Medical Massage and Manual Therapists
Bria Burningham, LMT
Bria's passion for healing the human body through touch began at age 18, when she was working as a chiropractic assistant. She was fascinated and humbled by how patients could be relieved of tremendous pain by the practitioner using nothing more than their hands. She was inspired to pursue massage therapy school to further her knowledge and graduated from the Alaska Institute of Massage Therapy in 2002. Bria knew immediately Medical Massage and Manual therapy was the field of massage she was passionate about. She has spent years pursuing continuing education including Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Berry Method Tissue Repositioning, Cranialsacral Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage Massage, PNF stretching and Kinesis Myofascial Integration.
Bria works with people of all ages, from newborns to elders. She enjoys the personal connections made with patients and knowing she makes a positive difference in the lives of others. Bria likes to spend time in nature and can be found gardening, hiking, camping, fishing, cross country skiing, eating chocolate and spending time with her family and friends.
Modalities: Active Release Technique (ART); Upper, Lower, Full Body and Long Track Nerve Entrapment; Advanced Integrated Muscle Release; Integrated Myofascial Therapy; Trigger Point Therapy; Deep Tissue; Positional Muscle Release; Orthopedic and Sports Massage; Upledger CranioSacral I and II, CranioSacral for New Born; Fascial Distortion Method; Neck/Jaw/ Temporal Mandible Joint (TMJ); Kinesio Taping I and II; Cupping; Strain Counter Strain, and Kinesis Myofascial Integration.
Education and Training:
American Institute of Massage Therapy - CA 1989
Undergraduate in Design and Industry (Specializing in Medical Technology) - S.F.S.U. 1991
Med-Help Training School (EMT Program) - CA 1991
Stanford University, Pre-Hospital Medicine (Paramedic Program) - CA, 1994
Technical Rope Rescue - AK 1995
Flight Medic - AK 1996
Basic Firefighter - AK 1996
Dive and Rescue - AK 1996
Medical Legal Death Investigation - AK 1997
Inpatient OB-maternity/Fetal/Neonatal - AK 1997
Kim is fascinated by the never ending compensations and complexities of how the human body presents and responds with acute pain, chronic pain or from injury. Her ability to be a part of a patients co-care team for rehabilitation, to help alleviate pain, increase mobility and help a patient regain function for life is what drives her to constantly learn new modalities. While always conducting herself as the consummate professional, Kim is also an avid sports enthusiast, 'Go Raiders - Go All Blacks!’ Whether it’s competing at ice hockey, water skiing or hiking with her family and dogs, Kim is always in tune with (or pushing) her limits.
Kim Verreydt, LMT
Kristin Valentine, LMT
Kristin is originally from Spokane, Washington where she graduated from Whitworth University
with a bachelors of arts in peace studies in 2009. After graduating, she moved to Alaska for an
adventurous summer and decided to stay. Her passion for helping people drew her to explore a
more holistic approach of healing through massage and manual therapy. She attended the Alaska
Institute of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture, and Massage Therapy and graduated as a massage
therapist in 2013. Kristin's modalities and continuing education have focused in Myofascial Release,
Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Sports Massage, Cranialsacral I, Pre-natal and
Postpartum Massage, Cupping Therapy, Chinese five element theory and Kinesis Myofascial
Kristin enjoys exploring the Alaska wilderness, biking, spending quality time with family and friends,
and spontaneous adventures that fall in her path.
Athena Swinford, LMT
Athena is dedicated to finding the root cause of her client’s symptoms. In a session, you can expect
a thorough verbal intake looking for previous injuries, traumas, changes in lifestyle and stressors
that may contribute to the presenting ailments. Athena is a lifelong learner who dedicates time
daily to exploring advances in alternative medicine and understanding how the different body
systems interface each other. She offers her clients the opportunity to see their body as a whole
physiological system where muscles, joints, organs, nerves and a client’s experience play a role in
a pain free body.
Athena graduated from the Alaska Learning Institute with her massage therapy license in the 2007.
She is an Advanced CST practitioner and has studied extensively with the Upledger Institute of
Cranialsacral therapy. Athena’s technique seamlessly blends Deep Tissue Massage, Myofacial
Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Cupping, Cranialsacral, Visceral Manipulation and Neural
Originally from Alaska, Athena moved back to Anchorage with her family after enjoying eight years in the high desert of Taos, New Mexico. She enjoys adventure, exploring new places and experiences. She can be found organic gardening, homesteading, developing her property in McCarthy and studying microbiome and functional medicine.
Nicole Lesko, LMT
As a lifelong Alaskan, Nicole can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. She graduated in 2001 from
the University of Oregon with an environmental degree before returning home to Alaska where her
interest in health and fitness led to her manage a health gym for six years. Nicole graduated from
Alaska Career College in 2016 as a Licensed Massage Therapist. After interning with Advanced Body
Solutions, Nicole joined the team as a full time therapist. She specializes in Myofascial Release,
Trigger Point Therapy, Pre-natal and Postpartum Massage, Sports Massage and Kinesis Myofascial
Being an outdoor enthusiast, Nicole spends most of her time hiking, skiing, biking, and practicing
Derek Brasch, LMT
Derek grew up in Seward, Alaska where he studied structural welding before his interest in body mechanics led him to pursue a career in massage therapy. He graduated at the top of his massage class from Alaska Career College in 2015 and worked side-by-side with a chiropractor before joining the Advanced Body Solutions team in August 2017. Today Derek frequently participates in various continuing education courses to broaden his knowledge of the muscular system and to find new ways to help his clients. Derek’s special education includes myofascial release, trigger point therapy, isometric stretching, scoliosis massage, rib cage mobilization, cupping, oncology massage, prenatal and postpartum massage, sports massage, and deep tissue manipulation among many others.
Derek uses his free time to hike, bike, and backpack with his wife in state and federal lands and can often be found biking around town to find new places to eat and play. Derek also enjoys his down days watching movies and playing the newest video games on his playstation.
Gabi Miller, LMT
Transplanted from Iowa via Chicago, Gabi has made her home in Alaska for the last 5 years. Graduation from Wartburg College with a degree in Communications she has worked as an Event Coordinator, for a Nonprofit and in the Finance sector. Gabi’s dedication to fitness and CrossFit started her interest to pursue learning more about body mechanics and the importance of self care. In 2018 she graduated from Alaska Career College as a licensed Massage Therapist specializing in Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Sports Massage, Structural integration, Cupping and Active muscle engagement. Additionally Gabi is also a certified nutrition coach.
Her hobbies include Baking, CrossFit, and spoiling her adorable corgi Fidd.
Jennifer Minderlein, CPC
Office & Billing Manager
Having worked in the medical administration and billing field since 2006, Jennifer uses her
experience from medical offices she’s been a part of to make Advanced Body Solutions a well-run
clinic. She received her Certified Professional Coder certificate in 2012 and enjoys the challenges
that coding and billing bring.
Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband, chasing their son around the playground and
walking her dogs out in the woods.
Holly manages insurance authorizations and schedules appointments. She has been working in the administrative side of medicine for over 15 years. In her free time, she can be found walking her dog Berkley and traveling with her husband.
Front Desk Coordinator
Originally from Connecticut, Sarah joined the team in January of 2017 and has been an excellent addition. She can be found hiking as many trails as possible or snapping photos around town.
Front Desk Coordinator
A Bay Area, California native, Xavier first came to Alaska while stationed with the military. After his time at Fort Richardson Xavier decided he would call Anchorage his home and moved here permanently in August of 2017. He joined the Advanced Body Solutions team in April 2018 and has been asset to us ever since. In his spare time Xavier enjoys spending time with his wife and son.