|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 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 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.
|Alexis Postans, Bsc Grad Dip Psy – Drug & Alcohol Clinician
Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science, Bachelor of Science (Psychology), Certificate in Yoga Teaching, Certificate in Meditation Teaching
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 a qualified yoga and meditation teacher.
|Luke Turner, Dip AOD – Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor
Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs
Luke has extensive experience helping individuals through all types of change. As a therapist, Luke takes a solution-focused approach to recovery. This approach recognizes our strengths and attributes and defines our personal goals. This builds our capacity to be able to overcome the many challenges from our past, present and future. As a counsellor, Luke uses skills in solution-focused therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, psycho-education and personal experience to provide guests with the tools for their individual journey through recovery. Luke views recovery as a life-long learning process and is passionate about learning in his spare time. For some downtime, Luke enjoys the simple pleasures of outdoor living such as camping, bushwalking, exploring our beautiful local region and taking a minimalist approach to life.
|Madelyn Cox, B Psy, Dip Hyp – 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.
|Andrea Farkas BSc, MA – Night Support
Bachelor of Science (Business), Master of Arts (Education)
Andrea’s role at Gunnebah is to make sure everything is safe and comfortable for our guests at night. Being passionate about helping people find their true selves, Andrea is currently completing her masters degree in Social Work with a specific interest in trauma work. She also holds a masters degree in early childhood development with extensive experience working with families in Canada and the US. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys adventures in nature, walking barefoot and dancing with the elements.
|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.
|Helen Boland – Kitchen Manager
Certified Food Preparation Supervisor, Cert. IV Enterprise Management
Helen has a wealth of experience encompassing restaurant management, meals
preparation, and retail & business management. People centric, married to a design consultant and having two designer sons, her work is influenced by the concept of 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 the Gunnebah team & guests as extended family.
|Danielle Small, AVNAT, Cert IV Vet N – Administration Assistant
Australian Veterinary Nurse and Technician, Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
After nine years in retail, Danielle spent four years as a qualified veterinary nurse, where she did everything from anaesthetics and assisting in surgery through to admission and reception. A positive change of scenery caused Danielle to recognise her passion for Mental health and she is currently studying a Cert IV in Community Services with a view to becoming a mental health support worker. She is passionate about helping people and seeing them make positive change in their lives. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys drawing, camping, and the company of her family and her dog.
|Christopher Gibbings, MSA, MEd, BSc – Manager Strategic Systems
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 catching his breath and working 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.
| Tracy Litherland B.HSc, Adv.Dip WHM; Dip. Yoga Teaching – Yoga Teacher
Bachelor of Health Science Naturopathy, Advanced Diploma Wholistic Medicine, Diploma Yoga Teaching, Certificate Ayurveda Therapies, Certificate Tibetan Mindfulness Training
As a naturopath and Ayurvedic therapist, Tracy brings a unique perspective and to her yoga classes. Based on 22 years of teaching experience, she incorporates various styles of Yoga to gain the best result for students. Tracy includes elements of Hatha, Vinyasa Flow and Yin yoga to help support postural alignment, release areas of stagnation and congestion and help detoxify the body. She also adds Yoga Nidra to assist with chronic stress, fatigue, anxiety and depression. Tracy is keen to share the healing possibilities of yoga with you.
|Lauren Crees, Dip HKM – Massage Therapist
Diploma in Hawaiian KaHuna Massage Advanced Body Work – Mette’s Institute
After raising her four sons, Lauren completed her studies to become a KaHuna Massage Therapist. She has natural ‘healing hands’ and loves to honour and nurture everyone that she encounters. Hawaiian KaHuna Massage instils a calming sense of peace and deep relaxation and is profound for healing the body, mind and soul. Lauren joined Gunnebah in 2018 and in her spare time enjoys camping with her family, surfing, singing, songwriting and dancing. Lauren has a deep love for animals and is passionate about creating peace on earth.
|Lauren Thomas, Dip Fit – 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.