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 reformer, 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.

Co-Founder - Assistant CEO

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

Marketing Manager

Bringing over a decade’s experience as a creative director and marketing professional, combined with a passion to change 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. Have a question or treatment request? Ask away, nothing is too much trouble! Away from the retreat, he’s a keen adventurer and overlander - be it ADV riding, 4x4ing or surfing.

John (Toby) Tobin. BHSc., ND.

Medical Department 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!

Alan Alford

Alan Alford

Director& Trades Team Leader

Alan is a Director of the Living Valley Springs Corporation. He has been employed on a full time basis since March 1998, and was involved with the development of the retreat since the early 1990's. Alan is a skilled tradesman who makes sure that the property presents well. He also ensures that all the facilities and utilities function effectively for the benefit of our guests. Alan enjoys taking the guests on a Saturday morning expedition to Noosa Beach or a climb up Mt. Cooroora in Pomona. Although Alan spends most of his time maintaining the facility, more than all else, he enjoys spending time with our guests, blessing them and helping them to get the most out of the program.

Rodney Flint

Rodney Flint

Operations Mentor & Senior Therapist

Rodney is a highly skilled and gifted therapist. He specialises in rectifying structural ailments such as Frozen Shoulder and other mobility limitations. Employed since May 2001, Rodney manages the Operations Team, comprising the Program Director, therapists, kitchen & general staff and the cleaners. Rodney is a crucial member of the team, dedicated to ensuring that all our guests leave the retreat in a far better condition than when they arrived. He has a deep burden for the pain of others, while being gifted with the skills needed to bring relief in most cases. Our guests are truly blessed to have access to such a caring man.


Giselle Alford

Managing Director – CEO

Gary Martin ND.

Assistant CEO

Sarah Smith

Personal Assistant


Rodney Flint

Operations Team Mentor & Senior Therapist

Mat Hawkins

Team Leader

John Fenwick

Senior Therapist

Jenny Cutler

Treatment Scheduling & Personal Assistant

 Mark Smith

Fitness Trainer

Admin & Guest Booking

Judy Davis

Team Leader

Payroll & Accounts

Geoff Sargood

Cathy Paterson


Sarah Smith

Guest Services

Debbie Martin

Guest Services

Tanya Eldridge

Human Resources

Property Maintenance

Todd Alford

Property Manager

Alan Alford


Nathan Palmer

Electrical & Maintenance

Bob Eldridge

Grounds Maintenance

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.


Cherie Levy B.BNS; P.G.Dip (Psych); MPsych (Clin.); MAPS.

Psychologist & 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



Michelle Luxford


Danusha Smith

Kaigasee Gleeson

Nathan Roy




Samuel Clarke

Marketing Manager

Matt Bennell



Rodney Flint

Senior Remedial

John Fenwick

Massage Therapy, Colonic Hydrotherapy, Clay Wraps

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

Main Centre & Kitchen

Mat Hawkins

Team Leader

Zac Luxford

Assistant Team Leader

Judy Scrase

Guest Relations Officer

Mick Benaud


Tamara Eldridge

Trainee Chef

Kaigasee Gleeson

Cook and Cleaner

 Gavin Cloete

General Assistant

Kevin Palmer

General Assistant

 Zaleah Gleeson

Kitchen Assistant

Jai Gleeson

Kitchen Assistant

Les Morley

General 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