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Laura Riley, Ph.D., CCMT, 

Small Animal Acupressure Practitioner & Instructor  

 Owner of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure USA

Laura Riley is a Certified Small Animal Acupressure Practitioner through Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute.  Laura has studied Acupressure and Tui Nai with both Nancy Zidonis and Amy Snow, Co-founder of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure and founders of animal acupressure. She now runs Tallgrass Animal Acupressure USA, which  offers courses in both Small and Large Animal Acupressure.

In addition, Laura has a strong background in complimentary therapy as a Certified Canine Massage Therapist with advanced training in Senior and Sporting dog massage. Laura has been trained in Trigger Point Therapy by Ken Bain, and has taken several courses in TTouch and Pet Loss Companionship counseling.  

Previously, Laura worked as a Psychology Associate Professor and has a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology with research emphasis on sports psychology, motivation, and team cohesion. 

 

Jill Gogosky, LVT, CCRP

Small Animal & Equine Acupressure Practitioner & Instructor

Jill is a Certified Small and Large Acupressure Practitioner through Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute. She is a graduate of Kent State University with a degree in Zoology. For twelve years Jill worked in the Aviculture department at Sea World in Ohio.

In 2008, she pursued a career in the veterinary field and became a registered veterinary technician and is currently employed at a specialty hospital in the internal medicine department. Jill is hopeful that in the future veterinary medicine will embrace both eastern and western medicine and feels when used in conjunction will provide unparalleled results.

Jill graduated from Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute in 2009 and began her teaching career as a certified assistant, helping with classes at Hocking College for 5 years. She now teaches the Introduction to Animal Acupressure course for Tallgrass as well as the Hands-on Training Course.