Staff

Frank Ragonese


Health Fund Claimable Therapist

I have been working as a Remedial Therapist for 25 years.

Part of my early training was working with Robyn Morro for two and a half years. Later on I moved to Mt Isa where I ran a very successful massage practice.

I have also lived overseas and started teaching massage and yoga in Osaka Japan.

I blend in a mix of styles that i have studied along the way which include Bowen Technique, Reflexology, Sports Massage, Aromatherapy, Hands on Somatics Acupressure, Trigger Point Therapy and occasionally when required do energetic work such as Reiki and Craniosacral.

I am a qualified Level 1 Hatha Yoga Teacher and have completed a two module training in Somatic Yoga. I have been teaching Somatic Yoga in Townsville for two years. Twice a week. Recently I have just come back from Japan where I have started to study Japanese Bone Stretching. The training has taught me that we all need some re-education on how we move through our daily life.

Sitting standing and general movement should be done with more ease, presence, and awareness, and believe that most of our pain in our bodies are from things we do on a unconscious level. I have currently re-qualified my qualifications through The Australian Collage of Massage, and I am claimable with most health funds.

My hobbies include going camping,playing music {I play the drum kit} and I still enjoy watching Sesame Street,and my biggest hero's are Bert and Ernie.




Ross Dadds


Ross Dadds has been trained in remedial therapies from both a Western and Eastern perspective.

With ample experience in treating sports injuries and musculo-skeletal disfunction, Ross also provides Reiki, Reflexology, Shiatsu and Acupressure modalities. Ross places a strong emphasis on listening fully to a client’s needs and maximises the treatment outcome.

Health Fund Accredited.

 




Carolyn Sleader


Hi, my name is Carolyn & I've been with the First Things First team since 2009. I take pride in my professionalism & will endeavor to deliver a quality treatment whether it be Remedial Massage, Sports, aromatherapy, relaxation, cupping, ear candling, rock taping (strapping) & pregnancy massage.

Health Fund Claimable




Wendy Pilley


Health Fund Claimable

Qualifications: Diploma of Remedial Massage

Modalities include:
• Remedial / Deep Tissue Massage
• Sports Massage
• Relaxation Massage
• Pregnancy Massage
• Hot Stone Massage
• Trigger Point Release
• Myofascial Cupping

Whether you need to have a moment of relaxation and pampering, or need relief from muscle tension and pain ... come and see me for a therapeutic massage to enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical well being.




Maria Kakoufas


Please note: Not claimable with Medibank, BUPA, HCF or NIB

Qualifications:

Remedial Massage Therapist
Hot Stone Massage
Relaxation
Deep Tissue
Sports Massage

More About Maria;

My passion is to provide you with an intuitive caring and healing massage.

You will feel rejuvenated from my massage as I work to relieve tension within your muscles, reduces stress, enhance metabolism and improve performance.




Evie Elizalde


 

Please note: Not claimable with Medibank Private or HCF

 




Linda Coyle


Please note not claimable with Medibank Private, BUPA, HCF, or NIB.

Modalities include:

  • Remedial/deep tissue massage
  • Relaxation massage - (for self care, stress relief and mental illness conditions such as anxiety and depression.
  • Sports massage.

Massage therapy to me is not just a career but a passion, I love seeing the physical, mental and emotional benefits of regular massage treatments and how it can provide balance and stability to the body and mind.

A massage treatment with me is about working with a variety of techniques and formulating a treatment plan specific to your needs. I endeavour to reduce stress, relieve tension and enhance performance during my session with you.

Being able to help give my clients relief from stress, tension and pain after a treatment with me is extremely rewarding.

I look forward to seeing you soon!

Linda Coyle




Wendy Carter


 

Wendy Carter, Master of Chinese Medicine, has been in private practice for 26 years as an Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist.

Her specialties are women & children’s health. Focus of treatment is fertility (male and Female), IVF support, pregnancy, preparation for birth, baby in breech or posterior position, induction of labour, postpartum, lactation, gynaecological disorders and menopause.

Wendy holds additional qualifications in paediatrics and has always treated children in her practice.

General health problems commonly treated; migraine, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, sinus, stress, chronic fatigue, sports injuries, back pain, neck pain, tennis elbow, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other muscular skeletal problems.

Qualifications:

Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner with AHPRA
Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine
DipAppScience Acupuncture
Post Graduate Certificates in Chinese Herbs
Registered Nurse and Midwife
International Post Graduate Paediatrics Nurse Certificate

Health Fund Rebates Apply




Emma Tommasini


Please note: Not Claimable with HCF or Drs Health.

Naturopath/ Remedial Massage Therapist/ Ultra Lite Consultant/ Endermologie Therapist Accredited Health Fund Claimable Practitioner

Welcome. My journey in the natural health industry began with completing a Bachelor of Health Science in Naturopathy. Here I learnt the principles of Nutrition, Herbal Medicine and Massage to support the body in it’s healing process.

I now bring to First Things First over 15 years experience in the profession offering the following services;

Health Assessment- Using bio-impedance technology find out the amount and distribution of your muscle, body fat, water and bone. Take home personalised lifestyle advice and a printed report including your metabolic age.

Remedial Massage- Experience a penetrating and relieving massage that is not painful. I listen to your needs and individualise the treatment to achieve the best results.

Ultra Lite Consultation- I will teach you the fastest, easiest and most health promoting way to eat real foods, lose fat and gain overall health. I will be there to support you every step of the way.

Endermolgie Treatment- Using mechanical cell stimulation, I can assist you to tone cellulite, shape the body and give the face & complexion a lift. Every week I see the great results endermologie achieves in the treatment of fluid retention, injury, enhanced sports performance and post surgery recovery.

I enjoy getting to know my clients or just letting you relax during a treatment after a busy day.




Maureen O’Connor


Health Fund Rebate Available

Qualifications

  • Remedial
  • Deep Tissue
  • Sports
  • Trigger Point Release
  • Relaxation
  • Pregnancy

I use a combination of deep tissue massage, trigger point, myofascial release and stretches to achieve the best result for my clients condition. - Maureen




Mark Thurlow


Please note: Not claimable with Medibank or HCF

Hi my name is Mark,

I am a Remedial Massage Therapist specialising in sports deep tissue Swedish, trigger point and relaxation massage.

Since my first course in 1995 in Swedish massage I have had a desire to help improve people’s quality of life by relieving and assisting in the maintenance of pain and discomfort. My yearn for learning and dedicating myself to this profession has been my driving force.

I have achieved self-worth and confidence knowing that with the services offered by First Things First help complement my remedial massage I have helped my clients improve their health and wellbeing.

Call to book with myself for a fantastic massage you will love.




Katrina Lanigan


Qualifications:

  • Remedial Massage
  • Deep Tissue
  • Sports Massage
  • Swedish/Relaxation Massage
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Trigger Point Therapy



Leanne Govett


Health Fund Claimable

Qualifications: Diploma of Remedial Massage

Modalities include:

Remedial/deep tissue massage
Relaxation massage - (for self care, stress relief and mental illness conditions such as anxiety and depression.
Sports massage.
I love massage and know how beneficial it is when included as part of a regular self care maintenance program. I have a passion for assisting people to reduce stress and fatigue and help create balance in the body.

I have worked with people of all ages ranging from school age children stressed by exams, to people with mental illness, office workers with shoulder and neck problems, athletes, and the elderly. I use a variety of techniques during my treatments depending on the type of massage required.

It's an amazing feeling to be able to help people who are in pain to experience pain relief after a massage treatment with me.

The relief and gratitude clients expresses is very satisfying for me.

I look forward to helping you to feel better soon.
Leanne Govett

 




Tracy Lane


 

Finding a profession that enables me to give back and improve the health and well being of people is very rewarding.  I get tremendous satisfaction when assisting clients who enjoy a blend of remedial and relaxation to enable them to get the result they are after with a gentle approach. I hold a diploma of remedial massage and specialise in the following modalities: Pregnancy, Sports, Deep tissue, Relaxation.  I consider myself to be a Family Girl who grew up in Townsville and spends my time between massaging clients, enjoying the family time and being a mum.

I look forward to treating you in the clinic soon.




John Thompson


Health Fund Claimable

Sports Therapist

Over 30 Years Experience




Leigh Cole


Leigh Cole is a fully qualified Remedial and Sports massage therapist and has been looking after her clients since 2000. Leigh provides remedial, relaxation and sports massage

Leigh provides treatment for a varied clientele from corporate massage, to athletes, pregnant women, children, the elderly & rehabilitation for pre-and post-surgery patients. She enjoys connecting with patients and other professionals to ensure a well-balanced and positive treatment. Leigh has a continued interest in Myofascial Techniques and is continuing her studies in this field.

Leigh is Health Fund Certified.




Kirrilee Browning


Ultra lite consultant, endermologie therapist

It's a joy to help people become happier and healthier from the inside out. I love seeing the transformations of my clients and hearing how their healthier lifestyle has given them more energy and vitality. - Kirrilee




Sevi Kantros


Hi my name is Sevi,

I am a fully qualified Beauty Therapist specialising in Skin, Make-Up and Eyebrows. My personal approach to beauty is making sure that my client feels immaculate in their own skin at its optimal condition. By customising a skin routine to suit the individual, we achieve the best results possible.  Alongside Healthy skin - a perfectly tailored pair of Eyebrows are compulsory!

I take immense pride in perfecting my clients eyebrows, making sure they are tailored to suit your face and complexion with long lasting results.

Over the past 10 years I have curated and developed a make-up style that combines my personal love for both classic and modern beauty. My approach to makeup is completely unique to each person, tailoring to your complexion perfectly and designing the perfect eye - to me, looking good in person means it will translate 100 times more in photos! I focus on what makes my client comfortable in their own skin, whilst enhancing their features.