Our Story

Stephanie lives with her husband, Adam, and their dog, Oliver, near Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Stephanie completed her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Health Technology at Murray State University in 2006 and then went on to pass her certification as a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2007 (this designation is similar to Registered Nurse in human medicine).

After becoming a RVT she worked in a variety of types of veterinary hospitals. She initially began working in general small animal (and some equine) practice, and then moved on to specialty medicine when she took a job in a veterinary specialty and emergency center in Nashville, TN as an ER technician. After working there for a year she began working in academia. She was the Senior Veterinary Technician for Small Animal Orthopedics at the University of Missouri Veterinary Health Center. It was during her time there that she developed a love for Orthopedics, Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine.

After her husband’s job required relocation to Cape Girardeau, she struggled to find something that would allow her to continue the career in Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, and Rehabilitation that she loved. It was during this time that she began reading and learning about a variety of alternative health options for both her human and canine family members.

One of the the things she read about was low stress handling techniques for dogs and cats through Fear Free Pets. Through her years in general practice, she knew going to the vet’s office can often be a very stressful thing for our pets and she was intrigued that methods had been developed and implemented to reduce this stress. She completed her Fear Free Level 1 Certification in 2018, and her Level 2 & 3 Certifications in 2021. She is now an Elite Fear Free Certified Professional.

Another one of the things she read about was all the amazing things massage can do for an individual. She began getting massages regularly and was amazed at the benefits she was experiencing in her own physical and mental health. She knew the dogs in her life could also benefit from this but as she started looking, there were very few people offering canine massage, and there were none in this area. So she decided to pursue certification in canine massage in order to offer canine massage to the dogs of Southeast Missouri.

In January of 2020 she began taking classes through Canis Bodyworks to work towards her goal of becoming nationally certified in canine massage. She completed her studies in December of 2020. In February of 2021, she became board certified in canine massage through the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure and Massage.

In June of 2021 she became certified in Basic CPR for small animals through the RECOVER Initiative. The RECOVER certification process is the ONLY CPR certification recognized by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) and Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS) as a standardized method derived from the latest evidence-based veterinary CPR guidelines.

After she started her canine massage business she wanted to find a way to offer more wellness services to the dogs in her area.

She completed the Canine Kinesiology Taping seminar and case studies offered through Angel’s Animals Holistic Care Seminars during the Summer of 2021.

One of her other areas of interest was species appropriate nutrition. Over the past several years she had already read and learned a lot about species appropriate diets and the impact whole food nutrition could make for both humans and animals. In addition to all the reading and studying she already does, she chose to complete the Canine & Feline Nutrition Certificate coursework from Southern Illinois University. She began her coursework in August of 2021 and completed it in May of 2022.

“I want to let you know how much my high drive German Shepherd, Zeke, has evolved through your massage therapy.  He went from very much not sure to totally enjoying it and learning how to relax. This has been a wonderful unexpected result. It has helped with the socializing of this dog. He now knows that people can handle him and it’s a good idea. Going to the vet will be a more positive experience thanks to your healing touch.”

-Marshia Morton, Dog Trainer, Captain of SEMO Search Dog, Evaluator for American Working Dog

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