My interest in Tongue Tie dates back to 1999 when my first daughter was born. At 5 days old, having lost over 10% of her birth weight, we were fortunate enough to be able to call on the services of Carolyn Westcott, Lactation Consultant at Southampton, who diagnosed a tongue tie which was divided the same day by Paediatric Surgeon, Mr Mervyn Griffiths. Six children and four tongue ties later, I then returned to Southampton to be officially trained by Mervyn and Carolyn to divide tongue ties myself. I have been dividing tongue ties since 2008 and running a dedicated tongue tie clinic since 2010 and assess and divide tongue ties +/- lip ties in over one thousand babies each year.
I believe that every mother should have the opportunity to breastfeed her own child and enjoy the experience without pain and discomfort. As a Paediatrician, I also understand the importance of doing everything we can to improve breastfeeding rates in Ireland and therefore the long-term health of our population. Every breastfeed makes a difference.
I qualified from Leeds in 1996 already having decided that paediatrics was the path for me. I was fortunate enough to be able to get one of the first house officer (intern) jobs in Paediatrics in Leeds before moving onto SHO rotations initially at St Mary's, Isle of Wight and then at the Southampton Hospitals group. I started my specialist registrar training at Coventry followed by Birmingham Children's Hospital. As a family we then relocated to Ireland and I completed my higher specialist training between Sligo General Hospital, Crumlin Children's Hospital and The National Children's Hospital, Tallaght. As a Consultant Paediatrician I have worked at the National Children's Hospital, Tallaght and Sligo General Hospital before taking a permanent position at South Tipperary General Hospital in March 2009.
I have Membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (MRCPCH) and have registration with the Medical Council (Number 171584) under the Specialist Division for Paediatrics.