Berkana Faculty

The Amazing Faculty of our Accelerated and Intensive Massage Therapy School

Jade T. Nelson LMT teaches Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Sports Massage Therapy at the Berkana Institute of Massage Therapy. He has been surrounded by the culture of holistic health and progressive thinking since he was born. Raised by his mother, a full time massage therapist, bodyworker and holistic health care practitioner, he cut his teeth on giving and receiving therapeutic touch. He is a passionate world traveler, and has lived in Belize and Costa Rica. Jade has been deeply involved in the love and study of music and graduated from the prestigious Denver School of the Arts. His Musical Focus was Classical Jazz Baritone and Bass Saxophone. He also plays the piano, guitar and ukulele. He is devoted to composing and recording his own music. Jade has been a Licensed Massage Therapist and Bodywork Artist for over 9 years and has a successful private practice in Denver Colorado. He specializes in a unique blend of Neuromuscular Therapy and the Berkana Method Mindful Expressionism®.

Ascentia Fox LMT, BCTMB  is a NCBTMB board certified massage therapist and bodyworker. She has been a Berkana Institute faculty member since the inception of the school in 2011. She teaches the Holistic Studies class, as well as the Craniosacral Fascial Release elective course. She has carried a life long passion for holistic, radiant health; graduating from the California Healing Arts College in 2006,  beginning her ongoing studies of Craniosacral Therapy with the Upledger Institute in 2007, holding successful private and cooperative practices with holistic wellness centers in Los Angeles, CA, Costa Rica, Minnesota, and Northern California where she currently lives. Ascentia is also a certified Vinyasa and Yin yoga instructor, Birth Doula, Flower Essence Practitioner, and Ordained Priestess. She views every body as a temple, each educational class or therapeutic session as a ritual, and is always honored to share sacred space.

nw1Natalie Wade LMT Fascinated by the human body and strongly committed to the practice of movement, Natalie earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois in 2011. Her studies were heavily focused in therapeutic treatment, leading her to work and volunteer in various wellness settings and clinics. In the same year, Natalie graduated from the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy and earned a national certification in massage and bodywork. Her traveling nature and quest for deeper work brought her to Denver to study Mindful Expressionism™ at the Berkana Institute. The work Natalie brings to the table is heavily influenced by the arts, mindfulness, and movement science. It is no secret that Natalie is extremely passionate about her work and the people involved. Through conscious practice of unifying the mind, body, and soul, Natalie strives to teach others how to devote themselves to their own movement and wellness. Natalie is a Certified Mindful Expressionist®.

faculty-4John Yungclas LMT is a lifelong learner and educator who holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Santa Clara University and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Colorado at Denver. He has spent much of the past 15 years living and teaching in Germany, Singapore, and the Czech Republic. He finds balance in both mind and body through massage therapy, yoga, and mindful meditation. As a proud graduate of the Berkana Institute of Massage Therapy, John believes that massage therapy is a profession that gives practitioners the opportunity to draw from their artistic, academic, and physical strengths. He also believes that having a strong foundation of self-knowledge, communication skills, ethics, and psychology gives a massage therapist the power to keep themselves and their clients safe and happy.  He teaches the complementary studies courses which include Personal and Professional Inventory, Communications Skills, Professional Ethics, and Psychology of Touch Introduction.

Amanda Tucek LMT Amanda has been practicing the art of bodywork since 2012 when she studied at The Berkana Institute. She has practiced in various locations in Colorado as well as Martha’s Vineyard. Her extensive time and work in the field led her back to the Institute to share what she has learned as a bodywork instructor.

Amanda is passionate about fostering creativity within the scope of the massage therapy profession as well as in her own artistic endeavors. She continues to practice bodywork in Denver, Colorado and strives to be one of the best in the profession.

Brittanie R. Miller LMT Fascinated if not obsessed with holistic living, Brittanie has been traveling an accelerated and potent path of holistic health care education for the last several years, and is a devoted passionista of walking her talk. She is the Body Mechanics Instructor at the Berkana Institute of Massage Therapy, and is completing her Mindful Expressionism Certification this summer with the method originator.  Brittanie specializes in encouraging the resolution of TMJ related complaints, addresses limiting core musculature dysfunction, and works with her clients to increase the freedom of movement inherent with Deep Lumbar (lower back) treatment. She also specializes in creating deep breathing patterns for her clients through breathing enhancement techniques. Whatever the client needs in their massage therapy and bodywork session, she can create on the spot.  Brittanie approaches bodywork with an artistic perspective while staying consistently grounded in the health sciences. She mindfully integrates various modalities, customizing treatments specifically for each client, with the goal to inspire natural healing and holistic balance for her client. As a Certified Yoga instructor, she offers one on one yoga sessions for her bodywork clients as an add on, but offers all of her clients yoga based self-care assignments they can take home to solidify the improved state they experienced while on the massage table.

Katrina-Shreve Katrina Shreve, LMT, CYT, TTMP Katrina’s love of nature and passion for healing began with Western Herbalism and led her to study Massage and Hydrotherapy at the Finger Lakes School of Massage in New York in 2002. Since then she has completed many certifications in Western and Eastern Bodywork, Energy work, and Complimentary Medicine, but her favorite accomplishment in all of her continued education is most definitely Thai Massage. Traditional Thai Massage is much more than just a bodywork modality, it is an ancient medical discipline that also encompasses our energetic anatomy as well as the entire holistic homeostasis of the body. Katrina found that Thai Medicine combined and simplified all of the individual Healing Arts methods she has been studying into one, humble and complete package. Her love of Thai Massage culminated in completing the Advanced Thai Massage training here in Colorado at the Thai Institute and she continues her studies in this fascinating field to this day. She recently achieved her 200 hour Yoga Teacher certification and looks forward to learning more about Ayurvedic Bodywork to compliment her Thai practice. She is so thrilled to share this passion of hers with the Intro to Thai Massage here at the Berkana Institute.

Chārutā AhMaiua LMT, CPC is the Ashiatsu Instructor at the Berkana Institute of Massage Therapy.  She earned a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Delaware in 2002. She then traveled to a remote island country called Kiribati in the South Pacific, where she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 2002 to 2004. Living an incredibly simple life with humble islanders profoundly changed her life forever.  It was in Kiribati that an insatiable, lifelong hunger to understand the human condition and be of service to its transformation and evolution was born. Her first step on this new path was massage school. Chārutā graduated from the Ashland Institute of Massage in Southern Oregon top of her class and began her professional bodywork practice in 2006 first in Oregon, then Washington and now Colorado. She specializes in an Ashiatsu-like barefoot massage, myofascial release and bodywork instruction. In addition to teaching at Berkana Institute and having a successful, local massage practice, Chārutā is a certified professional coach, dancer, drummer and mediator.  She believes that all transformation begins with the Self and thus embraces lifelong learning.

Marjy Berkman LMT is a Certified Clinical Herbalist, Certified Herbalist, and a Licensed Massage Therapist who graduated from the Berkana Institute of Massage Therapy in 2012. She has a BA in English Literature. She has worked at an integrative pharmacy giving consultations to people with skin challenges and health issues for about 15 years, and is the Author of  “Psoriasis: Free and Clear: Using Food And Positive Energy To Heal Your Skin”

Annie Abrahamson LMT Annie has always been drawn to teaching, body science, and the holistic nature of healing. She has a Bachelors in English and Education from CU Denver which inspired her to teach ESL abroad. In 2012, Annie started teaching yoga and developed a passion for body movement, anatomy, and alternative medicine. She craved a deeper and more scientific understanding of bodywork, and later sought out the Berkana Institute to receive her license as a Massage Therapist. Annie strongly believes in nurturing the mind-body connection in order to find alignment in all areas of life. She is passionate about working with people to help them develop a better understanding of their physical strengths, limitations, and overall health.

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