About Jill of Ark

Animal Communicator & Holistic Pet Consultant

Hi, I'm Jill! And I have a lot of life experience in the realm of not being heard. 

Throughout my teens and 20s, I was medicated for a clinical depression I didn't have, resulting in a muted sense of self and a crippling out-of-body shyness. My real medical symptoms (including frequent, persistent laryngitis) were dismissed for more than 20 years before I was finally diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease and several co-infections in 2014.

And then I discovered that proper diagnoses mattered little for illnesses that couldn't clearly be seen on the outside or detected in conventional blood labs. Especially when there are large, vocal camps of doctors who are adamant that what you're being treated for doesn't exist.

Luckily, my story has a happy ending. I learned how to stand my ground until I found the answers I needed and the people who would listen long enough to help me get them. In other words, I learned to demand to have a voice.

Maybe that's why it's always been so easy for me to empathize with animals. They are containers of incredible love and wisdom, and yet so few of us are aware of our innate abilities to tune in to what they have to say. 

We're not just missing out on the opportunity to be better caregivers to them. We're missing out on valuable insights into our own lives and challenges that could be the key to positive, lasting transformation.

I'm on a mission to change that.

As an animal communicator, intuitive healer, behaviorist, and human communications expert, I integrate spirituality and science to harmonize relationships between animals and their people.

If you love your pet but feel like something is getting in the way of you being able to fully trust and connect with one another, you've come to the right place.

I'll help you:

  • Build a stronger bond with a new (or old) pet.
  • Resolve a stressful behavioral problem with your pet.
  • Search for clues about your pet's unexplained symptoms.
  • Find peace in saying goodbye to your pet.
  • Learn how to communicate directly with your pet.

My Story

Molly KittyI've always adored animals, but in the wake of my cat Molly's sudden passing in 2007, I rediscovered a magical connection with them that I hadn't felt since childhood. While I wasn't sure what would become of the spark of passion that was instantly ignited, I decided to take a leap and trust that the details would eventually weave themselves into a net.

Jill of Ark has evolved from a small, local pet sitter to a dog trainer to an intuitive consultant of international reach.

With the support of my animal guides, I've helped hundreds of clients take their relationships with their pets to beautiful new heights. They've developed clearer communication systems through training and behavioral modification and personal coaching. They've gained deeper understandings, and some have even learned to receive messages from their animals directly. They've alleviated conflicts and repaired damaged trust. They've laughed, they've cried a little, and they've open their hearts in entirely new ways.

As amazing as it is to witness these results, doing this work hasn't always been easy. I've come face-to-face with some of my biggest fears, been stymied by insecurities and limiting beliefs, and hit a slew of external roadblocks--including a fight for my health that nearly shut me down for good.

But these experiences carried with them some of my most important life lessons, and, of course, my animals were with me at every venture. At times, they were the only reason I made it through.

Inspiring others to clear the channels so that more love can flow between them and their animals is rewarding not only because of the transformative outcomes that are possible, but also because doing so keeps me grounded on my own path of self-healing.

Why "Jill of Ark"?

The nickname "Jill of Ark" was first given to me by a professional mentor. It's a play on Joan of Arc that was intended to reference the story of Noah's Ark--nodding to my former habit of keeping my furry companions in male/female pairs.

Today, it speaks to my feminine warrior spirit and my deep-running passion for fulfilling my highest calling.

What is Animal Communication?

Animal communication is an intuitively guided conversation between a human and an animal. This type of communication doesn't transpire the way we humans are used to exchanging information with other humans--by talking, writing, signing, or using some other shared symbolic system. It's much more subtle.

If you look at how humans and animals interact with one another, it's evident that something is being exchanged, even if you can't hear it or understand it. By learning to quiet the "noise" of the mind, we can begin to recognize these signals and messages.

Animal communicators have an ability to do this adeptly, often by working in collaboration with a higher power and/or team of spirit guides. It's a profoundly spiritual process intended to foster greater understanding, respect, and appreciation between beings.

How I Can Help You

By using my intuition to tap into your animal’s thoughts, feelings, and sensations, I can help you understand what your animal is going through at any given moment. (I can even teach you to do this yourself with an open mind and a little practice.)

But ethereal communication alone may not be enough to change bad behaviors, smooth tensions, or ease other burdens between you and your pet. You need clear, practical strategies to pave the way to tangible results. I've still got you covered.

I bring to each session my real-world expertise in human communication and conflict resolution, drawing from my master’s level education and more than 12 years of college teaching experience in the field.

I also bring extensive knowledge of domestic animal behavior as a certified dog behaviorist and obedience trainer and a curious student of often-misunderstood feline antics. Although I am most familiar with humans, dogs, and cats, I’ve worked successfully with many different species.

In addition, I'm a certified Artist of the Spirit Life and Spiritual Coach and a Master Practitioner of Usui Reiki, a holistic energy-healing technique rooted in eastern cultures. In fact, I've learned and implemented numerous spiritual and integrative wellness philosophies, modalities, and practices along my own journey to overcome a longtime illness.

When you work with me, you'll benefit from this unique synergy of professional and personal explorations, customized specifically to you and your animal.

Important note:  I am not a veterinarian, so I cannot diagnose or treat your animal for any medical condition. However, I can help you identify symptoms to explain to your vet and also point you to some resources, products, and practices that may complement your vet's care plan. Please do not attempt to manage your pet's health without the support of a qualified professional.