World-class and highly qualified professionals make up the Gunnebah team.
Led by 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 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 over 30 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 visits clients twice weekly or as needed providing general and mental health care. See Jennifer talk about health at Gunnebah.
Warwick Parer, LLB – Managing Director
Bachelor of Laws, Solicitor Supreme Court Queensland, Captain Australian Army Reserve
Warwick practised law for 14 years before moving into the world of business where his involvements ranged from Ship Repair to Retail, Manufacturing, Property Development and Financial Management. 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. Outside work he is the proud father of six children and was also a Captain in the Australian Army Reserve. See Warwick talk about the background to Gunnebah.
Trinity Ferrier, BBA, DipBus, Dip AOD – General Manager
Bachelor of Business, Diploma of Business, Diploma in Alcohol and Other Drugs
Trinity has been working as a part of the admin team since we opened our doors in 2017. Since she finished her Bachelor in Business management in 2018, she has been full time as the administration manager. Trinity has also completed her Diploma in Alcohol and Other Drugs in 2020, which has helped her gain a better understanding of guest needs. She has a passion for healthy living through fitness and nutrition which she enjoys sharing with guests. In her spare time she breeds border collies and the puppies are a special treat when they make a visit to work
Madelyn Cox, BPsy, DipHyp – Therapist
Bachelor of Psychological Science, Diploma Clinical Hypnotherapy
Madelyn comes from a background of supporting marginalised people to cope with the now, motivate for the future and reconnect with the community. Her recent program in private practice focused on long term weight-control issues and offered therapeutic support to those seeking to delve into early life experiences to repair self-esteem, whilst instilling methods of practical behavioural change. Madelyn incorporates hypnotherapy into her work to assist in accessing the beliefs found in the subconscious mind to build healthy thought processes. She advocates a mindful relation to nature, our higher purpose and human connection in the journey to recovery from addiction. Madelyn utilises Cognitive Behavioural therapy and, Motivational Interviewing and Motivation Enhancement Technique in everyday practice and is also a certified SMART facilitator.
Jessica Bork, BSc(Psych) MHlthSc(Behav.) Post Grad Dip.(Couns) – Therapist
Bachelor Science (Psychology), Master Health Science (Behavioural Science), Post Graduate Diploma (Counselling), ACA Level 3 Membership. SIRA accredited.
Jess has over 20 years experience in addiction counselling, general counselling and community case management. She has a particular interest in the biopsychosocial model of addiction and practices CBT, Motivational Interviewing and Compassion Focused Therapy. With lived experience, Jess is passionate about addiction recovery and enjoys walking with her clients as they reconnect with their authentic selves and begin their journey to a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
Mitchell Cameron, BCouns – Therapist.
Bachelor of Counselling
Mitchell is a trained Counsellor who integrates a holistic and evidence based approach to therapy. He focuses predominantly on a person-centered philosophy, combined with dialectical, mindfulness and cognitive behavioural evidence based therapies. Mitch completed his internship in a residential psychiatric hospital and recovery clinic in 2019, working with acute mental health conditions and addiction.Thereafter he was employed by the clinic, specialising in the facilitation of group therapies in dialectical behavioural therapy and alcohol and other drug counselling. He has been a practitioner of mindfulness for 8 years, having become practiced in Vipassana meditation and has completed several retreats. Mitch believes that everyone has the potential to create a life worth living. In his spare time he enjoys meditation, playing didgeridoo, surfing and rock climbing.
Linda Jackson – BHSc, Grad Cert Couns, Dip Com Serv, MSW (Q) – Therapist
Bachelor Health Sciences (Naturopathy), Graduate Certificate Counselling, Diploma Community Services, Master Social Work (Qualifying), AASW member
Linda combines lived experience of addiction with extensive training and experience in supporting people in their recovery journey. She wholeheartedly believes that everyone can overcome addiction with support, psychoeducation, compassion, and time. She is passionate about supporting people to reconnect with their authentic selves and regain strength and hope to achieve their life goals. Linda has a particular interest in the biopsychosocial model of addiction and practices CBT, ACT, Motivational Interviewing, Schema Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Strengths-based and Solution-focussed approaches to assist guests in understanding their addictive behaviours and empowering them to move forward in their lives. To recharge, she loves to get into nature, practice yoga, scuba dive, hike, travel, meditate and SUP with friends.
Nicola Smith, RN, Dip HLC, Cert AMMH – Therapist
Diploma Mental Health Nursing, Diploma Holistic Life Coaching, Post Grad Cert Assessment and Management of Co-existing Mental Health and Substance Use Problems
Nicola has over 27 years of experience in mental health and addictions, as a registered nurse and life coach. She has worked in detox units, emergency departments, acute wards and community teams, at times in leadership/management roles. Nicola has journeyed alongside thousands of people using a variety of psychological therapies and techniques. Her approaches are strengths-based, person-centered, solutions-focused and motivational. She utilizes narrative therapy, trauma informed care, CBT, ACT and EFT. She gently assists people in releasing negative conditioning, life-patterns, core beliefs and fears, so they become self-empowered, self-managing, hope-filled and confident on their life path. She promotes the importance of working towards meaningful goals and a vision. Nicola has great compassion, grounded in her lived experience, and firmly believes that everyone is capable of achieving recovery given the right timing, motivation, circumstances, education and supports. Nicola is also a certified practitioner of several healing modalities, including: Dreamtime Healing Holographic Kinetics and Reconnective Healing, as well as being an end-of-life mentor.
Judith Magee, MC&P, BHSc, DipHC, ADipN – Therapist
Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Bachelor Health Science (Comp. Med), Diploma Holistic Counselling, Adv. Dip Naturopathy, Clinical Nutrition, Homeopathy.
Using a strengths-based, trauma informed and client-led approach, Judith seeks to support the personal insights, empowerment and life-skill development needed to achieve and maintain a healthier and addiction free life. Interventions used can include Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Family Systems work and Relapse Prevention Processes. Additional to her psychotherapy work, Judith has a long-standing clinical career utilising clinical nutrition and naturopathy for the treatment of a wide range of chronic disorders, with a special focus on optimising function and wellbeing, within the intersection between physical and mental health. Judith loves to balance out her worklife by enjoying time with friends and family, music, reading, cooking, dining-out, nature and community.
Danielle Small, CertIV MH, Cert IV CS, Cert IV VN – Admissions Manager
Certificate IV in Mental health, Certificate IV in Community Services, Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
Danielle joined the Gunnebah team in early 2019 as an administrative assistant. Prior to Gunnebah she spent four years as a qualified veterinary nurse and technician. A positive change of scenery caused Danielle to recognise her passion for Mental health and she is now a qualified mental health support worker and our Admissions Manager. She is passionate about helping people and seeing them make a positive change in their lives. Danielle will be there to support you and help you in taking the first step into your recovery journey. Danielle enjoys drawing, camping, and the company of her family and her dog.
Mark Miller – Kitchen Manager
Mark has over 18 years of experience working in high-pressure environments running kitchens and restaurants in three countries. Fresh food has always been his passion. Being in addiction recovery himself, Mark understands the importance of healthy eating but also knows that healthy can be delicious. Marks enjoys using his recovery experience to help him connect with our guests and showing them how life in recovery can be great. In his spare time, Mark enjoys exercising, yoga and fishing.
Ryan Ferrier – Maintenance and Electricals
Cert 3 in Electrotechnology
Ryan is a qualified electrician and air conditioning specialist. He is very handy and pretty much able to turn his hand to anything. So, after nine years as a trade electrician he moved to Gunnebah where he is working hard to improve the place. When he’s not on the tools he loves getting outdoors: rock climbing, water skiing and playing golf.
Christopher Gibbings MSA, MEd, BSc, CertP, CertTD – IT Geek
Master of Social Administration, Master of Education (Pastoral Guidance), Bachelor of Science (Comp Sci), Permaculture Design Certificate, Certificate in Training and Development
From website design and SEO to networking hardware and security cameras; from backend office systems to online security; from remote area Internet to database design, Chris is the man. Chris loves to help organisations that build a better world to work more efficiently and effectively, so that their staff can spend less time on admin and more time doing what they are passionate about. Chris has 20 years of 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. In an earlier incarnation, Chris was a Systems Analyst and Database Designer and his tech background always comes back to haunt him. Together, Chris and Warwick spent an intense 20 months setting up Gunnebah as a rehab. In his non-work time Chris runs a ukelele protest group and a world peace meditation network, helps run an eco-spirituality retreat centre, provides accommodation to refugees, is an active Quaker and progessive catholic, provides tech support to various causes and community groups, is learning to surf, meditates, dances salsa and goes on extremely long hikes.
Lauren Thomas, DipFit – Fitness Coach
Diploma in Fitness
Lauren has been running a successful training facility in Murwillumbah since 2015. She designs functional fitness programs with an emphasis on offering a comfortable, fun training environment for clients of all ages and abilities. In the 2019 Tweed Shire Business Excellence Awards, Lauren was awarded Young Entrepreneur of the Year and was also a finalist in three other categories. When she is not encouraging clients to “drop and give me ten!” Lauren loves to spend time with her young family, hanging out in the beautiful creeks and swimming holes in the area.
The program is informed and sophisticated but for me it is the passion and enthusiasm in each member of the team that makes the place truly exceptional. I have heard more than a few horror stories about rehabs in Australia and I consider myself extremely lucky to have found Gunnebah. ~ Felix M.