Meet our team!
Dr Nadine Hamilton
BSc (Psych), PGDip.Psych, MTrain&Dev, EdD
CEO | Psychologist & EMDR Practitioner | Psychic Medium
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, took 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 feeling suicidal, yet 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!
Fast forward to 2016 when I successfully completed my doctoral research into veterinarian wellbeing. I wanted to find a way of putting all my research, skills, experience, and knowledge into practice - which is where Love Your Pet Love Your Vet (LYPLYV) comes in. I founded LYPLYV in 2017 and 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.) Due to the success of our first campaign, I registered LYPLYV as a charity in 2018 - and the rest is history!
In February 2019 I published my first book with Australian Academic Press Coping with Stress and Burnout as a Veterinarian, which quickly became a best-seller. In November 2019 I was honoured to receive a personal invitation to attend the government's invitation-only suicide prevention taskforce summit at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, as well being invited to present as a distinguished speaker at the NAVC's VMX conference in Florida, USA in January 2020. And to top it off I was also the winner of the Blackmores Mercie Whellan Women+Wellbeing Award 2020!
On a different note, those who know me well will also tell you that I have a passion for learning. A few years ago I completed a Diploma of Interior Design, and because I am also a believer in Feng Shui I figured I would complete a Diploma of Traditional Feng Shui so I could complement these two areas.
And....at the risk of freaking a few people out, I have "come out" as a psychic medium. Yes, I connect with those who have passed over to 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 deceased 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. To strengthen my knowledge in this area I completed both a Diploma of Angel Therapy and Diploma of Spiritual Intuitive Healing, as well as becoming a Certified Angel Card Reader (through renowned experts Radleigh Valentine and Doreen Virtue) and a Certified Spirit Medium through celebrity medium James Van Praagh (of "Ghost Whisperer" fame). I undertook classes with international tv mediums Lisa Williams and Sarah Lemos, and was fortunate to have personal mentoring with Sarah. I am also both a Certified Animal Reiki Practitioner and a Reiki Master. I am currently studying an Advanced Certificate in Parapsychology! For more information on my psychic medium services please visit my mediumship website.
And last but not least - to align with my passion for wellbeing I have also completed a course in Nutritional Psychiatry with US Psychiatrist Dr Drew Ramsay, and am currently completing a separate qualification in nutrition! Yes my life is busy, but I wouldn't have it any other way!
BPopMus, MComm, GradDipPsych, GradDipPsychSc
Stephanie is a psychology graduate of Bond University on our gorgeous Gold Coast. She joins our practice as a provisional psychologist completing her two-year internship under the direct supervision of Dr Nadine. You will find Stephanie helping out with many of our courses, as well as working with our sister clinic Positive Outcomes Psychology.
With a strong background in marketing, and a very keen and motivated desire to practice psychology, we are thrilled to have 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.
Stephanie is also a qualified EMDR practitioner.
BSc (Psych), BPsychScH
Like Stephanie, Brittany is also a psychology graduate of Bond University and joins our practice as a provisional psychologist completing her two-year internship under the direct supervision of Dr Nadine. You will find Brittany helping out with many of our behind-the-scenes services, as well as working with our sister clinic Positive Outcomes Psychology, and in her own business Imaginable.
Brittany is no stranger to psychology - her mum Janine has been a psychologist for nearly two decades and is the founder of Positive Outcomes Psychology. 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.
Brittany is also a qualified EMDR practitioner.