Therapists at First Things First Wellness Centre

Sheridan Duff

Sheridan Duff

Sheridan is an experienced Endermologist with a keen interest in relieving fascia and muscle related injuries as well as lymphatic drains.

Having a background in Health Science and Functional Nutrition, she is passionate about her clients health and well-being in a holistic sense and loves to make everyone feel at ease and well cared for during their visit.

Her clients often boast about the results that the Endermologie treatment brings - from improving the appearance of their skin to eliminating excruciating sciatica.

Alex Vaughan

Alex Vaughan

Health Fund Claimable Therapist {Excluding HCF}

Alex has 10 years experience working as a qualified remedial massage therapist. She knows that a well executed massage can do wonders for every aspect of your being. Alex's aim is to tailor your massage to suit your needs. She use a combination of techniques which include myofascial release, deep tissue and trigger point therapy. These techniques calm the nervous system, loosen muscles and tendons and improve circulation to help you with your aches and pains so that you can get back to doing what you love as quickly as possible. 

Alex enjoy the outdoors, spending time with her family, camping and doing her best to live a healthy lifestyle.

Rita White

Rita White

Health Fund Claimable Therapist
Rita is a Massage Therapist, and Reiki Master who has been practising for over twenty years all around the world. Rita worked in Russia, studied more in Australia and has continuing her education annually, learning more about human nature, different ways to help her clients and some ways her clients can help themselves.
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 Wendy for a therapeutic massage to enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical well being.

Tracy Lane

Tracy Lane

Private Health Fund Claimable  

Finding a profession that enables Tracy to give back and improve the health and well being of people is very rewarding for her.  She gets tremendous satisfaction when assisting clients who enjoy a blend of remedial and relaxation to enable them to get the result they are after with an approach that suits them. Tracy holds a diploma of remedial massage and specialise in the following modalities:

-Pregnancy

-Sports

-Deep tissue

-Remedial

-Relaxation.

Tracey considers herself to be a Family Girl who grew up in Townsville and spends her time between massaging clients and enjoying being a mum.

She looks forward to treating you in the clinic soon.

Moana Burgess

Moana Burgess

Health Fund Claimable Therapist

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

 

 

 

Sarah Lewis

Sarah Lewis

Health Fund Claimable 

Sarah is a Diploma qualified Remedial Massage Therapist and Endermologie Therapist who believes that a healthy mind and body are paramount to living a happy and healthy life.

 Sarah creates a unique massage experience specific to  each clients individual needs, adjusting pressures and using a variety of techniques to achieve the best possible result.  Sarah uses a combination of remedial techniques with a soothing, relaxing flow to create a calmness in the muscle fibres so that they relax and willingly release tension resulting in minimal pain and downtime.  Quite often Sarah's clients sleep through their treatments.

Sarah has successfully completed numerous additional massage courses including:

  • Whiplash
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Headache types and their causes
  • Patello-Femoral Pain
  • Shoulder Physiology and Anatomy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)
  • ThoracoLumbar-Sacral with Lorin Nicholson.

 

Sarah has previously worked for and alongside Chiropractors giving her a more informed understanding of the bodies' dynamics and the importance of maintaining a healthy back for better body function and mobility.  Both the skeletal and muscular systems work in unison and where there is pain, there is dysfunction.

Sarah's Massage Motto is “Listen to your body when it whispers, so that you don't have to hear it scream”.

Tanja Gourley

Tanja Gourley

Health Fund Claimable 

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.

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

Davalee Jaswinsky

Davalee Jaswinsky

Health Fund Claimable

Davalee has over 12 years experience working as a Remedial Massage therapist. She has worked with the NQ Cowboys and opposing teams conducting Remedial and Sports massage. Davalee has also worked with the NQ Fury. She aims to tailor her massage to suit every clients needs, and uses a combination of Remedial, deep tissue and trigger point therapy to assist her clients. Davalee’s massage style is best described as being firm. 

Melissa Sherrington

Melissa Sherrington

Health Fund Claimable Therapist 

Melissa is a therapist that has a deep comprehensive understanding of chronic pain. It was Mels own personal experience that began her on the journey to help others. Melissa has suffered extensive injury related to nerve damage and uses her own experience to deepen her understanding. Mel is a heart centred authentic and transparent Massage Therapist who holds a Diploma in Remedial Massage. Melissa has a Qld Blue Card and is a member of Massage & Myotherapy Australia Association.

Her mission is to bring true healing and compassion back to the massage industry. Melissa is an example of a true healer and a compassionate human, here to listen, to serve and support her clients through chronic pain to acceptance and healing.

Melissa has recently completed a course in Hot and Cold Stones as an addition to remedial massage where required. 

 

 

Mark Thurlow

Mark Thurlow

Health Fund Claimable (excluding Medibank and HCF ) 

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

Since his first course in 1995 in Swedish massage, he has had a desire to help improve people’s quality of life by relieving and assisting in the maintenance of pain and discomfort. Mark's yearn for learning and dedicating himself to this profession has been his driving force.

Mark has achieved self-worth and confidence knowing that the services offered by First Things First help complement his remedial massage and help his clients improve their health and wellbeing.

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

John Thompson

John Thompson

Health Fund Claimable

Sports Therapist

Over 30 Years Experience

Sarah Bate

Sarah Bate

Health Fund Claimable Therapist (excluding Medibank & HCF) 

Sarah graduated from Sage Institute of Massage in 2015 with a Massage Diploma. She has worked in Gyms, Health Centres and Remedial Clinics all over Australia, exposing her to a diverse clientele over the years. Sarah is considered to be a strong therapist with good pressure, but also loves to give a relaxation massage.

Kate Tong

Kate Tong

Health Fund Claimable Therapist

Kate came across massage from a simple moment as rubbing her mother’s head and shoulders. Decided to quit her full-time job to endeavour into this interest of ‘touch’. In 2012, Kate completed the Certificate 4 in Massage Practise and the Diploma of Remedial Massage at the Australian College of Massage. After graduating, Kate applied herself as far as the town of Ingham and working in several local clinics in Townsville. Kate’s passion is her love and care of helping people, going that extra mile (or extra few minutes in your treatment). Her love of learning has recently delved into Myofascial Release in doing a workshop with Michael Stanborough in Townsville. Also, her willingness to learn and commitment encouraged her to travel for a couple of one day Myofascial Release courses to Brisbane and Sydney with Chris O’Brien from Core Body Therapy. Always striving to be open-minded and seeking out ways to help in applying different techniques to help her clients needs.

Kate challenges herself not only as a professional, but in her personal development. In 2016, Kate competed in the Australasian Natural Body Building (ANB) Competition in Townsville winning third place in the Fitness Model under 35 years category. An amazing
and valuable experience of what the body is capable of and how regular massages benefited in recovery.

Other recent daring outdoor adventures are trail running, mountain biking and abseiling.

Stephanie Bowater

Stephanie Bowater

Not Health Fund Claimable 

Stephanie is currently undertaking a diploma of Remedial Massage. In her spare time she participates in various local trail running events and regular strength training, she is very familiar with the aches and pains of an active body. Stephanie likes to work through knots and tension with a variety of techniques for restoration and revitalisation. Leg and shoulder work is a specialty. Stephanie also enjoys taking her children on outdoor adventures around Townsville instilling a love for an active lifestyle.

Debbie Lewis

Debbie Lewis

Health Fund Claimable 

Debbie has been massaging for several years and recently obtained the upgraded Diploma of Remedial Massage.

She delivers treatments for Relaxation, Remedial, Deep Tissue, Pregnancy and Sports Massage.

Debbie is also certified in Hot Stone Relaxation Massage.

Debbie is health fund registered and a member of the Association of Massage Therapists (AMT).  She is also a certified rocktaping Therapist and Endermologist. 

Debbie believes a 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.

Tracey Royes

Tracey Royes

Health Fund Claimable Therapist

Whether you need to reduce muscle tension or just a moment of relaxation, Tracey can help you to achieve what you need with a blend of remedial and relaxation to get the results that suit you. 

 

 

Wendy Carter

Wendy Carter

Health Fund Rebates Apply

Wendy is a Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner (Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs) with 30 years experience in private practice. She studied Acupuncture at Acupuncture Colleges Australia (Sydney), graduating with a Diploma of Applied Science Acupuncture in 1989. Wendy then studied Chinese herbs at a post graduate level, completing two courses, one in raw Chinese herbs and the other in Chinese prepared herbal medicines. Wendy furthered her studies in 2011, completing a Masters degree in Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs) from the University of Western Sydney. The focus of the Masters Degree was Mental Health, Women's Health, Dermatology and Neurology. She also has a Nursing and Midwifery background, and has had wide clinical experience in hospitals and community settings. This gives Wendy a good understanding of both Allopathic  (Western Medicine) and Eastern Medicine.  

Wendy has an interest in all areas of health and wellbeing. She has a particular interest in chronic pain, sports injuries, womens health, including ailments of pregnancy, preparation for birth, wellness in the reproductive years, peri menopause and menopause. Wendy is also experienced in working with children. She has studied gentle 'no needle' techniques and Japanese meridian therapies. These are suitable for very small children and children up to 12 years of age.

Wendy believes that health and beauty go hand in hand. She has studied Facial Rejuvination Acupuncture (Cosmetic). This is where the client receives body balancing according to their diagnosed disharmonies, along with cosmetic facial acupuncture. There is a connection to the way that our faces tend to sag and wrinkle and the state of our inner health. A course of treatments give the best results.

 

Qualifications

Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner (Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs)

DipAppSc Acupuncture

Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Post Graduate Certificates in Chinese Herbs

Registered Nurse

International Post Graduate Paediatric Nurse Certificate

Registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Member of the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA)

Tracey Minehan

Tracey Minehan

Tracey is our vibrant Wellness Consultant at FTFWC. She introduces and guides clients through our Ultra Lite Ketogenic Weight Loss Program. 

Tracey comes from a diverse career background working in customer service, hospitality, tourism, retail and management. We feel this has given her the perfect career experience and people skills to excel in her current role. 

Tracey herself has had great success following the Ultra Lite Program. After being unable to lose weight for 9 years, she finally found the key to her health losing an impressive 10kg and 66cm in 12 Weeks following Ultra Lite. 

Tracey loves and is passionate about her job. For her the program is not about a diet but learning to live a healthy lifestyle while still being able to socialise and enjoy our North Queensland way of life. 

 

 

Megan Colwell

Megan Colwell

Let me Introduce myself, My name is Megan Colwell, Owner and Director of They Beauty & Body Bar and First Things first Wellness Centre. 

I Joing First Things First as Sales and Marketing Manager in 2007, and Since 2010 I have been the Director of First Things First Wellness Centre, one of Townsville’s leading Wellness Health and Beauty Centres.

 As the Director,  I am responsible for the financial outcomes of the business, administrative management and human resources coordination.  Demonstrating a high level of motivation, personal drive and integrity, I have successfully balanced work with the ability to multitask and remain focused. My career to date has involved diverse responsibilities, which have enabled me to develop excellent personal and professional skills. Exhibiting a record of commitment, consistency and a focus on quality service and outcomes, I possess practical experience and a range of professional skills and strengths that will allow me to succeed in this role. 

 I have Combined  my passion for health care and allied health with my love for all things Beauty and my superior people skills and administrative talent.  From developing administrative systems and managing organisational procedures to building solid relationships, I am able to offer comprehensive office leadership and support. My ability to interact across organisational levels along with excellent problem solving and communication skills, prepares me to thrive in this challenging  environment.

 Instrumental in contributing to exceptional business execution and committed to team performance. Ensuring correct processes are followed and the culture within the organisation upheld, from onboarding staff to payroll and ensuring all human resource needs are met.  I conduct myself  in an inclusive manner and display the initiative required in building productive relationships.  As the current President of the Townsville Business Women’s Circle, I have been successful in building rapport in all network settings and interactions.  Exhibiting a commitment to supporting constructive working relationships, I manifest this through valuing individual difference and diversity, recognising the working styles of individuals and factoring this into the management of tasks.  This was formally recognised by my nomination and position as Finalist for the Townsville Business Woman of the Year.

 

Christelle Kriek

Christelle Kriek

Christelle has over 20 years experience in the beauty industry. She has a heart for people and her work is her passion. Christelle believes the secret lies in the attention to detail and listening to what her clients need. Seeing their happiness and satisfaction is her motivation and she can't wait to help you achieve the look you want.

Christelle's specialities are lash extensions and Manicures. 

Christelle can't wait to see or meet you soon x

Gracie Dale

Gracie Dale

Gracie was drawn to the Beauty Industry as she loves making people feel good about themselves and forming a friendly bond with her clients. It makes her heart happy to see the end result of her work and her clients feeling beautiful and confident. 

Gracie has developed her professional skills by undertaking courses in Cosmetic Brow Tattooing, Lash Extensions, Tinting & Facial Waxing, Ellebana Henna & Lash Lifts and Make-up Artistry at the prestigious Make-Up School of Sydney. 

Gracie is a familiar face to most of our The Beauty & Body Bar Clients. Twelve months ago Gracie started her beauty services in one room of our wellness centre specialising in lashes and brows. Her bubbly personality and reputation for top quality work resulted in her soon being booked out. Gracie now has a expanded space and a team of professional therapists with her to offer clients the next level of service.

Maddy Dunston

Maddy Dunston

Maddy completed her diploma in beauty therapy at TAFE QLD in 2015, her true passion is beauty therapy, with a love for Make Up.

Her goal is to expand her knowledge in the Industry and become a very experienced beauty therapist who follows up to date industry trends and procedures.  

Maddy is a generous, organised, funny and tidy person. She loves making new friends and has a passion for skincare, motorsport racing and making barista made coffee’s.

Her hobby is motorsport racing. She has been competitively competing for 13 years now in Sprint Kart racing at local and major car racing championship events throughout Australia. This is something Maddy really enjoys and have always loved since day 1. She has recently become an Aussie Race Car Driver Which Is a support category with the v8 Supercars to race all over Australia! Maddy is hoping to complete a full season of racing in 2020.

 

 

Breanna Kent

Breanna Kent

Breanna has an extraordinary passion for all things beauty, specialising in Eyelash Extensions. She has been in the industry for some time now and has loved ever second spent making her clients feel beautiful. She has a immense understanding of the delicacy and importance of lash health - making sure every client is walking out comfortable knowing that they’re being treated with love and respect. Breanna loves people, and creating relationships with her clients is one of her favourite parts of being a lash technician.

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