- 1. Make (an unpleasant feeling) less intense: “the letter assuaged the fears of most members”.
- 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
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.
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 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’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.
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.
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'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 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.
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.
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.
Denise graduated from Florida College of Natural Health in 2011. She was also a business owner in Tampa, Florida at Pure Kneads Massage Therapy. Denise specializes in Medical Massage , Deep Tissue and Therapeutic Massage. She started out in Chiropractic Offices and as a Physical Therapy Aid in Fort Lauderdale. She specializes in helping people with relief from head, neck and shoulder tension. While firm pressure is her strength, relaxation and comfort is the ideal goal. She personally enjoys helping her clients overcome aches and pains to restore their muscles back to working condition by practicing a more holistic approach versus modern medicine.
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.
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
Ann-Christina Walcher has been in the beauty business since the 1980s. Selling cosmetics behind the counter; freelancing as a Makeup Artist. Working with brides, helping career women accessorize and maximize their look and teach color theory.
Studied Journalism, Fashion Merchandising, Business Administration and Cosmetology in Minneapolis, MN. Floridian since 1998.
Practicing Aesthetician since 1985- love the field and making others feel and look their best!
Dermaplaning is a specialty and results oriented facial treatments. Recently, joined Assuage Spa Luxury, fall 2018