Hi, I'm Dana, a retired veterinary technician of 14 years. Following the surgery on my Chihuahua for his bilateral luxating patellas in 2013, I experienced first-hand the pains, questions, and worry that often come with being a veterinary client. Luckily, I was able to partner with his orthopedic surgeon and learn more about hands-on rehabilitation & natural healing strategies. This opened the door to a wonderful interim career as an orthopedic rehabilitation technician. He was a brilliant doctor and a huge asset to the industry. He taught me of alternative therapies that decrease inflammation and accelerate recovery. Sadly, he passed away. I was blessed to have known him and am honored to have worked with him for those few short years. He taught me so much; my traditional veterinary knowledge grew to incorporate natural and non-pharmaceutical remedies.
I was elated and knew that a more natural approach to healing was in my future!
In 2015, I earned my certification as a therapeutic animal massage therapist. I immediately got to work, opened my practice, and began sharing all of the healing strategies I had learned.
I spent a great deal of time networking with like-minded professionals, as I was eager to broaden my holistic knowledge and grow as a practitioner.
I have met some of the most amazing pet parents over the years! Their stories have spoken to my heart and have opened my eyes to the lack of education & guidance that has become mainstream. While I still love being a therapeutic animal massage therapist, I am feeling a tug in another direction. This being said, I believe it is time for me to get up off the floor, give my hands some much needed rest, and look towards my next chapter.
I want to make a bigger difference in our pet’s lives!
As the world had shut down in 2020, I was able to finish a few online courses and earn my certification as a Pet Wellness Coach. In 2022, I continued my pursuit for healthy alternatives and completed a veterinary professional course focused on Cannabis Therapy for our pets.
My future was taking shape!
So now what...?
While focusing on this new direction, I continue to provide therapeutic massage house calls for existing practitioners & clientele a couple of days a week.
Using the knowledge gained in my 20+ years of experience, I am now able to offer Veterinary Cannabis Counseling & Pet Wellness Coaching. My goal is to offer a collaborative "whole pet" approach to support all aspects of our four-legged family member’s lives!
What better way to serve the industry that I have loved so much!
As a Veterinary Cannabis Counselor, I offer step-by-step guidance in a fast moving and often confusing industry. With so much misleading information in the market, I understand how frustrating and even scary navigating medicinal use can be. This is where the support & oversight from a veterinary professional can help. I will be here to educate & guide you while you explore the many benefits of cannabis for your pet.
As a Pet Wellness Coach, I empower pet parents to take charge of their pet's health. They rely on us, so, I will help you to be the successful pet parent that you want to be! I am here to offer guidance & education for everything from veterinarian selection & appointment translation, to whole food diets, prevention, natural remedies, healthy supplements, and alternative modalities. I will be here to offer support through every stage of your pet’s life.