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!


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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.





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!!!



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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