Meet
Dr Vernon

Dr Vernon is passionate about supporting children, young people and their families through their journey with health and wellness. He also occasionally sees adults, especially if they used to be children and have a sense of humor.

 

He has a broad background of education and life experience including such things as working as a ski bum, kayak guide, hospital doctor and some stressful times as a GP/family doctor who ran constantly over time because he found people so interesting and enjoyable. In 1999 he stumbled into his first job in Child and Youth Mental Health and began his career in psychiatry. He initially completed training as a specialist General Psychiatrist and then as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist.

 

He has worked in all sorts of teams, settings, countries and has an ability to relate to and connect with a diverse range of people. He is reliable and competent with a fun loving, easy-going attitude, all mixed together with a curious and creative nature. He appreciates a good laugh and tries to make his work environment as enjoyable as possible for patients, families and colleagues.

Our Approach

We enjoy working in a creative range of community settings to promote further engagement and recovery.

 

This has included cafes, parks, walking and biking trails, beaches and we are hoping to try a luxury yacht (please approach us if you have one we can use).

 

We also offer a Telehealth option for those who are not fortunate enough to live near paradise in Northland or who struggle to get out of bed.

Dr Vernon and Chuckle Factory believe that it is essential to offer time and energy to build healthy relationships. We work hard to model this approach to families as we establish relationships and grow trust, confidence and continuity.

 

We feel privileged to be given the opportunity to connect with you and your family and hope that you find the experience valuable and memorable. We are continuing to learn, grow and change as each experience offers these opportunities.

Growth

Over the last year, Chuckle Factory has grown into an energetic and slightly demanding toddler that is curious, hungry for attention, and requires constant supervision.

 

Thankfully our team has grown to include a full-time supervisor, organiser and business nanny, Michelle Butler.

 

Michelle is relishing the challenge and provides a caring and stabilising presence that has supported this early growth and development. She is already planning around Chuckle Factory’s next steps as it learns to walk, run and jump for JOY!

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A little bit
about us.

Chuckle Factory was conceived by Dr Vernon Reynolds during long sleep deprived nights on call within a straining public health system. His vision of providing quality health care experiences to young people and families was nurtured and developed over years of working within traditional health programs and influenced by frequent reminders of what was and wasn’t working, along with ideas about how this could be improved.

Growth

Over the last year, Chuckle Factory has grown into an energetic and slightly demanding toddler that is curious, hungry for attention, and requires constant supervision.

 

Thankfully our team has grown to include a full-time supervisor, organiser and business nanny, Michelle Butler.

 

Michelle is relishing the challenge and provides a caring and stabilising presence that has supported this early growth and development. She is already planning around Chuckle Factory’s next steps as it learns to walk, run and jump for JOY!