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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.

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”.

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.”

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.”

Jenney Sethi

Counsellor

Jenny is a clinical consultant for Miracles Asia and has assisted clients both in Phuket and Bangkok. Her specialties in counselling include family dynamics, trauma, cross cultural relationships and female ex-pat issues. Jenny Studied at IPMS Mumbai, India/BSM Bangkok, Thailand receiving her Masters degree in Psychotherapy and Counselling. Prior to joining the Miracles Asia team Jenny worked in addiction, mental health and co-dependency programs in both residential and out-patient clinics.

Jenny’s therapeutic approach is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), Mindfulness and Self-Compassion (MSC), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP).

Jenny assists Miracles Asia clients both in Phuket, when a specialised need facilitates her to see specific clients, or in Bangkok, when clients require a liaison or assessment in that location.

“Along the way of life you’ve lost connection with something precious and very dear to you? Together let’s acknowledge it and reconnect. You’ll see miracles happen.”

Catherine O’Leary RN. BN. MA. PGD Adv Psych. Dip Couns.

Admissions Australia

Catherine lives in Australia and is our Australian Admissions Consultant. She also provides support for families of addicts and alcoholics Australia-wide. Catherine has a passion for recovery from addiction and mental illness and believes in the inclusion of family and loved ones in the process of recovery.

Catherine is a trained mental health and addiction professional, with over 35 years’ experience in health care and addiction recovery. She has successfully completed a Certificate of Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing, Master of Arts (health), Graduate Diploma of Advanced Psychiatric Nursing, Certificate of Drug and Alcohol Nursing, Mental Health First Aid Instructor Certification and a Diploma of Counselling. She now specialises in addiction counselling and family intervention support.

She has a wealth of personal and professional experience with addiction, trauma, anxiety, depression, grief & loss and relationship difficulties. Catherine is committed to being part of the professional solution for suffering addicts and their loved ones.

“Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional”

Bill O’ Leary

Founder

Bill is an Australian Professional Mariner, Maritime Tourism Development Adviser and co-author of Southeast Asia’s Super Yacht Cruising Guide – “Southeast Asia Pilot”​. He has three decades in planning, design, construction, project development, maintenance and operations of luxury resorts.

Bill is In recovery himself for over two decades and is dedicated to the recovery of suffering addicts and those they affect.

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.”