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Fall 2012 Newsletter

photo by Terri Viltrakis

Happy New Beginnings!
 
It is a great time to celebrate new beginnings! We are in a new season, a new month, the leaves are changing and it is back to school time. At NBCAAM, there is a changing of the guard with a new Chairperson, Vice Chair and Co-Vice Chair as well as many newly-certified practitioners. This is also a great time for a new beginning in your business which is why we have included some great tips on promotion in part one of a three-part series by Amy Snow. Hope you enjoy it and thank you as always for your interest and support!


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! 

Sarah Bertsch
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Hudson, WI
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

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

Kim Blake
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
www.kbanimalmassage.com

NE Tacoma, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage


Laura G. Canapp
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
The Healthy Horse


Andrew Cottonwood
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Andrew Cottonwood Small Animal Massage
Ellensburg, WA 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage  
Andrew said, "I was motivated to take the NBCAAM examination in order to get licensed by the State of Washington. The test was a great opportunity for me to review all of my course work, and to see how prepared I really am for my developing massage career." 


Connie Dorn
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Norfolk, VA
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Courtney Foley
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Unleashed Dog Daycare and Wellness Center, LLC

Tacoma, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
When asked what motivated her to take the NBCAAM exam, Courtney said, "I originally took the NBCAAM examination because I was starting a business and I needed to get my license so that I could practice outside of Veterinary Supervision. Although, I am now very excited to have this added title to promote business and to be a part of this higher standard of care."


Doris Goodwin

Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Amherst, MA
Graduate of Integrated Touch Therapy, Inc. and Bancroft School of Massage Therapy
Student of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
When asked why she wanted to take the NBCAAM exam, Doris said, "I wanted to differentiate myself from self-proclaimed 'experts' who charge the same fee as I do."

Alyson Halpin
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Secaucus, NJ
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Lisa Harshman
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Tacoma, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Gail Kucharik
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Tranquil Touch Equine Massage and Acupressure

Chagrin Falls, OH
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Jamie McNeil
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Williams, AZ
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
Jamie said she was motivated to take the NBCAAM exam because, "I want to be able to perform acupressure for animals with behavioral problems and also for hospice care, and I felt that this would help others to recognize my level of competency and professionalism, and to see that acupressure has certain regulations and standards that I will adhere to."

Anne Morrison 
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Therapeutic Paws
Woodinville, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage


Aimee Schneider
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Beloved Canine Massage & Bodywork
Chicago, IL 
Graduate of Canine Massage Chicago and The New School for Massage, Bodywork and Healing
Aimee said she was motivated to take the NBCAAM exam because, "The canine massage field is still relatively unregulated which makes it difficult for pet parents to ascertain which canine massage therapists have the best training and the most expertise related to anatomy, pathology, canine behavior and massage techniques. By attaining national certification, I am better equipped to promote my skills and experience to potential clients. I want my clients to know that they are working with a canine massage therapist who is truly qualified to provide therapeutic massage. NBCAAM makes that possible."

Amy Silkebaken
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Highlands Ranch, CO

Nichole Tabellion
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Massillon, OH
Graduate of Hocking College

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


Tiffanie Veltri
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Enhance Performance Animal Massage Therapy
Spokane, WA and Weatherford, TX
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
When asked what motivated Tiffanie to take the NBCAAM exam, she said, "I felt it was very important to take the exam and go through all the legal steps with the DOH to become a licensed Animal Massage therapist in the state of Washington.  I believe that NBCAAM and Northwest School of Animal Massage are setting great standards for the profession and I wanted to be a part of those standards.  I also feel it brings more creditability to my business being a Nationally Certified Large Animal Massage Practitioner."

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

Nationally Certified Animal Massage Practitioners:
 
USA

CONNECTICUT

Susan Kasmin
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Ansonia, CT
Graduate of Bancroft School of Massage Therapy

COLORADO

Marianne McClain
Nationally Certified Equine & Canine Massage Practitioner
Durango, CO
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage 

ILLINOIS

Jackie Limosani
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Pawsitively Peaceful Canine Massage

Park Ridge, IL
Graduate of Canine Massage Chicago

Aimee Schneider
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Beloved Canine Massage & Bodywork
Chicago, IL 
Graduate of Canine Massage Chicago and The New School for Massage, Bodywork and Healing
 
Denise Theobald
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Canine Massage Chicago
Chicago, IL
Graduate of Chicago School of Massage Therapy

MAINE

Cindy York  
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Richmond, ME 
Graduate of Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage

MASSACHUSETTS

Doris Goodwin
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Amherst, MA
Graduate of Integrated Touch Therapy, Inc. and Bancroft School of Massage Therapy
Student of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
 
MISSISSIPPI

Kaci Wicker-Thornhill
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Summit, MS 
Graduate of Equissage
 
NEW JERSEY

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

Faye Bader
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Central New Jersey
www.fayebader.com
Graduate of Hocking College

Alyson Halpin
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Secaucus, NJ
 
Lisa Madison
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Contented Canine Massage
Cherry Hill, NJ
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

OHIO

Nichole Tabellion
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Massillon, OH
Graduate of Hocking College
 
OREGON
 
Anita Kirk
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Pet Bath & Beyond
Newport, OR
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
Student of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

PENNSYLVANIA

Jennifer Wheeler
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Pittsburgh, PA
Graduate of Hocking College

VIRGINIA

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

WASHINGTON
 
Kim Blake
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
www.kbanimalmassage.com

NE Tacoma, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Alice Boyce
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Poulsbo, WA

Lorna Boydston
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Animal Wellness Connection

Deer Park, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage 

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

Gretchen Dietz
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Wags n' Words and Wellsprings K9
Seattle, WA
Graduated from
 Northwest School of Animal Massage

Courtney Foley
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Unleashed Dog Daycare and Wellness Center, LLC

Tacoma, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Lynnie Ford
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Wag Wellness
Bothell, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage, currently at Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure & Massage
 
Kelly Frere
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
ProDog Massage
Bellingham, WA 
Graduated from 
Northwest School of Animal Massage

Collene Gaolach                                      
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Northwest Animal Holistic Health 
Seattle, WA  
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
Lisa Harshman
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Tacoma, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

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

Lee Johnston
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Sound Dog Massage
Port Orchard, WA 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
Catherine Kirkness
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Seattle, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
Polly Klein
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Tonglen Healing Arts for Animals

Issaquah, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Tara Kolesar
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Back in Stride Equine Massage Therapy

Redmond, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Valarie Ladymon
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Sound Animal Massage
Freeland, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Heather Manuel
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Balance In Motion - Equine & Canine Massage Therapy, LLC
Snoqualmie, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Kira Matthews 
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Sedro-Woolley, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Anne Morrison 
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Therapeutic Paws
Woodinville, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
Terry Shuck
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Thunder Paws Animal Massage

Poulsbo, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
Leanne Stevens
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
The Brown Dog
Suquamish, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Lori Stevens
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
www.seattlettouch.com
Seattle, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage 
 
Kendara Ann VanNorman
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
SwimSpaw
Poulsbo, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Debby Zuber
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Sophie's Touch Canine Massage
Duvall, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
CANADA
 
Lorraine Serhienko
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Blaine Lake, SK and Vermilion, AB
Canada
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Nationally Certified Animal Acupressure Practitioners:

USA

ARIZONA

Jamie McNeil
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Williams, AZ

CALIFORNIA

Nedra Abramson
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Acupressure for all Creatures
Reiki for All Creatures

Carlsbad, CA
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

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

Karen Shaw

Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
West on the Wheel Acupressure
Marshall, CA
Graduate of and Assistant Instructor with Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

COLORADO

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

GEORGIA

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

ILLINOIS

Kathi Soukup
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
KS Equine Massage and Bodywork
Freeport, IL
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

KANSAS

Sheryl Mankel
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Connected-Healing
Wichita, KS
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

MARYLAND

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

MONTANA

Leann "Lu" Garnas
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner,
Garnas Equine Therapeutic Services
Belgrade, MT
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
 
NEW YORK
 
Dara Fee
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Hampton Bays, Long Island, NY
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
 
Tenney Gravatt
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Lung Ta Wellness
Gardiner, NY
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

OHIO

Diane Wilson
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Miami Valley Equine Acupressure
Yellow Springs, OH
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

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

OKLAHOMA

Casie Bazay
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Oklahoma Equine Acupressure

Porter, OK
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

OREGON

Kim Bauer
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Animal Ease Therapies, LLC
Parkdale, OR  
Graduate of and Instructor with Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute and Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
TEXAS

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

VIRGINIA

Connie Dorn
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Norfolk, VA
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

WASHINGTON

Gail Court
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Pawsitive Points- Acupressure For Your Pets!

Edmonds, WA
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute 

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

WISCONSIN

Sarah Bertsch
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Hudson, WI
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

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

WYOMING

Laura G. Canapp
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
The Healthy Horse

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

ARGENTINA

Antonio Palacio
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Villa Carlos Paz, Cordoba 5152
Argentina

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NBCAAM Member School Schedules




Hocking College's Equine Health & Complementary Therapies Curriculum



Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute Hands-On Training Schedule 



Northwest School of Animal Massage's Schedule



Doggone U of Animal Massage at Bancroft's Calendar



Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure & Massage's Calendar



Massage Awareness Courses



PetMassage Courses

NOTENBCAAM appreciates the generous support of these schools and businesses, but this does not indicate endorsement. Please do your research to ensure a school meets your educational needs as well as the legal requirements within your region.

 


Business Supporting Members




Student Members

W. Inez Donmoyer- Maryland
Student of Bancroft School of Massage Therapy

Brenda Harley- Nevada
Student of Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure & Massage

Lora Hoops- Vermont

Bettina Lally- California
Student of Northwest School of Animal MassageTallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute and TTouch

Jo Ann McQueeney- Massachusetts

Kim Nickolas- New York
Student of Bancroft School of Massage

Sheri Polzella- Connecticut
Student of Bancroft School of Massage

Mary Van Assche- Oregon
Student of PetMassage

NBCAAM Member Listing
NBCAAM News 

The NBCAAM Acupressure Exam Review Course Has Started!



September Course Sold Out Quickly – October Course has Openings
 
Five acupressure participants are taking the first round of the Acupressure Review Course in preparation for the NBCAAM Equine or Canine Examinations. The course began on September 20th and will run through October 4th. It is presented in a webinar format and the participants can see the facilitator's computer screen to share additional visual content. Each participant has received a complete annotated outline of the course and the assignments for their review and preparation prior to the start of the course.
 
The Review Course covers all essential Traditional Chinese Medicine theories and their application in performing acupressure sessions with horses or dogs. There are five Monday and Thursday sessions covering 11 Units entitled:
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine Theories: Chi & Yin/Yang Theory
  • Meridians & Zang-Fu Organs
  • Acupoint Classifications
  • Five Phases of Transformation
  • Assessment Process
  • Canine Pathology
  • Equine Pathology
  • Canine Anatomy
  • Equine Anatomy
  • Ethics & Practice
  • Summary Examination Questions
Amy Snow and Kim Bauer are facilitating the Review Course that began September 20th. The second round begins Monday, October 22nd and the last class is November 5th. The October – November course will be facilitated by Kim Bauer and Diane Wilson, who are both Nationally Certified Equine & Canine Practitioners. The course fee is $125.00.
 
To sign-up for the October – November NBCAAM Acupressure Review Course, please contact Kim Bauer: kim@animalacupressure.com.


NBCAAM Legislative Committee Report
by Tenney GravattChair of the NBCAAM Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee of NBCAAM is excited to report the projects we are working on and will be working on in the months to come! Our motivated group is currently polling our fellow practitioners, revising scripts and documents for our approach to legislators and fine-tuning our support and movement.
 
Lisa Speaker, former Chair of the Legislative Committee, organized regional representatives who act as the “go to” contacts for practitioners across the country. Each representative acts as contacts for practitioners for legislative issues and questions. These representatives and our committee members are sending out a questionnaire that is designed to gather specific information regarding the environment of practice in each state. The information is being organized and evaluated to determine which states will be most receptive to a discussion of rights to practice legislation for animal massage and acupressure practitioners. We appreciate you taking the time to complete the questionnaire when you receive it in your email (please see below about getting your voice heard).
 
In addition, we are creating the documents, scripts and position papers that will support our case with the AVMA. We plan to begin the process of effecting legislation in the New Year. We are also researching alternative or additional certification processes for NBCAAM as it was brought to our attention by the Colorado AVMA that veterinarians may see one route as being a monopoly and that they may not be as eager to support us without alternatives.
 
We continue to collaborate with schools and organizations who support the NBCAAM mission. We also asked that the AVMA update their website with the most up to date laws so that we are as informed as possible.
 
The goal of the NBCAAM Legislative Committee is to make it possible for us to practice what we love legally, peacefully and with out restrictions. We welcome your questions, comments and input as we move forward.
 
For more information about the Legislative Committee please feel free to email Tenney Gravatt, Chair of the Legislative Committee for NBCAAM, at lungtatenney@gmail.com or
telephone at 845-797-2079.

*
*ATTENTION PRACTITIONERS:
Whether you are NBCAAM-Certified or not, the NBCAAM Legislative Committee is interested in what is going on in your region. Nancy Zidonis, Tenney Gravatt and the Legislative Committee have developed this Regional Representative Information Form in Word or PDF to help decipher which states would be most receptive to a conversation about the right to practice. Please consider helping out by filling out this short form and returning it by email to TenneyNBCAAM@gmail.com. You can download the form, fill it out, save and email.Your help is greatly appreciated! 
 

Marketing Tip –
Client Retention
by
Amy Snow

Just think of all the time, money, and energy you have invested in having a client. It’s a lot! The important part of building a clientele for your animal acupressure or massage practice is keeping your clients so you don't have to constantly invest in new clients.
 
How do retain clients? It all boils down to good communication. Building rapport with the animal's guardian by listening to his/her concerns and the current issue is of utmost importance. Make sure you really understand why they are coming to you. Ask questions even beyond the in-take form we have posted on the Tallgrass website for practitioners. Show interest in their lives and their lifestyle – family members, other animals, home life, travel, and work.
 
Being sincerely curious and really listening to their responses makes a huge difference in how they will feel you are taking care of them and their horses, dogs, or cats. They need to sense that you are a professional practitioner of course, but they really need you to be a warm, caring human being who wants to help them with their beloved animal.
 
At your first meeting of the new client have the guardian be as specific as possible their concerns regarding their animal. The more specific they can be the better you will be able to address the issues. If they are being vague, ask specific questions without being too intrusive. Write their answers down so they know you are taking them seriously. These notes should go into a file so you can review them before the next appointment.
 
Go through the in-take form carefully, but listen for surrounding issues or situations. What other healthcare practitioners are working with the guardian and animal? Be sure to get the names, contact information, and the roles of others on the healthcare team.
 
This Marketing Tip is part 1 of a 3-Part Marketing Series, to read more about Client Retention click on the following link: http://www.animalacupressure.com/blog
 


NBCAAM Announces the New Board of Directors Lineup

Meet the NBCAAM Board!

Chair

Kim Bauer 
Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
Animal Ease Therapies, LLC

Parkdale, OR


The new NBCAAM Chair, Kim Bauer, is the Lead Instructor and Director of Student Activities for Tallgrass Animal Acupressure InstituteShe lives in the Upper Hood River Valley of Oregon where she has her own animal acupressure and massage practice, Animal Ease Therapies, LLC. Kim holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy, a Master's degree in Teaching and is NBCAAM-Certified. After teaching middle and elementary school for 14 years and working as a Veterinary Assistant for 9 years, Kim started studying acupressure and Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1999 and was hooked. Kim's passion is working with animals and teaching people about animal acupressure and massage.

Vice Chair 

Lola Michelin
Northwest School of Animal Massage
Fall City, WA


One of the founding members of NBCAAM and a board member since its inception, new NBCAAM Vice Chair Lola Michelin supports a high standard of practice in the field of animal massage. As Director of Education and founder of the Northwest School of Animal Massage, she has contributed to the evolution of the animal massage industry for nearly three decades. She lives on Vashon Island in Puget Sound with her partner Armando, seven goats, six horses and three dogs. She is inspired by the memory of her mentors Connie Caldwell and Jack Meager and her guides, Oberon and Mitchell.

Co-Vice Chair

Lisa Ruthig
Bancroft School of Massage Therapy
Lively Dog

Thompson, CT


New Co-Vice Chair Lisa Ruthig is Director of Animal Programs and an instructor at Bancroft School of Massage Therapy.
After graduating from the University of Delaware with a BS in Biology, Lisa worked in molecular biology and immunology laboratories for a number of years before a traumatic injury to her puppy, Fergus, led Lisa into the realm of complementary healing techniques. A graduate of Bancroft School of Massage Therapy's Small Animal Massage Program and a Level II Reiki Practitioner, Lisa uses her scientific mindset, along with her natural affinity for the emotions of animals, to guide her in treating various behavioral problems, injuries and movement disorders in small animals. Lisa shares her life with Fergus and Smitty, two rescued terrier mixes.

Secretary

Lisa Malone 
Equishen

Dallas, TX


Secretary Lisa Malone of Equishen is a graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute and practices Equine Acupressure in North Texas.

Treasurer

Sharon Romines
Sacred Breath Massage
Duvall, WA


Treasurer Sharon Romines of Sacred Breath Massage is a Washington state licensed (LMP), and nationally certified (NCTMB) massage practitioner. She is licensed in Washington state as both a large and small animal massage practitioner (L/SAMP). Sharon graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Management in 1998 and graduated from Brian Utting School of Massage in 2004. Sharon is also a graduate of the Northwest School of Animal Massage, completing both the large and small animal massage programs by early 2005 and has been teaching both large and small animal massage for NWSAM since. Sharon has worked as a zoo educator and keeper/caretaker as well as a veterinary technician for an emergency clinic and a day practice clinic. 

Members at Large

Amy Snow 
Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Larkspur, CO 


Amy Snow is a Founding Board Member and Immediate-Past Chairperson of NBCAAMAmy is Co-Founder of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute which offers a 330-hour Practitioner Certificate training program worldwide and she is Co-Author of seven animal acupressure-related texts, as well as many DVDs, Charts and Apps.

Denise Theobald 
Canine Massage Chicago
Chicago, IL 


Denise Theobald of Canine Massage Chicago (CMC) in Chicago, IL has been a licensed human massage therapist for over 24 years and has been working with animals for over 14 years. CMC offers career training, pet parent classes and canine massage services. Before creating CMC, Denise founded Pet-ri-ssage Ltd. and provided massage therapy services in the Chicago area for many years, as well as educational seminars and weekend workshops for various organizational and veterinary clinics. Denise is a graduate of Chicago School of Massage Therapy and the Animal Sense Academy of Dog Training where she is on staff as an assistant trainer and canine massage instructor. Denise also serves as staff instructor at Integrative Pet Care, a canine rehabilitation center in Chicago.

Patricia Whalen-Shaw 
Integrated Touch Therapy

Circleville, OH 


Patricia Whalen-Shaw of Integrated Touch Therapy (ITT, Inc.®) in Circleville, OH has been riding and working with animals for over 30 years. She has taught equine, canine and feline massage for 18 years. Patricia is the president and founder of ITT, Inc.®, teaching thousands of students from all over the world. Previously, Patricia was co-founder and past-president of Optissage, Inc. Patricia holds a B.G.S. from Ohio University and an M.S. from Indiana UniversityShe is a graduate of Central Ohio School of Massage, and is an associate polarity practitioner, and registered cranial sacral therapist. 

Carol Schultz
Animal Spirit Healing & Education® Network

Pekin, IL 

Carol Schultz of Animal Spirit Healing & Education® Network in Pekin, IL has been a professional Animal Communicator since 2000. Her chosen path to assist animals and their people was greatly inspired by her feline friend, Panda, a graceful, wise, and playful companion. Although Panda has since passed into spirit, Carol’s healing journey with animals continues to evolve.
Carol's path in animal wellness has included the training and application of various intuitive healing support modalities, and a committed focus on client grief support. As Carol’s personal understanding of the interconnectivity between humans and their companion animals has expanded, she has begun to see the process of inter-species healing and communication in a different light.  As a way to more deeply understand the human side of this connection, Carol is now embarking on the study of Massage, Craniosacral Therapy and the effects of trauma.
In 2006, Carol founded Animal Spirit Healing & Education® Network, a collaborative educational community which continues to enhance the lives of animal companions and their humans through on-site courses, teleclasses, and online learning opportunities.
 
Advisory Board

Linda Tellington-Jones, PhD (Hon)
Tellington TTouch Training
Santa Fe, NM  


The pioneering work of Linda Tellington-Jones, PhD (Hon) has its roots in a philosophy that sees all beings as reflections of a Divine Whole. The Tellington Method was first created 4 decades ago as a system of animal training, healing and communication that allows people to relate to animals in a deeper, more compassionate way.
As an internationally acclaimed authority on animal behavior, training and healing, Linda has given presentations at veterinary conferences, universities, equestrian expositions, North American Handicapped Riding Association and the Delta Society world conferences, therapeutic riding associations, Olympic training centers, wildlife rehabilitation conferences, and zoos throughout the world.
Through her non-profit organization, Animal Ambassadors International®, she supports projects of children working with animals to enhance understanding, compassion and quality of life for both humans and animals.


Dr. Richard Pitcairn
Website
Eugene, OR


Dr. Richard Pitcairn, who wrote the must-have Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Catshas been a 100% homeopathic veterinarian since 1978. In 1995, he founded the first professional organization for homeopathic veterinarians in the U.S., The Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy. Dr. Pitcairn created the Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy in 1992, a year-long training course in the use of homeopathy for veterinarians.

 


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Recall Info

Dogsbutter RUC with Flax Peanut Butter Recall

Sunland, Inc. announces an expansion of its voluntarily limited recall of Almond Butter and Peanut Butter to add Cashew Butter, Tahini and Roasted Blanched Peanut Products due to possible health risk.  This recall includes one pet product - Dogsbutter. Click here for more info.

Kasel Associated Industries Recalls Boots & Barkley American Beef Bully Sticks

Kasel Associated Industries of Denver, CO is voluntarily recalling its BOOTS & BARKLEY 6 COUNT 5 INCH AMERICAN BEEF BULLY STICKS product because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can sicken animals that eat these products and humans are at risk for salmonella poisoning from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the pet products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

The recalled American Beef Bully Sticks were distributed nationwide through Target retail stores from April through September 2012.
 
The product comes in a clear plastic bag containing 6 bully sticks marked with bar code number 647263899189. Kasel Industries is recalling all lot numbers because the following lot codes tested positive through analysis by the State of Colorado Department of Agriculture: BESTBY20APR2014DEN, BESTBY01JUN2014DEN, BESTBY23JUN2014DEN, and BESTBY23SEP2014DEN.
 
No illnesses have been reported to date in animals or humans in connection with this problem.
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PLEASE DON'T FEED YOUR ANIMALS CHICKEN JERKY TREATS!

Complaints have now expanded from chicken jerky treats to other types, including duck and sweet potato jerky treats.
The FDA continues to maintain no specific products have been recalled because a definitive cause of the toxicity has not been identified. (For the names of specific products noted in internal FDA documents and published by MSNBC.com, read here.)
In response to the question “Why aren’t these products being taken off the market,” the FDA points out there is nothing preventing the companies that sell the stuff from doing their own voluntary recalls. The agency’s regulations don’t allow it to pull products from store shelves based on complaints alone: “It is important to understand that unless a contaminant is detected and we have evidence that a product is adulterated, we are limited in what regulatory actions we can take.”
As part of the ongoing (since 2007) investigation, the FDA and other diagnostic laboratories in the U.S. have tested for Salmonella, metals, furans, pesticides, antibiotics, mycotoxins, rodenticides, nephrotoxins (such as aristolochic acid, maleic acid, paraquat, ethylene glycol, diethylene glycol, toxic hydrocarbons, melamine and related triazines) and screened for other chemicals and poisonous compounds.
Samples have also undergone DNA verification for the presence of poultry and have been analyzed for nutritional composition (fatty acids, crude fiber, glycerol, protein, ash and moisture), vitamin D excess and enterotoxins.
 
Despite all this testing, a definitive cause for the illnesses and deaths of pets has not been determined.
 
The FDA stops short of advising consumers not to feed chicken jerky products to companion animals. Instead, it cautions consumers who choose to feed these products to watch their pets closely for symptoms including decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes with blood), increased water consumption, or increased urination.
You can visit Questions and Answers Regarding Jerky Pet Treats, updated August 15, 2012 to read the full FDA update.
More info here.
 

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