About Us

Sheri Ankuda,

Founded in 1983 by owner Sheri Ankuda, Soothing Touch Specialty Kennel was created under the direction of a veterinarian to provide nursing care for dogs with nontransferable, acute, chronic or age-related medical conditions. The kennel was operated as a small, private, by referral-only, pet care facility. This quickly expanded to include healthy puppies and dogs, whose owners desired a more personal style of care for their pets.   The 2005 name adjustment Soothing Touch Pet Care reflects the expansion of our services to include home care, day care, consultation on behavior issues, puppy training, Healing Touch for Animals® and Equine and Companion animal massage and energy work.

Sheri became a registered veterinary technician in 1976. She has worked with veterinarians in equine, canine and small animal medicine.  This has included rescue and rehabilitation work with hundreds of horses and dogs, writing educational literature for clients, and writing stories for magazines. As a Vet Tech she worked at many horse shows including the Chagrin Valley PHA, the Cleveland Grand Prix, and the Lake Erie College Prix de Ville.

Ms. Ankuda attended classes in pet relaxation and sports massage at Integrated Touch Therapy, Inc. in Circleville, Ohio, and became a certified pet massage provider. Then with supplemental studies and casework earned her 150- hour animal massage and bodywork certification. Sheri then did course work in Equine sports massage technique with Equissage and energy work through all four levels of Healing Touch for Animals® leading to the addition of Equine energy work and massage to her range of services.

Sheri’s equine background includes horse care, breeding, raising foals, training young horses, driving horse and mule teams, teaching horse handling, care, Western riding, hunt seat equitation and jumping at both public facilities and her own barn.  Sheri rode successfully as an amateur in both hunter and three-day event competitions.

Her small animal work includes cats, pocket pets and a large assortment of birds, reptiles and amphibians.

Sheri’s companion dog experience includes; nursing care, rescue and behavior rehabilitation work, puppy and adult dog training, raising puppies, showing dogs in obedience and conformation, teaching puppy training and socialization classes, providing consultation on puppy behavior issues, performing energy balancing, and both relaxation and sport massage, on hundreds of dogs.

Phone: 440.354.6000

Carol Dann


Pet Massage, Equine Massage
Energy Work: Healing Touch For Animals®, Reiki

Dogs, cats, horses and birds have always been a part of Carol's life. Even as a child, before her beloved smooth-haired Collie Samantha came into her life, she borrowed the neighbor’s dog to walk and to play with.

Consumed with 'horse fever' at an early age, Carol studied horses and absorbed all she could. Her extensive equine background is well rounded and includes three summers as wrangler/counselor, and one summer as Ranch Foreman (Stable Manager) at a Ranch camp. Wrangler duties included all aspects of horse care, teaching Western riding to children, leading trail rides, and harnessing and driving horse and mule teams.

Four years of employment at a large hunter-jumper stable followed, where duties included all aspects of horse care, show grooming, and teaching a full schedule of hunt seat and jumping lessons. In her 'spare time' Carol rode Scimitar, her own Thoroughbred mare, and showed in amateur hunter classes.

This lifetime love of animals led to the study of canine relaxation and sports massage, and feline relaxation massage, at Integrated Touch Therapy, Inc. in Circleville, Ohio. Through further course work at ITT, Carol achieved150-hour certification in small animal bodywork and massage. Specialty studies included a Modalities of the Spine workshop, and Animal Reiki.

Additional, and in-depth energy work training was achieved when Carol completed all four levels of Healing Touch For Animals®, thus becoming an HTA Practitioner. Carol has also done Equine Sports Massage course work with Equissage.

Although massage has been around for centuries, formal training in animal massage is still relatively new. Carol is excited to be a part of this and is glad that companion animals and horses can now receive the benefits of the enhanced form of human touch we call massage.