Practitioner Wisconsin

Acupressure Practitioner

Carolyn Shusta, Equine Acupressure Practitioner 
Denmark, WI 

Becoming certified as Specialties: Equine Acupressure Practitioner allows Carolyn to help these magnificent animals to move better and be more in balance.
Carolyn practices in NE Wisconsin and will travel to your location to work with you. She is a member of  ABMP and IAAMB.

Sarah N. Bertsch, MA, NCSAA, RMP 

Acupressure Practitioner

Optimal Animals is a holistic resource for pets and their people in western WI and the Twin Cities area of MN. Sarah N. Bertsch is certified in Small Animal Acupressure through the Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute and through the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage with further study through the Animal Acupressure Training Academy. She is a Reiki Master Practitioner, having studied with Chikara Reiki Do, The Meta Institute, The International Center for Reiki Training and The Animal Reiki Source. She is a member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals.

Catherine Gryniewicz, Small Animal Acupressure Practitioner, NBCAAM
Phone: 262-676-2238  

Catherine brings a lifelong love of dogs and her passion to enhance the lives of dogs and their human by tending to the dog’s mind, body and spirit. Her mission of Well Balanced Dog is to Enhance the lives of the canine & the human. Catherine's credentials to help your canine friend include:

  • Nationally Board Certified Practitioner in canine acupressure thru NBCAAM 
  • Small Animal Acupressure Practitioner – Tallgrass Animal Acupressure 
  • Human-Animal Bond Certified – HABI & NAVC 2019
  • Certified Canine Fitness Trainer (CCFT) – University of Tennessee  
  • Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology at Broadview University 

Jane Austin, Equine Acupressure Practitioner 
Neshkoro, WI 

Jane specialized in training AQHA all around horses. It was hard work to keep the horses competing at this high of a level. She realized when the horses were not performing right they were sore. But the trick was trying to figure out where they were sore and what could be done to help. 
She became certified to do Equine Bodywork. And when she found the Tallgrass Equine Acupressure she planned on taking one course. But she saw such an improvement in the horses she was working on she knew she needed to become a Certified Acupressure Practitioner. Jane does Equine Bodywork on show horses, race horses, trail horses and mules.

Kerry Malak, Small Animal Practitioner, NBCAAM
Milwaukee, WI

Acupressure Practitioner

Kerry has been studying holistic care for animals since 2006 and has a special interest in helping senior pets and those who have been diagnosed with cancer. She is versed in a variety of complementary therapies including flower essences, aromatherapy, holistic nutrition and bodywork. 
As a Small Animal Acupressure practitioner, Kerry uses the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine to evaluate the overall health of animals from a holistic perspective to help them achieve greater balance and wellness. Services are provided at the Wauwatosa Veterinary Clinic in Wauwatosa, WI. 

Brenda Utzerath, Certified Small Animal Practitioner, NBCAAM 
Beaver Dam, WI 

Small Animal Acupressure Practitioner

Brenda is a certified Small Animal practitioner with accreditation from Tallgrass Animal Acupressure, and she is also nationally certified by and a member of National Board of Certified Animal Acupressure and Massage (NBCAAM). In early 2009, she began her studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine as it relates to animals. Her practice includes acupressure, essential oils, nutrition information, as well as end-of-life comfort care.

Brenda offers her services throughout Dodge County, Wisconsin. Sessions are held in the convenience of your home, Modern Dog harmony room, Animal Clinic of Beaver Dam, your veterinarian's office, or a stress free environment of your choosing. She also offers educational workshops and free demonstrations to groups of any size. 

Penny Paiser-Wilson, Small Animal Acupressure
Neenah. WI 


Tranquil Tails, based in the Fox River Valley of Wisconsin, is owned and operated by Penny Paiser-Wilson, a certified small animal acupressurist. Penny, a Master Reiki Practitioner through The Animal Spirit Network in Chicago, also holds a Bachelor Science in Nutrition from the University of Wisconsin at Madison which she incorporates in her work with animals. Penny has studied cat and dog massage with Integrated Touch Therapy of Ohio and Animal Communication. Included in the care of your pets, Penny uses Acupressure, Reiki, advanced Massage techniques, Flower Essences, Aromatherapy, Color Therapy and EFT. She continues to study Traditional Chinese Medicine and natural pet care, adding to her comprehensive repertoire.

Kendra McMillan, Small Animal Acupressure                 
Milwaukee, WI

Small Animal Acupressure

I have a life-long love for all animals. But back in the 80's when I went to college there were few careers with animals aside from Veterinarians and Vet Technicians. So as an adult I contented myself by filling my house with cats and eventually buying my horse. I discovered Animal Acupressure through a women who performed acupressure and massage on Espirita and that was next path on my journey through life.
I have received benefit from various kinds of touch therapy for years and was excited to know it was possible for me learn acupressure and help animals. Touch therapies have helped me with pain when the medical community could only offer medications or suggest it was 'all in my head'. 

Susan "Sam" MacLean, Equine Practitioner, NBCAAM 
Hartford, WI (South East WI) 
As a graduate of the Tallgrass Animal Acupressure, specializing in horses, Sam performs acupressure along with a variety of bodywork techniques to help horses feel and perform better so that you can spend more quality time together and enjoy that time to the fullest.

Sam is also certified in animal Reiki and equine massage. She is a dedicated professional and regularly advances her skills and education to better support horses and their caretakers.