Susan Mack trained as a professional chef, and owned and operated Wine and Roses, a restaurant in Edmonton, Canada. Following a serious illness, she tried Reiki and became so impressed with its ability to heal that she became a Reiki student (Usui Shiki Ryoho). Immediately, the cats and dogs of family and friends started putting themselves under her hands to receive the healing energy. So at their recommendation, she started Reiki for Pets™, an outcall practice exclusively serving pets and their people since 1994. Each year she provides over 2,000 Reiki sessions, continually learning from the pets themselves. She became a Reiki Master/Teacher in 2000 (Traditional Japanese Reiki). She continues her practice as an independent Master, unaffiliated with any Reiki school.
After receiving her doctorate from The City University of New York (environmental psychology, 1978), Natalia Krawetz worked with the private and public sectors on projects related to the social aspects of environmental issues. In 1990 she became owned by a cat who challenged Natalia by contracting unusual maladies that required alternative therapies and behavioral intervention. In response, Natalia enhanced her educational qualifications with a variety of certificates in complementary and alternative modalities: Reiki, Therapeutic Touch and Flower Essence Therapy, as well as in feline behavior. On the advice of her cat, Natalia changed careers in the mid-’90s, establishing a wellness support service for people and cats. She taught in the Holistic Health Practitioner Program at MacEwan College, and offered cat courses for the public at Metro College, and for veterinarians and animal health technologists at The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and Fairview College.