Work History

Work History
Aug 2009 - Present


National Certification Board for Animal Acupressure and Massage

Treasurer responsibilities include monthly conference call board meetings, maintaining financial records, applying for and maintaining non-profit tax status with the IRS and WA Secretary of State, filing annual tax forms, creating monthly and annual organization financial reports, receiving and paying bills, paying contractors, and verifying payments from applicants for exams, memberships and review courses. Additional responsibilities include approving all massage exam applications, maintaining a database of training program hours and subjects taught to assist in the approval of applications, administrating the online communication and document storage system, and training of new office staff.

Jun 2004 - Present


Sacred Breath Wellness

Sacred Breath Wellness is a multi-faceted health and wellness business. As the owner, I perform all the duties associated with the running of a business. As the practitioner, I offer all of the available services individually and most often in combination to provide a comprehensive tool set for my clients to achieve their health and wellness goals.

Services offered at Sacred Breath Wellness include:

  • Human massage practice with a focus on improving the quality and efficiency of the breath, injury treatment, pregnancy massage, fascial movement, and aromatherapy massage. 
  • Animal massage practice that focuses on injury treatment, rehabilitation, and pre/post surgical work. 
  • Yoga instruction in asana, pranayama, and meditation. 
  • Breathing technique instruction for relaxation, stress management, and physical health. 
  • Aromatherapy consultation and blending for physical and mental wellbeing.
  • Community classes on breathing techniques and meditation at a local yoga studio and a local YMCA. 
2005 - 2008

Lead Instructor

Northwest School of Animal Massage

Instructor for both the large and small animal massage practitioner certification courses. The courses are offered in a distance learning and practical session format.  I provided online support for the students during their distance learning portion and taught the hands-on skills in the classroom portion of the courses.  I assisted in the revision of the basic curriculum and creation of two new curriculums including writing, editing, and formatting of the materials, activities, and quizzes as needed.  I performed various office tasks including student enrollments, database maintenance, customer service by phone and email, and record keeping.  I was also tasked with creating teacher's guides and streamlining office procedures.

Professional Interests

1.  Advancing the credibility of the massage profession for both people and animals through the integrity of my massage practice, my teaching, writing informational articles on the importance of touch and involvement in efforts to do the same.

2. Helping people become more mindful of the present moment; whether that be through bodywork, asana, breathing practices, meditation or all of these.  Practicing awareness of the mind and body cultivates self respect and compassion for oneself and others.

3. Encouraging people to develop a deeper connection to their animals and nature through touch and beneficial husbandry practices.


Massage Practitioner with over 1000 hours in training, ten years of experience in private practice and three years experience teaching animal massage.  Yoga Instructor with over 200 hours in training and three years of experience teaching asana, breathing techniques, and meditation.  Extensive teamwork and customer service training/experience prior to becoming a massage practitioner. Twenty years of experience in leadership roles and positions.


Nov 2004 - Mar 2005

Northwest School of Animal Massage

Two 104 hour programs approved by the State of Washington for endorsement to perform animal massage (small and large) and by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork as a Category A provider for continuing education.

Jan 2003 - Apr 2004

Brian Utting School of Massage

Rigorous 1000 hour massage training program accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation and approved by the State of Washington.  This school is now part of the Cortiva system.

Professional Associations


Jun 2013 - Jun 2015

Registered Yoga Teacher

Yoga Alliance
Jun 2004 - Jan 2015

Washington State Massage License

WA State Department of Heath
May 2004 - May 2012

Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork