Our Team

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DR RUSSELL McGREGOR

Consultant Psychiatrist (Director)

Dr McGregor’s greatest achievement was in placing third in a paper aeroplane competition run by a local university engineering department. His score was calculated by multiplying the hang time with the distance travelled. His wife believes the throw benefited from a lucky wind gust, although Dr McGregor strenuously denies this.

 

Dr McGregor was born and raised a Novocastrian, whence he moved to Sydney to study medicine and surgery. After completion of his medical degree, he interned at the Prince of Wales Hospital and then did his Residency at the Royal North Shore Hospital. He spent several years working in the Northern Sydney Area Health Service/Royal North Shore Hospital, mainly in Accident and Emergency and Intensive Care, until he got fed up and chose to get out of A+E by becoming a Psychiatric Registrar. Oddly enough, by working as a Psychiatric Registrar, he often found himself back in A+E.

 

Initially, as a Psychiatric Registrar, he worked at the Prince of Wales Hospital. He worked and trained in the Mood Disorders Unit (now the Black Dog Institute) and was under the direct and exclusive one on one supervision of Professor Gordon Parker, who founded said unit, for six months.

 

Later, Dr McGregor returned to the Northern Area Health Service and worked extensively at the Royal North Shore Hospital and the Manly and Mona Vale Hospitals. All in all, he has worked at some 20 hospitals in NSW and the ACT. It is the Northern Beaches Psychiatric Services, however, which he is most familiar with.

 

Eventually, Dr McGregor worked as the Clinical Director of the North-West Tasmanian Health Organisation and Area Health Service before returning to Sydney to start his dream of a Private Psychiatric and Psychological Medical Practice. He is an Adult Consultant Specialist Psychiatrist, with an interest in complex pharmacological management and Transmagnetic Stimulation. He is keen to start a Ketamine trial for treatment resistant depression in due course.

 

Most importantly Dr McGregor aims to one day achieve a Level 40 upgrade for his Barbarian King and Queen in Clash of Clans. His preferred attack strategy employs a Quadrolavaloonian approach, with a combination of four lava hounds, minions, balloons and rage/freeze spells. His wife wonders if he needs therapy for this.

 Jon Williams

DR JON WILLIAMS

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

 

Dr Williams grew up in Tasmania completing his medical degree at the University of Tasmania before moving to Western Australia. He gained his qualification in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry in WA before moving into managing the Royal Perth Hospital adolescent mental health inpatient unit for several years.
He and his wife then decided a tree change would be in order moving to live on 5 acres an hour and a half south of Perth in the Peel region, an enormously fast growing area of WA where he was involved in setting up and then working as Consultant Psychiatrist to the Peel Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team. During this time the Peel team was a finalist in the UWA Mark Rooney awards for improved outcome in child and adolescent mental health in 2010 and Dr Williams received a Highly Commended status in the Mental Health Good Outcomes Awards of 2013

 

He was also involved working at different periods as visiting Consultant Psychiatrist to the Bunbury and the Upper Great Southern regions of WA and has continued a private practice seeing children, adolescents and adults from the Peel region, Southern Perth metro and WA Southwest .

 

In more recent years he has continued working in his private practice and moved to  working as a locum psychiatrist visiting the immigration detention centres for 18 months and over the last two years working as a locum in the inpatient and outpatient services in the Hunter New England Region.

 

Dr Williams has had 30 years experience working as a Child, Adolescent and Family psychiatrist dealing with the full range of mental health issues in children and adolescents as well as maintaining a private practice also seeing adults particularly with adult ADHD, depression, anxiety and trauma issues. He has a particular interest working in Family Therapy and individual psychodynamic psychotherapy .

 

He and his wife have now decided a reverse tree change is in order and have moved to Sydney.

 

Dr Williams interests include anything to do with water and boating and a love of nature and travelling.

Excellence in Psychological Care

Our new practice auspiciously announces our resident Clinical Psychologists. At our practice you can be assured of seeing eminently and rigorously qualified practitioners in all aspects of psychological care, be it simple counselling or intensive psychological treatments. They all follow robust evidence-based methodologies for you and your clan’s care.

 

All of our Psychologists are Registered and Qualified as Clinical Psychologists – not counsellors or Psychologists. In addition every Clinical Psychologist has either a Doctorate or PHD in Clinical Psychology. Hence in effect all our Psychologists have attained qualifications which place them in the elite band of their profession. Also they have been preferred because they all are very warm and caring, with wonderful empathy for their patients, and a passion for their work! Without further Ado let us introduce our Psychologists:

PROFESSOR BRETT DEACON

Clinical Psychologist

Professor Brett Deacon is perhaps the highest qualified Clinical Psychologist in Australia. He was born and raised in Chicago and is an avid supporter of the Cubs. He has a Masters in Clinical Psychology as well as a PHD.

He was Professor of Wyoming University and Wollongong University. Most importantly Professor Deacon studied and worked at the MAYO CLINIC in Rochester, which is the highest ranked hospital in the world (2016-2017 ratings).

We are very proud to have such an eminently qualified clinician at our practice. Professor Deacon has published widely in anxiety and depression. He is keen to attend Sea Eagles games at the Brookvale Oval.

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DR ANITA BLAKELEY-SMITH

Clinical Psychologist

BSc (Hons), PhD (Clin Psych), MAPS

Dr Anita Blakeley-Smith is a Clinical Psychologist with an additional PHD in Clinical Psychology.

With over 15 years experience working with adolescents, adults and couples, Dr Anita Blakeley-Smith enjoys her work immensely.

 

At our practice Anita focusses on the areas of depression and various anxiety disorders, self-esteem problems, personality disorders and relationship issues. Her aim is to treat each client as a unique individual with their own unique biology, personal history, strengths and areas for change and as such assessments involves a collaborative approach to provide a unique program of evidence based intervention. She also has particular expertise in the treatment of Complex Major Mental Illness.

 

She has training and experience in the provision of evidence based treatments such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, mindfulness based interventions such as, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DVT), and Emotionally Focussed Couples Therapy (EFT). She is also trained in the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) designed to assist parents their children’s behavioural issues.

 

Anita enjoys spending time with her family and loves being integrated with various community organisations.

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Dr Daniel Hackett

Exercise Physiologist

BExSc, MHSc (Hons) Sydney, PhD Sydney Lecturer, Exercise and Sport Science

Referral required via the GP Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) Plan

Dr Hackett has a Masters and PhD in Exercise Physiology from Sydney University. He is also a lecturer and faculty supervisor who co-ordinates and teaches numerous undergraduate and postgraduate units of study in the Sports Science Department at Sydney University.

Exercise physiologists are allied health professionals who specialize in the delivery of safe exercise, lifestyle and behaviour modification programs for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries.

Exercise physiologists provide physical activity and behaviour change support for clients with conditions such as:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes and Pre-diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions
  • Mental health issues – Depression and the Metabolic Syndrome from Psychotropic Medication.

 

Exercise Physiologists also specialize in the design, implementation and evaluation of exercise and physical activity for healthy people. They provide programs for improving general health, the prevention of chronic diseases, health promotion and enhanced sports performance.

Exercise physiologists can:

  • Create an exercise program that helps you achieve your fitness goals
  • Instruct you in the right way to do the exercises
  • Monitor your progress and adapt the program so you continue to improve
  • Provide encouragement and feedback on your progress
  • Provide a group fitness session

 

They can help individual athletes and teams to improve their sporting performance through the use of scientific knowledge, physiology, biomechanics, psychology, motor control and motor development. They evaluate research, and advice on the technical and practical aspects of training, injury prevention, technique, nutritional supplements, performance and recovery practices.

Exercise physiologists can help you by:

  • Developing a strength and conditioning program
  • Monitoring training load
  • Analysing skills and techniques
  • Providing biomechanical analysis for injury prevention or to improve performance
  • Liaising with other members of the support team such as GP’s, Surgeons and Psychiatrists to optimize performance
  • Keeping you up to date with the latest techniques in performance management.

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