Michele Cartagena – Longbeach, CA
Michele Cartagena worked in the communications industry for 27 years. For the past 10 years she has been involved in breeding and showing Cairn Terriers as well as show grooming a variety of other breeds. As a graduate of The International College of Pet Careers she is a certified all breed groomer & holds certificates in Animal Anatomy & Massage, Animal C.P.R. and Aroma Therapy. She is currently pursuing an Equine Studies B.S. degree from Breyer State University. In 2004, she began to focus on the massage aspect of her grooming business. Although all the animals she works on have demonstrable benefits from massage & aroma therapy, she finds working with horses to be the most fulfilling. "Horses are so expressive. There is nothing like having your hands on a horse." By adding, The Masterson Method™ to her tool box, she has been able to improve the quality of life for her horses, as well as the many rescue and performance horses on which she works. "It's all about the horse. I'm dedicated to improving performance and the equine quality of life."