1. 1. Make (an unpleasant feeling) less intense: “the letter assuaged the fears of most members”.
  2. 2. Satisfy (an appetite or desire): “an opportunity occurred to assuage her desire for knowledge”.

soothe – appease – allay – pacify – mitigate – calm

A global vibe inspired by pleasure

Assuage is an exotic escape and a feast for your senses. The finest relaxation treatments from around the planet have been brought to Ft. Myers and Naples. We are proud to present a medley of services unlike anywhere else in Southwest Florida. Our talented team of nurturing massage therapists and aestheticians have perfected every technique.

Meet Our Staff

Tehjan Prendiville, Owner » Bio
Stephen Prendiville, Medical Director » Bio
Andrea Martin, Owner, Manager » Bio
Marina Mahle, Aesthetician » Bio
DarlaJean Griffiths, BA, LMT » Bio
Constance Burgess, Aesthetician » Bio
Maria Pelaez, Guest Services/Reservationist » Bio
Matthew Mahoney, Massage Therapist, LMT » Bio
Yolanda Russell, Facial Specialist » Bio
Rebecca Smith, Facial Specialist » Bio
Dorothy Taylor, Ph.D, LCSW, Community Liaison » Bio
Mary Boudreau, LMT/Facial Specialist » Bio
Ann Merli, LMT & RM FL Lic#MA81477 » Bio
Ashley Wilkes, LMT » Bio
Sue Wilson, LMT » Bio

Tehjan Prendiville

The concept for Assuage Spa was created by Tehjan Sherif Prendiville, who has been working in the field of mental health for the past 26 years. The mission of Tehjan and Assuage Spa is to enhance and enrich overall health by taking a holistic approach to the entire individual. Mind. Body. Spirit. Tehjan is originally from the Middle East and has traveled the world with a special interest in cultural healing. Assuage Spa was created in an effort to incorporate these age-old holistic approaches acquired on her travels.

Tehjan is a Registered Nurse who is certified in psychiatric and mental health nursing. As the current CEO of Marnic Health Systems, a clinical consulting company based out of Louisiana, she acts as a consultant for hospital and healthcare systems throughout the country. In addition to providing management and consulting for others, she has owned and operated inpatient and outpatient psychiatric facilities throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida. Over the last 4 years, Tehjan has sold all of these mental health facilities in order to focus on wellness, beauty, & healthy aging.

Stephen Prendiville

Dr. Stephen Prendiville specializes in facial plastic surgery, and is recognized one as one of Southwest Florida's leading doctors for facelifts and rhinoplasty.

Specializing exclusively in cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery, Dr. Prendiville is the only fellowship trained and double board certified facial plastic surgeon in Fort Myers, and among the few to have achieved double board certification from the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology.

He completed his medical training at Georgetown University and his Fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at St. Louis University, both rated among the top medical institutions in the country.

His practice offers many surgical and non-surgical procedures that help his patients look and feel their best. He is recognized as top doctor for facelifts, rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty and skin rejuvenation and more.

Andrea Martin

Andrea brings 12 years of experience in the mental health field to Assuage Spa. She takes a holistic approach to health and overall wellbeing. With a Masters Degree in Social Work and Bachelors degree in Psychology, Andrea is well equipped to manage the unique needs for each of our clients. Andrea has managed and consulted for mental health clinics for over 4 years and is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Andrea is involved in all aspects of Assuage Spa and is tirelessly educating herself on the new techniques and technologies that she can bring to our clients.

Marina Mahle

Marina’s long-time love and passion for skin care and the beauty industry compelled her to pursue a career in aesthetics. She graduated from Florida Academy of Massage and Skin Care in 2002 and since has been avidly implementing the industry’s most innovative and steadfast skin care methods. Marina specializes in the finest non-invasive, preventative and corrective skin care techniques, and make-up artistry. She enjoys helping her clients look and feel their best by assisting them in achieving their personal facial and body skin care goals.

DarlaJean Griffiths

DarlaJean has been a licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Florida for over 26 years. She has an extensive background in medical massage and oncology massage. DarlaJean has also worked in the Spa industry starting in 1986 at the Sanibel Harbour Resort and Spa and the Ritz Carlton Naples. Other notable accomplishments have been teaching the Massage Therapy Program at Lee County High Tech Center Central, teaching the American Heart Association Basic Life Support program and working with the Moffit Cancer Research Hospital to promote massage therapy as a viable treatment for the reduction of stress and anxiety that a cancer diagnosis and treatment brings. She also served on the NCBTMB to develop an Advanced Practitioner exam to help the industry delineate people who have an advanced knowledge of massage therapy and its practices.

Constance Burgess

Constance specializes in dermaplaning, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, professional & camouflage makeup, and cellulite treatments.

The reason Constance chose this profession is her dedication to making others feel better about themselves. Growing up with problematic skin herself, she understands the insecurities that could arise and take affect on one’s well-being. She enjoys being given the opportunity to really change a woman’s image of herself and being a part in her inner beauty shining through. She is dedicated to furthering her knowledge in aesthetics so I can continue to provide her clients with services that are suitable for their needs.

Maria Pelaez

Matthew Mahoney

Matthew Mahoney is a native Floridian, born here in Ft. Myers and has been a Florida state Licensed Massage Therapist for over 20 years specializing in neuromuscular re-education, deep tissue work and therapeutic massage. Matthew started out in his stepmothers West Palm Beach clinic and has worked in a variety of settings from Pain management clinics, Chiropractic offices, Bed & Breakfasts to 5 star resorts. He has a passion for his field and in helping people obtain the ability to allow their bodies to heal themselves through alternative means, with regular bodily maintenance consisting of massage, exercise, and proper nutrition.
Matthew takes a medical and therapeutic approach to his massage techniques and has been certified in deep tissue work, neuromuscular re-education, orthopedic massage, trigger point therapy, isolated stretching, kinesiology (muscle testing), reflexology, and craniosacral work.

Yolanda Russell

Yolanda's passion for skin care, products & make-up directed her in the path for a career in Esthetics.
She graduated from Florida Academy in 2010 and since has been actively involved in the industry.
With a bachelors degree in Education she also teaches skin care classes at Florida Academy. Yolanda specializes in the finest non-invasive, preventative & corrective skin care techniques. She is also highly experienced in chemical peels & microdermabrasion.
Her career is more like a hobby then a job. She absolutely loves making people look & feel there best.

Rebecca Smith

Becky's love for skin care lead her to pursue a career in esthetics in 2012. Licensed in Florida and Massachusetts She specializes in Anti-aging and deep cleansing facials, chemical peels, dermaplaning and microdermabrasion. Helping her clients feel beautiful and confident from attaining their skin care goals is a true passion of hers. Becky's goal is to ensure each client leaves Assuage feeling welcome, pampered and rejuvenated.

Dorothy Taylor

Dr. Taylor received a Master of Social Work degree at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, and a Ph.D from Florida State University In Tallahassee, Florida.
She has 20 years of experience as a Clinical Social Worker in Michigan and Florida. She also has enjoyed a 17 year tenure as an Associate Professor of Criminology at University of Miami.
Dr. Taylor is involved with a number of national and local professional organizations, and has published numerous books and articles.
Her experiences in the mental health and human behavior fields have enhanced her abilities to serve the Assuage Centers in her position as Community Liaison.

Mary Boudreau

Mary's massage career started while she worked as a physical therapy aide in Northern Calif. She has completed 700 hours of massage therapy certifications in 1985 at National Holistic Health Institute, in Oakland, Ca. While practicing massage therapy in the Bay Area, she enjoyed many continuing education courses widely available ranging from Alchemical Hypnotherapy to Deep Tissue techniques. Her interest in injuries brought her to study tendon and ligament injuries at Muscular Therapy Institute in Boston, Ma. Mary's style is eclectic and specific to individual concerns. She has been practicing massage for 30 years and loves providing massage therapy and the results it provides.

Mary has also been a licensed esthetician for 16 years. Skin care products, techniques and technology have come a long way to providing results. Facials are surprisingly relaxing, pleasureable and promote healthy skin function. She has completed 2 levels of Dr. Vodder Manual Lymph drainage and incorporate some of the techniques during a facial. Her experience includes workiing in spa settings as well as medical settings.

Ann Merli

Ann Merli is a licensed massage therapist as well as a gifted Spiritual Guide and Healer using a variety of Spiritual and Energy Healing Modalities. A Reiki Master, Spiritual Intuitive/Medium, Sound Healer, Crystal Healer, and Teacher. Ann has been working in this realm for many years, using her natural abilities to access information from Divine Sources such as the Angels, Ascended Masters and other Light Beings.

In our busy lives what we often need is support, clarity and direction. Ann works through many offerings such as on-table energy healings, private readings and teaching many workshops and classes. It is Ann's mission to provide all of these things for you through her work with Spirit.

Ashley Wilkes

Born and raised in Florida, Ashley graduated from Florida Academy of Massage in 2012 and immediately began her journey as a Licensed Massage Therapist, specializing in deep tissue, relaxing, therapeutic and hot stone massages.
Ashley is very passionate about massage and loves working with the body to help with the process of healing itself naturally and assisting in the relief of pain and stress.

Sue Wilson

I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science. My career started out in Health & Wellness. I did cardiac rehabilitation but then concentrated on physical fitness and education. I've worked for various health fitness facilites, as well as a wide demographic of clients. I believe my formal education has attributed to my abilities as a LMT. I transitioned into Holistic Wellness and return to school for my Massage Therapist Degree. I am dual licensed in both New York & Florida. I absolutely love being an LMT! I get to help + educate people, to ensure a higher quality of health & happiness in their lives. I believe in maintaining current bodywork education & professional standards to be able to provide the utmost care for my clients.