Denise Theobald | LMT, CVMRT, NCCMT
Chicago School of Canine Massage (CSCM) was founded by Denise when she recognized the need for comprehensive training in the field of pet massage. CSCM was developed to meet the demand of students seeking a high quality and fully hands-on education in the growing field of canine massage.
Denise has been a licensed human massage therapist for over 27 years and has been working with animals for over 17 years. She is nationally certified in human massage through NCBTMB, she holds national certification as a canine massage therapist through NBCAAM, and is certified in Veterinary Massage and Rehabilitation Therapy from The Healing Oasis. Denise, who studied animal massage through a variety of programs across the country, became a pioneer in the field of canine massage when she founded her canine massage business, Pet-ri-ssage Ltd., in 1998. In addition to providing massage therapy services in the Chicago area, Pet-ri-ssage Ltd. offered educational seminars and weekend workshops for various organizational and veterinary clinics. Denise is a graduate of the Animal Sense Academy of dog training which is now Canine Link and serves as staff instructor at Integrative Pet Care, a state-of-the-art canine rehabilitation center in Chicago. Denise is a member of ABMP, APDT, PPG (Pet Professional Guild), and an allied member of AARV (the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians) . She is an NBCAAM board member and is certified in Canine Medical Massage. Denise’s background in athletic training, personal training (she is a certified personal trainer through NASM), and sports massage add a level of precision to her work with canine athletes. Her areas of advanced training and expertise include low-stress handling for dogs, working with touch reactive dogs, trigger point therapy (Janet Travell), neuromuscular therapy (Paul St. John), orthopedic massage (Dr. Ben Benjamin), and sports massage. Denise is a Canine First Aid instructor and First Aid and CPR instructor with the American Red Cross and an instructor at Canine Link. Additionally, she is a PetTech instructor for First Aid and CPR. She is a graduate of Chicago School of Massage Therapy, holding expertise in trigger point therapy and rehabilitative massage for humans and dogs. Denise is also certified in lymphatic edema massage from Klose Institute.