Mercedes Clemens is a life-long Maryland resident who has owned and ridden horses since childhood. After spending 15 years in the worlds of graphic design and publishing, she decided that she wanted a career change. Building on her long-standing interest in and love of horses, she began to study the growing practice of equine massage.
In 2006, Mercedes successfully completed two courses in equine massage and received certifications from Equinology, Inc., a private animal massage school. After completing her course work, she also became a tutor for students working on their certifications in equine massage. In 2007, Mercedes successfully completed course work at the Potomac Massage Training Institute and became a licensed massage therapist in Maryland. She opened up a massage practice operating out of a medical office in Rockville, Md. She also provided seated massage services to area businesses. In addition to her regular massage practice, Mercedes had previously set up a website offering her services in equine massage and begun to obtain clients in Maryland. Through hard work and business savvy, Mercedes was satisfying an underserved market, to the benefit of horses and their owners.