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Samahita Wellness Program Team

We invite you to meet our Wellness Program & Wellness Retreat staff

Health Programs Manager and Nutritionist - Tracy McDonald

Tracy McDonald

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Tracy is passionate about helping people to re-ignite their vibrancy, radiant health and well-being through nutrition, yoga and mind-body holistic therapies. She believes in daily practice to evolve greater self-awareness, love and acceptance. She believes in the healing power of foods and natural herbal supplements, having seen and experienced the miracle of food-as-medicine when taken with right consciousness.

Tracy is a mind-body-spirit integrative therapist, practicing and teaching cranial-sacral and polarity therapy for several years. She is blessed to have a personal Ashtanga yoga practice since 2004 and pranayama since 2011. She has completed 600 hours of training at Samahita Retreat, finished Natalia Rose's PhDetox program, is a Certified Nutritionist Consultant, and is completing The Southwest Institute of Healing Arts' Holistic Nutrition program.

For more please see her full bio

Fitness Manager - David Tilston

David Tilston

David Tilston David has always had a passion for fitness and movement joining the Royal Marines at aged 18, where he served for over four years, seeing active service in Afghanistan during 2007/8. He then became a Firefighter in 2009, using his spare time to gain further qualifications as a Yoga Teacher, Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer. David has spent the past six years studying Filipino Kyusho Martial Arts under Grand Master Angelo Baldissone, earning his black belt in 2014. He is also a proponent of functional movement, bodyweight calisthenics and yoga – practicing diligently 6-7 days a week. All these disciplines help to compliment David’s understanding of movement and drive his enthusiasm to constantly learn more about the mind and body. This desire led him to Samahita in May 2015 to continue his development in Asana and an introduction into Pranayama with Paul. As the Fitness Manager, David is keen to bring out the best in people sharing his enthusiasm for movement through fitness and yoga at Samahita. For more, please read full bio

Wellness Advisor - Ellie Brickell

Ellie Brickell


After taking her first yoga class aged 15, Ellie discovered Ashtanga yoga is where her heart lies. Over the last few years she has continued to develop her practice and in May 2015 came to Samahita to complete her 200 hour Centered Yoga Teaching Training with Paul. It is here where she gained the knowledge on the philosophy of yoga, pranayama and the key elements of each pose within the physical practice.

Since joining the team at Samahita in November 2015, Ellie hopes to help people discover and connect with their own practice, whether they are new to yoga or have been practising for years. She understands the importance of practising with a positive energy and having the support of a great teacher.

In December 2015 she completed her pre and post natal yoga teacher training, and looks to continue her development and education of the practice while being part of the Samahita team!

Wellness manager (KWAN)

Wellness manager (KWAN)

KWANA spa and wellness management training at Mahidol University in Bangkok, she has experience in management and related services in the 5 stars hotels in 9 years. She was able to guide and educate others about the treatment very well. She also has a certificate from the Ministry of Public Health, the spa operation. She loves to serve and good health. She hopes that all guests who come to get a good impression of the service and treatment as well.

Assistant Wellness Manager (FON)

Assistant Wellness Manager (FON)

FONFon Her excellent skills and sense of responsibility, she then became the general manager’s assistant in a Thai family resort. Fon has 10 years’ experience working in the service industry and this has helped her to assist guests in the most professional and friendly manner. She is ready to welcome everyone to come to the Wellness of us, she is ready to help, whether it is services or recommend treatment Methodism .

Personal Trainer / Guest relation officer (SO)

Personal Trainer / Guest relation officer (SO)

So has been a key part of the Samahita team since 2009 as the Guest relations officer and Personal Trainer.

A keen interest for fitness, seeing development in others and learning how the body moves has motivated So to study and complete his Personal Training Fitness qualification in 2014, accredited by ACE Fitness Thailand.

So will be instructing as part of our new YogaCoreCycle program at Samahita, as well as being available for 1 to 1 private sessions during the day.

A keen and driven individual who will always greet you with a smile and never fail to leave you feeling great about yourself after a session.

Wellness Receptionist (AM)

Wellness Receptionist

Wellness Receptionist

Am Earned a Bachelor’s degree in Information and computer management from Prince of Songkla University. Started hotel service in 2012. She has a love of service and full service allowing guests to be satisfied. She is knowledgeable the computer is very good and tactful communication with guests as well.

Nurse (NA)



Na She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Prince of Chiang Mai University, a prestigious university in Thailand, with specialized training in Water Irrigation Treatment. For over 16 years, she has worked as a Registered Senior Nurse in the most eminent hospitals and wellness centers in Thailand. Her immense knowledge, expertise and hospitality have been very much appreciated by all of our guests.

Massage Therapist (JEAB)

Massage Therapist

Jeab-Massage Therapist Jeab Completed her massage therapy training at the Thai Ministry of Public Health in Koh Samui in 2007 and has been working as a therapist full time ever since. She loves being a therapist and enjoys helping people with their physical problems. She has also passed certification from the Thai National skill standard testing in massage from Ministry of Public health.

Senior Therapist (PEN)

Senior Therapist

Pen-Massage Therapist Pen Completed her massage training at the Thai Ministry of Labor in Surathani in 2006. She further completed Therapeutic Health Massage training in Krabi. Pen has also passed certification from the Thai National Skill Standard Testing in Massage Therapy. She enjoys studying anatomy and how to apply her training and experience so that she can people with their ailments.

Massage Therapist (NOON)

Massage Therapist

Massage Therapist -NOON Noon graduated with a Master’s degree in Art and Cultural Administration from Burapha University in 2010. She is a talented artist, specializing in portrait drawings, and she is also a gifted make-up artist and Traditional Thai Dancer. Before coming to Samahita Retreat, Noon worked in many 5 stars hotels. She recently finished her training as a massage therapist and is dedicated to learning more and is proud to be a Samahita Wellness Therapist.

Massage Therapist (SI)

Massage Therapist

Massage Therapist - Si Si Completed her massage therapy training at the Thai Ministry of Public Health in Koh Samui in 2010. Her prior Spa experience brings a great addition to our Wellness Aroma Therapy, facial treatment and body experience.

Massage Therapist (JIB)

Massage Therapist

Samahita Retreat Massage Therapist - Jib Jib Completed her massage therapy training at the Thai Ministry of Public Health in Koh Samui in 2013. Prior to coming here, she had experience of Thai Traditional Massage. She hopes to explore the connection between Therapeutic Massage and overall Wellness.

Massage Therapist (NONG)

Massage Therapist

Samahita Retreat Massage Therapist - Nong Completed her massage therapy training at the Thai Ministry of Public Health in Koh Samui in 2010. For the past 2 years she has trained other therapists and practiced in Spa treatments. She has great skills in specific Salon treatments including Waxing, Pedicures & Manicures.

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