Nicole Canin -Chairperson of GAIMH- SA (2018- Current)

Nicole Canin is a counselling psychologist with a special interest in working with infants, young children and their families.  She has been in private practice for 12 years, and has also worked with infants in community clinics and governmental hospitals. Nicole has been privileged to train, lecture and supervise in her field of interest. She has now embarked on a postgraduate doctoral degree through the University of the Witwatersrand. Her study explores supporting the developing relationship between premature infants and their parents in a Neonatal ICU context.


Jennifer Kirk – Treasurer

Studied at The University of Cape Town, after which she completed her community service at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. Jennifer then went to the UK where she worked as the practice manager at a private practice in Surrey, whilst completing her sensory integration training through the SI network, UK and Ireland. After completing her SI training Jennifer went to the STAR centre, in Denver, Colorado to carry out module 1 and 2 mentorship with Dr Lucy J Miller and Dr Sarah Schoen. The STAR Centre is widely regarded as being at the forefront of Sensory processing disorder research. Jennifer returned to South Africa in 2012 and started “Sensory Stars” a paediatric practice based in Craighall, Johannesburg, which predominantly provides a service to children with sensory processing difficulties using an intensive intervention model of treatment. In 2014 Jennifer completed her training in Sensory Attachment Intervention, in the UK. Jennifer is also one of the founders and Directos of LEAD Kids special needs preschool, which in an special needs preschool for children with Sensory processing difficulties, speech delays, global developmental delays and autism spectrum disorder.


Dr Mike Marinus

Dr Mike Marinus qualified with an M.Tech in Chiropractic from UJ in 2005 and is currently in private practice in Blairgowrie. Family Practice and Paediatrics in particular have been special interests that have developed over the last ten years with Dr Marinus taking on post graduate study in the field of Chiropractic Paediatrics. He is also a founder member of Paediatric Chiropractic of South Africa which was launched in 2016. Dr Marinus has written for many publications over the years on the subjects of: Colic, Reflux, interventions and Chiropractic treatment of Paediatrics. He has been featured on 702 taking Q and A sessions on the subject of Chiropractic Care as well as shows on various other radio stations. He has also been a recurring panellist on ETv’s Great Expectations show as well as Expresso on SABC3. He is currently the host of The Easy Baby Podcast which seeks to make relevant information available to moms and dads as well as giving them practical tips for the first months of their baby’s life.


June Manala

June is an educational psychologist by profession and practices privately. Among other activities she facilitates parent-infant relationship interventions from 0-3 years and has consistently invested in her professional development in this area. June is an Ububele trained Baby Mat Practitioner who worked with mother-baby dyads in Hillbrow Clinic.
With her transition from focusing on parenting and childhood in general to infancy, June integrates Psychodynamic, neuroscience of attachment and systemic thinking in her work and their impact on affect regulation, overall infant mental health and learning in the broadest sense. June believes in advocacy and helping communities in understanding the importance of infancy as a special sensitive period that can change the developmental trajectories of infants for the better.
Her community projects include participation in the “first 1000 days Window of Opportunity ECD Programmes”, running reflective groups for HOPE worldwide’s home visitors who work with families of under 5’s in informal settlements.

June co-runs bi-annual parent infant related seminars, supervision and staff debriefing in organisations in Zimbabwe.

She is a member of the GAIMH-SA where she was its interim Chairperson and envisages her role in the team in advocacy and awareness.


Nicki Dawson

Nicki Dawson is a community-based counselling psychologist and parent-infant psychotherapist. She currently works as the head of the Umdlezane Parent-Infant Programmes at the Ububele Educational and Psychotherapy Trust. There she is involved with managing, developing and working clinically on a number of infant and perinatal mental health projects including the Ububele Home Visiting Project, Ububele Baby Mat Service, and Ububele Parent-Infant Psychotherapy Clinic. Other aspects of the work include infant mental health research, advocacy and training. In addition to her work at Ububele, Nicki also has a small private practice, where her focus is on supporting adoptive families. Nicki is currently completing her PhD at the university of the Witwatersrand. Her study is looking at the construct of maternal sensitivity within the context of Alexandra Township.


Andrea Fourie

Andrea Fourie began her path with a year of community service in Johannesburg, I started working at a school for children with autism. Simultaneously not wanting to lose her passion for feeding and special needs, she completed her Bobath/NDT training, certification in Picture Exchange Communication System; the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS); Makaton and Master’s degree in speech pathology at the University of the Witwatersrand.

After some time in Autism and education she felt the need to spread her wings a little and was afforded the opportunity to spend some time volunteering at both the Scotland and Wales Bobath Centres. She also made her way cross country and was fortunate to complete a course entitled “Diagnostic and intervention in early eating behaviour disorders and tube dependency” at the Psychosomatic division at the University Children’s Clinic, in Graz, Austria. This clinic adopts an interesting multidisciplinary, intensive in-patient approach to feeding disorders.


Rebecca Coetzee:

Rebecca Coetzee is a Registered Nurse that has specialised in Child Psychiatric Nursing. She has experience working at Tara Child Psychiatric Unit. She is currently furthering her studies with special interest in child and adolescent mental health. She works part time as a clinical facilitator at WITS University and serves on the executive committee for the Gauteng Association of Infant Mental Health.


Robyn Hays

Robyn Hays is an educational psychologist with a special interest in working with infants and children under 5 years of age. She has also worked within the field of special needs education as both a teacher and a therapist. She has a passion for working with children who experience learning delays as well as children with disabilities. She is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa, The Psychological Society of South Africa, the Southern African Association for Learning and Educational Differences and the South African Council for Educators.