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Dr Andris Kalnins

Dr Kalnins is a Consultant Psychiatrist with almost 40 years experience in General Adult, Forensic and Medico-Legal Psychiatry and Pain Management. He has run his own practice, directed a Pain Clinic and undertaken extensive Forensic and Medico-legal consulting in all States and Territories of Australia. His Specialty areas include; Forensic Psychiatry and the Psychological management of patients suffering Traumatic Stress, Chronic Pain and Alcohol Dependence.

He has extensive experience in managing a wide variety of conditions including: Post-Traumatic Stress, psychoses, anxiety disorders, mood disorders (including Major Depression and Bi-Polar Disorders) and psychological issues in chronic pain.
Dr Kalnins’ has a special interest in using the techniques of stillness meditation, mindfulness and self hypnosis.

He is actively involved in Remote and Rural Psychiatry, having consulted over the years in areas as diverse as Coober Pedy, Broome, Kununurra, far North Queensland and Tasmania.

On a personal level, he has an interest in gemstones, particularly in the carving and sculpture of Australian gems. He is a Qualified Gemmologist, Diamond Technologist and Diamond Grader.  This is vastly different to his “real job” as a Psychiatrist. Some of his creative work may be seen on our sister site: www.fireinice.com.au


When not busy with work he looks after his Adelaide Hills farm or spends time walking, canoeing or fishing at the beach.
Mary McHugh

Mary may be the first person you deal with when contacting us. As well as being our Practice Manager she is a wonderful Relaxation Therapist and teacher of mindfulness techniques. Many of our patients have commented on her soothing voice. You can obtain her Progressive Relaxation Download for a small fee by contacting us. Patients referred to us will obtain this as part of their treatment.



Mary worked for many years as a teacher of Drama to Secondary School students. She has a charming and effective way of making the most irritable adolescent become mindful and engage in Meditative practice.

As well as her skills with our patients, Mary volunteers with Vision Australia, reading the newspaper on radio to the Print Handicapped. She is also a Qualified Gemmologist and creative jewellery designer.
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