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OUR TEAM

Recovery by people in recovery

Our founders, management team, and clinical supervisors have all been where you or your loved one is now. They are personally invested and motivated to offer the most effective, comprehensive and empathic service in the field.

When you’re here, we’re here

In addition to our strong roots in the recovery community, we feature unparalleled experience in the field of hospitality. We abide strongly by the motto, ‘when you’re here, we’re here,’ and vow to provide world-class luxury hospitality to complement our comprehensive treatment programme.

Mark Heather

General Manager / Co-founder

A seasoned hotelier, Mark has over twenty years senior management experience working with international brands in South and South East Asia, including Four Seasons, Anantara, and Six Senses, and has opened many hotels across Asia.

In his previous role with Absolute Hotel Services, an international hotel management company, he was responsible for establishing new corporate offices in India and Vietnam and overseeing operations in Vietnam and Indonesia.

He also holds a Masters Degree in hospitality education and facilitated the development of an International Travel Industry management degree for Mahidol University, Thailand.

Finding sobriety himself in Thailand in 1994 he wanted to bring his experience in recovery and hospitality together.

Client’s at Miracles Asia will benefit from the overall supervision of Mark as he is involved in most every aspect of the facility. He is always available to discuss issues and to find ways to make the client’s experience as beneficial as possible.

“If you want to find a way out ask someone who has.”

Craig Gagnon

Director of Clinical Services

Craig is originally from Minnesota, in the USA, but has lived and worked in Thailand the last ten years.

Craig received his degree in Psychology and masters in Community Counselling from Winona State university and his masters in Clinical Psychology from St. Mary’s University, interning at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Craig completed doctoral studies in Cognitive Psychology before moving to Thailand, where he lives with his wife and two children.

Prior to leaving the U.S. Craig worked in most aspects of counselling, from direct service to program management for State Government.

Over the last ten years Craig has developed, supervised and managed mental health and addiction programs for several rehabs, as well as serving as Staff Counsellor for the United Nations in Bangkok.

Craig began his experience in the recovery field as a patient at an in-patient rehab in Minnesota in 1988. A year later he returned to work at that rehab as an entry level support worker, and his journey continued from there.

Over the last 30 years Craig has held virtually every position possible in the addiction recovery industry. While his position with Miracles Asia involves a great deal of program development and supervision, he still finds time to work directly with clients and be involved with every treatment plan Miracles Asia produces.

“It’s never too late to try to be the person we were meant to be”.

Kim Weller

Clinical Administration Manager

Kim comes to Miracles Asia from a background of Legal Administration for firms in Australia and the UK, including senior litigation administrative duties for the BBC, London. Kim is a long-term resident of Thailand, having lived here for over 15 years and being married to a Thai national.

Prior to settling in Thailand, Kim travelled extensively and personally experienced the negative impact of addiction on the lives of many people.

Since finding sobriety herself, Kim has been active in a recovery program and has always looked for ways to help people still suffering from addiction issues.

Miracles Asia is fortunate to have Kim join us as our administrative manager and Kim is grateful to be actively involved our clients’ recovery journeys.

Once a client has been approved for one of our programs, Kim is the person who will coordinate transportation, assist with financial issues and ensure that their admission is achieved in a smooth and stress-free manner.

Kim also actively assists with many phases through a client’s stay at miracles Asia.

“Passionate about recovery as it has been a spiritual journey wilder and more rewarding than any of my adventures travelling solo around the world before.”

Patrick J Doherty

Primary Counsellor

Patrick is originally from Derry in Northern Ireland and has lived and worked in the ROI for the last 16 years.

Patrick gained his professional qualifications with the
Hazelden International Addiction Counsellor Training Program (HIACTP) in 2003, he also is a qualified Life Coach having trained with the Irish Life-coach Institute. Patrick also holds a qualification in counselling supervision.

Patrick has worked as Counsellor, Senior Counsellor and Programme Manager in residential rehabilitation centres throughout Ireland and the UK. He also has designed and presented self development and personal awareness programmes and workshops in the North West of Ireland.

His passion for recovery and ongoing wellbeing is evident in his approach and manner in working with others who seek recovery for themselves. Patrick holds a well deserved reputation as a dedicated addiction specialist and recovery coach.

Patrick found personal recovery in 1988 and since then has remained clean and sober, he has been and remains active in recovery groups wherever he resides.

Patrick has experience volunteering and working in most areas of alcohol, drug and behavioural dependencies. He has cooperated and consulted with professional bodies, agencies, government departments, employers, families and individuals.

“There is no shame in being addicted to a substance or a behaviour, the only shame is not doing anything about it.”

David Kaff

Lead Therapist

David is originally from Sydney, Australia but has lived and worked in Thailand for over 2 years.

Finding recovery himself in 2010, David has always maintained that recovery, although difficult at first, is the most important thing he has ever done.

David commenced his studies in this field by completing both a Certificate IV in Alcohol & Other Drugs Work as well as a Diploma of Community Services (AOD & Mental Health Counselling), before moving onto UNSW to study a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours).

David has also completed short courses in Addiction and Mental Health by Harvard Medical School and continues to build on his skills. He has worked in primary treatment centres both in Australia and in Thailand and has a wealth of experience to draw on as a counsellor.

David was an elite athlete in his teens, competing for Australia in Short Track Speed Skating at the World Junior Championships. He is also an avid traveller these days. If he’s not helping people in their recovery, he’s hiking in the Himalayas or looking for the next adventure in far off places.

“Life in recovery was never meant to be a drag. If it were who would want it? No, life is beautiful and meant to be cherished. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Yutthasart Chaibuakeaw

Certified Practitioner Nurse

Yutthasart Chaibuakeaw is our Certified Practitioner Nurse who graduated and done his training from The Royal Thai Navy College of Nursing.

For several years nurse Yutthasart works with Phuket Provincial Hospital where he also done his training in Advance Cardiovascular Life Support.

Tao is one of the most experienced Thai counsellors in Western model addiction treatment. He has worked at several other well known, English language based rehabs before joining the Miracles Asia team.