Lola Michelin, LMP LAMP SAMP Founder of NWSAM, Director of Education
Lola Michelin founded the Northwest School of Animal Massage in 2001. She has practiced animal massage for over 30 years and massage for people since 1998. A graduate of the Animal Science program at Michigan State University, she has work experience in both the veterinarian and zoological fields.
Currently, Lola maintains a private practice for animals in addition to teaching and curriculum development. She consults with zooligical park veterinary teams and owns Paxhia Farm, an equine retirement and rehabilitation facility on Vashon Island. She speaks and writes regularly on the topic of animal bodywork and is active in promoting standards of practice and legislation for the industry. Her interests include equestrian competition, rowing and sustainable farming. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines and she appears on television and radio as an advocate for animal therapies.
Director and Founder of the Northwest School of Animal Massage
Chairman of the Washington Animal Massage Association, 2000-2004
Founding Board Member, National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure and Massage 2011-present
Published and featured in:
Journal of Massage
Washington Massage Journal
Whole Horse Journal
Women and Horses: Volume Two
Animals Aloud, San Francisco
Martha Norwalk’s Animal World, Seattle
Pet Shop Talk, Internet Radio
National Public Radio
Good Day Oregon