Meet The Team

With over 30 years’ experience, the Living Valley team has attended to over 15,000 guests, helping every one of them to optimise health and longevity. Members of the Living Valley team are specialists in naturopathic and herbal medicine, remedial therapies and weight loss help, rejuvenation, healing and life extension. We implement solutions based on the philosophy that our bodies are designed to win when given the right conditions.

Giselle Martin

CEO / Managing Director / Product Sales & Development

Giselle is the daughter of Gary Martin. Her first role was Head Cook 1995 thru 2000. Since then she has worked in every department including gardening, maintenance and cleaning, beauty therapies, massage, reception, accounts, shop, marketing and now management. Giselle is an enthusiastic health advocate, presenter, wholesome food creator and cooking instructor. She is also a health & well-being educator, an author and mother of 3 children. She strives to apply all her experience and skills for the benefit of others. With over 25 years’ experience in natural health and healing, Giselle was appointed Managing Director and CEO in November 2016.

Gary Martin

ND. AFAIM. - Retreat Founder / Director

In 1990 Gary co-founded Living Valley Springs for the purpose of relieving sickness, suffering and distress - and making life better for as many people as he could. He was awarded the Australian Naturopathic Practitioners Association Professional Excellence Award in 2008. Gary has built a team of friendly, caring professionals who all live to serve others. His principles in relation to lifestyle, disease and natural healing have helped turn around the health and lives of over ten thousand people.

Cathy Paterson

General Manager

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Mat Hawkins

Retreat Coordinator / Guest Services Manager

Mat spent many years as a youth worker in Launceston, Tasmania. After suffering from his own health conditions, he attended Living Valley as a guest and it changed his life.
A year later he returned with his family and took on the position of Retreat Coordinator and the Team Leader for our Guests Services.
He has a deep love for people and is passionate about being there to support and encourage every single guest that attends our programs. Mat is full of life and brings an atmosphere of fun and laughter to the Retreat.

Ric Elysee-Collen

Clinical Psychologist

Ric is a Clinical Psychologist and board approved Clinical Supervisor who oversees the mental health department of Living Valley. He worked extensively in private psychology practices throughout Sydney before moving to the Noosa hinterland with his family. Ric has many years of experience working with both individuals and couples. He has trained in various psychological approaches including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Gottman Couples Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Didier Appave


Didier has completed a Graduate Diploma in Psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies at the Western Sydney University. In addition, he has completed the Post
Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology at the Australian College of Applied Psychology in Sydney.
Didier has experience working with a number of presentations including anxiety and depression, along with adjustment difficulties, grief, relationship difficulties, stress management, weight management, goal setting, problem identification and trauma. He endeavours to tailor therapy to the individual client’s needs, personality and motivation. Didier approaches therapy with a positive regard for the client and is trained in a number of therapeutical approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and has recently completed additional couples therapy education.

Kirsten Sweeney


Kirsten is a qualified Naturopath with a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree. She is a qualified Fitness Trainer and a Mindfulness Coach, having been a valued team member of the Living Valley team for over 5 years. Following a long career in Sales & Marketing in Sydney, Kirsten redirected her energies to her passion for good food, nature and sport. Having experienced first hand the benefits of natural medicine, she retrained in Queensland to become a Naturopath with a passion for making a difference in people’s lives.

The pressures of work, social engagements and parenthood can stretch us, impacting negatively on our well-being. Kirsten can help you to implement & maintain a health plan that will fit your lifestyle in your world today .

Kirsten is a modern, caring naturopath who brings the finest possible healthcare to her clients. She takes a modern approach, infusing scientific, evidence-based practice with traditional therapies to achieve the best possible outcome for each of her clients. She also believes in working with allied medical doctors and other professionals to build a new integrated health model to achieve optimum health for individuals and for today’s society.

Kirsten provides complete support to Living Valley clients, in an effort to lead them to a happier, healthier more fulfilling life.

Scott Collins

ND. Naturopath

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Sarah Smith

Booking Officer

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Mick Benaud

Head Chef

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Geoff Sargood

Business Manager

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Mark Smith

Personal Trainer

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Tamara Eldridge


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More of our team

At Living Valley, we help you will find a passion for enriching and enhancing your life!

Geoff Sargood

Business Manager

Scott Collins


Judy Davis


Robyn Anderson

Beauty Therapist

Debbie Martin

Guest Services (Co-Founder)

Zac Luxford

Assistant Team Leader

Kyle Paterson

Shop Assistant

Angela Kapudija

Sales Assistant

Kesten Hill

Sales Assistant

Maria Jakobson

Massage Therapist

Bec Archibald

Remedial Massage, Aromatherapy, Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Pure Relaxation

Gill Rodgers

Remedial Massage, Aroma Transformation

Simone Hauschild

Beauty Therapist

Kym Tankey

Colonic Hydrotherapy

Angela Smith

Remedial Massage, Clay Wraps

Ashleigh Homewood

Colonic Therapist

Mary McCabe

Colonic Therapist

Kaigasee Gleeson

Kitchen Assistant

Lucy Buchanan

Pilates Instructor / PT

Zaleah Gleeson

Kitchen Assistant

Alex Benaud

Kitchen and Cleaning Assistant

Jai Gleeson

Kitchen Assistant

Erica Ottauiani

Kitchen and Cleaning Assistant


Danusha Smith


Rujinah Amat


Aaliyah Alford


Bob Eldridge

Grounds Maintenance

Gavin Cloete

Grounds Maintenance