I have loved animals as long as I can remember; they have helped me in countless ways. I have shared my life with 3 cats — Declan, Nua and Nonnie B — and a beagle named Dillon, who changed my life. For nearly 18 years Dillon was my best pal. I hired an acupuncturist and a massage therapist as he grew older and more arthritic, in addition to his regular veterinary visits. This was my first exposure to alternative therapies for animals and I was hooked, because seeing was believing.
I have been involved with animals for many years, from taking in strays to rescuing wild animals and getting them to the Wildlife Center in Hingham, for rehabilitation and release back to the wild. I have fostered numerous homeless kittens and helped them find homes, volunteered for the Standish Humane Society and the Animal Rescue League of Boston.
I wanted to be able to give back to animals in a way that spoke to who I am. Massage and bodywork are gentle manual manipulations of muscle, tissue, and joints. They are also about trust, love, and healing.
I hold a B.A. in Graphic Design and Photography with a minor in Psychology, am a Certified Small Animal Massage Therapist (CSAMT) after graduating from the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy in Worcester, MA, and an L.E. (for many years of Life Experience!)
Certification to be a Small Animal Massage Therapist includes the completion of courses in anatomy and physiology, as well as hands-on training in many types of massage strokes, palpation, muscle mobilization techniques, passive range of motion exercises and myofascial release. We are trained to work with owners and with veterinarians to provide the best course of action for each individual animal.
I believe in supporting organizations that make a real difference in the lives of animals. 5% of my annual proceeds go to support The Animal Rescue League of Boston, where I once treated dogs and cats with massage to ease their transition into shelter life, so they found their forever homes faster 🙂
Insurance and Membership:
I am a member of and insured through Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP).
I am also a member of The Pet Professional Guild which advocates for force-free professional pet care. We believe in relationship building between pets and people and pain-free practices. http://petprofessionalguild.com/