Nutripaeds Advisory Board

Kath Megaw
Clinical Dietitian for Kath Megaw & Associates
Founder of Nutripaeds

Kath Megaw holds four medical qualifications including a paediatric dietetic qualification from the prestigious Johns Hopkins University in Balitmore, USA. What qualifies Kath more than all her years of study is her 3 children who constantly challenge her theoretical paradigms and help her put her theory into practice. Kath is passionate about helping families navigate through a wealth of nutritional information that is available to them and assisting her little patients with their nutritional needs whilst offering support to moms and dads. Kath has been published in the Epilepsia journal on the use of the paediatric ketogenic diet in third-world settings and frequently speaks to groups of both professionals and parents on infant and childhood nutrition. Kath is the author of Real Food, Healthy, Happy Children (Quivertree Publications), the co-author of Feeding Sense (Metz press), The Low Carb Solution for Diabetics (Quivertree Publications) as well as co-author of Weaning Sense and Allergy Sense (Quivertree Publications). 

All the dietitians that work under Kath Megaw & Associates either have international experience in paediatric nutrition or they have interned under Kath Megaw. This has created a very specialized Clinical Dietetic Practice with an exclusive focus and special interest in paediatric nutrition.

Amanda Rusch Ferreira
Clinical Dietitian for Kath Megaw & Associates
Member of Advisory Board for Nutripaeds

Amanda has been part of Kath Megaw & Associates since 2013. After graduating as a Clinical Dietitian and with a BSc in Genetics from the University of Pretoria, she worked in community service in a small town hospital in Mpumalanga, where she realised how much she loved working with children, babies, and pregnant moms.

Amanda’s area of expertise lies in ketogenic therapies for epilepsy and other neurological disorders, and has travelled through Africa training medical teams on implementation of these diets. She also has a special place in her heart for premies, cardiac babies and children, neurological disorders such as the autism spectrum, and feeding disorders and tactile defensiveness.

Amanda is a proponent of Health at Every Size (HAES) and is passionate about supporting children and teenagers to achieve health, well-being and a positive body image, rather than weight control. She believes that intuitive and mindful eating are the keys to long term health, rather than diets and meal plans.

Amanda holds talks and workshops throughout Cape Town, and has presented at conferences and seminars on paediatric nutrition and the ketogenic diet. She writes articles for childcare magazines and websites, and has worked with Kath Megaw on the scientific research of her low carb book range.

Amanda loves yoga, running, and hiking with her hubby, as well as making a mess of craft projects in her spare time.

Natasha MacDonald
Clinical Dietitian for Kath Megaw & Associates 
Member of Advisory Board and Social Media and Marketing Manager for Nutripaeds

Natasha graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics in 2004 and has worked in the field of paediatric dietetics for the past 15 years. Natasha gained extensive experience and training in paediatric and neonatal nutrition during her two years abroad where she worked at a number of hospitals in and around London. Natasha has worked in both the public sector (Principal Dietitian for Paediatric’s at Grey’s Hospital) and private sector where run her own paediatric practice in KZN.

Natasha’s areas of specialty includes neonatal nutrition and infant and toddler feeding.  Natasha has a special passion for helping moms navigate through introducing solids, providing scientifically-based and practical guidelines and promoting a happy weaning and culinary journey for both mom and baby.  Natasha is involved in a number of workshops in Cape Town on weaning and messy eating. Natasha recently competed a Social Media and Marketing course and is currently the Social Media and Marketing Manager for Nutripaeds. Natasha lives in Somerset West with her husband and two boys, Miller & Spencer.

Lara Olivier
Clinical Dietitian for Kath Megaw & Associates 
Member of Advisory Board

Lara is the newest dietitian to join the Nutripaeds team. Growing up in a medical family, with dad as a gynaecologist and mom as a midwife, Lara’s passion for the little’s one started at an early age.  After graduating in 2012 from Stellenbosch University with a BSc in Dietetics, Lara worked in various government hospitals in the North West for 4 years, gaining experience in all fields. Lara’s love however stayed with the little ones. After first taking a turn in the corporate world and workingin the field of infant nutritional products, Lara found her way back to clinical paediatric nutrition, joining Kath and her team in Cape Town. Lara’s interests lies with neuromuscular and neurological diseases which requires alternative methods of feeding, premature babies and general intensive care.

Since academics is such a big love of hers, Lara hopes to be adding a degree soon. Lara believes you can not just treat a patient, but you need to start with emotionally investing in the parents as well.

Sammy Hammond
Clinical Feeding Therapist
Institute of Integrative Nutrition
Health & Wellness Coach

Sammy is a clinical Speech, Language and Hearing Therapist, specialising in paediatrics and has been a consultant for Nutripaeds since the beginning of 2019. After obtaining her Bachelor in Speech, Language & Hearing Therapy at the University of Stellenbosch, she completed her Community Service year at Edendale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg, KZN. Sammy has also receive a qualification from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, New York, USA as a Holistic Health and Wellness Coach. She has done various postgraduate courses in the areas of paediatric neurodevelopmental therapy, adult and paediatric dysphasia as well as the internationally acclaimed course: SOS approach to feeding.

Once returning to Cape Town, Sammy became part of the multidisciplinary clinic at Red Cross Children’s Hospital, providing therapy specifically to children with Cerebral Palsy, as well as having worked at various private hospitals in and around Cape Town. She is now based at Netcare Christian Barnard Memorial Hospital, Cape Town, where she works in close collaboration with other health care professionals and runs a feeding clinic with
Paediatric dietician Kath Megaw. She has also attended and spoken at various feeding workshops and appeared on the baby talk segment of the SABC Expresso Show. 

Her areas of expertise include neurodevelopmental care of neonates, difficulties and disorders of feeding and swallowing in babies and children as well as early childhood development and intervention. Sammy is incredibly passionate about the little people she treats as well as their mommies and daddies and believes a caring and holistic treatment approach is best to achieve therapy goals.