World class and highly qualified professionals make up the Gunnebah team.
Led by Doctor Joel Porter and Doctor Jennifer Parer the goal of the Gunnebah team is to provide the latest evidence based world’s best practice addiction treatment methods to break addictions and replace them with good physical and mental health and provide the tools for permanent recovery. (Read more about our method and our program).
Dr Joel Porter, PsyD, MA, BS – Clinical Director
Doctor of Psychology, Master of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Registered Clinical Psychologist, Board Certified Clinical Supervisor,Member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers
Dr Joel Porter has dedicated his career towards understanding and the successful treatment of addictive behaviours. He is a registered Clinical Psychologist and Board Certified Clinical Supervisor, consults to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and holds an Adjunct Associate Professor role at University of Canberra – Centre for Applied Psychology. He has practiced extensively in four countries and consulted in many others. Dr Porter is widely published, and has presented at numerous national and international conferences. He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and has provided training consultation throughout Australia and overseas. Dr Porter believes in an evidence-informed holistic approach to understanding and facilitating change. See Joel talk about addiction.
Dr Jennifer Parer, MBBS, FRACGP, dipRACOG – Medical Director
Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery, Diploma of Obstetrics, Fellow of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Dr Jennifer Parer is a General Practitioner on the Gold Coast with 26 years experience and special interests in mental health, addiction medicine, women’s health and preventative health care. She has an honours degree in Medicine, a diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and is a member of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. She will visit clients on a twice weekly or as needs basis providing general and mental health care. There will be no extra cost for this service for all medicare-eligible patients. See Jennifer talk about health at Gunnebah.
Warwick Parer, LLB – Managing Director
Bachelor of Laws, Solicitor Supreme Court Queensland, Captain Australian Army Reserve
Warwick is a Graduate Law from Bond University and a fully qualified Solicitor. Having practiced law for 14 years he then moved into the world of business and gained experience in a diverse range of areas including Ship Repair, Retail, Manufacturing, Property Development and Financial Management. Outside work he is the proud father of six children and was also a Captain in the Australian Army Reserve. Warwick has always had a passion for exercise and nutrition and through this has developed a strong belief in holistic wellness which is a core belief in the Gunnebah philosophy. See Warwick talk about the background to Gunnebah.
Angie Walker MSW, BSW – Addiction Counsellor
Master of Social Work, Bachelor of Social Work, Diploma of Community Development, Diploma of Hospitality
Angie has over ten years’ experience working in mental health, youth, addictions and community development. She has lived in four countries outside of Australia and has either “been there done that” or helped someone through it. Angie believes in seeing the good in all and is often referred to as an ‘angel on earth’ by clients. When she is not at Gunnebah, Angie is either responding to homelessness in the local area or spending time with her family, three daughters and dog – perhaps at the beach or chatting over a nice home cooked meal.
Tony Reardon, Grad Dip Arts – Assistant Manager
Graduate Diploma in Arts/Conflict Resolution (Mediation)
With 10 years of experience working in rehabs, Tony knows that the Gunnebah approach to addiction works. He has a deep understanding of what drives relapse and how to prevent it and knows that given the right support and time to heal recovery is possible. Tony had a successful career in broadcasting, music and advertising in his home town of Auckland, NZ and London, England before his move into Alcohol and Other Drug work. Tony has his own recovery story and is living proof that “we do recover”.
Alexis Postans, Bsc Grad Dip Psy – Addiction Counsellor
Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science, Bachelor of Science (Psychology)
Alexis has extensive experience in drug and alcohol rehabilitation, mental health policy, youth residential care, child protection and working with trauma. She is passionate about working with people, and understanding them in the broader context of the society they are part of. She is particularly interested in how positive psychology research and practice may be applied to treating addiction. She believes that through nurturing the body, mind and spirit, and instilling a sense of hope and connection, recovery is possible for anyone. Alexis is also close to completing her studies to become a yoga and meditation teacher.
Andy Travis, Adv Dip Transp Counselling – Addiction Counsellor
Advanced Diploma of Transpersonal Counselling
Andy has a private counselling practice specialising in addiction recovery and men’s wellbeing. He has facilitated addiction recovery work for more than 10 years, both for individuals and groups. Being passionate about mindfulness, Andy has been meditating for 30 years. He was one of the founding hosts of Bay FM 99.9’s ‘Men’s Show’ in Byron Shire. Andy has extensive experience using the 12-Step recovery model.
Jacqui Hunt, BA – Yoga Teacher
Bachelor of Arts, certified Yoga Teacher
Jacqui is a yoga and meditation teacher and passionate mental health advocate. Previously from a background in Marketing and Public Relations, Jacqui discovered yoga and meditation after suffering her own health setbacks. She is now dedicated to helping others who may be suffering from dependency, self-esteem or mental health issues through the gift of yoga. Jacqui aims to ensure each client feels safe, heard, understood and connected to their body and mind in every session. She is currently studying an Advanced Diploma of Holistic Counselling and soon to commence an Advanced Diploma of Transpersonal Therapy.
Helen Boland – Meals Design & Preparation, Kitchen Management
Certified Food Preparation Supervisor, Cert. IV Enterprise Management
Helen has a wealth of experience encompassing restaurant management, meals
preparation, retail & business management. People centric, married to a design
consultant and having two designer sons, her work is influenced by design excellence. Together with a passion for the authentic country lifestyle and a preference for natural, organic produce, Helen is inspired to design & prepare meals which excite the taste buds, stimulate good health & wellness, and which unite Gunnebah team & guests as extended family.
Christopher Gibbings, MSA, MEd, BSc – Manager Strategic Development
Master of Social Administration, Master of Education (Pastoral Guidance), Bachelor of Science, Permaculture Design Certificate, Certificate in Training and Development
Chris has 20 years experience in community development, permaculture design and Information Technology. He has established a successful ecovillage and for ten years was a Director of the Association for Sustainable Communities as well as a Vision Councillor for the Global Ecovillage Network Oceania and Asia. A former Community Development Coordinator for Brisbane City Council and Red Cross international worker, Chris has led numerous homelessness and refugee projects. Together, Chris and Warwick spent an intense 20 months setting up Gunnebah as a rehab. Now, Chris is part time, with a focus on effective systems and processes to help Gunnebah thrive. In his spare time, he paraglides, is learning to surf, meditates, dances salsa and goes on extremely long hikes. See Chris talk about our location and facilities.
Trinity Parer BBA, Dip Bus. – Office Manager
Bachelor of Business, Diploma of Business
Trinity has been keeping the administration of Gunnebah ticking along since she joined us in 2017. Before coming to Gunnebah, Trinity worked in retail and hospitality and volunteered with the St Vincent de Paul Society for 5 years. In her spare time, she breeds border collies and loves to bring the puppies along to Gunnebah for a cuddle with the guests. She is also an accomplished singer and guitarist and has a passion for healthy living which spills over to our guests.