Dr. Hattori is occasionally accompanied by her two shih-tzu dogs, Skye and Jax, as therapy companions in her office for clients' comfort.
Research has shown that pets can decrease stress and can benefit our physical and mental health and improve our overall well-being. Studies have demonstrated that the presence of therapy animals as well as petting or interacting with them can decrease our cortisol hormone levels (which induce stress) and increase our oxytocin levels (which reduce stress) and can thus alleviate depression and/or anxiety symptoms.
Skye and Jax are both hypoallergenic.
Skye is a female 3 yr-old shih tzu who is gentle and sits/lays next to you, for clients who desire being near pets but not necessarily interacting with them.
Jax is a male, 2 year-old shih tzu who is the "cuddlebug" and loves hugs and pets. He is there for clients to hold, pet or cuddle with, if desired.
If you prefer to not interact with pets or dogs, they will stay quietly in their own area. They are both well-behaved and do not interfere with our therapy sessions.