Passion & Compassion for Animals
As someone grateful to have had animals in my life since childhood, I’ve always looked at them (and nature) with a sense of awe. Providing them with comfort and respect is the least I can do to give back to them the many positive things they’ve shared with me over the many decades.
The story of DohGrayMe arises out of the love for two of my most recent elder furry family members, Doyle (AKA “Doh”) and Gracie (AKA “Gray-Gray”). Unfortunately, we lost them both recently at the ages of 13 and 17.5 years, respectively. As they aged and experienced aches and pains, I found that massage helped them stay mobile and provided stability in their movement. Seeing that and many other benefits drew me to become an animal massage practitioner.
It is my pleasure and privilege to provide massage as a way to bring comfort, relaxation, calm, and/ or pain relief to the animals in your life. To provide the best service possible, I am continually learning as well as "listening" to the animal clients I serve.
Prior to becoming an Animal Massage Practitioner, my background consisted of a combined 30+ years in Medical Technology, Public Health/ Environmental Health & Safety, genetic research, and most recently as an Integrative Health Coach (certified through Duke Integrative Medicine and through the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBC-HWC)).
I very much value health and wellness not only for humans but also for animals.
Credentials & Coursework:
> National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage (NBCAAM) Certified (Canine Massage)
> Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage's 200-Hour Small Animal Massage Certification Program
> Graduate of Equissage NC's Equine Sports Massage Therapy Certification Program
> Masterson Method 2-Day (14-Hour) "Beyond Horse Massage" Seminar with Instructor Jim Masterson
> Canine Palliative & Hospice Care (Canis Bodyworks, LLC course)
> Canine Oncology Massage: Bodywork for Dogs with Cancer (Canis Bodyworks, LLC course)
> PetTech PetSaver™ Pet CPR, First Aid & Care
> Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (Duke Integrative Health)
> Member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP)