Kathleen Prasad SARA President
San Rafael, CA
Kathleen Prasad is president of the Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA). She has taught Reiki to the staff and volunteers of organizations such as BrightHaven, The CARE Foundation, Best Friends Animal Society, The San Francisco SPCA and Guide Dogs for the Blind. A global leader in the profession, Kathleen has authored the book Reiki for Dogs and co-authored the booksThe Animal Reiki Handbook and Animal Reiki: Using Energy to Heal the Animals in Your Life. She’s been published in magazines such as The Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, Animal Wellness Magazine, Animal Fair, Equine Wellness Magazine, The Whole Dog Journal, Dog Fancy, Feline Wellness and Dogs Naturally Magazine, and featured in several radio and TV programs. Kathleen offers regular classes at BrightHaven Holistic Animal Retreat in Santa Rosa. She also teaches a variety of correspondence and tele-classes. She is available for distant treatments.
Leah D'Ambrosio SARA Vice President
Mountain View, CA
Leah is the Vice President of the Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA) and is a board member of Pregnant Mare Rescue. She has taught animal Reiki classes at the Humane Society Silicon Valley, the Homeless Cat Network, Rabbit Haven and offers regular classes at Pregnant Mare Rescue in Aptos, California. She is currently teaching the SARA Animal Reiki for Reiki Practitioners teleclass. Leah is available for in person animal Reiki treatments.
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Joan Marlow - SARA Practitioner
Michele Rodriguez - SARA Practitioner
Michele Rodriguez is one of the founding members of SARA and is an animal Reiki practitioner. Having recently completed Certification as a Veterinarian Assistant, Michele plans to integrate her personal passion and professional skills towards helping and healing animals on all levels of being-physical,mental and spiritual. Michele's goal is to educate and share with other's the power and efficacy of Reiki energy work. Michele currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her new rescue dog, Paisley, who has been a "sponge" for Reiki energy from her very first session. Michele is available for consults and appointments.
Cindie Ambar - SARA Practitioner
Cindie Ambar is a SARA Practitioner trained at the Usui Reiki Master’s level by Kathleen Prasad and focuses on Equine Reiki in the Santa Cruz County area. She is the founder of her own non-profit which helps horses in sanctuaries and shelters. Cindie has happily volunteered at Pregnant Mare Rescue in Watsonville, California since April 2011 where she discovered her life’s purpose with horses.
Cathy Currea - SARA Practitioner
Cathy Currea is a SARA Practitioner located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Cathy Currea is an Animal Reiki Practitioner, and Humane Educator with over 20 years’ experience helping animals around the world. She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling and Education. Cathy is also an author who has contributed to the books, Reiki for Dogs; Animals In Spirit; and Awakening to Animals Voices. Cathy offers long distance and in-person Animal Reiki treatments to help your animal family feel their very best. Cathy works with behavioral, physical, emotional and spiritual issues and specializes in helping animals who are sick, chronically ill, elderly or dying including hospice support and grief counseling.
Kathy Edwards - SARA Teacher
Kathy Edwards is a SARA Teacher who was born and raised in the San Francisco area. She has studied with Kathleen Prasad since 2010 and recently opened her own alternative animal health business. She currently volunteers in San Mateo County and is available for in person and distant treatments.
Deanna Graham - SARA PractitionerDeanna Graham is an animal Reiki practitioner who lives in Palo Alto, California. Deanna currently volunteers at Homeless Cat Network and Nine Lives Foundation. She served on the Nine Lives Foundation Board of Directors and as their volunteer coordinator. In the past, she has volunteered at the Humane Society Silicon Valley.
Jody Huth - SARA Teacher
Jody Huth lives in San Francisco with her husband and two cats, Scout, and Willie who instigated the Reiki journey. She has studied Animal Reiki I and II , as well as the Animal Reiki correspondence courses, with Kathleen, and is looking forward to the Shinpiden Level III class with Frans Stiene in April 2009. She currently volunteers at the SF Animal Care and Control shelter.
Charlotte Jensen - Communications and Media Relations Manager
Charlotte Jensen is an internationally published journalist with more than 14 years’ experience in media and communications. Charlotte was previously executive editor of Entrepreneur magazine, where she played a leading role in shaping editorial content and direction for the award-winning publication. In 2004, after her cat was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease, she studied Reiki I under Kathleen Prasad and subsequently managed the disease for several years by combining Reiki with traditional veterinary medicine. Based in Orange, California, Charlotte offers editorial services to corporations and nonprofits nationwide.
Kristin Dodds - SARA Practitioner
Kristin Dodds is an Animal Reiki Practitioner based in San Francisco, California. She spends her extra time volunteering with Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, California. Guide Dogs is a non-profit organization that provides enhanced mobility to qualified blind and visually impaired individuals through partnerships with uniquely skilled dogs. Kristin also likes to travel the world. During her travels she likes to volunteer at organizations promoting animal welfare. The accompanying picture was taken during her time volunteering at Elephant Nature Park in Northern Thailand, which is an elephant rescue and rehabilitation center. She lives in San Francisco with her life partner, Joe.
Lisa Hughes - SARA Practitioner
Lisa Hughes is a SARA Practitioner. Lisa started her Reiki journey after adopting two rescued puppies (one who is visually impaired), and found Animal Reiki Source. She has been an SARA Practitioner since 2014. She believes that every being needs to be "balanced" with the universe and with the support of her husband and mother she founded a holistic animal business in Rosemead, California. In her practice she offers in person/distance animal Reiki and Bach Flower Essence Remedies to animals and humans. She resides with her husband and three dogs Hunter, Ryder (pictured and not puppies anymore) and Bandit, who are all rescues. When she is not providing services to her clients, she is a high school special education teacher. In her spare time she volunteers at the San Gabriel Valley Humane Society where she hopes to one day to teach Reiki to all the volunteers and staff.
Jody Huth - SARA Practitioner
Jody Huth is a founding member of SARA and a SARA Practitioner. She lives in San Francisco with her husband Kelly, and four rescue dogs, plus a foster dog. Jody studied Animal Reiki with Kathleen Prasad, and human Reiki with Frans Stiene. She currently volunteers at San Francisco Animal Care and Control with the custody dog program known as FETCH. These volunteers bring enrichment to the dogs who are not available for adoption. She is also a member of the board of directors with Grateful Dogs Rescue, one of the oldest all breed rescues in the Bay Area.
Lorraine Lannoye - SARA Practitioner
Lorraine Lannoye is a SARA Practitioner, having studied Reiki Level I and Level 2 with Leah D'Ambrosio of SARA, and Level 3 with Frans Stiene of the International House of Reiki. Lorraine's volunteer efforts have included Best Friends Animal Society Network, Humane Society Silicon Valley, and Ohlone Humane Society Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. She resides in the Bay Area with her husband and three cats.
Joannie Loobey - SARA Practitioner
Joannie Loobey is a SARA Practitioner. She came across SARA while researching holistic modalities for healing animals and was drawn to Kathleen Prasad's traditional Reiki Practice and Teachings and from that point, was on her journey of creating healing light and space for animals. She plans on expanding her knowledge by completing Teacher training. She volunteers at Sage ER Veterinary Centers in Dublin and Concord, as well as Rienstien Horse Ranch in Livermore and Contra Costa SPCA. She has started personal practice and now offers healing to friends, family and animals in need. She lives with her 12 year old Retired Seeing Guide Dog, Izod and her two "foster failure" 2 year old kitties, Phoenix and Nala.
Sasha Nelson - SARA Practitioner
Sasha Nelson has 15 years experience and training in the animal healing arts. She is an animal Reiki practitioner and a certified equine massage therapist. Sasha's career started with a focus on massage and physical therapy for horses, and has evolved into a Reiki practice for all animals, both large and small. Her life-long ability to intuitively hear and feel animals' stories, pain, trauma, worries and needs makes Reiki healing a natural extension of her inherent gifts. Sasha lives and works in Sebastopol, CA, where she volunteers at The Flag Foundation, a sanctuary ranch that fosters horse/human partnership. Sasha offers Reiki to animals throughout Sonoma, Napa and Marin, and Sacramento and is also available for distance healing.
Cathy O'Brien - SARA Practitioner
Cathy O'Brien is a SARA Practitioner. She regulary volunteers Reiki at Pregnant Mare Rescue Foundation horse sanctuary in Santa Cruz, California. Cathy has shared Reiki with many different animals, including dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, pigs, cows, lions, bears, and others. Knowing that animals are our best teachers, Cathy is grateful to the many animals who have generously taught her along her Reiki journey. Cathy also shares monthly Healing Circles for Animals, offering Reiki and healing energy to a specific animal or animal issue each month. Cathy is available for distant Reiki treatments and in-person treatments on a limited basis.
Maureen Petras - SARA Practitioner
Maureen Petras is an SARA Practitioner and has trained in Animal Reiki levels I and II with Kathleen Prasad. Maureen lives with her husband, daughter and their five cats in Penn Valley, CA. One of her cats "Flamee" is her first spiritual teacher, guiding her to share Reiki with animals. Finding Kathleen Prasad and the world of Animal Reiki is a blessing and has changed her life in so many ways. Maureen works with many different animals including cats, dogs, horses, rabbits, chickens, pot bellied pigs, alpaca and more. Her passion is volunteering at the Grass Valley Animal Control offering Reiki to the animals weekly.
Dawn Scheying - Reiki Practitioner
Dawn Scheyhing is a SARA Practitioner and dog trainer residing in Auburn, California. Her lifelong commitment to helping dogs and their humans has led her to the doorsteps of world class trainers all over the country. Their spiritually based philosophies regarding our relationships with animals have inspired Dawn to create her own model of dog training that focuses on the energies of both canine and human, helping them achieve balance together. These skills are put to good use at Placer County Animal Services where she volunteers, teaches, and fosters the dogs that need more in depth rehabilitation. Dawn offers Reiki long distance or in person.
Robin Skov - SARA Practitioner
Robin Skov is a level 3 Reiki practitioner specializing in senior animals, farm animal and animals rescued from abuse. She has studied with Kathleen Prasad of Animal Reiki Source and with Frans Stiene of International House of Reiki. Through her organization, she donates a portion of her time to animals living in shelters and sanctuaries in the greater Los Angeles area. She also supports several non-profit animal protection organizations by donating her fees through her pay-it-forward donation program. Animals have been her teachers, friends and companions for as long as she can remember and sharing Reiki with them allows her to give back some of the beauty, joy, and healing they have brought to her life.
Katie Albright - SARA Practitioner
Katie Albright is an SARA Practitioner located near Boulder, CO. She has been practicing Reiki since 2000. Katie owns and operates a pet sitting business and cares for dogs, cats, horses, alpacas, llamas and everything in between. In addition to her business and Reiki practice, Katie volunteers as a Reiki practitioner at Foothills Animal Shelter in Golden, CO and Luvin Arms Sanctuary in Lafayette, CO, the first SARA sanctuary in the state. She is also a Healing Touch for Animals® Practitioner and offers a combination of treatments to address a wide array of physical, emotional and behavioral issues. Katie loves working with animals of all ages and species and is available for in person and distant sessions.
Susan Borutzki - SARA Practitioner
Susan Borutzki is a SARA Reiki practitioner living in Longmont, Colorado, with her two rescue cats. She has deepened her awareness and training through SARA's Animal Reiki for Reiki Practitioners workshop. Susan's calling is to help all creatures with whom we share the Earth (four and two legged, winged, feathered, scaled, finned) and thereby bringing more peace into our world. She volunteers with several organizations and has recently opened her own practice. Susan's offerings include animal reiki in person along the Colorado Front Range (Loveland, Longmont, Lyons, Boulder) or by distance sessions. She also assists shelters, rescue organizations, and veterinary clinics.
Jackie Jones - SARA Practitioner
Jackie Jones is a SARA Practitioner. She has provided animal Reiki to the Longmont Humane Society cats and dogs. Numerous rescue groups, for which she volunteers, have taken advantage of her skill with animals on an energetic level. Jackie currently lives in Colorado with a wonderful pack of rescue dogs. She devotes time to volunteer for a number of rescue organizations by fostering and conducting home visits and adoptions for many dogs in need of a fur-ever home.
Eden Koljord – SARA Teacher
Eden Koljord (pronounced Kuhl-yord) is a Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA) Teacher located in the Denver, CO Metropolitan Area. She is an Animal Reiki Practitioner and Animal Communication Specialist with over 10 years of experience. Eden is an ambassador for the International Animal Ministry at Lakewood, CO and a volunteer for the Horse Protection League (HPL) at Golden, CO. She offers long distance and in-person Animal Reiki treatments. Eden works with behavioral, physical, emotional, and spiritual issues that inspire graceful partnership, healing, and radiant living between animals and their human companions. She teaches classes in Animal Reiki and Animal Communication.
Allison Chun - SARA Teacher
Allison Chun lives in Hawaii on the beautiful island of Maui. She is a Level III Reiki Practitioner/Teacher and owner of her own wellness center for animals and companion people. Her favorite places to share Reiki with animals are Haku Baldwin Center and Maui Humane Society. Allison offers in-person treatments on Maui island.
Jenni Bickel - SARA Practitioner
Jenni Bickel is a SARA Animal Reiki Practitioner and Animal Communicator who lives in Sandpoint, Idaho. In her business, she has worked with hundreds of pets and shelter animals helping them to resolve emotional, mental and spiritual issues....and also works as a volunteer to get them into their loving forever homes. Jenni currently offers Reiki to the animals at Panhandle Animal shelter, a no kill animal shelter in Sandpoint, ID. She also offers Animal reiki & Animal communication sessions through her animal wellness business & rescue. Jenni is available for in-person and long distance treatments. She has been a long time animal advocate and believes in the healing power animals bring into our hearts. Healing hearts through love, four paws at a time.
Linda Kingsbury - SARA Teacher
Linda Kingsbury, PhD, resides in Moscow, Idaho and teaches primarily in Idaho but also travels to Hawaii, Arizona, and Florida during the winter. She is open to visiting your area to share her skills at your rescue, ranch, or farm. Since August 2010, she has been volunteering at Orphan Acres Equine Rescue, Rehabilitation & Sanctuary in Viola, Idaho. Her love for the natural world and hobby of swimming with wild dolphins in the open oceans supports all her work. She believes animals teach us about unconditional love, expand our multisensory awareness, and enhance our ability to communicate in a respectful way with all creation.
Kate Sorenson - SARA Practitioner
Kate Sorensen is an SARA Practitioner living in Bozeman, MT. She is available for distance and in-person treatments. She volunteers at Montana Raptor Conservation Center and is on the education team. She enjoys adopting rescue mastiffs, gardening, cooking, hiking, and knitting and felting. She loves living in Montana and shares it with her husband, children, grandchildren and her dog.
Rachel Gene - SARA Practitioner
Rachel Gene is a Portland, Oregon based Animal Reiki Practitioner with a heartfelt desire to support animals in hospice care, and their people. She is available for both in-person and distant Reiki sessions for animals nearing their end of life. Currently, she is also completing a small animal massage certification as a way to further connect and serve animals. Rachel is also an early childhood educator at a non-profit school where she co-teaches alongside her trained therapy dog, Abigail. She is the lead animal caregiver for two curious goats and a brood of lovely chicken gals who call the school playground their home. In her spare time, she also enjoys being with horses, metal-smithing, writing, and getting her hands dirty in the garden.
Marsha Hettman - SARA Practitioner
Marsha Hettman is a SARA Practitioner residing on the Oregon Coast who donates Reiki treatments to the animals of the Lincoln County Animal Shelter in Newport, Oregon. She shares her home with her husband of 37 years; their dog, Bear, who has a cardiac pacemaker (her first Reiki teacher); and Reggie, their adopted cat from the shelter where she volunteers. Animals have always been there for her, and she is grateful for the opportunity to share Reiki with them and return the love to them.
Victoria Kress - SARA Teacher
Sioux Strong - SARA Teacher
Erin Kowalski - SARA Practitioner
Erin Kowalski is a SARA Practitioner, a Nationally Certified Canine Massage Therapist (NCCMT) and Reiki, a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) and the International Association of Reiki Professionals (IARP), and a Certified Practitioner Member of the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure and Massage (NBCAAM). Erin has started the process of obtaining certification as a Canine Rehabilitation Assistant through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute.
Linda Patrick - SARA Practitioner
Linda Patrick is an Animal Reiki Practitioner and does Energy healing and communication. She has worked with therapeutic riding horses, using Reiki, in Colorado and California as well as the local wildlife. Linda is also the website designer for SARA and lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Lynne Crowton - Practitioner
Lynne Crowton is a SARA Practitioner residing in Michigan who currently donates Reiki treatments to the animals at the Michigan Animal Rescue League. Through her Reiki practice, Lynne has had the opportunity to work with various species of animals in shelters throughout the mid-west as a volunteer since 2006.
Carolyn Kristof - Practitioner
Carolyn Kristof is a SARA practitioner, Reiki Level III and a volunteer at the UN-Cats Feline Rescue Sanctuary near Traverse City, MI. Carolyn offers animal reiki weekly to the FIV+ and FeLV+ cats at rescue. In addition, Carolyn works energetically with flower essences to help return animals and their companions to balance.
Sue Lovell - Practitioner
Sue Lovell is an animal Reiki practitioner serving the Hillsdale/Jackson/Lenawee Counties in Michigan. She has completed the Shoden, Okuden, and Shinpiden levels of Animal Reiki with Kathleen Prasad, and is also a Reiki Master in the Usui Shiki Ryoho method. She volunteers at the Cascades Humane Society in Jackson, Michigan. She also has animal Reiki experience with many different species of domestic, wild local, and exotic animals.
Julie Keefe - SARA Teacher
Julie Keefe, resides in Cincinnati, Ohio and serves the southwestern Ohio, northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana region. She has been a Reiki practitioner since 2000. Her classes have been attended by local veterinarians, rescue fosterers, and shelter volunteers. She is a volunteer with the League for Animal Welfare and Greyhound Adoption of Greater Cincinnati, and offers Reiki classes through Save the Animals Foundation. She shares her home with rescued greyhound, Phoebe, as well as two rescued cats, Garrett and Tansy.
Barbara Rubin - SARA Teacher
Barbara Rubin lives in Canton, Ohio, and believes that animals are our teachers and feels very privileged to work with domestic and wild animals. She is a Reiki Master, a SARA Practitioner/Teacher, and a Healing Touch for Animals Certified Practitioner. She enjoys volunteering at Sanders Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Massillon, Ohio and other Northeastern Ohio rescue organizations, sharing Reiki and healing energy with orphaned, injured, and homeless animals.
Ann Noyce - SARA Teacher
Ann Noyce is a Reiki Master Teacher and Practitioner in Northeast Wisconsin. She received her Animal Reiki Teacher training from Kathleen Prasad of Animal Reiki Source. Ann volunteers Reiki at Iveloharele Retirement Sanctuary, 3 B’s Cat Rescue, Happily Ever After Animal Sanctuary, Holyland Donkey Haven and Special Memories Zoo. Ann and her husband Alan founded a pet treat bakery in Appleton, Wisconsin, and a wellness center that offers energy healing services and education for animals and their people. Ann’s animal teachers include two dogs, Annie Oakley and Amber, two cats, Autumn and April, and her beloved dog Amanda (1996-2010) who is her inspiration and guide on her journey of supporting animals. Ann is willing to travel to teach classes.
Debora Poynter - SARA Practitioner
Debora Poynter is an Animal Reiki Practitioner and Animal Communicator who lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin with her dog, two cats and two parakeets. In her business, she has worked with hundreds of animals helping them to resolve emotional, mental and spiritual issues. She currently offers Reiki to the animals at Happily Ever No-Kill Animal Sanctuary in Green Bay. Debora is available for in-person and long distance treatments.
Marylou Laughlin - SARA Teacher
Jackie Rettberg - SARA Practitioner
Jackie Rettberg is a SARA Animal Reiki Practitioner and Animal Communicator located in Wilmington, Delaware. Jackie owns a business which provides Animal Communications and Animal Reiki services and classes to pet owners over distance and in person. Jackie also manages an Animal Prayer Circle that provides prayer and comfort for animals and owners in need. Jackie volunteers at the Delaware Humane Association (DHA), a no-kill animal shelter in Wilmington, Delaware. This photograph was taken at DHA with one of Jackie’s favorite shelter cats named Extra, who has since been adopted and renamed Sasha.
Rob Haroth - SARA Practitioner
Rob Haroth is a SARA Practitioner and an AADP board certified, graduate of the Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) program at Natural Healing College in Stockton, California. Rob learned long ago the value of good health. After initially studying herbology Rob decided to devote his time to the study of natural health and healing. A love for animals prompted Rob to begin his Animal Reiki journey. While being trained in Reiki specific to animals by Kathleen Prasad (Animal Reiki Source), Rob began to volunteer at the local SPCA and Animal Control facilities as an animal walker, socializer, adoption assistant, and veterinary clinic volunteer. At the SPCA, Rob offers Reiki services to all animals at the shelter and played an integral part in the formation of a groundbreaking organization at the shelter called Animal Wellness Experience (AWE). He hopes to form a similar organization at his local Animal Control facility.Rob also has three dogs of his own, Truman, Jackson, and Bronner who enjoy Reiki treatments as often as he can offer them!
Nancy Kida - SARA Teacher
Nancy Kida is a SARA Teacher who lives in Monson, MA and volunteers at the Second Chance Animal Shelter, in East Brookfield, MA. Nancy is available for classes and treatments in and around the Monson area, in both Massachusetts and Connecticut. For classes, she is willing to travel within a 50 mile radius. She is the author of “Reiki for People & Pets”, Reiki News Magazine, Summer, 2011.
Suz Letschin - SARA Practitioner
Suz Letschin is an animal Reiki practitioner from Forest Hill, Maryland. She trained with Frans Stiene of the International House of Reiki and with Kathleen Prasad. She has volunteered with a local Greyhound rescue group for the past 20 years. Six years ago, she and her husband started a program at their local hospital gifting Reiki to cancer patients.
Dorothy Scanlan is a SARA Practitioner Teacher who offers treatments for both humans and animals. She is also a Reiki teacher for humans and a Reiki student of animals! She found her true Reiki calling when she took the class, “Animal Reiki for Reiki Practitioners” with Leah D’Ambrosio. She then was fortunate enough to be able to take Kathleen Prasad’s “ Shinpiden and Animal Reiki Teacher Training” at the CARE Foundation in Florida in February 2013. Dorothy has since studied Shinpiden with Frans Stiene of the International House of Reiki.In addition to offering Reiki, she assists with spay/neuter transport and care & fostering of cats at the Humane Society of Carroll County. Dorothy has had an affinity for animals for as long as she can remember, so she feels blessed that she can connect with animals through Reiki. She also feels blessed for the stability that the practice of Reiki has brought to her life. To that end she donates a percent of her income to animal welfare and conservation organizations.She lives with her husband, seven cats, two dogs, and dozen or so koi in Westminster, MD.
Nancy Rudman - SARA Teacher
Nancy Rudman a SARA Animal Reiki Practitioner/Teacher trained by Kathleen Prasad of Animal Reiki Source (ARS). Nancy practices in the Boston, MA, area and offers both inperson and distant Reiki treatments for people and animals.
Nancy holds the strong belief that animals have much to teach us and works to facilitate the shared learning experiences between animals and humans. She volunteers at 2 Reiki clinics, studies through a Reiki mentor program, and also studies Spiritual Healing, Shamanic Healing and Integrated Energy Medicine as well as Transpersonal Psychology and Buddhist philosophy.
Nancy Wood - SARA Practitioner
Nancy Wood is a SARA Animal Reiki Practitioner located in Bradford, Massachusetts. Nancy volunteers at Nevins Farm MSPCA in Methuen, MA and also practices animal Reiki at the Riverside Dog Park in Haverhill, MA. Damien (pictured with Nancy) was her initial Reiki Teacher and is her assistant in the dog park. At the present time Nancy works with shelter cats at Nevins and injured and nervous dogs she meets at the park. She loves all animals and feel that through Reiki she is helping to make a difference, one animal at a time.
Connie McDermott - SARA Practioner
Connie is an Animal Reiki Practitioner who studied under Tracey Korotky and SARA Founding Member and Teacher Bill Stevens for Animal Reiki. Connie has had many wonderful experiences with her own animals showing her the way (reiki is wonderful for stopping puppy hiccups) to volunteering her services at Riverfield Foals and Riverfield farm. She is also a host on the youtube series SitSpeak where Connie meets many animals and discusses the benefits of animal reiki. She learns more everyday and is very excited to be a part of SARA and to learning more and having many more animal reiki experiences in the future. Connie is located in Toms River, New Jersey.
Sue Ann Seccia-Harnden - SARA Practitioner
Sue Ann Seccia-Harnden is a SARA Practitioner and the owner of a holistic healing practice based in Clinton, NJ, serving Hunterdon county and surrounding areas. Her practice offers a variety of energy and vibrational healing techniques for both people and animals, often done in combination as integrated treatments, including Reiki, Animal Reiki, Spiritual Response Technique (SRT), Crystal and Color Therapy, and Flower Essences.
In 2013, she trained with SARA co-founder Leah D'Ambrosio in the "Animal Reiki for Reiki Practitioners" class. In addition to working with her human and domestic animal clients, Sue Ann volunteers weekly Reiki sessions at the Woodlands Wildlife Refuge in Hunterdon County, NJ, a non-profit rehabilitation facility dedicated to the care and release back to their natural habitat of orphaned and injured wild animals. Woodlands cares for hundreds of animals a year, and enjoys a high success rate of release. Some of the animals Woodlands provides care for include raccoons, skunks, opossums, rabbits, woodchucks, foxes, squirrels, coyotes, fawns, bats, otters, porcupines, bears, and even the occasional bobcat.
William Stevens - SARA Teacher
Bill Stevens is a Reiki Master who has practiced Reiki for twenty years with a focus on people dealing with life threatening illnesses. More recently he has also studied with Kathleen Prasad as an animal Reiki practitioner and teacher. He presently lives in Asbury Park NJ, works with the VNA Hospice as a Reiki Practitioner, and has volunteered at both the local Humane Society and the SPCA in offering Reiki to their animals. He also maintains a private practice to respond to both human and animal needs with the goal being to encourage people to learn Reiki to care for themselves and their pets.
Sally Williams - SARA Practitioner
Sally Williams is a SARA Practitioner (future teacher) living in Rumson, New Jersey who received her Animal Reiki training with SARA Teacher Leah D'Ambrosio and received her Okuden training with Founding SARA member Bill Stevens. She is the owner of her own business that offers behavior consulting, adoption counseling and Animal Reiki. She volunteers weekly at the Monmouth County SPCA as a cat socializer, Animal Reiki practitioner as well helping with marketing, adoptions and the Backyard Buddy & Barn Cat program. Sally's love of animals, especially cats, started the day she was born. It was written in the stars as the family cat Sandy slept on her mom's pregnant belly and then in Sally's bassinet. She currently shares her home with her husband of 21 years and four fabulous felines; Brodie, Jonesey, Marlin and Finnegan. All four cats are rescues from the Monmouth County SPCA including Finnegan who adopted Sally in the first year of volunteering. It is Finnegan, a former colony cat, who sparked her passion for studying behavior and who loves his mom's Reiki practice!
Sheryl Schlameuss Berger - SARA Teacher
Sheryl Schlameuss is a Reiki Master Teacher in Old Bethpage, (Long Island) New York. She offers Reiki sessions for both people and animals, as well as both Usui Reiki classes and Animal Reiki training. She volunteers with Forgotten Friends of Long Island Animal Rescue, an organization that is dedicated to rescuing some of the neediest, most difficult cases, ensuring they receive focused care and rehabilitation, and then placement in forever homes.
Valerie Boreyko - SARA PractitionerValerie is SARA Practitioner and resides in Great Neck, New York and offers in person treatments to both humans and animals on Long Island and the surrounding boroughs (Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan). Valerie is a member of the Long Island Reiki Connection and is a volunteer for Best Friends in New York.
Briana Clements - SARA Teacher
Briana Clements is a SARA Teacher residing in New York City. She also serves as an Animal Reiki Volunteer for Animal Haven, an amazing no-kill shelter in Manhattan. Briana enjoys helping all animals - young or old, wild or domestic, living in a forever home or still looking - and their human companions. Her goal as a Reiki Practitioner is to create a space of healing filled with warmth, compassion, hope, unconditional love, and genuineness, where the animals and people who work with her can receive whatever they need most at that moment in time.
Jeanne Clune - SARA Teacher
Jeanne is an Animal Reiki Teacher/Practitioner from Mount Kisco, NY. She received her Animal Reiki training with Kelly McDermott-Burns, and has completed her Usui Advanced Reiki Training. She is the Behavior & Enrichment Coordinator at the SPCA Westchester. Jeanne offers Animal Reiki classes and monthly Animal Reiki Circles for the SPCA volunteers. She is also the owner of Joyful Pets which offers Animal Reiki and Gentle Obedience Training for SPCA Animal alumni.
Jeanne is a forever animal lover and has shared her home with a variety of wonderful animal angels. She also enjoys visiting animal sanctuaries when she travels. In South Africa, she had an amazing experience offering Reiki to cheetah cubs. After several minutes of meditation, she opened her eyes to find first one, then all six, licking her palms. Cheetah tongues are great exfoliators!
Sarah Hauser - SARA Practitioner
Sarah Hauser lives and works in New York City and the surrounding areas. She is an animal Reiki practitioner and is also certified in Tellington TTouch for Companion Animals and Bach Flower Remedies. The combination of Reiki and the other modalities she uses can help to address a wide range of physical, emotional and behavioral issues, which can be especially helpful for shelter animals, who are most often traumatized in a number of ways. She volunteers at Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition (BARC Shelter), offering Reiki, Tellington TTouch and Bach Flower Remedies; with Tavi and Friends' TTouch-in-Rescue Program; with other rescue organizations and with private clients.
Justine Marie Vickers - SARA Practitioner
Justine Marie Vickers is a SARA Practitioner, practicing in all five boroughs of New York City, Long Island, and in the Catskill/Mid-Hudson region of New York State. Justine has previously volunteered at Animal Haven, a no-kill shelter for abandoned dogs and cats in New York City, and has offered Reiki to residents of Catskill and Woodstock Animal Sanctuaries in upstate New York. Justine offers in-person and distant healing sessions (most recently Distant Reiki to a dog and his human companion in Kuwait!) and is willing to travel. By sharing the therapeutic benefits of Reiki with others, Justine wishes to widen the circle of compassion and unconditional love and healing to include all living, sentient beings.
Liz Wassell - SARA Teacher
Liz Wassell is a SARA Teacher based in upstate New York who has studied with Kathleen Prasad. She volunteers at the Ulster County SPCA and Animal Farm Foundation, both in the Hudson Valley in upstate New York. She is also a founding member of her local community Reiki group. Liz offers animal Reiki treatments and is willing to travel.
Kris is a Reiki Practitioner/Teacher and has been practicing Reiki since 1992. She trained in Animal Reiki with Kathleen Prasad of SARA in 2009. In 2010, Kris trained with Frans Stiene of the International House of Reiki. For the past two years Kris has been a Reiki volunteer at Wildlife Works, a wildlife rescue and refuge in Youngwood. This past August, Kris started offering Reiki to animals at The Animal Friends of Westmoreland, a shelter also located in Youngwood. In addition, Kris offers sessions for both people and animals, including distance treatments. She also offers classes in Japanese Reiki and Animal Reiki in the Laurel Highlands (SW PA) area.
Sara Harris - SARA Practitioner
Sara Harris is a SARA practitioner that enjoys working with both animals and people. She found SARA while reading Reiki for Dogs by Kathleen Prasad and felt an instant connection with the organization and creating a healing space for animals. Sara is excited to offer the magic of reiki to the animals in Erie, PA with local rescue & shelter organizations and private clients. She enjoys meditating with her two cats Lenny & Phleabus; and is always learning valuable life and reiki lessons from her jazzy puggle Indy.
Cindy Nolte - SARA Teacher
Cindy Nolte is a SARA teacher based in Augusta, NJ and Lakeville, PA. Cindy's Reiki journey started in 2005 with an intense 1 year program for the Master Teacher level that focused primarily on people and in 2008 completed Kathleen Prasad's Animal Reiki Master Teacher certification.
Today, Cindy enjoys offering Animal Reiki to her 2 rescue dogs and to others in need. Cindy is also certified in: Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner, Integrated Energy Therapy, Certified Hypnotist, Hypnosis Instructor, and has attended Animal Communication Workshops.
Cindy's coverage area is Northwest NJ, Eastern PA, and NY, but is also open to travel to teach.
Yvonne M. Riley - SARA Practitioner
Yvonne is a SARA Animal Reiki Practitioner who lives in Centre Hall, PA She volunteers at Centre County PAWS where among other things she provides Reiki for the cats and volunteers there. Yvonne's goal is to educate and share with others the wonderful energy of Reiki. In addition, she offers Reiki sessions to animals including distance treatments. Yvonne considers her life truly blessed to be able to connect in such a special way and help the animals she loves so much. She lives with her husband Chris, 4 cats, a dog and a wide variety of wildlife. Yvonne is pictured with her rescue cat Zoe of which she has a very special bond.
John Sawyer - SARA Teacher
John Sawyer is a software engineer and Reiki Teacher who has been owned by 10 dogs over the past 17 years. Through those years, he and his wife, Donna, have dealt with a number of canine health crises which led them through the mainstream veterinary field to alternative health care modalities including acupuncture and Reiki. John took Reiki Level 1 in 1994 and experimented with applying the Reiki techniques to caring for his dogs, eventually taking Level 2 before becoming a Teacher in 2004. He is currently building his animal Reiki practice and offering Reiki training to local shelters and other animal workers in the Lehigh Valley area of Eastern PA.
Ann Asadorian - SARA Practitioner
Ann Asadorian is a SARA Practitioner in Rhode Island. She lovingly offers Reiki to dogs, cats, horses, and all animals large and small. Ann is blessed to have shared her life with many animals, including some very special foster dogs, and currently lives with 3 rescue dogs, 1 cat, 1 canary and 2 horses, with frequent visits from her daughter's bunny, ball python and bearded dragon. Reiki for all animals, especially shelter animals, holds a special place in Ann's heart, as does Reiki for hospice care and end of life. She offers in-person and distant treatments.
Kelly McDermott - SARA Teacher
Kelly McDermott is a Founding Member of SARA, a SARA Teacher and a certified teacher of Shibumi International Reiki Association. Kelly began practicing in 2004. She is a Teacher/Practitioner trained in the Japanese Art of Reiki by the International House of Reiki and in Animal Reiki by Animal Reiki Source. A former Vermont Reiki Association president, she remains active as a regional coordinator. Kelly works with several animal shelters around Vermont and volunteers regularly at Rutland County Humane Society. Educating the public is a major focus of Kelly's work. She travels around the northeast teaching and speaking about Animal Reiki.
Michele Santom - SARA Teacher
Michele Santom, SARA Teacher, has been a member of SARA since 2012 and resides in the Palm Beach area of South Florida. She has been practicing Reiki since 2009 but especially loves working with the animals. “Reiki is for all beings”. She is currently volunteering at a vegan restaurant where all of the staff is volunteers and all profits donated to the Darbster Foundation for the welfare of animals. Michele is also a Certified Yoga Instructor and working on her studies in Yoga Therapy. She offers Reiki in person and distance for all beings.
George Belev - SARA Teacher
George Belev is a founding member of SARA and has been practicing complementary therapies since 1997. He is a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, Shinpiden Animal Reiki Master/Teacher, Healing Touch for Animals Certified Practitioner, a Pet Massage Instructor, and a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner. George is co-founder of a business that offers cooperative, energy-based modalities to people and animals in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties. George is the certification director for Healing Touch for Animals/Komitor Healing Methods (HTA/HKM) and is on the advisory and education councils for the International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork (IAAMB). He is a Pawsitive Partners Prison Program Dog Trainer (Monty’s Home, Wilmington, NC) and Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.
Bernard Fischer, DVM - SARA Practitioner
Karren O'Sullivan - SARA Teacher
Karren O'Sullivan lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She believes in the healing power of animals and being in service to the community of shelter and sanctuary animals along with their staff and caregivers. As a Reiki III practitioner and teacher, she is committed to living her passion by offering Reiki healing to animals of all kinds in gratitude for their service to humanity. She is open and willing to discuss travel options for teaching SARA Reiki classes and providing both in person and distant Reiki treatments for pets. In Karren's spare time, she volunteers at the City of Tulsa Animal Welfare Shelter.
Carrie Dorsey-Higdon - SARA Teacher
Carrie Dorsey-Higdon is a Reiki Practitioner and Teacher in East Tennessee. Following her Level I, II and Teacher training in Usui/Tibetan Reiki 2007-2009, she completed her Animal Reiki Teacher training with Kathleen Prasad in December 2009. She was initiated into Shinpiden Level III Usui Reiki Ryoho with Frans Stiene, in April 2010.
Carrie is a volunteer at Horse Haven of Tennessee, Tennessee’s oldest and largest equine humane organization. She is continually inspired by the strength and courage of these amazing animals, who have suffered so much at the hands of humans. She will be teaching Animal Reiki classes in the Knoxville area starting summer 2010. Carrie and her husband Tommy live on a small farm just outside of Knoxville, with their animal family including horses, dogs and cats.
Felecia Childress - SARA Teacher
Felecia Childress is a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia with a BA in Politics and a Minor in Dance. She has been a Dance Instructor for the past 28 years working with students age 3 to adult. She has always had a strong passion for animals since early childhood and that passion led to her interest in Animal Reiki. After receiving her first Reiki treatment several years ago she took the Level 1 & 2 Reiki class and began working as a practitioner focusing on animals and volunteering at her local SPCA.
Because of her love for teaching she went on to become a Reiki Master Teacher and a Karuna Reiki Master and teaches both Reiki classes for humans and animals through her business Dances With P.A.W.S. (People and Animal Wellness Solutions). She also offers private individual sessions for both animals and humans. Felecia volunteers her time offering Reiki sessions to the animals at the Martinsville-Henry County SPCA and teaches Animal Reiki classes there as well. She splits her time between Martinsville and Charlottesville, Virginia where she makes her home with her husband, Ford, an attorney in Charlottesville and their beloved animal family, Montana, Mr. Bojangles Dance, and Tony their 3 dogs, Kalli their cat, and Kimba their bird.
Michelle Kyle - SARA Teacher
Michelle Kyle is a SARA Animal Reiki Teacher and Practitioner. She also practices Reiki for people, and other modalities for animals and people. She trained with Kathleen Prasad at BrightHaven animal hospice in California and at The CARE Foundation wildlife sanctuary in Florida. Michelle enjoys rural living near Monkton, Ontario, Canada with her husband, Bill, 24 cats, pet chickens, and aquarium fish. Michelle volunteers as an Animal Reiki practitioner at Adopt-A-Pet Pet Rescue, a no-kill, volunteer-run shelter in Lucknow, Ontario that picks up unclaimed, homeless and discarded animals from pounds and shelters. She teaches Animal Reiki at various locations including the Wallace Springs Eco Centre, near Listowel, and Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Centre, near London, Ontario.
Monique MacMillan - SARA Teacher
Monique McMillian is an Animal Reiki Teacher/Practitioner. Today, horses are her newest passion and she feels right at home at the horse facility where she is learning to ride. Monique is a volunteer at the North Bay Humane Society where she offers Reiki to the shelter animals on a weekly basis. She lives in North Bay, Ontario, Canada with her husband and two fur children, Samurai and Chloe.
Kristy McGale - SARA Teacher
Kristy is a Reiki Master and Animal Reiki Practitioner who owns a Professional Dog Walking Company that specializes in Reiki for Dogs. She can be heard saying “I owe it all to my 5 year old Rescue Dog Logan who has taught me the most valuable lessons.” Together Logan and Kristy are working towards spreading a deeper understanding of The Animal Human connection. Kristy is currently in the process of securing her first Animal Reiki Course with a local Rescue Society and enjoys welcoming Animal/ Human Reiki Clients.
Julie Abrahams - SARA Practitioner
Julie Abrahams has been dedicated to the practice of Reiki for over 12 years and is an animal Reiki practitioner who has studied under Frans Stiene of the International House of Reiki. Based in Forster on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Julie combines her experience working with Reiki and animals to specialize in providing treatments to performance and sport horses and their human companions. An experienced horsewoman, Julie offers a mobile Reiki service to horses and their human companions throughout the Mid North Coast, Hunter Valley and Central Coast Regions and is a Reiki volunteer at Horse Rescue Australia Inc.
Wendy Williams - SARA Practitioner
Wendy Williams is a SARA practitioner who lives in Tasmania, an Australian southern island. Wendy volunteers her time at the Mornington RSPCA where she offers Reiki to cats and dogs. She also has experience treating other farm animals. She has loved animals since a small child and has an affinity with them.
Caroline Thomas - SARA Teacher
Caroline Thomas lives in Essex in the UK and is very proud to be a SARA teacher at SARA Shelter Remus Horse Sanctuary. Caroline teaches both SARA level 1 & 2 Animal Reiki classes at Remus. She is very keen to support her SARA students and is passionate that they can be the best Animal Reiki Practitioners that they can be. Caroline holds Reiki shares at Remus on a regular basis, to practice Japanese meditations and animal healing. In her spare time she makes holistic animal healing pendants for dogs and cats and also rhythm beads and brow band beads for horses. She is a qualified Animal Bach flower practitioner and animal aromatherapist and is happily married with two sons and two Spaniels.
Alison McKinnon - SARA Teacher
Alison McKinnon is a SARA Teacher who studied animal Reiki with Kathleen Prasad. Alison had practiced Reiki before studying with Kathleen but found the results with Kathleen's techniques were instant. She is very proud to be able to pass those techniques on to her students. Alison has many years experience in the field of complementary healthcare and natural therapy including aromatherapy. Her experiences working with, essential oils led her to explore other subtle healing systems and energy work including Reiki. Her own animal family always benefitted from her therapies but in 2002 she decided to begin offering therapies for animals on a wider scale and set up a business to offer holistic healing to pets which led her to become involved with The Tree of Life for Animals (Tolfa) in India several years ago. Alison recently taught the Tolfa staff and volunteers animal Reiki and plans to run classes at Tolfa twice a year. SARA is very proud to have Tolfa as an official SARA shelter. Our first in India thanks to Alison! Alison lives in College Milto, East Kilbride, Scotland where she offers in person and distant animal reiki.
Aileen Naismith – SARA Practitioner
Aileen Naismith is a SARA Practitioner in the West of Scotland. She began her Reiki journey in 2007 and has trained with Kathleen Prasad of Animal Reiki Source. Aileen volunteers at Animal Support & Rescue in Renfrewshire, where she holds a weekly Reiki space for the animals who live there and the volunteers who care for them. She is passionate about helping shelter/sanctuary animals, and supports several community-based animal welfare charities by donating her fees from private Reiki sessions. She has a particular interest in supporting animals within both intensive and higher welfare farming systems.
Joanna Pieczurkin- SARA Practitioner
Joanna Pieczurkin is a SARA Practitioner from Spresiano, Italy. She is an Animal Reiki Practitioner and strongly believes we have so much to learn from animals. She consider herself lucky to have met Kathleen Prasad and to learn from her teachings. She volunteers with the organization where she adopted her latest dog, Kira. Joanna feels rescued animals teach her new lessonsShe has been working with dogs, cats, fish, birds and hamsters. Joanna offers distant healing and in-person treatments. As well as animal healing work, she also offers human hands-on Reiki. She hopes to become a SARA teacher in the near future.
Priya Saklani - SARA Practitioner
Priya Saklani is a SARA Practitioner who has throughout her life had a special relationship with animals on a emotional and mental level and spiritual level. She works for divine wholeness with people and animals and believes animals have the ability to heal themselves and all we need to do is listen to them. She works with animals and peole in Mumbai, India, as well as distant clients in Singapore, Canada and Dubai. Besides her Reiki practice, she is currently learning Zoopharmacognosy,which is a method in which animals self select and medicate themselves using plant extracts,and essential oils.
SARA Retreat Fundraiser Teleclass: Helping Animals Find Peace Through Meditation, June 10, 6pm PT Click here for more information.
Vice President Leah D'Ambrosio presents the Animal Reiki for Reiki Practitioners Teleclass. Starts June 15th.
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