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Dr Leila Masson


Dr Leila Masson is a Sydney based consultant paediatrician and author of “Children’s Health A-Z” a parent’s guide to natural therapies for common childhood ailments.

She specialises in nutritional and environmental medicine for children’s health issues, including allergies, asthma, behavior problems, autism spectrum disorders and ADHD. She sees patients at her clinic in Tamarama and mentors doctors in integrative paediatrics.

She received her medical doctorate from the Free University of Berlin and did her paediatric specialist training at the University of California in San Francisco. She received her Master in Public Health from Harvard University and her Diploma in Tropical Medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine and the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs. Dr Masson is a board member of AIMA, the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association. She is also on the board of professional advisors of La Leche League New Zealand.

Leila has worked in the US, Europe, New Zealand, and volunteered for 2 years setting up a rural clinic in Pakistan.

Dr Masson lectures internationally on the subject of children’s nutrition and an integrative medicine approach to paediatric issues, including autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, allergies, recurrent infections, and PANDAS/PANS. She speaks English, German, French, and Spanish.


Mentoring of Integrative Paediatricians

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Dr Leila Masson, one of the leading integrative consultant paediatricians in Australasia, who we are proud to have on the ACNEM faculty, is offering to mentor paediatricians who have done the ACNEM Foundation course, in functional paediatric medicine.

Dr Masson has 20 years experience in nutritional, environmental, lifestyle and functional medicine.

She has a busy practice in Sydney’s Tamarama. Her goal is to nurture a new generation of paediatricians who can address the underlying causes of today’s childhood epidemics: Allergies, Autoimmune disease, ADHD, ASD, anxiety, obesity and so on.

The paediatricians she supervises will be assigned patients from her waiting list; they will see the patients and discuss each case, physical findings, testing options, lab results, and treatment with Dr. Masson. They will receive useful patient handouts, sample treatment plans and will be guided in their reading and on line learning. The doctors will get a percentage of the patient fees, so they will have an income, and there will be no fee for the mentoring.

The doctors can see patients via telehealth, in Dr Masson’s clinic in Sydney in person, or at an office of their choice.  Dr Masson can mentor the doctors on site or over phone/zoom. So far two consultant paediatricians have been trained by Dr. Masson, and are now seeing as many patients as they wish (since there are several hundred patients on Dr. Masson’s waiting list).

Interested paediatricians need to have full registration, have attended the ACNEM Foundation course or equivalent, and have a keen interest in nutritional, environmental and functional medicine.

You can find out more about Dr Masson on her website:

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Areas of Speciality

  • Integrative approach to paediatrics, including chronic diseases, developmental, and behavioural problems
  • Biomedical treatment for autism spectrum disorders and ADHD
  • Nutritional and Environmental Medicine
  • Allergies, asthma, and eczema
  • Gut health, including reflux, chronic diarrhoea, and constipation
  • Breastfeeding
  • Preventive medicine and positive parenting

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