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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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.

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.  

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.


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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.


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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.


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.

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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.



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.