Shelter Animal Reiki Association

Shelter Animal Reiki Association


Kathleen Prasad

SARA President - San Rafael, California

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

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

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

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.


Alison McKinnon

SARA International Operations Director - Glasgow, Scotland

Alison McKinnon is the SARA International Operations Director and member of the Board. She has studied Animal Reiki for the past few years with Kathleen Prasad. Alison had practiced Reiki before studying with Kathleen but found the results with Kathleen's techniques were instant. She is very proud to be able to pass those techniques on to her students.  Alison has many years experience in the field of complementary healthcare and natural therapy including aromatherapy.  Her experiences working with essential oils led her to explore other subtle healing systems and energy work including Reiki. Her own animal family always benefited from her therapies, but in 2002, she decided to begin offering therapies for animals on a wider scale and set up a business to offer holistic healing to pets which led her to become involved with The Tree of Life for Animals (Tolfa) in India several years ago. Alison has taught the Tolfa staff and volunteers Animal Reiki. We are proud to say Tolfa as an official SARA shelter.  Alison offers classes and retreats in the UK, India and Egypt. Alison lives in College Milto, East Kilbride, Scotland where she offers in person and distant Animal Reiki.



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Kathy Edwards

SARA Teacher - California

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. 

Jody Huth

SARA Teacher - California

Jody Huth lives in San Francisco with her husband and two cats, Scout and Willie, who instigated the Reiki journey. She has studied Animal Reiki I and II, as well as the Animal Reiki correspondence course, with Kathleen. She currently volunteers at the SF Animal Care and Control shelter.

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.  

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.

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.

Lisa Hughes

SARA Practitioner - California

Lisa Hughes is a SARA Practitioner.  Lisa started her Reiki journey after adopting two rescued puppies (one who is visually impaired) and found Animal Reiki Source. She has been an SARA Practitioner since 2014.  She believes that every being needs to be "balanced" with the universe and with the support of her husband and mother she founded a holistic animal business in Rosemead, California. In her practice she offers in person/distance animal Reiki and Bach Flower Essence Remedies to animals and humans.  She resides with her husband and three dogs Hunter, Ryder (pictured and not puppies anymore) and Bandit, who are all rescues. When she is not providing services to her clients, she is a high school special education teacher. In her spare time she volunteers at the San Gabriel Valley Humane Society where she hopes to one day to teach Reiki to all the volunteers and staff.

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.

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.

Joannie Loobey

SARA Practitioner - California

Joannie Loobey is a SARA Practitioner. She came across SARA while researching holistic modalities for healing animals and was drawn to Kathleen Prasad's traditional Reiki Practice and Teachings and from that point, was on her journey of creating healing light and space for animals.  She plans on expanding her knowledge by completing Teacher training.  She volunteers at Sage ER Veterinary Centers in Dublin and Concord, as well as Rienstien Horse Ranch in Livermore  and Contra Costa SPCA.  She has started personal practice and now offers healing to friends, family and animals in need.  She lives with her 12 year old Retired Seeing Guide Dog, Izod and her two "foster failure" cats, Phoenix and Nala.

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.

Leonora Velasquez

SARA Teacher - Colorado

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.

Katie Albright

SARA Practitioner - Colorado

Katie Albright is an SARA Practitioner located near Boulder, CO. She has been practicing Reiki since 2000. Katie owns and operates a pet sitting business and cares for dogs, cats, horses, alpacas, llamas, and everything in between. In addition to her business and Reiki practice, Katie volunteers as a Reiki practitioner at Foothills Animal Shelter in Golden, CO and Luvin Arms Sanctuary in Lafayette, CO, the first SARA sanctuary in the state. She is also a Healing Touch for Animals® Practitioner and offers a combination of treatments to address a wide array of physical, emotional and behavioral issues. Katie loves working with animals of all ages and species and is available for in person and distant sessions.

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.

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.

Jackie Jones Bahr

SARA Practitioner - Colorado

Jackie Jones Bahr is a SARA Practitioner. She has provided animal Reiki to the Longmont Humane Society cats and dogs. Numerous rescue groups, for which she volunteers, have taken advantage of her skill with animals on an energetic level. Jackie currently lives in Colorado with a wonderful pack of rescue dogs. She devotes time to volunteer for a number of rescue organizations by fostering and conducting home visits and adoptions for many dogs in need of a fur-ever home.

Eden Koljord

SARA 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.

Jackie Rettberg

SARA Practitioner - Delaware

Jackie Rettberg is a SARA Animal Reiki Practitioner and Animal Communicator located in Wilmington, Delaware. Jackie owns a business which provides Animal Communications and Animal Reiki services and classes to pet owners over distance and in person. Jackie also manages an Animal Prayer Circle that provides prayer and comfort for animals and owners in need. Jackie volunteers at the Delaware Humane Association (DHA), a no-kill animal shelter in Wilmington, Delaware. This photograph was taken at DHA with one of Jackie’s favorite shelter cats named Extra, who has since been adopted and renamed Sasha. 

Marylou Laughlin

SARA Teacher - Connecticut

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

Kelly McCarthy is a SARA Practitioner based in the northwest corner of CT. She spends her extra time volunteering with different animal rescues that house their animals in foster care as well as with the US Horse Welfare and Rescue, a 501©3 nonprofit located in Avon, CT. She has spent her life rescuing animals and currently lives with her husband, two kids, 4 cats, a dog and a ball python. Her dream is to share animal reiki with households, sanctuaries, rescues and zoos not only with the animals within their boundaries but their human caregivers and handlers as well creating a beautiful space of love, compassion and understanding with the messages she receives. Kelly also helps animals and people as an animal communicator.


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Michele Santom

SARA Teacher - Florida

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.


Laurie Berke

SARA Teacher - Florida

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.

Susan Geiss

SARA Practitioner - Georgia

Susan is a Reiki Practitioner located north of Atlanta, GA.  She is a Reiki Master and has been drawn to Animal Reiki after seeing how it positively impacted her own dogs, Skittles and Gizmo, who are both rescues, and Jasmine, who has severe arthritis.  Knowing that shelter animals face a difficult road of healing, Susan decided to dedicate herself to their service.  She has studied Animal Reiki with Kathleen Prasad and currently volunteers at the Humane Society - Forsyth County in Cumming, GA.  She is thrilled to be able to offer a compassionate, healing space to animals in need and the people who work with them.


Allison Chun

SARA Teacher - Hawaii

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.

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.

Amber Shaner

SARA Teacher - Illinois

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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Dorothy Scanlan

SARA Teacher - Maryland

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.

Dulsanea Naedek

SARA Practitioner - Maryland

Dulsanea Naedek is a SARA Practitioner in Hampstead, Maryland. Her family cat, named Fuligan, is the inspiration for her work in the field of Animal Reiki. Since childhood all animals held a special place in her heart – Fuligan though, opened her heart and spiritual presence even more to the serenity and harmony of healing energy when he received his first Reiki session which diminished his pain and created a calmness for her as she continued to care for him. That loving initial Reiki experience renewed Dulsanea’s ability to connect with him deeper and understood his wishes and gratitude for the love and care received. Thus her Reiki journey began to becoming a Reiki Master.

Connecting with Kathleen and her teachings/training and SARA support, Dulsanea is excited and grateful to offer beautiful Reiki healing space to the animals at Baltimore County Humane Society (BHS). She also offers Reiki for Animal and their Human Companions for private clients in Carroll & Baltimore County, MD (in person) as well as long distance sessions world-wide. Dulsanea works with all types of animals, domestic and feral. She lives with her family of 5 rescued cats - Serena who is Fuligan’s Soul-Mate, Trip, Star, Shiloh and Trek.

Nancy Rudman

SARA Teacher - Massachusetts

Nancy Rudman a SARA Animal Reiki Practitioner/Teacher trained by Kathleen Prasad of Animal Reiki Source (ARS). Nancy practices in the Boston, MA, area and offers both in ­person and distant Reiki treatments for people and animals.

Nancy holds the strong belief that animals have much to teach us and works to facilitate the shared learning experiences between animals and humans.  She volunteers at 2 Reiki clinics, studies through a Reiki mentor program, and also studies Spiritual Healing, Shamanic Healing and Integrated Energy Medicine as well as Transpersonal Psychology and Buddhist philosophy.

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.

Linda Crabtree

SARA Practitioner - Massachusetts

Linda is a SARA practitioner living outside the Boston area.

Czammy, Linda’s first partner and equine teacher (with her in the photo), is the reason that Linda studied and practiced to become a Reiki Practitioner 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.

At the Animal Integrative Health Center and MASH Integrative Veterinary Care, Linda offers animal Reiki to cats and dogs before and after surgery. Linda has volunteered at Lucky Horse Equine Rescue, Tomten Farm and Sanctuary, and MSCPA at Nevins Farm.

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.

Nancy Wood

SARA Practitioner - Massachusetts

Nancy Wood is a SARA Animal Reiki Practitioner located in Bradford, Massachusetts.  Nancy volunteers at Nevins Farm MSPCA in Methuen, MA and also practices Animal Reiki at the Riverside Dog Park in Haverhill, MA. Damien (pictured with Nancy) was her initial Reiki Teacher and is her assistant in the dog park.  At the present time Nancy works with shelter cats at Nevins and injured and nervous dogs she meets at the park.  She loves all animals and feel that through Reiki she is helping to make a difference, one animal at a time.


Jane Joy Sparks

SARA Teacher - Montana

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.

Kate Sorensen

SARA Practitioner - Montana

Kate Sorensen is an SARA Practitioner living in Bozeman, MT.  She is available for distance and in-person treatments.  She volunteers at Montana Raptor Conservation Center and is on the education team.  She enjoys adopting rescue mastiffs, gardening, cooking, hiking, and knitting and felting.  She loves living in Montana and shares it with her husband, children, grandchildren and her dog.

Sue Lovell

SARA Practitioner - Michigan

Sue Lovell is an animal Reiki practitioner serving the Hillsdale/Jackson/Lenawee Counties in Michigan.  She has completed the Shoden, Okuden, and Shinpiden levels of Animal Reiki with Kathleen Prasad, and is also a Reiki Master in the Usui Shiki Ryoho method. She volunteers at the Cascades Humane Society in Jackson, Michigan.  She also has animal Reiki experience with many different species of domestic, wild local, and exotic animals.

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

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.


Pat Barnett

SARA Teacher - New Jersey

Pat Barnett is a SARA teacher located in Princeton, NJ. 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 volunteers with SAVE Animal Rescue in Skillman, NJ, offering Reiki to staff, volunteers, dogs and cats, as well as teaching staff, volunteers, and pet parents. 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. 


William Stevens

SARA Teacher - New Jersey

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.


Connie McDermott

SARA Practitioner - New Jersey

Connie is an Animal Reiki Practitioner who studied under Tracey Korotky and SARA Founding Member and Teacher Bill Stevens for Animal Reiki.  Connie has had many wonderful experiences with her own animals showing her the way (reiki is wonderful for stopping puppy hiccups) to volunteering her services at Riverfield Foals and Riverfield farm. She is also a host on the youtube series SitSpeak where Connie meets many animals and discusses the benefits of Animal Reiki.  She learns more everyday and is very excited to be a part of SARA and to learning more and having many more Animal Reiki experiences in the future. Connie is located in Toms River, New Jersey.


Sue Ann Seccia-Harnden

SARA Practitioner - 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!


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.

Sheryl Schlameuss Berger

SARA Teacher - New York

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.


Patti Andrasak

SARA Teacher - New York

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.

Lisa J Johnson

SARA Teacher - New York

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.

Briana Clements

SARA Teacher - New York

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

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!


Mariann Smith

SARA Teacher - New York

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.


George Belev

SARA Teacher - New York

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.


Liz Wassell

SARA Teacher - New York

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.


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.


Justine Marie Vickers

SARA Practitioner - New York

Justine Marie Vickers is a SARA Practitioner, practicing in all five boroughs of New York City, Long Island, and in the Catskill/Mid-Hudson region of New York State. Justine has previously volunteered at Animal Haven, a no-kill shelter for abandoned dogs and cats in New York City, and has offered Reiki to residents of Catskill and Woodstock Animal Sanctuaries in upstate New York. Justine offers in-person and distant healing sessions (most recently Distant Reiki to a dog and his human companion in Kuwait!) and is willing to travel.  By sharing the therapeutic benefits of Reiki with others, Justine wishes to widen the circle of compassion and unconditional love and healing to include all living, sentient beings.


Karren O'Sullivan

SARA Teacher - Oklahoma

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.


Barbara Rubin

SARA Teacher - Ohio

Barbara Rubin lives in Canton, Ohio, and believes that animals are our teachers and feels very privileged to work with domestic and wild animals. She is a Reiki Master, a SARA Practitioner/Teacher, and a Healing Touch for Animals Certified Practitioner. She enjoys volunteering at Sanders Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Massillon, Ohio and other Northeastern Ohio rescue organizations, sharing Reiki and healing energy with orphaned, injured, and homeless animals.

Victoria Kress

SARA Teacher - Oregon

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

Lina Watanabe

SARA Practitioner - Oregon

Lina Watanabe is a SARA Practitioner based in Portland, Oregon. She spends her free time engrossed in all things feline, and has worked specifically with reducing feral cats populations. Lina is the owner of a Reiki and herbal consultation business and also sells handmade herbal products and medicines. She shares her home with her shelter-adopted cats; a calico named Wheezy and a Siamese named Momo. Lina is always interested in connecting with animals wherever she goes and supports them unconditionally with love. She is available for in-person as well as distance Reiki treatments for people as well as animals.

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Cindy Nolte

SARA Teacher - Pennsylvania and New Jersey

Cindy Nolte is a SARA teacher based in Augusta, NJ and Lakeville, PA. Cindy's Reiki journey started in 2005 with an intense 1 year program for the Master Teacher level that focused primarily on people and in 2008 completed Kathleen Prasad's Animal Reiki Master Teacher certification.

Today, Cindy enjoys offering Animal Reiki to her 2 rescue dogs and to others in need. Cindy is also certified in: Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner, Integrated Energy Therapy, Certified Hypnotist, Hypnosis Instructor, and has attended Animal Communication Workshops.

Cindy's coverage area is Northwest NJ, Eastern PA, and NY, but is also open to travel to teach.


Yvonne M. Riley

SARA Practitioner - 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.


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).

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

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.

Carrie Dorsey-Higdon

SARA Teacher - Tennessee

Carrie Dorsey-Higdon is a Reiki Practitioner and Teacher in East Tennessee. Following her Level I, II and Teacher training in Usui/Tibetan Reiki 2007-2009, she completed her Animal Reiki Teacher training with Kathleen Prasad in December 2009. She was initiated into Shinpiden Level III Usui Reiki Ryoho with Frans Stiene, in April 2010.

Carrie is a volunteer at Horse Haven of Tennessee, Tennessee’s oldest and largest equine humane organization. She is continually inspired by the strength and courage of these amazing animals, who have suffered so much at the hands of humans. She will be teaching Animal Reiki classes in the Knoxville area starting summer 2010.


Mary Martinez

SARA Teacher - Texas

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.

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Felecia Childress

SARA Teacher - Virginia

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.

Ann Noyce

SARA Teacher - Wisconsin

Ann Noyce is a Reiki Master Teacher and Practitioner in Northeast Wisconsin. She received her Animal Reiki Teacher training from Kathleen Prasad of Animal Reiki Source.  Ann volunteers Reiki at Iveloharele Retirement Sanctuary, 3 B’s Cat Rescue, Happily Ever After Animal Sanctuary, Holyland Donkey Haven, and Special Memories Zoo.  Ann and her husband Alan founded a pet treat bakery in Appleton, Wisconsin, and a wellness center that offers energy healing services and education for animals and their people.  Ann’s animal teachers include two dogs, Annie Oakley and Amber, two cats, Autumn and April, and her beloved dog Amanda (1996-2010) who is her inspiration and guide on her journey of supporting animals. Ann is willing to travel to teach classes.

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.


Monique McMillan

SARA Teacher - Ontario, Canada

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.



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.

Anita Kyriazopoulos

SARA Teacher - Victoria, Australia

Anita is an Animal Reiki Practitioner and Teacher. Anita teaches SARA level 1 & 2 Animal Reiki Classes and is available for in person Reiki treatments in Melbourne, Victoria. Anita dedicates her daily meditation practice for all animals around the globe and for those who may need it the most. Anita is honoured to be a member and volunteer to a non profit animal rescue group, "Robyn’s Nest." She has had the pleasure of working with cats, dogs, horses, chickens, rabbits and goats and open to connect with the many species that come her way.

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.

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Samantha Roe

SARA Teacher - United Kingdom

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.

Aileen Naismith

SARA Practitioner - Scotland

Aileen Naismith is a SARA Practitioner in the West of Scotland.  She began her Reiki journey in 2007 and has trained with Kathleen Prasad of Animal Reiki Source. Aileen volunteers at Animal Support & Rescue in Renfrewshire, where she holds a weekly Reiki space for the animals who live there and the volunteers who care for them.  She is passionate about helping shelter/sanctuary animals, and supports several community-based animal welfare charities by donating her fees from private Reiki sessions.  She has a particular interest in supporting animals within both intensive and higher welfare farming systems.


Tina Read

SARA Teacher - North Norfolk, United Kingdom

Tina is an Animal Reiki Practitioner and Teacher and an Advocate for the "Prayer for the Animals in our World". Tina teaches SARA level 1 & 2 Animal Reiki Classes and is available for in person Reiki treatments in North Norfolk, as well as distant Reiki treatments.  She volunteers distant Reiki for UK German Shepherd Rescue Angels and enjoys working with all types of animals in her practice including; chickens, hamsters, cats, dogs and horses.


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.

Jacquie Shankster

SARA Teacher - Wales, United Kingdom

Jacquie is a Reiki Practitioner and Teacher based in the market town of Machynlleth at the base of Snowdonia National Park Mid Wales; she offers Reiki for all types of animals and their caregivers, and also offers workshops in Animal Reiki.  

Jacquie was brought up in a family of Zoologists, spending her formative years in zoos and wildlife parks, where she learnt at a very young age how to connect with animals, intuitively understanding their needs by simply watching and listening to their subtle signs and messages. “At the time I didn’t understand energy healing, I just called it ‘giving love”.  Jacquie is passionate that all living beings, human and animal are treated with empathy, deep respect and love, and is also conscious that this beautiful planet is shared by us all and that our ultimate happiness can only come from living harmoniously together.
Jacquie was introduced to Reiki and Animal Reiki over 10 years ago and in 2012 trained with Kathleen completing the Animal Reiki III Teacher level;  in 2013 she completed  Shinpiden with Frans Stiene of the International House of Reiki.  


Rachel Woodisse

SARA Practitioner - Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Rachel has been a reiki practitioner for nearly two years now. Rachel first became interested in Reiki for animals when her much loved cat Gizmo became very ill and a friend offered Reiki to her. Within 24hours, Gizmo was a changed cat!

Rachel runs her own cat sitting business in Portsmouth UK and offers Reiki to her feline friends. Apart from cats, Rachel also helps other animals including dogs, rabbits, small furries, and even a parrot. Other interests include crystal healing and animal communication.


Jan Kuhnert

SARA Practitioner - The Black Country, West Midlands, UK

 Jan is a SARA Reiki Practitioner who has studied Animal Reiki with Kathleen Prasad.  She has also studied traditional, non-modernised, Japanese Reiki with Frans Stiene in both the USA and in the UK.  Jan has beenpracticing Reiki since 2013 and she offers Reiki to both animals and to people in her local community and also via Distance Healing, where the majority of her clients are overseas.

 Jan volunteers for a number of her local animal rescue centres working mainly with rescue foster dogs in their new homes.  She loves to work with hospice and palliative care animals and feels very strongly that every animal has a right to a peaceful, loving, pain free life (and death) in their own home or shelter wherever possible.  Jan has strong links with other local holistic animal Practitioners and she loves to work in an integrated way with other Practitioners to offer animals, and their guardians, the maximum support possible.

Jan has a soft spot for elderly Staffordshire Bull Terriers and she lives with her partner, Ade, and three beautiful rescue kitties.

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

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.



Priya Saklani

SARA Practitioner - Mumbai, India

Priya Saklani is a SARA Practitioner who has throughout her life had a special relationship with animals on a emotional and mental level and spiritual level. She works for divine wholeness with people and animals and believes animals have the ability to heal themselves and all we need to do is listen to them. She works with animals and peole in Mumbai, India, as well as distant clients in Singapore, Canada and Dubai. Besides her Reiki practice, she is currently learning Zoopharmacognosy,which is a method in which animals self select and medicate themselves using plant extracts and essential oils.