I have spent a lifetime caring for and studying animals—whether it was the family dog or an orphaned red fox kit, animals have always been a part of my story. Many animals I have known have acted as guides, but one particular brown striped tabby cat named “Leon Chopper” led me to a place where I would realize my desire to advocate for animal wellness. Unknowingly, I had the good fortune to pluck the most unhealthy kitten from an adoptable lot at the local shelter—a kitten who would prove to be a much-loved companion and guiding spirit. Leon suffered from chronic cystitis, a condition with no known cure. During his life, he endured surgeries and was prescribed traditional drug therapies to manage his condition. Eventually, he failed to respond to treatment and our veterinarian suggested the alternative modalities of acupuncture, chiropractic and massage therapy. To our delight and disbelief, he responded almost immediately and showed great improvement. I then began working with a holistic veterinarian, along with my regular vet to provide him a level of comfort and wellness he had not known for some time.
I believe that the mental and physical states are connected, and am most interested in exploring the mind and body connection through therapeutic touch as it relates to wellness and healing in animals.
I am a graduate of the Northwest School of Animal Massage, and the Spirits in Transition Animal Hospice program. I am a Reiki practitioner, and hold a Bachelor’s degree from Montana State University.