Instructors

Jesse McCowan

Lead Instructor of Tallgrass North America, BSc

NBCAAM Certified Small Animal & Equine Acupressure Practitioner

Jesse McCowan, tallgrass animal acupressure trainer

Jesse is a Certified Small Animal and Equine Acupressure Practitioner accredited by the Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute. Jesse obtained a Bachelor of Science degree with an Honours Specialization in Animal Behaviour from Western University. After graduation she continued her studies and specializes in Animal Iridology, Bach and FES Flower Essences, Cold Laser Therapy, Animal Reiki and Animal Communication. She is also a certified Holy Fire Reiki master.

 

Amalia Reeves

Tallgrass Small Animal Acupressure Assistant, L.Ac , LMT

Animal acupressure instructor with tallgrass
Amalia is an accomplished licensed massage therapist since 1997 and received her Master’s in Chinese Medicine to become a licensed acupuncturist in 2013. Several years ago a lifelong dream came true when she had the opportunity to intern at the Western Dragon Integrative Vet Clinic and learned massage, acupuncture, food therapy and Chinese herbal medicine for our canine and feline companions under the guidance of Dr. Sara Skiwski.

 

Amalia began riding horses at 5 years old and began showing in dressage, cross county and show jumping a few years later. She has an active equine and canine practice using hands-on techniques including massage, Jin Shin Jyutsu, and Chinese-based acupressure. Additionally, Amalia has worked at Google since 2015 in several capacities of health and wellbeing.

 

Kim Knutsen

Tallgrass Equine Acupressure Assistant

Equine acupressure instructor for tallgrass animal acupressure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Kim is a Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner through Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute. As Kim pursued her Acupressure Certification, she found she could support her horses on a more consistent basis. Acupressure and energetic awareness integrates well into other energy modalities for a deeper understanding of the impact of the session. As a Tallgrass Instructor, she strives toward communicating the essentials of Chinese medicine as well as the energetic element of the work.

Kim’s horse experience began at a CHA certified horse camp in Minnesota, Equine Vocational classes in high school, a volunteer coordinator at an Equine / Hooved Animal Rescue in IL for numerous years, and being a horse owner for the past 25+ years. After a back injury, Kim delved further into other massage and energetic modalities to assist her recovery. This is when she learned about Acupressure along with Reiki, and cranial sacral. She continues to broaden her knowledge and skills by attending various clinics and expos across the country

 

Jill Gogosky, LVT, CCRP

Small Animal & Equine Acupressure Practitioner & Instructor

animal acupressure training instructor

Jill is a Certified Small and Large Acupressure Practitioner through Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute. She is a graduate of Kent State University with a degree in Zoology. For twelve years Jill worked in the Aviculture department at Sea World in Ohio.

In 2008, she pursued a career in the veterinary field and became a registered veterinary technician and is currently employed at a specialty hospital in the internal medicine department. Jill is hopeful that in the future veterinary medicine will embrace both eastern and western medicine and feels when used in conjunction will provide unparalleled results.

Jill graduated from Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute in 2009 and began her teaching career as a certified assistant, helping with classes at Hocking College for 5 years.