How To Survive Christmas. Interview with Deb Hopper artwork
The Holistic GP

How To Survive Christmas. Interview with Deb Hopper

  • S2E9
  • 28:21
  • December 15th 2021

Sometimes dealing with your extended family can be a real nightmare when it comes to Christmas and the festive season, but we have some tips that will help you get through it without going insane.

Luckily, Deb Hopper from Life Skills 4 Kids is on hand to help us get through this emotionally taxing time of year.

About our Guest, Deb Hopper is an experienced Occupational Therapist, podcaster and founder of Life Skills 4 Kids. She comes with many years of experience dealing with children's mental health.

She has a great resource, including free tip sheets on dealing with fussy eaters, which can be found here:

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We'll be back in two weeks with a Best of 2021 special. A new series will be out on Friday, January 28, 2022. From all of the team have a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.

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Dr Ashwini Gana Baskaran is a highly experienced female GP and is the Principal Doctor of Sanctuary Wellness and Medical Centre. She has completed three fellowships, Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Fellowship of the Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine and Fellowship of the Australian Lifestyle Medicine. She holds a Certificate in Advanced Dermoscopy and Histopathology and Primary Care Skin Cancer Therapeutics and Professional Certificate in Skin Cancer surgery. She has also completed her Professional Certificate of Aesthetic Medicine and Advanced certificate of Aesthetic Medicine.

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Dr Ashwini Gana Baskaran enjoys the intellectual challenges of being a GP and understands that every patient is unique and important. She always strives to achieve the best health outcomes for her patients. She is a true believer in providing quality care with respect and compassion. Dr Ashwini Gana Baskaran is a member and examiner of RACGP( Royal Australian College of General Practice) and a member of Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM) and Australian College of Lifestyle Medicine.

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