Nancy Zidonis, Founder
Nancy Zidonis, founder of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute, is one of the pioneers in the field of animal acupressure. Over 20 years ago, she worked with a veterinarian and an acupressure practitioner to develop a system to use transpositional acupressure meridians and points for the benefit of horses and, a few years later, for dogs. After thorough study and careful documentation, Nancy wrote her first books, Equine Acupressure, A Treatment Work Book and Canine Acupressure, A Treatment Work Book. Nancy went on to develop training clinics for people interested in caring for their horses and dogs using acupressure. She has continued to expand and refine the training programs both online and hands-on and teaches worldwide.
Nancy and Amy Snow collaborated on an expanded edition of Equine Acupressure: A Working Manual and their newest book, Acu-Horse: A Guide to Equine Acupressure. They also co-authored of Acu-Dog: A Guide to Canine Acupressure, and, Acu-Cat: A Guide to Feline Acupressure. Nancy is responsible for the creation and publication of a series of animal acupressure meridian charts which highlight key acupressure points on each meridian. Most recently, Nancy has authored and produced three new DVDs and educational programs: Introduction to Equine Acupressure; Equine Landmark Anatomy& Acupoint Nancy Zidonis & founding dogs, Bean & Oak Energetics; and, Canine Landmark Anatomy & Acupoint Energetics.
Nancy has studied Traditional Chinese Medicine at the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Denver, Colorado. She holds a certificate in AMMA Massage and is a graduate of the British Institute of Homeopathy with an emphasis in animals.
Other studies include: Reiki – Second Degree; Medical Qi Gong with Master Haung Lo, Tui Na, and Dahn Hok. Nancy was a Founding Member of the Board of the International Alliance of Animal Therapy and Healing (IAATH) and is a founding board member of the National Certification Board for Animal Acupressure and Massage (NBCAAM). Additionally, she was Adjunct Faculty at Hocking College in their Equine Alternative Therapies Certificate Program.
Nancy co-authors articles for publications worldwide such as: Equine Wellness, Animal Wellness, Holistic Horse, Natural Horse, The Whole Dog Journal, Animal Fair, and many others.
Amy Snow, Founder
Amy Snow, founder of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute, is the co-author of Equine Acupressure: A Working Manual, The Well-Connected Dog: A Guide to Canine Acupressure and, Acu-Cat: A Guide to Feline Acupressure. Amy is the lead instructor for Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute Practitioner Certification Training Program, and, over the last 10 years, has taught throughout the United States, Canada, England, Israel, and Australia.
She began her career in acupressure in the 1970's studying with Jin Shin Jyutsu, a Japanese form of acupressure, with Mary Burmeister. She studied Traditional Chinese Medicine at the International Institute of Chinese Medicine (IICM) in Denver, Colorado. Amy has also studied Tui Na and Food as Medicine.
Amy is a Certified Acupressure Practitioner from the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, California. Over the years she has taken numerous clinics and courses in complementary healthcare and animal-related study, including; Feldenkrais; Reiki; Master Hong Qi Gong; Tellington Touch; herbal remedies; High Touch Network Training; dog training and showing skills; dog-language with Turid Rugaas; years of riding and working with horses, and most recently, Traditional Chinese Medicine at the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Denver,Colorado. She has brought this training to work with animals.
As the co-author of numerous articles for national and international publications, Amy has helped to expand the awareness of animal acupressure. She is a member of the International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork (IAAMB) and a founding board member of the National Certification Board of Animal Acupressure and Massage (NBCAAM).