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Meet the Team

MEET THE BOARD & SENIOR MANAGEMENT

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Fleur Wood

Director

Daughter of SPP founders Bill and Lorraine Wood, Fleur is a highly accomplished entrepreneur, creative, author, businesswoman and philanthropist. Formally serving on the board of SPP from 2003 – 2008, Fleur has returned as Director to work closely with the senior management team on the communications and business strategy.

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Frances Hansen

Director

Daughter of SPP founder Lorraine Wood, Frances Hansen GAICD, was appointed Director in 2017 as part of the SPP succession plan. Formally a university lecturer, based in South Auckland, NZ, Frances’ capacity for compassion, connection and understanding complements SPP’s vision and culture. Frances is actively engaged across all aspects of the business including facilitating the art therapy program.

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Jill Farrell

CFO

As Chief Financial Officer, Jill’s role is instrumental in ensuring that the hospital delivers reliable, safe and quality care to clients through the management of the HR, payroll, finance and administrative functions of the hospital.

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MEET THE CLINICAL TEAM

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Dr Bruce Lachter

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Lachter has more than twenty years of psycho-dynamic psychotherapy practice. The psycho-dynamic approach recognises how developmental trauma and deprivation can be re-enacted in present addictions and other symptoms.

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Dr Taggart Lidbury

Psychiatrist

Dr Lidbury is a Psychiatrist who has a special interest and has done additional training in Addiction Psychiatry. Earlier in his career, he worked as an occupational and environmental physician and also worked in management roles in both the public and private sector.

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Dr Son Nguyen

Clinical Director

Dr Nguyen works in General Psychiatry and also has a special interest in PTSD, war veterans and WorkCover psychiatry.

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Dr Jane Cass-Verco

Psychiatrist

Dr Cass-Verco is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, with an Advanced Training Certificate in Consultation-Liaison (general hospital) Psychiatry. She is interested in general adult psychiatry and Indigenous mental health.

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Dr Laura Cotiga

Psychiatrist

Dr Laura Cotiga is a Consultant Psychiatrist and a Fellow of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry (RANZCP) with expertise in general adult psychiatry and a special interest in mood disorders and addiction medicine.

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Dr Barbara Kretowicz

General Practitioner

Dr Barbara Kretowicz is a licensed Medical Practitioner with experience and special interest in mental health concerns and addictions. She has worked extensively in mental health hospitals both public and private since 1999.

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Dr Margaret Gibson

General Practitioner

Dr Gibson is a General Practitioner with extensive experience and a special interest in mental health and addictions.

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Susanna Johansson

Director Of Nursing

Susanna is an experienced registered nurse with many years’ experience in both public and private settings. Susanna has a special interest in addiction and mental health in an acute setting.

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Alyssa Lalor

Program Director

Alyssa holds a BPsych from the UK and a MCouns from Australia and has been working within the private psychiatric hospital setting in WA and NSW. She also specialises in group therapy using various modalities and has also run a successful private practice in WA.

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Gael Seymore

Client Care Manager

Gael has contributed in a variety of management roles over the past 10 years. She is currently responsible for supporting clients and their families through an individualised continuing care journey. Her role consists of managing the cohesiveness of the Client Care Intake Team, the Day Program Team and the Beachwood Recovery House Team.

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Leanne Schubert

Program Manager

Leanne is a qualified counsellor/therapist with a special interest in the treatment of the underlying issues of mood and anxiety disorders, drug and alcohol dependence and relationship issues.

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Tamara Buchanan

Relationship Manager

Tamara is results-driven senior marketing professional with over 60,000 hours of grass-roots experience in media, marketing and sales, in both agencies and on the client-side, in industries as diverse as entertainment, tech, pharmaceutical, government, building and healthcare.

Dr Kate Beardmore, Clinical Director

MBBS (Hons) RACGP

General Practitioner

Dr Beardmore is a general practitioner with a special interest in drug and alcohol disorders and mental health.

Dr Sian Ong

Psychiatrist

Dr Ong is a psychiatrist with interest and expertise in anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders and mood disorders.

Dr Poonam Sharma

General Practitioner

Dr Sharma is a General Practitioner with an interest in mental health and addictions.

Dr Andrew Watt

Psychiatrist

Dr Watt is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. He has an interest and expertise in forensic psychiatry , aged care psychiatry and addictions.