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Shadi Gray

Shadi Gray, M Psych, B Psych, is a marriage and relationship educator in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. 

Special interests: Counseling Psychology, Organization Skills, Coaching, Group Therapy, Mental Health Counseling, Psychotherapy, Strategic Planning, Stress Management.

In 2014, Shadi earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

In 2016, she earned her Master’s degree in Psychology from Australia College. Her Master’s is in Counseling and Psychotherapy. 

Thanks to her exceptional skills, Shadi got a job as a group coordinator at The Hills Clinic where she worked in counseling and group therapy. Mental health counseling is her special area of expertise, so she was able to provide lots of patients with adequate support at this job.

Moreover, Shadi’s current job is as a marriage and relationship educator. She works at the CatholicCare Sydney. Shadi’s post within this organization is to counsel married couples and to provide them with mental health support and psychotherapy. 

Shadi has many years of experience working couples counselling. Her professional goal is to help couples repair their relationships and understand each other better.

Sandy Jeffries

Sandy Jeffries, BSc, is a licensed and trained naturopath and psychology student from Australia.

Special interests: naturopathy, psychology, nutritional medicine, herbal medicine, evidence-based research, homeopathy.

Sandy started her studies at the Nature Care College in 1991. During her studies there, she obtained four diplomas – Diploma of Naturopathy, Diploma of Nutrition, Diploma of Botanical Medicine, and Diploma of Homeopathy. 

She then went on to the University of Technology Sydney to begin a Bachelor of Midwifery. In 2015, Sandy went to the All Australian Training and received a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. 

In 2016, Sandy continued her education at the Australasian College of Natural Therapies. Sandy received a Bachelor of Health Science – Naturopathy in 2020. 

During that time, she studied at the Study Group Australia/Ivy College in 2015. Sandy got upgrades for her diplomas in Naturopathy, Nutritional Medicine, and Herbal Medicine.

Currently, Sandy is studying at the Deakin University in Australia. She started in 2018 and is expecting to graduate next year with a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours.

Sandy’s other notable professional memberships and qualifications:

  • Current Complementary Medicine Association (including professional insurances and health fund provider numbers)
  • Australian Traditional Medicine Society – full member
  • Foundation Certificate in Health-Related Exercise
  • Certificate of Small Business Management
  • Certificate of Childbirth and Early Parenting Education 
  • First Aid Certificate

Sandy’s personal goal is to learn more about nature’s medicine and to finish her Bachelor’s degree in psychology. She hopes to help more people with their chronic illness.

Richard Marston

Richard Marston, VR GP, is a registered specialist and general practitioner from Perth, Australia.

Special interests: health care, family medicine, medical education.

Richard Marston started his medical education by attending the University of Oxford in 2003. He graduated in 2007, in Biochemistry. Richard completed both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

The following year, Richard applied to the University of Cambridge to get his medical degree. He obtained his MB BChir – Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree in 2012.

He also started doing a fellowship at the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2017. He received his FRACGP certificate in 2017, and he became a full member of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners the same year.

Once Richard graduated from medical school, he did a foundation program that lasted two years. That program involved 4 monthly rotations in cardiology, general surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, acute medical assessment, and general practice. 

Upon completing the foundation program, he continued to work as a Foundation Doctor at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn, United Kingdom, up until 2017.

In 2014, Richard took up a position as a General Practician at St Mary’s General Practice in Southampton England. He worked there until 2017, and he completed several specialist jobs in psychiatry, elderly care, and rehab medicine during his time there.

When Richard relocated to Australia he started working at the Highland Medical Centre in Madeley, Western Australia.

Richard’s most notable professional associations are:

  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency – AHPRA, registered member
  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners – fellowship, FRACGP certificate
  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners – full membership..

Karaminder Singh Gajebasia

Karaminder Singh Gajebasia, MRCGP, CCFP, is a family physician and psychiatrist from the United Kingdom.

Special interests: psychiatry, family medicine.

Karaminder started his academic studies by obtaining a Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Medicine degree from the JJM Medical College in Davangere, Karnataka.

Then, Karaminder applied for Nottingham University in the UK. He got a diploma in Mental Health. Later on, he attended the Royal College of General Practitioners in the United Kingdom. He studied MRCPsych Paper 1 and 2 at the Royal College.

Karaminder is also a holder of the CCFP certificate. Moreover, he holds a Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

In 2005, Karaminder began working at the Clinical Attachment Psychiatry at the Leicester Royal Infirmary in the United Kingdom. 

In 2006, he took a new job as an SHO in the Psychiatry department in Leicestershire. The job was at the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust.

The following year, Karaminder took a new job where he stayed for 3 years. He worked as an associate specialist in Substance Abuse in Leeds PCT, in the United Kingdom.

The same year, Karaminder became an Associate Specialist in Substance Abuse at the Kirklees PCT in the United Kingdom. He provided primary care drug treatment for patients at this job.

In 2009, Karaminder started working and core training in Psychiatry. He worked at the Nottinghamshire NHS Mental Health Care Trust in the United Kingdom.

Karaminder’s career took a turn in 2011 when he took a job as a General Practician Registrar ST3. Part of the job was done as a General Practician trainee at the Ashby Health Center in Leicester, United Kingdom.

He worked in the A&E Department, Trauma and Orthopedics, as well as Psychiatry. From 2015 to 2020, Karaminder worked as a Principal General Practician at the Groby Surgery Leicester.

Karaminder’s goal is to expand his knowledge of psychiatry and advance his career.

Jennifer Vera

Jennifer Vera, BSc, MS, is a licensed dietitian and nutrition and diabetes consultant from Australia.

Special interests: diabetes, diet consulting, volunteer work, creating menus.

Jennifer Vera started her education by attending the University of Wollongong in 2015. She finished her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Science in 2017.

In 2019, she became a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Jennifer completed a few placements following her graduation from the University of Wollongong. Her first was in January 2019, at the Community Placement Broken Hill Health Service. Then, she went on to her placement at the FoodService Placement at the Top Ryde Royal Rehabilitation Centre until April 2019.

Then in June 2019, Jennifer completed a Clinical Placement – ICM 1, at the Liverpool Hospital. Afterward, she completed a Clinical Placement – ICM 2 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in September 2019. Jennifer’s last placement was a Personal Interest Placement – PIP, at the Radnwich Sydney Children’s Hospital in November 2019. 

Jennifer’s first job was at All-Round Nutrition as a Nutrition Consultant in 2017. She worked almost for a year at this job, working with clients and educating them on the importance of nutrition. She also analyzed nutritional content and formulated personalized meal plans.

When Jennifer left in 2018, she started working at Equalution as a Dietitian. She oversaw clients with special dietary requirements, managed pregnant and postpartum clients, and did individual progress assessments. She also worked closely with all company departments to provide the best benefits for the clients

She then began working as a Dietitian at the HelpStreet Aged Care Services in November 2020 providing clinical experience in the nutrition care process. 

At the same time, Jennifer started working at Foodini, also as a Dietitian. At Foodini, Jennifer is providing menu analysis, catering to clients with special dietary needs, and so on.

Jennifer also did a research project at the University of Wollongong, which helped her fulfill her Master’s degree requirements. She implemented a new pathway for perioperative nutrition care for patients under colorectal surgery for malignancy.

Jennifer also gave back to her community by doing volunteer work. She volunteered in 2017 in The Cancer Council in the project “Eat It To Beat It”. She was a program facilitator and she conducted workshops for healthy eating – for children and their families. She was also educating people on the key nutrition principles.

Jennifer’s notable professional memberships and achievements are:

  • Dietitians Association of Australia – full member since July 2020
  • Accredited Practising Dietitian Program – APD – participant and mentor
  • Graduated with her Master’s studies in Nutrition and Dietetics with Distinction.

Jennifer’s personal goal is to learn more about nutrition and help more people with dietary restrictions. She hopes to expand her volunteer work.

Andrena McDonald

Andrena McDonald, NP, EMR, is a nurse practitioner at the Health Clinic Inc., after receiving her Baccalaureate degree in Nursing.

Special interests: Prenatal Care, Pregnancy Planning, Geriatric Care, Preventative Care.

Andrena McDonald has received a certificate from McMaster University, before receiving the certification from Centennial College in Scarborough, ON, in 1999.

After that, she went on to receive her baccalaureate degree in Nursing in 2002, at Ryerson University in Toronto, ON. This degree has enabled Andrena to start working as a nurse case manager, right after graduating.

Andrena has worked as a nurse case manager for 4 years – from 2002 to 2006 at the Community Care Access Centre. Her job was to authorize services, implement and plan them to offer the best care services for the patients.

Then, in 2006 – Andrena received another certification. This time, it was at York University, in Toronto ON. This certification has enabled her to start working as a nurse practitioner in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre in 2006.

During her time in the Women’s Hands Community Health Centre CHC, Andrena would assist immigrant, refugee women, and children with access workshops. She held prenatal workshops, provided care to clients with FGM, and taught NP students.

Andrena was the patient advocate for newcomers and families, provided a point of care HIV anonymous testing, and even spoke at the Guelph Sexuality Conference. She has worked there until December of 2013.

In 2009, Andrena took another job in the Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities, at the Pediatric clinic – and worked there until 2010.

Andrena has started working as a Medcan Executive Health Care – NP, in August 2012. This job was in the Urgent Care Clinic, within the NP scope of practice. Her job description required providing preventive health care to patients and assisting in the dermatology clinic.

In 2014, Andrena took on another job – as a Nurse Practitioner at the Toronto Clinic, where she has worked for two years until 2016. There, she worked with the Athletes Care team, developed health promotion programs based on the patients’ needs, performed physical wellness and health promotion exams.

At the Toronto clinic, Andrena has developed the Geriatric Outreach program, and provided mentorship to PAs and NPs. During that time, she took on a second job as a Nurse Practitioner at the Passport Health Global Travel Clinic.

She then accepted a position as a Nurse Practitioner at the Women’s College Hospital. She provided counseling and care for pregnancy planning, and provided care for the LGBTQ community. During her time in the Women’s College Hospital, Andrena has received a certificate at the University of Ottawa, in 2017.

Andrena then began working as a Nurse Practitioner at the Northumberland Family Health Team. In 2019, she left her job to start working as a Nurse Practitioner at the Health Clinic Inc. 

Andrena has over 15 years of experience as a nurse practitioner. In the past, she helped develop outreach programs, educated and cared for women in need, and received multiple certificates.

Dr. Juan Panti

Since becoming a qualified doctor in 2007, Dr. Juan Panti has provided a high level of care across Australia’s top hospitals. Dr. Juan’s role within Vityl Medical is to provide expert clinical and non-clinical service to the patients.

Helena Halton

Since completing her training in the UK, Helena has been a nurse for over 30 years. She has worked in Advanced Nursing roles in the United States and in Australia. She has a deep desire to improve outcomes in those who are chronically ill.

Professional Associations

  • National Secretary of the Australian college of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP)
  • Alumni member and former Clinical senator for the WA Clinical Senate committee
  • WA Drugs advisory panel (WADAP) Former voting member
  • AHPRA-Expert panel member (Nurse practitioner endorsement).

Research Areas and Interests

  • Emergency nursing and chronic disease management.

Qualifications

  • Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner), Curtin University of Technology, 2009.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Specialisation, Curtin University of Technology, 2007.

Research

  • Nurse Practitioner Candidacy Model,  Department of Health WA,  Nursing and Midwifery Office Grant,  2020, Research grant of $45,000.

Linda Manoukian

Linda is a registered Psychologist with an interest in helping people create meaning and purpose in their lives. 

Qualifications

Linda holds a Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree and Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degree from the University of New South Wales. She is a registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulationi Agency (AHPRA) and has served on the board of Mental Health Carers (ARAFMI) NSW Inc.

Experience

Linda has experience within the public and NGO sector, including: Westmead Depression Clinic, Brookvale Community Mental Health Services, the University of New South Wales Child Behaviour Clinic and WayAhead (former Mental Health Association NSW). She is committed to using evidence-based treatments and draws from modalities such as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Trauma-Informed Practice, Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) and Psychotherapy and Person-Centered Therapy (PCT).

Approach

Linda’s approach is warm, supportive and empowering. She prefers to work with the patient as a complex individual with their own capacity to heal and overcome life’s challenges. Linda is committed to upholding the highest standards in ethical practice and enjoys tailoring practical strategies from evidence-based treatment modalities to help meet her patient’s specific needs and maximise their therapeutic experience.

Dr. Mandy Liedeman

Dr Leideman is a highly experienced doctor who is also a cancer surviver. Since beating cancer, she has taken a pro-active approach to her own mental and physical care and feels healthier and happier than ever.

After almost two decades working in general practice, Dr Leideman now focuses on long term care, chronic illness prevention and research. She holds a certificate in the ethical conduct for research involving humans (TCPS 2: CORE).

Education

  • University of Western Ontario [BSc. Biology] 1984-1988
  • University of Toronto Medical School [M.D] 1988-1992
  • University of Toronto St. Josephs Health Centre 1992 – 1993

Affiliations

  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
  • Canadian College of Family Physicians
  • Ontario Medical Association
  • Canadian Medical Association
  • Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians
  • Canadian Association of Aesthetic Medicine
  • Canadian Medical Protective Association

Awards

  • Walter F. Watkins Scholarship – U of T Medicine 1989