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Kathleen Lester, Executive Director

About Kathleen

Kathleen is an Animal Reiki Practitioner & Teacher, a certified animal massage therapist, an animal communicator, and medical intuitive. Kathleen founded the Animal Reiki Alliance in 2010 to bring together Reiki practitioners and other complementary healing practitioners in an effort to develop professionalism and standards to our work with animals and human companions.

Kathleen's vision is that Reiki and other complementary healing modalities will become a standard part of everyone's, human and animal, healing team. For now her primary focus is with animals and building integrity among these healing practices and bridging the gap with veterinary care.

Kathleen has always been with animals. From birth, she lived on a farm,  grew up showing horses, and began teaching horse back riding lessons at the age of 16. Shecontinued to teach through college and upon moving to Washington, DC.  Currently, she lives with Ashton (Pittie mix), Sierra (Pittie mix) and two Bengal kittens - Sasha and Misha. 

Training & Certifications

Reiki Training

Kathleen received her Usui Reiki Master Teacher training from Tanja Anderson, MD, LMT; and her Shinpiden Master Teacher training from Kathleen Prasad, Animal Reiki Teacher, Animal Reiki Source, and studied with Frans Stein, Reiki Teacher, International House of Reiki.  

More Animal Training

Kathleen has studied all three levels of Animal Communication with Terri Diener, Pet Speak; received her Canine Massage Therapist Certification (CCMT) from Brendenburg Massage Therapy in Ohio;  and is a certified Animal Medical Intuitive.

Additional Training

Kathleen is a Mesa Carrier in the Andean Shamanic Tradition, studying with Land Spirits in the US and has participated in ceremony in Peru. Kathleen has also studied Crystal Healing with Land Spriits and the Serenity Energy Healing.


As Executive Director of the Animal Reiki Alliance, Kathleen has created a network of professionals in the Mid-Atlantic Area, who are grounded in Reiki and provide a broad array of complementary healing practices for animals. This network of individuals has worked together to create a series of educational workshops for the public to promote complementary healing practices with animals.

Previously, Kathleen has been Director of Research for the National Drug Court Institute, Director of Training for the University of Maryland and most recently a Project Manager for the University of Maryland. She served as President of the Board of Directors for the Downtown Sailing Center here in Baltimore and is a Member-at-Large of the Center for Education, Research & Development.

Kathleen's experiences have prepared her well for her new practice. She looks forward to a world in which all creatures are treated with compassion and kindness.

Conference Presentations

Kathleen presents at conferences and workshops.   


In addition to teaching with the Animal Reiki Alliance, the curriculum for Animal Reiki Level I, II and III have been approved by the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC).


Published Articles

Kathleen has also published numerous articles on Animal Reiki, Healing Teams, Animal Communication, the Holistic Dog, etc. .

Althea & Ashton

Photo by William Gray

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