Meet our Team

Our team is forever growing – did you know that there are 9 of us?

Together we are committed to ensuring you receive the ultimate Spa experience, & that begins from the moment you step through our doors!

 

Sarah Emmanuel – Spa Owner
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Qualification – Diploma of Beauty Therapy (2002)
Specialties – Skincare, Spa & Wellness
Past Work History – Sarah’s first job was at Lenard’s Chicken, she could advise you on how to cook just about anything 🙂 Once qualified she traveled for 8yrs working as a Spa Therapist on cruise ships & within luxe resorts before settling in Ballarat & taking ownership of the Spa in 2009.
Favourite Product – Issada Mineral Baked Foundation, “I fell in love with the simplicity of this product when I was suffering morning sickness. It gave me a medium coverage with very minimal effort & had me turning up to work looking half decent, even if I didn’t feel it.” 
Personal Life: Sarah is navigating the crazy world of motherhood, & its safe to say that its taken up much of her time these past 12mths, but shes slowly getting back into the routine of work & the things she really enjoys like exercise & some good old reality tv – “yes, I will accept your rose!”

 

Samantha Barras 2016-01-22 11 04 51– Spa Manager

Qualification – Diploma of Beauty Therapy (2009)
Specialties – Skincare, Nutrition & Wellness, Waxing & Eyebrow Specialist
Past Work Experience – Sam took a year off after High School, where she worked in retail before enrolling in her Diploma. She excelled in her studies & was awarded Student of the Year & was Gold medalist in the regional World Skills competition. She began her employment as a casual therapist in 2009, building her clientele & working  her way up to full time therapist/supervisor & then manager in 2015.
Favourite Product – TK’s Brow Extender, “the power brow has been on trend for the last 2yrs, I just don’t see this year being any different. A good brow will frame your face & give you a great finish to any look.” 
Personal Life – Outside of work, Sam is very family oriented & loves hanging out with her beautiful family, partner & friends & her lovable pooch Henry. She maintains a healthy lifestyle, keeping fit & is a Nutrition & Wellness coach through Herbalife. 

Jenna Gnoato – Spa Supervisor, J-Glo Make-up ArtistDSC00455

Qualification – Diploma of Beauty Therapy (2014) & Certificate in Bridal, Fashion & Glamour Makeup (2013)
Specialties – Makeup & Skincare
Past Work Experience – Jenna worked in Dental Administration before deciding to pursue her passion for all things beauty.
Favourite Product – Issada Brow Blender, “It gives a natural looking finish to my brow while being able to fill in my sparse areas. I also love that it has a brush on the end for blending out product.”
Personal Life: Jenna is a bit of a social butterfly, she loves catching up with friends & trips to the beach with her dog Baxter. She’s also forever experimenting with different make-up looks in her own time – this girl has a makeup collection to die for!

 

2016-01-18 13.28.47Jessica Aldridge – Spa Therapist, Thalgo Brand Ambassador

Qualification – Diploma of Beauty Therapy (2010)
Specialties – Skincare & Waxing & Eyebrow Specialist
Past Work Experience – Jess worked in retail & hospitality before having her son & working hard as a stay-at-home mum. She then decided to study beauty in 2008 (starting with Cert 3), before working at Urban Spa in Ballarat. She joined our team in 2013.
Favourite Product – Thalgo Hydra Marine 24H Gel Cream, “Its not too heavy for my oily skin & absorbs instantly leaving my skin feeling matte but well hydrated.”
Personal Life – You will see Jess cheering her son on from the sidelines in just about anything. He is particularly into Go-Kart racing & spends many weekends travelling with him to different locations to race. In her own time she loves working out & is a massive fan of the Bachelor!

 

Rebecca Norwood – Spa TherapistDSC00450

Qualification – Diploma of Beauty Therapy (2010)
Specialties –  Massage & Body Treatments
Past Work Experience – Rebecca worked for Telstra as a Sales Consultant for 12+ years but don’t worry she was never one of those pesky telemarketers. She also was a stay at home mum for her 2 boys & it was only after the boys were in school that she decided to pursue her passion for the industry. Rebecca joined our team in 2010.
Personal Life – Rebecca enjoys family time with her husband & 2 boys camping & watching the boys play sports.

 

2016-01-18 13.31.06Rachael Jurg – Spa Therapist

Qualification – Diploma of Beauty Therapy (2006)
Specialties –  Waxing, Massage & Skincare
Past Work Experience – Rachael has traveled around Australia working as a Beauty Therapist in Port Douglas, Darwin & Perth. She joined us in 2012 & has enjoyed building her clientele through waxing & massage.
Personal Life – Recently married, Rachael is creative & loves all things crafty. She still enjoys travelling & loves spending time with her young nephews.
 

 

 

 

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Sharni Waight – Spa Therapist & Massage Therapist

Qualification – Diploma of Remedial Massage (2013) & Diploma in Beauty Therapy (2015) 
Specialties –  Body Treatments, Manicures & Pedicures & Skincare
Past Work Experience – Sharni was working full-time as a Restaurant Supervisor when she decided she needed a change & enrolled in her Diploma of Remedial Massage. It was only after working with us for 12mths that she decided she wanted to take her career further & study her Diploma of Beauty Therapy. She was awarded “Outstanding Achievement in Salon” & was nominated for Ballarat City Council “Challenge & Change” award.
Personal Life – Another social butterfly, Sharni has an infectious personality & loves spending time with her family & friends. She recently returned from a trip of a life time travelling through the UK & Europe with the highlight being snow boarding in the French Alps. She hopes to continue travel in the future.

Sharni is wearing Issada Ultimate Liner “narcissist”. We think its hot!!!

 

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Margaret Cooper – Spa Therapist & Massage Therapist

Qualification – Diploma of Remedial Massage (2015) & Diploma of Beauty Therapy (2015)
Specialties –  Massage & Wellness
Past Work Experience – Margaret has a social work background having worked in Child & Family services for 20+ yrs before starting to dabble in holistic therapies such as Reiki in her spare time. She spent 6mths working at Daylesford Day Spa before joining us mid 2015.
Favourite Product – Signature Balm for Face & Body, “Used for all our massages, I love the balm as it has all natural ingredients & can be used on anyone including pregnant ladies. It hydrates, treats & protects the skin during a massage & I love its mild uplifting scent.”
Personal Life – A mother & grandmother of 3 (although you wouldn’t think she was old enough), Margaret  is interested in Herbalogy & Aromatherapy & enjoys practicing meditation & mindfulness regularly. She enjoys keeping fit (don’t be surprised if you find her in a zumba class!), loves listening to live music, reading & crafts.

 

 

Julie Ryan – Spa Therapist & Massage Therapist2016-01-18 13.33.13

Qualification – Diploma of Remedial Massage (2007), Bachelor Degree in Health Sciences (2014) & Certificate in Beauty Services (2014)
Specialties –  Massage, Health & Wellbeing & Skincare
Past Work Experience – Working in Warnambol in a massage clinic as well as a casual therapist at Deep Blue Resort
Personal Life – A married mother, Julie is very hands on with her 2 young children & loves playing with them & watching them learn & develop. She frequents the gym & enjoys escaping the world with a good book.
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