The medical approach at The Banyans Health and Wellness is what differentiates our therapeutic residence from other wellness retreats. Our qualified team of medical specialists consult with guests at all stages of the program to ensure a safe and supported transition into long-lasting lifestyle change.

Psychiatry

Psychiatry is the medical specialisation devoted to the treatment of psychological disorders. Regular consultations with Dr Anja Kriegeskotten allow guest medications to be prescribed and monitored effectively and discretely. Dr Anja partners particularly with guests experiencing mental health challenges and substance misuse or dependency.

Addiction Medicine Specialist

The Banyans Health Wellness ensures that individuals experiencing addiction or dependency concerns are safe and well supported as they move towards long-lasting recovery. Dr Christian Rowan is an Addiction Medicine Specialist, and provides medical guidance to the medical support team and guests throughout their recovery program. Moreover, Dr Rowan guides guests in relapse prevention to encourage sustainable change.

General Practitioners

On arrival, every guest attends a consultation with one of our trusted general practitioners. Medical professionals ensure that guests are in a safe state for commencement of their program, and provide guidance on other relevant concerns. If necessary, you may be referred to a private hospital for medically assisted detox and care.

Registered nurses

Registered nurses are onsite at The Banyans, and provide any necessary ongoing medical support to guests. The nursing team work collaboratively to monitor a guest’s physical health and wellbeing at every stage of their residential phase.


Addiction Medicine Specialist
Dr Christian Rowan

Dr Christian has more than two decades of experience in the field of addiction and dependency, and is one of Australia’s leading medical professionals. His clinical interests include prescription drug dependency, opioid substitution therapy and co-morbidity pertaining to pain conditions and substance disorders. Dr Rowan is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians’ Chapter of Addiction Medicine, and a member of the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs.

Lead Psychiatrist
Dr Anja Kriegeskotten

Dr Anja Kriegeskotten brings a vital element of medical support to The Banyans program. Dr Anja has extensive experience in a range of therapeutic treatments, including a special interest in trauma. Dr Anja is also trained and certified to use the EAGALA model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. Dr Anja is highly specialized in this mode of therapy, engaging in over 6000 hours of training and professional practice. Working in psychiatry since 1997, Dr Anja has worked across Australia in a wide variety of settings.

Lead Nurse
Trish Bowden

Trish completed her training as a registered nurse in Brisbane more than thirty years ago and has continued to gain exceptional qualifications in nursing, midwifery and diabetes education. Trish values being a part of the medical support team at The Banyans Health and Wellness. She monitors guests’ personal health journey, making sure they safely transition through the recovery process. She is encouraged by her role in assisting guests medically and supports individuals to heal, gain strength and depart The Banyans with a positive outlook towards their future health and wellbeing.

Thorough medical support is paramount in safely guiding guests through their journey to long-lasting health and wellness. It is what makes The Banyans Health and Wellness unique.