Practitioner Course

Paediatrics Masterclass 2024

Obtain a high level of expertise using proven strategies to achieve reliable and safe outcomes for your paediatric patients.

Online Course
12 lessons


12 Months OR Subscriber Pass


15 hours total


Kimberley O'Brien, Belinda Robson, Debby Hamilton, Krystal Plonski, Catherine Darley, Leila Masson, Dawn Whitten, Daniel Robson

About this course

Specialising in paediatrics brings a busy and highly rewarding practice. Considering that a significant portion of our patient population consists of children, it's essential to acknowledge their unique healthcare needs. Treating young patients demands an understanding of their distinct health requirements, and applying adult concepts and protocols would be a mistake. Children are prone to specific illnesses, and it's incorrect to perceive them simply as smaller versions of adults due to their different physiology. Therefore, a tailored approach is vital for our younger patients.

This course provides a comprehensive and up-to-date examination of childhood healthcare, aiming to equip you with a high level of expertise. Exploring the latest research and skills, it focuses on addressing the most common childhood presentations encountered in clinical practice. The presenters are experienced clinicians with extensive knowledge in this field, ensuring you gain valuable clinical insights.

The Masterclass offers proven strategies for achieving reliable and safe outcomes across a spectrum of conditions observed in children. It thoroughly explores children's needs and childhood conditions, emphasising practical clinical strategies with a natural focus. The objective is to ensure you receive the necessary tools to deliver the highest quality natural care to your young patients.
What you receive:
  • Clear protocol explanations from some of the world's top practitioners
  • Clinical pearls for improved practice results
  • Access to your audio and video recordings via the App Store
  • A downloadable PDF of the presenter’s slides
  • Links to all referenced research papers and useful clinical handouts
  • Access to the community hub where you can get answers to your questions
  • A 30-day money back guarantee

From this course you will

  • Learn how children are physiologically different to adults
  • Understand the specific needs children have for healthy function and development
  • Learn clinically-proven approaches to childhood allergies, infections, sleep disorders, gut upsets, and may more
  • Ensure your paediatric patients get good, restorative sleep as an esential part of their development and learning
  • Have good detection and diagnostic skills for those tricky skin issues that children frequently present with
  • Learn interesting patient observation skills from a paediatric psychologist which will substantially enhance your patient evaluation and patient relationship
  • Understand the child perspective and many valuable psychological skills to assess and treat childhood emotional and behavioural issues
  • Have the skills and confidence to see a wide variety of the common childhood presentation and acheive reliable clinical outcomes

What's in this course

Your Presenter

Catherine Darley ND

Dr Catherine Darley is a graduate of Bastyr University. She combines her knowledge of sleep disorders with her training as a naturopathic physician to bridge these two fields. As a naturopath, her expertise lies in providing natural and effective treatments for sleep problems. She treats people of all ages and especially enjoys working with children and their families.
She founded The Institute of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine in Seattle which is dedicated to patient care, public education about sleep health, and research on natural treatments for sleep disorders.

Dr Darley regularly writes articles and speaks for professional audiences. She has served as adjunct faculty at Bastyr University and the National University of Natural Medicine. She previously served on the Board of the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians. In her personal time, Catherine advocates for later secondary school start times and enjoys time outside in nature.

Dr Debby Hamilton MD, MPH

Dr Debby Hamilton MD, MPH is a paediatrician with experience in primary care, integrative
medicine, research, speaking and writing. 

Her education includes an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University followed by a medical 
degree from Chicago Medical School where she graduated with honors. Debbie is board-certified in paediatrics, physician nutrition, and integrated/holistic medicine (AIHM), and has a Master of Science degree in Public Health.

Dr. Hamilton founded Holistic Pediatric Consulting in Colorado in 2005. Her practice focuses on
treating children with chronic diseases such as autism and ADHD and preconception counselling
based on her book, Preventing Autism and ADHD: Controlling Risk Factors Before, During & After
Pregnancy. Her book led to her collaboration in the writing of The Healthy Child Guide through the
Neurological Health Foundation. She has also contributed chapters for Child Decoded: Unraveling
Learning and Behavioral Disorders.


Dr Leila Masson is a consultant paediatrician who specialises in nutritional and environmental medicine for children’s health issues, including allergies, asthma, behaviour problems, autism spectrum disorders and ADHD. She has a busy clinic in Sydney where she sees children and mentors doctors in integrative paediatrics.

She received her medical doctorate from the Free University of Berlin and did her paediatric specialist training at the University of California in San Francisco. She received her Master in Public Health from Harvard University and her Diploma in Tropical Medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is a fellow of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine. Dr Masson is a board member of AIMA, the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association. She is also on the board of professional advisors of La Leche League New Zealand.

Leila has worked in the US, Europe, New Zealand, and volunteered for 2 years setting up a rural clinic in Pakistan. Dr Masson lectures internationally on the subject of children’s nutrition and an integrative medicine approach to paediatric issues, including autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, allergies, recurrent infections, and autoimmune diseases. She is the author of “Children’s Health A-Z” a parent’s guide to natural therapies for common childhood ailments.

Kimberley O'Brien BSocSci (Psych), MA (Dev Psych), PhD Candidate

Kimberley O’Brien is one of Australia’s most trusted and recognized Child Psychologists with a knack for solving issues from the child’s perspective. She is Principal Psychologist at the Quirky Kid Clinic in Woollahra (Sydney).

Kimberley enjoys an active role in the Australian media and is currently the resident psychologist for the Channel 10′s Breakfast program and the official child psychologist for the parenting website ‘Essential Kids’ by Fairfax Media. She has lectured Doctorate and Masters level students at the University of Western Sydney and currently conducts interactive seminars and practical workshops around Australia and NZ to diverse audiences.

Dr Krystal Plonski LAc EAMP, ND, FABNP

Dr. Plonski graduated with her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program from Bastyr University in 2014. Following graduation, Dr. Plonski completed a 2 year accredited CNME Naturopathic pediatric residency in Kirkland, WA in 2016. She has also worked in a private group practice providing Naturopathic pediatric primary care and has served as an adjunctive teacher for proctoring pediatric wellness exams and lecturing on the CDC pediatric vaccination schedule for Naturopathic medical students at Bastyr University. She is certified in Shonishin acupuncture, a type of Japanese pediatric cutaneous and non-insertive acupuncture. She is currently implementing this, as well as other acupuncture skill sets, at Seattle Children’s Hospital Pain Medicine Department as a pediatric inpatient pain acupuncturist.

Dr. Plonski has earned the title Fellow to the American Board of Naturopathic Pediatrics (FABNP). She has served on the Washington State Board of Health's Newborn Screening Technical Advisory Committee in 2019, 2021, and 2022 for consideration and addition of new screening tests to the state newborn panel. She frequently lectures on the CDC Pediatric Vaccination Schedule and COVID-19 Pediatric Vaccinations to various types of healthcare providers and medical students.  

Dr. Plonski is an active member of the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians (WANP), the Washington East Asian Medical Association (WEAMA), the Naturopathic Academy of Primary Care Physicians (NAPCP), the Integrative Medicine Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), recently completed a 2-year term as Vice President as well as remains as an active member of the North American Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians (PedANP), and now serves on the FABNP applicant review board for NDs looking for Naturopathic pediatric board certification. 

Belinda Robson

Belinda Robson has been in clinical practice for 15 years, and is part of the collective who operate Goulds Naturopathica. Goulds is a 133 year old Natural Medicine dispensary in Hobart, Tasmania. This historic business combines the growing of premium quality organic medicinal herbs and herbal medicine manufacture, with an over the counter dispensary and natural medicine clinic. Goulds has earned a valued role as a primary health service in the Hobart community, and it is in this context that Belinda & Daniel encounter many acutely unwell children and have developed extensive experience in the naturopathic management of childhood illness.

Dawn Whitten BNat (Hons), IBCLC

Dawn is a naturopath, herbalist and recently a lactation consultant. She has been in clinical practice for 15 years and has a broad-base of clinical experience. She has a particular interest in women’s health through pregnancy and beyond, and infant and toddler health.

Dawn regularly presents to her peers at international conferences and local events and has published in the peer reviewed literature, including The British Journal of Pharmacology. Dawn believes that the art of Natural Medicine is the ability to stay connected to the roots of our tradition and the living plants that we use, while engaging with and exploring contemporary insights that arise from clinical research and our clinical observations.

Daniel Robson

Daniel Robson is passionate about the healing power of nature, and empowering people to take control of their own health. He graduated from Southern Cross University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Naturopathy, and has been in clinical practice since then. Daniel is passionate about the role of food in healing, and has confidence in herbal medicine and nutritional therapy facilitating lasting change to your health. Daniel is empathetic, with a deep respect for your personal health journey. He takes an evidence based approach that balances respect for the tradition of natural medicine with modern evidence. His professional interest and experience lay in men’s reproductive health, and he has lectured to professional audiences in this area. He also has experience helping patients with a broad range of health concerns; such as digestive disorders, autoimmune disease, skin disease, women’s reproductive issues, and mental health issues.

Dr Stuart Glastonbury MBBS, BMedSci, FRACGP, Grad Dip Child Health

Dr. Stuart Glastonbury is an integrative medical practitioner working in Newcastle, NSW. He is a past board member of the National Herbalists Association of Australia and current board member of the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners with a clinical focus on paediatric wholistic health care. Stuart is currently completing a Masters of Public Health at Newcastle University and is an advocate for equitable integrative and naturopathic health.

Dr Matthew Baral ND

Dr. Baral received his degree from Bastyr University in 2000 and he is currently chair of the department of pediatrics and associate professor of pediatrics at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. He has been supervising students on pediatric rotations and teaching pediatric medicine to medical students for the past ten years.

Matthew has been a Defeat Autism Now practitioner for many years, and has trained with some of the most respected autism doctors in the world. He is a regular speaker at the Phoenix Autism Society of America’s annual conference.

Dr. Baral designed the first naturopathic pediatric residency training program in naturopathic medicine and serves as its director. His private practice focuses on primary pediatric care and autism, diet, nutrition, and environmental health. Dr. Baral is the medical director of the Hamilton Elementary School Clinic, the first free pediatric natural medicine clinic in Phoenix, which provides care to students in one of the poorest school districts in Arizona.

In addition to publishing research studies on the correlation between heavy metal toxicity and autism, Dr. Baral co-authored the first two books on integrative pediatric medicine: Integrative Medicine for Children and Integrative Pediatrics. He serves as the pediatric contributing editor to the Natural Medicine Journal and the International Journal of Naturopathic Medicine, and serves as president of the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians (PedANP).

Dr Sheila Kingsbury ND, RH (AHG)

Dr. Kingsbury has a focus on working with natural therapeutics for children. She is especially interested in educating the public on the importance of supporting lactating mothers and finding better approaches to childhood ailments.

Dr. Kingsbury is chair of the Botanical Medicine department at Bastyr University in Washington and teaches pediatrics courses in the School of Naturopathic Medicine. Sheila also has a private practice in Kirkland. She has recently served as a council member of the American Herbalists Guild and is a founding director of the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine degree from Bastyr University in 2003; her Master’s in Higher Education Administration and pre-med coursework at Seattle University.
Dr. Kingsbury received a teaching fellowship in 2003 and has lectured in a variety of settings on pediatrics, lactation and botanical medicine. Dr. Kingsbury has been a lactation consultant and a certified doula for more than a decade and has received the designation of registered Professional Herbalist from the American Herbalists’ Guild. She was also recently given the MaryAnn O’Hara Physician Leadership Award by the Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington.

Dr Tamara Evans ND

Dr Tamara Evans is a 1999 graduate of Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, and has over 17 years of experience in practicing primary care naturopathic medicine with a focus on pediatrics.
While always feeling an affinity towards working with the whole family, Dr. Evans began to feel a strong calling toward pediatrics after having her son, Max. She realized that by teaching healthy habits of care to children from the earliest age, she could make the biggest difference in the world. She also saw that treating children with a more gentle naturopathic approach was more appropriate for their bodies.

In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Evans taught “Advanced Pediatrics” at Bastyr University for 7 years, and she currently sits on the American Board of Naturopathic Pediatrics, an organization dedicated to the creation of a Naturopathic Pediatrics Board Certification Exam. Additionally, she was a founding Board member of the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians and has lectured to her peers both nationally and internationally.

Tabitha McIntosh ND, BMedSc

It was starting her own family that prompted Tabitha’s interest and research into environmental health particularly around mothers, unborn babies, and infants. She has a particular interest in the hidden dangers of environmental chemicals and their impact on human development & health, and she knows that the long-term effects of exposures to these toxicants are yet to be fully realised.

Tabitha is currently co-authoring a book on environmental chemicals and human health. This book represents her efforts to contribute on a larger scale, hoping that this book and it’s message reaches a much wider audience than she could possibly see in her own clinic. Tabitha also takes delight in lecturing and supervising at Endeavour College and Nature Care College in Sydney, as well as regularly presenting at conferences and seminars throughout Australia.