Growing up in Connecticut my family always had animals, they were my best friends and favorite playmates. I spent my childhood training, grooming and of course, playing with our family dogs. I loved practicing obedience training with them and especially enjoyed teaching them tricks. The fascination I experienced as a child of problem solving, observing and interacting with our family pets set me on a lifelong journey to find new ways to influence animal behavior that encourage trust and mutual respect.
I graduated from the University of Maryland with Bachelor of Science degrees in both Special Education and Elementary Education. I have done many things from teaching, to administration of a summer program, to running my own Decorative Painting company.
One day I was given Linda’s book, The Tellington TTouch: A Breakthrough Technique to Train and Care For Your Favorite Animal. I was excited by the possibilities of how and why this approach worked. I decided to go see Linda at a demonstration being hosted by the American Humane Society’s annual conference in Baltimore that same year. After her presentation I wanted to know more. How do the body and mind, balance, learning, self-confidence, touch sensitivity and the act of TTouch interact to affect health and behavior?
In 1993 I took my first TTouch training with horses and then started the Tellington TTouch 2 Year Companion Animal Practitioner Training in 1995. I graduated in 1997. I have been practicing TTouch ever since and I am now an Advanced Level 3 Practitioner. I have continued my education by taking classes on training, behavior, diet and other health and healing modalities and am a Craniosacral Practitoner. I love TTouch and have made Linda's approach to connecting with animals and helping to manage behavior mine. Through my private sessions, workshops, classes and this website perhaps I can help you make it yours too.