Linda Paterson first approached Dr Natasha in 2008 and has since established an online resource platform providing information and services to support the GAPS Community within Australia and New Zealand. Through this, ‘GAPS Diet Australia’ and the ‘GAPS Clinic’ emerged (est 2008). Linda dedicates much of her time in helping other families to implement the GAPS Nutrition Protocol and has a strong commitment to teach families the skills required to get those more difficult to manage cases of children with extreme food aversions to graduate through the program with effective mealtime management strategies.
The GAPS Clinic emerged from Linda’s personal experience in effectively treating her own son diagnosed with autism with the Gut and Psychology Syndrome Protocol. It was through this experience that Linda identified with the limited amount of support, direction or guidance available to people seeking this information and treatment option. Linda understands the challenges associated with implementing the GAPS Nutrition Protocol for children with specific needs and fussy eating because she has experienced this first hand.
Linda holds a Bachelor of Health Science with honors in the field of Developmental Disabilities & writing programs for people with specific needs. Her studies in health and nutrition, coupled with her GAPS clinical experience in treating a variety of GAPS disorders have allowed her to deliver specialised GAPS intervention programs as Australia’s first Certified GAPs Practitioner. Prior to this, Linda has also enjoyed working in both government and non-government health service organisations in both the disability and mental health field for over 16 years providing a cross reference of experience associated with a broad variety of mental health issues and developmental disorders.
Linda has worked closely with Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride in the preparation and delivery of the Certified GAPS Practitioner Training Courses for Australia and New Zealand since 2012 and has since become an honorary member of her GAPS Advisory Committee in the writing of course modules and the emergence of the global online Advanced Certified GAPS Practitioner Training Program and Certified GAPS Coach Course.
Linda is the sole founder of GAPS Diet Australia. She is a proud single mother of two who have played pinnacle roles in the shaping of her work and heart to establish the ability to share and impact the GAPS community in a passionate and supportive way.