I have a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and have been a television and newspaper reporter, and have written for magazines in the past. I also have had a photography business and a decorative painting business during which time I taught at national seminars.

But most important to me now, is the work I do with animals!  (Sshh!  Don't tell my mom. She wouldn't appreciate that since she and my dad paid out of state tuition for that degree!)

I am a native Floridian and my love for animals goes back to the age of 6, when I got my first dog--a long-haired dachsund--because I finally quit sucking my thumb!

Since then I have had mice, a gerbil, hamsters, dogs, cats, birds, a duck, a chicken from Key West, horses, bunnies, 

I wanted to be a veterinarian when I was young. But when I realized I would have to do cut an animal to do surgery, or give vaccinations or put one to sleep, I knew I couldn't do any of that!

So I pursued my journalism degree, which I enjoyed at the time.

I became involved in the use of essential oils for my animals many years ago. I was fascinated that something so simple as an oil that came from a plant could aid us and our animals with properties such as  antifungal, antibacterial, antimicrobial, etc.  Essential oils can support systems including the lymphatic, endocrine, muscular, integumentary, etc.

Then I became certified as a canine aqua therapist in 2013, having a pool built specifically for this. I swim dogs for exercise, for hip dysplasia, post ACL surgery, low self confidence, torn ACLs, etc.  Swimming is so good for most any injury because it is a non impact exercise.

I am a Healing Touch for Animals practitioner. That means I use an energy medicine through touch to work with animals to help with self healing. It is an amazing modality in the animal wellness journey in which  I have become enthralled!  I use healing touch for behavior modification, in dealing with tumors, post cancer surgery, arthritis, muscular injuries and more.

As you see in this website, I also am certified through Pet Tech as an instructor for Pet CPR & First Aid. 

About Melanie

30a Swim Dog