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.
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.
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 Master Level III Animal Reiki Practitioner based in Pacifica, California, who has been doing energy and healing work since the mid 1990’s. Her life-long love and passion for animals led her to the desire to alleviate their pain and dis-ease on any level. Cathy has worked with many different animals, including cats, dogs, horses, birds, rabbit and more. She is on the Board of Directors of the California Gray Whale Coalition. Cathy’s mission is to help animals heal on all levels, to help people deepen their connection with their animals and, on a bigger scale, to change the way people see and treat animals – making this planet a more peaceful and safe place for all beings. Cathy is available for in-person Reiki treatments anywhere along the Northern California Peninsula, from San Jose to Pacifica. She is also available for distant sessions.
Linda Patrick - SARA Practitioner
Linda Patrick is an Animal Reiki Practitioner and does Energy healing and communication. Currently she is volunteering for SAFER (Sonoma Action For Equine Rescue). 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 Santa Rosa, CA.
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.
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.
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.
Marsha Hettman - SARA Practitioner
Victoria Kress - SARA Teacher
Victoria Kress is a Reiki Master Teacher/Animal Reiki Practitioner. Victoria has studied with Kathleen Prasad of Animal Reiki Source and Carol Gurney of the Gurney Institute for Animal Communication. Victoria volunteers at the Oregon Humane Society, House of Dreams for Cats, and Sound Equine Options in the Portland, Oregon area and currently lives on an equine sanctuary called Zeb's Wish Equine Sanctuary in Sandy, Oregon. Victoria offers in-person and distance treatments. By sitting in meditation and holding sacred Reiki space with animals, I've learned that they have an intelligence, wisdom, and spiritual essence beyond that of any humans I've encountered and that because animals communicate from their hearts, they never lie or pretend. They aren't frauds. I have grown as a spiritual person and Reiki practitioner because of the love, generosity, and open-heartedness of these wonderful light-beings. I'm very grateful for these lessons and to have the best teachers in the world in my life and by my side.
Sioux Strong - SARA Teacher
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.
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.
Sheryl Schlameuss Berger - SARA Teacher
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!
Diane Anderson - SARA Teacher
Diane Anderson is a Usui Reiki Ryoho and Animal Reiki Teacher/Practitioner, practicing and teaching in Woodstock, New York. Her specialties include horses, cats, dogs, birds, small animals, wildlife, shelter and sanctuary animals, and human companions. She offers in-person sessions and instruction in Catskill-Mid-Hudson, New York and is willing to travel. She also offers distant treatments
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.
Jeanne Clune - SARA Practitioner
Jeanne Clune is a SARA Practitioner residing in Mount Kisco, NY. She received her Animal Reiki training with SARA Teacher Kelly McDermott-Burns, and has completed her Usui Advanced Reiki Training. She is the owner of her own dog obedience and animal Reiki business. She volunteers weekly at the Westchester SPCA as an Animal Reiki practitioner and dog trainer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kelly McDermott-Burns - SARA Teacher
Kelly McDermott-Burns has been practicing Reiki since 2004 and teaching since 2006. She is a Teacher/Practitioner trained in the Japanese Art of Reiki by the International House of Reiki and trained in Animal Reiki by Animal Reiki Source.
Kelly is a certified teacher of the Shibumi International Reiki Association and a Founding and Teaching Member of the Shelter Animal Reiki Association. Also a past President of the Vermont Reiki Association (2006-2009), Kelly remains an active member of the VRA. In addition to volunteering Reiki at Rutland County Humane Society, Kelly is a trained hospice and palliative care volunteer.
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 who also practices Reiki for people, and practices many other alternative modalities for animals and people. She trained with Kathleen Prasad at BrightHaven animal hospice and The CARE Foundation wildlife sanctuary. Michelle enjoys rural living with her husband, Bill, 7 Siberian cats, 16 rescued cats, chickens, and fish. Michelle offers distance treatments, and in-person treatments in Listowel, Stratford, and the surrounding area in Ontario, Canada. She volunteers as an Animal Reiki practitioner for Cats Unlimited (retired), a sanctuary for rescued cats in Ethel, Ontario, and for 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.
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.
Jacquie Shankster - SARA Teacher
Jacquie Shankster is a Reiki Teacher and Practitioner living in Machynlleth, in the mid West Wales area. She has been practicing Reiki since 2007 and in 2012 trained with Kathleen completing a correspondence course and Animal Reiki III Teacher level. In 2013 Jacquie completed Shinpiden Level III with Frans Stiene.
Caroline Thomas - SARA Teacher
SARA President Kathleen Prasad presents the "Heal Yourself, Heal Your Animals" Teleclass. Starts May 28.
Vice President Leah D'Ambrosio presents the "Animal Reiki for Reiki Practitioners" Teleclass. Starts May 12.
SARA Retreat Fundraiser Teleclass: Helping Animals Find Peace Through Meditation, June 10, 6pm PT Click here for more information.
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