Meet our team!
Dr Nadine Hamilton
BSc (Psych), PGDip.Psych, MTrain&Dev, EdD
CEO | Principal Psychologist
After failing every single one of my exams at high school (yes, can you believe it - I was too busy talking to pay attention!), I decided to join the workforce at the age of 15. I vividly remember going to work one day and driving past one of the universities, thinking I will never be able to go to university because I flunked high school. How wrong I was!
While I have always been passionate about animals, I learnt very early on that I was way too queasy to become a veterinarian - plus I didn't think it would be possible because of my failure and drop out from high school. I knew there was 'something' about euthanasing pets that would be very distressing for veterinary professionals, and in a strange twist of fate, I found myself researching this in-depth at doctoral level....
You see, way back in 1996 when I was searching for my 'calling' and had decided to apply to study psychology at university, one of my dear cousins, Andrew, ended his life. His death rocked our world and had a significant impact on me - it was at that moment I knew I wanted to work with people who were suicidal. However, I still had that yearning to be involved with the veterinary industry.....cue another twist of fate. This time it was a chance encounter with a locum veterinarian at our local veterinary practice around 2006, who randomly asked me what I did for work. I told her I was a psychologist, and she mentioned the high suicide rate within the veterinary profession. Well - that was all the motivation I needed to get proactive and determined to do something about it!
Since then I successfully completed doctoral research into veterinarian wellbeing in 2016, and commenced a PhD to further my research and work within the veterinary industry. I am the very proud founder of Love Your Pet Love Your Vet, in which I partnered with Royal Canin to raise awareness about the issues within the veterinary industry. (You can find out more about my charity by visiting the Love Your Pet Love Your Vet website.)
And at the risk of freaking a few people out, I have "come out" as a psychic medium. Yes, I connect with those on the "other side". This is certainly an amazing gift, and allows me to combine my psychological background with helping comfort and reassure many people who are wanting to connect with their loved ones. Those who have known me for some time will know I have always had a love of angels, and my research into the angelic realm expanded into the spiritual realm. Continuing in line with my spiritual side, I have also recently become both a Certified Animal Reiki Practitioner and Reiki Master.
Those who know me well will also tell you that I have a passion for learning and like to research new things. A few years ago I completed a Diploma of Interior Design, as I've always had a 'thing' for a beautifully designed home and wanted to know the secrets to achieving this. However, I am also a believer in feng shui and realised that many designers may create beautiful homes, but they are not always compatible with the principles of feng shui - which is why I also completed a Diploma of Traditional Feng Shui so I could complement these two areas.
Oh! And as if that's not enough, I released my best-selling book Coping with Stress and Burnout as a Veterinarian based on my years of doctoral research with the veterinary profession and won the Blackmores Mercie Whellan Women+Wellbeing award 2020!
BBusTourMangt, Cert.IV TAE
Practice Manager (part-time)
Anita brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our practice, having a Bachelor of Business degree and nearly two decades of experience in the travel industry. She also has a great understanding of veterinary wellbeing, considering she is Dr Nadine's sister and has been a big part of Dr Nadine's professional career!
Being the crafty one in the family, you may also be familiar with Anita's amazing talents making our mascots for both Positive Psych Solutions and Love Your Pet Love Your Vet - they are extremely popular and are showing up at veterinary clinics all over the country!
Anita will be assisting with all areas of administration and practice management, and helping with the smooth running of our practice.
BPopMus, MComm, GradDipPsych, GradDipPsychSc
Stephanie is a recent psychology graduate of Bond University on our gorgeous Gold Coast. She joins our practice as a provisional/intern psychologist under the direct supervision of Dr Nadine.
With a strong background in marketing, and a very keen and motivated desire to start practicing psychology, we are thrilled to welcome Stephanie as an integral part of our team. Her interests are predominately in trauma and the links between mental illness and chronic disease, however she is keen to learn all aspects of working in a private psychology practice, and further her knowledge into veterinary wellbeing.
BSc (Psych), BPsychScH
Like Stephanie, Brittany is also a recent psychology graduate of Bond University and joins our practice as a provisional/intern psychologist under the direct supervision of Dr Nadine.
Brittany is no stranger to psychology - her mum Janine has been a psychologist for nearly two decades! Her interests are predominately in child and adolescent psychology and she has experience working with autism, ADHD, and intellectual disabilities. Brittany is also a type 1 diabetic with a vision of using her psychology career to assist those with chronic health conditions in the area of health psychology. However she too, is keen to learn all aspects of working in a private psychology practice, and further her knowledge into veterinary wellbeing. We are delighted to have Brittany as a valued member of our team!