Shelter Animal Reiki Association

Shelter Animal Reiki Association


Kathleen Prasad

SARA President - San Rafael, California

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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 books The Animal Reiki Handbook and Animal Reiki: Using Energy to Heal the Animals in Your Life. She has been published in such magazines as The Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, Animal Wellness, Animal Fair, Equine Wellness, The Whole Dog Journal, Dog Fancy, Feline Wellness and Dogs Naturally, as well as 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 courses and teleclasses. She is available for distant treatments.

Leah D'Ambrosio

SARA Vice President - Portland, Oregon

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Leah is the Vice President of the Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA) and is a former board member of Pregnant Mare Rescue. She has taught Animal Reiki classes at the Humane Society Silicon Valley, Homeless Cat Network, and 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.

John Sawyer

SARA Membership Director - Pennsylvania

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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 I in 1994 and experimented with applying the Reiki techniques to caring for his dogs, eventually taking Level II 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 East Coast Operations Director - Vermont

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Kelly McDermott-Burns 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.



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Shelley Seitz

SARA Teacher - Arkansas

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Shelley is a SARA Teacher and Practitioner in Little Rock, Arkansas. She has studied with Kathleen Prasad, Leah D’Ambrosio, and Tacey Reese. Her Reiki “assistants” include her cat, Clementine, and her rescued Pit Bull, Winnie who love to share and hold space during distant treatments.

A lifelong animal lover and advocate, Shelley spends several days a week volunteering at the Little Rock Animal Village (City Shelter) where she shares Reiki, walks dogs, and posts their photos on social media to help them find loving forever homes. She has had the honor of sharing Reiki with many different animals, including livestock and exotic animals and birds. All species are welcome! Shelley is available for in-person and distant Reiki with animals and their people.

Kathy Edwards

SARA Teacher - California

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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.

Wendee Walker

SARA Teacher - California

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Wendee Walker, of Napa, CA USA began to see life in a different light when she adopted a wild Mustang in 2003. Mustang Yogi, and later Andalusian colt Brioso, became her animal teachers. Through a friend, Wendee met Kathleen Prasad and now practices and teaches Levels 1-3 Let Animals Lead® Reiki with animals. Volunteering to help animals has always been part of her life. Together Wendee and Mustang Yogi serve as volunteers for therapeutic riding and equine guided activities at Enchanted Hills Lighthouse for the Blind. In addition, each spring/summer Wendee fosters a rescue for rehabilitation and training, from Sunrise Horse Rescue. After 27 years of teaching public school children from Kindergarten and first grade to high school English, and Mindfulness, Wendee decided to volunteer at Friends of the Asian Elephant in Thailand, practicing Reiki with elephant land mine survivors.

Charlotte Jensen

Communications and Media Relations Manager - California

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.

Cindie Ambar

SARA Practitioner - California

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.

Cindy Buck

SARA Practitioner - California

Cindy Buck is a SARA Practitioner in Hayward, CA.  She completed Kathleen Prasad's Animal Reiki Level I, II and III courses and has re-sit Animal Reiki I & II multiple times.  Cindy volunteers at the Hayward Animal Shelter cleaning cat kennels while "Being Reiki" and aspires to teach classes for the staff and volunteers.  Though initially apprehensive about volunteering at the shelter, Cindy was so inspired by Kathleen and SARA, she found the courage to attend an orientation and sign up to be a volunteer. Cindy finds great joy in volunteering at the shelter and is grateful to be of assistance in any way that she can. She has two adorable dachshunds named Ivy and Gunner that were adopted from dachshund rescues.  Cindy on the other hand, was adopted by Louie the cat when his people moved away and left him behind. Louie has an entourage of three cat friends he regularly brings to breakfast and dinner at Cindy's house.  

Charlotte Chanler

SARA Teacher - California

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Charlotte is a SARA teacher and Reiki practitioner based in Los Angeles, California. Since childhood, she has had a deep spiritual connection with animals and feels strongly that there is always an opportunity to listen and learn from our animal teachers.

It is Charlotte’s mission that we honor all animals as the unique individuals that they are. In sharing Reiki, she engages her ability to grasp their emotions and seeks to honor an animal’s knowledge and self-healing abilities. She volunteers offering Reiki to the horses at Shadow Hills Riding Club, a non profit based in Los Angeles that offers therapeutic horsemaanship to children, adults and veterans.

Charlotte has recently opened a studio for her (human) clients as well. She says “As animals ourselves, we have access to deep intuitiveness and self-healing abilities - in our sessions I create a space that nurtures this self-discovery.”

She is available for in person and distance Reiki sessions. Charlotte lives nestled in the valley of the San Gabriel Mountains with her partner Leah and their cat Sweet Lion.

Kristin Dodds

SARA Practitioner - California

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.

Zoë Franklin

SARA Practitioner - California

Zoë Franklin is a SARA Practitioner based in Mendocino, California on the coast.  Zoë loves to share Reiki with the wild animals and plants as well as with domestic critters.  She has a passion for helping the supporters – Service animals and military/police working dogs.

Robin Kilrain

SARA Practitioner - California

Robin Kilrain uses her training in Usui and Let Animals Lead® practices to “be Reiki” with dogs and rabbits at Rancho Coastal Humane Society in Encinitas, CA—and any other animals she’s fortunate enough to encounter in her daily life (asking first, of course!). As one of the shelter’s dedicated volunteer Reiki practitioners, she finds it a privilege to share healing energy while continually learning from the brave, strong, funny, and wise animals who pass through RCHS’s gates.

Robin is grateful to her human teachers of Reiki: Linda Walsh-Garrison and Kathleen Prasad. She is also deeply honored to acknowledge the profound lessons offered throughout her life by animal family members Bundy, Belle, and Jude.

Jeri Lawson

SARA Practitioner - California

Jeri Lawson has had a full-time healing practice in Oakland, California since 1996. She is now a Reiki Practitioner trained in the Japanese Art of Reiki by the International House of Reiki and a SARA Practitioner though Animal Reiki Source. Jeri volunteers at Berkeley Humane and Rattie Ratz. She lives with her dog Berkeley, her boyfriend Geoffrey, and a few spirited foster rats teachers.

Cathy Malkin

SARA Practitioner - California

Cathy Malkin is a SARA Practitioner and Pet Loss/Grief Counselor and Humane Educator. In addition, Cathy writes a blog about her work with animals.

For over 25 years, Cathy has dedicated her life to helping animals including supporting animal rescue organizations around the world with Reiki, Animal Communication, and Humane Education. Cathy holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Education and has studied holistic health for people and animals for over 40 years. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her dog, Bodhi Bear along with her two cats, Mona Marie and Elvis.

Cathy is available for distant and in-person Reiki sessions. All Species Welcome!

Brandy Heyde Montague

SARA Practitioner - California

Brandy Heyde Montague is a SARA Practitioner in Los Angeles, California.  She runs For Animals. For Earth. and spends most of her time looking for new ways to make a difference in the lives of animals.  Brandy volunteers at Pasadena Humane Society, where she loves sharing reiki with the “Blossoming Wallflowers” (animals who are adjusting to shelter life slightly more slowly than the average).  She also volunteers with Franklin’s Friends and Paws for Life. Brandy hosts online reiki chats with Patti Andrasak, another SARA teacher, to bring the idea of reiki to people who haven’t considered it before.  She is a student of Kathleen Prasad and is a certified Animal Reiki Practitioner. She offers in person reiki sessions for animals and their people in the LA area.

Cathy O'Brien

SARA Practitioner - California

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 - California

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.

Nancy Schluntz

SARA Practitioner - California

Nancy Schluntz is a SARA Practitioner based in Castro Valley/Hayward, California. She is an Animal Chaplain and volunteers as an animal caretaker at Sulphur Creek Nature Center in Hayward, where she helps care for resident, non-releasable animals as well as those being rehabilitated for release. Nancy enjoys sharing animal wisdom on her blog and in her books. She lives in the S.F. East Bay area with her husband and the irrepressible Katsina, an Aussie/Malamute mix.

Robin Skov

SARA Practitioner - California

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.

Elaine McCarty

SARA Teacher - Colorado

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Elaine McCarty is a SARA Teacher and Practitioner based in the Greater Denver Area. She is an outspoken advocate for animal welfare. She is a dedicated video livestreamer using the power of social media to raise awareness about Animal Reiki.

Elaine works closely with several animal sanctuaries across the US where she teaches Animal Reiki. She is also an active volunteer with The InterMountain Humane Society in Pine, CO. In addition to teaching, Elaine provides private treatment to people and animals. She specializes in Reiki for animals with terminal illness or who are reaching end of life.

Elaine is a full-time RVer, avid outdoor enthusiast and, when not traveling the world, resides in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with her husband and three dogs.

Leonora Velasquez

SARA Teacher - Colorado

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Leonora is a SARA teacher based in the Boulder/Longmont Colorado area.  She is an active volunteer with Evergreen Animal Protective League.  Other volunteer activities include being a Reiki provider for  cancer patients through another local non profit organization.  Leonora enjoys traveling the world, often to enhance additional skills as an energy worker.  Leonora resides in Longmont with her family which includes several canines and often includes foster pups.  Reiki instruction or in person and distance Reiki sessions are available for animals and their people.

Jacqueline Jones Bahr

SARA Practitioner - Colorado

Jacqueline is a Reiki practitioner residing in the Boulder/Longmont Colorado area. Her ever-faithful pack of rescue and foster dogs keeps her busy and connected to her Reiki roots. She offers long distance and in-person animal Reiki treatments. She has volunteered Reiki to the cats and dogs at Longmont Colorado Humane Society. Additional spare time is spent as a volunteer for numerous rescue groups around the Midwest, including Wag-N-Train Terrier Rescue, Hearts United and Animal Rescue of the Rockies. She has a certified Therapy Dog and they visit the local hospital on a regular basis. With her Masters of Education degree, her passion is to spread the knowledge of holistic health for animals by offering to speak at different group gatherings to help educate people with an interest in providing full mind-body-spirit care to the animals in their life.

Carol Holmes

SARA Practitioner - Colorado

C. C. Holmes is a SARA Practitioner based in Arvada, Colorado. C. C. discovered
Reiki while researching energy healing modalities for her young adult novel. From that research, C. C. became interested in Reiki and has studied with SARA teacher Eden
Koljord. She has been a volunteer since 2012 with The Horse Protection League (HPL), a non-profit horse and burro rescue located at an historic ranch in Arvada. She loves to offer Reiki to both people and their animal companions, whether it be distant or in person. She lives in Arvada, Colorado, with her husband, Chris.

Eden Koljord

SARA Practitioner - Colorado

Eden Koljord (pronounced Kuhl-yord) is a Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA) Practitioner 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.

Heather O'Lear

SARA Practitioner - Colorado

Heather O'Lear is a SARA Practitioner based in Denver, Colorado.  She volunteers at Denver Animal Protection (DAP) and PawsCo. DAP provides animal care and protection services for Denver county and is committed to providing humane care to companion animals, adopting pets to loving homes and educating the public about animals and their needs.  PawsCo is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to reducing pet overpopulation with a comprehensive approach including spay/neuter programs, pet food drives and adoptions. Heather also enjoys photography and uses her passion at DAP and PawsCo to capture the unique and individual personalities of animals so they can connect with their future forever families. She combines Reiki and photography to provide inspiration, connection, love and healing and to bring depth and understanding to the relationships between animals and humans.  Heather offers distance treatments and in-person treatments in the Denver metro area to animals and their human companions.  She lives in Denver with her dog Owen.

Marylou Laughlin

SARA Teacher - Connecticut

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Marylou is a Reiki Teacher and Practitioner in Granby Connecticut. In 2000 she was certified as a Master/Teacher. In 2010 she studied Animal Reiki with Kathleen Prasad and Shinpiden Level III Usui Reiki Ryoho with Frans Stiene. She is a certified wildlife rehabilitator and volunteers at Safe Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation. She is available for in person Reiki sessions in the Hartford Springfield area as well as distance sessions for domestic animals and their caregivers and also wild animals. She teaches classes in Granby and around the world.

Kelly McCarthy

SARA Teacher - Connecticut

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Kelly McCarthy is a SARA Teacher as well as an Animal Reiki teacher, practitioner and speaker located in Litchfield County CT. She offers in home Reiki sessions and classes within CT and distance sessions worldwide. She spends her extra time volunteering for animal rescues that house their animals in foster care as well as speaks at various venues offering Pet Talks on The Benefits of Animal Reiki. Her mission is to share Animal Reiki worldwide with households, sanctuaries, rescues and zoos not only with the animals within their boundaries but with their human caregivers and handlers creating a beautiful space of love, compassion and understanding.


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Laurie Berke

SARA Teacher - Florida

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Laurie Berke is a third-level, or Shinpiden, practitioner and teacher of Animal Reiki in the Usui Reiki Ryoho Lineage. Her teacher is Kathleen Prasad, who is internationally known for her pioneering work in the field of Animal Reiki.  Laurie has traveled to work with exotic animals and birds, with rescued farm animals, and practices extensively with companion animals and their people in northern New Jersey and the Naples, Florida area. She also volunteers to offer a healing Reiki space to shelter and rescue animals and their caregivers in need of comfort and ease. She offers Reiki treatments both in person and remotely. Laurie creates a quiet space, a pause in the day-to-day, to connect with the universal spiritual energy that flows through all sentient beings, and to deepen the bond between our animals and ourselves.

Michele Santom

SARA Teacher - Florida

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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 are 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.

Nicholas Pearson

SARA Practitioner - Florida

Nicholas Pearson has been immersed in the mineral kingdom for more than 20 years. He began teaching crystal workshops in high school, later studying mineral science at Stetson University while pursuing a degree in music. He worked for several years at the Gillespie Museum, home to the largest mineral collection in the southern United States. Nicholas is an avid practitioner and teacher of Reiki, and he travels worldwide to teach both Reiki and crystal classes. The author of several books, including Crystal Basics, Foundations of Reiki Ryoho, and Crystals for Karmic Healing, he lives in Orlando, Florida. Learn more about Nicholas at and

Allison Chun

SARA Teacher - Hawaii

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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.

Amber Shaner

SARA Teacher - Illinois

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Amber is dedicated to animals, nature, and energy work. After studying all four levels of Reiki for humans, she completed Animal Reiki Teacher training through Kathleen Prasad. Currently, Amber is an Animal Reiki practitioner and teacher practicing in Naperville, Illinois.  She enjoys giving back to the community by sharing Reiki with multiple animal rescues and shelters. Amber’s mission and passion is to offer Reiki to all animals in need to promote a loving balance of well-being.

Linda Patrick

SARA Practitioner - Illinois

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.


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Dorothy Scanlan

SARA Teacher - Maryland

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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.

Rob Haroth

SARA Practitioner - Maryland

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!

Suz Letschin

SARA Practitioner - Maryland

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.

Linda Crabtree

SARA Teacher - Massachusetts

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Linda is a SARA teacher living outside the Boston area.

Czammy, Linda’s first partner and equine teacher is the reason that Linda studied and practiced to become a Reiki Practitioner/Teacher and to create her business in 2007, with the intent to offer Reiki not only to equines, but to all animals, and to teach Reiki to humans so that they can offer this healing energy to the animals in their circles of life.

Linda is associated with and offers Reiki to animals through two integrative veterinary care centers. Linda has volunteered at Lucky Horse Equine Rescue, Tomten Farm and Sanctuary, and MSCPA at Nevins Farm. Linda offers meditation classes at equine therapy centers to support the equines and humans on the therapeutic team.

Linda and her equine partner and spirit horse, Ka.Wa, have fun together doing groundwork, trail rides, dressage, western, and simply being together.

Melanie Powers

SARA Practitioner - Massachusetts

Melanie Powers is a SARA Practitioner located in Cape Cod in Massachusetts. She is the owner/operator of a business that offers massage and Reiki, and volunteers with the New England Society for Abandoned Animals (NESAA) and with the Nantucket island Safe Harbor for Animals (NiSHA).  Melanie spent nearly three decades working for international non-profits providing financial and management services before feeling compelled to work directly with animals.  Her passion is working with senior animals and animals at the end of life assisting veterinarians and families during at home euthanasia and with animals experiencing lameness post surgery or illness, animals that have lost limbs or are experiencing pain from hip, knee and other joint disease.  She has also been focusing on assisting the adoption process working with animals pre and post adoption to address anxiety and intractable behaviors through massage and Reiki.  Melanie has traveled extensively, worked in more than 35 countries and spends time every day on the beach or in the woods with her two rescue dogs.

Karen Satz

SARA Practitioner - Massachusetts and Florida

Karen Satz is a SARA practitioner who practices in both Massachusetts and Florida.  She began her Reiki journey when her beloved cat, Decaf responded well to Reiki.  She has studied with Kathleen Presad of Animal Reiki Source and Frans Stiene of the International House of Reiki.  She volunteers at Angell Memorial MSPCA in Boston.

Jane Joy Sparks

SARA Teacher - Montana

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Jane's great love for animals has lead her to the practice of Reiki. A long-time horsewoman, she also volunteers at the Humane Society of Western Montana. Jane is available to travel to your shelter or sanctuary to teach staff and volunteers the benefits of Reiki. She strongly believes that animals are our teachers and wishes to share the knowledge she has gained.

Elizabeth Dunn

SARA Practitioner - Montana

Elizabeth is a SARA practitioner from Stevensville, Montana. Her path to reiki began many years ago, and her beloved cat, Miss Kitty, was her first teacher. A personal healing journey further affirmed her ability to work with the dynamic aspects of universal energy.
Elizabeth was led to reiki certification for animals and people while volunteering at the Humane Society of Western Montana in Missoula. Becoming a certified reiki practitioner was the perfect way to blend her deep connection and love for animals and nature with her passion to benefit others as a healer.
Elizabeth brings years of experience as a licensed veterinary technician to her work with both small and large animals. She offers pet-sitting services, in-person reiki sessions, and provides reiki for animals at area rescue organizations. She enjoys hiking, backpacking, trekking in Nepal, yoga, travel, and Tibetan Buddhist study and meditation.

Yolanda Riley

SARA Teacher - Missouri

Yolanda Riley is a SARA Practitioner based in St. Louis, Missouri. She spends her extra time volunteering with the Animal Protective Association (APA) Adoption Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The APA is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to bringing people and pets together, advancing humane education and creating programs beneficial to the human/animal bond. Yolanda also runs ZennerChi Reiki Services and is available for in-person and distant treatments.

Jamie Lee

SARA Teacher - Nevada

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Jamie Lee is a Las Vegas, Nevada based Animal Reiki Teacher and believes animals are our teachers and healers. Besides being certified as a SARA teacher, she is certified in small animal massage, color light therapy, and veterinarian aromatherapy. Helping animals is her dharma and the vision of her Animal Reiki business. She volunteers for Hearts Alive Animal Rescue, All One Family Animal Sanctuary, and RoosnMore Animal Sanctuary. In addition to teaching Animal Reiki classes, she is available for in person and distant sessions for all species of animals, and the people that love them.

Vanessa Gomes de Pina

SARA Teacher - Nevada

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Vanessa Gomes de Pina is a SARA Teacher & Practitioner based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Vanessa grow up in Brazil surrounded by a variety of animals species and truly believe they are teachers of love, humbleness and compassion. Vanessa got her certificates for Veterinarian Reiki I and II in Brazil with Ricardo Garé and her Animal Reiki III certificate from Let Animals Lead® methodology with Kathleen Prasad. She spends her extra time volunteering at local animal shelters or with her neighbors trying to help animals and their lovely people to heal themselves. Vanessa loves to travel with her husband Abel and once traveling she practices Reiki with all the animals she meets. She speaks Portuguese, Spanish and English and is available for in person and for distant sessions.

Brandy Lovingier

SARA Practitioner - Nevada

Brandy Lovingier, a SARA practitioner is located in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is an Animal Reiki Practitioner/business owner where she provides Reiki along with sound therapy and vibrational healing. Brandy is currently training to become an Animal Reiki Teacher. For some time now, twice a month, she volunteers at Windy’s Ranch and Rescue. Brandy loves spending time with animals and works closely with parrots, bunnies, cats, dogs, pigs, chickens, horses, goats, donkey’s and ducks. In her spare time she loves being outdoors with nature and wild animals, as well as painting. She aims to bring animal awareness and animal respect to her community and to all she encounters. Distant healing and in person treatments are available.

William Stevens

SARA Teacher - New Jersey

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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.

Suzanne Bird

SARA Practitioner - New Jersey

Suzanne has practiced various Reiki styles for several years, and recently received her three levels of animal Reiki training with SARA animal Reiki Teacher William (Bill) Stevens.  Thanks to Bill and SARA Practitioner Sally Williams, she now volunteers as an Animal Reiki Practitioner and cat socializer at the Monmouth County SPCA.  She lives in Tinton Falls, and owns a nearby relaxation business where she offers Reiki sessions, Reiki classes and stress reduction workshops for humans.  She is owned by three indoor rescue cats and a backyard TNR, and her passions include yoga, spending time in the woods, and studying Bön Buddhism.  Suzanne and her husband also help a local TNR rescue group. She is grateful that her cats remind her to meditate - often by sitting on the empty cushion. Suzanne is available for both distance healing and in person treatments for animal companions and humans.

Sue Ann Seccia-Harnden

SARA Practitioner - New Jersey

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.


Sally Williams

SARA Practitioner - New Jersey

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 and 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!


Pat Barnett

SARA Teacher - New Mexico

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Pat Barnett is a SARA teacher located in Santa Fe, NM. Pat has had a life-long love affair with animals, especially horses, dogs, and cats. She offers in person and distance Reiki sessions for people and animals. She also offers Reiki and Animal Reiki classes for individuals who want to learn the practice. Pat and her partner Tony share their home with Sasha, a blue Pit mix, who spent most of her first 5 years in shelters - the last 2 1/2 years at SAVE.

Rachael Beuchler

SARA Teacher - New Mexico

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Rachael is a SARA Practitioner living in Santa Fe, NM. Rachael was originally drawn to Reiki as a healing modality for herself. Through her self practice and compassion, Rachael started seeing calming effects on her animals. She then took Animal Reiki with SARA East Coast Director Kelly McDermott-Burns and was active on the Board of Directors of the Vermont Reiki Association. While in Vermont, Rachael volunteered at the Central Vermont Humane Society and took many trips to volunteer at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah. In Santa Fe, Rachael is a staff member at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and enjoys "being Reiki" while at work. Rachael is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer.

Patti Andrasak

SARA Teacher - New York

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Patti Andrasak is a SARA Teacher in Dutchess County, New York. She spends her extra time volunteering at the the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, a non-profit rescue organization for abused, neglected, and abandoned farm animals, where she loves sharing Reiki with the animals. She loves sharing her experience to educate people about Reiki and how animals can benefit from it. Patti is a student of Kathleen Prasad and is a certified Animal Reiki Teacher, teaching and practicing Reiki with animals and people. She is also a business owner, offering Reiki certification classes, in-person, as well as distant Reiki healing sessions for animals and their people. Patti has always felt a special connection with animals and discovered through Kathleen’s teachings, and allowing the “animals to lead” their session, deeper “heartfelt” connections are made, and greater healing can take place. Patti lives in the beautiful Hudson River Valley with her husband, Mike, and their awesome dog, Jasmine. She has experience with dogs, cats, horses, birds, farm animals, deer, and other wild animals.

George Belev

SARA Teacher - New York

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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.

Sheryl Schlameuss Berger

SARA Teacher - New York

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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.

Briana Clements

SARA Teacher - New York

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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 - New York

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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!

Tenney Gravatt

SARA Teacher - New York

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Tenney Gravatt lives in the Hudson Valley of New York State. She has been compelled her entire life to be an advocate for all animals. When she started her Reiki journey thirty years ago, she knew it would be a modality for which to base all others. With even further study of Reiki and becoming a Reiki Teacher she found her purpose as a practitioner and teacher of the craft so others could share Reiki with animals in need. Facilitating a harmonious life for her animal clients  and their people with Reiki is what she loves to do every day. Tenney is a practitioner of Reiki with animals (“Let Animals Lead” method), a Reiki level trainer and a Reiki with Animals trainer. She also volunteers at a local equine sanctuary.

Lisa J Johnson

SARA Teacher - New York

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Lisa J Johnson is a SARA practitoner and teacher located in upstate, NY, in the town of Queensbury. She has her own business, Animal Reiki with Lisa J Johnson for in person and distance Reiki sessions. She has experience with great cats: African Lions, Siberian & Bengal Tigers, Mountain Lions, Spotted and Black Leopards and the lesser cats as well as some primates and marsupials. She enjoys helping at her local chapter of the SPCA, having adopted over a dozen dogs and cats over the past 15 years, mostly those who were unadoptable at the time. While she still works full time for an agency for people with disabilities, her goal is to transition into retirement with more focus on providing Reiki sessions and classes to anyone who would be interested. Lisa's vacations are centered around animals and furthering her Reiki abilities, recently having studied with Kathleen Prasad at the CARE Sanctuary in Florida. She resides in Queensbury, NY with her "Notorious Nine", 4 dogs & 5 cats.

Mariann Smith

SARA Teacher - New York

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Mariann Smith is SARA Teacher residing in Rockaway Beach, New York and offers in person treatments to both humans and animals in Rockaway and all five boroughs. Mariann was trained in the Japanese Art of Reiki by Frans Steine of the International House of Reiki and trained in Animal Reiki by Kathleen Prasad of Animal Reiki Source. She is a member of the Long Island Reiki Connection and manages a non-profit animal organization/rescue whose mission is to raise awareness to the plight of all creatures as well as our moral and ethical obligation to care for them.  She offers classes in both Japanese Reiki and Animal Reiki for those looking to care for both humans and animals; and particularly those who care for feral cats and other homeless animals.

Liz Wassell

SARA Teacher - New York

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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.

Nora Aislinn

SARA Practitioner - New York

Nora Aislinn is a SARA Practitioner based in New York, NY with her two houndlings. She spends part of her time in Madeira, Portugal, where she sponsors, fosters and rescues strays locally, volunteering with local rescues and shelters there. She also volunteers with Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, whose goal is to save abused and at risk dogs from kill shelters & provide vetting and loving homes. She trained with Kathleen Prasad in the Let Animals Lead® method of Animal Reiki, as well as with Hyakuten Inamoto and Rev. Jyogan in Komyo ReikiDo. She offers reiki for both humans and animals via in-person and distant treatments. She is a Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, a method with the shared goal of happiness and freedom for all beings everywhere.

Joan Boucher

SARA Practitioner - New York

Joan Boucher is a SARA Practitioner based in Lake George, NY. She has volunteered offering Reiki at various animal shelters and is currently an animal care and Reiki volunteer at The Adirondack Region Cat Adoption Center of North Shore Animal League in Glens Falls, NY. She discovered Animal Reiki after happening upon an animal Reiki book by Kathleen Prasad while searching for ways to help her adopted dog through very challenging behavioral issues. Joan plans to expand her Reiki offerings to include animals in the care of Wildlife Rehabilitation volunteers and other rescue organizations in her area. Joan is an avid outdoor photographer and loves discovering close up the beauty in nature.

Diane Donahue

SARA Practitioner - New York

Diane Donahue is a SARA Practitioner  who has practiced Reiki for 15 years with a focus on people dealing with Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias.  More recently she has also studied with Leah D'Ambrosio as an Animal Reiki practitioner.  She presently lives in Port Jervis, NY, volunteering at local animal sanctuaries like Animal Manor in Huguenot NY and GAIT Therapuetic Riding Center in Milford PA. She has volunteered at both the local Humane Society, and served on the board of directors and fosters for local rescues which includes offering Reiki to their animals.  She 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.

Sarah Hauser

SARA Practitioner - New York

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.

Alice Kay Lovelace, D.Min

SARA Teacher - Ohio

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Alice Kay Lovelace, D.Min., is a SARA teacher who lives in Dayton, Ohio. She volunteers at The Humane Society of Greater Dayton, where she practices Animal Reiki and trains new volunteers.  Alice and her husband, David, are parents of six adult children, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. They share their home with their feline family members, most of whom are seniors and/or cats with special needs. Known to many of her friends as AK, she is a pastor, educator, and entrepreneur.  Her doctoral work focused on spiritual formation with emphasis on holistic human health.

Karren O'Sullivan

SARA Teacher - Oklahoma

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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.

Victoria Kress

SARA Teacher - Oregon

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Victoria Kress is a Reiki Master Animal Reiki Practitioner/Teacher. Victoria has studied with Kathleen Prasad of Animal Reiki Source and Carol Gurney of the Gurney Institute for Animal Communication. Victoria volunteers with Guide Dogs for the Blind and Zeb’s Wish Equine Sanctuary in the Portland, Oregon area. Victoria teaches animal Reiki classes at Zeb's Wish Equine Sanctuary. Zeb's is a SARA sanctuary member. Victoria offers group and private classes as well as in-person and distance Reiki treatments.

Jean Nesta-Berry

SARA Practitioner - Oregon

Jean Nesta-Berry is an Animal Reiki Practitioner/Teacher who lives in Cottage Grove, OR (just south of Eugene). She offers in person and distance Reiki sessions to animals, as well as teaches a variety of Animal Reiki classes. She initially took a beginning Reiki class, for the self-healing aspect, and immediately knew she wanted to learn how to offer Reiki to animals. She learned about Kathleen Prasad in that class, contacted her, and began training with her. She'd finally found a way to pursue her heart's desire, working with animals. She volunteers offering Reiki at Duchess Sanctuary in Oakland, OR, which is home to almost 200 horses and donkeys.

Rachel Gene

SARA Practitioner - Oregon

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 - Oregon

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.

Stephanie Stephan

SARA Practitioner - Oregon

Stephanie Stephan lives in Beaverton, Oregon. Outside of her day job, she works with animals either at her home as a pet sitter or at the Wildwood Farm Sanctuary or at Dove Lewis Animal Hospital. Her joy and passion are the animals. Reiki is a great avenue to provide all creatures with a sacred space they can use for their own healing purposes or for relaxation. The farm sanctuary rescues animals that otherwise would have been slaughtered or had been abused or neglected by their former owners. In the farm they find a safe haven, a sanctuary where they are loved by all volunteers and are very well taken care of. At the hospital, the animals that come to Dove Lewis are seeking special treatment or are in the course of transitioning and need extra love and specialized medical care. Reiki offers a space for them to do so with peace and serenity. And last but not least, the pets who come to Stephanie's home for pet sitting, are all offered Reiki. Some of the benefits seen are: improved digestion, better mobility, increased energy levels, reduced signs of pain and stiffness,  and an overall sense of peace. 

Heidi Hart-Zorin

SARA Practitioner - Oregon

Heidi Hart-Zorin is a SARA practitioner who lives in Portland, Oregon.  Heidi's interest in Animal Reiki began while reading a book written by Kathleen Prasad in hopes of supporting her rescue dog Skye and adapted rabbit Patsy.  After receiving distant Reiki with Kathleen Prasad and seeing the positive impact with Skye and Patsy, Heidi went on to complete Animal Reiki trainings with Kathleen Prasad and SARA teacher Victoria Kress.  Animal Reiki has been a blessing and fulfills a lifelong dream of helping animals and showing gratitude for all the gifts and grace animals have brought to her life.  Heidi seeks to connect with all animals and nature in a compassionate, heart-centered way in person as well as distant Reiki treatments.

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Kimberley Harrington

SARA Teacher - Pennsylvania

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Kimberley Harrington is a Scranton, Pennsylvania based SARA Animal Reiki Teacher along with being a registered pharmacist. She was thrilled to attend SARA teacher training with Kathleen Prasad at the Catskill Animal Sanctuary in New York State where she was quite taken with the personalities, forgiveness, and love of the animals who reside there. Sharing Reiki with animals and their caregivers has been pivotal in her life as she found they are partners in healing in Oneness. Through her Reiki business, she volunteers with local shelters, sanctuaries, rescues and an aquarium sharing Reiki and compassion with all animals and their caregivers. She teaches and practices throughout Eastern Pennsylvania and is available to connect worldwide with distance Reiki. She feels all animals deserve respect and to be on this planet walking alongside of  us as they are true teachers and gifts.

Caitlyn Adams

SARA Practitioner - Pennsylvania

Caitlyn Adams is a SARA practitioner based in Bristol Borough, Pennsylvania.  She spends her extra time volunteering with the dogs at the Women's Humane Society Animal Shelter.  Beginning with "human Reiki," Caitlyn quickly realized how much her dogs enjoyed the practice.  She became an Animal Reiki Practitioner in October 2017.  In addition to dogs, she has had the opportunity to offer Reiki to goats, chickens, and a black bear - she's looking forward to working with other unique animals!  She lives with her wonderful husband Steve, and two senior rescue dogs (Eddy, a ~13yo shih-tzu mix;  and Mindy, a 9yo lab mix).

Yvonne M. Riley

SARA Practitioner - Pennsylvania

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.

Ann Asadorian

SARA Practitioner - Rhode Island

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.

Laura Thomas

SARA Teacher - South Carolina

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Laura is a SARA Teacher and Practitioner in South Carolina.  She is available for in person and distant Reiki treatments, SARA Level I classes and speaking engagements. Laura enjoys working with all types of animals.  She is a lifelong animal lover and shares her farm with four horses, a donkey, a llama, three sheep, thirteen cats, three dogs and some chickens, most of whom are rescues.  Laura also is a owner/partner in a pet and farm sitting business serving her local area.

Lisa Hughes

SARA Teacher - Texas

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Lisa Hughes is a SARA Teacher.  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 Crawford, Texas. 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.

Mary Martinez

SARA Teacher - Texas

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Mary Martinez is a SARA Practitioner and a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer, based in San Antonio, Texas. She spends her extra time volunteering as a Reiki provider with, a nonprofit volunteer service organization that provides innovative methods such as Therapeutic Massage, EFT, Energy Techniques, Chiropractic Adjustments and Acupuncture to relieve stress and chronic pain for veterans, active duty service members, their families and service providers. She also volunteers with a local dog rescue Heart of Texas SPCA in Boerne, Texas.

Hannah Setu

SARA Teacher - Texas

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Hannah Setu has been an educator in health, dance and wellness for over 40 years. Since 1991 she been a health practitioner in massage, reiki, hypnosis and over the last several years has been drawn to working within the animal wellness field after discovering Kathleen's Animal Reiki Source. In the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex she founded the longest running Reiki Share (twice monthly Meetups since 2011) to introduce Reiki practice to the public. Her business is located in Hurst and has a classroom for Reiki instruction. Her home includes 2 doggies, Boogie and Bowie plus Teto, the wise and awesome kitty who tolerates her boisterous terrier brothers! Hannah is available for in-person as well as distant reiki sessions for our animal friends be they furred, feathered or finned.

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Felecia Childress

SARA Teacher - Virginia

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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.

Beth Cavalier

SARA Teacher - Virginia

Beth Cavalier is an Animal Reiki practitioner based in Spotsylvania, Virginia. She volunteers at the Fredericksburg SPCA, a no-kill shelter located in Fredericksburg, Virginia. FRED SPCA has an exceptional placement rate of nearly 100% and is dedicated to creating positive change through compassionate care and community outreach. Beth lives with six rescue dogs, eight rescue cats, and three horses on a small farm, with her husband of over thirty years. She is the owner of Changing Seasons Healing Arts, a Reiki practice for pets and their people. She is available for remote Animal Reiki sessions and in-person sessions (limited radius). The accompanying photo is Beth with her rescue dog Cleo, a loveable goofball!


Jaan Koninendyke-Sharpe

SARA Practitioner - Washington

Jaan Koninendyke-Sharpe is a resident of Vancouver, Washington and is a Reiki Practitioner and small animal massage therapist, currently studying to become certified in rehabilitative small animal massage.
Currently Jaan volunteers in various capacities at the Humane Society of Southwest Washington.
The accompanying picture is taken with her shelter rescue, Pepper Potts.

Tiffany Kneeland

SARA Practitioner - Wisconsin

Tiffany’s passion is to help animals and their people to “become their best selves” by becoming more balanced in body, mind, and spirit.  She is a lifelong learner and has studied numerous healing modalities including meditation and breathwork, sound healing, animal massage, and most recently, helping animals to heal themselves through the self-selection of herbs and essential oils.  She completed her Shinpiden and Animal Reiki Teacher training with Kathleen Prasad of Animal Reiki Source in 2017, later studying with Kathleen’s teacher, Frans Stiene, in order to receive the Shinpiden Level III Usui Reiki Ryoho initiation through the International House of Reiki that same year.  Currently, she is an Animal and human Reiki practitioner and teacher in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. She enjoys promoting professional community relationships that help to spread the word about the numerous benefits of Reiki, and has worked and volunteered with veterinarians, animal shelter staff, and equine professionals in providing related educational opportunities.  Her favorite hobbies include spending time with her husband and three adorable terriers, and volunteering by offering Reiki to animals and shelter staff at her local animal shelter.

Debora Poynter

SARA Practitioner - Wisconsin

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.


Melody Gray

SARA Practitioner - Parksville, British Columbia

Melody Gray is a SARA practitioner based in Parksville, BC.  She spends her time working and volunteering as an Animal Reiki/Reiki practitioner and Foot Reflexologist.   She provides in person and mobile Reiki services in and around the Vancouver Island area. She enjoys spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren, and of course her very active Belgian Malinios. Born and raised on Vancouver Island allows plenty of opportunity to explore the great outdoors, hiking and camping.

Ashley Humphrey

SARA Practitioner - Parksville, British Columbia

Ashley Humphrey (Ash) is an SARA Animal Reiki Practitioner based in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. Ash volunteers at the Nanaimo branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). The SPCA is a non-profit Society and the Nanaimo Branch is a member of SARA with seven active Practitioners. Ash’s contribution to rescued animals at the SPCA is by offering Reiki to them and by being a member of the Fund-Raising Committee for the Nanaimo Branch. Ash travelled all over the world during his working career and vacations. One of his favorite places is the Canadian Arctic where he spent many years working on ice breaking ships. He had the privilege of seeing many Polar Bears in their natural habitat. Home for Ash is Nanaimo on Beautiful Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. He is blessed to share his life with his wonderful wife Trellis.

Julie Blaquiere

SARA Practitioner - New Brunswick, Canada

Julie's Reiki journey began a few years ago and quickly became an important part of her life. She observed many of her own changes as well as with her dog Marley who was a rescue. She instantly knew Animal Reiki was something she was interested in pursuing. Finding the "Let the Animal Lead®" method was truly meant to be.

She enjoys volunteering at the local shelter and offering Reiki to the animals of the Restigouche county SPCA on a weekly basis. Spreading awareness about the healing that can happen when we are stepping into a space of peace and calm. Julie is recently certified as a Reiki practitioner with the CRA (Canadian Reiki Association). She offers Reiki sessions for people and pets in person.

Her only son is now an adult, She lives on her dream land near the water with her partner and two dogs Tayzer and Marley.

Monique McMillan

SARA Teacher - Ontario, Canada

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Monique McMillan 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.

Sandra Ferguson

SARA Practitioner - Ontario, Canada

Sandra Ferguson is a SARA Animal Reiki Practitioner. From a young age Sandra could be found with a cat in her arms and a dog trailing along while at her Grandparent’s farm on Manitoulin Island. Sandra is pictured with a client Lynus, although he is deaf and blind he has reached a ripe old age and continues to enjoy a good quality of life. She lives in Lively, Ontario, Canada with her partner and their three fur babies in a rural setting. These days she volunteers at local cat and dog shelters offering Reiki to sheltered and fostered cats and dogs as well as a variety of wild birds and animals that inhabit the natural areas surrounding her home. She offers in-person and distance Reiki sessions for animals, adults and children.


Ruth Pingiaro

SARA Practitioner - Victoria, Australia

Ruth is a SARA Practitioner and lives on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia with her human and fur family. She has been an animal lover all her life, growing up surrounding herself with pets, strays and wildlife. In 2007 she fulfilled her dream and lived in Borneo working with rescue Orangutans using both her medical nursing expertise and Reiki treatments to assist these sentient beings. She is currently running her own animal therapies business which specializes in Animal Reiki. For the past couple of years, she has been offering Reiki on a weekly basis at local animal shelter/pound and a local horse rescue. Her passion and dedication are to help animals any way she can.

Wendy Williams

SARA Practitioner - Tasmania, Australia

>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.

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Samantha Roe

SARA Teacher - United Kingdom

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Samantha Roe is a SARA Teacher based in the South West of the UK.  She spends her extra time volunteering at the St Giles Animal Rescue Centre in Taunton, Somerset.  St Giles is a rescue centre who care for abandoned and abused dogs, cats and small animals. Samantha is a business owner providing a service of reiki treatments (in person and distant) and reiki teachings. She loves to visit Big Cat Sanctuaries and has even travelled to Mexico to spend precious time with Tigers, Lions, Jaguars and Leopards at a foundation.  She also supports several animal foundations throughout the world. Samantha happily lives with her partner of over 25 years, Janson.  And currently has 2 cats, Lilly and Miesha, though that number may grow in the future.

Amanda Davy

SARA Practitioner - Surrey, United Kingdom

Amanda Davy is a SARA Animal Reiki Practitioner based in Surrey, England. Amanda started practicing Reiki in 2008 but it wasn’t until one of her cats was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2009 that her Animal Reiki journey began. She completed her training with Kathleen at the CARE foundation in Florida and, whilst her love for animals keeps her open to all kinds, big and small, it is horses that have found their way most into her life. Amanda also practices Equine Shiatsu and Craniosacral therapy and enjoys combining this with her Reiki practice and seeing how well the therapies complement each other.

Louise Litchfield

SARA Practitioner - Leicester, United Kingdom

Louise is a SARA practitioner based in the East Midlands area of England. She volunteers at Leicester Animal Aid, a rescue and rehoming centre caring for dogs and cats. Louise followed the path of Western reiki from 1999 and studied Japanese reiki in 2013, before stumbling upon SARA online. The compassionate, animal-centric values inherent in the Let Animals Lead® method lit the path for practising reiki with animals other than her own, and further inspired her lifelong passion for animal wellbeing. Louise lives with her gorgeous 'old-man-fur' and reiki guru who is never far from her lap.

Jason Wickens

SARA Practitioner - Worcestershire, United Kingdom

Jason Wickens is a SARA Reiki practitioner who has studied Animal Reiki with Kathleen Prasad and other teachers. He has been offering healing in various forms since 2003 for both animals and people and is the owner of Talking to Animals. Jason volunteers at his local dog rescue center and also has Reiki clients from around the UK. Distant Reiki sessions are also available from his website. He is passionate about helping animals and their humans understand each other better, having also trained as an animal communicator. Jason lives with his wife, two children and dogs in Worcestershire.




Joanna Amicucci

SARA Teacher - Italy

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Joanna Amicucci lives in Italy, close to Venice, and is a Reiki Master and Karuna Master. She has been practicing Reiki for 10 years, helping people in remembering them their own inner light and self- healing power. She’s been studying with Kathlen for over 3 years now, becoming an animal Reiki practitioner and teacher. She strongly feels and believes in the healing power of animals, she respects them as partners and teachers. She volunteers at the Rottweiler Shelter, sharing Reiki with saved dogs as well as with the staff. Joanna also runs her private practice in order to keep on helping people in facing their problems on all levels, as well as to support animals in their healing journeys. She teaches Animal Reiki and creates meditation courses with animals, also on line ones, in order to introduce people to the animals’ world. She offers both in-person and distant treatments.

Elisa Munafò

SARA Practitioner- Italy

Elisa Munafò is a SARA Practitioner based in Rome, Italy. She has been working and volunteering with welfare organizations in Italy and in the UK since 2010, caring for horses and other animals. Her personal journey through the system of Reiki healing led her to complete the Shinpiden and Animal Reiki Teacher Training course with Kathleen Prasad at Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary. As a SARA volunteer, she aims to share this healing opportunity with shelters, sanctuaries and clinics in Rome and surroundings, where she lives. Visits to further areas can be arranged, too, as well as distant sessions.

Margret Kouwenhoven

SARA Practitioner - The Netherlands
Margret Kouwenhoven is a SARA Practitioner who lives in Pijnacker, The Netherlands.
She currently volunteers at an animal shelter in Vlaardingen where they rescue dogs and cats. Margret started her Reiki journey by learning  human reiki in 2001 and more recently completed the animal reik workshop and  Shinpiden and Animal Reiki Teacher training with Kathleen Prasad. Margret is available for human and animal reiki treatments in person.




Rie Fukui

SARA Teacher - Japan

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Beside being a vet, Rie Fukui is an animal reiki teacher in Japan. Her first animal reiki teacher was her pet dog, Kotaro. When she was taking care of hlm who had broken his leg in an accident, she realized that animal reiki worked more gently and much better than a shot for pain killer, for when she gave him animal reiki, he took a deep breath and fell asleep peacefully even though he had barked with pain.

She's been deepening traditional reiki originated in Japan, while she's studying Shinto, old Japane medicine and Aikido with her students.

The relation between human health and animal one is like a mirror. They reflect each other.

She tells that we should live well feeling one world.
She specializes in natural medicine such as acupuncture, homeopathy, and bio-resonances.