I am a 2012 graduate of the Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute, Colorado. I bring a species-specific knowledge of the biology of our pets, their nutritional needs, and their natural behaviors.
When I started college I picked the major of animal behavior, which morphed into the sciences, and then into the world of health and nutrition. And I took time off for traveling. Though I ended up working in the world of business, I never stopped learning about natural healing.
I have always been a great reader, researcher, detective and analyst. Learning animal acupressure was an intentional shift to create work from my passions. And in a wonderful twist of fate, nearly everything I learned along the way is helping to create a joyous, healing practice.
I was four when we moved to a small town in northern California. We had a local dude ranch and that's where I met a horse for the first time. All these years later I can still remember how it felt - it was my experience of love at first sight. I just wanted to touch them all (and, you see, now I get to). The kind ranch owners let me hang out anytime I wanted, I pet everyone I could get my hands on. Then I was allowed to brush them - I was so little at that time that that I would go under the horse's belly to brush the other side. I soon discovered the lightest saddle they had and started asking if I could ride any horse. For years I was always given the horse no one rode, or could. All those different, difficult horses over many years, with every manner of issue, taught me so much about horses, and riding.
Dogs and cats were always part of my childhood, and later with my own family. I know how attached we can all get and I have a soft-hearted remembrance for all the dogs, cats, and horses in my life that have passed on.
There are many stories of healing, here's two:
The Grey Tabby. She was an old gal diagnosed with failing kidney had stopped drinking. She had a loving owner who learned to administer fluids by IV every couple of days to keep fluids in her, and hoped there was another option. She was not moving when I met her, and I could tell my slightest touch to her skin hurt, but after we released the first block she let out a sigh and let me work on her for an hour. By the time I arrived for the next session she had started drinking a little water and was getting up to use the litter box. By the next visit she'd been drinking so much the IV bags were not needed, and I got to see the beautiful being, now full of life again, the owner loved so much.
The Black Stallion. He really did look like that beautiful horse in the film and had been diagnosed at birth with tendon issues. He was on permanent limited exercise, daily meds, and year-round special shoes. He was only five years old, but stood in his stall with head hung low looking very much older. He was swollen (edema) with tight skin and fascia all over. The owner agreed to take off his shoes, and to walk him a little every day. His body changed session by session, the healing system doing its marvelous job. Not long after we started he was running like the Black Stallion. He taught me a lot about the healing powers of a young body.
I am based in Marin County, California, and travel locally to see all my clients. For horses this is necessary, but dogs and cats also love the comfort of being treated in their own home. The animal needs to rest and relax after their session so already being at their home means the napping can start as soon as the session is over.
If you live outside my area don't hesitate to call. We'll let's just add that detail to our talk and see if we can make it work.