Sarah N. Bertsch, MA, NCSAA, RMP
Sarah's venture into holistic animal care grew from the loss of her beloved goldendoodle Ellie.
In 2009, Ellie (rescued from a county pound in central IA) was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.
Ellie received excellent traditional care from wonderful local vets & oncologists at the U of M.
Sarah wanted to give Ellie the best possible quality of life for as long as possible. She learned about natural
supplements & nutrition, started her Reiki training and gained exposure to Traditional Chinese Medicine.
When Ellie passed away, Sarah's sadness & grief were mixed with a sense of responsibility to continue
learning & share the knowledge she had gained.
"This is Ellie's legacy, her gift to me, to all the animals I love & will love,
and it is her gift to you & your animals, too."
Sarah & her husband Brian live south of Hudson, WI with their 2 rescued dogs: Sophie (labradoodle, abandoned in OH)
and Lily (maltese, freed after 5 years in a Marshall, MN puppy mill).
Sarah has helped rehab waterfowl with the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of MN and
banded birds with Carpenter Nature Center in Hastings, MN.
She currently transports injured raptors to The Raptor Center at the University of MN, where she previously
volunteered as an educator & education bird handler.
Sarah N. Bertsch is certified in Small Animal Acupressure through the Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute and by
the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage, with additional training from the
Sarah has achieved advanced training in equine acupressure with teacher
She is a Reiki Master Practitioner, having studied with Chikara Reiki Do, The Meta Institute,
She is a member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals
Prior to the above studies, Sarah earned a B.A. from St. Olaf College and a M.A. from St. John's School of Theology.
She has additional training in pastoral care and personal coaching and is ordained by the Universal Life Church.
In addition to her work with Reiki & Acupressure, Sarah maintains a music contracting business (www.StringsBySarah.com), performs as a professional violinist and teaches private music lessons at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, WI.
Acupressure, Reiki & other modalities are not substitutes for regular veterinary, medical or mental health care.
Sarah does not diagnose, treat, offer medical advice, prescribe drugs, perform adjustments or surgery.