Ann Montalto, RN, BSN, CVCP, Reiki Master, Laser Practitioner

Ann was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, before moving to San Diego with her family when she was sixteen years old.  After high school, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama with a baccalaureate degree in nursing, and subsequently worked as an operating room and neonatal intensive care nurse for many years before pursuing a career with animals, which has always been her passion. 

Her initial interest in canine massage began when her whippet, Chelsea, was recuperating from major surgery for a leg injury. She was in a cast for 14 weeks and very uncomfortable. This forced her body to compensate with incorrect posture and movement when she walked, which led to decreased flexibility and more discomfort. Massage proved to be very helpful to her rehabilitation, and this motivated Ann to realize her dream of working with animals.

Today her expertise includes Canine Massage, TuiNa, Cold Laser Therapy, Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM), Bach Flower Essences, Reiki, Essential Oils Raindrop Technique and Emotional Freedom Technique. She is currently studying Homeopathy to further assist her clients.

Ann is a graduate of The Lang Institute for Canine Massage, where she studied canine anatomy, physiology, orthopedic pathology, gait and movement, massage techniques and nutrition. She has also attended the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine for specialized training in TuiNa, is certified in Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM) and is a Reiki Master.

In addition, Ann has years of experience using both cold and thermal lasers, dating back to her nursing days.

She has been a guest speaker at Rancho Coastal Humane Society and the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA. She has also been featured in the San Diego Reader, on, Channel 10 News and on San Diego Living. 

Ann is a member of the International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork. She is also a rescue volunteer for the Italian Greyhound Club of America.

Here's a five-minute video demonstration of Ann performing canine massage therapy: