Maria K. McManus
Duthie completed her massage training through the
Optissage program in Circleville Ohio. She has
studied animal science at the University of Florida,
exotic animal management at the Santa Fe Teaching
Zoo program, and animal behavior at Indiana
University. She has owned horses for over twenty
years and has worked as a stable manager, groomer,
trainer, and exercise rider in a number of stables
with a variety of disciplines.
She was a zookeeper for four years during which time
she wrote several papers on behavioral enrichment.
It was while in this position she began to see the
correlation between physical pain and behavioral
problems first hand. She then began to study several
forms of healing touch and behavior modification.
addition to exotics, she studied dog, cat, and horse
behavior. The combination of behavioral knowledge,
anatomical knowledge, and massage techniques in
addition to several years of practical experience
allows Maria to work with animals on several levels.
Annisage promotes healthier animals from the inside
Currently, Maria is teaching monthly classes in How
To Massage Your Own Dog. Additionally, she is
involved in giving speeches for both national and