Our Team

Dr. Sanil Rege

Consultant Psychiatrist

MBBS, MRCPsych (U.K), FRANZCP

There are, in truth, no specialties in medicine, since to know fully many of the most important diseases a man must be familiar with their manifestations in many organs.

- Osler

Dr. Sanil Rege is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK). Besides founding Vita Health Care, he is also founder of Psych Scene, a world leading mental health training organisation.  Dr Rege is passionate about transforming the way mental health treatment is delivered. He considers himself a curious child who’s devoted most of his life to exploring, learning and helping others learn. He is a strong believer the world becomes a better place when you help others learn more. When you work with Dr Rege you can expect a caring, professional and holistic approach to your mental health. His priority is to help all his patients stabilise, improve and maintain their mental health and wellbeing.

Professional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) University of Mumbai, India.
  • Doctor of Psychiatry (Royal Colleges of UK)

Professional Associations:

  • Member of The Royal College of Psychiatrists UK
  • Fellow of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP)

Professional areas of interest include:

  • Resistant mood and anxiety disorders
  • Women’s Mental Health
  • Adult ADHD
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Memory Disorders
  • Special interest in complex neuropsychiatric cases
  • Post traumatic psychiatric disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Inpatient Treatment for Alcohol Addiction
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Can Consult in English, German, Spanish, Hindi, Urdu, Marathi. 

Professional facts:

  • Founder Vita Health Care and Psych Scene
  • Trained over 3000 psychiatrists and 800 GP’s.
  • Nominated for the John Rowe Award for Consultant Teacher of the Year of the Year 2011 by the Postgraduate Medical Education Committee, Western Australia.
  • Presented the Consultant Psychiatrist Teacher of the Year Award by Medical Students, Interns and RMO’s, Darwin NT.
  • Published author and co-author in Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Translational Developmental Psychiatry, International Psychiatry, Australasian Psychiatry,
  • Editor at Psych Scene Hub, leading mental health education website.
  • Academic lead at Psych Scene.
  • Founder of the GP mental health skills training accredited by the RACGP for 40 points.

When I am Not Working:

When I’m not working you’ll find me reading, thinking, spending time with my wife and children and playing with my greyhound, Luca.

Dr. Ricardo Peralta

Consultant Psychiatrist

MD,MBBS, FRANZCP

Loss and possession, death and life are one, there falls no shadow where there shines no sun.

-Hilaire Belloc

Training in El Salvador, Dr Ricardo Peralta has been a practising psychiatrist in Australia since 2007. He has advanced training and a special interest in youth psychiatry, as well as general adult psychosis, depression and bipolar disorder. Dr Peralta also supports both outpatient and inpatient psychiatric services at Beleura Private Hospital.

Ricardo also accepts referrals for patients who require a management plan and is keen to work with general practitioners to provide further reviews as needed, providing expertise in 291 and 293 assessments.

Professional areas of interest include:

  • Specialising in Youths aged 14 and above
  • Complicated Affective disorders – Depression, Bipolar
  • Severe Anxiety disorders
  • Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
  • Psychotherapeutic and pharmacological management
  • Grief and bereavement
  • Personality Disorders

Professional Qualifications:

  • Graduated Doctor in Medicine from ‘Dr Jose Matias Delgado’ University in 2003
  • Doctor in Psychiatry from El Salvador National Psychiatric Hospital ISSS 
  • Did further advanced training in adolescent psychiatry at Orygen Youth
  • Health, Melbourne, Australia and YEPP (Youth Early Psychosis Program) Melbourne Health 
  • Attained fellowship of RANZCP in 2011 
  • Staff Specialist with Melbourne Health (Northern Hospital) 2011 – 2013 and Lead Consultant South Team 2015

When I am Not Working:

  • When Ricardo isn’t helping patients, he enjoys mountain bike riding with his family and playing soccer in his local team.

Dr. Ruwan Haputhantrige

Consultant Psychiatrist

MBBS MD FRANZCP

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” 
– Theodore Roosevelt

Dr. Ruwan Haputhantrige is a consultant psychiatrist with a special interest in Alcohol use disorder, Adult Attention Deficit Disorder, Anxiety Disorder and treatment resistant Depressive Disorder.

After graduating MBBS from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, in 2000 and undertaking further professional training at the National Hospital of Sri Lanka he was admitted to the degree of Doctor of Medicine (Psychiatry) in 2004. He is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and a member of The American Psychiatric Association.

Ruwan also accepts referrals for patients who require a management plan and is keen to work with general practitioners to provide further reviews as needed, providing expertise in 291 and 293 assessments.

Professional areas of interest include:

  • Adult Psychiatry
  • Complex and Treatment Resistant Depression and Anxiety Disorders
  • Alcohol use disorders
  • Adult attention deficit disorder

Professional Qualifications:

  • Medical qualifications from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Admitted to Doctor of Medicine (Psychiatry) in 2004
  • Fellow of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
  • Member of The American Psychiatric Association.

When I am Not Working:

  • When Ruwan isn’t helping patients he enjoys taking scenic drives and taking pictures along the way! He also enjoys spending time with his family and entertaining them with his musical skills on his organ.

Dr. Victor Ojo

Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychogeriatrician

MBBS FRANZCP Cert.Old Age Psych

Human behavior is, in most occasions, conditioned … you can make a difference by caring.

Victor is a Consultant Psychiatrist who has an interest in Psychogeriatrics (Old Age Psychiatry). During his medical trainee years he worked across Queensland, NSW and Victoria where he developed a passion for the prevention of mental illness and the promotion of mental health. He is passionate about helping and treating older patients who have mental health concerns. Victor enjoys staying involved with academia and research while training and examining medical students.

Professional areas of interest include:

  • Psychiatry of the elderly (>65)
  • Dementia
  • Cognitive Difficulties
  • Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Memory Issues
  • Schizophrenia
  • Psychosis
  • 291 Single Comprehensive Assessments

Professional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
  • Old Age Psychiatry

Professional Associations:

  • Fellow of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZCP)

When I am Not Working:

  • Cycling and walking with his family
  • Engaging in community work and humanitarian services.

Dr. Bharat Saluja

Consultant Psychiatrist

MBBS, MD Psychiatry, FRANZCP, MSc Psychological Therapies (CBT strand) and CCST (UK)

Champions convert mental blocks into building blocks. There is always a Champion in you.

Dr. Bharat is a consultant psychiatrist with a passion for providing excellent care to his patients. Over the last 17 years, Bharat has worked as a consultant Psychiatrist in Australia, Singapore, UK and India. Bharat works with people of different ethnicities and cultures in diverse settings that include:

  • Community, In-patient, Prison, Low and Medium Secure Hospitals,
  • Teaching hospitals,
  • Corporate Hospitals
  • Rural areas.

Bharat utilizes his acquired knowledge, experience, and skills and works collaboratively with patients and their families to achieve the best outcome. His focus on recovery and evidence based practice helps his patients understand their mental health issues as they take the first step towards their mental health recovery. Bharat works with people who can’t figure out how to take the first step towards their mental health recovery. He helps people who are struggling to get a grip on their negative emotions and thoughts and desperately want understanding support and guidance as they recover.

When patients work with Bharat they value his empathy and understanding, dedication, honesty, attention to detail and his kind, listening ear. Bharat believes that recovery is a lifelong journey that takes place each day, one step at a time. He is blessed & humbled to be there to support and assist his patients continue to reach for their goals.

 Bharat has devoted his life to serving community, teaching and mastering the art of people relations. He has held leadership positions including Associate Medical Director for Devon Partnership Trust, NHS (UK), and Deputy Chief for Forensic Mental Health Services, IMH (Singapore) and Lead Psychiatrist for Youth Services. Currently, he is the Head of Youth Mental Health Service, Monash Health. Bharat also is involved in teaching and training, research, participating and facilitating clinical improvement processes and providing consultancy to different agencies and general physicians.

Professional areas of interest include:

  • Anxiety Disorders (Phobia, Panic, and OCD)
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Affective Disorder
  • Psychosis (Schizophrenia, Schizo-affective disorder and delusional disorder)
  • Substance use disorders
  • Personality disorders

Professional Qualifications:

  • FRANZCP, MD Psychiatry
  • Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
  • MSc Psychological Therapies (CBT strand)
  • CCST (UK) 

Professional Associations:

 

  • Fellow of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZCP)
  • Received several awards including Gold Medal for best performance in MD Psychiatry, Merit in MSc psychological therapies, Clinical Excellence awards and Sayang award for exceptional clinical service and contributions

When I am Not Working:

  • Relaxing at home with his wife, daughter and parents
  • Breaking out into song and dance to amuse his family
  • Watching sport and playing badminton and tennis
  • Gardening and walking his dog
  • Relaxing by experimenting with recipes and cooking for his family and friends
  • Planning his next overseas trip to favourite spots including Goa, Jaisalmer and Rajasthan (India), Scotland (UK), Rome (Italy) and Egypt.

Dr. Sujit Sharma

Consultant Psychiatrist

MBBS, FRANZCP, MRCPsych

“I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 things that do not work.”  

-Thomas Edison

Sujit is a Consultant Psychiatrist has obtained specialist qualifications from Australia and the UK and has worked in the public sector for over 10 years. His holistic treatment approach to his patients makes him a highly valued leader in multidisciplinary teams of Psychologists, Psychiatric Nurses, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and other mental health professionals. He also has extensive experience in administering Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT).

Sujit is passionate about teaching medical and nursing students and is the clinical lead for early intervention psychosis service in south-east Melbourne.

Professional areas of interest include:

  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Bipolar Affective Disorder
  • Psychosis including Schizophrenia and Drug Induced Psychosis
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism and Asperger’s syndrome
  • Substance abuse including drugs and alcohol
  • 291 Single Comprehensive Assessments
  • Inpatient assessment and management of patients
  • Inpatient services to Peninsula Private Hospital

Professional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
  • MRCPsych

Professional Associations:

  • Fellow of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZCP)

Tracey Gemmell

Psychologist

B.A PGDipProfPsych.,Assoc M.A.P.S

Action is the foundational key to all success. 

- Pablo Picasso

Tracey, is a psychologist who’s an expert juggler of work, family, fitness, friends, good nutrition and laundry! Ultimately all of her work is about assisting people who juggle a busy life in this fast-paced modern world. But really, she’s just an everyday human being who knows a lot of stuff about helping people.

When people come to see Tracey they’re usually struggling with the biggest bully they know – their own mind. Through working with Tracey, clients learn how to stop their own mind bullying them, so they can do what matters the most to them.

Clients appreciate her ability to listen without judgement, her kind hearted common sense and ability to stay calm and keep perspective during a crisis. They get support and encouragement with her toolkit of strategies, ‘blue cards’ with helpful reminders and tips and the visual action plans developed on the whiteboard together.

Tracey is passionate about the impact of food on mental health and exploring how better food choices can make us all feel better. She loves helping people get a better understanding of food labels and how the numbers can affect our physical, psychological, emotional and behavioural health.

Professional Qualifications:

  • Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Psychology, Bond University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Monash University
  • Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Australia

Professional Associations:

  • Associate Member – Australian Psychological Society
  • Member – Critical Incident Stress Management of Australia
  • Affiliate Member – International Critical Incident Stress Foundation Inc.

Professional areas of interest include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Health / Lifestyle life transition
  • Domestic Violence
  • Acute stress disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Parenting
  • Injury and illness
  • Grief and loss
  • Crisis intervention

Some fun facts about Tracey:

  • Completed the Sydney Oxfam 100km Trail walker in 2015 for the first and last time.
  • Grew up in the bush and am the ‘brain child’ behind ‘doofball’ (a version of softball with a stick and dry sheep poo) that I played with my brother as my pet sheep Calambity looked on.
  • Love cats and even though I’ve only got one now (Jessie) I know there’s a slight whiff of ‘crazy cat lady’ in my future.

When I am Not Working:

  • Multitasking – floating in a tranquil ocean while reading a book,
  • Encouraging people to eat real food,
  • Dreaming of her next travel destination. She loves the Christmas markets in Germany, the food and wine in Italy, Palmyra in Syria, Petra in Jordan and sailing in the Greek islands.
  • Bushwalking with her husband and two spirited daughters (whining kids are a lot easier to deal with when you’re surrounded by nature!)

 

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Errol Akyalcin

Psychologist

MPsych (Counselling), BA (Hons-Psych),
Cert Trauma Couns Therapy, Cert Prof Psych Practice

As We Thinketh In Our Heart, So We Are…

When people come to see Errol, they’re usually struggling in the game of life and living. Errol strives to help his clients get to know themselves at deeper levels. Errol’s warm friendly nature enables him to empathetically and authentically draw out, acknowledge and support the client’s “broken bits”. His life experience and refined skills as a helper, coach and motivator encourage and facilitate the client’s ability to learn, accept and embrace all parts of themselves-in-life. Therapy helps people towards integration, wholeness and freedom – to live life to the fullest despite challenges and to thrive, grow and flourish rather than to merely exist.

Ultimately, all of Errol’s work is about you, your needs, your journey in its entirety towards self-betterment and evolution. Together he supports, collaborates and works with you in your individual and authentic presentation towards you being:

  • Stronger
  • Calmer, more at Peace
  • Caring to Yourself and Others
  • Wiser, more Integrated as a Person
  • Emotionally more Competent and Aware
  • More Confident Overall
  • Happier in Love, Life and Future Goals

Professional areas of interest include:

  • Mental Illness (Mood and Anxiety Disorders, GAD, OCD, PTSD, ADHD or Psychosis)
  • Adjustment Disorders, Bereavement, Loss of Employment, Relationship, Life Stages
  • Personality Disorders, Low Self Esteem, Body or Self Image Problems
  • Restoring Confidence and Work Functioning (Return to Work or EAP)
  • General Health and Well Being (Life Style, Diet, Exercise, Purpose, Spiritual Vitality)
  • Couples and Family Counseling
  • Men’s Psychology and Mental Health
  • Mental illness (Mood and Anxiety disorders)
  • Adolescent Adjustment Disorders and Self Harm
  • Trauma (PTSD) and Attachment Issues
  • Anger Management, Relationship Communication and Coping

Qualifications:

  • Masters qualified in Counselling,
  • Registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as a Psychologist.
  • Past-experience as an accredited Supervisor and has trained at the Cairnmillar Institute in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Dr. Kimberly O’Keefe

Clinical Psychologist

B.Psych B.PsychSc (HONS) D.Psych (Clinical) MAPS MCCLP

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.

-Plutarch

Kimberly is a passionate Clinical Psychologist who provides high-quality, evidenced-based mental health care to adolescents and adults.

Seeking professional support via a Psychologist is inherently dynamic and Kimberly provides tailored treatment. Kimberly aims to foster your mental health and assist you in the pursuit of your chosen goals or areas of change. At times psychological support is preventative and preserving of your mental health. At other times it’s necessary due to distress, a symptom cluster or life experience.

When patients work with Kimberly they can expect a non judgemental and supportive space.  Her collaborative approach to mental health care encourages independence and facilitates the desired treatment objectives.

 

Offers:

  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
  • DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy)
  • Schema Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Exposure Therapy

Professional areas of interest include:

  • Women’s Mental Health Care including mood instability and emotional dysregulation (ED)
  • Mood, Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD)
  • Perinatal Conditions
  • Eating Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder management
  • Personality Disorder
  • Trauma related Disorders

Professional Qualifications:

  • Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), Australian Catholic University, Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science (HONOURS), Australian Catholic University, Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Psychology, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne
  • Perinatal Non-Directive Counselling Certification

Professional Associations:

  • Registered Practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) with Clinical Endorsement
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society-MAPS
  • Member of the APS Clinical College (MCCLP)
  • Medicare provider
  • Provide services under WorkCover, VOCAT, TAC,

Jessica Price

Psychologist

Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology), Graduate Diploma Professional Psychology, Masters of Educational and Developmental Psychology/Doctor of Philosophy Candidate.

The journey to a thousand miles begins with one step.

-Lao Tzu

Jess is a Psychologist with a particular interest in working with children and adolescents. With experience working at Monash Children’s Hospital and within private school settings, Jess has a passion for working with children and their families. She has a special interest in supporting children and families experiencing a range of childhood emotional and developmental disorders. Jess approaches her work from a client-centred framework and focuses on building a unique relationship with each individual client and their support networks.

When clients work with Jess they may also see her certified therapy dog Poppy. 

Jess offers appointments for individuals, couples and families that address a range of concerns from early childhood to later adulthood.

Professional areas of interest include:

  • Child development
  • Relationships and attachment 
  • Learning difficulties 
  • Social skills 
  • Coping with stress at school or workplace
  • Difficulties with transition or adjustment
  • Identity, sexuality issues and self esteem
  • Grief and loss
  • Physical or sexual abuse, illness or injury

Professional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor Applied Science (Psych)
  • Graduate Diploma Professional Psychology
  • Masters of Educational and Developmental Psychology/Doctor of Philosophy Candidate (research is focused on child development)

Jennifer McGowan

Clinical Psychologist

B App Science (Psych), Master of Science (Clinical Psychology) University of Melbourne

The purpose of psychology is to give us a completely different idea of the things we know best.

- Paul Valery

Jennifer is a Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years experience. She has a particular interest in working with couples that are experiencing difficulties in their relationship and wish to improve the quality of their relating. Jennifer also works with  adolescents, families and adults with emotional and life difficulties. She helps her clients understand and manage their problems so they can work towards achieving positive change, good mental health and well-being.

Jennifer works with people who need to be heard and to make sense of their difficulties. She helps her clients develop strategies to live the life they want for themselves. Jennifer’s clients appreciate the way she understands the difficulties they’re going through. Her caring and direct approach gives them clarity, understanding, wisdom and a way forward. Jennifer believes we all matter and that we all need some kind of assistance at different stages in life.

Professional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor Applied Science (Psych)
  • Master of Science (Clinical Psychology)

Professional Associations:

  • Associate Member (Assoc MAPS) Australian Psychological Society (APS)

Professional areas of interest include:

  • Anxiety Disorders (Social Anxiety Disorder, Fears and Phobias, and OCD)
  • Major Depression
  • Bipolar Affective Disorder
  • Post Natal Depression
  • Perinatal Disorders
  • Grief and Loss
  • Trauma
  • Substance Abuse and Dependence

When I am Not Working:

  • Hanging out with her partner, children and grandchildren
  • Socialising with friends
  • Reading and going to her book club
  • Walking with her walking group
  • Going out to dinner
  • Walking her ‘human dog’ Jack

Arpita Saluja

Clinical Hypnotherapist and NLP Master Practitioner

BSc, CCHy, DCHy, MNLP, SleepTalk®

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.

- Shakespeare (Hamlet)

Arpita is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and NLP Master Practitioner with an interest in the sub-consciousness and it’s effect and important role in the field of mind and body healing. She has worked as a therapist in Australia, UK, Singapore and India to help her clients achieve their desired goals and outcomes in a positive way. Arpita understands and appreciates diversity in individual thoughts, actions and behaviours and modifies and develops strategies to suit individual needs.

 Using Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Arpita helps her clients understand the language of their own mind to improve communication, personal development, enhance life skills and to achieve their goals. When Arpita uses hypnotherapy during therapy, it helps her clients access the unconscious part of the mind where involuntary movements, emotions and beliefs, experiences and learning’s are stored. Compared to other talk therapies, any changes suggested and made to the patient in the unconscious part of the mind are long lasting, with minimal chances of rejection.

 Arpita is professionally trained in Goulding Sleep Talk® for children, a powerful process of positive parenting that empowers and allows parents to improve and balance their child’s behaviour. She teaches parents about the Sleep Talk® process to improve their children’s behaviours, attitudes and habits.

Professional areas of interest include:

  • Smoking Cessation/addictions
  • Pain management
  • Anxiety and Stress management
  • Weight Management
  • Nail Biting
  • Nocturnal Enuresis (Bedwetting)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Phobia/Fears
  • Insomnia/Disturbed sleep
  • Behavioural issues in childhood
  • Snoring
  • Hypnosis assisted birthing
  • Performance anxiety
  • Confidence building
  • Stuttering/Stammering
  • Dental-Bruxism,
  • Gagging,
  • Fear of needles
  • Movement disorders including Parkinson’s disease.

Professional Qualifications:

  • Clinical Hypnotherapy from the prestigious London College of Clinical Hypnotherapy (LCCH), UK & Asia.
  • Masters in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) from UK
  • International NLP Trainers Association (INLPTA) UK certified
  • Goulding Sleep Talk® Therapist
  • Time Line therapist

Professional Associations:

  • Professional Member Australian Hypnotherapy Association (AHA)
  • Member British School of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH)
  • Certified by International NLP Trainers Association (INLPTA) UK.

When she is not workig you will find her:

  • Looking after her family
  • Pursuing her love of music and theatre
  • Hanging out with her adorable dog named Coconut and her rabbit named Caramel

Daniela

Business Development

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. 

– Francis of Assisi

Dani is caring and a creative person who’s amazing at making people feel comfortable.

 As a manager at Vita Health, her job is to try and ensure anyone that walks through the door is treated with respect and never treated as anything but a beautiful soul searching for answers.

 Her work matters because everything she does is done with passion and integrity. A caring and warm vibe in our practice is one of her top priorities.

She’s passionate about creating a work environment where:

  • Great customer service is delivered with care and warmth,
  • Every team member feels like they’re part of an amazing tribe,
  • Team members, patients and visitors feel like they’ve entered a compassionate and friendly space, and
  • Caring professionals meet mental health needs with respect and warm-heartedness.

Carla 

Office Administrator

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. 

– Maya Angelou

Carla enjoys helping all types of clients while providing administrative support to our team. She has experience in busy clinical settings and has strong knowledge about health funding and invoicing. Her strong attention to detail, professional and friendly telephone etiquette and organisational skills help clients feel welcome and cared for. As the initial point of contact for Vita Healthcare, Carla takes great pride in creating a positive and truly memorable customer experience.

When she is not working you will find her:

  • Studying for her Nursing degree
  • Spending time with her family, 2 young boys and her husband
  • Working for PsychScene, Australia’s leading mental health training organisation

Amelia

Office Administrator

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. 

-Dalai Lama

Amelia is passionate about helping our clients get the counseling, support and treatment they need to improve their mental health. She enjoys watching them progress in a positive way. Amelia’s warm phone manner and efficient administrative skills helps Vita Health run smoothly.

When she’s not working you’ll find her:

  • At the beach
  • Reading
  • Shopping
  • Traveling and planning for her next trip away
  • Spending time with her family Maltese Shih Tzu puppy, Pepper

Emily

Office Manager

The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.

- Carl Rogers

As Vita Health Care’s Office Manager, Emily is passionate about helping our clients get the support and counseling they need to improve their mental health. Emily’s medical organizational skills combined with her kind demeanor and smile makes our clinic a welcoming and warm place to be.

Her friendly and efficient approach helps our clients get the best possible mental health care from our Practitioners. Emily’s committed to delivering the best possible administrative support and delivers it with a warm laugh and helpful approach.

When she is not working you will find her:

  • Exercising and going to CrossFit
  • Spending time with her family and 2 adorable cats at home
  • Planning her next holiday in the sunshine

Poppy

Therapy Dog

Foundation Animal-Assisted Interventions and Therapy Dog Certification

No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as much as the dog does.

-Christopher Morley

Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) has demonstrated success in improving social interactions, motivation, mood, and reducing aggression. AAT programs have been found to increase pro-social behaviours and reductions in anxiety, depression, and anhedonia, and increased functioning and self-esteem. 

It has been suggested that human-animal interaction results in a positive feedback loop that affects humans’ autonomic and sympathetic nervous systems, thereby reducing stress and anxiety chemicals.

When working with Poppy, she will provide you with a sense of comfort and support during consultations. Her calm and warming temperament assists you to feel comfortable from the moment she greets you with a wag of her tail requesting a pat.

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