Meet the Amchara Team

We have a fantastic team of experts all here to help you Change for Good. Get to know them a little better before you visit us by clicking on their pictures to read their profiles.

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Health Team

Dr Patricia Saintey

Doctor

Malta, UK

Dr Patricia Saintey
Doctor
Malta, UK
Dr Patricia Saintey began her medical career as a doctor in the army and as a regular serving officer. After leaving the army she took up General Practice in Somerset where she worked full time as a partner in a practice in Chard for 9 years. A prolonged sabbatical, forced initially by her own health, enabled her to undergo a variety of studies looking into nutrition, homeopathy, craniosacral therapy and finally embarking on a Diploma in Integrative Medicine looking into the evidence behind complementary therapies. Dr Saintey reviews all health questionnaires in addition to supporting the health team at each location.

Kirstie Chisholm

Health Director

UK

Kirstie Chisholm
Health Director
UK
Kirstie is our Senior Naturopath at Amchara and is responsible for the in house training for all naturopaths and health team members at our retreats. She works closely with Dr. Saintey integrating any changes and recommendations she advises. Kirstie was trained in Australia where naturopathy is given much more credence than it is in the UK and where naturopaths work much more closely with doctors.

Gosia Chmielewska

Nautropath

UK

Gosia Chmielewska
ND, Dip.Hom. CThA, RDHC
Nautropath
UK
Gosia is one of the lead naturopaths at Amchara who specialises in digestive health, weight loss and stress management. She believes strongly in the power of nutrition to bring about radical transformation and well-being in her clients’ lives. Gosia says: "I love to empower my clients to take charge of their health and experience the highest sense of well-being and zest for life".

Ju Bernardes

Naturopath

UK

Ju Bernardes
BSc, ND, ITEC
Naturopath
UK
With a kind and empathetic nature, Ju Bernardes is a gifted Naturopath who is passionate about nutrition and environmental sustainability. Her work is deeply rooted in a holistic approach and she loves nothing more than sharing her knowledge to inspire positive changes in people’s lives. Equipped with sound expertise, a sharp focus on global trends, scientific research and a genuine desire to help others and the planet, Ju seeks to empower and inspire her patients to heal themselves and live a life that is healthy and fulfilling.

Aly Whitely

Holistic and Emotional Support Therapist

UK

Aly Whitely
Holistic and Emotional Support Therapist
UK
Aly joined the team at Amchara in September 2014 . A registered nurse who has been studying and practising natural therapies since the mid 1990's . She holds qualifications in Massage , Reflexology , Indian head massage , Hot stone massage . Aromatherapy , Facials , Colonic hydrotherapy , NLP and EFT and offers an holistic approach to her treatments that are tailored to meet your individual need. She is one of our therapists and also an emotional support staff member.

David Haworth

NLP Practitioner

Malta

David Haworth
NLP Practitioner
Malta
David is a master practitioner of NLP and provides emotional support, guidance and transformational one-to-one NLP coaching and personal breakthrough sessions to clients at Amchara. He is also a qualified yoga teacher, massage therapist and Reiki master. He often gives talks on mental and emotional health and well being and is always available for a casual chat, or to arrange a consultation or treatment.

Rose Chamberlain

Naturopathic Nutritionist

UK

Rose Chamberlain
Naturopathic Nutritionist
UK
Rose Chamberlain is Brazilian and has been living in England for the past 14 years. She is a teacher, certified Chef, Detox and Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist, graduated from the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London in 2014. She has specialised in teaching healthy-cooking classes and holding workshops about healthy-ageing lifestyle and gut health. Her areas of interest are the Microbiome, HIV and cancer. She is also studying for an MSc  in Personalised Nutrition at CNELM - Centre for Nutrition Education & Lifestyle Management in partnership with Middlesex University London. The Healthy Tree is the banner under which she provides Corporate Health talks, catering, retreats, workshops, nutritional consultations and product development.

Alexandra Falgate

Naturopath and Clinical Nutritionist

UK

Alexandra Falgate
Naturopath and Clinical Nutritionist
UK
As a clinical nutritionist and naturopath Alexandra can help patients with a number of health concerns. She recognises the concept of biochemical individuality and firmly believes no one diet is right for everyone. Her focus is on determining the specific and unique needs of each client in nutrition, lifestyle and supplements. Alexandra studied Human Biology at University; her focus during these 4 years were modules in neuroscience, biomedicine and nutrition. She completed her independent research project investigating the use of Vitamin D supplements for the prevention/management of Parkinson's disease. After graduation she worked at The Natural Doctor on London's Harley street where she trained as a thermal imaging technician and learned the basics of nutritional breast cancer prevention. This led her to complete post graduate diplomas in Nutrition and Naturopathy at CNM London where she received 2 years of clinical training. She now has her own private practice in London and runs a health consultancy business.

Allison Sheppard

Naturopath

Malta

Allison Sheppard
Naturopath
Malta
Since Winter 2016, Allison has been working as a Naturopath within our Health team, in both our UK and Malta retreats. She was raised using natural therapies to support her own health so it's little surprise she ended up a Naturopath. She loves guiding people through lifestyle changes and has a special interest in the prevention and reversal of chronic health conditions; digestive and thyroid health; and anxiety and stress management. Allison has always been fascinated by human behaviour. Before graduating in Naturopathy, she first completed a degree in Psychology. The connection between the mind and the body, is an integral part of her practice. 

Jamuna Haim

Naturopath

Malta

Jamuna Haim
Naturopath
Malta
Jamuna has been practicing as an Iridologist for over 20 years and has lived and practiced in many countries including the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand and Malta. Before becoming a Resident Naturopath at our Malta retreat, Jamuna has created a name for herself in the industry as she has appeared on several high profile TV shows including BBC One - Fix My Family. After such a fast pace life, she's been enjoying her new life in Malta and finally feels she has time for herself. Jamuna does an effortless job of supporting not only the clients, but the rest of the team, with anything that they need. Look out for her bright smile and positive attitude.

Linda Rosengren

Holistic Therapist

Malta

Linda Rosengren
Holistic Therapist
Malta
Linda joined Amchara Malta in Summer 2017 and currently works in both our Health team as a Holistic Therapist as well as in our Front of House team as a Receptionist. In addition to the roles mentioned above, she also leads fitness classes and works a Personal Trainer for our clients, coaching their specific needs and enhancing their health abilities. She has worked in different European countries including her home country of Sweden where she completed her course related to spa and therapy. Linda enjoys her job because she feels she is able to reach out and connect with clients on a trusted level, which she believes is a vital ingredient when it comes to intimate treatments including massage therapy.

Richard Harding

Yoga Instructor

Malta

Richard Harding
Yoga Instructor
Malta
Richard is vital member of the Amchara Health team. He has several roles including Yoga and Meditation Instructor and also leads our morning and evening guided walks. He is a qualified Yoga Practitioner, Teacher and Movement Bodyworker with a practice spanning over 25 years. Previously he has been an active dancer/visual/performance artist and movement plays an important role in his somatic approach. What makes Richard so great at what he does, is his unique understanding of the profound effects of not just the physical, but the mental well-being of his clients. Richard is a kind and sympathetic person and both members of the Amchara team and clients, feel they can relax around him because of his calm manner, soothing voice, and the ability to find inner peace inside and outside the studio.

Ina Kearney

Yoga Instructor

Malta

Ina Kearney
Yoga Instructor
Malta

Wendy Maclaughlin

Fitness Instructor

Malta

Wendy Maclaughlin
Fitness Instructor
Malta
Wendy has been working for Amchara since 2015 and is valued team member in both our UK and Malta Health team. She is a qualified Hatha Yoga Instructor and has experience in teaching weekly classes, workshops and retreats all over Europe. One of her favourite projects, was teaching yoga for addiction recovery in the UK. Her role as Fitness Instructor umbrellas yoga, meditation and water fitness as well as leading the morning and evening guided walks. As she has always been passionate about the fitness industry, Wendy is able to bring a refreshingly fun and motivational attitude to each session. She's mindful throughout all the activities and always leads to the pace of the group's ability and energy level. Wendy is a kind and thoughtful member of the team, who has an uplifting spirit and loves to share this with the clients and her fellow team members.

Katarina Janickova

Holistic Therapist

Malta

Katarina Janickova
Holistic Therapist
Malta
Katarina joined the Amchara Health team in Winter 2015 and has been working as a Holistic Therapist since. Her knowledge of the industry spans back to 2006, when she started her career in a 5-star spa in Ireland. After some time in the UK, Katarina returned back to her home country of Slovakia where she opened and ran her own spa. Her business catered to a range of clients including an elite clientele of famous sport stars, musicians, politicians and more. Now living and working in Gozo, Malta, Katarina enjoys the simple and relaxing lifestyle of the island, which allows her to be truly passionate with each and every one of her clients, helping them to a healthier and happier life.

Sally Jobes

Colonic Hydrotherapist

Malta

Sally Jobes
Colonic Hydrotherapist
Malta

Maria Muscat

Colonic Hydrotherapist

Malta

Maria Muscat
Colonic Hydrotherapist
Malta

Front of House Team

Noelle Burville

Yoga Instructor

UK

Noelle Burville
Yoga Instructor
UK
Noelle has lived in the West country of England for most of her life and has over 30 years experience teaching yoga, holding a British Wheel of Yoga Diploma. She has travelled extensively in India and Asia and studied Therapeutic Thai Yoga massage in Thailand, training at the Sunshine School of Thai Yoga massage in Chaing Mai.

Tracey Robinson

Emotional Support Therapist

UK

Tracey Robinson
Emotional Support Therapist
UK
Tracey is an NLP Master, NLP Trainer and Well Being Coach. She discovered NLP whilst training to be a counsellor in 2002. Since then she has continued to study it in many forms, as well as sharing it with others through teaching NLP Practitioner courses, facilitating retreats, workshops and one to one sessions.

Malcolm Droy

Tai Chi & Hypnotherapist

UK

Malcolm Droy
Tai Chi & Hypnotherapist
UK
Malcolm is an experienced Solution Focused Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist. He is also a teacher of the Chinese mind and body art of Tai Chi. Malcolm regularly enjoys sharing his knowledge of how the mind works through his talks at Amchara, helping clients understand what is needed to become the happy, positive and self-confident people they might want to be. He is usually available via private appointment to meet with clients who wish tackle a particular problem during their stay. His aim with clients is always to provide them with knowledge and tools that they can take home with them.

Laura Cooper

Retreat Manager

UK

Laura Cooper
Retreat Manager
UK
Laura is our UK Retreat Manager. She has been interested in complementary therapies since she was 18. She started her career in health services early by founding a health centered café at the age of 20, offering juices, smoothies and sugar free options, which was unheard of at the time. Since then she has also owned a Holistic shop and therapy centre and has been a Holistic Therapist for many years before joining Amchara.

Coral Moyes

Receptionist

UK

Coral Moyes
Receptionist
UK

Cath Jaschinski

Yoga Instructor

UK

Cath Jaschinski
Yoga Instructor
UK
Cath is a qualified RYT 200 Yoga Instructor and Mindfulness Meditation teacher and has practised for over 20 years. She is passionate about helping people to become better connected to themselves, to be aware of how they think and feel so as to help them realise their potential in their work and personal spheres. She has a particular interest in mental health (particularly stress, anxiety and depression) and in using Mindfulness and Yoga to help people sleep better, think more clearly, be able to work effectively and ultimately be more content with their life.

Ron Franken

Manager

Malta

Ron Franken
Manager
Malta
Ron started as the Manager at Amchara Malta, in early 2017 and loves every second of working here. After completing his studies, he lived and worked in multiple countries including the Netherlands, the UK, Germany and France. Now living in Gozo, Malta, Ron enjoys Amchara for its tranquil, beautiful surroundings and the laid back Gozitan lifestyle. Being able to have one-to-one contact with the clients, and being surrounded by such a dedicated team, with genuine passion for what they are doing, is what Ron enjoys most. You'll never not see Ron smartly dressed and without a smile.

Naomi Brazier

Assistant Manager

Malta

Naomi Brazier
Assistant Manager
Malta
Naomi is our Assistant Manager at Amchara Malta and came to Gozo at the start of the retreat in 2015. She completed a 37 days detox and has changed her life because of her experience. It’s because of this intense detox experience, that Naomi feels she’s able to understand exactly what clients go through on their detox journey and is able to provide valuable support. Naomi is a treasured team member at Amchara because of her life experiences and extreme compassion for others. Look out for her colourful dresses and vibrant flowers.

Linda Rosengren

Receptionist

Malta

Linda Rosengren
Receptionist
Malta
Linda joined Amchara Malta in Summer 2017 and currently works in both our Health team as a Holistic Therapist as well as in our Front of House team as a Receptionist. In addition to the roles mentioned above, she also leads fitness classes and works a Personal Trainer for our clients, coaching their specific needs and enhancing their health abilities. She has worked in different European countries including her home country of Sweden where she completed her course related to spa and therapy. Linda enjoys her job because she feels she is able to reach out and connect with clients on a trusted level, which she believes is a vital ingredient when it comes to intimate treatments including massage therapy.

Anna Middleton

Emotional Support

UK

Anna Middleton
Emotional Support
UK
Anna has worked on health and detox retreats for the past 7 years both as a raw chef and front of house supporting guests during their detox. At Amchara, Anna gives talks educating guests about how to make healthier food choices that are nourishing, easy to implement and taste delicious. Anna is passionate about cellular health and her talks cover how the food & lifestyle choices we make impact the way we feel.

Bev Alderson

Yoga Teacher

UK

Bev Alderson
Yoga Teacher
UK
Bev Alderson is a Yoga, Mindfulness and Stress Management Teacher who provides individual, group and workplace services through her business Practically Balanced. Having come from a background of performing high stress roles and living a high stress lifestyle, she understands first hand the impacts this can have on both emotional and physical wellbeing. She believes that learning to balance our inner and outer worlds is the key in optimising health and this is essentially what she practices and teaches through the classes, workshops and programmes she provides. Bev completed a Diploma in Yoga with the highly respected Qi Yoga School in Sydney in 2012 and with Sivananda in India in 2015. She also completed a Certificate in Stress Management with the London Centre for Coaching and Counselling in 2014 and an ILM with the Stress Management Society in 2014. Meditation was part of her two yoga teacher trainings but Bev also completed a Diploma in Mindfulness and Meditation with the British School of Meditation in 2016.

Sophie Wilson

Administration

Malta

Sophie Wilson
Administration
Malta

Back of House Team

Michael Davies

Chef

UK

Michael Davies
Chef
UK
Mike has worked as a Chef since the age of 15 training as an apprentice at the Michelin starred Castle Hotel In Taunton. He has worked in fine dining Hotels for many years and was executive Chef for the Holne Chase Group. He took over as Head Chef At Bindon Country House in 2003. In 2013, Mike was introduced to raw foods which completely transformed his approach to both food and cooking. Inspired by the Amchara team, Mike started making changes to his diet and lifestyle incorporating organic food, fresh juices, raw meals and exercise.

Justine Clarke

UK

Justine Clarke
UK
Justine is an experienced Administrator with over 16 years experience of working in customer facing administrative roles. She has always had an interest in health, fitness and nutrition and really values the knowledge gained from working with the team at Amchara.

Karima Perricone

Head Chef

Malta

Karima Perricone
Head Chef
Malta
Karima joined the Amchara Kitchen team in early 2016 as a Sous Chef, before quickly rising through the ranks to our Head Chef. She brings a wealth of expertise in the culinary world from international luxury brands, in countries such as Asia, Canada, Italy and Malta. Karima has always been inspired by the food she has tasted whilst travelling the world. This inspiration helps her when she is researching and experimenting new recipes and trends in vegan and vegetarian cuisine. When she is not cooking for the clients, she is easily spotted performing food demonstrations or creating food content for international media, as well as tending to and harvesting our home-grown products, that are grown in our Wellness Garden.

Rodianne Farrugia

Kitchen Manager

Malta

Rodianne Farrugia
Kitchen Manager
Malta
Rodianne was born and raised in Gozo, Malta and has been working within our Kitchen team since we first opened our doors in 2015. She started as a Kitchen Assistant and deservingly earned her position as a Chef and Kitchen Manager, from her dedication to the brand and her quick learning abilities. From a young age, Rodianne has been fascinated by the cooking and has worked in numerous roles within the culinary industry. She's always had a passion for cooking, which comes from her love of food and curiosity in new flavours. When she isn't cooking for our clients, she enjoys making new and exciting recipes for her husband and two daughters at home.

Sharon Mizzi

Kitchen Assistant

Malta

Sharon Mizzi
Kitchen Assistant
Malta
Sharon join Amchara Malta in Summer 2017 and works as a Kitchen Assistant within our Kitchen team. She has over 20 years experience within in the catering industry including waitressing and kitchen hand. In addition to her catering roles, Sharon has worked in office environments including being an Office Assistant at one of the local councils in Gozo, Malta. Sharon enjoys working in our kitchen because the team have made her feel extremely welcome and continue to support her. Already she feels she has learnt a lot about the industry and is eager to learn even more.

Alexandra Croitoru

Trainee Chef

Malta

Alexandra Croitoru
Trainee Chef
Malta
Alexandra joined the Amchara Kitchen team in Summer 2017 as a Trainee Chef. After graduating from a Tourism University in her home country of Romania, she decided to take her expertise abroad and has since worked in other European countries including Greece. She has always enjoyed challenging herself and experiencing new and exciting things, which prompted her decision to move to Gozo, Malta. Alexandra is looking forward to improving her culinary skills as well and learning more about the health and wellness industry, and how the two are combined.

Keith Sancto

Head of Maintenance

Malta

Keith Sancto
Head of Maintenance
Malta
Keith is Head of Maintenance at Amchara Malta and has been working with us since early 2016. He has an extensive background in the field of maintenance, working for the past 20 years in many different environments. Besides his role here at Amchara Malta, he is a great source of information about the Island of Gozo and Malta, as he has lived here for almost 40 years. Keith is a well liked member of the of the team for his genuine consideration for the rest of the team. If anyone has a problem, big or small...you can always find Keith willing to help.

Dani Vornicu

Maintenance

Malta

Dani Vornicu
Maintenance
Malta
Dani joined the Amchara Maintenance team in Summer 2017. After working as an Interior Designer for over 8 years in his home country of Romania, he decided to change his line of work and moved to the UK where he worked for a large hospitality company. He is always in search for new opportunities and experiences, which has now lead him to Gozo, Malta. Dani is already enjoying his new career in Maintenance, and is excited to develop his skills, knowledge and understanding of the trade.

Mihaela Nitu

Housekeeper

Malta

Mihaela Nitu
Housekeeper
Malta
Mihaela is a member of our Housekeeping team at Amchara Malta and has been working with us since September 2015. She has worked in the housekeeping industry for over 10 years in many different environments including hotels, schools and retreats. Mihaela completed a housekeeping training course in Romania and has brought everything she knows to the island of Gozo, Malta. She enjoys her job because has always had a desire to clean, tidy and organise any space she's in, which makes the perfect housekeeper. She also loves her job because the rest of the Amchara team always make her feel welcome and apart of an extended family.

Laura Sultana

Housekeeper

Malta

Laura Sultana
Housekeeper
Malta
Laura is a member of our Housekeeping team at Amchara Malta and has been working with us since the opening of the retreat. She has always had a passion for cleaning and organisation and has worked within similar roles for over 30 years. Laura works closely with another member of our Housekeeping team; Rita Cordina. This unstoppable duo, make sure everything is perfect before, during and after the clients stay. Although Back of House, you can find both of them around the retreat, probably smiling or laughing to one another, helping in any way they can.

Rita Cordina

Housekeeper

Malta

Rita Cordina
Housekeeper
Malta
Rita is part of our Housekeeping team at Amchara Malta and has been working with us since day one. She has a had a range of job including factory worker and housekeeping at both large hotels and retreats. Rita works closely with another member of our Housekeeping team; Laura Sultana. Although not true, many people believe them to be sisters because of their positive attitude and inseparable bond. The pair make it their mission to make sure everything is perfect before, during and after the clients stay. Although Back of House, you'll see 'the duo' around the retreat, smiling or laughing to one another and always ready to help.

Julian Miu Dimana

Kitchen and Housekeeping

UK

Julian Miu Dimana
Kitchen and Housekeeping
UK
Julian works in the kitchen and housekeeping. He hails from Spain. Before coming to this country he was a masseur and Reiki therapist. He prides himself in keeping fit, practising Reiki and the challenge that Amchara offers to 'Change for Good'. His ethos is 'Today is the Best day because it is the only day we are experiencing!'

Suzie Baum

Therapist

UK

Suzie Baum
Therapist
UK
Suzanne Baum Usui Reiki Master, Holistic Therapist  &Teacher ARCH registered Colon Hydrotherapist Suzie has over 25 years experience in practice & teaching she works intuitively to help achieve the best outcome for each individual   Qulifications in Colonic Hydrotherapy, Deep Tissue Massage, Aromatherapy Massage, Hot Stone, Massage, Warm Bamboo Massage, Indian Head Massage,  manual Lymphatic Drainage, Reflexology and Reiki 

Louise Issacs

Head Housekeeper

UK

Louise Issacs
Head Housekeeper
UK
Lou is our head housekeeper. She finds that working in a friendly environment, she is learning all the time how to keep a healthier life style. She is always happy to help and is always seen with a smile on her face.

Head Office

Jake Lines

Brand Executive

Malta

Jake Lines
Brand Executive
Malta
Jake joined the Amchara team as a Brand Executive, focussing on brand awareness both virtually and physically, through social media and other outlets. He is passionate about health and wellness, and enjoys working at our Head Office as he is able to combine both his interest in the industry and working within a business environment. Although he works behind the scenes, you may see him around the retreat, interacting with clients and learning about their journeys, as well as enhancing their experience in anyway possible.

Emily Mumford

Community & Partner Relations

Malta

Emily Mumford
Community & Partner Relations
Malta
Since Spring 2016, Emily has been working as a Community Partner & Relations Manager within our Marketing team, at our Malta retreat. She is working closely with our partner practitioners in functional medicine to build Amchara’s functional health community. Emily builds upon relationships with experts in the field of gut health, weight management, hormones and stress management to provide further educational content and post-retreat support for Amchara clients. You may also meet Emily face-to-face during your stay as she is also a Technician for our Heart Rate Variability scanner, and would love to assess how you react to stress!

Liz Downer

Community & Partner Relations

Malta

Liz Downer
Community & Partner Relations
Malta
Liz joined Amchara Malta in Spring 2017 and currently works in our Marketing team, supporting Emily with Community Partner & Relations. Before moving into the health and wellness industry, Liz worked many years within field of education including teaching English and international relations. She enjoys her job because she is able to communicate with a large number of practitioners and engage with them about their view of the industry as well as their personal journeys. Liz regularly attends our daily educational talks to future educate herself about functional medicine and the different approaches.
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