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Spring 2014 Newsletter
 

Congratulations to the Most Recent Nationally-Certified Practitioners!  

Each of the following individuals understands the significance of maintaining the Standards of Practice and Ethical Code set forth by NBCAAM to assure the health and well-being of animals and support the professionalism of their respective disciplines. Congratulations to them all for their dedication! 
 
Michelle Bame
Canine Massage
Canine Acupressure 
Caring Canine Massage

Minnetrista, MN 
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
Graduate of Supreme Motion School of Canine Massage


Margo Frimodt
Equine Massage
Redmond, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Kim Goodwin
Equine Acupressure
Husum, WA
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Tannie Hall
Red Lantern Revitalize & Rehab (animal massage) Therapy
Canine Massage
Dickson, Alberta
Canada
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Tracy McKinney
Canine Massage
Warwick, RI 
Graduate of Bancroft School of Massage Therapy

Barbara Slack
Equine Massage
Seattle, WA

Kathi Soukup
Equine Acupressure
Equine Massage

KS Equine Massage and Bodywork
Freeport, IL
Graduate of and instructor at Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
Graduate of Integrated Touch Therapy, Inc

Susan St. John
Canine Massage
Bothell, WA 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
Nationally Certified Practitioners
 
USA

ARIZONA

Kristen Guerra
Equine Acupressure
Impulse Equine Therapy

Queen Creek, AZ
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Jamie McNeil
Canine Acupressure
Williams, AZ
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

CALIFORNIA

Nedra Abramson
Equine Acupressure
Canine Acupressure
Acupressure for all Creatures
Reiki for All Creatures

Carlsbad, CA
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Susan Holmes
Equine Acupressure 
Heaven’s Gate Equine Acupressure
Quincy, CA
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute 

Pavla Nygaard
Equine Acupressure
Del Mar, CA
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Karen Shaw
Canine Acupressure
Equine Acupressure 
West on the Wheel Acupressure
Marshall, CA
Graduate of and Assistant Instructor with Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Stephanie Taylor, M.D., Ph.D.
Equine Acupressure 
Wellspring Touch

Carmel, CA
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

CONNECTICUT
 
Susan Kasmin
Equine Massage
Oxford, CT
Graduate of Bancroft School of Massage Therapy

COLORADO

Sharon Akiyama
Equine Acupressure
Denver, CO
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Marianne McClain
Equine Massage 
Canine Massage 

Durango, CO
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage 

Amy Silkebaken
Canine Massage
Highlands Ranch, CO

GEORGIA

Laura Tsivoglou
Equine Acupressure
Flowery Branch, GA
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

ILLINOIS

Debra Ferguson
Canine Massage
Kildeer, IL 
Graduate of Chicago School of Canine Massage

Pam Kasper
Canine Massage 
Glencoe, IL
Graduate of Chicago School of Canine Massage

Erin Kowalski
Canine Massage 
AURA Natural Pet, LLC

Lucida Puppy Fund
Chicago, IL
Graduate of Chicago School of Canine Massage

Jackie Limosani
Canine Massage
Pawsitively Peaceful Canine Massage

Park Ridge, IL
Graduate of Chicago School of Canine Massage

Sara May
Canine Massage
Prairie Paws Canine Massage

Round Lake, IL
Graduate of Chicago School of Canine Massage

Valerie Nelson
Canine Massage
Beach Park, IL 
Graduate of Chicago School of Canine Massage
 
Sandra Osborn
Canine Acupressure
Aurora, IL
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
 
Michelle Roddy
Canine Massage
Chicago, IL
Graduate of Chicago School of Canine Massage

Aimee Schneider
Chicago, IL 
Graduate of Chicago School of Canine Massage and The New School for Massage, Bodywork and Healing

Kathi Soukup
Equine Acupressure
Equine Massage

KS Equine Massage and Bodywork
Freeport, IL
Graduate of and instructor at Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
Graduate of Integrated Touch Therapy, Inc
 
Denise Theobald
Canine Massage
Chicago School of Canine Massage
Canine Massage Chicago
Chicago, IL
Graduate of Chicago School of Massage Therapy
 
Robin Vetterick
Canine Massage
Kankakee, IL

Emma Widmark-Shaw
Canine Massage 
Chicago, IL 
Graduate of Chicago School of Canine Massage

KANSAS

Sheryl Mankel
Equine Acupressure
Connected-Healing
Wichita, KS
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
 
MAINE
 
Cindy York  
Canine Massage
Richmond, ME 
Graduate of Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage

MARYLAND

Heather Amos
Canine Acupressure
Ellicott City, MD
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute and Baltimore School of Massage

MASSACHUSETTS

Millie Czerwinski 
Canine Massage 
Sky’s The Limit – From Hands to Paws

Hadley, MA 
Graduate of Bancroft School of Massage Therapy

Doris Goodwin
Equine Massage
Amherst, MA
Graduate of Integrated Touch Therapy, Inc., Bancroft School of Massage Therapy and Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
 
JoAnn McQueeney
Canine Massage
Peabody, MA

Anne Renzi
Canine Massage
Sweet Paws Animal Massage

North Grafton, MA
Graduate of Bancroft School of Massage Therapy
 
MINNESOTA

Michelle Bame
Canine Acupressure 
Canine Massage

Minnetrista, MN
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Sarah Bertsch
Canine Acupressure
Midwest Reiki & Animal Acupressure

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Jaime Skinner
Canine Massage
Cloud 9 Pet Massage

Aurora, MN
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

MISSISSIPPI
 
Kaci Wicker-Thornhill
Equine Massage
Summit, MS 
Graduate of Equissage

MISSOURI

Cynthia Bechtel
Canine Acupressure
St. Louis, MO
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

MONTANA

Leann "Lu" Garnas
Equine Acupressure
Garnas Equine Therapeutic Services
Belgrade, MT
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

April Johnston
Equine Acupressure
Bozeman, MT
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

NEBRASKA

Gale Lothrop
Canine Acupressure
Annie's Animal Acupressure

Crete, NE
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
 
NEW JERSEY

Anne Angelo
Canine Massage
Intuitive Touch Animal Care
Morristown, NJ 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage 

Faye Bader
Equine Massage
Central New Jersey
www.fayebader.com
Graduate of Hocking College
 
Alyson Halpin
Equine Acupressure 
Canine Acupressure 
Secaucus, NJ
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
 
Lisa Madison
Canine Massage
Contented Canine Massage
Cherry Hill, NJ
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Liz Stewart
Canine Acupressure
Ordell Animal Hospital

River Edge, NJ
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
 
Ildiko Tiger
Canine Massage
Zen Dog Bodywork
Denville, NJ 
Graduate of PetMassage

NEW YORK
 
Dara Fee
Canine Acupressure
Hampton Bays, Long Island, NY
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
 
Tenney Gravatt
Equine Acupressure
Canine Acupressure
Lung Ta Wellness
Gardiner, NY
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

OHIO

Lynn Caldwell 
Equine Acupressure
Miami Valley Equine Acupressure
Yellow Springs, OH
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Gail Kucharik
Equine Acupressure
Tranquil Touch Equine Massage and Acupressure

Chagrin Falls, OH
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Nichole Tabellion
Equine Massage
Massillon, OH
Graduate of Hocking College

Diane Wilson
Canine Acupressure
Equine Acupressure 
Miami Valley Equine Acupressure
Yellow Springs, OH
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

OKLAHOMA

Casie Bazay
Equine Acupressure
Oklahoma Equine Acupressure

Porter, OK
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
 
OREGON
 
Kim Bauer
Equine Acupressure
Animal Ease Therapies, LLC
Parkdale, OR  
Graduate of and Instructor with Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute and Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Anita Kirk
Canine Massage
Pet Bath & Beyond
Newport, OR
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
Student of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

PENNSYLVANIA

Karen Refsnyder
Canine Acupressure
North Wales, PA
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Jennifer Wheeler
Equine Massage
Pittsburgh, PA
Graduate of Hocking College

RHODE ISLAND

Tracy McKinney
Canine Massage
Warwick, RI 
Graduate of Bancroft School of Massage Therapy

TEXAS

Anita Read
Equine Acupressure
Canine Acupressure
Fort Worth, TX
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Tiffanie Veltri
Equine Massage
Enhance Performance Animal Massage Therapy
Brock, TX
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

VERMONT

Lora Hoopes
Canine Massage
Waitsfield, VT
Graduate of Bancroft School of Massage Therapy

Kourtney Ludwig
Canine Massage 
Equine Massage
Balanced Kneads Animal Wellness
Essex, VT 
Graduate of Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage

VIRGINIA

Gail Court
Canine Acupressure
Pawsitive Points- Acupressure For Your Pets!

Edmonds, WA
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute 
 
Connie Dorn
Equine Acupressure

Kimberly Hellems
Canine Massage
Blue Ridge Animal Massage
Crozet, VA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 

WASHINGTON

Tina Bailey
Canine Massage
EverythingFurryPlus, LLC

Seabeck, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage and Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
 
Donna Baxter
Equine Massage 
Vashon, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Kim Blake
Canine Massage 
www.kbanimalmassage.com

NE Tacoma, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Alice Boyce
Canine Massage
Poulsbo, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Lorna Boydston
Canine Massage
Animal Wellness Connection

Deer Park, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage 

Molly Brennan
Equine Massage
Endeavor Equine Massage

Lakebay, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Bonnie Carter
Canine Massage
Woodinville, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Thomas Cole
Canine Massage
Lynwood, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Victoria Cole
Canine Massage
Lynwood, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Andrew Cottonwood
Canine Massage
Andrew Cottonwood Small Animal Massage
Ellensburg, WA 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage  

Mara Denny
Equine Massage
Port Ludlow,  WA 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Gretchen Dietz
Canine Massage
Canine Acupressure
Wags n' Words
Seattle, WA

Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
and Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
Courtney Foley
Canine Massage
Unleashed Dog Daycare and Wellness Center, LLC

Tacoma, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Lynnie Ford
Canine Massage
Wag Wellness
Bothell, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage and Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
 
Kelly Frere
Canine Massage 
ProDog Massage
Bellingham, WA 
Graduated from 
Northwest School of Animal Massage

Margo Frimodt
Equine Massage
Redmond, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Pamela Fulbright
Equine Massage
Hoquiam, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Collene Gaolach                                      
Canine Massage
Canine Acupressure 
Northwest Animal Holistic Health 
Seattle, WA  
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
and Northwest School of Animal Massage

Carrie Goddard
Canine Massage 
Seattle, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Kim Goodwin
Equine Acupressure
Husum, WA
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Breanna Griffin
Canine Massage
Kirkland, WA 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
Lisa Harshman
Equine Massage
Tacoma, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Janice A. Hill
Canine Massage
SwimSpaw
Poulsbo, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Erin Hopkins 
Canine Massage
Paradise Pet Lodge

Woodinville, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Kara Hover
Canine Massage
Issaquah, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Chris James
Equine Massage
Giddy Up Horse Massage
 
Duvall, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Rebecca Johnson
Equine Massage
Redmond, WA 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Lee Johnston
Canine Massage
Sound Dog Massage
Port Orchard, WA 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
Catherine Kirkness
Canine Massage
Seattle, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
Polly Klein
Tara Kolesar
Equine Massage
Back in Stride Equine Massage Therapy

Redmond, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Teruyo Koshimiya
Canine Massage
Seattle, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Valarie Ladymon
Canine Massage
Sound Animal Massage
Freeland, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
Snoqualmie, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Sigmund Masters
Equine Massage
Kirkland, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
Kira Matthews 
Canine Massage
Sedro-Woolley, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Alyssa Miller
Canine Massage
Stanwood, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Leil Morgenroth
Canine Massage
Bothell, WA 
 
Anne Morrison 
Canine Massage
Therapeutic Paws
Woodinville, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Kristina Nevarez
Equine Massage
Bellingham, WA 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Courtney Oliver
Canine Massage
Lakewood, WA 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Jean-Marie Olsen
Equine Massage
Duvall, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Ami Peters
Canine Massage
Olympia, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Julie Schepper
Canine Massage
Maple Valley, WA 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
Terry Shuck
Canine Massage
Thunder Paws Animal Massage

Poulsbo, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Barbara Slack
Equine Massage
Seattle, WA

Susan St. John
Canine Massage
Bothell, WA 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
Leanne Stevens
Canine Massage
The Brown Dog
Suquamish, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
Lori Stevens
Canine Massage
www.seattlettouch.com
Seattle, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage 

Jennifer Streit
Canine Massage
Hands to Paws Animal Massage

Seattle, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
Kendara Ann VanNorman
Canine Massage
SwimSpaw
Poulsbo, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Clara Wood
Canine Massage
Poulsbo, WA  Ken Woods
Canine Massage
Sumner, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Debby Zuber
Canine Massage 
Sophie's Touch Canine Massage
Duvall, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

WISCONSIN

Sarah Bertsch
Canine Acupressure
Midwest Reiki & Animal Acupressure

Hudson, WI
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Amelia Morgan
Canine Massage
Hudson, WI

Brenda Utzerath
Canine Acupressure
Modern Dog
Beaver Dam, WI
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute 

WYOMING
 
Laura G. Canapp
Equine Acupressure
Canine Acupressure

Dee Dee Sorsby
Equine Acupressure
Equine Mobile Massage of Jackson Hole, Inc.
Wilson, WY
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute and Western Montana School of Equine Massage
 
CANADA

Tannie Hall
Red Lantern Revitalize & Rehab (animal massage) Therapy
Canine Massage
Dickson, Alberta
Canada
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Lucille Martin
Canine Acupressure
Waterloo, Ontario
Canada
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
 
Lorraine Serhienko
Equine Massage
Blaine Lake, SK and Vermilion, AB
Canada
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

ARGENTINA

Antonio Palacio
Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Villa Carlos Paz, Cordoba 
Argentina

Click here for more information on NBCAAM Members
From the Chair:  


Kim Bauer
 
Happy Spring!

The NBCAAM Board is pleased to see so many new members joining our ranks and signing up to take the Certification exams. We are also happy that many of you are choosing to renew your membership and inquire about the CEU requirements. Thank you!
 
Our Board has expanded a bit and in March we welcomed 3 new Board members. Polly Klein and Megan Ayrault are sharing the Secretary Position and April Johnston is a Member at Large. 
 
Polly Klein owns Tonglen Healing Arts for Animals in Issaquah, WA and offers Animal Communication, Reiki, and Craniosacral Therapy. She is NBCAAM certified in Canine Massage. 
 
Megan Ayrault owns All About Animal Massage in Kirkland, WA and offers classes/training and books for dog and horse owners. She also has her own private practice for humans and animals, offering Myofascial Release, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Craniosacral Therapy, and a variety of massage approaches.
 
April Johnston owns Equine Equilibrium in Bozeman, MT and offers Structural Integration and Acupressure for horses. April is NBCAAM certified in Equine Acupressure.
 
Please feel free to visit their individual websites to learn a bit more about each of them and I hope you will join me in welcoming them to NBCAAM.
 
Kim Bauer
NBCAAM Chair
HAPPY EARTH DAY!

Celebrate Earth Day... EVERY Day! 

Earth Day is observed on April 22nd in virtually every country on Earth! Awareness is heightened on this day, but it is up to us to continue being proactive in creating a minimal impact on the environment for the 364 other days. Along with our conscious choices to lighten our carbon footprint, we can help our four-legged friends tread more lightly on Mother Earth as well. We can "scoop the poop" in an eco-friendly way by using biodegradable bags for dogs (and/or installing a dog waste mini-septic tank) and for scooping kitty litter made out of renewable materials like wheat, corn, paper or wood into. We can opt for natural flea/pest control and natural grooming products for our dogs, cats, horses, etc. for the sake of our animals' health and the environment. We can feed natural/organic diets and purchase toys and beds made from sustainable hemp, cotton or recycled plastics. Keeping our kitties indoors, on a harness, or in a catio and our dogs on-leash can help protect wildlife from our furry family members (as well as protecting our own babies). And most importantly, please ADOPT a "recycled" companion animal from a shelter or rescue and SPAY/NEUTER! :) Today and every day, let's celebrate our Mother Earth and all She gives to us



 


NBCAAM Exam Review Courses

Acupressure
 
GET READY!

We are ready for you to take the NBCAAM Acupressure Review Course! Get some pre-test assistance and study information for a heads-up on everything covered in each section of the exam with the Acupressure Review Course. This real-time web course/conference call will also give you the opportunity to ask any questions you have about the exam, material, theory, and/or concepts. The course consists of five one-hour sessions.

DATES:
April/May:  April 28, May 1, 5, 8, and 12; 6-7 p.m. Eastern time.
June:  16, 19, 23, 26, and 30; 7-8 p.m. Eastern time.
July:  17, 21, 24, 28, and 31; 7-8 p.m. Eastern time.


READY…SET…GO!


Please visit this NBCAAM link for more information and to register: 
http://www.nbcaam.org/review-courses

If you have any questions about the acupressure review course, please contact Diane Wilson- diane-wilson@woh.rr.com

Massage

A Canine and Equine massage review course will be offered starting Friday, June 13th at 8pm Eastern time and will run for 6 weeks, skipping July 4th. If you have any questions about the massage review course, please contact Lisa Ruthig - lisa@livelydog.net.

For more information and to register: 
http://www.nbcaam.org/review-courses

Please keep checking the NBCAAM Facebook Page and website for future updates on massage and acupressure review course dates

Be Prepared! 

Arizona Animal Massage Practitioners in Legal Battle with State Veterinary Board

Kelly vs. Whitmore
Arizona Animal Massage 




Phoenix, Ariz.—Can the government take away someone’s job for no good reason?
That is the question to be answered by a major constitutional lawsuit filed by three animal massage therapists and the Institute for Justice (IJ) in the Superior Court of Maricopa County. The lawsuit challenges the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board’s (Vet Board) irrational and anti-competitive requirement that animal massage therapists become licensed veterinarians.
Massage therapists do not need a medical degree to massage humans, but entrepreneurs who want to massage animals in Arizona must spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to attend four years of veterinary school where they are not even required to learn massage. The consequences of failing to comply are severe—animal massage therapists face up to six months in jail and fines of $3,500 per violation.
Celeste Kelly, Grace Granatelli and Stacey Kollman are three Arizona entrepreneurs who decided to turn their love of animals into business ventures. They have spent hundreds of hours learning animal massage techniques to obtain private certifications and each has a successful business providing massage services to a wide range of clients.
But they stand to lose everything. According to the Vet Board, Celeste, Grace and Stacey are criminals for practicing their craft without a veterinary license, even though their craft is just a massage. Dog groomers beware: You may be next.
“Arizona’s outrageous licensing scheme puts individuals with experience and skill out of work, while forcing animal owners to pay more for extra care they don’t want,” said IJ Attorney Diana Simpson, lead counsel on the case. “The Arizona and U.S. constitutions protect the right to earn an honest living, and that right has been violated by a government protecting veterinary industry insiders.”
IJ client Celeste Kelly said, “Animal massage therapists should be able to provide the services for which they have been trained, and horse owners should be free to choose these services.”
This lawsuit is part of IJ’s efforts to strike down unreasonable occupational licensing requirements in Arizona and across the United States. Arizona is among the most heavily licensed states in the nation. A victory here will help entrepreneurs create more jobs and provide more choices for consumers.
“The Vet Board’s licensing requirement is a lose, lose, lose for Arizona entrepreneurs, Arizona animal owners, and the animals themselves,” said Tim Keller, executive director of the Institute for Justice Arizona Chapter. “There is no good reason to put these animal massage therapists out of work, which is why we are asking the courts to declare that the Vet Board’s actions violate Arizonans’ right to work in the occupation of their choice, free from unreasonable government regulation.”

-from Institute for justice



Marketing Tip of the Month:
Mobile Websites
 

by Tania Costa 


Did you know that most of your website visitors visit your webpage from their smart phone? If you do a search on your smart phone for your business it will show your webpage in a large format, meant to be read on a PC (if you haven't yet mobilized your site). 61% of customers who visit a non-mobilized website on a smartphone will go to another page to find a more user friendly, simple site to find information. 
Interestingly, 74% of mobile users make purchases from their phone. So what does this mean to you, the service provider? Make your website mobile-friendly so you can reach a larger audience, quickly and efficiently at a low cost. I currently use Get Go Mobi. It was so simple to use to create my mobile site and took literally 30 minutes. Since having this mobile-friendly site, I have had clients email me for information, appointments and even to purchase products. There are many providers out there, so when looking, make sure you consider monthly costs, one time cost, and what they provide. A site that provides a 30-day trial is a great way to make sure that it will work for you. 


Here is my mobile site as an example.  
 
Have fun with this and increase your market potential!


Image courtesy of nokhoog_buchachon / FreeDigitalPhotos.net



Welcome, Spring!

Springtime is associated with the element Wood. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Wood Element represents the Liver and the Gall Bladder. The liver function is called the Official of Strategic Planning, the grand architect for our vision of the future; this official sees the directions we must take to live our lives in harmony with nature. Its companion, the Gall Bladder Official, gives the ability to make decisions and judge wisely. Making a decision is not a matter of choosing between equal alternatives. Through these officials we can see both new possibilities and the wisdom of the past, and thus see the clear and appropriate course to take. Without Wood's vision and plan, decision and direction, no movement is possible - there is only frustration.

Suggestions for living in harmony with the spring season

  • Begin your day early, with a brisk walk. 
    Feel the sunshine pull you up and out, like the plants and animals. Watch buds rush into leaf, often doubling their size in a day. Look for birds' nests - you'll find them everywhere, even on top of air conditioners. Feel the life within you, like that outdoors, thrust up out of darkness into new possibilities. Make a garden. Eat greens.
  • Begin new things - at home, in your work, and in yourself. 
    In this season when nature reinvents itself, we too can see people and situations with new eyes. Let new tissue grow over old hurts, and take fresh hope. Be creative. Make things, do things. Begin!
  • Consider how you wish to make ready for your summer harvest. 
    Spring does not last forever. Use its bountiful energy wisely, so that the crops you sow - again, in yourself, in your work, and in your life - are those you wish to harvest. The energy of spring brings vision.
Welcome, spring! Go for it!

full article here

© Copyright 1997 Neil Gumenick
 


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What the Body Reveals through Acupressure
by Gretchen Dietz
Tallgrass
Canine Blogger



When Henri was introduced to his soon-to-be sibling, there were sparks. Bella, four years old at the time, was not the least bit interested in having a younger Westie brother. It took time, but soon Bella accepted Henri especially once she realized she could boss him around. While never really affectionate, over the next five years Henri and Bella grew to be true friends learning to play together, peacefully share their home together, and at times sleep in the same bed together, but only when Bella allowed it.

Unfortunately, Henri passed at the young age of five after bravely battling a severe autoimmune disease. The human family was devastated by Henri’s passing and worried that Bella’s grief would trigger an episode of her own (she has Addison’s disease). But a week passed and Bella seemed anything but sad. She was energetic and playful; she ate well and slept soundly. She raced around the house like a clown and barked at the squirrels in her yard as vigorously as she always had.

I have been working with Bella for the past year focusing on her digestive issues and frequent constipation that arises primarily after her monthly hormone injection for her Addison’s. Bella responds well to acupressure, often falling asleep during her sessions and her GI issues have been less and less frequent.

When I showed up for our first session after Henri’s passing, the guardians assured me Bella was doing great. “She doesn’t seem to be missing Henri at all,” her Mom informed me. So when I began with my opening along her Association Points, I was surprised to find intense heat just behind her withers.

Bl 13 is the Association Point for Lung and is located just behind the third thoracic vertebrae at the peak of the shoulders. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the emotion associated with the Lung meridian is grief, so while the family didn't see any outward appearance of Bella’s sadness, her body was sending a much different message. Not only was Bl 13 significantly hotter than all the other Association Points, when I placed my fingers gently on the bilateral points, Bella quietly whimpered. In that moment, it was clear to me that despite Bella’s cheerful disposition the week after Henri’s death, she missed her little brother beyond measure. 
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Some infectious diseases hitting cats, dogs harder 

Oklahoma, New Hampshire and Kentucky each earned the unenviable distinction of possessing the highest rate of infection for one of three common pet diseases, a Banfield Pet Hospital study revealed. Nationwide, the three ailments appear to be rampant. The prevalence of feline immunodeficiency virus, canine Lyme disease and feline upper respiratory infection jumped by 48, 21 and 18 percent, respectively, over a five-year period.
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Aflatoxins, Melamine, and Cyanuric Acid found in US Made Pet Food

A Hong Kong based consumer association tested numerous brands of kibble (dry) pet foods and found 3 U.S. made pet foods to contain aflatoxins, two U.S. made pet foods contained melamine, and another U.S. made pet food contained cyanuric acid.

The Consumer Council of Hong Kong just published findings of testing performed on 39 different dry/kibble pet foods; 20 dog foods and 19 cat foods.  Their testing found “the presence of the carcinogen aflatoxin B1, and the contaminants melamine and cyanuric acid in some of the samples.”

All levels of aflatoxins found in the Consumer Council testing were below established limits of the European Union Commission, and below established limits of FDA.  However as the Hong Kong consumer group pointed out low levels of aflatoxins over time remain a serious risk to pets.  Veterinarians they consulted stated “since aflatoxin B1 is a known carcinogen, it should best be avoided; long-term exposure to aflatoxin B1 could increase the risk of liver impairment, tumors in liver, and suppressed immune system.”

The U.S. manufactured pet foods the Consumer Council found to contain aflatoxin B1 are:

Purina One Smart Blend Chicken & Rice Formula Adult Dog Food
Hill’s Science Diet Adult Optimal Care Cat Food
AvoDerm Natural Chicken & Herring Meal Formula Adult Cat Food

Purina told the South China Morning Post the carcinogen was an “unavoidable natural contaminant” found in grains such as corn, barley and rice.  AvoDerm, stated “it had since replaced the corn in its formula that was believed to be the source of the carcinogen.” 

And then the bad news continues.  The Consumer Council reported their testing found melamine in:

Solid Gold Adult Dog Food
Iams Chicken Cat Food


And cyanuric acid was found in:

Purina Pro Plan Salmon Cat Food

Melamine and cyanuric acid were found to be the deadly cause of the largest pet food recall in history in 2007.

-See full article here at Truthaboutpetfood.com



And Another Marketing Tip:
Three Easy Tips For Effective Social Media Marketing

By Ellen Lee

You've heard that social media marketing can lead to more loyal customers, more brand recognition, more repeat business, more… well, everything.

Here are three strategies you can add immediately to your social media marketing arsenal.

1. It’s all about timing

Schedule your emails, tweets, status updates and blog posts at the right time—when you have a captive audience. You want to catch your audience not only when they’re checking their messages and news feed, but when they might have a few minutes to click through a link and check something out.


2. Issue calls to action

If you want to engage with your customers on social media, you have to ask for it (in moderation, of course).

Facebook posts with questions generate 92 percent higher comment rates than posts without questions, according to the Buddy Media report. Be sure to ask your question at the end of your post—that draws a higher comment rate than if the question is placed higher up.


3. Use images often

Research shows that photos perform better than videos, links and text alone on Facebook.

According to digital marketing blog Kissmetrics, photos attract 53 percent more “Likes,” 104 percent more comments and 84 percent more click-throughs.


All in all, social media marketing can help your business win new customers and engage with a broader audience. Making it work requires time, effort and some strategic thinking. By knowing your audience, interacting with them on their terms, and making engagement easy and attractive, you can elevate your brand and even drive revenue. 
Read full article here on Forbes.com.
 


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Animal Ease Therapies, LLC

Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
Parkdale, OR

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Northwest School of Animal Massage
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Bancroft School of Massage Therapy
Lively Dog

Thompson, CT

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All About Animal Massage
Kirkland, WA

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Tonglen Healing Arts for Animals
 Issaquah, WA


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Sacred Breath Massage
Duvall, WA

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Chicago School of Canine Massage

Canine Massage Chicago
Chicago, IL 

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Integrated Touch Therapy

Circleville, OH 

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Animal Spirit Healing & Education® Network

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Equine Equilibrium, LLC
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Holistic Horsekeeping
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