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About Brenda

Hi! My name is Brenda Utzerath.

I am a certified small animal acupressure practitioner. I received my advance practitioner degree through the worldwide and well-renowned Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute in Larkspur, CO. I am also knowledgeable in massage therapy, herbal remedies, flower essences, essential oils, crystal healing, natural feeding, and animal hospice. I am also certified in Pet Food Nutrition through Dogs Naturally University certification program.


I began this journey after adopting my Great Dane, Guinness, when he was 18 months old. He was healthy and happy. But his medical records did not come with him so there was no paper trail that proved he was appropriately vaccinated. He was re-vaccinated by our well-meaning allopathic (Western trained) veterinarian, which threw his body into a major autoimmune reaction—the beginning of our journey together to reinstate his health and well-being.

Guinness and I were introduced to holistic veterinary medicine, which helped him recover from the initial, potentially life shortening issues such as severe skin and food allergies, leaky gut syndrome, and other gastrointestinal issues. He was doing better, but he was far from stabilized and well.

Guinness' holistic veterinarian introduced us to a classically trained Traditional Chinese Medicine veterinary acupuncturist, Dr. Jody Bearman. Through regular "needling" sessions with her, Guinness regained much of his immune strength and began to show fewer symptoms of illness. Dr. Bearman also showed me acupressure points that I could use between visits to further help Guinness recover.

I was amazed and very thankful to have found a way to help Guinness regain health and well-being without assaulting his body with expensive and harsh drug therapy.

After witnessing Guinness' unexpected recovery, I started my senior dog, Maddy, on regular acupuncture sessions to help her age more comfortably. She had begun to show signs of aging—loss of hearing, slower movements, some restlessness and anxiety. She had also blown out her cruciate ligament (ACL in her knee) at the age of 11, which I knew was causing her some pain. At her age, I was afraid to put her through surgery, and opted for other less invasive treatments, which included acupuncture and Chinese herbs along with a few essential oils.

Today I share my life and love with Minnie, another Great Dane, who is profoundly affected by a single rabies vaccines coupled with too many “puppy shots.” For Minnie, homeopathy, guided by our very skilled veterinary homeopath Dr. Dee Blanco, is a major part of her veterinary care. So the journey continues. 

I look forward to working with you and your animal to contribute to years of health, wellness, and shared companionship.


Brenda Utzerath and Minnie Beatrice, Great Dane
Certified Small Animal Acupressure Practitioner
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