Meet Our Team

Meet Our Incredible Team
The many people behind Healing Touch for Animals® support our animals and their people in a variety of ways. Our instructors, students, coordinators and administrative support staff are vital resources that enable us to share this work globally.

Our Instructors uphold the integrity of the program as they teach other animal advocates this work. Their commitment to sharing the Healing Touch for Animals® philosophies and techniques is their #1 priority. Our instructors have personally been mentored by Carol Komitor and share her passion for excellence.

Our Coordinators bring communities together and support each individual student in both classes and volunteer / practice groups. Our dedicated coordinators spend many hours connecting with animal lovers and animal organizations alike, spreading the word about the many benefits of Healing Touch for Animals®.

Our Administrative Support Team is committed to the vision of HTA to bringing the awareness of Healing Touch for Animals® to communities around the globe. They support our instructors, coordinators and students while maintaining the administrative foundation needed to share this remarkable work.

Together, We Are Healing Touch for Animals®


Carol Komitor, CMT, HTCP/I, ESMT, HTACP HTA Founder & Director, Instructor
Carol Komitor is a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner/Instructor, a Certified Massage Therapist, Certified Hospital Based Massage Therapist, and an Equine Sports Massage Therapist. As founder and director of Komitor Healing Method, Inc. (KHM) and Healing Touch for Animals® (HTA), Carol has been a leading authority in the forefront of energy medicine and bio-field therapies for animals since 1996. She easily shares her passion for energy medicine with her students and finds great joy in honing their skills to enhance the well-being of our animal population.

Carol can assess a particular situation and break it down into the components of energy dynamics. This talent allows her to facilitate the animal’s healing process and create change in the patterns of chronic illness or misbehavior. Carol’s enthusiasm shines as she shares HTA/KHM with her students. Her integrity, professionalism and dedication to cooperative applications to veterinary medicine come through as she presents the HTA/KHM curriculum. She sees the diversity of her classroom participants and honors each one as they bring their own special talents to the HTA work.



Kate Brown, HTACP, HTA Instructor
Kate Brown lives in Utica, Illinois, and has her own private practice, Kate Brown Healing Essentials. She works with energy healing and aromatherapy to assist animals and people with the stress and challenges that arise from competition, trauma, chronic health concerns and more. She became a Healing Touch for Animals® (HTA) Certified Practitioner in 2011 and has completed the HTA Advanced Proficiency training.

Kate is on staff as a Certified Clinical Aromatherapy Instructor with the Institute of Spiritual Healing and Aromatherapy as well, and teaches classes nationally. She is a Healing Touch Spiritual Practitioner and a Certified Pranakryia Yoga Instructor. Kate has also studied Healing Touch (humans), Reflexology and Animal Communication. She resides with her husband and two indoor kids (Newton and Gus) and two outdoor kids (Boomer and Playboy).

"HTA is an incredible way to help animals find balance on all levels. The healing that takes place with HTA for the animal and their human can be nothing short of miraculous. Helping Animals to find relaxation and build a foundation of wellness is one of the great gift’s that HTA brings."


Kimi Cousins, HTACP, HTA Instructor
With a BS in Computer Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Kimi has made her career in corporate IT. However, the joys that animals bring have always been a big part of Kimi's life. This love of animals and her immersion in Healing Touch for Animals® has opened up new roads for her as an HTA Certified Practitioner and now an instructor. Kimi feels that this work is incredible, sharing the work with others is even better and seeing the results with the animals is simply inspirational to do more! Kimi is excited to be on this shared journey with so many exceptional people and is grateful for this new life path.

Kimi has completed multiple classes in Healing Touch (for people), Reiki, as well as, ISHA Clinical Certification Aromatherapy 301 and is driven to continue this learning path. She is also involved in Australian Shepherd Rescue, a local Bird Club and enjoys gardening. She and her husband Paul live in Raleigh, North Carolina, and are active in the local MG Car Club.

“The connection I feel when my hands are on an animal is powerful, motivating and humbling. Oh, the places we can go and the things we can do with this amazing healing work for animals and people alike. I encourage everyone to open their hearts and find their possibilities."


Madeleine Ferbal, MA, HHP, HTCP, HTACP, HTA Instructor
Madeleine completed her undergraduate studies in International Relations and Spanish at the University of San Diego, her Master of Arts in Spanish at the University of Virginia and returned to the University of San Diego to complete her Master of Arts in Nonprofit Leadership and Management in 2020. She has been in and out of the education field since 1989 teaching a variety of subjects which include Spanish, scholastic journalism, all-source Analysis, team building, administration and energy work.

Madeleine began her Healing Touch (HT) journey in 2004, while concurrently conducting her Holistic Health Practitioner studies which she completed in 2007. After finishing her HT studies for humans, she became a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner in 2008 and completes her recertification every five years.

Because of her desire to help improve the health and well-being of her two schipperkes at the time, Madeleine began her Healing Touch for Animals® (HTA) studies in the fall of 2008 by attending the Level 1 course in Denver with the intention of bringing the classes back to San Diego and growing the HTA community in southern California. She became the HTA San Diego coordinator in the fall of 2008, and by spring of 2012, she completed her HTA certification and became a Healing Touch for Animals® instructor.

In 2014, she joined the Board of Directors of Healing Touch California to reach more people regarding the benefits of HTA. When not teaching, Madeleine enjoys being outdoors, focusing her time on her private healing practice of animals and their humans as well as spending time with other HTA practitioners volunteering in the community. She resides in San Diego County with her spouse and their second set of two schipperkes, previously two females Liberty and Justice Ferbal, and now two males Rudy and Desmond.

“It is exciting being part of an educational organization/movement which advocates and teaches that we are all capable of improving the health and well-being of animals. I am grateful for the heart-centered connection I make with people because of this work.”



Henriëtte Roosendaal, HTACP, HTA Instructor
Henriëtte Roosendaal has spent her lifetime around all kind of animals, especially horses, and feels a special connection with them. She has more than 30 years’ experience in riding and training horses in Dressage, Reining and Halter. In 2004, she attended her first Healing Touch for humans class.

When Carol Komitor taught a Healing Touch for Animals® (HTA) Level 1 Course in the Netherlands a year later, Henriëtte was immediately interested. During that first class she recognized HTA would have a big impact on her life and during the following years she traveled to the United States to attend the upper levels of HTA to develop her skills. She is impressed by the results HTA has shown her as she works on all kinds of animals with a variety of issues. Henriëtte had a successful career as a Process Architect designing large business changes on an organizational and system level but is now full time working in her private practice “Pets & People” and her Young Living business VitaLeven.

As an HTA Level 1, 2, 3 and 4 instructor, she gladly shares her enthusiasm with her students in the Netherlands and looks forward to sharing HTA in other parts of Europe.

“It is wonderful to see students from different backgrounds recognize the animal’s reaction during an HTA treatment. This makes them enthusiastic about the role they can play to improve the lives of many animals with the use of the HTA techniques. That is what makes teaching the HTA Courses so special!”



Ria Roosendaal, HTACP, HTA Instructor
Ria Roosendaal has spent all her life around animals and owns a lovely quarter horse mare Sparky and her 5 year old son Nic. She feels the animals can teach people many things. Ria has worked in one of the largest sales organizations of the Netherlands which specializes in internet advertisement. Her background also includes extensive experience in marketing and public relations having worked for several companies in that capacity. During her 20 years of riding experience in Dressage and over 15 years in Reining and Halter, Ria has worked extensively with competition horses.

In 2004, she experienced Healing Touch for humans, and then attended the first Healing Touch for Animals® (HTA) Course held in the Netherlands in 2005. Ria feels there are endless possibilities for HTA to change the lives of animals and their owners. She traveled to the United States several times to attend the upper levels of HTA and expand her knowledge and is an HTA Certified Practitioner. Ria has combined her business experience and her private practice of “Pets & People”. As an HTA Level 1, 2, 3 and 4 Instructor, she gladly shares her enthusiasm with her students in the Netherlands and looks forward to sharing HTA in other parts of Europe. Ria’s goal is to give students the awareness and confidence to develop their own HTA skills to help our animals.

“HTA gives an opportunity to develop a deeper connection between people and all animals. It is very rewarding when participants experience the heart-to-heart connection when they work with the HTA techniques.”



Pamela Stanner BA, BS, RDH, HTACP, HTA Instructor
Pamela is ready to introduce Healing Touch for Animals ® and energy work in general to the Knoxville, Tennessee, area. She currently owns her own animal business, Cherokee Moon Healing Arts for Animals, and incorporates energy work and bodywork for her canine, equine, feline and a few human clients. She also works part time as a dental hygienist.

Achieving Healing Touch for Animals® Certification in January 2017, Pamela is additionally trained in Equissage, Masterson Method, TTouch and Barnes Equine Myofascial Release Level 1. Her objective is to continue to learn and practice different modalities and skills that will allow her to offer specialty treatments, mainly to animals, for the great well-being and comfort of the animal or client.

“HTA gave me the missing link that I have been seeking in my animal business. I discovered that without the energetic body being cleared, balanced, and stabilized, the physical issue cannot be fully resolved."


Susan Kastner, Carmel California Coordinator
(831) 402-5330
Carmel@HealingTouchforAnimals.com

Robin Phelps, Denver, Colorado Coordinator
(970) 310-6998
Denver@HealingTouchforAnimals.com
Linda Olenick, San Diego, California Coordinator
(858) 735-7124
SanDiego@HealingTouchforAnimals.com
Jo Ayers, Honolulu, Hawaii Coordinator
(808) 720-6330
Honolulu@HealingTouchforAnimals.com
Jo is a certified animal communicator and Healing Touch for Animals
® Practitioner. Animals are her passion which explains the love she has as she combines HTA with Animal Communication. Jo has been a volunteer at the Hawaiian Humane Society for over 25 years.



Cathie Lorenzo, Chicago, Illinois Coordinator
(708) 921-3991
Chicago@HealingTouchforAnimals.com




Joy Fowler, Raleigh, North Carolina Coordinator
(513) 207-7566
Raleigh@HealingTouchforAnimals.com
Joy Fowler is a North Carolina native, a retired schoolteacher, and a lifelong lover of animals. She lives in an 1848 farmhouse and enjoys being a historical interpreter, sewing, and writing novels. She shares time with horses, dogs, cats, and grandchildren, all liberally sprinkled with healing touches and essential oils.

Amy Sandmann, Cincinnati, Ohio Coordinator
(513) 375-4957
Cincinnati@HealingTouchforAnimals.com

Amy is a certified Healing Touch for Animals Practitioner® and a Healing Touch Practitioner. Amy was introduced to Healing Touch and energetic work in 2015, and she knew from the start that she had tapped into a whole new chapter within herself.  While working towards her certification for the Healing Touch Program (working with people), she learned about Healing Touch for Animals® and she knew what she had to do.  She has her private practice, 'Centered Hearts', where she integrates amazing techniques from both the Healing Touch for Animals® and the Healing Touch Program™.  Her work encompasses all aspects of physical, emotional, mental and behavioral healing with all animals and all people.

She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, two dogs and a cat.  She loves to cook, bake and experiment with recipes.  She enjoys being a Healing Touch for Animals® coordinator because it is sharing knowledge and gifts and healing that HTA brings to so many. 

Kelly Bateman, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Coordinator
(484) 802-3475
Philadelphia@HealingTouchforAnimals.com

Kelly is currently an Education Manager for a global trade association and holds a Bachelor of Arts in French. Since 2004 she has volunteered with various animal rescue groups with concentration on fundraising and promoting brand awareness for Greyhound Adoptions of Florida. She was drawn to Healing Touch for Animals® (HTA) through a booth at a Walk for Animals and began taking all the courses. She also attended Bach Flower Remedies for Pets and Their People and has integrated flower essences into her private practice as well.

Kelly practices yoga and enjoys travel and photography. Her pet family includes two retired racer greyhounds (Beau and Bianca) and two cats (Bengal and Nisha).

"Healing Touch for Animals® has provided me with an invaluable set of skills to not only deepen the bond with and help support the physical health and emotional well-being of my own animals, but assist every creature, great and small, domestic and wild, who happens to cross my path, even virtually!”



Pamela Stanner, Knoxville, Tennessee Coordinator
(865) 816-3330
Knoxville@HealingTouchforAnimals.com
Diane Falls-Vander Haak, Edmonton, Alberta Canada Coordinator
(780) 203-2642
Edmonton@HealingTouchforAnimals.com
Ria & Henriette Roosendaal, Midden Netherlands Coordinator Team
011 31 6 53326504
Netherlands@HealingTouchforAnimals.com
Mailena Bonetti, Graubenden, CH Switzerland Coordinator
+41 79 349 24 09
Graubuenden@HealingTouchforAnimals.com
Emphatic specialist with broad and varied experience in different fields. Marilena started her journey with HTA in 2018. Since then, she has attended all courses until AP 1 and is the first HTACP in Switzerland, since 2021. Her business background is the environment in the hospitality industry, the food industry, the financial service department as well as the insurance sector. Within these fields, she has worked in several Executive Assistant positions. Furthermore, she started to build up her own practice “Tier und Mensch im Fokus” in 2019 and has decided to fully commit to the new path since February 2022.


Her practice focuses on pets and people and includes other holistic approaches such as Bach Flower therapy, Aromatherapy as well as Healing Touch for humans. She furthermore works as an Animal Communicator since 2013. She is a passionate horse person and has had two Icelandic horses since 2007. She loves cooking and all kind of sports in nature as Stand-up paddling and hiking. HTA is a wonderful journey of learning, teaching, self-healing, and being deeply connected to our wonderful animals.


Laura Nelson, Office Administrator

Info@HealingTouchforAnimals.com

Laura Nelson has brought her 25 years of Information Technology to her position as the Healing Touch for Animals Office Administrator. Working at the office enables her to combine her love of animals and energy healing as she uses her administrative skills to support students on their HTA's Journey. Laura has Equine Facilitated Learning certification and especially loves horses. She is in the process of taking the HTA curriculum to complete certification. Laura has volunteered at horse rescues and has personally experienced the value of HTA to improve the lives of animals. Laura brings a get-things-done presence as she offers support and joy.

Elisabeth Dickerson, Course Administrator

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Elisabeth Dickerson is the Healing Touch for Animals® Course Administrator. She works closely with the HTA Coordinators, to ensure sure they have everything needed for the in-person classes. After the courses are completed, she is responsible for updating the database and sending the students their certificates of completion. In 1999, Elisabeth became certified in Holistic Health, and has been a Certified and Licensed Massage Therapist for 17 years. She completed HTA through Level 4, in 2019, and started her own HTA practice in the Denver metro area.She has a well-loved Dachshund named Franz who is 16 years young. He enjoys all the HTA techniques, especially the Chakra Balance.