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 pain by a practitioner using nothing more than their hands. Bria was inspired to attend massage therapy school and graduated from the Alaska Institute of Massage Therapy in 2002. Thereafter Bria gravitated towards the medical aspect of massage therapy and manual therapy. She continues to pursue continuing education and is proficient in myofascial release, Trigger Point Therapy, Berry Method Tissue Repositioning, CranioSacral 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 along with making 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 the human body and how it presents and responds with acute pain, chronic pain or from injury. Her ability to be a part of a patient's co-care team for rehabilitation, pain relief, increased mobility and regaining function is what drives her to constantly learn new modalities. Kim is always conducting herself as the consummate professional. She 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 manual lymph drainage, myofascial release, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, sports massage, CranioSacral I, prenatal and postpartum massage, cupping therapy, Chinese five element theory and Kinesis Myofascial
Kristin enjoys exploring the Alaskan wilderness and biking. She loves spending quality time with family and friends,
and the spontaneous adventures that fall in her path.
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 manual lymph drainage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, isometric stretching, scoliosis massage, ribcage mobilization, cupping, oncology massage, prenatal and postpartum massage, sports massage, and deep tissue manipulation among many others.
Derek uses his free time to hike, kayak and backpack with his wife and can often be found cycling around town. Derek also enjoys his down days watching movies, playing video games, and spending time with his two cats.
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.
Her interest in health and fitness led to her manage a health gym for six years. Nicole graduated from the 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.
Nicole's modalities include manual lymph drainage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, prenatal and postpartum massage, scoliosis massage, ribcage mobilization, cupping sports massage and Kinesis Myofascial Integration.
Being an outdoor enthusiast, Nicole spends most of her time hiking, skiing, biking, and practicing
Gabi Miller, LMT
Transplanted from Iowa via Chicago, Gabi has made her home in Alaska for the last 5 years. She graduated from Wartburg College with a degree in communications. After graduation, Gabi worked as an event coordinator for a nonprofit and has worked in the finance sector. Gabi’s dedication to fitness and CrossFit started her interest in learning more about body mechanics and the importance of self care. In 2018 she graduated from the Alaska Career College as a licensed massage therapist. Gabi specializes in myofascial release, trigger point therapy, sports massage, structural integration, cupping and active muscle engagement. Additionally Gabi is also a certified nutrition coach.
Gabi's hobbies include baking, CrossFit, and spoiling her adorable corgi, Fiddler.
Melissa Drake, LMT
Melissa is a born and raised Alaskan and outdoor enthusiast. Prior to becoming a massage therapist, Melissa was a computer aided drafter as well as a medic in the Alaska Army National Guard.
Melissa has always been intrigued by the intricacies of the human body. She graduated from Alaska Career College in 2012 and has participated in various continuing education courses since. Melissa is proficient in myofascial release, orthopedic massage, deep tissue work, trigger point therapy, prenatal and postpartum massage as well as cupping.
Melissa is working towards her bachelor's degree in Dietetics and Nutrition at the University of Alaska and hopes to improve hers and other’s quality of life by eating healthy as a means to decrease the prevalence of disease. In her spare time Melissa enjoys gardening, hunting, fishing and foraging. She also loves spending time with her family, horse and dogs.
Jennifer Minderlein, CPC
Having worked in the medical administration and billing field since 2006, Jennifer uses her
experience from medical offices she has 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 as well as subbing in for the front desk. She has been working in the administrative side of medicine for over 15 years.
In Holly's free time, she can be found walking her dog, Berkley, and traveling with her husband.
Sarah joined the team in January of 2017 as a receptionist and has grown with the company. Sarah can help you with understanding your insurance, communicating with your provider's office, and coordinating treatment -- if you ask, she can help.
When not working at Advanced Body Solutions, Sarah can be found hiking, biking, skiing and kayaking, all with a camera in her hand. Sarah also enjoys walking her two cats, Ruthie and Franklin.
Kennedy joined our team in fall of 2021and we couldn't be happier to have her on board. Kennedy helps the front desk answer calls, schedule appointments, and coordinate treatment plans.
Kennedy recently moved from St. Louis, Missouri, where she received a B.S. in psychology and diversity studies at Missouri State University. She spends her free time at local antique stores, watching ghost shows, and taking scenic drives with lots of snacks.
Xavier is back with us to help with our day-to-day operations and we couldn't be more excited to have him. Xavier is extremely personable and hard working -- if you have any questions Xavier will be happy to help you.
Having grown up in Pittsburg, California, Xavier made Alaska his home after his time stationed at JBER as a paratrooper. Xavier has done EMT and social work previously but his greatest passions are spending time with his family and serving God and the community.