Name: Kim Youngblood
Location: Greenfield, Indiana, USA
Certifications through Angel's Animals: Animal Neuro-myofascial Release Technique
When did you decide that you wanted to work with animals? I have had animals my entire life and always saved strays, birds or anything that needed help. People would always bring their animals to me to help care for them...I have never not had an animal in my life and they have always been a part of me. In 2013 I decided to work with my daughter in animal massage therapy. It was our goal to help change the lives of animals in a natural way and assisting the body to heal itself. After seeing how an equine massage therapist helped my daughter's horse through a trying time of Emphysema I knew this was something I wanted to be a part of.
What animal influenced you the most growing up? My Newfoundland Kiowa. She was my first Newfoundland that I did confirmation, water rescue, carting as well as breeding. She was my heart dog for sure.
What animals do you currently own? Darla is my 9 year old "Bug" Boston Terrier/Pug who is all things drama, Will is my 16 year old DSH cat who is a complete lovebug, Sage is my 25 year old Paint horse who loves to eat and be needy and my flock of laying hens who are probably the most normal of all my critters, ha!
What makes your animal bodywork practice stand out? Our mission is to show people that you can help heal your animal naturally and holistically. While there is a time and a place for traditional medicine you can do so much with a natural approach. Many times we are the last resort, owners have tried all avenues and they come to us for a miracle. We hope to change this way of thinking and instead use as a first option when the animal is showing initial signs of arthritis or after surgery for rehabilitation. We always advise a veterinary evaluation first and clearance from them before working on the animal to make sure we collaborate and work as one. We have an all natural store in addition to our massage practice where we have all US sourced products such as but not limited to treats, food, collars, leashes, harnesses, supplements, beds and more. We carry many products that give back and help women get out of human trafficking. We base our business in the Lord and keep Him at the helm over anything else...he guides us in all that we do and say. We love being able to show pet owners how natural pet health can be affordable, educational, simple, welcoming and exciting.
What message would you like to share with perspective clients? Give natural animal health care a try! Holistic options are a great approach in keeping your pet healthy at a young age and if your pet is dealing with health concerns, it can be excellent to help the body heal itself. I will always be honest and open with you about my thoughts and opinions...your pet is my number one priority.
What message would you like to share with others who are thinking about pursing a career in animal bodywork? You must first have a passion for animals, respect their feelings and moods, be patient with them and their owners. Be prepared to do a lot of continuing education...you will never be done learning. Be open to new things and pushing yourselves for more than you ever thought possible. It is extremely rewarding and many of our clients have become very close friends. Getting my Animal Neuro-Myofascial Release certification through Angel's Animals (Dr. Barbara) was life changing. The course was well laid out and her information was thorough and she is always there for any questions which was just what I needed. I cannot recommend any of her programs enough and I will be taking more courses in the future.
Name: Nadine Vollmerg
Location: Napier, New Zealand
Certifications through Angel's Animals: Equine Kinesiology Taping
When did you decide that you wanted to work with animals? Growing up I always loved being with animals, but I knew that I didn’t want to be a Vet. Much later I realised that there are so many other options of working with animals. Initially I studied Animal Homeopathy, but was missing the ‘hands on’ part, that’s when I got interested in Bodywork options in 2010.
What animal influenced you the most growing up? Strangely enough an encounter with a Giraffe when I was still at Primary school and my parents took me to a Safari Park. I remember standing at the enclosure admiring this beautiful creature, when she turned around, slowly but surely spreading her front legs apart, lowering her head down to my height and looking straight into my soul with her mesmerising big brown eyes. It felt like the whole world stopped and we connected for a moment on such a deep level. So special! Apart from that it was horses all the way though.
What animals do you currently own? One very special 16 year young black Cat, who plays, hunts, cuddles and drools.
What makes your animal bodywork practice stand out? I’ve specialised in Horses for a few years now and love working WITH them rather than doing something TO them. Makes a huge difference if the horse gets engaged and learns to trust and enjoy the experience. Recently I’ve started offering Horse & Rider packages, which is a great way to connect the dots and compare findings in the horse’s and the rider’s body plus the kind of relationship they have with each other.
What message would you like to share with perspective clients? You’d be surprised how much more potential lies dormant within your horse. Often riders had no idea that their horse can move so much more fluidly after some Bodywork and regular maintenance work. Horses give us everything they have and are great at covering up pain and discomfort, so would be great if we could do everything we can to take care of them in the best possible way and get fine tuned and observant to pick up on clues that point to discomfort and do something about it straight away.
What message would you like to share with others who are thinking about pursing a career in animal bodywork? Start somewhere, find your niche and never give up. Become very clear about your personal ‘why’. Keep learning, growing, working on yourself and enjoy the animals! Most rewarding work if your heart is in it.
Name: Obed Joshua Muthama
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Certifications Through Angel's Animals LLC: Equine Myo-manipulative Functional Therapy
When did you decide that you wanted to work with animals? I've always loved horses and mainly competition horses and as I became more interested and involved in their training and development I came to find that many of them suffer muscle and ligament problems due to intense work load and some form poor schooling. So I took initiative and decided to help the competition horses and all other horses to performing at the best of their abilities.
What animal influenced you the most growing up? I grew up in a yard where there were horses so I learned how to take care of them, grooming, feeding and understanding their different personalities and learning a lot more from them.
Horses and dogs, as I consider myself a dog person but very much a horseman.
What animals do you currently own? I have 3 horses (Sputnik, Big Shaq & Mr Ambassador) and 1 dog (Notorious)
What makes your animal bodywork practice stand out? I'm a horseman with a good to great understanding of animals and I believe to work with horses you need to be able to understand them first before making any progress doing anything really. My work is clinical and done to perfection giving every patient my best service. I put my clients first before anything.
What message would you like to share with perspective clients? I have worked with all sorts of horse trainers and breeders. I consider the relationship with clients the key to working well, I keep it professional and I always do everything I can to keep your horse in tip top condition.
What message would you like to share with others who are thinking about pursing a career in animal bodywork? Like nikey says, Just do it, If you want to do it don't hesitate cause once you start you will only want to get more & more involved to know more and to learn more.
Name: Sacha Packer
Location: Sydney, Australia
Certifications Through Angel's Animals LLC: Canine Kinesiology Taping, Animal Neuro-myofascial Release Technique
When did you decide that you wanted to work with animals? I had always been very connected to dogs as a child and they were always part of my life, however it wasn’t until one of my own dogs developed Degenerative Myopathy and no none could help her did I start training.
What animal influenced you the most growing up? My family always had dogs and I had a pony as a teenager however dogs have been the main influencer in my life.
What animals do you currently own? I’m currently the Guardian of 2 dogs, one retired show Great Dane and one retired Agility Labrador cross.
What makes your animal bodywork practice stand out? Being multi-modality so I can address the dog in front of me rather than being limited. In addition, I have been involved in a lot of the activities and sports my clients have so that also gives me an understanding of what challenges they face and what aspects are priorities for them.
What message would you like to share with perspective clients? Never stop learning. The more tools we add to our toolboxes, the more we can help animals.
What message would you like to share with others who are thinking about pursing a career in animal bodywork? Just do it, starting is the hardest thing to do for someone just starting out but this school has outstanding support who want to see you succeed.
Name: Maria Sorgie
Location: Hackettstown, New Jersey USA
Certifications Through Angel's Animals LLC: Equine Kinesiology Tape, Equine Craniosacral Therapy, Animal Neurological-myofascial Release Technique
When did you decide that you wanted to work with animals? I decided I wanted to work with animals as a young girl.
What animal influenced you the most growing up? My love of horses influenced me the most.
What animals do you currently own? I currently own horses and dogs.
What makes your animal bodywork practice stand out? My animal bodywork offers many modalities of therapy including Equine Sport Massage, Equine Kinesiology Taping, Cranial Sacral Therapy and Animal Neuro Myofascial Release Technique.
What message would you like to share with perspective clients? I offer many different therapy packages to my clients and an individual approach to each animal in my care.
What message would you like to share with others who are thinking about pursing a career in animal bodywork? The greatest learning experience for me was taking the courses offered by Angie’s Animals LLC with Dr. Angelique Barbara. For anyone interested in pursuing a career in Animal Bodywork this program is the way to go. The Knowledge gained through the courses, case studies, practical experience, and help that is readily available through these courses will enhance any business tremendously!
Name: Sabina van Loon
Location: Gouda, Netherlands
Certifications through Angel's Animals: Canine Kinesiology Taping
When did you decide that you wanted to work with animals? 15 years ago I started breeding dogs, Bull terriers! Of course I wanted to do this well, and I started to study health. We've always fed the dogs raw (BARF) and I wanted to transfer that to the people who went home with a puppy. Also I had a lot questions about vaccinations. I was very interested in because I knew that this could never be good and because of that I started reading and asking more and more. However, there was no market in the Netherlands at that time ...
I have read a lot and find out the American authors and I knew, I have to tell this to other dog owners. A while later, one of my own dogs was hit by a car when she was 1 year old, and she is emotionally very damaged, and got complaints that the regular vet could not handle. I started searching on the Internet and there I came across TTouch. At first I thought it was a bit weird, and did not think it could work. Still, I went to a workshop (but without a dog) and the teacher told me that I quickly got the ‘move’ , and that I would be suitable to do the training.
After much deliberation, I did that, and am fully graduated TTouch Practitioner. But I also understood that TTouches were based on something, and that it worked extra well in specific places, for specific complaints and emotional disbalances. This was the Acupressure. Because I was so struck by it, I started doing a training there, and from there I started doing Cranio sacral therapy with which I am now also fully educated.
During the studies I visited a lot of people at their home, but this became so busy that I quickly opened a practice- I knew Kinesiotape for humans, because I used to work at a physiotherapist office. I came across Kinesio tape for animals, and I have also completed this course and use the kinesiotape very often to extend my treatments. I was amazed at the results I saw on the internet at the Angelique site, and wanted to know how to apply this!
What animal influenced you the most growing up? We did have rabbits and cats, but I was allergic to them, so that was not for long. When my husband and I starting living together, we dit get our first bull terrier, Sharky!
What animals do you currently own? We now have 4 bull terriers , all bred at our place. 3 female and 1 one.
What makes your animal bodywork practice stand out? I believe that my practice stand out because : I take the time for the owners, the dog, I listen and summarize at the end of the consultation what has happened to the dog during the treatment. In addition, I am always available for questions, comments, and above all, I like doing it, I love my work, and certainly when people experience the differences in the welfare of the dog. I never had a day that I did not feel like going to the practice!
What message would you like to share with perspective clients? Do not wait until you have seen all the vets, specialists, but give acupressure, cranio sacral work and all related an opportunity. Who knows, the alternative medicine can achieve much more than you thought. I have more than enough examples!!
What message would you like to share with others who are thinking about pursing a career in animal bodywork? Follow your heart, learn as if it is your last day, take everything with you that other already established teachers tell you, and make it your own, and your practice will flourish.Practice, read, learn, ask, and again and again !!
Name: Deb Porter, DC
Location: Port Orange, Florida, USA
Certifications through Angel's Animals: Certified Animal Neuro-myofascial Release Technique - both large and small animals
When did you decide that you wanted to work with animals? As a child growing up, I had lots of animals/pets. It seemed a natural progression for me to continue taking care of their needs.
What animal influenced you the most growing up? My family bread Champion shih-tzu in the early 1970’s when they were first being imported into the United States.
What animals do you currently own? 2 female miniature pinchers. Lexi and Haley. Lexis was a 6 year old Rescue when I was blessed to be her mommy. Haley has been a part of my family since she was 8 weeks old.
What makes your animal bodywork practice stand out? We are unique in that we see animals and humans in our office. There are not many places you can get adjusted along with your pet. Although we can make house calls.
What message would you like to share with perspective clients? It is important to create a holistic approach to health early.
What message would you like to share with others who are thinking about pursing a career in animal bodywork? It is a very rewarding career choice. If you love animals, you will love it when they begin to feel better. Each one has a unique way of expressing their appreciation for taking care of them. Whether it is a kiss or a snuggle, they will thank you. That is the best part of my day.
Name: Leah Batchelor
Location: Sexsmith, Alberta, Canada
Certifications Through Angel's Animals: Certified Equine Myo-manipulative Functional Therapist, Certified Canine Myo-manipulative Functional Therapist, Certified Equine Kinesiology Taping Practitioner, Certified Canine Kinesiology Taping Practitioner, Certified Equine Craniosacral Therapist, Certified Canine Craniosacral Therapist, Certified Animal Neuro-myofascial Release Technique Practitioner
When did you decide that you wanted to work with animals? I was about 12 years old when the dog we had took ill and I wanted to do everything I could to save it. Later a friend took me horse back riding and my passion for animals burst threw similar to busting an over filled balloon!
What animal influenced you the most growing up? I would have to say there was no one animal; it was a collection of wild and domestic.
What animals do you currently own? Wow... we have gone from rescuing almost everything 4 legged and furry.. we currently care for 14 horses, 3 dogs and a moose as well as several deer that come back every winter, which I guess basically are on loan from mother nature. George the moose grew up here as we saved him after he got caught in a fence. He has come back every year so I guess that would be 17 years; he kinda adopted us.
What makes your animal bodywork practice stand out? I started as a rescue some 20 years ago .. so people understand my love , compassion and understanding and that I am willing to do whatever is necessary to help the animal.
What message would you like to share with perspective clients? I am honest, hard working, loyal and dedicated to helping you and your horse form a loving and compassionate balance and will explain things to you in manner in which you will understand. I will be there should your loving companion have to be laid to rest. As after month or years of working together he or she becomes a part of my life with unconditional love.
What message would you like to share with others who are thinking about pursing a career in animal bodywork? Our work is not unlike a vets ; we have to listen carefully and most of all be PATIENT and UNDERSTANDING and COMPASSIONATE. Even with that being said, there are times when it can be frustrating when all an owner is trying to do is help and yet is getting in the way. This is their fur child ; their companion. IF you can devote every ounce of your being and humanity when working on each and every special case then you have a fighting chance at making a difference when working with the animals and becoming a good animal bodyworker.