Staff

Frank Ragonese

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


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.

 




Tracy Lane

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.




Wendy Pilley

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.




John Thompson

John Thompson


Health Fund Claimable

Sports Therapist

Over 30 Years Experience




Mark Thurlow

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.




Emma Tommasini

Emma Tommasini


Please note: Not Claimable with HCF or Drs Health or QCH for Massage

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.




Linda Coyle

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




Debbie Lewis

Debbie Lewis


 

My name is Debbie

I have been massaging for several years and recently have obtained the upgraded Diploma of Remedial Massage.

I deliver treatments for Relaxation, Remedial, Deep Tissue, Pregnancy and Sports Massage. 

I am Health fund registered and a member of the Association of Massage Therapists (AMT).  I am also a certified rocktaping Therapist.

I believe massage is beneficial for people of all ages. A Remedial Therapist can use specific techniques to address an individual’s injury, postural or joint issues, as well as improving circulation, reducing pain and bringing a sense of general well-being.




Wendy Carter

Wendy Carter


 

Wendy Carter, Master of Chinese Medicine, has been in private practice for 28 years as an Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist.

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Her specialities are  IVF support, pregnancy, preparation for birth, baby in breech or posterior position, induction of labour, postpartum, lactation, gynaecological disorders and menopause.  Wendy also has a strong nursing and midwifery background. She has a passion for helping people get better and keeping them well.

Wendy treats a wide variety of conditions and has a particular interest in women and children's health.

Musculoskeletal Pain

Acupoints are chosen to trigger a nerve response along the meridian pathways. This will allow the energy, nerve impulses and blood circulation to flow freely through the affected area, bringing about a healing response. Muscles tendons and ligaments will be nourished and relaxed.

 

Facial Rejuvination Acupuncture (Cosmetic).

Acupoints on the face are stimulated as well as motor points of the facial muscles. The procedure is relatively pain free with only minimal discomfort. Deep wrinkles will relax and smooth out. Areas of sagging will be toned.  The face will take on a healthy glow, wrinkles will fade and the skin tone will even out. The skin will have a plumper look as the elastin and collagen growth is stimulated. The amount of treatments required will depend on your age and general health.

 

Acne flare ups and Acne Scaring

Acupuncture is used on the face and the body to stimulate a healing response. Acne pitting and scarring can also be treated. 

Chinese herbs are often prescribed.

 

Children

Sho Ni Shin is suitable for a baby or child under 8 years old. It may be used up to 12 years of age. The treatment takes no more that 10 to 20 minutes depending on the age of the child. It involves lightly stimulating acupuncture points and meridians with little blunt tappers to bring the qi up to the surface and then spreading the qi along the meridian with little flat scrapers. it is all done on the surface of the skin and does not penetrate the skin. It is an enjoyable treatment for the child. Acupuncture can be used however the needles are inserted quickly and removed before the child realizes what has happened. The needles are not left in for any period of time as they are for an adult.

 

Qualifications:

Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner with AHPRA
Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine
DipAppScience Acupuncture
Post Graduate Certificates in Chinese Herbs
Registered Nurse 

Health Fund Rebates Apply

Call Wendy to discuss your Health issues today on 47287165




Leanne Govett

Leanne Govett


Health Fund Accredited

Qualifications include:

Endermologie 

Oncology Massage (OM2)

Diploma Remedial Massage

  • Deep tissue 
  • Trigger point 
  • Relaxation (for stress, physical and mental health condition

 

What is Oncology Massage?

Oncology Massage Therapy is a complementary treatment for oncological disease. It is a gentle, safe, effective and therapeutic massage technique that is comforting and nurturing for anyone with cancer, a history of cancer, degenerative illnesses, people in a fragile state of health or for anyone in need of deep relaxation. 

Oncology massage therapy can make the cancer journey a little bit easier by easing the side-effects from cancer treatment in a pain free and peaceful environment. Every massage treatment is tailored to each individual client and their needs.

Some key benefits of Oncology massage include:

  • a reduction in discomfort, nausea, fatigue, stress, anxiety and depression
  • helps to ease pain, sore or tight muscles, improve circulation and enhance cancer patient’s quality of life

 

A doctor’s clearance must be obtained before commencing Oncology massage treatment.

 I place a high emphasis on self care and believe it is a priority and a necessity for good health. Regular massages are not a luxury, they are a life long investment that requires little effort and have awesome health benefits.  Massage and the power of touch constantly amaze me and I feel privileged to be a part of this industry. 

 

Yours in Good Health 


Leanne Govett




Katrina Lanigan

Katrina Lanigan


 

 

Katrina is a strong sports remedial massage therapist.

You are not able to claim with Katrina at this stage, she is working on her health fund numbers.

 

Qualifications:

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



Moana Burgess

Moana Burgess


Moana is a Remedial Massage Therapist with 5 years experience. She is a strong therapist who knows exactly where your sore spots are and how to fix them. She is highly respected and regarded by her clients and peers.

Her experience includes working with National Sporting Teams. Her other Modalities are:

  • Pregnancy
  • Cupping
  • Myofascial Release
  • Sports Remedial / Deep Tissue
  • Trigger Point
  • Relaxation

Moana has her Health Funds and is claimable via hicaps on the machine at the clinic.

 

 




Evie Elizalde

Evie Elizalde


 

Please note: Not claimable with Medibank Private or HCF

 




Tanja Gourley

Tanja Gourley


Tanja has always been passionate about helping people overcome a range of physical issues through the use of Massage, communication, and listening.

In 2013 her journey into the world of Massage began, after a year of studying she then went on to complete her Diploma of Sports Development which then lead on to working with Professional Athletes. To start, three seasons with the Townsville Crocodiles NBL team.

From Basketball, NRL & AFL Football, Moscow Circus, Soccer, V8 Supercar drivers, Australian and England Cricket teams, the Australian Open,and at the NRL Grand final this year, to children, teenagers and the general public, Tanja is able to treat and help clients of any age and fitness level.

The 'participating in sports improves your health' is something she strongly believes in. To be a good athlete you must take care of yourself. This then gets you thinking about what to eat and how to treat your body to achieve peak performance levels.

After completing the Diploma of Remedial Massage, she then went on to complete her upgrade Diploma making her eligible and covered for all Health Funds.

Whether your need is to have a moment of relaxation, reduce muscle tension or attain relief from chronic pain, Tanja will be able to help you enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical well being.




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Sevi Kantros

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.




Megan Colwell

Megan Colwell


Owner/Director.

Megan joined First Things First in 2007 and has been owner/director since 2010

Megan comes from a sales and marketing background and has a true passion for helping people and seeing people reach their full potential.