About Susan Squittieri

about Susan Squittieri

My Personal Statement

I have dedicated my life to living!


I look back at the experiences I had in wonderment. So far, my life has been an incredible journey.


I always have and always will follow my bliss and I am grateful to every animal, person, and situation that has come into my life. All beings I have met offer insights that contribute to my spiritual growth and development. Everything I experience is in service to my own highest and greatest good.

Healing Is My Life Path

I have always had a strong desire to help others. My soul purpose in this lifetime is to be a healer. Since childhood I have had an intuitive and spiritual connection with nature, animals, and people.  I embrace a simple, natural lifestyle and have always been willing to extend my heart and guidance to those in need. It’s my mission to act as an advocate for humankind, animalkind, and Mother Earth.

I love what I do! It brings me great joy to know that I can make a positive difference in the lives of animals and their people.  The healing that I facilitate brings about awareness and positive change not only for the highest and greatest good of my clients, but for me as well.

The path of healer is not always full of pleasure and ease. There have been many challenges in my life. In truth, I would not have it any other way. My life lessons have provided me with the compassion, patience, strength and courage to be of service.

I will be learning and teaching my love of life until my body returns to Mother Earth and my soul transcends to the Universe. Every day, I am humbled and inspired and grateful for my greatest teachers: every animal, person, and situation I encounter.

A Healer’s Autobiography

When I was 22, someone very dear to me died, and I spent seven years in confusion and depression. During this dark period, I came across an image of a wolf. For some reason I knew this was my dog. Before I ever met her, I named her Cognac. I could feel it in my soul that she was coming to me soon.

And she did come to me, at exactly the right moment as an Alaskan malamute pup. Her companionship saved me. She gave me the strength and courage to make positive changes in my life. Now that I had to be responsible for this beautiful creature who was sent to me by divine guidance, it was time to be responsible for myself.

Becoming a Medicine Woman

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Me exploring the Fiery Furnace Canyons in Arches National Park Moab, Utah

After several years of working as a geotechnical engineer, I decided to move west to leave behind painful memories, focus on healing, and pursue a career in geology. Cognac and I ended up in Fort Collins, Colorado, where I worked as a soils manager and studied Wildlife Biology at Colorado State University.

The Rocky Mountains were our playground. We hiked, biked, camped, swam in rivers, and travelled throughout the west.  Thanks to Cognac and our mutual love for the great outdoors, my heart was healing and opening.

With an expansive heart and a free mind, I was allowing and accepting all of the wonderful gifts the Universe had to offer me. I discovered metaphysics and many alternative healing modalities and absorbed myself in gaining knowledge and self development. . I also adopted the American Indian philosophy and belief system.When I discovered and became attuned to Reiki, I felt I had come home.

It was my calling to use my intuition to help people and animals heal. As a healing facilitator, it was my duty to do whatever I could do to help all beings release anything what was hindering them physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually so that they moved forward on their healing path into love.  I was basically training myself to be a medicine woman.

Discovering Animal Communication

When Cognac was 8, I knew something was “off” with her energetically. But because she was close to me, I was having a difficult time trusting the intuitive information I was receiving, so I asked my Reiki Master Teacher Joann to psychically tune into her. Joann suggested I consult an animal communicator.

I’d heard of animal communicators and even had an experience with one, but was skeptical and hesitant to trust them.  I did, however, trust Joann, so I contacted the communicator she recommended. The animal communicator told me how Cognac was feeling and described how my dog saw the world around her – everything this woman said resonated with me. She also validated my intuitive suspicions: Cognac had a bladder infection.

Since I was new to the world of psychics, I felt I needed to get the same information from several communicators to trust the information, so I also consulted with others.  One of them forever changed my life.  My heart and mind opened up to the fact people can communicate with animals.

Experiencing Animal Communication

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Horse in pasture – Fort Collins, CO

In 2004 I began volunteering my energy healing services at the Golden Horse Protection League in Golden, Colorado.  There, I met a mare named Dawn, who reminded me of Cognac – somehow their energy felt the same.  While I was sending Reiki, Dawn talked to me. I heard her loud and clear—there was no dismissing it.  She said, “I knew Cognac in a past life. ‘She Waits Patiently’ was her name. Tell her this name.”

I stood there in shock.  I didn’t know what to do so I moved on to the next horse. Then, on that very same day, Danny, a very handsome gelding, told me I had been Indian and used to sew with horsetail hair.  I was blown away.

I continued volunteering Reiki and wrote down all impressions and information I was receiving from my amazing equine teachers. About three weeks later, I received an invitation in the mail for a beginning animal communication class. I registered and attended.  During the class, the instructor Val Parks and I realized that I had a natural ability to communicate intuitively with animals.  We formed a connection and Val has continued to mentor me and encourage me with love and support.

Being of Service

I woke up one day in 2006 and decided I was going to open a business, which I named Begin with Reiki.  Within two days I had a website up and was advertising my services to the local community. My first Reiki class had 10 people!  I was loving life and the Universe was providing.

That fall, a woman had contacted me to do a Reiki session for her hospitalized dog.  Her dog had pneumonia and, through the course of treatment, she had somehow gotten barium in her lungs. She was in a lot of pain.  I went to the health food store and picked up an herbal remedy for pneumonia.  When I handed the tincture to the woman, I said to myself, “You have got to be crazy, this woman can sue you if anything should happen to her animal.”

That evening, as I was reading a holistic magazine, I saw an ad for becoming a certified herbalist. My teacher said it was the first time she advertised her courses. After two years of training, I was awarded certification in Herbology, Iridology, and Traditional Chinese, Face Tongue, and Nail Analysis.

Cognac’s Message

By 2008, Cognac was slowing down physically and showing signs of canine dementia. I knew in my heart that she was declining and preparing for her death and dying process. That June, I brought her back to New York to die and so I could tap into my family support network.

The day Cognac passed – September 9, 2008 –  was the day I had dreaded since she entered my life. But, being my heart’s friend and guide, she had very profound messages for me. One was: “Two Bear.”

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Cognac at 16 months

As always, Cognac knew what I needed. And I knew exactly what she meant..

Two Bear has it’s own story. Read more about the Two Bear Story and how it influenced my business.

And now, with Cognac, Two Bear, and all of my training and experience to support me, I work each day to share my gifts with the animals and people I am fortunate enough to serve.

It’s my sincerest hope that I will be able to help you and the animals you love. Let’s set up a chat and talk about your hurts and dreams and your path to healing and happiness.

With light and love,
Susan J. Squittieri

For specific details about my training and teachers, visit the Awards, Certifications, and Experience page