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Animal Acupressure Practitioner Directory

Small Animal Acupressure

Small Animal

Valerie Black

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Location: Nanaimo, British Columbia

Phone: 250 802 9957 


Additional Certifications: Canine Massage (Therapeutic Maintenance, Performance, Rehabilitation), Trigger Point Therapy; Stress Point Therapy; Manual Lymphatic Drainage; Myofascial Release Therapy; Massage and Acupressure Protocols for Geriatric Animals; 1st and 2nd Degree Reiki; Animal Reiki; Walks ‘N’ Wags Pet First Aid Instructor

Sonia Bellon

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Location: Toronto, Ontario 
Phone: 416-707-7392 
Additional Certifications: She has a background in biology and environmental management. She's an animal communicator, animal Reiki Master, Raw Dog food nutrition specialist and uses flower essences and crystals as well. She enjoys teaching Animal Reiki in the Greater Toronto Area and in France where she is originally from.


Service also available in French.

Equine Acupressure


Carol Yates

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Location: Okotoks, Alberta

Phone: 403-995-1070


Her journey into learning alternate ways of improving horses’ health and well-being started when she took her first course in Equine Message.  Since then, she continues to further her knowledge through practice, taking additional equine related courses and attending seminars offered by equine bodyworkers. Acupressure, through Tallgrass, has been an exceptional tool to add to Carol’s equine wellness toolkit, especially with its focus on assessment and because it can easily be shared and used by equine caregivers. 

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Susanne DeBernardi

Location: Portland Ontario, Canada / Servicing Eastern, Central, and Southern Ontario 
Phone: 613-331-1868 


Additional Certifications: Dorn Therapy, Bach Flower Essences, K-Taping, Veterinary Technician, Cold Laser Therapy, Thermography, Craniosacral Therapy, Equine Exercise Rehabilitation

Tina Watkins

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Location: Calgary and area

Phone: 403-819-1691




Spending a lifetime with horses let into a career in equine wellness. In practice since 1996, Tina works with equine athletes of all caliber. FEI certified she works as an integral part to horses at top sport, focusing on show jumpers and dressage horses. A rider herself she knows the importance of home care and has a large focus on ensuring clients have the tools to continue their horses wellness daily. 

Jo-Anne Chevalier

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Location: Northern Ontario
Phone: 705 367-0570


Facebook: Northern Lights Therapeutic Riding Association


Additional Certifications: Equestrian Canada Coach Developer/mentor, Coaches Association Ontario/ National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Learning Facilitator/Mentor, and CanTRA coach/mentor and examiner, Certified Equine Specialist in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA USA), Author of the “Complete Guide to Training Volunteers” promoted by the HETI Federation (Federation Riding Disabled International)

Lisa Schaal

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Location: Foothills, Alberta
Phone: 403-312-2247


Through emails and phone calls with barefoot trimmers in Canada and the United States Lisa started the journey of learning the barefoot trim to support her gelding Beast. Lisa has kept current with the developments in natural hoof care and education on hoof health, particularly founder and laminitis. With her love of learning and wanting to work with nature and not against it, Lisa started exploring the energetics within the body and how it’s all connected. Through researching the Equine Chakra system and meridians this eventually led her to find Tallgrass' Acupressure program.

Although Beast is now retired, at the age of 28 I'm sure he is as appreciative of his mom’s passion for learning to give him his best life as she is for the 20 years and counting for the lessons and the incentives to never stop learning and making a horse crazy little girl's dream come true.

Saskia Struik

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Location: Calgary, Alberta
Phone: 403-830-1789




Additional Certifications:

MMCP (Masterson Method Certified Practitioner) 

MMES (Masterson Method Equine Specialist)

Tao Alchemy Qigong Instructor 

Master Level of Reiki in Usui system of Natural Healing

I was born and raised in The Netherlands and feel very fortunate to have grown up with graceful Lipizzaners at our family home. After getting married and living around the globe for many years while raising our young family, we ended up in Canada in 2009. Horses soon found their way back into my life and I celebrated our decision to stay in Canada, by inviting two beautiful Andalusian geldings and two very cute cats into our family here.


Being able to gently get in touch with my horses, to listen to them in silence again and to share this safe space of compassion and kindness was what allowed me to get in touch with myself after the many years of caring for my family. 


I am continuously learning and expanding my knowledge and skills in holistic horse care, equine functional anatomy and biomechanics. I have a strong personal Qigong and Taiji practise and experience the broader benefit of TCM daily.  

Cassidy Barnert

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Location: Calgary, Alberta
Phone: 403-471-2702 


Additional Certifications: Equine and Canine Sport Therapy, Kinesiology Taping, Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF), Equine Acupressure, BSc in Kinesiology


Cassidy of Evolution Equi-Sport Therapy, believes complementary therapies are fundamental for performance, recovery and quality of life for all animals, two-legged or 4-legged. With a BSc in Kinesiology and a 2 year Equine Sports Therapy certificate, she brings a detailed understanding of anatomy and physiology to each session. Her passion for whole body wellness is rooted in her lifelong experience with animals, agriculture and athletics.


Cassidy was an athlete on the University of Calgary Wrestling team and played nearly every sport in high school. Here, she realized it takes a village to keep an athlete feeling and performing at 100%.  Whether you're a weekend trail rider or a fierce competitor, she believes in treating your horse or dog like an athlete and is committed to working with other professionals on your wellness team.  

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