We have a very experienced and diverse team of practitioners.
Dr Adela Brownbill
Adela is a general practitioner with a background in rural medical care. She has worked in a number of different locations throughout Australia. She enjoys the diversity of general practice and has a wide range of experience caring for people at all stages of life.
Dr Sara Burton
MB BS FRANZCP
Provider Number 2363715K
Dr Sara Burton comes to World Wellness Group from the suburban private practice setting and is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. Sara undertook her training primarily at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital working in acute community and inpatient mental health settings, and spent the majority of her advanced training working within the multidisciplinary Homeless Health Outreach Service. After completing training in 2010 in General Adult Psychiatry, Sara has worked in both the private and public sectors, and is currently working part-time in private practice on the south side of Brisbane.
Dr Graham Emblen
Dr Graham Emblen has been a General Practitioner for over 25 years working in Toowoomba and now Brisbane. He has special interests in education, psychology, aged care, palliative care and systems in general practice.
He is the Deputy Director of Medical Education for General Practice Training Queensland, working to grow and maintain a high quality training programme for future GPs and supporting areas including innovation, remediation and communication skills training.
He is also a senior lecturer with the University of Queensland, and works with the National Prescribing Service on their review panel. He has had some experience of health outside Australia having worked in Papua New Guinea and in Uganda for brief periods. (Dr Emblen is on leave until 2018).
Dr Deepak Ganapathy
Dr Ganapathy is an experienced GP who particularly enjoys family and paediatric medicine. He is an Australian trained GP who also speaks Tamil and Kannada. He particularly enjoys working with people from diverse backgrounds.
Dr Katrina Neal
Dr Neal is a GP with almost 40 years experience, and with a Masters in Counselling, has a particular interest in mental health as well as in prevention, women’s health and paediatrics. She is also interested in lifestyle issues and the promotion of good health and enjoys working at WWG as she believes strong community and community connection is the answer to good mental health. She loves to Tango and cycle and as a vegetarian has a particular interest in Middle Eastern cooking. She has studied and taught in the US “How to be your own doctor sometimes” and is very committed to teach people how to look after themselves to stay healthy.
Dr Crystal Pidgeon
Dr Pidgeon comes with a background in rural and Indigenous health. She has a particular interest in women’s health, sexual and reproductive health and mental health. She was awarded the Rural Registrar of the Year in 2013.
Allied health practitioners
Medicare provider no. 5186121F
Jackie is a social worker with over 20 years of experience in clinical social work and has worked in both the health and mental health sector. Jackie is an approved Medicare provider of focused psychological strategies and specialises in working with CALD clients who have mental health problems resulting from trauma/acculturation issues, and has worked with the CALD population for the past 10 years.
Jackie also works as a Transcultural Clinical Specialist at the Queensland Transcultural Mental Health Centre and has a special interest in working with women who have experienced Domestic Violence, and women in the perinatal/post- natal depression.
Registered Psychologist PSY0002027395
Medicare provider 5429241W
Gigi is a registered psychologist who obtained her master qualification from the University of Queensland. Prior to joining WWG, she worked with families, adults and children across a diverse range of clinical, community and correctional settings within the Queensland region. Gigi has a keen interest in understanding and providing evidence-based and culturally appropriate psychotherapy to individuals who experience mood concerns, anxiety and/or other conditions such as Addictive Disorders and Eating Disorders. She also enjoys assessing and working with children with existing or potential mood and behavioural difficulties. Some approaches that Gigi uses include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy and Play Therapy.
Gigi loves to maintain a lifestyle that involves physical exercise, mindfulness practice and a clean diet, as she (and scientific research of course!) believes these as the foundation of a healthy mind and body. Other than English, Gigi also speaks, reads and writes proficiently in Mandarin and Cantonese.
Marta Garcia de Blakeley
Clinical Psychologist Registrar
Marta is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS); member of the APS Psychology and Culture Interest Group, and member of the Society for Psychological Research Europe and Latin America divisions. Original from Argentina, Marta consults in English and Spanish, and has worked in the field of counselling and mental health in Australia since 2005 when she started working for Lifeline in Brisbane and as an Accredited individual and group Positive Parenting Program facilitator and counsellor.
Marta is currently a Clinical Psychology Registrar and is finalising her Clinical Psychology PhD on the topic of transcultural psychotherapy and clinician’s competence. She has a genuine interest in supporting and improving the development of other therapists to provide culturally and linguistically relevant and high quality services to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) clients. Besides working for WWG, Marta holds casual positions as clinical consultant for QLD Transcultural Mental Health Centre, as tutor at Griffith University and as lecturer at Christian Heritage College.
In her clinical practice Marta works from a biopsychosocial –spiritual- cultural model, supporting clients to explore the conscious and unconscious factors that may be conditioning their responses to life circumstances and stressors, impacting their relationships with others and very importantly, to themselves. These factors, may include genetic predispositions, learned behaviours, intergenerational behavioural patterns, personal and cultural belief systems, past trauma, and situational stress among others factors.
Marta’s approach to psychotherapy is based on collaboration and trust in the inner strength of all client to actively participate to shape their own lives.
Alina is a Registered Psychologist with a background in clinical psychology and psychotherapy. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy. She has in-depth training in humanistic-experiential psychotherapy, which is a medium-term, creative and insight-oriented approach. Alina is an experienced psychologist who has worked both in the government and private sectors. Her fields of expertise include clinical psychology, individual and group psychotherapy, mental health, disability, dual-diagnosis, mentoring and training – parenting, couple and family psychology, experiential psychotherapy and Narrative Exposure Therapy. Alina provides psychological therapy services in English and Romanian.
Alina has a strong interest in working with clients from culturally diverse background, migrants, refugees, people with disabilities, Aboriginal and Torres Straight Island people, people from rural areas and other vulnerable populations. She is a strong advocate for human rights and social justice. Alina works with clients across the lifespan.
Clinical Psychologist PSY0000976762
Medicare Provider 4567292J
Dragos is a registered psychologist with background in clinical psychology and psychotherapy. He has been working in this field for 10 years providing assistance to clients with a wide range of diagnoses. He was also involved in developing and delivering training for clinicians and psychology students in the mental health area, counselling and psychotherapy field. He migrated to Australia in 2007 and since 2009 he has been working for Queensland Transcultural Mental Health Services as a project officer and clinical specialist providing assistance to clients from various cultural backgrounds. His interests are in human potential and personal development using holistic approaches to enable clients to (re)discover their inner strength, to give meaning to their experiences and to catalyse transformation and spiritual growth.
Medicare provider 4075528K
Lody is a Mental Health social worker, psychotherapist and art therapist with over 25 years’ experience of working in the field of Trauma and Mental Health. She was born in South Africa and lived there for 23 years. She left South Africa during the Apartheid era due to her strong commitment to social justice and sought exile in the United Kingdom where she was lucky to receive refugee status within two years of her arrival with her husband.
She completed her professional training in the United Kingdom and qualified as an art therapist in 1988. She ran an art therapy service at The Medical Foundation for The Care of Refugees and Survivors of Torture in London. She has always been deeply committed to supporting the human rights and mental health of refugees and feels very privileged to now be making a contribution to the World Wellness Group. Lody offers Art Therapy at World Wellness Group.
Annette Ruzicka (JP Qual)
Australian Association of Social Work – Mental Health Accredited Social WorkerMedicare Provider: 4878522 A
Annette is a member of the Australian Association of Social Work, and is an accredited mental health Social Worker. Annette has over 20 years of professional experience in both generalised and clinical social work in mental health. Annette has a number of qualifications including Bachelor of Adult Education and Training, Bachelor of Social Work, Master in Social Work, Certificate in Nursing, and Graduate Diploma in Buddhist Psychotherapy & Counselling and is an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.
Annette has management experience working in Queensland government in particular in the child protection area as a Director for Transitional Placements Unit and Manager for a number of Child Safety Service Centres in South East Queensland. Annette also has significant social work experience working in hospital Emergency Department &, Community Mental Health.
Annette speaks three languages (Sinhala, Tamil, and English) and values of social justice approach to respecting culturally appropriate health outcomes for clients and their families with mindful and clinical practices that enhance a sense of purpose, connectedness, with a quest for wholeness filled with hope and harmony. Annette’s aspirations to work in human services resonates these values and reflects in her approaches to social work practice and theoretical frameworks.
Traditional medicine practitioners
Click here for a list of our traditional medicine practitioners.