About Us

Meet Our Team

Balanced Being, Inc. was founded in Olympia, Washington in 2000. Since then, we’ve grown a practice of integrated healing around the care of our nation’s Heroes and other members of the community living with the effects of trauma.

Four out of seven providers at Balanced Being are Veterans. Seven out of eight staff members have close family who have served our country in a military or first responder capacity. We are proud to provide integrated healing services to those who have been impacted by the unique experiences of combat and first-line service.

We partner with the Association for Integrated Healing, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing financial support for Heroes whose VA benefits may not adequately cover integrated healing treatment. Veterans can visit ihealing.org to apply for a personal grant that can help cover treatment costs. Anyone who feels passionately about helping our Heroes heal can make a donation to AIH.

Kim Nedrow

Kim Nedrow, LMT, BCTMB, CST-D
President & Founding Therapist

Kim Nedrow is a certified CranioSacral Therapist working at the Diplomate level (CST-D) and has been practicing CST and SomatoEmotional Release (SER) exclusively since 2001. She has years of experience working with Washington State’s Traumatic Brain Injury Council, the University of Washington Education in Rehabilitation program, and the Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Strategic Partnership Advisory Council. She is also Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. She founded BBI in 2000.

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John Jackson, LMT, CST-D
CranioSacral Therapist

John Jackson is a Licensed Massage Therapist in the State of Washington. He graduated from Seattle Massage School in 1991 and opened a clinical massage therapy practice within a chiropractic clinic in 1992. He gained valuable experience, knowledge and skill working with doctors treating acute trauma and chronic pain patients. In 1993, he took his first CranioSacral Therapy class. In that class, he was introduced to the idea of light touch therapy, the philosophy behind it and the practical application of the modality. He immediately developed a broad appreciation for how to work with a patient’s inner wisdom via the central nervous system with all of its components. In2001, he left the Chiropractic world and dedicated his practice to continuing education and practice of CranioSacral Therapy and complimentary Advanced Manual Therapies.

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Gordon Retterath, LICSW
Behavioral Healthcare Provider

Gordon Retterath is a licensed clinical social worker with twenty years of experience. A retired Army First Sergeant with a 24-year career that started in 1973, Gordy has experience working with Soldiers and family members who have behavioral health disorders such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, as well as challenging circumstances like terminal illness, physical abuse or neglect, and financial exploitation. He is trained in a variety of evidence-based psychological treatment modalities including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Motivational Interviewing. He earned a master’s degree in social work from Portland State University and completed a Post Graduate Fellowship with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Substance Abuse.

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Melissa Seipel, LMT
Massage Therapist

Melissa's journey has been one filled with diverse experiences and achievements. Hailing from the vibrant state of California, she embraced an active lifestyle from a young age, immersing herself in various athletic pursuits such as springboard diving, swimming, running, skiing, and rigorous workouts. Following her dedicated service in the U.S. Coast Guard, Melissa transitioned seamlessly into the role of nurturing her family while simultaneously embarking on a successful career spanning over two decades in the legal field as an office manager, legal assistant, and paralegal. She became a massage therapist in 2014. After having received CranioSacral Therapy sessions in her own healing journey, in 2022 Melissa attended her first CST class. In early 2023, she moved her massage practice to Balanced Being where she now works with a variety of clients, including Veterans, First Responders, and their families. She specializes in postural and functional movement assessment, injury treatment, and incorporates CranioSacral Therapy and corrective exercises in her therapy sessions. In addition to personal training and massage therapy, Melissa is also a certified IIN Health Coach and uses a bio-individualistic approach to her work.

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Dr. Ian Strand, D.O.

Dr. Ian Strand is a board-certified emergency physician with special interests and additional training in men’s health, hormone optimization, traumatic brain injury, and performance medicine. He earned his undergraduate degree at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He served as a commissioned officer stationed at Ft. Lewis with combat deployment to Iraq in 2007 as an infantry platoon leader and company executive officer. He attended medical school at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima, WA before traveling to Columbus, OH to complete a four-year residency in Emergency Medicine. His personal mission is to help people expand their health-span (their length of a healthy, vibrant, energetic life) using an integrative, evidence-based approach to nutrition, exercise, supplementation, and medication.

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Madelyn Vlas
Executive Assistant

Meet Madelyn Vlas, our dedicated Executive Assistant, bringing a blend of passion, expertise, and heart to every aspect of her role.

Madelyn's roots are deeply intertwined with the spirit of the Pacific Northwest. Madelyn studied at Washington State University, where she earned her bachelor's degree, in business management.

Madelyn's connection to the first responder community runs deep, as the daughter of a retired Lieutenant from the Seattle Fire Department. This family tie has embedded her respect for service and a commitment to supporting those who dedicate their lives to helping others.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Madelyn finds joy and fulfillment in the company of her three children, cherishing every moment spent together. An avid nature enthusiast, she finds solace in the breathtaking beauty of the Pacific coast, especially when catching glimpses of majestic orca whales in their natural habitat.

With her unwavering dedication, genuine warmth, and tireless work ethic, Madelyn is an integral part of our team, ensuring smooth operations and unparalleled support for all.

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Dr. Mukti Khanna
Clinical Psychologist

Mukti Khanna, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist providing psychological services for mental and emotional health including EMDR, EMDR flash technique, energy psychology, person centered psychotherapy, somatic and expressive arts therapies from a strength-based perspective. Dr. Khanna also provides Ayurvedic lifestyle health counseling to support prevention and wellness.

Balanced Being, Inc. Code of Conduct

Our goal is to provide our clients an environment where they can feel safe and supported in every session. We adhere to the following code of professional conduct in order to create a warm and therapeutic atmosphere.

Therapeutic Presence

Our therapists stay physically, mentally, and energetically present with our clients throughout the duration of a treatment session. Our intent is to hold a grounded, neutral container in which we support the client’s process.


Our therapists commit to bearing neutral witness, holding space without expectation, and working without attachment to outcome. This means our therapists are ready to meet you and support you wherever you are in your healing process. Your experience is your lived truth. This is not open to interpretation. We facilitate and support your process of discovery.

Confidentiality and HIPAA Compliance

We adhere to all state and federal HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) laws and regulations. All conversations shared during our session as well as all chart notes and medical records will be kept in confidence.

Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
Certified Diplomate
National Certification Board - Approved Provider for Continuing Education