About Me

Kirsten Thomson: Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist (CESMT).  Trained and certified by Equissage. Graduating May 2011.  I have been servicing the Ontario and Newfoundland equine community since then.

" With over 30 years of experience with horses, I can't imagine my life without them.  My vision is to give back to horses after they've given so much to us over centuries of service.  My greatest joy is to see the noticeable, immediate and lasting effect equine massage has on the equine athlete."

Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, I recently moved back from a small town in Newfoundland, where I lived on a beautiful century farm with my horses Billy, Jack, Liberty, Hurricane, Posie and three Border Collies Skye, Tess and Alfie.  I brought Skye and Billy home to Ontario with me and the other animals still reside on the farm with my former partner.

I also rescued and rehabilitated horses, bringing them back to their former glory.  I successfully found great homes for several horses while living on the island.  I travelled all over Newfoundland for 6 years providing massage, rehabilitation and consultation to clients. 

I have also worked for over 15 years in animal sciences as a Veterinary Assistant.  I have experience with all types of animals ranging from wild birds and reptiles to many different types of mammals.

"I have had the honour and privilege of knowing Kirsten for the past 9 years.

We first met when Kirsten started work as a Veterinary Assistant at an animal hospital I was employed with.

I have never met a person so compassionate and dedicated to her work. Kirsten would constantly be thinking of ways to reduce stress and increase comfort of her patients. She is always researching her craft to improve the lives of her patients. During stressful times with my own pets, it always made me feel better to know Kirsten was there taking care of them.

She is dependable, reliable, passionate, hard-working, conscientious and honest."

Danielle Young RVT


One of the ways Healing Hands keeps abreast of equine and canine health and wellness other than reading books and articles is through continuing education; attending the  Ontario Veterinary Medical Association conference in January 2012.  Webinar- "Current and Emerging Musculoskeletal Therapies" with David Frisbie DVM, PhD.  Nov. 21, 2013. Webinar-"Massage for the equine athlete." Jan. 2016. International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC), Canine Behaviour in the Shelter. Dec. 2018.

I am a member of Ontario Equestrian.

I am bonded and insured.