MEET OUR TEAM
Dr Susan Byrne (she/her)
CLINICAL DIRECTOR, CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
B.A (Hons), Dip.Ed, BSc (Hons), MPsych (Clinical), PhD, DPhil (Oxon)
Sue is a Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience in the treatment of eating and weight disorders. She is internationally recognised for her research in the field of eating and weight disorders. Sue has studied and worked at Oxford University, developing and trialling leading treatments for eating disorders and obesity. On her return to Perth, she has continued this work where she collaborates with other leading researchers in Australia and internationally on high profile projects aiming to identify causal pathways to the development and persistence of eating disorders and obesity and to test promising new treatments for these disorders.
Sue’s role as both a researcher and a clinician providing treatment to eating disorder sufferers provides a uniquely-informed perspective to her clinical research and practice. She has over 80 publications in peer reviewed journals, including 50 peer reviewed publications in the past 5 years and has held several nationally competitive grants. She was the chief investigator of a recently concluded National Health and Medical Research Council funded multi-centre randomised controlled trial of three psychological treatments for anorexia nervosa in adults (the Strong Without Anorexia Nervosa [SWAN] Study). Sue was also instrumental in setting up the first public eating disorder service for adults in Western Australia, which is now housed at the Centre for Clinical Interventions in Perth.
Sue is on the steering committee of the National Eating Disorders Collaboration, and is a member of the Clinical Oversight Committee of the Butterfly Foundation. She is also a a current member of the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED), the International Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), the Eating Disorders Research Society (EDRS; an invitation only membership of international eating disorder researchers). While Sue is in high demand as a speaker at local, national and international meetings and conferences, she maintains a strong presence and focus on her clinical work and is known as a caring, patient and empathic clinician.
Dr Emma Dove (she/her)
DIRECTOR, CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
BSc (Hons), PG Diploma (Science), MPsych (Clinical Psychology), PhD
Emma is a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in the treatment of people with eating disorders and weight difficulties. She is also experienced in treating anxiety, perfectionism, panic, low self-esteem and depression. Emma has a compassionate and patient therapeutic approach and is dedicated to providing evidence-based treatments that help people to understand and address eating and weight concerns.
Emma has trained extensively in gold standard treatments for eating disorders, including Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Maudsley Family Based Therapy. Emma completed her study at the University of Western Australia. For several years she was a member of the specialist eating disorders team at the Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI), and also worked as a clinician on the Hollywood Hospital Eating Disorders Programme and on the national SWAN research trial of treatments for adults with anorexia nervosa.
Prior to qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist, Emma worked as an academic researcher in the fields of obesity, mental health, diabetes and disordered eating in both Perth and the United Kingdom. Emma maintains an interest in research and has published book chapters and journal articles examining psychological assessment and treatment of disordered eating and obesity. She has also presented her research at national and international conferences, such as an invited plenary presentation on Binge Eating Disorder to the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED). Emma is a sessional lecturer at Curtin University, and is a current member of the ANZAED, and the Australian Association for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (AACBT).
Kerry Mairs (she/her)
DIRECTOR, CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
BA (Hon) MPsych (Clinical)
Kerry is a Clinical Psychologist. She has spent years working with individuals and families in facilitating and supporting the treatment of eating disorders and weight management issues. She has developed a profound respect for the collaborative therapeutic relationship that drives effective, positive outcomes. Kerry draws on her specialist training in evidence-based treatments, including Enhanced Cognitive Bahavioural Therapy and the Maudsley approach to Family Based Therapy, to help people address patterns that undermine a healthy relationship with food, their bodies and themselves. She remains committed to understanding and drawing on current, quality research to inform her clinical practice.
Kerry works with people of all age groups and is experienced in treating comorbidities including anxiety, mood disturbance, perfectionism and negative body image which are associated with eating disorders and weight management issues.
Kerry completed her undergraduate, Honours and Masters degrees at the University of Western Australia. She is a current member of the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) and the Australian Association for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (AACBT).
Dr Bianca Petterson (she/her)
DIRECTOR, CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
BSc (Nutrition), GradDipPsych (Hons), DPsych (Clinical)
Bianca is a Clinical Psychologist with a background in nutrition. She is experienced in helping people to develop more helpful and healing approaches to eating and body image. She is qualified to treat a range of psychological difficulties using evidence-based treatments consistent with current psychological research. Her focus is in the treatment of eating disorders and associated issues, both in adults and adolescents, and has special interest in the areas of selective (‘fussy’) eating and excessive/compulsive exercise. She is passionate about guiding individuals and families toward the development of functional patterns of behaviours and attitudes relating to food, eating and appearance.
Bianca completed a Nutrition degree at Curtin University, and worked in the area of weight management. She then completed a Graduate Diploma of Psychology at Sydney University, followed by the completion of a Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) degree at the University of Western Australia. During her post-graduate training, she completed an internship with the eating disorders team at the Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI).
Bianca’s approach to therapy is one of warmth, compassion and dedication. She believes in delivering up-to-date evidence-based treatment, and working in collaborative and respectful partnerships with clients and colleagues. She is currently a member of the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED).
Dr Tiffany Calvert (she/her)
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
B.A (Hons), DPsych (Clinical)
Tiffany is a Clinical Psychologist. She is passionate about working with people experiencing disordered eating and helping them build the courage and skills to develop happier and healthier relationships with food and their bodies. Tiffany is a trauma-informed clinician and has a special interest in the intersection between trauma and eating disorders. She is trained in numerous treatment approaches including CBT-E, SSCM, MANTRA, FBT, CPT, Schema Therapy, and EMDR. Tiffany is naturally compassionate and collaborative and adopts a size-inclusive and body positive approach consistent with the Health At Every Size (HAES) principles.
Tiffany graduated from The University of Western Australia (UWA), and during her training completed an internship at the Eating Disorders Section at The Maudsley Hospital in London. She has been involved in eating disorder research projects across Australia and internationally. Tiffany has been a guest post-graduate Lecturer at UWA.
Tiffany is a current member of the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) and HAES Australia.
Dylan Gilbey (he/him)
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY REGISTRAR
Dylan is a clinical psychologist registrar interested in working with people experiencing a range of mental health concerns. Dylan completed his Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of Western Australia, where he is currently working on his PhD. He has previously volunteered as a counsellor for LGBTQIA+ people in need of mental and sexual health support, and completed a placement at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, where he worked with young people experiencing severe mental health difficulties.
Dylan has clinical experience working with people across the lifespan, experiencing a range of concerns including eating disorders, depression, anxiety, self-harm, and borderline personality disorder. He has extensive experience in working with sexuality and gender-diverse people. Dylan is trained in a range of evidence-based treatments, including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and his approach as a therapist is flexible, authentic and validating
Allegra Di Francesco (she/her)
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY REGISTRAR
Bachelor of Science (Honours) – The University of Western Australia
Masters of Clinical Psychology – The University of Western Australia
Allegra is a psychology registrar with a keen interest in the treatment of people with eating disorders. Allegra has worked with individuals across the lifespan with a range of mental health difficulties including eating disorders, anxiety, depression, emotion regulation, substance use and insomnia. She uses evidence based treatments to work collaboratively with clients, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.
Allegra completed her Masters at The University of Western Australia, where she is currently working on her PhD looking at the social interactions of people with autistic traits. She has previously worked in the Eating Disorder Day Patient program at the Hollywood Clinic. Allegra has a warm and empathic therapeutic approach and provides a validating and safe environment for her clients.
Pheobe Ho (she/her)
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY REGISTRAR
Pheobe is a Clinical Psychologist Registrar with a strong passion for supporting individuals with eating disorders. She also has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults across a range of presentations including depression, anxiety, worry and rumination, perfectionism, and body dysmorphia. Pheobe brings a warm and empathetic approach to her practice, using evidence-based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Family-Based Therapy to help individuals overcome their difficulties.
Pheobe previously worked in the field of eating disorders across clinical, research, peer and consultancy capacities, at the Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI), the WA Eating Disorder and Outreach Consultation Service (WAEDOCS), and the National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC). Additionally, she was the Perth site coordinator for Media Smart, a universal eating disorder prevention program. During her clinical training, she also completed one of her placements within a Child and Adolescent Mental Health hospital setting, supporting young people with complex medical conditions and young people engaging in deliberate self-harm. In addition to her position at The Swan Centre, she currently works at the only state-wide public child and adolescent eating disorder service. Pheobe’s long-standing interest in supporting young people saw her working as a National Youth Advisor for headspace prior to her clinical training.
Pheobe is on the Steering Committee of the WA Eating Disorders Subnetwork, and is a member of the Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED). Pheobe’s contributions and work in the area eating disorders, and mental health more broadly, saw her as a Finalist in the 2019 WA Young Achiever Awards; a recipient of the 2019 Australian Psychology Society Prize; and being awarded a Fellowship with the National Mental Health Commission in 2020. Outside of clinical practice, Pheobe continues to be a regular speaker with the Butterfly Foundation at a local and national level.
Dr Jessica Dove (nee McClelland) (she/her)
BSc Psych (Hons), DClinPsy, PhD
Jess is a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in the treatment of eating disorders. She is dedicated to providing individualised therapy
informed by the latest research and guidance, in a way that feels helpful and hopeful. Jess has a relaxed, collaborative and compassionate
After her undergraduate studies at the University of Western Australia Jess moved to the UK to further her studies and career within the field of eating disorders. She completed both her PhD and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The Maudsley Hospital, King’s College London. During her training and in the years since, Jess has provided specialist evidence based treatments (e.g. Enhanced Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Family Therapy for Anorexia/Bulimia Nervosa, Maudsley Model of Anorexia Nervosa Treatment for Adults) for people of all ages and backgrounds who are suffering from eating disorders, as well as their families. She also has experience in treating difficulties with anxiety, mood, perfectionism and self-esteem.
Jess has been involved in a broad range of research within the field of eating disorders. This has included exploring early stages of illness, conducting randomised controlled trials of psychological therapies and novel brain-based interventions. Jess was also involved in developing and evaluating novel early intervention services for eating disorders. Jess has authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications, presented at many national (Australian and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders; ANZAED) and international conferences (Academy of Eating Disorders; AED) and has been the successful recipient of numerous awards and research grants, to recognise and support her work in this area.
Dr Shalane Sadri (she/her)
B.Sc (Hons), B.Comm (HRM&IR), MPsych (Clinical), PhD
Shalane is a Clinical Psychologist with a keen interest in assessment and treatment of eating disorders. She uses gold standard and evidenced based interventions as part of treatment. Shalane has experience in treating other psychological difficulties including clinical perfectionism, anxiety, depression, worry and rumination, and self-esteem issues. Shalane is also a clinician within the Eating Disorders, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Inpatient Programs at The Hollywood Clinic in Nedlands. Shalane prioritises listening to each of her clients with compassion and empathy. She brings a warm and collaborative approach to therapy to assist her clients to manage and overcome their difficulties.
Shalane’s doctoral thesis focused on the examination and treatment of individuals with clinical perfectionism, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). She has presented her research at the World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, published papers in peer-reviewed journals, and taught as an academic within the undergraduate psychology program at Curtin University.
Shalane is a current member of the Australian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (AACBT).
Dr Jessica Moncrieff-Boyd (she/her)
B.A (Hons), MPsych (Clinical), PhD
Jessica is a psychologist with a special interest in the treatment of individuals with eating disorders. She completed her clinical psychology training and PhD at the University of Western Australia, conducting research exploring the experience of disgust in anorexia nervosa. She has published several papers and chapters in this area, and has presented her research at a number of national and international conferences.
Before commencing work at the Swan Centre, Jessica spent two years working in an inpatient eating disorders service at the Priory Roehampton, London. In this role, she was part of a large multi-disciplinary team providing services and support to children, adolescents and their families. Prior to this, she was employed at the University of Western Australia’s Counselling and Psychology Service.
Jessica is dedicated to providing evidence-based treatments to her clients in a safe and supportive environment. She believes in the importance of a strong therapeutic relationship and a warm, empathic stance as the basis of positive change and therapy outcomes.
Dr Anthea Fursland (she/her)
Anthea has worked for 40 years in the eating disorders field, with experience in the UK and the USA. Now living in Australia, she was for many years Director of the Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) and later Director of the Western Australia Eating Disorders Outreach & Consultation Service (WAEDOCS). She now works in private practice, offering psychotherapy, training and consultation.
Anthea has been involved in service development, applied clinical research and training. She has trained and supervised clinicians throughout Australia in CBT-E. She has co-authored many peer-reviewed papers and created a web-based self-help resource.
Anthea serves on the Steering Committee of the National Eating Disorders Collaboration and is a member of the Australian Government Department of Health Eating Disorders Technical Advisory Group. She is past-president of the Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED). In 2011 she was elected a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED); in 2015 she was awarded the ANZAED Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2019 she received the AED Outstanding Clinician Award.
Alise Bender (she/her)
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY REGISTRAR
B.A (Hons), MPsych (Clinical)
Alise is a Clinical Psychologist Registrar with a passion for working in the fields of neurodiversity and eating disorders. Alise finished her Master of Clinical Psychology at Curtin University in 2021 and has completed research exploring the role of childhood emotional abuse in the development of bulimia nervosa.
Alison James (she/her)
MENTAL HEALTH-TRAINED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
A mental health OT provides care from a holistic perspective with a focus on how people function in their occupation and life roles. They look at what is impacting an individual’s functioning, drawing on a range of psychological and occupational therapy strategies to help the person understand and cope with daily functioning.
Dialectic Behavioural Therapy – aims to replace problem behaviours with skilful ones to help people experience a range of emotions without having to act on them. DBT believes two opposites can be true at the same time, however when blended can create a new truth and a different way of viewing a situation. It can help people create a life worth living.
Sophie Smith (she/her)
Eating Disorder Recovery Coach
B.Sc, B.A, MSW, CCIEDC (intern)
Sophie is a qualified Social Worker with a master’s degree from Flinders University. She has a background in neuroscience and social sciences and was drawn to social work through her deep commitment to social justice and human rights.
Sophie has lived experience of an eating disorder, which has fuelled her passion to work in the eating disorder field. Sophie is also in the final stages of training as a certified eating disorder recovery coach through the renowned Carolyn Costin Institute. She is trained in the Carolyn Costin ‘8 Keys to Recovery’ framework and draws on this in addition to other therapeutic modalities.
Sophie has extensive knowledge and experience in eating disorders. She brings an authentic, collaborative and empathetic approach to her practice, drawing on a range of approaches in her work including narrative practice, systems/ecological approaches, person-centred therapy and CBT-E. Her practice is grounded in the Health At Every Size (HAES) paradigm and is underpinned by values of inclusivity, equity and compassion. Sophie has a firm belief that full recovery from an eating disorder is possible.
Sophie is a current member of The Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED), Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and HAES Australia.
Outside of work, Sophie loves engaging in advocacy work and sharing her lived experience, watching TV, going to yoga and Pilates classes and spending time with her family.
Kate Fleming (she/her)
BSc (Nut & Diet), Post Grad Dip. Diet
Kate Fleming is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian with a passion for assisting those with disordered eating issues and weight concerns.
Kate has extensive clinical experience in the field of disordered eating; having presented at conferences, and delivered training workshops for health professionals in the field. She was a member of the specialist eating disorders team at The Hollywood Hospital Eating Disorders Programme for many years.
Kate makes up part of the team of passionate, dedicated, and expert practitioners who work collectively to help clients’ transform their relationships with food, exercise, and their bodies using the latest, evidence-based approaches in order to produce long-term, sustainable improvements in physical and emotional health.
Kate has completed specialist training in the following approaches; The Non Diet Approach for Dietitians, Fiona Willer; CBT-E: Enhanced Cognitive Based Therapy for Eating Disorders, CREDO Oxford University; Client centred approach to weight management, Dr Rick Kausman; and Children’s eating behaviours, Ellyn Satter.
Kate is a member of the Dietitians Association of Australia as an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist, the Mental Health Practitioners Network (MHPN) Perth Eating Disorders Group as a coordinator, the Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) and the National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC).
Belinda Salvia (she/her)
BPharm, GCertHumNutr, MDiet, APD
Belinda is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Registered Pharmacist. Belinda has experience working as a dietitian in private practice and community settings supporting adults and children with complex needs, nutritional deficiencies, gut disorders, malnutrition, chronic disease, and resistant eating. Furthermore, Belinda has 14 years of experience working as a Pharmacist in hospital and community setting, bringing a wealth of medication and medical knowledge to her practise.
Belinda is passionate about supporting individuals to improve their body image and develop a positive relationship with food. Belinda has completed specialist training in the following approaches; The Non-Diet Approach for Dietitians (Fiona Willer & Fiona Sutherland), Eating Disorder Essentials and Eating Disorder Masterclass for Dietitians (WA Eating Disorders Outreach and Consultation Service), and Eating Disorders Training for Dietitians (Shane Jeffrey & Fiona Sutherland).
Belinda has a special interest in working with individuals with resistant eating patterns including those with Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). Belinda is trained in providing food desensitisation therapy using the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach and the Food Scientist Model SOS approach for children and young adults with limited food acceptance. Additionally, Belinda has completed ARFID for Dietitians: A Responsive Feeding Therapy Approach training with Eating Disorder Registered Dietitians and Professional (EDRDPro).
Belinda is a member of Dietitians Australia (DA) and the National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC).
BSc (Nutrition), Post Grad Dip. Diet
Emily Eaton is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Advanced Sports Dietitian. She is committed to supporting individuals with disordered eating issues, pursuing recovery from an eating disorder, and health without dieting.
Emily is also experienced working with a variety of athletes and sportspeople, from recreational to elite level, and has been part of the nutrition team at the Western Australian Institute of Sport since 2014. She has worked in private practice for several years, and has an interest in diabetes, type 1 and type 2. Emily is passionate about helping clients to develop and maintain a positive relationship with food, exercise and their bodies. She has previously lectured and tutored in nutrition at Edith Cowan University, Curtin University, The University of Notre Dame and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
Emily has completed specialist training in the following approaches; The Non-Diet Approach for Dietitians, Fiona Willer & Fiona Sutherland; The Person-Centred Approach to Weight Management, Dr Rick Kausman; Mindful Fuelling for Athletes, Fiona Sutherland; and Nutrition Counselling for Eating Disorders, Marci Evans.
Emily is a member of the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA), the Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED), the National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC), and Sports Dietitians Australia (SDA).
Claire Cooper (she/her)
BSc (Nutrition), GradDip.Diet
Claire Cooper is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who is committed to supporting individuals with disordered eating issues. Claire brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in evidence based approaches to help support sustained improvements in physical and emotional health.
Claire has worked in a variety of settings from hospitals and private practice in numerous states in Australia to lecturing and supervising clinical placements for Curtin University here in Perth.
Claire has years of experience also in working with all forms of diabetes, IBS, coeliac disease, chronic disease and food intolerances.
Claire has completed specialist training with the WA Eating Disorders Outreach and Consultation Service (WAEDOCS) and CBT-E with The Centre of Clinical Interventions.
Claire is a member of the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA), Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) and the National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC).
Michelle has been a member of our admin team from the first year we opened our doors.
Chenoa is our Operations Manager. She has a background in Sport Science, enjoying a career in this field before and around raising her family. She enjoys helping our clients and their loved ones feel comfortable when they walk into our clinic.
Claire has been a member of our admin team for 3 years and is our Reception Manager.
Jasmine is one of our admin team’s clinic receptionists at The Swan Centre and is our baby swan…she is the newest and youngest addition to our team. Jasmine has just completed her Bachelor of Science in Exercise, Sports and Rehabilitation Science and is looking forward to taking a gap year this year. Jasmine loves being a part of the Swan Centre machine and we love having her on our team. Jasmine also enjoys spending her spare time being a dancer and teaching children how to dance at a studio in Perth. You’ll see Jasmine’s bright face as soon as you walk into the clinic, and may even notice her writing with her left hand!
S.Sc (Hons), MPsych (Professional)
Elena is part of our admin team. She graduated from Murdoch University in 2021 with a Master of Applied Psychology (Professional) and is currently in her final year of study, completing a Master of Clinical Psychology at Curtin University. Elena has worked with children, families and adults, conducting assessments and therapy. She loves contributing to the friendly and caring environment at the Swan Centre, and always aims to help clients as best as she can.