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MAGGIE SANDS

Managing Director/School Principal - School of Integrated Body Therapy, Founder/Director - Lake Spa Wellness Centres, Life Member/Director, Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS), National and International Experience

Maggie has had extensive experience in the natural medicine profession, her original training was in 1975.  Her journey into massage commenced in 1980 with a Remedial Massage Course, then over the next decade, she qualified in Naturopathy/Herbal Medicine and a wide variety of bodywork modalities.  Maggie’s journey then led her to a deeper focus on the psyche of the body and she completed an intense Somatic Psychotherapy training during the early ‘90s with ASPA (Australian Somatic Psychotherapists Association).

Maggie has held a Directorship position of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS) from 1987 and she has been honoured with Life Membership of the Society in 1999.  She was elected to the position of Vice President on two separate occasions which collectively spanned 15 plus years and held the position of President/Chair 2013-15.  During this time she continuously served on several major committees that assisted to guide the natural medicine industry in Australia.  Maggie was re-elected by the ATMS members nationally as a Director to the board of ATMS in November 2017 & 2020. In early 2017 Maggie independently nominated for the Australian Industry and Skills Council (AISC) Complementary Health Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and was offered a position on the committee. In this role, she participates in the development of vocational training packages for the Complementary Health Industry sector. In October 2019 Maggie was confirmed as a member of the Massage Therapy Technical Advisory Committee (MTTAC) as a member representing private RTO's. In February 2020 Maggie was awarded the prestigious XFACTOR 'Trail Blazer' Award by NATEX & FXMedicine.
Her background in the fitness industry spans 2 decades. Maggie operated 2 highly successful aerobic studios which employed 10 aerobic instructors. During this time she presented over 5000 fitness, relaxation and stretching classes. Maggie was a founding member of the NSW Fitness Centres Association (FCA), a Director of the Fitness Industry Association (FIA) for 7 years and a national aerobic competition judge for 3 consecutive years. Maggie has also trained practitioners overseas more recently in stretching and resistance training.
 She has successfully orchestrated over 35 training programs internationally to Vietnam, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Singapore and is currently liaising with other countries who are interested in developing Remedial Massage skills to the standard taught in Australia by SIBT. Maggie, with the assistance of the Australian Trade Commission, has achieved considerable success internationally.
 For 5 years Maggie also led groups of practitioners to the East Kimberley area of North West Australia to visit sacred sites and spent time with traditional indigenous landowners. Her long standing passion is to assist others to fulfil their personal dreams and grow through bodywork and natural medicine education. Maggie still travels extensively and is a gifted public speaker.

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Denis Stewart 

Clinical Medical Herbalist/Naturopath

Denis Stewart has been in continuous practice for over 40 years and currently conducts busy practices in Newcastle and Cessnock. Referred to as the Godfather of Australian Herbalism, Denis spearheaded a Renaissance in Australian herbal Medicine in the early 1970s. At the NSW College of Naturopathic Sciences Denis established/taught the inaugural 3-year full-time program in Herbal medicine in Australia. For the National Herbalist's Association of Australia, Denis constructed professional examinations, course studies and curriculum for Herbal training and education. In the late 1970s, Denis founded the Southern Cross Herbal School, offering undergraduate and postgraduate programs. From 2002-2007, Denis was a Conjoint Associate Professor at the University of Newcastle and assisted the construction of the Bachelor of Herbal Therapies program at the Ourimbah campus. Denis was inducted into the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS) Hall of Fame in 2021. He is a Fellow/Life Member of the National Herbalist's Association of Australia (NHAA).

MEET OUR FACULTY

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Senior Trainer/Assessor, National and International Experience, Student Clinic Supervisor

CHRIS BEAZLEY

​Chris commenced his Massage training with the School in 1994 and has massage qualifications in Therapeutic, Remedial, Sports Therapies, Integration Therapy, Reflexology, Myofascial Release & Trigger Point Therapy. Chris has been a teacher at the School since 1997 and currently teaches VET training packages for massage. Chris has a special interest in assisting course participants to grow and gain a deeper understanding of “massage as a profound healing modality”.  In past careers Chris has had a wide variety of professional experiences all of which led him to embark on his journey as a Massage Practitioner.  Chris has international experience teaching massage in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Senior Trainer/Assessor, National and International Experience, Student Clinic Supervisor

TERRI BLESS

​Terri has had an interest in massage since suffering with pneumonia as a child that was largely treated with massage techniques. She has a background in the stockbroking and sales industries. After having her children she wanted a career that allowed her flexibility to be a mum and provide her with some part-time income. Since commencing her training with SIBT in 1996 Terri has completed a Diploma in Remedial Massage, Diploma in Sports Therapies including Sports Massage, Diploma in Sands Integration Therapy, Myofascial Release Diploma, Remedial Therapies Diploma, Trigger Point Certificate, Working with Lymphatics Certificate, Hot Stone Therapy Certificate and has attended numerous workshops. Terri has been a student clinic supervisor and trainer during the last 3 decades and currently teaches the VET Massage training course and the Myofascial Release Diploma. She also teaches a variety of professional education workshops for massage practitioners and has teaching experience in Singapore. Terri also has her own successful practise on the Central Coast, NSW.

​Trainer/Assessor, Student Clinic Supervisor

WENDY SAWLEY

​Wendy originally  trained as a Remedial Massage practitioner and Reflexologist in 1997 in Sydney. Since that time she has had several successful massage clinics in both Sydney and Coffs Harbour and currently has a practice in Forster called “Massage on Wallis”. Wendy's 21 years of clinical practice have provided substantial on going opportunities to master the skill of Remedial Massage and how to build a successful clinical practice. During Wendy's years as a practitioner she has specialised in Remedial and Sports Massage and Myofascial Release Therapy . Her treatments are client outcome focused with the intent to restore mobility and or reduce musculo-skeletal discomfort. Wendy thoroughly enjoys sharing her knowledge with students and the opportunity to see students develop into effective Massage Practitioners. Wendy is also developing workshops for the SIBT/CPE program and looks forward to sharing her knowledge not only with students but fellow practitioners.

​Trainer/Assessor, Reflexology

IRENE TASHO

​Wendy originally  trained as a Remedial Massage practitioner and Reflexologist in 1997 in Sydney. Since that time she has had several successful massage clinics in both Sydney and Coffs Harbour and currently has a practice in Forster called “Massage on Wallis”. Wendy's 21 years of clinical practice have provided substantial on going opportunities to master the skill of Remedial Massage and how to build a successful clinical practice. During Wendy's years as a practitioner she has specialised in Remedial and Sports Massage and Myofascial Release Therapy . Her treatments are client outcome focused with the intent to restore mobility and or reduce musculo-skeletal discomfort. Wendy thoroughly enjoys sharing her knowledge with students and the opportunity to see students develop into effective Massage Practitioners. Wendy is also developing workshops for the SIBT/CPE program and looks forward to sharing her knowledge not only with students but fellow practitioners.

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Remedial Massage, Samvahan Practitioner/Trainer

MICHAEL TREMBATH

Michael Trembath’s approach is to help you learn to listen to your body and coach you into healthy relationships with your body, your life, the people around you.  Michael is a uniquely qualified therapist with 22 years of clinical experience and extensive training from Europe, the USA and India.  He has spent years studying with some of the world’s greatest healers, including Mahatma Gandhi’s doctor, a Zen Master, and the Ayurvedic physician for H.H. the Dalai Lama. He teaches regularly in Austria, France, India, Switzerland, Australia and the USA.  With 10 years of business experience before studying healing, Michael understands the demands and challenges of creating a practical balance in life. An exceptional sensitive and compassionate therapist, Michael’s touch is gentle yet penetrating, whether using. His warm, welcoming style of touch is supported by a B.A. in Psychology, a B.S. in Business, a Diploma in Therapeutic Massage, and certificates in Samvahan, Zentherapy, Triggerpoint Anatomy, and Ayurveda. Michael’s work has been reviewed in a cover story by Massage Magazine (USA), and in Australian articles in WellBeing, Nature and Health, Nova, and Body and Soul Magazines.

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​Holistic Remedial Massage Practitioner/Somatic Therapist

KAREN JENKINS

Karen Jenkins is a qualified Holistic Therapist with more than 25 years experience in Remedial Body Work, Psychophysical Healing, Vibrational Medicine and is a mental health peer worker. Karen has lived experience working through the body-mind connection on a Somatic level using movement, sound and Biodynamic bodywork. Karen's work is influenced by her own healing journey and her spiritual-cultural background as a proud Darkinjung woman.

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​Remedial Massage Practitioner/Lymphoedema Specialist/R.N.

DEB MCGINLAY

​After graduating with the School of Integrated Body Therapy with a Diploma of Remedial Massage in 1997, Debbie continued her journey through the field of Complementary Therapies and Natural Medicine attaining a Diploma of Aromatherapy. Debbie’s background in nursing, specialising in chronic wound care led her to complete Level 2 in Lymphoedema Therapy, Management and Education. Debbie has also achieved qualifications in Counselling, Hypnotherapy, Reiki Master and Theta Healing.

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​Remedial Massage Practitioner/Polarity Therapy Practitioner

CHRIS MCGRATH

My journey into Alternative Medicine and specifically, energy based therapies began more than 40 years ago in 1971, when Acharya, my first Hatha Yoga teacher inspired me. Yoga and Meditation have been important in my life since then. 

In 1985, I was introduced to the Chinese Taoist way of energy understanding through the practices of Tai Chi and Health Qi Gong. I have since completed formal Tai Chi and Health QiGong Instructor training. 

In the 1990s my paths converged when Polarity Therapy helped me overcome a debilitating broken back. I subsequently trained in Remedial Massage and as a Polarity Practitioner in Sydney and Europe. 

Polarity Therapy combines understandings from Indian Ayurvedic Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine and ancient European health traditions. 

I have been offering Polarity Therapy, Yoga & Meditation, Tai Chi & Health QiGong in retreats in various locations since 2008. In 2011 I wrote, “SelfWise – Tools for the Journey and Sustainable Health Choices”. It incorporates self-help ideas and best practices. 

I began teaching Polarity Therapy in 2006 at a health retreat in the Blue Mountains where I has resident manager. Since then I have taught Polarity Therapy in Spain, New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia. I am a member of the International Polarity Education Alliance and Chair of the Australian Polarity Therapy Association.

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Remedial Massage Practitioner/TCM

BILL PEARSON

Bill has been a massage practitioner since 1983 and a TCM practitioner since 1987. He worked as a massage tutor at Nature Care College Sydney before moving to Hobart where he opened the Tasmanian College of Massage training students in Remedial Massage. A past President of ATMS he was bestowed life membership in 1999. He opened Jian Shen School of Tai Chi and Qigong in 2000 and has been invited to teach and demonstrate for many organisations in Tasmania and nationally. He led a group of ATMS Practitioners to work in the Xin Tang County Hospital in Shijiazhuang and a group of Tai Chi students to work with Professor Xu Hongtao, the creator of Medical Qigong at the Guigen Hospital in Beijing. In 2017 he was invited to join 112 participants from 12 countries to assemble in Beijing and travel to the Great Wall and the Olympic Arena to participate in a 3 day presentation in Tai Chi. He was awarded an Excellent Performance Award.

Remedial Massage Practitioner/Beauty Therapist

MEGAN SCHEID

My journey in the health & wellness Industry commenced in 2001 with School of Integrated Body Therapy at Charmhaven where I completed a variety of modalities including pregnancy and lymphatic massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy and working with chronic disease clients. I graduated in 2004 with the Diploma of Remedial Massage. The body continues to amaze me and my goal has been to help people feel better about themselves. I really enjoy the opportunity to assist others. My career has taken me from working with clients into management where I have owned and managed large day spas in Sydney and on the Central Coast. I have a post graduate in management qualification and qualifications in beauty services as my passion was to keep learning about the skin and body. I enjoy connecting with my clients and have now returned to hands on treatments. I look forward to be able to connect with you by helping you feel better about your health, well-being and about your skin by offering you performance facials, skincare advice and/or remedial massage therapy. My treatments aim to help you physically and mentally feel better and improve your health as we work through the challenges at the present time. I very much look forward to seeing you soon.

Remedial Massage Practitioner, Samvahan Practitioner

CATHERINE McEWAN

Catherine McEwan is a legendary practitioner in the natural medicine industry. Initially training in naturopathy, osteopathy and acupuncture in the early 1970’s. She continued on to complete courses in Gestalt, Esalon massage, Transitional Analysis and Samvahan. Catherine was the Principal and the Co-Founder of Nature Care College, Sydney (1972-1993) and President of ATMS from 1990-1994. She is a firm believer in the healing powers of soft tissue body work and has been in private practice for decades. Catherine has a strong interest in creating healing spaces especially at indigenous festivals i.e. Te Kopere, Maori traditional healing group. Her goal is to continue to share her natural therapy practical experience and knowledge with others.

General Manager/Director ICB Medical Australia/Shanghai

JOSHUA KIELT

Joshua is the General Manager of ICB Medical Australia, and Managing Director of ICB Medical Shanghai. In addition to his duties as General Manager ICB Australia, Joshua oversees ICB’s Research and Development department, which is responsible for new product design and clinical and pre-market testing, and manufacture. In the last 5 years Joshua has spent more than 4 months each year in Asia lecturing and performing training in the assessment and prescription of orthotic devices, to various healthcare professionals including, Medical Doctors, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Occupational Therapists and Sports Trainers/Coaches.  In addition to the clinical training, he has been in invited speaker at a number of rehabilitation and orthopedic conferences including:
- The 4th Scientific Congress of Asia Pacific Society of foot and Ankle Surgeons, October 2018
- The International Rehabilitation Canton Forum, March 2017
- The Founding Conference and First Annual Symposium of Specialty Committee of Pain Rehabilitation medicine of World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies, Beijing December 2014.
- 1st Session of International Foot Disease Rehabilitation Forum In Lianyungang, China, August 2014.
- The 6th National Children Rehabilitation Conference and 13th National Rehabilitation conference of Cerebral Palsy Children conference, Zhengzhou, 2014
- 9th Rehabilitation Assessment/Treatment Techniques of Common Joint/Muscle Shanxi Taiyuan 2014
- 3rd National Congress of Rehabilitation Education of Chinese Assoc. of Rehabilitation Medicine, Fuzhou 2014
- Asia-Pacific Stylec Chair and Aids Technology Seminar, Xian 2014
- ISPRM, World Congress of International Society of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine, Beijing, 2013
Joshua has formal tertiary qualifications in Accounting and law, and practiced as a lawyer for 5 years before joining ICB Medical.  Joshua’s experience in the field of medial orthotics dates back more than 20 years. He was initially employed by Australian Orthotic Laboratories (AOL) as a junior orthotic technician while completing his schooling and tertiary studies. During his time working as a lawyer, Joshua was a consultant with ICB Medical and worked actively on the development of the ICB Product Range, business model, and the education and training programs offered by ICB. Upon beginning employment for ICB, Joshua was initially tasked with oversight and modernization of the ICB orthotic laboratory, and continues to be involved in the supervision and training of lab staff, and is still primarily responsible for the ICB Laboratory CAD/CAM process.
Joshua has a wealth of knowledge not only in relation to premade orthotics, but also in relation to laboratory fabrication techniques including CAD/CAM, negative and positive casting techniques, and clinical troubleshooting.