Meet the Team

With over 25 years’ experience, the Living Valley team has attended to over 10,000 guests, helping every one of them to optimise health and longevity. Members of the Living Valley team are specialists in naturopathic and herbal medicine, remedial therapies and weight-loss, rejuvenation, healing and life extension.

We implement solutions based on the philosophy that our bodies are designed to win, when given the right conditions.

Meet some of our 50-strong team below and discover their qualifications and experience. At Living Valley Springs you will find a passion for enriching and enhancing your life!

Giselle Alford

Managing Director/CEO

Giselle is the daughter of Gary Martin. Her first role was Head Cook 1995 thru 2000. Since then she has worked in every department including gardening, maintenance and cleaning, beauty therapies, massage, reception, accounts, shop, marketing and now management. Giselle is an enthusiastic health advocate, presenter, wholesome food creator and cooking instructor. She is also a health & well-being educator, an author and mother of 3 children. She strives to apply all her experience and skills for the benefit of others. With over 25 years’ experience in natural health and healing, Giselle was appointed Managing Director and CEO in November 2016. She supervises the entire operation, ensuring that all our guests receive the highest level of personal care.

Gary Martin

ND. AFAIM. - Retreat Co-Founder

In 1990 Gary co-founded Living Valley Springs for the purpose of relieving sickness, suffering and distress - and making life better for as many people as he could. He was awarded the Australian Naturopathic Practitioners Association Professional Excellence Award in 2008. Gary has built a team of friendly, caring professionals who all live to serve others. His principles in relation to lifestyle, disease and natural healing have helped turn around the health and lives of over ten thousand people.

Samuel Clarke

Samuel Clarke

Marketing Manager

Bringing over a decade’s experience as a creative director and marketing professional, combined with a passion for changing the health of Australia, one person at a time. Samuel also coordinates the retreat program with the team to make your time at Living Valley the best experience of your life. Ask away, nothing is too much trouble! Away from the retreat, he’s a proud husband and father, keen adventurer and overlander - be it ADV riding, 4x4ing or surfing.

John (Toby) Tobin

BHSc., ND. - Medical Team Manager

Toby's passion for health started at the tender age of 14 when he first joined the Living Valley team in 1993. By the age of 18 Toby had earned diplomas and qualifications in Physiology & Anatomy, Medical Terminology, Remedial Massage, Colonic Hydrotherapy, Sports Injury Massage, Lymphatic Drainage and Microscopy. He took study leave from 1998 to 2002 to complete his Bachelor of Health Sciences degree and returned as a Doctor of Naturopathy. Toby heads up our medical team, providing decades of wisdom and clinical experience. He lives to bless others and he is here for you!


Giselle Alford

Managing Director/CEO

Gary Martin ND.

Retreat Co-Founder

Operations & Guest Services

Mat Hawkins

Team Leader

Zac Luxford

Assistant Team Leader

Judy Scrase

Guest Relations Officer

Mark Smith

Fitness Trainer

Debbie Martin

Guest Services

Jenny Cutler

Personal Assistant


Geoff Sargood

Payroll & Accounts

Tanya Eldridge

Human Resources

Property Maintenance

Todd Alford

Property Manager

Alan Alford

Contracting/Director & Trades Team Leader

Nathan Palmer

Electrical & Maintenance

Bob Eldridge

Grounds Maintenance

 Kevin Palmer

Maintenance & Workshop

Bill Alford

Electrical & Maintenance

Tony Swales


Tanya Eldridge

Personal Assistant


John (Toby) Tobin BHSc., ND.

Medical Department Manager – Naturopath

Jessica Gaunt BHSc., ND.


Kirsten Sweeney BHSc., ND.


Shannon Dodd

Life Coach & Wellness Counsellor

Tanya Eldridge

Medical Secretary & Records

Health Shop

Julie Palmer

Sales Manager

Marie Alford

Sales Assistants

Gail Alford

Product Packaging


Aimee Warren

Beauty Coordinator

Aly Hawkins

Beauty Therapist

Jodie Buchanan

Beauty Therapist

Debra Miller

Beauty Therapist



Michelle Luxford


Danusha Smith

Kaigasee Gleeson

Nathan Roy



Marketing & Sales

Samuel Clarke

Marketing Manager

Cathy Paterson

Retreat Sales Team Leader

Sarah Smith

Retreat Sales/Customer Love

Matt Bennell

Digital Marketing

Amanda Woods



Rodney Flint

Senior Remedial Therapist

Kessy Betz

Massage, Colonic Hydrotherapy Therapist, Clay Wraps

June Huf

Colonic Hydrotherapy, Massage Therapist, Clay Wraps

Robyn Street

Remedial Massage, Colonic Hydrotherapy

Norma Guzman

Therapist – Thai, Hot Stone, Inca, Shiatsu

Angela Smith

Remedial Massage, Clay Wraps

Main Centre & Kitchen

Mick Benaud


Tamara Eldridge

Trainee Chef

Kaigasee Gleeson

Cook & Evening Assistant

 Gavin Cloete

General Assistant

 Zaleah Gleeson

Kitchen Assistant

Jai Gleeson

Kitchen Assistant

Amaya Smithson

General Assistant

Harry Smithson

General Assistant

Take the first steps today and contact us now!

Living Valley Springs is your opportunity to take a break, regain control of your health and make a fresh start.

Call our team now on 1800 644 733

International enquires please call +61 7 5485 4344