Meet the Team

Staff at Our Residential Rehab Centre, Smarmore Clinic

Mary Curtis

Clinic Manager, IC&RC International Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Certified Addiction Professional, BA

Mary was born in Dublin, Ireland and settled later in the US where she trained extensively in behavioural health.

She qualified as a Certified Meyers-Briggs practitioner, a Certified Addiction Professional, and studied DBT at the Marsha Linehan Behavioral Health Institute.

Mary has worked in leading roles within the field of addictions since 2008 as a substance abuse/eating disorder counsellor and coach. She has positively impacted many organisations in the Behavioural Health field. Before coming to Smarmore Castle she held the positions of Director of Training & Development and Manager of the Eating Disorder Track at Destination Hope Inc.

Mary has facilitated custom-built experiential learning programmes for the personal growth and development of individuals, teams and organisations with corporate clients.

Dr. Hugh Gallagher

Medical Director, General Practitioner, Substance Misuse Specialist.

Dr. Gallagher is a General Practitioner specialising in addiction medicine. He has worked exclusively in the field of addiction for the past fifteen years and has served as a GP Coordinator in the HSE Addiction Service in Dublin North.

Dr Gallagher is  a member of the National Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Implementation Committee and the National Methadone Protocol Implementation Committee and on a subcommittee of the National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol.

Hugh is particularly interested in the science of addiction, recovery capital, peer support in addiction recovery, family support in the area of addiction, dual diagnosis and alcohol related brain injury.

Dr Gerard Lynch

Consultant Psychiatrist, MD FRCPsych

Dr Gerard Lynch is a Consultant Psychiatrist at Smarmore Castle Private Clinic.

Dr Lynch has been a consultant psychiatrist since 1994 and has worked in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust. He has worked in many areas of general adult psychiatry and has been involved in numerous service developments during his time as a consultant. This includes setting up of crisis resolution and recruitment teams, the reorganisation of community mental health and inpatients teams and the development of mental health liaison services.

He continues to be a Clinical Director of Northern Trust since 2003. Dr Lynch has recently been appointed as Chair of the Northern Ireland division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Dr. David McGrath

Medical Officer, MB Bch BAO MRCGP; University College Dublin.

 Having completed his medical training in Ireland, he trained as a General Practitioner in Edinburgh. He has worked as a Principal in General Practice for almost 20 years, initially in Edinburgh until 2006 and since then in Dublin to the present day.

His special areas of interests are addiction and mental health difficulties in young adults. He is a former President of the Irish Student Health Association and has lectured on alcohol  use in Irish Students.

Philip Grant

Specialist Addictions Counsellor

Philip studied for two years to gain a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Supervision from the Kinharvie Institute of Facilitation. He is particularly interested in Inner Child Therapy and leads the facilitation of group therapy for the Adult Children of Alcoholics group.

Philip leads the Therapeutic Drumming Circle at Smarmore Castle. He began training in 2003 at the Arthur Hull week long training course in London, and he has also attended a training course on drumming and group dynamics led by The Therapeutic Drum Foundation in Nottingham. To Phil, drumming is not only a means of facilitating the self-efficacy of the individual and of helping to positively empower the community of Smarmore Castle, it is a hobby and a way of life. In 2010 Phil also completed a 10 day mentorship programme with Arthur Hull and Village Music Circles who were training in the UK.

Philip trained and worked at Castle Craig Hospital since 1998 before moving to Smarmore Castle in 2015.

Aine Wilson

Therapist, Acc. M.A.C.I.

Specialising in Addiction and Family Support, Aine completed her training with the International Addiction Counsellor Training Programme and graduated with a Diploma in Addiction Counselling and a Diploma in Addiction Studies. Other training includes working with Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse, Anger Management, Bereavement and Loss, Group facilitation and Assist Suicide Awareness.

During her training Aine worked in Aiseiri Rehabilitation Centre in Co. Wexford and on completion of her training was offered a job with the Columba Community in Derry City where she worked between The Yard Project in Derry City and White Oaks Rehabilitation Centre in Co. Donegal. In the past four years Aine has been self- employed in Co. Fermanagh where she lives and has worked in Action Mental Health delivering and developing The Impact of Alcohol Programme 12 week programme called the Time Out Programme. She also worked with Nexus N.I. who counsels Adult Survivors of sexual abuse for over five years and in the Aisling Centre, Enniskillen where she worked in outreach with the Probation Service N.I. and in the centre itself. Aine has also developed an accredited One Day Education/ Family Programme on Addiction which she has delivered in many counties throughout the northern region.

Aine has a special interest in addiction as a family disease – it is through her own personal experience; and is passionate about the whole family getting help for its effects. Aine is an Al-anon Family Group member for over twenty years.

Gary Thompson

Lead Nurse

Gary Thompson Registered Nurse, Specialist Community Practitioner Cert. (ENB 811 Community Psychiatric Nurse), Post Graduate Certificate in Management/Diploma in Management (MBA Linked Management Programme- Teeside University)

Gary has worked for over 44 years in the Health Sector specialising in Mental Health. Semi retired at age of 50 in 2010 he now works as a Lead Nurse, Addiction services for Smarmore Castle private clinic.

His career has included clinical person focussed care in mental health with Working age adult services, Challenging behaviour services, Child and Adolescent services, Generic community mental health, Older people’s services and more recently Safeguarding children and addictions. 

Gary has also worked in a number of Health Service Management roles with specific focus on Operational management, projects, investigations, complaints, independent review of Nursing homes, planning and development of new build mental health units. 
He is also a certified lead in the Total Quality Management approach based on the Virginia Mason principals and trained in the Colombo model which focuses on formulation approaches to challenging behaviours. 
He also works as a Specialist Advisor to the Care Quality Commission in the UK. 

Specific experience, skills and knowledge has been developed while working in the roles of Community Psychiatric Nurse, Modern Matron, Locality Manager, Senior Nurse safeguarding children, Service Improvement and Senior Nurse manager/Clinician.

Gary has contributed to a Cochrane review and is passionate in supporting people with Alzheimer’s disease.

In his spare time he is a committed smallholder, small woods owner and enjoys walking.

Roisin McEnaney

Senior Staff Nurse

Mark Falconer

Staff Nurse

Mark studied adult nursing at queen’s university Belfast, qualifying in March 2005. 

Has worked in acute medicine, emergency medicine, district nursing and prison health care. Mark also spent time working in both New Zealand and Dubai.

Mark joined Smarmore in December 2015 on the night team. 

Paul McAnespie

Staff Nurse

Qualifying as a Staff Nurse in 1997, Paul has worked in the field of intellectual disabilities nursing for over 20 years. Obtaining a Post Graduate Degree in Behaviours that Challenge in 2006, he has been involved in meeting the complex medical and mental health needs of individuals in care and utilising his expertise to help support positive changes in the client population. Paul has gained extensive experience in working as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team in the support of individuals with dual diagnosis and behavioural issues. Paul joined Smarmore Castle nursing team in 2018 and has been an integral part of the day staff since joining. His background and knowledge of health assessments and the complexities of behaviour has proved supportive in aiding the recovery of our patient population.

 Paul has also integrated his lifelong musical skills in facilitating regular group music therapy sessions within the clinic that has proved both rewarding and motivational in the recovery of the patient population.

Mary Moran

Senior Health Care Assistant

Mary has a FETAC 5 Health Care Support Certificate from IONA College. In 2011 she received the NHI Carer of the year Ireland award. Mary has a diverse background in care work and has been a Senior Healthcare Assistant since 2002.

Mary has a keen interest in the area of addiction treatment and enjoys assisting and empowering people towards health and recovery. She enjoys walking, reading, country music and flower arranging.

Glenda Hoey

Healthcare Assistant

Nicola Judge

Health Care Assistant

Nicola joined the team in 2015 as a HCA, bringing many years’ experience with her in front-facing people oriented fields, and with her calm demeanour her soothing Indian Head Massage skills are very much in demand.
She is a keen, well read, thoughtful self improver and has attended the School of Philosophy & Economics for over five years.

Her distinctive passionately caring manner and extensive people skills are solidly backed by full certification as a FETAC –  level 5 Carer.

Debbie Murphy

Aromatherapist / HCA

Debbie joined Smarmore in 2016. She became a HCA in 2008 and has worked as a carer for over 10 years.

Debbie has an interest in alternative therapies. Debbie is the Aromatherapist in Smarmore. She has also does Indian Head massage. She is also continuing to study more holistic treatments to add to Smarmore.

Lauraine Walsh

Healthcare Assistant

Senior healthcare Assistant and fire warden 

Laurine has  a QQI level 5 in community health studies from Drogheda institute of Further education and Pre paramedic fire and ambulance with Emergency Services Training Ireland. 

Her hobbies include reading and volunteering with st John Ambulance. 

Niamh Mullen

Equine Therapist

Rachael Buckley

Fitness & wellbeing Trainer

Rachael has 25 years experience in the fitness & wellbeing industry. She has graduated as a fitness instructor in 1995. She managed a number of gyms over the years & was self employed for a period of time. She enjoyed holding classes for the local community. Commenced employment in Smarmore Castle in March 2016 as the fitness trainer. 

 Rachel’s passion in life is her family, people & their wellbeing. She enjoys running, walking, swimming, badminton, reading & mindfulness. 

 “Your body holds deep wisdom. Trust in it. Learn from it. Nourish it. Watch your life transform and be healthy.” 

Ann Marie Commins

Finance Administrator

Ann Marie is a native of Smarmore, Ardee. She studied accounting and has worked in an office environment for over 25 years. She enjoys challenges and believes in the treatment program offered at Smarmore Castle Private Clinic. Ann Marie is responsible for all the administration at the clinic.

She is very involved in her local community and church. In her free time Ann Marie enjoys being with her family and children. Ann Marie has competed in the World Irish Dancing Championships and enjoys swimming and skiing.

Marcella McDonald

Admissions Officer

Marcella McDonald is a native of Ardee Town-Co Louth Eire and now lives in Woodtown Co. Louth, not far from Smarmore Castle where she now works as an admissions secretary.  Marcella has studied communications, work preparation, and holds a degree in Health and Safety at Work from University College Dublin.

Marcella’s strengths are her creative drive and ability to handle challenging work in a team environment. Marcella has over 25 years of personal experience in recovery and addiction and she is passionate about the treatment we provide at Smarmore Castle. This experience has given her a deeper appreciation for how drastically recovery can improve the quality of life of an individual and their family. 

Marcella loves to spend time with family and friends, she also enjoys horse riding and football. 

Ciara Kirk

Admissions Assistant

Ciara Kirk is originally from Dundalk Co Louth where she grew up and was educated at St Vincent’sSecondary School and Dundalk Regional College, now DKIT. For the past number of years Ciara has lived in Knockbridge Co Louth with her husband where they have raised their 3 children.

Ciara joined the Smarmore Team in July 2017 as Admissions Assistant. Ciara has over 12 years’experience of addiction and recovery with the individual and the family. In 2011 she did a brief training course in group facilitation and has worked, on a voluntary basis, as a facilitator, with recovery groups for the last eight years. She is passionate about recovery for the individual and within the family and has a great understanding of how the 12 Step programme can work.

Ciara enjoys swimming, Pilate’s, travelling to Europe, eating out and catch up time with her 2 daughters, son and husband.

Fiona Shekleton

Administrator Assistant

Fiona is a native of Kingscourt, Co Cavan. She looks after the administration at Smarmore Castle Private Clinic.  Her career has been very varied throughout her working life, gaining invaluable experience working in many overseas countries and running her own business for a number of years. She believes in the treatment programme offered at Smarmore Castle Private Clinic. In her free time, Fiona enjoys yoga and walking in nature with her dog. She is passionate about meditation and it’s positive affects in bringing well-being and harmony to one’s self. She regularly goes on silent meditation retreats.

Alan Green

Catering

Joanna Zajac

Kitchen Assistant

Geraldine O’Brien

Domestic Supervisor

Geraldine has been employed for 20 years in the hospitality industry before completing a health care support FETAC diploma course from Iona college in 2017. Worked in the clinical service industry since then and is now a domestic supervisor . Passion revolves around family while outside interests include GAA, soccer, walking and cinema. 

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