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, RN.C, Owner » Bio
Stephen Prendiville, MD, Medical Director » Bio
Andrea Martin, LCSW, Owner, Manager » Bio
Marina Mahle, Aesthetician » Bio
Maria Pelaez, Guest Services/Reservationist » Bio
Dorothy Taylor, Ph.D, LCSW, Community Liaison » Bio
Ann Merli, LMT & RM FL Lic#MA81477 » Bio
Tricia-Lee Marhue, Microblading Specialist » Bio
Olivia Norwood, LMT » Bio
Ursula Sobieski-Kutt, LMT/Facial Specialist » Bio
Donna Fiorenti, Facial Specialist » Bio
Julia Baker, Massage Therapist/Facial Specialist » Bio
Elizabeth O'Leary, Facial Specialist » Bio

Tehjan Prendiville, RN.C

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, MD

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, LCSW

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.

Maria Pelaez

Maria is the first face you will see as you begin your experience at Assuage Spa. She prides herself in top of the line customer service. With professional history in areas of healthcare, mental health, retail, and event management. After six years in the spa industry, Maria found her passion in skin care and has now become a Facial Specialist.

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.

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.

Tricia-Lee Marhue

Originally from the Caribbean twin island Trinidad & Tobago, Tricia-Lee moved to Fort Myers after marrying, bringing with her over 27 years of Spa/Business experience in Development and Management, specializing in design and business concepts. She had an early start in her career from owing her own Spa Business in Trinidad, to working with the Sandals/Beaches chain throughout the Caribbean and short stints in NYC Fashion week with Creative Nail Design as part of The Spa Education team.

She transferred her wealth of experience here in Fort Myers to Microblading Artistry, which has become her latest love and still continues to consult for Spas within the Caribbean.

She is friendly and outgoing, with a straightforward and down to earth style of work ethic.

Her passion and commitment to her clients are the most important aspects of her career, and is delighted to be a part of Assuage’s Team of professionals.

Olivia Norwood

Olivia graduated from Southeastern School of Neuromuscular Therapy & Massage in 1999.
Massage therapy has hundreds of benefits, from reducing cortisol levels to increasing your white blood cell count. Each session caters to your needs and in turn your body will thank you :)
As a firm believer in holistic health, I’m here to assist you on your journey.

Ursula Sobieski-Kutt

Born in Poland, Warsaw, Ursula graduated from Vienna, Austria University with a Bachelor's Degree and continued to live and travel various countries while working as a translator and librarian. She moved to Naples 20 years ago and managed a successful family business specializing in Vienna Antiques. Her personal journey brought her to yoga where she became a Bikram Yoga teacher and then lead her to be interested in massage. She went back to school for her Massage Therapist and Aesthetician Degree in 2015 and has worked in the field ever since.She was certified in Reiki, Trigger Point Therapy, Reflexology and various corrective and preventative skin care techniques.

Ursula's biggest passion is working with people, helping them through a holistic approach in order to feel and look their best

Donna Fiorenti

Julia Baker

Julia graduated from Sunstate Academy and received her licenses in Massage Therapy and Esthetics in 2018. In addition, she has also practiced the art of energy healing for over 6 years. Through her clairvoyant gifts, she specializes in Reiki and Chakra Healing. Julia prides herself in her ability to move energy and makes it the soul of all her offered practices.

In Esthetics, Julia has additional training in chemical peels, LED light therapy, high-frequency, CBD infusion, hormonal imbalance, anti-aging, and acne solutions. Julia is a strong believer in daily skin care routines and loves being able to teach her patients and watch their skin transform over time with her treatment plans.

Julia’s main focus in her career is massage therapy. She prefers to perform medical massage; working with limited range of motion, injury, overstressed muscles, and chronic pain. She also has additional training in deep tissue, prenatal, neuromuscular technique, sports, CBD, myofascial release and Thai massage.

Elizabeth O'Leary

Elizabeth has been a licensed working esthetician since 1997. She studied esthetics at Florida College of Natural Health.
Elizabeth has extensive experience working with dermatologists and has treated many different skin conditions. She is passionate about helping people who are struggling with their skin to feel confidant and beautiful. She is also a makeup artist with many years of experience...a self proclaimed "beauty junkie ", always researching the latest technologies in skincare and beauty.
Elizabeth holds a bachelor of Science from Florida International University, as well as a bachelor's of Arts from Barry College in Miami Shores, Florida.