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.
|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.
|Sheila Murray, MCouns & Psychth, BHSc, ADipAT – Therapist|
Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy), Advanced Diploma of Art Therapy,
Sheila is trained as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist and also as an Art Therapist. She has a background in holistic medicine having worked as a naturopath for 25 years before shifting her focus to mental health and wellness. Sheila is passionate about helping people find their way towards living their best lives. Underpinned by a person-centered philosophy, Sheila uses a broad range of evidence-based practice with her clients, including: schema therapy, narrative therapy, art therapy and EMDR. Sheila has a broad role at Gunnebah and, apart from therapy, she also makes sure guests are comfortable and safe at night and lives onsite. In her spare time, she enjoys walking, being in nature and writing.
|Jessica Bork, BSc(Psych) MHlthSc(Behav.) Post Grad Dip.(Couns)|
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.
|Trinity Parer BBA, DipBus, Dip AOD – Administration 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
|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.
|Robyn Greber, BA, CertIV CS – Operations Support |
Bachelor of Arts (English), Certificate IV in Community Services
Robyn brings her many years of office administration experience to Gunnebah, along with a background in communication and language arts studies. Having had some early experience in nursing as a school leaver, Robyn always knew she wanted to return to the healthcare sector. Her lifelong interest in mental health led her to recently complete a Certificate IV in Community Services, which ignited her passion for assisting others to navigate challenges and live their best lives. Along with providing administrative support, Robyn also keeps things running smoothly at Gunnebah – be it by being on hand to assist with guest’s needs, collecting eggs from the chooks, or supporting guest activities.
|Emrys McNamara-Blattman B.Sc. – Groundsman|
Bachelor of Science, (Major in Marine Biology)
Emrys is an accomplished musician, a marine biologist and a sound and lighting technician. In yet another incarnation, Emrys performs a variety of duties at Gunnebah, ranging from groundskeeping and maintenance to support work and the occasional piano recital at mealtime. He is passionate about supporting our guests on their journey of growth.
|Mark Miller – Cook|
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.
|Christopher Gibbings MSA, MEd, BSc, CertP, CertTD – 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 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. 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.
|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.