Jane graduated from Rhode Island College, (1984; BA in Psychology with minors in Fine Arts and Human Sciences). Until recently, she held the position of Senior Manager of Graphics and Design at Samsonite Company Stores in Warren, Rhode Island, for the Retail Division. Jane resigned from her position at Samsonite in February of 2000 to devote her energies towards developing her business, HorseSense.
Throughout her life, Jane has been drawn to understanding the needs and emotions of her human and animal friends. Since childhood, she has raised, loved and trained a wide variety of animals, including horses. In 1986, after a particularly difficult time in her life, she began to feel a need to experience a higher understanding of life and improve communication with others around her. She began to study alternative healing therapies, herbology and Native American Traditions. After this, her walks in the woods became an adventure in communication. She began, with great success, to help friends who had dogs that were having behavioral problems. Soon, she discovered that many of our pets’ “problems” are really the result of their owners. One of her clients, a therapist owning two dogs with serious problems, met with Jane to discuss the possibilities. After speaking with the owner about her problems, the owner and dogs began to make great leaps in their own personal healing. The client began to send referrals to Jane, many of whom had “hit a wall” in trying to remedy their own situations. This is when Jane began her work with people.
Through touching, she was able to receive information from her clients bodies, and at the same time was able to ease their mental and emotional suffering. Her client base grew until she was performing this service full time.
Soon after, she was recruited and became a member of a prestigious holistic healers group in the Boston medical community as a hands-on healer, meeting three weekends a year for three years. The group was lead by Elliot Joslin, the son of the founder of Joslin Diabetes Center of Boston. Other members of the group included a chief of staff of a hospital emergency room, a psychiatrist, an endocrinologist, several surgeons, a shaman, a speech pathologist, several Quaker ministers, and a Reiki healer. The group would invite healers to each meeting from around the world. Some of those who would attend included a chief physician of a Beiging hospital and his wife, who was a medical researcher; a humanitarian relief doctor who spent time in Ethiopia, an acupuncturist who was also a United States black belt champion in karate; and a master tai chi teacher, among others.
Jane was also invited to be a member in a Healing Circle with Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., for an education film that aired on PBS. She has studied and stayed with Twylah Nitsch, a well published healer and elder of the Seneca Tribe; performed energy work on Amit Desi (Guru Dev); studies Kripalu Yoga; studied herbs with the Herb Wife in Wickford, RI; and taken workshops with Dr. Andrew Weiler, Wayne Dwyer, Ph.D., and Deepak Chopra, M.D. She has also taken part in numerous workshops on horse training with internationally recognized trainers Monty Roberts, John Lyons, Linda Tellington-Jones, GaWaNi Pony Boy and Pat Parelli’s Natural Horsemanship Program (she is currently working on Level 2). Jane has been a practicing hands-on holistic healer since 1986, trained in various spiritual healing techniques around the country, and is an ordained minister.
It was the purchase of her horse Mijoy, an Arabian, in 1997 that has lead Jane to the birth of her business, HorseSense. In a need to understand Mijoy better, she began to experiment with using her type of hands-on work on her horse. Mijoy responded, communicating her past and her concerns and problems. The results were astounding. Jane immediately experienced an improved rapport with her horse, even riding her without a saddle or bridle with Mijoy behaving beautifully. A new commitment to each other had been formed due to the respect Jane showed for Mijoy and her needs; a new trust emerged between owner and horse. When other people at the barn where Mijoy is boarded saw the results, they began to ask Jane to “talk” to their horses. Again, Jane’s’ experience produced similar success time and time again. She has had the pleasure of having several veterinarians confirm that the areas in which the horses were “complaining to her” about being sore during her “talks” with them were in fact medical conditions in need of attention.
The mission of HorseSense is to communicate with and help as many horses as possible and to train people who are interested to do the same. Jane believes animals perform the great service of being our friends and partners, and deserve to be treated with the utmost respect and care, and that everyone is capable of learning to understand the “why” behind the questions.
The client base of HorseSense has quickly become large and diversified. A session includes an energy center diagnosis, aura reading, nutritional analysis, hands-on energy work, question and answer session between owner and horse and a tape recording of the time spent along with flower remedies if required. After each successful consultation, horse owners from the same barns have been waiting in line for their turn to experience this brand new healing and communication vehicle.