Dr. Justin Roche

Consultant Paediatrician (MB ChB, MRCPCH, IBCLC)

Justin is a Consultant Paediatrician and a Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (MRCPCH) and a Fellow of The Faculty of Paediatrics, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and have registration with the Medical Council (Number 171584) under the Specialist Division for Paediatrics.

He has spent thousands of hours on continuing education having attended numerous conferences and courses on tongue tie, predominantly in the States, in order to be at the forefront of care for infants, children and adults. He is also a board member of the International Consortium of Ankyloglossia Professionals (ICAP).

Justin’s interest in Tongue Tie dates back to 1999 when his first daughter was born. At 5 days old she had her tongue tie divided in Southampton. Six children and four tongue ties later, he returned to Southampton to start his training in how to divide tongue ties himself. He has been treating tongue ties since 2008 and running a dedicated tongue tie clinic since 2010. Currently Justin and the Team would assess and divide tongue ties +/- lip ties in over one thousand children each year.

Kate Roche

Paediatric Physiotherapist BSc Physiotherapy, MISCP, MCSP 

Kate is a Paediatric Physiotherapist who specialises in working with babies and children with tethered oral tissues.

Having trained at the University of Liverpool, she worked in both Leeds and Southampton, where she led and delivered the regional neonatal service for pre-term and high-risk infants, before moving to Ireland. She is a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and registered with CORU PT03981.

Kate has travelled many times over the last few years, mainly to the USA, to complete further training in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy and Autonomic Nervous System Therapeutics.

Claire Bulfin

MA (hons), HDip, RM, RGN, IBCLC.

Claire is the lead Lactation Consultant here at the National Tongue Tie Centre.

Claire uses her professional training, with over two decades working as a midwife as well as her personal insights as a mother to four children, to help parents work from their own inner strength to make informed educated decisions for their children.

Claire has practised for over ten years as a Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and is committed to ongoing education, attending conferences nationally and internationally.

Her professional interests include pregnancy, birth and infant feeding. Claire is passionate about the importance of emotional well-being and support during early parenthood. Claire spent several years supporting breastfeeding families as a voluntary breastfeeding counsellor and antenatal teacher with CUIDIU.

Her expertise lies in providing emotional support for parents who are experiencing feeding difficulties.  Claire has recently undertaken training with SOFFI which supports oral feeding in fragile Infants. 

Claire has advocated for breastfeeding on national radio and television.

Claire loves reading, travelling, long beach walks along her local beach in Dunmore East with her family and long coffee mornings with her friends.

Amanda Glynn

IBCLC, CLM, LLB

Amanda spent several years supporting breastfeeding families as a voluntary breastfeeding counsellor before receiving her IBCLC qualification. She established a busy private practice in the West of Ireland and joined the multidisciplinary team at the National Tongue-tie Centre in 2015.

 

Amanda applies her knowledge and experience, from working with families experiencing feeding difficulties for over a decade, to improve the practice of managing and supporting feeding skill development for infants, young children and parents.

 

She is passionate and committed to keeping up-to-date with the latest knowledge and thinking. Amanda uses her expertise, gained through her undergraduate studies and her postgraduate training, to apply scientifically valid methods, to review and appraise the research literature in a systematic way and to help conduct practice-based research. 

 

In 2017, Amanda completed the Cochrane Ireland Systematic Review Training at the National University of Ireland Galway. She uses her knowledge in evaluation, research methodology and outcome measurement to drive meaningful and positive change and to improve the practice of managing and supporting families who are experiencing feeding difficulties.  She has assisted in national policy development and has served on various committees at national level.

 

In addition, Amanda has undertaken the Maternal & Infant Nutrition training programme with Cornel University and completed Monash University’s Advanced Perninatal Mental Health Training for Midwives in 2013. She has undertaken addional training with the Paediatric Feeding & Swallowing Academy and is a TummyTime!™ Certified Professional 

 

In her free time, Amanda loves to spend time with her husband and 3 sons, travelling and discovering new restaurants.

Marie Meagher

Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and Public Health Nurse

Marie works full time as a Public Health Nurse and is also a Lactation Consultant. She is married to Michael and they have 3 children Will, Muireann and Tom. When starting out with her first baby, Marie found the experience quite overwhelming and was determined to exclusively breastfeed. Adjusting to her new role, Marie went on to breastfeed all of her children resulting in almost 8 years of breastfeeding. During this time she realised the huge need for proper advice and support.

Along with a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing from UCC Marie also holds a BSc Honours degree in Midwifery and a Higher Diploma in General Nursing and is a Lactation Consultant since 2009. Marie has been working with mothers and babies for the last 17 years between a career in Midwifery and Public Health Nursing and also worked as a Community Midwife in the UK on a home birth team. Presently as a Public Health Nurse Marie supports mothers in their feeding choices on discharge home with their babies. Marie has a great interest in infant and childhood nutrition and health, and enjoys working with parents during this time. Marie also acts as a referral source for her colleagues around breastfeeding issues. Marie is a member of The Association of Lactation Consultants in Ireland.

“It is a great privilege to work with mums and their babies during this unique time, I feel all mums and babies are entitled to the professional support and assistance to realise their breastfeeding goals.“

Agnes Fitzgerald

Paediatric Nurse and Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Agnes worked in Neonatal ICU at University Hospital Waterford from 2001 to 2019 where she helped Mothers of both Term & Preterm Infants become established on their road to successful breastfeeding. 
Agnes is a Lactation Consultant since 2009 and also a member of The Association of Lactation Consultants in Ireland (ALCI). 
She is also a Paediatric Nurse having worked in Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin for a number of years.
Living in Kilkenny and married to Sean they have three girls Emily,Hannah and Mia.

Michelle Prendergast

Receptionist

Michelle has been working in Administration in South Tipperary General Hospital for over a decade. She began there in 2005 in the Admissions Department working 24 hour roster and gaining experience in areas such as Colposcopy, Dayward, Theatre, Physiotherapy, Library, Outpatients, Acute Medical Assessment Unit, Healthcare Records and finally ending up in her current position as Secretary to the Deputy General Manager and Administration Assistant for Dr. Justin Roche at the Infant Feeding Centre.

Michelle is currently on the Committee for the Emergency Services Cycle. Each year in June a walk and cycle for up to 750 participants is carefully organised and all monies raised go to a chosen local charity. This year is the 10th Anniversary of this charity all in memory of her colleague and friend, Advanced Paramedic, Jim Hogan.

Michelle’s main passion for much of her life has being playing the piano accordion, classically trained and is bashful in admitting she is All-Ireland Champion on a number of occasions.

Louise O'Donovan

Clinic Manager

After completing a BA in English and Mathematics at NUIG. Louise studied a post graduate Diploma in Advertising in DIT. Louise and her husband Karl moved to the US and for the next 11 years Louise worked in advertising, marketing and Special Markets managing both domestic and international accounts. Upon returning to Ireland, Louise and Karl settled in Clonmel. They have three boys Culann, Naoise and Fionn. Louise is also a part time yoga teacher.

Siobhán McCarthy

Receptionist

Siobhán has been working as part of the administration team in South Tipperary General Hospital for three years supporting the medical consultant teams. Her qualifications include business studies and legal administration.

Siobhán is passionate about all animals but especially her dog Holly who is a husky and enjoys long walks at the weekends. Her other hobbies include travelling, cinema and meeting new people. Siobhán looks forward to welcoming you and looking after you during your time here at the clinic.

 

 

Gillian Lynch

Health Care Assistant

Gillian is our newest team member at the National Tongue Tie Centre, having recently qualified as a Health Care Assistant. Caring for the young and the elderly as a child minder and carer over the past 17 years ignited her desire to return to study and qualify as a Health Care Assistant.

Gillian looks forward to welcoming and assisting you in every way possible during your time at the National Tongue Tie Centre.