About us

Our Clinic

The name Clinic for Health and Medical Care – CHMC – reflects our mission to cure and prevent mental health and physical disorders.  We are a conveniently located outpatient clinic in Dubai offering psychiatric, counselling and family medicine treatments.  Our psychiatrist and counsellor base their treatment approaches on state-of-the-art diagnostics and carefully thought through treatment goals and plans.  Our patients partake in the treatment process and will have the continuity of being seen by the same psychiatrist and counselor on every visit.  Our location in the heart of Dubai Healthcare City gives easy access to our cooperating partners should any accessory medical tests become necessary.



Dr. Gregor Kowal

Dr. Kowal studied human medicine at the medical school of the Ruprechts – Karl – University in Heidelberg (Germany), which is the oldest, and currently the best ranked, university in Germany (QS World University Ranking). During his studies, he participated in internships at the University of Perugia (Italy), University of Bologna (Italy), University of Warwick (England) and Cambridge (England).  After his graduation from the University of Heidelberg, he completed his dissertation at the same university acquiring his doctoral degree. In the following years, he participated in postgraduate training in Psychiatry, Neurology and Internal Medicine, which he finished with the specialty exams in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Medical Chamber Koblenz and in Family Medicine at the Medical Chamber of Hanover. In 2004 Dr. Kowal took up a post as Senior Consultant and Head of Department at the Hochtaunus Hospital for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy near Frankfurt (Germany), followed by a position as Medical Director of Ederbergland Hospital for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy near Marburg (Germany). In the above named functions, he was not only responsible for the treatment of his patients, but also for the education of the assistant doctors and psychologists entrusted to his care. His specialist education includes a profound expertise in biological psychiatry, psychodynamic based psychotherapy, as well as family medicine.  Concerning his psychotherapeutic approach, he feels strongly related to the pioneers of depth-psychology such as Sigmund Freud, Carl Gustav Jung, Melanie Klein and their successors. Over the past years, Dr. Kowal has been directing the Clinic for Health and Medical Care (CHMC), a Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy located in Dubai Health Care City (DHCC).  DHCC is the largest and the most advanced medical hub in the Middle East. Over the years, CHMC has become the state-of-the-art center for psychiatric and psychotherapeutic expertise in Dubai providing medical services for the U.A.E. and the neighboring countries. Dr. Kowal is a Member of the American Psychiatric Association and for several years has been serving as the Community Psychiatrist at the American Hospital of Dubai.

Areas of expertise:

Treatment of the entire spectrum of psychiatric disorders, such as mood disorders (depression, bipolar disorder), anxiety disorders (panic attacks, generalized anxiety disorders, phobias), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), psychosis (schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders), personality disorders, dementias and family medicine disorders. 

Dr. Annette Schonder

Dr. Annette Schonder

Dr. Annette Schonder was born and grew up in Augsburg, Germany. Upon completion of her high school education, she moved to the USA where she studied Psychology and Sociology at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA, finishing her studies with High Distinction. She continued her scientific studies at Breining Institute, Orangevale, California, (USA), earning a Doctorate in Psychology. She partook in the rigors of additional education and over 2000 hours of supervised clinical work which preceded her independent work as a Certified Clinical Counselor. Later she was theoretically educated and practically trained in hypnotherapy and became a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and member of the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH), USA.
Dr. Schonder has 15 years of experience working in mental and behavioral health in public institutions, private clinics, and private practice.
Parallel to her psychotherapeutic work Dr. Schonder lectured for a total of 15 years at Frederick Community College, Chapman University, Mission College and Orange Coast College, USA.
Dr. Schonder is trained in evidence based treatment methods, such as Person Centered Therapy (PCT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), The Gottman Method, Family of Origin Dysfunction, Trauma, Grief Work, and Ericksonian Hypnotherapy.
Dr. Schonder has over two decades of experience in counseling and educating clients. She provides client centered one on one psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, couples counseling, and hypnotherapy. She works with clients who wish to improve their quality of life by getting relief from emotional distress, and managing problems that are hindering their personal fulfillment and happiness. Through her humanistic, client centered approach underlying issues are examined to effect positive mental and behavioral changes. The overarching goal of treatment is to facilitate well-being through stability, personal growth and happiness. Clients` needs are varied and through a careful and thorough assessment process their unique and specific areas of concern are highlighted and addressed with on target treatment goals.
Dr. Schonder is a native speaker of English and German.

Areas of expertise:

Treatment of mood disorders (depression, bipolar disorder), anxiety disorders (panic attacks, generalized anxiety, phobias),personality disorders, psychosis, addictions, compulsions and dementias.


Dr. Kowal is accredited as Consultant Community Psychiatrist in The American Hospital. 

The American Hospital Dubai: www.ahdubai.com

The American Hospital Dubai is an acute care, general medical/surgical hospital whose mission is to provide high quality American standard healthcare that meets the needs and exceed the expectations of the people of Dubai, the UAE and the surrounding Gulf States. All of the physicians who are credentialed at the hospital are North American Board Certified or of equivalent Western training programs. The hospital was the first in the Middle East to be accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) which ensures a continued commitment to the highest quality. The hospital continues to expand its services in primary and secondary care, plus selective tertiary services, to include a range of specialist centers covering Total Joint Replacement, Neuroscience Center, Cancer Care Center, Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Cochlear Implant, The Heart Center, Breast Care Clinic,Kidney Dialysis, Diabetes, and Sleep Lab.