Dr Garrett McGovern – Medical Director
Dr McGovern is Medical Director of the Priority Medical Clinic, a private addiction treatment programme located in South County Dublin. He qualified in Medicine in 1995 from Trinity College Dublin and has worked as a GP specialising in the treatment of Addictive Disorders since the implementation of the methadone treatment protocol in 1998. He is ICGP Level 2 accredited in the treatment of opiate use and also treats drug users within the HSE Addiction Services, a position he has held since 1998. He has a caseload of over 300 patients with a range of addiction problems. He received his specialist addiction training in the UK and holds a Master’s degree in Clinical and Public Health Aspects of Addiction from the National Addiction Centre, King’s College London and is a diplomate of the International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM). ISAM certification is an accreditation examination for physicians specialising in Addiction Medicine worldwide and is the international equivalent of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Board exam. Dr McGovern is a founding member of the subcommittee for the Continuing Medical Education of General Practitioners specialising in Substance Abuse (GPSSA). He is also one of the first members of the International Doctors for Healthy Drug Policies (IDHDP) which is an international group of medical addiction experts aiming to promote sensible drug policies. He is a member of the board of directors of Europad, (European Opiate Addiction Treatment Association). He is a regular contributor to the medical and mainstream media on addiction related issues and peer reviews research articles prior to publication.
Elaine Scott – Relaxation Therapist
Elaine Scott is a complimentary health therapist some of her therapies include; Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Reflexology, Remedial Massage, Aromatherapy, Diet and Nutrition and Indonesian and chavutti yoga treatments. She encompasses holistic health disciplines which use non-evasive techniques which combines Eastern medicine philosophy with Western understanding of anatomy and physiology and works to promote physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
Whilst aiming to identify the factors blocking the body’s natural healing processes such as stress, allergies, nutritional deficiencies and specific emotional and addictive issues. Combining a wide range of natural treatments sets the stage for the body to repair itself and maintain optimum health and homeostasis.
Fergus Crowe RMHN, BA (Hons), MABCP
Fergus is Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapist and a registered mental health nurse (RMHN). He is on the register of an Bord Altranais (the Irish Nursing Board). He holds a BA (Hons) from NUI Maynooth and was awarded an MA in Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy by University College Cork (UCC).
He has almost 30 years experience in working in adult mental health and has also worked for the past 5 years with teenagers. The main model he uses is cognitive behavioural therapy but also uses a person centred and motivational approach. He works with a wide range of issues including addiction, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), self-esteem, post traumatic disorder (PTSD), anger management and panic attacks.