Team Profile - Sonja Russell

ReadyStepGrow Therapy Coordinator & Paediatric Dietitian

ReadyStepGrow Therapy Coordinator & Paediatric Dietitian

Our CEO Simone and Clinical Supervisor Katherine Sanchez interviewed Sonja when she was around 30 weeks pregnant with her third child. Sonja was an absolute standout for not only being extremely professional but more importantly, being incredibly warm and empathetic - perfect for RSG! There was no way we were going to let a little thing like a 'baby' get in the way of an exceptional candidate and we welcomed Sonja, and soon after Baby Ben to the team! And what a strike of good luck & management it turned out to be. Sonja (Ben in tow) quickly established herself as someone our families and team could trust & depend upon which is why her role so quickly evolved into RSG's Therapy Coordinator. We just don't know what we would do without Sonja!

What attracted you to RSG?

I love RSG’s approach of empowering parents to help their own child to get the best start in life possible. Parents are their child’s number one cheerleaders and should be supported to follow their instinct in making decisions that feel right for their family.

What sparked your interest in working with prems in the first place?

Prems and their parents often have a challenging start to their journey together, with lots of worries that can get carried forward and impact the enjoyment of everyday life. I feel strongly that every family should be able to feel “normal” and enjoy everyday life together. For me, this relates to food and eating in particular, but obviously translates to other areas too.

What advice do you wish all families would receive in the NICU?

Trust yourself and your instinct to know what your child needs.

Favourite children's books?

I have so many favourites! Some I love are…

The Pear in the Pear Tree by Pamela Allen – it has such a great rhythm and the building drama means you can use so much expression, making it so much fun to read.

Hooray for Bread by Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman – I love the rhyming and illustrations (and I love bread!).

Goodnight Mice by Frances Watts and Judy Watson – a lovely winding-down, bedtime story book with a fun rhythm and sweet illustrations.

Today We Have No Plans by Jane Godwin and Anna Walker  – I love the idea of slowing down and taking in all the details of the day.

One more..! Starting School by Jane Godwin and Anna Walker – such as a great conversation-starter for children starting school.

Favourite holiday destination?

Noosa – such an easy, relaxed place to go with small children with everything you need on your doorstep, family-friendly beach and no need to get in the car.