Our Team at Serenity Rehab Thailand

At Serenity, we have a great team of professionals who are dedicated to providing excellent and effective addiction treatment. All of our counselors are in recovery themselves. They know firsthand the struggle with addiction, and what it takes to maintain recovery. We have one of the best staff-to-client ratios in the rehab industry, with a level of direct contact (individual and group counseling sessions, and counselor availability) that is difficult to find anywhere.

Besides our counselors and client support, we have excellent staff for all the other amenities and needs of a full-service, residential treatment programme. This extends to our kitchen staff, hospitality, exercise and excursion programmes, groundskeeping, and security. We welcome you to learn more about us, and how we can help in the struggle with addiction and substance abuse.

Theo de Vries - Founder, Programme Director

Theo de Vries

Founder, Programme Director

My name is Theo de Vries and I am the founder of Serenity Rehab. Originally from The Netherlands, I am now based in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

Ever since the age of 12, I have been struggling with addiction and all the problems associated with it. About 8 years ago I first entered rehab and it took me 5 different rehabs to finally admit to myself that my life was totally unmanageable, in all areas and I needed to do something new.

After several years in recovery, I started to dream about how I could help other addicts get clean, and how I could use my experience to help them to stay clean and enjoy a life without the compulsion to use drugs or alcohol.

After settling in Thailand, I found an amazing team of people who share my vision and my passion, and who also have their own personal experience with addiction. Serenity Rehab Thailand was born, a treatment centre that is accessible to everyone who is willing to change their lives.

My biggest dream is that every addict who is willing, will get the opportunity to begin their recovery, and experience how beautiful life can be without having to use any mood-altering substance. My mission is to share with our clients the process that I went through to get clean, and also to share my experience of how life can be lived in recovery, free of drugs, and experiencing inner peace at the same time.

Please let Serenity Rehab, and our balanced recovery programmes, help you get your life back on track. We will give you all the support you need, and will do everything within our power to help you through the challenges in recovery.

Wade Dupuis - Managing Director

Wade Dupuis

Managing Director

When you first call or email, Wade is the one who replies and answers the phone. He personally manages all client inquires. Wade is also available to communicate with family members whose loved ones are having a problem with substance abuse and addiction. In many cases it is the family who reaches out first.

Originally from Canada, Wade has been working with addiction recovery programmes in Thailand and throughout Asia for the past 10 years. Wade helped build the very first addiction treatment programme in Thailand starting in 2007. Since that time, he has spoken with thousands of individuals struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, as well as their family members and friends.

Peggy-Sue Figueira - Managing Director, The Netherlands

Peggy-Sue Figueira

Executive Director, The Netherlands

Peggy-Sue is the Executive Director of Serenity Rehab in the Netherlands. She is the first point of contact for all Dutch-speaking clients, and is an active Interventionist in the Netherlands and Belgium.

My life was dictated by various addictions, and finally in 2006 when my life was no longer on track, I managed to take the leap and become abstinent. This recovery brought me closer to my true inner being, and this put me on the path to helping other addicts through intervention and sobriety coaching.

In 2012, Peggy-Sue completed Addiction Intervention training, and began working with addicts and their families in the Netherlands. Her addiction training background includes BRI I & II (Johnson Model Interventions), ARISE® Interventions with Dr Judith Landau, and EACI addiction counseling. She founded her company First Step Interventions in 2013.

Peggy-Sue is well known in The Netherlands for her role as the Interventionist in the Dutch RTL 4 programme Verslaafd! 2015-2016.

Dr. Nattapatt Sukkhosawat, MD. (Dr. Mark) - Medical Director

Dr. Nattapatt Sukkhosawat, MD. (Dr. Mark)

Medical Director

Dr. Mark has been practicing medicine for 19 years since graduating from the University of Chiang Mai's medical school.

Dr. Mark specialized and trained at Suan Prung Psychiatric Hospital in psychiatry and addiction medicine.

Regularly on site, Dr. Mark oversees any medical needs of our clients, as well as detox as an outpatient from his clinic or in the nearby hospital when required.

Sue Sanderman - Counselor

Sue Sanderman

Senior Counselor

Sue, originally from the UK, is an experienced addictions counsellor and group facilitator. In recovery herself, Sue has been working in the addiction field in the UK, Australia and Thailand for the past 11 years.

Sue's formal qualifications include CPCAB Counselling Skills Level 2, NVQ Level 3 Substance Misuse, and most recently, following residential training in the USA, she is also an IRI certified Recovery Specialist. Sue has continued professional training throughout her career, with multiple short training courses in CBT, Working with Resistance, Integrated Practice, Motivational Interviewing, Vulnerable Adults, Child Protection, Mindfulness, ITEP (International Treatment Effectiveness Project), and Psychosocial interventions for adult substance misusers.

Tim  - Counselor

Tim Ascough

Counselor

Tim hails from Manchester, England has worked in the field of chemical dependency and addiction for over fifteen years and is an experienced counselor and therapeutic group worker. He is also himself in recovery from chemical dependency and often draws upon his own experience over the years of living clean and sober. Tim's formal qualifications include a Diploma in Humanistic Counselling (UK) alongside extensive training and experience in many different models of treatment including Attachment Theory, Transactional Analysis, and the Minnesota Model. Tim has worked with a wide variety of addictive behaviours within different settings whilst using a number of therapeutic approaches.

He has worked within the private sector and government funded facilities as well as spending several years working within the criminal justice system, including HMP Manchester, HMP Risley and HMP Forest Bank. Tim has also trained many professionals within the treatment systems of the UK in the delivery of effective interventions and therapeutic group work. He is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)

Tim has spent many years living away from his native England and has travelled extensively across the USA, Europe, South Africa and the Caribbean. Whilst he is a serious and committed therapist, Tim is also dedicated to the process of helping clients find the funny in life, something they may well have forgotten how to do in recent times.

Rutger Van den Berg (Rudi) - Counselor

Rutger Van den Berg (Rudi)

Counselor

Rudi started to use drugs at 13. Ten years later he went into rehab, and through his own recovery he has become devoted to helping other addicts.

Rudi is convinced that the best help available for anyone struggling with addiction is one addict helping another addict. Clients feel comfortable going to Rudy with questions and he is a valuable member of the team at Serenity.

I understand how early recovery can be, and so I'll do anything within my reach to help ease the ride. Hopefully I can also show how much fun recovery can be. I hope to welcome you soon at Serenity, and get you on your way to a new life.

Panjama Praimanee (Mint) - Operations Director

Panjama Praimanee (Mint)

Operations Director

Panjama, or Mint for short has worked in the operations end of addiction treatment centres for most of the past 8 years. Mint graduated with a degree in Business / English and then started her career in Bangkok. Having also studied and worked in Australia and Canada for more than 7 years, she understands the needs of foreigners and an international treatment setting like Serenity.

At Serenity, Mint is responsible for making sure the business of the company run smoothly, from legal compliance, visa extensions, recruitment of support staff, contracts with tour and medical providers and fixing all the problems travelers have from lost luggage, adjusted flight itineraries, etc. Mint is always happy to have a chat with you on what your needs are and how she can help.

Panwadee Boonyok - Housekeeping Manager

Panwadee Boonyok (Au)

Housekeeping Manager

Hi, my name is Panwadee, but it is easier to call me by my nickname, Au. I was born and raised in Udon Thani, in Northeast Thailand. I have worked for many years in hospitality and I am responsible for everything that has to do with the hotel part of Serenity Rehab. From healthy food, massage, maintenance and housekeeping, I am here to support you and make your stay at Serenity rehab as comfortable as possible! Food and the Thai smile are an integral part of the Thai culture and I am looking forward to serving and supporting you in any way possible. Warm regards and I hope to see you soon.

Lai Voon Mei (Mei) - Client Support

Lai Voon Mei (Mei)

Client Support

Mei was raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is an also an addict in recovery, as are all clinical staff members. She is grateful for the support she had in the programme that helped her onto the road of recovery, and wants to give back this support to other addicts and alcoholics.

Being in Serenity Rehab myself as a client in the past, and going through the same process as the current clients do, I understand exactly how they feel and what their needs are. I have worked hard on my recovery, and because of that, Serenity offered me a job as a support worker. Serenity helped me to realise how important support and guidance is for an addict to start their recovery process. I will be spending weekends doing Art Therapy and interactive games, along with the Sunday outings. I hope to bring out the inner child in us that we have lost for a very long time, and bring back the smiles, that for many we have long forgotten. Hope to see you soon in our beautiful setting in Chiang Rai, Thailand!

Somratchanat Luecha (Ying) Accounting Manager

Somratchanat Luecha (Ying)

Accounting Manager

Ying graduated from Burapha University with her PhD in Accounting. Ying takes care of all the important back office administration issues that need to be addressed such as taxes, company compliance, etc.

As well as managing the accounting at Serenity, Ying is an adjunct professor at Burapha University.

Rattana (Toi) - Chef

Rattana (Toi)

Chef

Toi has a bachelor's degree from the local university in business but learned early in her career that she loved being in the kitchen preparing tasty and healthy food rather then behind a desk. Prior to coming to Serenity she worked with several top restaurants as well as running her own catering business.

Woottirat (Op) - Chef

Woottirat (Op)

Chef

Op has worked with Serenity since the facility opened in Chiang Rai. Originally from the local area and having spent years traveling around Thailand working at some of the premier resorts in the country he was happy to come back home to work with Serenity.

Yin and Yang - Therapy Canine Companions

Yin and Yang

Therapy Canine Companions

Yin and Yang, two adorable pups have been re-homed to Serenity to be therapy dogs in training. They look forward to welcoming you to the centre with a wet nose and a cuddle.

Lucky - Therapy Canine Companion - Emeritus

Lucky

Therapy Canine Companion - Emeritus

Lucky has gone on to greener pastures. He was the first therapy canine companion. He worked at Serenity from day one and was himself an example of rehabilitation. Found on the side of the road, he was taken home and given a second chance.

Covered in mange and never having had a bath, his future didn't look good. After being taken care of and brought back to health, he considered it his mission to help the new clients feel at ease as well helping the night security guard do his job. He was a good listener and would never tell secrets to anyone else, providing you gave him a bit of a belly rub.