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The HealthFirst team is highly qualified, experienced and engaging

Our HealthFirst Team

Qualifications: MBChB MRCGP DRCOG DCH

Dr Michelle Wright

As company Director, Dr Michelle Wright leads the dynamic HealthFirst team of doctors, nurses, midwives and hard-working administrative and marketing support. A British-trained General Practitioner (GP), Michelle also works part-time as a doctor in the Staff Medical Service of the International Labour Organisation, Geneva, maintaining her patient contact and clinical work.

For over 10 years, she has had her own weekly radio show, Health Matters, on World Radio Switzerland. Passionate about health promotion and disease prevention, Michelle has a diploma in Lifestyle Medicine from the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine. She is also an ensa Mental Health First Aid instructor trainer and course instructor.

Qualifications: MBBS BSc MRCGP ACC

Dr Mecky McNeil

As Mental HealthFirst Director, Dr Mecky McNeil helps coordinate and deliver our mental health seminars and trainings. Mecky is a British-trained General Practitioner (GP) with 15 years of clinical experience. She worked in a large family practice for many years and was also a GP specialist in Cardiology.

Always passionate about health promotion and disease prevention, Mecky became a health coach in 2017 after completing her training as an associate coach with University of Cape Town Postgraduate Business School. She now focuses on mental health and alongside her role with HealthFirst, Mecky has a part-time role at ensa Mental Health First Aid in Switzerland.

This includes developing the MHFA programmes in English, alongside being an instructor trainer and the English ensa instructor co-ordinator.

Christine Blom HealthFirst

Qualifications: RN(US) BSN EFRI

Nurse Christine Blom

Christine received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in the US, and has been in the Geneva area since 2002. Here she has worked as a school nurse in the International School of Geneva, as a health promotion nurse in multi national companies, as a massage therapist and as a yoga instructor.

She has recently finished her Certificate of Advanced Studies in Mindfulness Based Interventions at the University of Geneva.  As a Senior Trainer for HealthFirst, she delivers physical and mental health first aid courses in her native French and English.

Qualifications: RN (IDE- FR) CAS-PF MHM

Nurse Ana Casati

Ana received her nursing diploma in Lyon-France and has been working in the Geneva area since 2011. She has always been passionate about health promotion and education, having worked in both acute care settings (CH Annecy, Cité Générations) and occupational health (Procter & Gamble).

She recently obtained her Masters degree in Healthcare Management from Webster University. She runs first aid courses in English and French. She is a mother of three young children.

Nurse Amanda Gaillet

Qualifications: RGN (UK), ENB, EFRI

Nurse Amanda Gaillet

Amanda is a British-trained nurse who has worked in England, Australia and Switzerland.  Currently working at the International School of Zurich as a school nurse, she runs First Aid and CPR courses for students and staff and is involved in health and wellness promotion school wide.

Qualified as a Mental Health First Aid instructor, Amanda has a keen interest in promoting positive mental health. Mother to four boys, she brings her enthusiasm for healthy life choices to our Health Screening Assessments for employees all round Switzerland.

Qualifications: Pflegedfachfrau (CH), BSc.(Hons) Professional Studies (Nursing)

Nurse Rachael Prior

Rachael is a British trained Nurse who has worked in England, Switzerland and Southern Africa. She has a clinical background in Critical Care Nursing, and works for HealthFirst as both a First Aid trainer and an ensa Mental Health First Aid trainer.  

Rachael is interested in global health issues, having previously volunteered with the charity Mercy Ships and brings her enthusiasm for teaching to the HealthFirst team.

Qualifications: RN(UK) BSc Midwifery(Hons), Dip TN

Nurse/Midwife Polly Pupulin

Polly is a British-trained nurse and midwife, who has worked for NGOs and Missions around the world.

As a mother of four, she brings particular empathy to her roles as both HealthFirst Senior Trainer and Birth Preparation Class specialist.

Nurse Cheryl Rooney-Ball

Qualifications: RCN (UK) ENB DipHE Inf.HMP

Nurse Cheryl Rooney-Ball

Cheryl was born in Geneva and trained as a Paediatric Nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London. Working at the Petit Saconnex paediatric medical centre and previously at Hôpital de La Tour, she adds her unique bilingual knowledge of the Swiss medical system to her First Aid Training.

As a parent of two active teenagers, she is passionate about the prevention of accidents and illnesses.

Midwife Mags Sheldon

Qualifications: RM (UK)

Midwife Mags Sheldon

Mags is a UK-qualified midwife, experienced in pre-natal education, deliveries and post-natal care. Having worked in adult and baby intensive care units, she is a strong advocate for high standards of First Aid and resuscitation techniques.

Mags is an experienced teacher of Sex and Relationship education,​ is a member of the PSHE Association (UK) and the Sex Education Forum (UK) and a qualified ensa Mental Health First Aid instructor.

Qualifications: MBChB MRCGP DRCOG

Dr Anna Spillard

Anna is a General Practitioner (GP), who completed her post-graduate training in London. She has worked in a range of specialities, including paediatrics, obstetrics, psychiatry and A+E, giving her a wealth of knowledge in these various areas.

Around her HealthFirst work, Anna travels back to the UK intermittently to work as a GP, as well as providing online GP consultations from Switzerland. Anna loves sport and is a qualified yoga instructor.

Olivia Coghlan HealthFirst


Olivia Coghlan

Olivia is the HealthFirst Administrator bringing her bilingual skills, organisational talents and marketing capability to her role, ensuring the smooth coordination of every First Aid Course.

She is a Media and Communications Studies graduate and gained experience with Sky TV and MTV as well as the popular British hospital drama ‘Casualty’.


Ali Mackinnon

Ali is responsible for marketing, with experience gained from working in international schools in Switzerland and France as well as financial recruitment in London.

Speaking English, French and German she has lived in the Zurich area for the last ten years having previously lived near Paris for twenty.


Barbara Revel


Barbara Revel

Barbara is the HealthFirst Administrative Assistant, coordinating in French and English with clients and trainers. She has worked in Paris and London organising and auditing in-house trainings, courseware development and translation within companies.

Her excellent planning and execution skills facilitate the delivery of HealthFirst services and products.

Our Administrative Team

What our clients say:

"I was a little apprehensive about doing a first aid course via Zoom, however, it worked so well. The trainer, Nurse Polly, was excellent.

Very clear and precise and she kept it very interesting and under control without deviations. I would definitely recommend Health First and will use them again." 

Julie Ann T

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