Meet our professional addictions team, many of whom have lived experience of addiction.
The Ocean Hills expert clinical addiction services includes Registered Nurses, Occupational Therapists, GPs, and other Mental Health Professionals.
Sonya is a Registered Nurse whose work has been focused in the AOD (alcohol and other drugs) field.
Over the past four years she has worked in private and public residential AOD facilities, providing patients with comprehensive, evidence-based care from admission to discharge.
A client-centred approach is how Sonya likes to work.
‘I really enjoy working in partnership with people who are often misunderstood. I want to support each person live to their fullest potential, as defined by them.’
Professionally, Sonya stays current in her practice with membership of DANA (Drug and Alcohol Nurses Australasia), attending AOD conferences and forming connections with other medical professionals in the AOD field.
Sophie Davidson is a qualified Occupational Therapist working at Ocean Hills. Specialising in mental health and addictions, she is a strong support to our clients and can help get them re-build their lives to live happy and healthy recoveries.
She has worked at Counties Manukau DHB, Kaupapa Maori Community Mental Health Service and also in acute mental health services at Middlemore hospital.
Sophie brings with her a dedication for helping navigate people out of the sickness of addiction and into a path of wellness.
‘I am really passionate about my role, especially working within addiction services as I have experienced how debilitating it can be for both the individual and the family. I have had family suffer greatly because of addiction and I really want to be able to help where I can and let people know that recovery is possible.’
When one human helps another, nothing can surpass the empathy of having had the same experience. Our peer support workers are professionally trained and some have lived experience in the field of addiction, which makes them the best people to journey with you on the road to sobriety.
Leah Sciascia-Steffert is a Yoga Therapist and teacher with 10 years experience, and is also skilled and experienced in meditation and massage therapies.
She also has experience of working with "at-risk" people, including mothers and youth with substance abuse issues.
‘I love this mahi and being part of the Ocean Hills team.’