Taryn Altendorfer, MAcOM, MS, LAc, OM
Diplomate of Oriental Medicine
Licensed Acupuncturist in the State of Texas
Pet First Aid Certified
Who is Taryn? and why did she become a pet caretaker?
I grew up with pets and always connected deeply with them... and then, I met my canine soulmate, Raven, and it changed my life. My "rescue dog" rescued me - I was in my early 20s, had finished my bachelor's degree and had just started my first master's degree program. I was about to move, so I was not looking to adopt a pet, but fate had another plan and I met my Ravenator.
We became the best of friends, and she was my primary family for many many years, supporting me through life transitions, teaching me depths about living in the present, loving deeply, and laughing as a healthy coping mechanism. To no surprise, when Raven died from cancer I was devastated. I eventually found some healing through Raven on a spiritual level and felt a tug on my heart to open up a pet caretaking business in her honor.
I cannot concisely describe all that I learned from my connection with Raven, but that bond and all the caretaking I did for her made me a stronger version of myself, then and now. I feel very deeply that now is the time for me to share that caretaking with others' pets, so they can travel knowing their furry member of the family is in good hands.
I promise to share Raven's light and offer quality service to all of my clients - the human parents and their fur kids.
Taryn's pet experience
I completed a certification in pet first aid to better equip myself as a pet caretaker and to give my clients added confidence in my services. I believe in quality care and treating others the way I wish to be treated, so I strive to be the type of professional that I would hire for myself!
Taryn's non-pet education
I graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology in 2003, and went on to earn a Master of Ministry with an emphasis in Family Systems Theory & Counseling in 2009. Then, in 2013 I graduated with a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and became a board certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine and a Licensed Acupuncturist in the State of Texas.
Although I am certified in pet first aid, I perform acupuncture and prescribe herbs for humans only. However, I am happy to provide referrals to wonderful veterinarians in the area and pass on any helpful resources your way.