The Twin Rivers Rehab Team
David is a recovering addict, alcoholic, gambler and co-dependent who trained as a chemical dependency counsellor at Broadway Lodge in the UK. David moved to South Africa in 2001 and became Accredited by the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals UK in November 2006. David’s approach to therapy is integrative and broad enough to support the needs of individual clients and client groups in the ever evolving world of addiction and recovery approaches. In 2016 David celebrated 21 years clean and sober – 06/07/1995 – 06/7/2016
Ryan is Twin Rivers Senior Addictions Counsellor whose responsibilities involves overseeing the smooth running of the centre each day. Ryan also undertakes individual counselling and the facilitation of group therapy, lectures and workshops. Ryan’s personal addiction experience and training affords a measured and respectful therapeutic approach that effectively challenges the illness of addiction.
Elretha attended North-West University, the University of Cape Town and Rhodes University. She completed her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology at Rhodes University. She is also an accredited Social Worker. Elretha follows a psychodynamic and integrative therapeutic approach with individual, groups and families. HSPCA Registered – PS0135364
Danielle Du Plessis attended Rhodes University and completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology followed by an Honours in Psychology and graduated in 2015. Since then Danielle has completed two courses in counselling with UNISA and spent two months teaching before relocating to join the Twin Rivers Clinical Team.
Mike is likely to be the first ‘Twin Rivers’ face you see when he collects you, either as your chaperone or as your airport transfer driver. Mike is Twin Rivers Rehabs ‘go to guy’ when it comes to client transport needs. Mike’s calm and measured approach to sometimes, sudden situations is very reassuring for Twin Rivers who require reliability and professionalism at all times. Twin Rivers Concierge (TRC) is a relatively new addition to Twin Rivers extended services and we are thrilled to have Mike on board.
Stuart has been involved in theatre for over 35 years. He has worked in television, film, and theatre productions both locally and internationally. His passion lies in using his craft to uplift, empower and inspire. He firmly believes that the arts, and especially the performing arts, have a multi-layered impact on participants as it engages one physically, emotionally, and mentally.
He started Lunchbox Theatre (www.lunchbox.org.za) in Plettenberg Bay in 2008. They perform educational theatre shows in schools, raising awareness about relevant environmental and social issues. Lunchbox Theatre also facilitates dance and drama workshops in local underprivileged schools.
He is actively involved with Tshisa Talent (www.tshisatalent.co.za) which discovers, develops, and promotes local emerging performing artists from the township communities.
He created the entertainment agency Big Circle Entertainment Agency (www.bigcircle.co.za) in 2010 providing a large variety of entertainment for weddings, events, and guest hosting establishments.
Stuart pours his theatre knowledge into many different workshops including arts and culture curriculum at schools, team building and local recovery centres.
Caroline is originally from Zimbabwe and has lived in Florida USA and the UK. Caroline is a busy mum of two and supports David in the daily running of the Recovery Centre.
Dr. Olivier is a General Practitioner with a practice in the town of Knysna which is close to Plettenberg Bay. Dr. Johan Olivier is also a Mental Health/Medical Consultant for Twin Rivers Recovery Centre and has many years’ experience in the addiction recovery field.
Dr. Botha studied at Stellenbosch University and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and a Diploma in Mental Health. Dr. Botha has a private practice in Plettenberg bay and facilitates medical assessments of clients at Twin Rivers.
A recovering alcoholic with over twenty years of continuous sobriety, Chris has gained extensive experience through his time as the programme manager of the Addiction Treatment Unit of the Woodbourne Priory Hospital in Birmingham where he worked for more than ten years as programme manager. In 2010 he set up in private practice as one of the few independent addiction therapists in the Birmingham (West Midlands) area where he continues to work with all addictions utilizing his broad and insightful understanding of 12-step recovery philosophy. Chris joined the Twin Rivers team in 2016 as their lead UK therapist.
Mike Kantey has been drumming since he sold his bass guitar and amp for a pair of congas in the 1970s, influenced by Santana’s percussionists at Woodstock, Reebop Kwaku Ba of Traffic, and Osibisa “Criss-cross rhythms that explode with happiness”.
I started practising yoga with my gran as a child, and it has played an increasing role in my life as I’ve grown older. Primarily for the physical benefits, and in the past 6 years as a complimentary practise to meditation.
Martin has a legal practice in Plettenberg Bay and is available to offer legal assistance/advice for Twin Rivers clients who need support and reassurance with legal issues.
Aurellio is a qualified accountant with over 40 years experience in the financial sector having held senior positions in commerce until his retirement in 2012.
Vivienne previously worked as a care worker in environments like clinics, old age homes and hospitals. Vivian ‘s friendly and caring nature allows our local and International clients to relax after a hard day’s work. Vivian is a very valuable extension of the multiple disciplinary team, being the teams eyes and ears at night time.
Nosi has been working at Twin Rivers since we opened in March 2011. Nosi is a very reliable member of the Twin Rivers Team and despite being a busy mum copes extremely well with supervising her colleagues and keeping Twin Rivers Rehab clean and tidy.