I became a Canine Massage Practitioner (CMP) because of my love for dogs. I wanted to pursue a career where I could make a difference, while promoting their health and well-being. I have owned pets my entire life, and after fifteen years of full-time teaching, could no longer ignore my passion. In 2012, I began my journey to obtain my certification.
I am a proud member of the International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork (IAAMB), an organization based out of the United States that "promotes international recognition and accreditation for animal massage therapists and body workers and educates the general public about the benefits of massage and bodywork for animals." In addition, having started my profession in Calgary, I was a committed member of the Alberta Association of Animal Owner's Rights (AAAOR), which is an organization dedicated to promoting optimum animal welfare and supporting responsible choice in animal health care, having hosted Alberta's first Small Animal Holistic Practitioners Conference in March 2017. I am now a member of the British Columbia Animal Owners Association (BCAOA), whose similar mission statement is to support freedom of choice for owners in the selection of healthcare options for animals in BC.
I have years of experience working with my dogs in the sport of agility, including helping to organize the Agility Association of Canada's (AAC) inaugural National Championships at Spruce Meadows, through my former club, the Calgary Agility Association (CAA). I was a member of the Cochrane and Area Humane Society (CAHS), where I volunteered for almost three years performing rehabilitative and therapeutic massages on the shelter animals. I have also been a long-standing member of the Calgary Humane Society (CHS).
My yellow lab, Murphy (pictured at bottom left), was adopted from the CHS in 1998 and, despite her severe arthritis, was a happy, healthy member of the family until July 2013. Murphy was my inspiration for pursuing a career in canine massage therapy and my passion for dogs is undeniable.