Damien’s career has seen him work in a range of medical settings, from large hospital emergency departments to remote Indigenous communities. One thing that has remained consistent throughout his career is his interest in lifestyle medicine and equipping people with tools they can access to manage their health.
Daniel brings a wealth of clinical and care experience to his role at Hope in Health. A trained naturopath and kinesiologist with a clinical science degree, he has also studied Western herbal medicine and worked in intensive therapeutic care.
Day-to-day, Catherine Stokoe works alongside the other therapists across different modalities to provide a holistic and personalised treatment program for every guest. Her days include everything from assessing new guests as they arrive at the house to daily therapy sessions.
During his 22 years as a heroin addict, Nick Midgley spent a lot of time in and out of rehab facilities. He knew that addicts needed better and was motivated to do something about it. He founded Hope in Health to offer an alternative rehab with higher clinical integrity.
At one stage in her registered nursing career, Danielle was working with a GP who was also a Naturopath. Through this Doctor, she learned about NAD+ infusions which are used in the treatment of addiction to help with cravings and withdrawal. After supporting a family member through addiction, Danielle could see the benefits of this therapy.
Senior Carer and Breath Work Facilitator
On her own personal journey of addiction recovery, Nicole Schiller discovered breath work and it changed her life. Through this practice she was able to access freedom within herself. It allowed for deep somatic healing and the physical release of emotions stored in the body.
Over more than 25 years in the mental health sector, Jake Majerovic has worked for many of Australia’s leading mental health NGOs. Combined with his corporate experience leading agile transformations, Jake brings a well-rounded depth of experience to his role as Strategy Director at Hope in Health.
It was his lived experience with addiction that led Chris Lancaster to follow a career path in addiction recovery, and ultimately his role as Senior Carer at Hope in Health. Moving from a background in construction, he completed a Diploma of Mental Health and, for more than a decade, worked with community organisations that fight against addiction.
A Registered Nurse for more than 50 years, Cecily Johnson brings a wealth of experience to Hope in Health. In the 1970s she began a career as a prison nurse, working in prisons and juvenile detention centres across Australia. After working with addiction in this setting, she studied AOD (alcohol and other drugs) nursing and went on to teach the subject at universities and TAFEs.
After more than 35 years in nursing, Bec brings a wealth of experience to her role managing clinical governance at Hope in Health. She has worked in mental health nursing, nursing education and advisory roles in a range of clinical settings. She also has more than a decade of experience working with Veterans in therapy. When the opportunity came up to move to Hope in Health, Bec jumped at the opportunity.
Head Chef & Nutrition Coach
For more than 20 years, Andrei Sousa has forged a career revolving around food. He’s worked in busy kitchens and cooked for countless people. But it’s at Hope in Health that he’s found true meaning in his work.
While initially studying psychology to work with athletes like himself, Jamie Hicks ventured down a different path. His own mental health challenges compelled him to study social work, after which he spent many years working in acute and emergency mental health in hospital settings. Jamie comes to Hope in Health from private practice where he has extensive experience working with veterans and first responders.