THE BEACH REHAB TEAM

The Beach employs only the most experienced, qualified, and compassionate people. From our Clinical team, Admissions and Support staff, to our Hospitality team, we take pride in providing quality care across all channels.

Our clinical team bring educational qualifications from institutions in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia. We also ensure that each team member is licensed in their field of expertise. Our team has a vast wealth of diverse experience in the treatment of addiction, trauma, and mental wellness.

Here at The Beach, our team of clinical professionals and medical specialists include doctors, psychologists, nurses, social workers, addiction therapists, and support technicians. Importantly, we ensure that each client receives the highest level of personal care by maintaining a low client-to-clinical staff ratio that is unmatched in the field.

Simon Lewis

Simon Lewis

Founder

Simon is highly respected within the field of addiction treatment and most renowned as the founder of The Cabin Addiction Services Group, The Edge, and Resort 12. Simon is regarded by many as the pioneer of the Asian rehab industry by not only transforming the rehab model, but by making recovery from addiction exponentially more affordable compared to the West.

Since leaving The Cabin Addiction Services Group, Simon has founded The Beach Rehab and brings with him his vast experience, professional connections, knowledge, and his genuine desire to help people suffering from addiction.

Paul Meltzer

Paul Meltzer

Founder

Born in the UK, Paul received his degree in Hospitality Management. The Beach Rehab Thailand is Paul’s second addiction treatment center in Asia, giving him a wealth of experience in both treatment and customer service.

Paul co-founded The Beach Rehab to help people rediscover meaning and purpose in their lives through recovery. He is passionate about helping those facing addiction reach long-term sobriety and ensuring that each and every client receives the most personalized treatment experience.

Brett Thornton

Brett Thornton

Clinical Coordinator

Originally from the UK, Brett is a graduate of the University of Hull with further professional studies in Addiction Counseling through the Institute of Counselling in Glasgow, along with Diplomas in Hypnotherapy and Counseling through the British Hypnosis Research and Training Institute.

Brett has worked at The Cabin Chiang Mai as an Addictions Counselor, Relapse Prevention and Post treatment Aftercare Coordinator, and was actively involved in the Family Program.

Most recently, Brett has been acting as a consultant, providing addiction support for families and facilitating addiction interventions. Brett brings with him a wealth of experience both professional and personal as Brett has been in recovery since 2011 with almost 8 years of continuous sobriety.

Brett continues to attend regular 12-Step meetings and in his spare time Brett has been learning Thai Language over the past 5 years. Among local Thais he is known as Yim (meaning ‘smile’).

Dylan Kerr (BA HeDip Dip CSAT III MBABCP)

Dylan Kerr (BA HeDip Dip CSAT III MBABCP)

Counseling (United Kingdom)

Originally from Birmingham UK, Dylan is an integrative counselor for addiction. He has been working in the field of addiction for over 10 years for a number of projects in the UK and internationally. Dylan is a registered Substance Abuse Therapist in Singapore and member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP).

Dylan was previously the Head Counselor for an innovative private rehab in Thailand. As well as working with a dynamic international community, Dylan also received commendation from the Thai Government in his role for training Thai drug and alcohol agencies.

Dylan was also recently counselor to the band ‘The Libertines’ and joined them on their world tour.

Worapong Mingma, MD (BSc of Science in Pharmacy)

Doctor of Medicine

Dr Worapong is The Beach’s medical doctor. His academic studies include a Bachelor Degree of Science in Pharmacy from Mahidol University, Thailand and Doctor of Medicine at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

Over the last 15 years Dr Worapong has worked at various hospitals and currently has roles that includes Clinic Manager at his own medical practice along with private consultancy work.

With many years experience and a solid understanding in medical detox, Dr Worapong is an integral part of the team.

Jez Hughes (BSc, PGDip)

Jez Hughes (BSc, PGDip)

Support Staff and Group Facilitator

Jez is a member of The British Psychological Society (BPS) with a BSc Degree in Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counseling.

Originally from Windsor, UK, Jez has over a decade of experience teaching and counselling young adults and their families in schools throughout Europe and Asia.

Jez is passionate about supporting personal development, utilizing person-centered and CBT approaches to help facilitate cognitive and emotional growth.

He is also a strong believer in the healing power of exercise and leads by example, encouraging clients to pursue a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Josh Murphy

Josh Murphy

Support Staff and Group Facilitator

Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Josh is extremely committed to enhancing his professional development within the addictions field.

Josh originally began his career in the addictions field in a support staff role, but soon progressed to Assistant Group Facilitator within our Recovery Planning and Relapse Prevention Program.

Josh is currently pursuing his certification as an Addictions Professional and is passionate about helping others. He is in recovery himself and actively works a 12-Step Program. His positive attitude and enthusiasm about maintaining sobriety make him a trusted mentor to our clients.

Pearl Khindee

Pearl Khindee

House Manager

Pearl is The Beach Rehab’s House Manager and ensures that every client has a comfortable and relaxing experience whilst staying with us.

With a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, and many years of working for several international hospitality groups, Pearl brings a wealth of experience and can predict your every need.

Pearl greets everyone with a smile and goes above and beyond to make every client enjoy their time at The Beach Rehab Thailand.

Chathana Certified Nurse

Chathana Somkeawran

Certified Nurse

Chathana is passionate about providing a professional and caring service to our clients. She graduated from St. Theresa international college.

Chathana has previously worked as an educator within the nursing field, as well as working within a fast paced hospital environment and detox and wellness centers throughout Thailand before joining the team at The Beach Rehab.

Nutda Certified Thai Nurse

Thanutda Phromthong

Certified Nurse

Nutda is enthusiastic and passionate about providing a professional and caring service to clients. She graduated from St. Theresa international college with a Masters Degree.

Nutda has previously worked at Bangkok Hospital and detox and wellness centers throughout Thailand before joining the team at The Beach Rehab.

Hua Chiew Chalermprakiat Hospital Nurse

Orchid

Certified Nurse

Orchid is passionate about providing a professional and caring service to clients. She graduated from Hua Chiew Chalermprakiat Hospital in nursing and specialises in emergency care, internal medicine and detox.

Orchid has worked at international hospitals and wellness centers through her career before joining the team at The Beach.

Prom Thongunchai

Prom Thongunchai

Personal Trainer

Prom is an experienced and qualified Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer. He specializes in tennis coaching, trekking, Muay Thai boxing, and cycling. He has experience as a trainer and supervisor for some of the most prestigious hotels including the Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Dara Dhevi, and Tao Garden Resort.

Prom is also the founder of the Metal Gym and Fitness in Chiang Mai. He has a deep love for all things health and fitness and enjoys sharing his knowledge with international clients.

Cameron Brown

Cameron Brown

Australia Continuing Care Director

Cameron is a Registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. He has practiced with people suffering addictions since 2006 and is an advocate for those who are most vulnerable in society.

Cameron has worked in private and NGO rehabilitation facilities in Australia and overseas, and he currently runs a private practice on the Gold Coast of Australia.

We are thrilled to partner with Cameron in order to be able to provide thorough long-term treatment options for clients returning to Australia.

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Brian Russman

Regional Clinical Director

Brian has over fifteen years of direct clinical experience in mental and behavioral healthcare. He is a licensed psychotherapist, with areas of focus encompassing all forms of addiction and trauma therapies. This includes both chemical addictions, and process addictions, like sex or gambling. He also treats addictive relationships, codependency, love, intimacy, and attachment related issues. Brian works specifically with partner betrayal and familial traumas, and always strives to engage and treat the entire “family system” as a whole.

In addition Brian is proficient in the treatment of all mental health issues including severe mental illness, character and personality disturbances, and maladaptive behavioral patterns.

Brian has developed and implemented the programs and curriculum for several major treatment centers and agencies globally. He has been well sought after as an expert in the areas of family systems, cyber and sex addiction(s), and he is often asked to facilitate lectures, trainings, and participates in news interviews world wide.

Brian’s education includes a bachelors degree in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University and a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from Barry University. He is a Licensed Psychotherapist in the State of Florida LCSW (license # SW 12366), and holds several post-graduate certifications as a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (trained under Dr. Patrick Carnes’ CSAT model), a Certified Addiction Professional; and an EMDR Level II Certified Practitioner.

Brian is passionate about addiction treatment and recovery and committed to providing long-term support and comprehensive treatment plans that provide both the client and their families with the best possible outcomes and a true opportunity for lifelong recovery.

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Carlos ‘Dindo’ Ayuyao

Interventionist and Asia aftercare

Dindo is one of the pioneers of addiction treatment in Asia, having been in the field since 1991. He is a graduate in Addiction Studies from John F Kennedy University as well as receiving qualifications in outpatient care from the Matrix Institute of Addiction in California.

Since then, he has founded some of the leading addiction treatment facilities in Asia as well as assisting hundreds of clients through intervention and coaching to enter treatment and remain sober.

Dindo works with some of the most reputable centers in the world including Hazelden Betty Ford, Promises and Alta Mira and we are delighted to partner with him at The Beach Rehab Thailand.