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Catherine Carpenter, LMP



Catherine has been providing therapeutic massage in Seattle since graduating from the Brian Utting School of Massage in 1990. Her practice is centered around providing pain relief, ease of movement and recovery from injury while nurturing body, mind and spirit. Catherine emphasizes a therapeutic blend of myofascial release, orthopedic massage, deep tissue, positional release, and Swedish massage. Her style balances focused, goal-oriented massage with soothing, gentle techniques to support the nervous system and the spirit. 

Catherine is a preferred in network provider with:


  • ASH

  • Aetna

  • Cigna

  • Kaiser

  • Lifewise

  • Premera

  • Regence

Catherine Accepts L&I and Auto Injury/PIP claims

Penta Swanson, LMT

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Penta Swanson is a licensed Massage Therapist with 13 years of experience in the field.  She graduated from the LCC Massage Therapy program in Eugene, Oregon in 2007. Penta is also a certified Jivamukti yoga teacher since 2009 and has a degree from the University of Oregon in Theatre Arts. Penta has spent decade in France and speaks fluent French.  Penta returned to her home town of Seattle in December of 2019 and is currently licensed in Washington State.


Penta is a caring and professional LMT who builds relationships with her clients in insightful, intuitive, and practical ways.  The passion she has for massage translates well in her work as an LMT; providing clients with a feeling of healing, rest, and relaxation.  Penta is dedicated to helping others through the healing benefits of massage therapy and listen carefully to your needs and address them in your treatment.


Penta works with a variety of modalities including Geriatric, Prenatal, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Relaxation, Trigger Point, Therapeutic, and Hospice Massage.  She specializes in a combination of deep tissue and Swedish during a treatment.  This type of massage goes beyond relaxation as it is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension providing an increase in well-being, reducing stress and boosting the body’s immune system.

Penta is not currently contracted with any commercial insurance provider.  She is happy to see self pay or patients with L&I or PIP Claims.

Penta should join the following networks in the next 6-8 weeks.

  • Premera Blue Cross

  • Regence BSWA

  • Aetna

  • Kaiser


Aera Barnette LMT

Aera (they/them) is a light touch specialist with both an intuitive & clinical approach to interdisciplinary bodywork. Aera’s primary focus is on the nervous system. They don't employ techniques of deep pressure. Instead, they facilitate the natural ability of the nervous system for one’s own recovery through gentle manipulation of the fascia, and incorporating elements of, reiki, passive movement, & stretching.

Their approach to bodywork is like how that of an artist manifests their vision onto paper. Aera will take these multiple modalities and apply them in their own unique way to help the client. This kind of bodywork is beneficial for folx suffering from stress, chronic pain, and who are easily overstimulated.

Folx with a history of traumatic brain injury, migraines, chronic pain & stress, or who have disabilities like autism  will find Aera to be warm, nurturing, and collaborative in their approach to providing care.

At this time we are working on getting Aera credentialed with Washington based insurance plans.  As of this time Aera is able to see:


  • Self pay patients

  • L&I and PIP claims

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Sydney Bale, MC, L.Ac, EAMP


Insurance Accepted by Sydney:


  • Aetna

  • Regence

  • Premera

  • Healthways

  • First Choice

  • WA Coordinated Care

  • WA Humana Acupuncture

  • WA Discount Program

Sydney Bale, MS, L.Ac, EAMP is a nationally certified Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist licensed in the state of Washington. She graduated from Bastyr University in 2011 with a Masters in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine. She is recognized by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is credentialed with most major health insurances in the state of Washington.


Sydney credits her upbringing in a family-line of physicians, as well as her love of nature and plant medicine, for her desire to practice Traditional Chinese Medicine. Sydney received her undergraduate degree in Botany from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA and her Masters in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine from Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA. Addressing health and well-being outside of the typical model of pharmaceutical drugs and symptom-based care has been a long-time interest of hers. She is passionate about alternative forms of healing which highlight preventative care and the important connection between mind and body in attaining whole health. She also enjoys working with people and hearing their stories. Her time at Bastyr included clinical work in the HIV, Refugee, and Chronic Fatigue Acupuncture Clinics at Seattle’s Harborview Hospital where she witnessed the benefits of acupuncture in a variety of different cases. In 2011 she completed an externship at the University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Chengdu, China. It was the highlight of her education to observe the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine in its homeland.


Returning from Asia, Sydney spent two years under the mentorship of Dr. Jing Liu, L.Ac., OMD, PhD, leading Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist in Scottsdale, Arizona, renowned for her work in fertility support and pediatric care. At that time she was fortunate to also mentor under doctor and academician Dr. Shi Xue Min from TianJin, China. His development of the ‘Xing Nao Kai Qiao’ acupuncture method has been effective in treating post-stoke conditions as well as many other nervous system disorders. During her time in Arizona Sydney treated a number of cases ranging from pain management, stress, allergy, and cold to stroke rehabilitation, Tourette’s/ADHD in children, and infertility.


Sydney continues to focus her practice on pain management, hormonal imbalances, and certain neurological disorders. She enjoys working with a wide variety of patients from children to the elderly. Her practice incorporates the use of Acupuncture with Chinese Herbal therapies to bring a greater sense of health and well-being to her patients.  


An experienced TCM practitioner with a passion for alternative healthcare, Sydney is communicable and investigative with knowledge and skill in the art of building trusting relationships with patients, providing exceptional care, and inspiring individuals to become more involved in improving their health.  She also enjoys many of the wonders of the outside world, travel to exotic places, yoga, and eating well.


Luca Tashka, LMP

Luca (he/they pronouns) is a massage therapist, trained in TCM(Traditional Chinese Medicine) specializing in Tui na and 5-element massage which directly corresponds to the philosophy and meridian therapy of chinese medicine.  Luca also utilizes cranio sacral, deep tissue, visceral, breath work, myofascial, neurokinetic, pnf, Thai, structural, lymphatic, active release, cupping, guasha to support others in their healing and wellness.


Luca's approach is cooperation and reconnecting with the body. Luca has a vast background in nursing, mental health and spiritual callings that combined with TCM creates profound individualized treatment. 

At this time we are working on getting Luca credentialed with Washington based insurance plans.  As of this time Luca is able to see:


  • Self pay patients  

  • L&I and PIP claims

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