My name is Jessica O'Neill and I am a registered and insured equine healer/practitioner. I was the kid that lined her bedroom walls with horse posters and preferred horse magazines to novels. I worked my tail off to make horses a part of my life. It is an absolute privilege to center horses in my heart and my career today.
Healing work came to me later in life and I am so glad it did. Using my deep and intuitive connection with animals, combined with my equine education and experience, I work to be a voice for your horse in order to build a deeper, more trusting relationship between you.
I launched Orchard Brook Farm in 2022, endeavoring to bring healing services to horses (all equines) and humans. At Orchard Brook Farm, we empower people to center the care of themselves and their animal friends through healing, enrichment, affirmation and learning (H E A L).
A lifelong animal lover, my passion for horses led me to an early career and degree specializing in equine business. I earned a Bachelor's degree of professional studies in equine business management from Cazenovia College, minoring in equine reproduction. I pursued my interest in equine reproduction, earning certificates in collection and artificial insemination procedures as well as handling of cooled semen from Colorado State University, and certificates in stallion care and management and broodmare/foal care and management from New Bolton Center, UPenn. An early career in stable management and riding instruction, shifted to respond to my passion in equine nutrition, landing me in careers in the equine supplement and feed industries. Working with close to 100 farms in the New England area, I delighted in working to craft diets that met the health needs of horses, donkeys, mules, minis and ponies. The diets I helped to craft, reflected the needs and dreams of the equine carers/guardians with consideration for budget, lifestyle and life stage of the client.
My career took a turn when I entered the non profit world, working in sustainable energy and then sustainable agriculture. Most notably, I co-created and then directed Just Roots, a local food/community farm organization that I helped build into an innovative change maker, connecting local food with low income populations, integrated with healthcare. Some of my proudest accomplishments while at Just Roots include developing partnerships to connect local food with the low income patient populations of two leading hospitals, Boston Children's Hospital and Mass General Brigham, and co-authoring two papers on the scientific research we pioneered on the impact of CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm share programs on health. The papers were successfully published in two leading peer reviewed medical journals, The American Journal of Public Health and the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. Food Is Medicine (for us and our animal friends)!
But after sixteen years in non profit leadership, animals, namely horses, were calling me to center them in my life and career once again. I responded to this call by departing the non profit sector and becoming a student, now graduate, of Healing Animals Organisation school, located in Sussex, England. I earned my diploma in Equine Healing & Communication in 2022, with "Outstanding Achievement". I feel absolutely privileged to have studied under Elizabeth Whiter, founder of Healing Animals Organisation, a renowned healer of 20+ years, respected around the world for her healing and communication talents, reaching England, Borneo, France, Cyprus, Egypt, and others.
I work with people and animals in a way that is deeply connected, rooted in a sharing of trust and absence of judgment. Listening to you and your animal with my whole self, I am able to focus healing for the greatest good and well-being and the most optimal outcome. Working together, I can support you in your goals for yourself and your animal friend (environment, health, enrichments, nutrition, work, self-care, and more).
Launching Orchard Brook Farm is a dream come true. The farm is home to senior sanctuary animals (domestic and livestock) and a developing center for healing, where people can come and enjoy a scenic and serene environment with an array of programming including guided meditation, forest bathing, the Brook Immersion Experience as well as educational workshops and retreats. Stay tuned to learn about new and seasonal offerings.