Carolyn Shusta Equine Acupressure Practitioner 
Denmark, WI 

animal acupressure massage

At the age of 13, she started working at a horse barn cleaning stalls in exchange for riding lessons. Carolyn has been around horses ever since. Having taken and observed many riding lessons she can spot imbalanced movement. Becoming certified as Specialties: Equine Acupressure Practitioner allows Carolyn to help these magnificent animals to move better and be more in balance.
Carolyn is also attuned to Reiki Level II and is a PetMassage™ Practitioner. Reiki attunements were taken through Animal Hearts Wellness Center in Appleton WI. It is based on the traditional teachings of Usui Mikao and on Animal Reiki Source developed by Kathleen Prasad. This allows Carolyn to offer Reiki to both people and animals. PetMassage™ is a form of canine massage and complements acupressure. Carolyn practices in NE Wisconsin and will travel to your location to work with you or your animals. She is a member of Associated Bodyworks and Massage Professionals (ABMP) and International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork (IAAMB).

Sarah N. Bertsch, MA, NCSAA, RMP 

animal acupressure massage

Optimal Animals is a holistic resource for pets and their people in western WI and the Twin Cities area of MN. Sarah N. Bertsch is certified in Small Animal Acupressure through the Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute and through the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage with further study through the Animal Acupressure Training Academy. She is a Reiki Master Practitioner, having studied with Chikara Reiki Do, The Meta Institute, The International Center for Reiki Training and The Animal Reiki Source. She is a member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals.

Sarah enjoys making house calls to meet and share acupressure & Reiki with animals large and small (and Reiki for people, too). In addition to her work with Optimal Animals, Sarah transports injured raptors for The University of MN Raptor Center, maintains a music contracting business, performs as a professional violinist and teaches private music lessons.

Catherine Gryniewicz, Small Animal Acupressure Practitioner, NBCAAM
Phone: 262-676-2238  

Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Practitioner

Catherine brings a lifelong love of dogs and her passion to enhance the lives of dogs and their human by tending to the dog’s mind, body and spirit. Her mission of Well Balanced Dog is toEnhance the lives of the canine & the human. She started acupressure initially to help her own dog Halley, GSD, 11 years ago with hip dysplasia and completed her practitioner training to help Feather, her GSD, with osteoarthritis. Catherine has integrated years of intuitive and energetic work to help dogs bring balance to their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Catherine credentials to help your canine friend include:

  • Nationally Board Certified Practitioner in canine acupressure thru NBCAAM– 2019
  • Small Animal Acupressure Practitioner – Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute – 2019;
  • Human-Animal Bond Certified – HABI & NAVC 2019;
  • Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) with NACSW ® – 2016;
  • Certified Canine Fitness Trainer (CCFT) – University of Tennessee and FitPAWS ® – 2016;
  • Positive Reinforcement Training with Pat Miller;
  • Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology at Broadview University in Salt Lake City, Utah – 2014;
  • Board eligible for Certified Veterinary Technician certification;
  • Volunteered 1000+ hours in start-up of emergency and specialty hospital for animals in 2009-2011;
  • Managed veterinary hospitals in Park City, UT and Springfield, IL;

Interwoven in the above credentials is Catherine’s knowledge (BS & MBA) and professional experience in: Human Resources, Quality, Teams, and Training with laser-like focus and commitment to customer service.

Jane Austin, Equine Acupressure Practitioner 
Neshkoro, WI 

Mammal - Wisconsin

Jane began Equine Bodywork about 9 years ago. Jane had a long career as a horse trainer. She was a AQHA Professional Trainer, Instructor and Coach. Jane specialized in training AQHA all around horses. In order to compete at the level Jane was competing at she used the best Farriers, Veterinarians, and Chiropractors she could find. It was hard work to keep the horses competing at this high of a level. She realized when the horses were not performing right they were sore. But the trick was trying to figure out where they were sore and what could be done to help. 

She became certified to do Equine Bodywork. And when she found the Tallgrass Equine Acupressure Institute she planned on taking one course. But she saw such an improvement in the horses she was working on she knew she needed to become a Certified Acupressure Practitioner. Jane does Equine Bodywork on show horses, race horses, trail horses and even mules.

Brenda Utzerath, Certified Small Animal Practitioner, NBCAAM 

Beaver Dam, WI 

animal acupressure massage

Brenda offers her services throughout Dodge County, Wisconsin. Sessions are held in the convenience of your home, Modern Dog harmony room, Animal Clinic of Beaver Dam, your veterinarian's office, or a stress free environment of your choosing. She also offers educational workshops and free demonstrations to groups of any size. Graduate of following programs: Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute 2010, Blue Sky Massage 2009 (animal massage), Spirits in Transition 2010 (animal hospice), Marian University (grief and bereavement).

Penny Paiser-Wilson, Small Animal Acupressure
Neenah. WI 

animal acupressure massage

Tranquil Tails, based in the Fox River Valley of Wisconsin, is owned and operated by Penny Paiser-Wilson, a certified small animal acupressurist. Penny, a Master Reiki Practitioner through The Animal Spirit Network in Chicago, also holds a Bachelor Science in Nutrition from the University of Wisconsin at Madison which she incorporates in her work with animals. Penny has studied cat and dog massage with Integrated Touch Therapy of Ohio and Animal Communication with Asia Voight and Penelope Smith. Included in the care of your pets, Penny uses Acupressure, Reiki, advanced Massage techniques, Flower Essences, Aromatherapy, Color Therapy and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). She continues to study Traditional Chinese Medicine and natural pet care, adding to her already comprehensive repertoire.

Penny has extensive experience using her talents to assist both dogs and cats, including issues of aging, behavior problems, trauma and surgical recovery, history of abuse, or abandonment and various other conditions. She is well versed in medical terminology and works with you and your vet to develop a plan of care tailored to each animal's specific needs. In conjunction with traditional veterinary care, Tranquil Tails will enable you to provide the best and most complete health care for your pet's physical, behavioral and emotional well-being.

Kendra McMillan, Small Animal Acupressure                 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

animal acupressure massage

My name is Kendra McMillan. I have a life-long love for all animals. But back in the 80's when I went to college there were few careers with animals aside from Veterinarians and Vet Technicians. So as an adult I contented myself by filling my house with cats and eventually buying my horse Espirita. I discovered Animal Acupressure through a women who performed acupressure and massage on Espirita and that was next path on my journey through life.

I have received benefit from various kinds of touch therapy for years and was excited to know it was possible for me learn acupressure and help animals. Touch therapies have helped me with pain when the medical community could only offer medications or suggest it was 'all in my head'. I look forward to broadening my expertise so I can further help our companion animals on their journey through life with us.

Susan "Sam" MacLean, Equine Practitioner, NBCAAM 
Hartford, WI (South East Wisconsin) 

animal acupressure massage

As a graduate of the Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute, specializing in horses, Sam performs acupressure along with a variety of bodywork techniques to help horses feel and perform better so that you can spend more quality time together and enjoy that time to the fullest. She believes that each horse is a special and unique being, and goes above and beyond to ensure that your horse receives the care and attention needed.

Sam is also certified in animal Reiki (Let Animals Lead by Kathleen Prasad) and equine massage (Therasage), She is a dedicated professional and regularly advances her skills and education to better support horses and their caretakers.

Giving back to the community is a priority for Sam so she volunteers  her time as a member of SARA (shelter Animal Reiki Association), using Reiki to create a peaceful, healing environment within shelters and other animal settings. 

Kerry Malak, Small Animal Practitioner, NBCAAM
Milwaukee, WI

Acupressure Practitioner
Kerry has been studying holistic care for animals since 2006 and has a special interest in helping senior pets and those who have been diagnosed with cancer. She is versed in a variety of complementary therapies including flower essences, aromatherapy, holistic nutrition and bodywork. She is a Reiki Master Teacher, with experience working with humans and animals, and is also a Certified Pet Loss Counselor.

As a Small Animal Acupressure practitioner, Kerry uses the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine to evaluate the overall health of animals from a holistic perspective to help them achieve greater balance and wellness -- both physically and emotionally. Services are provided at the Wauwatosa Veterinary Clinic in Wauwatosa, WI. Current patients of Wauwatosa Vet Clinic or referrals from other primary care vets are welcome to schedule an appointment.