Phone: 1300 723 070
Suite 3, Level 1
41-45 Pacific Highway
Waitara NSW 2077

Our Health Practitioners

Psychologist
Claire Marsh

BPsych (hons); Assoc MAPS

Claire Marsh is a warm and friendly psychologist who is the manager of Adventist Counselling Services (ACS).
She is an experienced psychologist who also works in schools doing school counselling and psychometric assessments.
She is able to accept medicare and non-medicare referrals.

Claire is trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT); and is able to combine her approach with some creative methods involving art and sand-play for adults, children and adolescents.

Claire is able to assist with:
• Depression, Anxiety and other mental health conditions
• Grief and loss
• Couple counselling
• Trauma and abuse
• Substance abuse issues
• Family and Parenting
• Clarification of values, identity and goals
• Building resilience

Claire is a trained ‘Prepare-Enrich’ Facilitator, ‘CAP Money’ Facilitator and ‘Cool Kids’ Anxiety Program Facilitator. She is also able to provide some specialised services in the following areas:
• Pre-marital preparation counselling
• Marriage seminars and workshops
• Mental Health workshops
• Forgiveness seminars and workshops
• Managing Technology Use and Screen Time in Kids
• Intelligence testing for children and adolescents
• ‘Cool Kids’ Anxiety group program for children and adolescents (ages 7-17)
• Budgeting seminars and coaching

Claire is currently completing her Worker’s Compensation Accreditation and will soon be able to assist with cases where a worker’s compensation claim has been made for a mental health work injury.
Claire is available for counselling sessions in the clinic, or she can be booked to come out to your local community group, workplace or school for presentations or workshops.

Doctor
Andrew Pennington

BSc(Hons), BMed, DRANZCOG Adv, FRACGP, FARGP

Dr Andrew Pennington is an integrative GP committed to holistic lifestyle medicine that wherever possible seeks to use lifestyle as medicine to heal. He desires to use both traditional and natural remedies, with sensible lifestyle measures to heal, and promote wellness. Andrew is the founder and Practice Principal of Sanctuary Lifestyle Clinic. Andrew believes that people thrive in wellness when they are healthy in mind, body and spirit, and as such seeks to address each of these areas as they relate to a person’s health. Andrew would love to be your family GP. Andrew has a strong interest in chronic disease (eg diabetes and cardiovascular disease) prevention and reversal where possible, using evidence based lifestyle interventions as first line therapy. Andrew also does a lot of work with mental illness.

Training and experience:

  • Fellowship in General Practice through the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP)
  • Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP)
  • Advanced Diploma in Obstetrics (DRANZCOG Advanced). Andrew was previously a rural GP Obstetrician and continues to enjoy helping pregnant women through their journey towards and after birth. He is registered to provide shared care through the Northern and Inner West Sydney hospital networks
  • Having extensive paediatric (child health) experience, Andrew enjoys looking after children and assisting their parents.
  • Academic experience in research and teaching at Melbourne University and is currently involved in teaching graduate medical students from Sydney University.
  • Additional training in Advanced Nutrient Therapy for Mental Illness using Pfeiffer/Walsh methodology to use targeted nutrient therapy to correct biochemical imbalances associated with mental illness and behavioural disorders.
  • Andrew is a trained facilitator for CHIP, the Complete Health Improvement Program, an evidence-based lifestyle medicine program with proven results and priceless benefits.



Andrew is a committed Christian who believes that all people are created equal and deserve equal opportunities to thrive in wellness as God intended them to.

Doctor
Lina Wee

BSpPath, BMed, FRACGP

Dr Lina Wee will be going on leave for at least 12 months starting June 2017 and is thus not accepting new patients at present

Dentist
Jacob Stretton

BSc; BDS (USyd)

Dr Jacob Stretton is an experienced dentist with a gentle touch. Dr Stretton has an interest in all aspects of general dentistry and has had the opportunity to develop his dental skills in both city and rural settings. He has a particular interest in minimally invasive and preventive dentistry with a long term patient centred holistic approach. The most rewarding aspect of his dentistry is to work with fearful and nervous patients.

Dr Stretton is dedicated to expanding his knowledge in the continually evolving field of dentistry, and attends many dental education courses to ensure he provides the most up to date care for his patients. He also continues to perform pro bono dental work for refugee clients from The Ayslum Seekers Centre in Newtown. He has also given time to clients of Meals on Wheels and Bourke Aboriginal Health Centre. 

Apart from dentistry Dr Stretton enjoys music, soccer and bushwalking in his hometown in the Blue Mountains.