has worked extensively in the management of children, adolescents and adults with neurodiversity across all of their medical and psychological needs. She works with patients across the lifespan and continues to work as a specialist GP in North Brisbane. She is a medical educator.
Michelle has a passion for making a difference, developing relationships with her patients and their families, and for supporting and advocating that all people achieve their best lives. She loves being part of a group of like-minded professionals and is so proud to be part of the Hype! Team.
MBBS; FRACGP – level 2 mental health skills training; Medical Educator; Bachelor of Education (Special Education)
Dr. Michelle is married with 2 daughters and too many pets, she loves books, the ocean, good food and good company.
Dr. Annie graduated from University of Melbourne with Honours in 2003. She obtained her Fellowship in General Practice in 2009 and Masters in Public Health in 2011, and has worked in a diverse range of settings. She has extensive experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care and has built strong community connections over more than a decade in this area. She has gained extra skills in child health with the Westmead Child Health Program, has experience working closely with developmental paediatricians and allied health teams to improve outcomes for families. She has also worked at Brisbane Youth Service, Refugee Health Service, Mater Antenatal and Postnatal clinics with a special interest in Infant and Perinatal Mental Health. Annie is a keen medical educator, teaching medical students and GP registrars the art of medicine. She is a member of Australian Society of Psychological Medicine and has a passion for psychologically informed healthcare.
Annie is a mum of two primary school aged children. She loves camping, playing piano, swimming and baking. Annie brings a breadth of experience with a comprehensive approach and a friendly compassionate style. She works closely with families to optimise their health and wellbeing, develop their strengths, and support their journey through the healthcare system.
“A person is a person, no matter how small” Dr. Seuss
Carley studied medicine at Griffith University, graduating in 2013. She then went on to work extensively in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, before deciding to pursue specialist GP training. Carley undertook further training in Paediatrics through the Sydney Child Health Program. She now works as a specialist GP with a special interest in women’s and children’s health. Carley has a keen interest in supporting neurodivergent people to be their best selves.
Dr. Brenda Mary graduated with a Bachelors of Medicine and Bachelors of Surgery in 2008, she then worked in multiple hospitals across Australia. She started specialist GP fellowship training in 2013 and was awarded the Fellowship from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2016.
She completed a Diploma in Child Health (Sydney) in 2016 and has since worked extensively in general practice for the last 10 years .She has a special interest in Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics. She is passionate about understanding the story behind every child, working together with the family and providing holistic care with a biopsychosocial approach.
Brenda was born and raised in Dubai, and thinks in multiple languages. She strives to celebrate our differences while sharing our similarities. In her other life she is mum of 2, enjoys abstract art ,music, travel and food .
“If there is any sort of magic in this world, it must be in the attempt of understanding someone sharing something ”
Dr. Morton graduated both a Bachelors of Science in Psychology, and Medicine with first class honours, at the University of Queensland. She is a qualified Psychiatrist with sub-specialty training in children and adolescents.
She is qualified to treat all mental health and behavioural disorders from a biopsychosocial framework, including ordering medical tests, prescribing medication, and providing individual, family, or group psychotherapy. She is passionate about supporting neurospicy folk to find their tribe and hone their talents, is mother to two spirited kids of her own, and has a lived experience of ADHD.
Dr. Morton has additional skills in:
She also has research experience in:
After graduating Medicine in 2002, Dr. Morton completed her medical internship at Logan Hospital. She accepted a Principal House Officer position in Logan Adult Mental Health Service the following year, working in the inpatient unit and community clinic. She subsequently joined the Psychiatry training program and completed training terms in Adult Mental Health, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Basic Training, Forensic Mental Health including working in Prison Mental Health and the High Secure Unit at The Park – Centre for Mental Health, and Psychiatry of Old Age at Robina Hospital.
She began her Advanced Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 2008, spending 18 months at the Barrett Adolescent Centre, a long-stay treatment program in Queensland, reserved for the most complex and challenging cases. She was awarded one of two Research Registrar Positions in Queensland Health across all medical specialties for her neuro-imaging project studying emotional mirror neurons, attachment, and self harm in adolescents. During this deployment she trained with world experts in mirror neuron research at the La Sapienza University in Rome, and was one of the youngest presenters to be invited to speak at the World Congress in Biological Psychiatry in Paris, on the topic of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) in the treatment of severe Tourette’s syndrome. She also consulted as a medical advisor for the SBS documentary The Silent Epidemic, on the topic of the science of self-injury.
Over the last decade, she has put her heart and soul into private practice, running a number of therapy groups at the Kooky Clinic, including the “Bubble & Squeak” group for families living with Tourette Syndrome, and “The Healing Circle”, a recovery-focused group for young people recovering from self harm. She has provided clinical supervision and education programs for Psychology and Psychiatry trainees, other Psychiatrists, GPs, and Educators. In addition, she presents regularly at conferences around Australia, to her clinical colleagues, on a variety of topics, most recently providing full day workshops to Educators on the challenging topic of school refusal. She is passionate about connecting with young people, supporting families, finding creative ways to transform suffering, uncovering hidden strengths, creating safe spaces for the neurodiverse in schools and life in general, and helping kids to follow their bliss.
“The day the child realizes
that all adults are imperfect,
he becomes an adolescent;
The day he forgives them,
he becomes an adult;
The day he forgives himself,
he becomes wise”
Dr. Ghassan is an Advanced Psychiatric Registrar in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry with an extensive experience of more than 13 years in mental health which includes working in public and private mental health services. Apart from the private work at Kooky Clinic, Dr. Ghassan works part-time at Headspace Early Psychosis program as a Senior Medical Officer.
Dr. Ghassan believes that mental health issues and personal vulnerabilities can turn to an opportunity for growth and self-fulfillment through introspection, self-care, emotional connectedness and deep understanding of the impact of lived experiences on our psychological, social and physical wellbeing. Hence, his preferred clinical approach is psychodynamic and systemic approaches which focus on the person’s suffering through the lens of emotional and relational connections as the cornerstone for our humane experiences and the starting point for healing and recovery.
Dr. Ghassan has extensive experience in different mental health and developmental conditions including ADHD and other neurodiversity, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, PTSD, anxiety disorders, OCD, and all other child and adolescent mental health issues.
Dr. Ghassan also has a special interest in psychotherapy, with particular interest in psychodynamic psychotherapy, and he is trained in other psychotherapeutic modalities including CBT and family therapy.
Dr. Bronwyn is an advanced Psychiatry Registrar with sub-specialty training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has a wide range of health science experience, having completed her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree on the Gold Coast as well as a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (first class Honours) from the University of Queensland.
Dr. Bronwyn has a passion for youth mental health and offers a holistic approach to caring for her patients in a collaborative environment. She has extensive skills and experience to enhance the care, support and recovery of children and adolescents with mental health issues; including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD, OCD and psychotic disorders.
Additionally, her areas of special interest include:
Apart from the private work at Kooky Clinic, Dr. Bronwyn also works in the public mental health sector as an Advanced Trainee in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
She has an appreciation for cultural diversity and equal opportunity and advocates for all to reach their full potential through patient centred care principles. With a deep-seated understanding of the impact of mental health issues, Dr. Bronwyn uses a biopsychosocial framework to assess, diagnose and treat. Recognising Psychiatry as a unique combination of science and art, she uses various treatment modalities including psychotherapy, family interventions and the judicious use of medications. Dr. Bronwyn is also involved in university teaching and is passionate about ongoing research in the field of Youth Mental Health.
“You are Stronger than you seem, Braver than you believe and Smarter than you think you are..”
--- AA Milne ---
Maud is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian & Nutritionist (APD) and a Credentialed Eating Disorder Clinician.
She is passionate about:
Maud works with age groups ranging from school age children to older adults. She can help with:
Management of medication side effects
MAUD’S BACKGROUND AND QUALIFICATIONS
Maud was born in France and, although she doesn’t really drink wine, she loves bread and cheese! Before becoming a dietitian, she worked as a researcher in molecular biology for more than 10 years and was also a scuba diving instructor. She has lived in The Netherland and Germany but really found her home in Queensland.
As a dietitian, she has experience working in hospital and community services specialising in mental health. She has also developed and facilitated several cooking programs for persons with a lived experience of mental illness to help them prepare stress-free meals that are both yummy and nutritious.
Her qualifications are listed below: