Dr Sangeeta Garg – Consultant Paediatrician
FRACP, FCP (SA), DTM&H, DCH, MBBS
Sangeeta completed her MBBS Degree from Christian Medical College, Vellore, India. She trained in Paediatrics at the Teaching Group of Hospitals affiliated with the Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, South Africa. Since then Sangeeta has worked as a Consultant Paediatrician in Johannesburg, Brisbane, and in the United Kingdom. Following this, she worked for 5 years in Dubbo as a full-time Senior Staff Specialist. Sangeeta was also attached to the University of Sydney’s Rural School of Health as Clinical Lecturer. However, when her daughters left home to pursue tertiary education in the bigger cities, Sangeeta accepted the exciting challenge of working and making a difference in Western Sydney.
Sangeeta finds every aspect of Paediatrics fascinating. Her special interests are developmental and behavioral paediatrics, Autism, ADHD, enuresis, allergy and asthma, cardiology, growth, and other endocrine disorders, weight management, diabetes, reflux, and other infant feeding issues.
Sangeeta aims to provide compassionate, caring and knowledgeable care to all the children and families she comes in contact with.
Sangeeta’s work ethic is from her Alma Mater- Christian Medical College, Vellore in India. The basis of her rich knowledge of organic pathology is the grueling training she received in the battlefields of Soweto in Johannesburg in the days when continuous 30-Hour Shifts were the norm. Sangeeta’s expertise in ADHD, Autism and behavioral difficulties in children was gained in her work in Brisbane and Dubbo. Her notable teachers in child psychology have been her own two daughters.
Sangeeta speaks fluent English, Hindi and can understand Urdu and Punjabi. She also knows a few words of Tamil from her years in Vellore.
Sangeeta’s passions are children- helping to make their lives better and to help their parents improve their children’s lives. Sangeeta is also an advocate for children with chronic diseases and from marginalized groups.
Sangeeta is also passionate about gender equality and the empowerment of girls and women.
Sangeeta consults at Rouse Hill Specialist Centre on a Tuesday every month, at Warnervale Medical Complex every Thursday and at Mariners Medical once a month. Appointments to be seen at these locations can be made by contacting the PSC reception.
Dr SVS Soundappan – General Paediatric Surgeon
Dr Soundappan is a General Paediatric Surgeon. He is a Senior Staff Specialist and Head of Trauma at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. He is also Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Surgery at The University of Sydney.
Dr Soundappan completed his undergraduate training from Madras Medical College, India in 1989. He completed his Paediatric Surgery training from The Institute of Child Health, Chennai in 1996 and moved to Sydney in 2002.
Dr Soundappan’s special interests are Paediatric Trauma Care, Hirschsprung’s disease, Anorectal anomalies, Hypospadias, Point of Care Ultrasound and Minimally Invasive Surgery.
Dr Sanjay Sinha – Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
MBBS, MD, FRANZCP, Certificate Child Psychiatry
Dr Sanjay Sinha has been with the prestigious Dubbo Medical and Allied Health Group since its inception in 2011. Prior to this, he was Consultant Psychiatrist Dubbo Community CAMHS and Lecturer Child Psychiatry Rural Campus Sydney University from 2007 to 2016.
Dr Sinha has studied in Delhi, India and Melbourne, Australia and has worked as a psychiatrist in Delhi, Melbourne, Sydney and now Dubbo. Dr Sinha is particularly interested in child and adolescent mental health and specializes in child psychiatry. At work, Dr Sinha appreciates the share care ideology of an allied health environment and outside of work enjoys playing bridge.
PSC is grateful that Dr Sinha has agreed to participate in Telepsychiatry sessions for children with very complex mental health needs.
Ms Mala Sharma – Registered Psychologist, MAPS
BSc, Grad Dip Ed, Grad Dip Psych, Post Grad Dip Psych, Grad Certificate in School Counseling
Mala is an Australian trained registered psychologist, registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) and is a Board endorsed Supervisor. Mala is also registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). She holds qualifications in Psychology, Education, Nutrition Research and Counselling. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and a member of the Mental Health Professionals Network in the Hills District.
She has experience in a range of settings, with experience and special interest in working with young children and adolescents.
She is an approved Medicare Provider of Psychological Services, a registered NDIS provider, a registered counselor with the Victims Services of NSW, Registered provider with the Access to Allied Health Services (ATAPS), a registered psychologist with Defence Force of Australia and is registered with most Private Health funds.
Her qualifications in Education and Psychology allow her to work confidently with children and adolescents. Mala has worked in the NSW Public Schools and the Catholic System. Her passion has been to promote and facilitate Emotional Literacy and Multiple Intelligence based learning. Mala is skilled in the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, anger, and self-esteem issues.
Mala is dedicated to providing a multimodal approach to psychological therapy and interventions. She integrates the best from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Brief-Solution Focused Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Emotional Freedom Therapy (EFT) and Motivational Interviewing to tailor treatments to meet the specific goals and requirements for each client.
Mala endeavors to provide a warm, empathic, supportive and nurturing environment to all her clients.
Ms Lisa Pagano – Paediatric Physiotherapist
B.App.Sc (PHTY) Hons
Lisa is a physiotherapist registered with the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA). Lisa has a special interest in paediatrics, and conducts the physiotherapy clinic at the Paediatric Specialist Centre with children and adolescents to achieve their goals. She also works at Central West Physiotherapy.
She has experience in a range of settings including working in vestibular rehabilitation, dance and hospital physiotherapy and is currently attaining her PhD through the University of Sydney.
Paediatric physiotherapists specialize in the assessment and treatment of infants and children. They work closely with pediatricians, orthopedic surgeons, and general practitioners to enhance many aspects of your child’s physical and neurological development.
Our paediatric services include assessment and management of the following:
Ms Manjari Saxena
Manjari, our lovely secretary, and admin manager will warmly welcome and greet you at the front desk as you arrive. She prides herself on being patient-focused in providing high-quality care and support to all our patients and their families.
As a mother of two young boys, she understands the joys and challenges that parenthood brings.
Manjari is happy to answer any queries that you may have about PSC – always with a smile!
Ms Lynne Bullen – Occupational Therapist, RDI® Certified Consultant
B.App.Sc (OT), Member of Occupational Therapy Australia and RDI Consultants Australia
Lynne completed her Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Sydney. She is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, AHPRA, and a member of Occupational Therapy Australia. Lynne has worked with, and in, a broad range of children’s services, including schools, preschools, hospitals, government therapy services, and specialized non-government organizations providing services for children with physical disabilities and autism spectrum disorder. Throughout her career, she has been able to build on her experience and knowledge of the many facets of autism spectrum disorder, as this is an area she has been drawn to. Lynne has also completed multiple training courses that relate to symptoms that often co-occur with autism. She has completed multiple courses in sensory processing and sensory sensitivities and is trained in helping fussy eating (including using the Sensory Oral Sequential (SOS Program)). Lynne can also support parents when their child has difficulties with sleep or toileting.
While working in a specialized autism service, Lynne became aware that there wasn’t enough understanding about how children who have autism can develop the readiness to have true friendships. Friendships make such a difference to our lives and parents wanted to know how they could help their children to enjoy this aspect of life. In 2010, Lynne decided to work as a private practitioner so that she could pursue training in the Relationship Development Intervention Program (RDI), which is based in Texas. She became an RDI Certified Consultant in 2012.
Lynne now offers a very individualized RDI Program to families who are affected by autism spectrum disorder (and other conditions where social interaction is impacted). Relationship Development Intervention differs from standard therapy provision. The consultant meets with you, the parents, to coach you in how to facilitate social and emotional growth in your child, teen or young adult.
The typical parent-child “dance” is interrupted when a child has autism, and parents start to follow the child’s lead to keep the child calm, rather than the child looking to the parent for guidance. RDI’s focus is to facilitate the parents’ guiding relationship with their child, so that the child becomes aware of the parent’s communication and actions, and starts to absorb their modeling. This is what happens typically in infancy and is vital to the child being able to “read” other people and relate to them effectively in the years ahead.
Lynne’s background in occupational therapy gives her practical knowledge and experience to support parents in their struggles with daily routines and skills with their children. Her use of the RDI program’s framework and principles enables a broader approach that reduces the core symptoms of autism. Together, we will be developing your child’s flexibility, communication, motivation, awareness, self-regulation, self-esteem, connection, understanding, problem-solving, relationships, and emotional intelligence. This occurs within the daily routines, play and activities you typically do with your child.
You will use short videos of your interactions with your child as a learning tool and share them on your private section of the RDI Connect learning site. These videos are also used to determine goals and monitor progress. In this way, together with initial baseline videos that Lynne films, she gets to know your child without seeing them regularly. This process means that RDI meetings of parents and consultant can be provided via online video conferencing if you can’t come into the centre every fortnight.