Meet the Team

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Patrick Shaw – General Manager

Patrick arrived in Spain in 1997. He worked as a Manager for one of the largest UK Tour Operators, gaining a high level of Customer Service experience.  His years in the Tourism industry enabled him to acquire knowledge in the Private Healthcare sector in Spain.

Following several years working as a Key Account Manager in a Private Hospital he spent over two years as General Manager of a UK Cosmetic Surgery Group based in Marbella.

As General Manager of Cortijo Care he is both proud and honored to be involved in such a worthwhile facility.


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Head of Psychiatry/Medical Director – Dr Jaime L. Galan

Jaime carried out his psychiatric training at University Hospital of Cadiz and Bellevue, New York University Hospital.

Jaime has worked as CNS Medical Manager at AstraZeneca.  He has worked in the Private Mental Health Sector in Spain for the last 9 years and is experienced in General Psychiatry, Addictions and Psychosomatic disorders.

Jaime is author of 17 publications in psychiatric international journals.


AlvaroConsultant Psychiatrist – Álvaro Doña

Alvaro finished his studies in Medicine and Surgery at the Malaga University in 2001. He carried out his training as Psychiatrist at the Hospital Clínico Universitario de Málaga, with a formative stay at the Hospital Ramón y Cajal of Madrid in Addictions and Liason Psychiatry.

Nowadays he works at de Chilhood and Adolescence Unit at Hospital Marítimo of Torremolinos. He also collaborates as Honorary Professor in the subject “Addictions” taught at the Medicine University of Malaga.

Alvaro also cooperates with several NGOs in Mental Health, like Doctors of the World Spain, taking part in international missions.



Alexandra Madureira – Psychologist MBPsS

Alexandra is a qualified psychologist who deeply values the importance of the humanistic approach focussing fully on accepting, understanding and valuing individual human beings for who they are before facilitating them to become all that they intrinsically can be.

Alexandra has experience in a variety of different perspectives and has created a powerful and effective combination that she tailors to meet each individual and situation. She weaves together different and complementary approaches, most notably humanistic, neurobiological, DBT (dialectical behaviour therapy) and developmental to benefit the client.

Alexandra has pioneered bringing neurofeedback technology and expertise to Europe, mainly Portugal and England where she has worked as a lead psychologist for the last 10 years successfully setting up and running programmes and centres in both London and Portugal.

Alexandra has significant experience and success working with clients that have suffered trauma, working deeply with people suffering from addiction.  Alexandra’s biggest strengths are her charisma, passion, commitment, creativity and vision. Her exquisite empathy, broad knowledge of human mind, and experience in dealing with people facilitates a great deal the therapy work.



Sandra Fernandes – Clinic Coordinator

Sandra is a qualified psychologist with a degree from Ismai University. She was a practising psychologist at one of the biggest treatment centres in Europe, Promis Clinics after which she helped several international projects open that included new clinics in Madrid, Marbella and Portugal. She also was a Manager for 3 years at a clinic that combines leading edge neuroscience with high quality psychotherapy.

Sandra is now a dedicated member of our administration team and brings a wealth of experience to the team.



HannahHannah Rushforth – Key Worker

Hannah has worked in the mental health & addiction sector for the past 12 years.

Hannah worked in an acute NHS mental health unit, moving into a support worker role within various community drug & alcohol teams. Progression led to being a key worker, working within the prison service & helping addicts in Essex.

Hannah moved to Spain in 2008 for a “better quality of life” and she has worked in Rehab Centers covering all addictions & mental health issues.


alicia (Small)Alicia Torres Aguilera – Head Nurse

Alicia is a Registered General Nurse who completed her nursing degree in Ronda in the summer of 2013. To highlight her outstanding academic record and her continued training, she is a trained Expert of Nurses Data Protection, she has also passed almost twenty postgraduate courses and she is currently working on a master’s degree in Mental Health, including Patients with Psychiatric and Neurological Diseases and also Nurse Prescribing and Pharmacotherapy.

Meeting the emotional, psychological and physical needs of the patient is her daily goal.


IMG_6990 (Small)Raquel Nicolls – RMN Psychiatric Nurse

Raquel has worked as a Psychiatric Nurse for the past 25 years.  She has worked mainly in the acute ward setting, Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit, Community Drug and Alcohol Services in the UK and also with the Gibraltar Health Authority in Gibraltar for 4 years and living in Spain for the past 5 years.  Raquel brings an wide-range of experience to Cortijo Care.




cristina 1 (Small)Cristina Sanchez Jimenez – RGN Nurse

Cristina is a Registered General Nurse and completed her nursing degree in Madrid in 2009.  She has worked in Accident and Emergency Units and in Intensive Care.  She has two masters’ degrees in Intervention and Counselling in Urgency, Emergency and Catastrophe and also in International Health.  Cristina has written three books relating to nursing assistant training and is currently writing another.  Christina also has two expert and specialist college degrees in “Nutrition and Dietetics in Cardiovascular Disease” and “Nutrition, Dietetics, Homeopathy and Herbal Medicine in Cardiovascular Disease”.

To Cristina nursing is providing quality care to the patient to achieve the highest possible physical and mental welfare.


IMG_1723María Ruiz – RGN Nurse

María completed her nursing degree at the University of Murcia in 2011. She obtained her qualification as a Mental Nurse after completing the training period between 2012-2014.

She has received training in several psycho therapeutic models, especially in Systemic Family Therapy and she is currently training in Integrative Cognitive-Analytic Psychotherapy. Maria has a degree in Psychosocial Intervention in Disasters and Sociopolitical violence from the Complutense University of Madrid.

She is also author of several communications to Mental Health Congress and articles published in specialized journals.


Cristina 3 (Small)Cristina Almenta Márquez - RGN Nurse

Cristina is a general registered nurse who studied at the University of Granada from 2007-2010. For her excellent academic record she earned a scholarship and practical education at the University General Hospital “Camilo Cienfuegos” in Cuba.  She has extensive academic training emphasizing by university experts in Mental Health, Nutritional Disorders in the 21st Century as well as Legal and Forensic.

Cristina’s work experience includes: medical centers and hospitals, cosmetic surgery, geriatrics and mental health. The physical and mental wellness of the patient as well as direct contact with her patients is her goal in the daily work at the clinic.


PatriciaPatricia Ruiz Gallardo – RGN Nurse

Patricia completed her nursing studies in 2006 in Malaga. Since then she has developed her career in the hospital field within the province, with both paediatrics and adults.  Patricia completed multiple graduate courses and three related to cancer research, community health and nursing management. She has experience in both the public and private health system and has worked in psychiatric nursing centres in Malaga.

Patricia is currently training to improve in the field of nursing and her vocation and commitment to her patients are her top priority.



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Maria Ines Postigo – RGN Nurse

Maria Ines is a registered general nurse who studied at the University of Malaga between 2007-2010. Ines has three university expertise’s: in legal and forensic nursing, in obesity (diagnosis, monitoring and treatment) and in nutrition and dietetics (cardiovascular risk factors). Ines emphasizes her experience in health and psycho-geriatric centres, in addition to general hospitals.

Her goal is to cover patient holistically  care in order to address the impact on human responses and measure and promote their individual, family and community well-being.




Fernando Ruiz Garcia – RGN Nurse

Fernando completed his studies in nursing in 2010 from the University of Malaga. He qualified as specialist in mental health, having passed a period as internal resident nurse between 2012 and 2014.

He has 3 titles of expert: Diploma in Nutritional Pathology, University Expert in Cancer and Cell Growth, and Diploma in Mental Health. He is the author of several oral presentations and scientific posters presented at national conferences of Mental Health. His work experience includes: Medical Centers, National Health System, Geriatrics (UK and Spain), psychiatric clinics and rehabs.




Sara Devesa – RGN Nurse

Diploma in Nursing by the University of Malaga in t 2007-2010. I got the title of Mental Health Nurse Specialist, after a two year period as Internal Resident Nurse between the years 2012-2014 in the Hospital Universitario Virgen del Rocío (Sevilla).

I have completed two university experts: Expert in Mental Health and Advanced Diploma in Applied Nursing Care. Currently I am doing a third Diploma in Geriatric Nursing.

My previous work experience includes mental health primary care and outside emergencies in the province of Malaga, in addition to hospital care in the trauma unit in Ciudad Real.


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Antonia Gomez Lebron  -Auxiliary Nurse/Recepcionist

Antonia is trained as an Auxiliary Nurse. She has worked primarily in schools and the health and social services, specializing in the behavioural disorders unit, providing comprehensive care for people with psychiatric disorders, dementia and associated dependency.

Antonia has performed other duties such as comprehensive care for a high-dependency unit and continues to develop her knowledge by attending training courses related to psychiatry.



IMG_6982 (Small)Antonio Verdugo Guillen – Head of Gardening and Maintenance

Antonio is the very proud gardener of Cortijo Care; having cared for the gardens for the past 14 years, following in the footsteps of his father who worked here, caring for the extensive gardens for 10 years before that.

Antonio has resided in the San Pedro area for the last 49 years and is very proud of his work and cares for the gardens and grounds with extreme devotion to ensure that it looks its best at all times.



IMG_3100Maria Mallamas – Housekeeping

Maria has been in the hygiene business for several years.

She makes sure all the areas of the clinic are always ready to receive our clients and she contributes immensely to their comfort during their stay.




A residential facility for your emotional, physical and psychological wellbeing.

Whether in the height of a crisis or if the treatment is planned we will welcome, listen and care for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Cortijo Care is a fully licensed and accredited treatment centre which is subject to in-depth and regular inspections by the relevant local authorities. We not only exceed the strict criteria set by the local authorities but comply and exceed the standards set in Europe.