Paula Shea received her certifications in Equine Sports Massage Therapy (ESMT) and Canine Massage Therapy (CMT) in 2009. She has continued to study and take additional courses to further increase her knowledge and skills. Paula is fully insured through membership with Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) and a lifetime member of the International Association of Animal Massage Therapists (IAAMT).
[Pictured above: Paula riding her horse, Timmy, whom she adopted from a local rescue organization in 2010.]
With a unique educational background for a massage therapist, Paula has a variety of skills and knowledge, and a strong passion for animals, medicine, and science. She received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering in 2008 from Lehigh University. For 6 years (during and after college), she taught horseback riding and a summer camp program at a lesson barn in New Jersey. She worked as a veterinary assistant full-time after moving to Pennsylvania.
Paula completed the certification program for equine sports massage in 2009, studying under Mary Schreiber of Equissage, the leading trainer of animal massage therapists. In 2011/2012, Paula studied animal anatomy, biochemistry, and physiology at the University College Dublin in Ireland. After 3 years of practicing massage techniques hands on, and adapting some influence from other modalities such as acupressure and myofascial release, Shea Massage was launched in 2012 and has been a growing business ever since.
Paula has many years of experience through both personal ownership and on-the-job skills working with previously abused animals that are more sensitive to touch and handling. She strongly promotes animal rescue and adoption as well as the need to provide proper and loving care to all our pets.
The proud owner of four cats, a horse, and a ball python snake, Paula lives with her husband and daughter in Mertztown, Pennsylvania. While also continuing animal massage therapy, she is working towards a master degree in secondary education and will begin teaching high school mathematics in 2018.