From my earliest memories, I knew my life would revolve around animals. This was initially a bit complicated since I was allergic to anything covered with hair or fur! I was happy to be able to overcome most of the challenges with my allergies and my life has been filled with many wonderful animals ever since. These animals sparked my interest in health and well-being. Their care was an important part of my life and this led to my becoming one of Oregon's first board certified veterinary technicians, and later one of the first Tellington TTouch Instructors. I feel so fortunate to be able to travel to so many parts of the world, helping animals and people through Tellington TTouch and the various other concepts and modalities I have learned throughout my life. My journey with TTouch began in 1984 when one of our horses suffered a head injury at birth, resulting in severely impaired motor function. I was desperate to find a way to help her after our vets felt that there was nothing more they could do for her. This led me to a magazine article about Tellington TTouch and then to a nine-day training with Linda Tellington-Jones. The amazing progress Spirit made inspired me to learn more about how TTouch can improve the lives of animals and their people on a physical, mental and emotional level.
From the beginning, I have also used TTouch to help humans as well as animals. Today I frequently work with people to help them reduce pain and stress, recover from illness or injury and to improve mobility and function. I introduced TTouch in Japan more than 20 years ago and have expanded that to include Taiwan and China. I enjoy teaching a wide variety of workshops for animals and humans, and with Lauren McCall, oversee and teach the TTouch Companion Animal Practitioner Trainings in these countries. We are very proud of our Asian practitioners and the wonderful work that they do. I spend most of my teaching time in Asia and while there I am happy to enjoy great food, beautiful places and the company of friends.
TTouch has led me on a learning path that has enriched my life beyond anything that I might have imagined. I have studied many approaches and techniques to help people, animals and enhance the quality of life we all share, including BodyTalkÒ. In addition to that, becoming a certified life coach gave me more skills, not only for helping clients, but also for teaching others to communicate clearly and become effective problem solvers. I love the opportunity to individualize the help that I can offer people to find solutions to challenges they might face.
My life experience has strongly influenced my positive perspective on life and everything that I do. It has been invaluable in raising our two wonderful sons and helps me to work through life’s challenges in a optimistic and productive way. My life today is a balance of traveling and teaching and time spent at home. We moved to our 24 forested acres in Newberg, OR in 1976 and I still feel reverence for this land and the wildlife that share it. I love walking on our property with our dogs (and the cat who often joins us) and appreciating the peace and beauty here. I am very thankful for my husband, Harry. We married in 1975 and he became a great animal “dad” and caretaker. It would be very difficult for me to do the work I do without his support at home. We have now welcomed our first grandchild, Magnolia, who brings great joy to our lives.
I believe that life is an amazing journey and I am so thankful for the people and animals who join me along the way. I am constantly filled with gratitude and eager to see what is next!