Meet Our Therapists

Amber Defazio, Owner

Amber DeFazioAmber DeFazio LMT has been interested  in healing and bodywork since childhood. Her passion grew while studying to get her Associates degree in Occupational Science at New York College of Health Professions. This 2600 hour program opened the door to vast array of modalities for her to include in her massage practice. The extensive knowledge of kinesiology, myology, and pathology taught in this program gives her an exceptional understanding of the human body and the tools to treat each patient in the most unique, productive and healing way. As part of the healing process Amber integrates European (Swedish), Amma (Oriental), Sports, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Myofascial Release, Reiki, Prenatal, Reflexology, and Hot Stone therapies to treat everything from stress and sore muscles to chronic pain and energetic imbalances. When she is not taking the time to heal others her passions include family, nutrition, yoga, art, music, dance, and almost everything outdoors.

 

James Hainsworth

James HainsworthJames Hainsworth LMT, HHP, has been interested in healing and massage for almost 20 years. After beginning a daily yoga practice in his early teens, he self-experimented with many nutrition, cleansing, and meditation techniques. He began doing massage on friends and family and found he had an intuitive sense as to where people held tension. He later became interested in energy work, and shortly after, received his Reiki I and II certifications. James attended Body Mind College in San Diego and received a 1000 hour Holistic Health Practitioner Certificate. During that time, he learned many modalities including Sports Massage, Deep Tissue, and Myofascial Release. He also gained experience in spiritual and nutritional counseling, as well as pursuing interests in shamanism and Tai Chi.

James tailors each massage session to the client’s needs. His focus is on creating a therapeutic and healing experience for his clients that relieves stress and improves the function and feeling of the body. He blends different styles and techniques to create a very nurturing, relaxing, and effective massage. His attention to detail, ability to go very slowly, and comprehensive knowledge of the body are excellent for post-injury and post-surgery applications.

 

Emily Dettling

Emily DettlingEmily Dettling, CMT has been interested in the healing arts from childhood. At the age of 19, she attended a 280 hour program at Phillip’s School of Massage in Nevada City, Ca. The school focused on a holistic approach, considering the importance of whole body healing. In addition to Swedish, Reiki, Accupressure, and Deep Tissue, the school taught the importance of caring for one’s self by introducing yoga, daily meditation, nutrition, and self awareness. These all enabled Emily to provide a very nurturing and compassionate massage.

At age 21, looking to expand her knowledge she attended the Ralston School of Massage in Reno, Nv. The 720 hour program focused heavily on the human body and its function, delving deep into the complex science of anatomy. There she learned a broad range of styles including Trigger Point Therapy, Accupressure, Facilitated Stretching, Chinese Meditative, Chair, and a good deal of Sports Massage. Through the school she had the opportunity to work at different events in the area, including Wheelchair Tennis, the Donner Lake Triathlon and others. This gave Emily the unique opportunity to work with fully functioning athletes as well as those with paralysis.She has been practicing massage therapy for over 13 and considers the practice to be an important and necessary part of her life.

 

Brianna Brownfield, LAc

Brianna

Brianna has a broad range of experience in the medical field including expertise in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, a Functional Medicine practitioner, and over ten years experience in Orthopedic Bodywork. She has a  passion both for current health science and ancient healing theories and techniques . Brianna enjoys helping the community achieve optimal health by practicing Integrative Functional Medicine, focusing on the root cause of disease, and creating personalized holistic treatment plans for each individual with an emphasis on diet and lifestyle choices.  Brianna completed her Masters degree of Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, CA. This four year rigorous program provides the highest level of professional education in TCM and Integrative Medicine in the United States and includes over 1000 hours of clinical experience. Brianna became a Certified Massage Therapist in 2005 from the Healing Arts Institute in Sacramento, CA. She has been thoroughly trained in several styles of massage including Chi Nei Tsang, Orthopedic Shiatsu, Swedish, Deep Tissue Sports, and Prenatal Massage. Patients can expect highly personalized medical care designed to address your specific needs, and an invaluable resource of knowledge and health education.

 

Bridgette O’Neill

BridgetteBridgette O’Neill is an intuitive massage therapist that enjoys all varieties of body work. After graduating Denver School of Massage Therapy, she took her passion of healing to Truckee knowing she would be able to contribute to optimum health in a thriving community. She has been instructed in Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Sports Massage, Prenatal,  Cranial Sacral, Reflexology, Shiatsu, Acupressure & Swedish Massage. You can expect a deep understanding of your body’s  needs while she tailors her way through your muscles, manipulation specific areas of tension you may be struggling with.  Whether you have a certain sports injury or just want to relax, Bridgette can accommodate to all depth of pressure to assure you that your getting exactly what you need in your session. Having the ability to position your body in a correct anatomical position, she believes stretching of the limbs is important to body work as it helps relieve stress in the joints allowing the body to properly adapt to its normal structure.  Giving she has an incredibly holistic approach to her techniques you can be assured with time, you will be relieved of any stress you may have been holding on to. Bridgette is also an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach giving you a wide range of knowledge you may need, to help further you in pursuing any lifestyle changes you need help with.

 

Kristi Ketting

KristiKristi began practicing massage in 2010 after completing over 1400 hours of education at the Swedish Institute in New York. She specializes in deeper work with a Swedish influence, with the goal of releasing tension in body, mind, and spirit. Kristi has a passion for holistic wellness, and is always seeking to learn more. In 2015 she completed a 200hr yoga teacher training, and is currently in a M.A. program for Health and Wellness Coaching with the Maryland University of Integrative Health. Kristi has lived in Tahoe since 2012, and enjoys playing outdoors in her free time.

 

Wendy Lautner

10896192_592969930804659_5377188344319268106_oWendy Lautner is a Certified Massage Therapist with more than 14 years of experience. After graduating from Phillips School of Massage with a concentration in Swedish and Shiatsu massage techniques in 2001, she completed additional trainings in Reiki (2011), Deep Tissue (2009), and Trigger Point therapy (2009). She is also a Certified Personal Trainer (2006) and Yoga Instructor (2015). Wendy’s broad knowledge of the body allows her to tailor every massage to meet her clients’ specific needs and goals.

As a new mother (2012 to baby Archer!), she has a special place in her heart for both prenatal and postpartum massage and believes strongly in its benefits for both mom and baby. Sore muscles aside, Wendy believes massage therapy is an integral component of any health & wellness program. Research continues to show that massage is one of the best treatments for stress and untreated stress is one of the biggest risk factors for many of today’s deadliest diseases.

Outside of work, Wendy loves enjoying the outdoors with her family. She’s an avid cross country skier, telemark skier, runner, mountain biker, and whitewater kayaker.

 

Nikoletta Bersentes

FullSizeRender Nikoletta Bersentes received her massage training from the Holistic Chi institute in San Luis Obispo, Ca. After acquiring training in Swedish, deep tissue, lomi lomi and Reiki energy healing she decided to dive deep into Somatic body release and the healing arts. She than began studying with Sukha Wellness in Avila Beach with modalities including Cranial Sacral therapy, myofacial release, lymphatic drainage and received her facilitator license to teach and practice access conciouness. Nikoletta considers herself an art healer intuitively tapping in and listening to her clients needs as well as the body sending messages so she may help unravel, reset and center each individual to balance and homeostasis. Having taught yoga and movement in the body for over 15 years she furthered her studies traveling to Costa Rica and becoming a licensed Clarity breath worker. Clarity breath assists in the release of emotional baggage, injury and pain stored in the body. Gathering and collecting these teachings and experiences has cultivated in her a unique blend of therapeutic treatments to offer all individuals seeking well being. She incorporates and infuses her practice into the clients needs to create a safe healing environment for the body, mind and spirit.

 

Brooke Wyrd

bio pic dogBrooke Wyrd LMT CST RMT started learning about bodywork while living in Hawaii and soon realized she was meant to do this work. After finishing her required courses she was later introduced to the world of Chakras, Energy and the subtle body in a Reiki class in Santa Barbara. She fell in love with this subtle world and has since found her work involves the energetic body just as much as the mental and physical.

Brooke’s Integrative Intuitive bodywork tailors individually to each of her clients. She specializes in Swedish/Deep Swedish, Deep Tissue/Sports, Craniosacral, Temporomadibular Joint Disorder,   Prenatal, Compressive Deep Tissue (barefoot floor massage), Reiki/Energy/Chakra/Aura balancing/clearing, and Sound Therapy. The body is integrated and needs to be looked at as such when addressing ailments, disfunction, areas of pain, stress/relaxation, etc.

Brooke has studied at the Hawaiian Islands School of Massage, Santa Barbara Bodyworks, The Upledger Institute, the International Academy of Sound Healing and the Medicine Wheel in Ojai. Always looking for ways to further her education she continues daily self study, and attends classes and workshops often.

 

Monique Council

IMG_0611I began my massage therapy career in 2003 after graduating from The Heartwood Institute of northern California. I recently completed an intensive program at East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon, which rounded out my extensive skill set. This allows me to offer both highly technical manual therapy and deeply relaxing circulatory massage.

Quality, effective treatment is deeply important to me. I am here to provide you with a custom massage that will assist you in achieving your health and wellness goals. Some examples of the therapeutic modalities I can offer are: injury rehabilitation, improved athletic performance, motor vehicle collision recovery, soothing and nurturing relaxation massage, chronic pain relief, addressing muscular tension patterns, prenatal massage, craniosacral, and spa services. Whatever your personal needs, I am truly happy to be of service to you.

 

Yolanda Mayes

coretherapyCranioSacralTherapyYolanda  is a Craniosacral (CST) &  Somato Emotional Release (SER)  Therapist. She offers a noninvasive,  intuitive, integrative approach to bodywork that addresses  the core issues of “disease” and “dysfunction” throughout the body. She works with the client to unravel these  physical , emotional and energetic holding patterns held  deep within the body, allowing  the body to ReBalance to a state of homeostasis.  By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body’s ability to self-correct, CST is able to  alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions.